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Police: Well, You're Damned If You Do......

Written by RSS Poster Response Plod
So Mark Duggan, a man in his own Obituary picture shown on national news is posing using what appears to be his fingers shaped like a gun looking like gang signs is pulled over by armed police in a taxi and during an altercation a shoot out takes place resulting in one  officer shot and Duggan fatally wounded.

What we saw last night was according to one "witness" on the BBC "The locals taking revenge for the killing of a brother" and "The Police don't police our community they only turn up when this happens"

Memories of The Broadwater Farm riots in 1985 where many of the rioters were not even born or too young to remember were being tossed about by "witnesses" being interviewed on TV.  "This memory is in our DNA where Cynthia Jarrett died after police broke into her home" said one representing the "Youth of Haringey"  "We may have not been there but it's passed down to us"

Cynthia Jarrett dying is in no way even the same as Duggan dying and comparing the two is an insult to Cynthia's memory.

People on tv last night were calling Duggan...

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Police: Cops Behaving Badly

Written by RSS Poster Response Plod
This was the title of last nights BBC Panorama programme which in its description was:

"What happens when the police fail in their sworn duty to protect life, when they get it wrong, or when police officers themselves break the law?"


Less than a week after the deaths of two officers and one stabbed all in the course of carrying out their sworn duties to protect life, the BBC chose to show this, poorly timed, political hack of the police in this country.

If this week's topic had instead been about "Sudden Deaths at Home" the BBC would have probably moved the schedule, as done in the past, to another more appropriate time in the future so as not to upset the family of for example, Sir Jimmy Saville.

However, they chose instead to run with this programme, in my opinion, in poor taste and sensationalist ways.

I clearly stated my displeasure about this subject on Twitter last night and one or two of the responses I'll highlight here:


 T-Bos 

@ 
 never! let's face it. you can't even highlight bad practice without offending the good...

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Police: Well, You're Damned If You Do......

Written by RSS Poster Response Plod
So Mark Duggan, a man in his own Obituary picture shown on national news is posing using what appears to be his fingers shaped like a gun looking like gang signs is pulled over by armed police in a taxi and during an altercation a shoot out takes place resulting in one  officer shot and Duggan fatally wounded.

We know about Duggan, we know what he represented and I know officers who have dealt with Duggan for the reasons they have stopped him and we know about his attitude to police when he was stopped in the past.

What we saw last night was according to one "witness" on the BBC "The locals taking revenge for the killing of a brother" and "The Police don't police our community they only turn up when this happens"

Memories of The Broadwater Farm riots in 1985 where many of the rioters were not even born or too young to remember were being tossed about by "witnesses" being interviewed on TV.  "This memory is in our DNA where Cynthia Jarrett died after police broke into her home" said one representing the "Youth of Haringey"  "We may...

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Police: Cops Behaving Badly

Written by RSS Poster Response Plod
This was the title of last nights BBC Panorama programme which in its description was:

"What happens when the police fail in their sworn duty to protect life, when they get it wrong, or when police officers themselves break the law?"


Less than a week after the deaths of two officers and one stabbed all in the course of carrying out their sworn duties to protect life, the BBC chose to show this, poorly timed, political hack of the police in this country.

If this week's topic had instead been about "Sudden Deaths at Home" the BBC would have probably moved the schedule, as done in the past, to another more appropriate time in the future so as not to upset the family of for example, Sir Jimmy Saville.

However, they chose instead to run with this programme, in my opinion, in poor taste and sensationalist ways.

I clearly stated my displeasure about this subject on Twitter last night and one or two of the responses I'll highlight here:


 T-Bos 

@ 
 never! let's face it. you can't even highlight bad practice without offending the good...

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Police: The Ultimate Sacrifice

Written by RSS Poster Response Plod
This week has seen the loss of two officers whilst on the front line helping those in need.

PC Mark Goodlad of West Yorkshire Police and Garda Ciaran Jones of Garda Síochána County Wicklow.

PC Goodlad was struck by a lorry on the M1 Motorway after he stopped to assist a stranded female motorist who had broken down on the hard shoulder.

Garda Jones, whilst off duty and in some of the worst conditions in living history, left his car to warn drivers that a bridge near his home was about to collapse. He was washed away in the flood water and believed to have drowned.

These two officers without a second thought for their own safety, went to the assistance of those in need. Something that takes place every day with every police officer around the world.

Is this bravery? I would say, no, it's the job that we do and is an everyday occurrence.

However, to be killed doing it brings home the very dangers that us officers face day by day.

Yes, soldiers face danger day by day, but with all due respect to them, if you sign for the Armed Forces you don't join to...

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Police: Dining Out

Written by RSS Poster Response Plod



I know I've mentioned this topic before so for those who are aware of it please excuse me whilst I rant about this once again but what happened to me and a colleague today needs saying because it wound me up.

My mate and I were taking refs away from our home station and thought we would take in a local cafe which came recommended.

We were sat towards the rear of the cafe but thanks to the fact that it was situated on a corner and quite a large premises we were still visible from the street but only if you looked.

Half way through our meal I glanced up to notice that people were actually stopping to look at us through the window. Some were pointing and telling people they were with to look at us while we ate. This continued for most of the meal.

Then out of no where, a woman walked past, looked in, saw us and took her phone out of her bag and started to take photos of us while we ate.

We certainly didn't smile for the photos and judging by our facial expressions and waving her away, her friends may wonder why she took photos of us if she shows them.

I was too...

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Police: The Funeral Of Mark Duggan

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Yesterday, like many other officers across the capital, I was policing the funeral of Mark Duggan.

I say "policing" because I sometimes wonder who exactly is in charge in HQ with some of the insane, jaw dropping decisions made to molly coddle the public and give a pink and fluffy, softer image to British policing.

Although I do understand the necessity for low key policing at the funeral itself and it was also what the family asked for, and which I totally respect.

The Duggan family have every right owed to them to be able to lay Mark to rest peacefully, dignified and in their own way with no interference from anyone.

1000 people attended, it was reported that 60 cars were in the cortege and the wake was scheduled to go into the early hours of the next morning.

There was some Twitter talk about potential problems later and gangs on the way but no officer was allowed to search anyone in the Tottenham/Enfield areas. yet, if we dare carry out our duty to stop this potential problem which could have disrupted the funeral and destroyed its dignity, we...

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Police: The Funeral Of Mark Duggan

Written by RSS Poster Response Plod



Yesterday, like many other officers across the capital, I was policing the funeral of Mark Duggan.

I say "policing" because I sometimes wonder who exactly is in charge in HQ with some of the insane, jaw dropping decisions made to molly coddle the public and give a pink and fluffy, softer image to British policing.

Although I do understand the necessity for low key policing at the funeral itself and it was also what the family asked for, and which I totally respect.

The Duggan family have every right owed to them to be able to lay Mark to rest peacefully, dignified and in their own way with no interference from anyone.

1000 people attended, it was reported that 60 cars were in the cortege and the wake was scheduled to go into the early hours of the next morning.

There was some Twitter talk about potential problems later and gangs on the way but no officer was allowed to search anyone in the Tottenham/Enfield areas. yet, if we dare carry out our duty to stop this potential problem which could have disrupted the funeral and destroyed its dignity, we...

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Police: It Would Never Have Happened To Smeaton...

Written by RSS Poster Response Plod
So, after I posted a blog entry entitled "The Blame Game" exactly what do we blame for the causation of the Summer riots of 2011?


The 'original cause', the death of Mark Duggan has been  significantly over shadowed by the riots which took an even uglier turn with the death of six people across the country and the destruction of peoples homes and businesses.


Tariq Jahan eloquently, wisely and whilst still grieving for the death of his Son called on everyone for peace.  The Duggan family also told the nation that they condemned the riots and did not want them carried out in his name.


So, what caused them?


These riots were going to take place no matter what.  An antiques dealer in Tottenham started to receive telephone calls about a week before they took place, asking if he wanted "protection should anything happen"  This would suggest to me that this was going to happen even if Mark Duggan wasn't fatally shot that August day.  This death was merely a catalyst for events that were going to happen, like it or not.


So where do we start...

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Police: It Would Never Have Happened To Smeaton...

Written by RSS Poster Response Plod
So, after I posted a blog entry entitled "The Blame Game" exactly what do we blame for the causation of the Summer riots of 2011?


The 'original cause', the death of Mark Duggan has been  significantly over shadowed by the riots which took an even uglier turn with the death of six people across the country and the destruction of peoples homes and businesses.


Tariq Jahan eloquently, wisely and whilst still grieving for the death of his Son called on everyone for peace.  The Duggan family also told the nation that they condemned the riots and did not want them carried out in his name.


So, what caused them?


These riots were going to take place no matter what.  An antiques dealer in Tottenham started to receive telephone calls about a week before they took place, asking if he wanted "protection should anything happen"  This would suggest to me that this was going to happen even if Mark Duggan wasn't fatally shot that August day.  This death was merely a catalyst for events that were going to happen, like it or not.


So where do we start...

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