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Police: Ask Not What You Can Do For Your Country…

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

……..but what your country can do for you. No, that’s not a misprint, it’s how I meant it.

The 20th July 2017 was a dark day in the middle of a dark era.

In no particular order as they say

Parliament broke for it’s Summer Recess.  No run of the mill business, discussions, debates.  How very convenient.

The Office of National Statistics released the latest ‘official’ crime statistics.

Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) showed there were 5.9 million incidents of crime covered by the survey, a 7% reduction compared with the previous year’s survey.

The police recorded nearly 5 million offences in the year ending March 2017, which represented an annual rise of 10%; this increase is likely to reflect a range of factors, which vary by crime type, including continuing improvements to recording processes and practices, expanded offence coverage and also genuine increases in some crime types.

One set says ‘Higher’, the other set says ‘Lower’ and I have seen many arguments and reasons why one...

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Police: #WhoseStreets?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

I must begin with an apology dear reader, I had hoped to have finished with the thorny subject of Stop and Search, but it seems that at least one reprise is needed.

You may remember that in 2014 the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, issued a diktat regarding Police use of Stop and Search.

“I want to make myself absolutely clear: if the numbers do not come down, if stop and search does not become more targeted, if those stop-to-arrest ratios do not improve considerably, the government will return with primary legislation to make those things happen,”

Boy oh boy did those figures come down.

You can not be unaware of the epidemic of Knife Crime, Moped Crime and Acid Attacks spreading like wildfire across the streets of London and elsewhere. It has got so bad that I recently ‘shared’ a blog written by a Member of the Public, Jim Hind, in which he suggests, or asks for, an increase in the number of Stop and Searches by Police to tackle these crimes.

Increased use of Stop and Search – A controversial subject for many, but in order to allow...

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Police: An Open Letter To @PoliceChiefs

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

You are, by definition, all senior Police Officers, yet you seem to have lost touch with the fine officers that form the Front Line.

As you are obviously aware, when the Conservative-led coalition came to power in 2010 there were 142,363 Police Officers in England and Wales, excluding BTP, or 145,015 if you include BTP.  The next set of government statistics are due for release on 20th July, but the last set, up to end of September 2016, shows that there were 122,859 Officers, excluding BTP, or 126,252 including BTP. I expect that figure to have fallen again when the latest levels are revealed.

Every one of your members has worked your way up from lowly Constable to Chief Constable or Commissioner. Every last one of you.

Collectively, and individually, you KNOW what the Front Line has gone through in the last seven years, you have been there.

Of the 122,859 officers left in England and Wales, 121,167 are what I would call ‘Front Line”‘, Constables, Sergeants and Inspectors. Anybody above the rank of Inspector has really joined...

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Police: Who Are West Mercia Police?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

A good question.  They cover a HUGE area, 2,868 square miles, and almost 1.2 million people, but not many people could find them on a map.  Basically it consists of the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.

Why am I bothering with a Police Force that most people know nothing about?

Well, a little birdie whispered in my ear that West Mercia Police are, or are considering, withdrawing from the Central Motorway Police Group.  This is a group consisting of officers from West Mercia, West Midlands and Staffordshire Constabularies.  Withdrawal of any one party will no doubt have a significant effect.  Their role is to patrol and Police the motorways of Central England dealing with anything between mobile phone usage whilst driving to collisions with multiple fatalities.

You may think that is not important, but Policing the motorways is important to many people in a whole variety of ways.

Why are they withdrawing from CMPG?  To save money for the Force it seems.  How much do they hope to save? £16 Million it...

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Police: Arm The Police, Or Not?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

I am Old School, a Traditionalist, and I make no apology for that. 

In my heart we would be policed in the old-fashioned way, a truncheon, a whistle and a cape. However, in my head I know that is no longer possible.

I detest the idea of arming the Police, it’s not how things should be, not how the British Police operate, but life is not that simple any more.

My head is telling me that ALL Front Line officers should be routinely armed, and a proscribed percentage of Middle Office and Back Office offices should be trained and authorised.  The world has changed, nothing we can do about that in the short-term.  We are about 21,000 officers short on what we did have in 2010, the population is growing and terrorism has returned to the streets of Britain. Mainly England I agree but certainly not restricted to London alone.  It could strike literally anywhere.

Faced with a knife or machete wielding terrorist or a suicide bomber we must rely on “Can you hang on a minute till the ARV gets here please?”

If the government or NPCC or College of...

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Police: You’re Having A Laugh

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

On 22nd March, a brave Constable was murdered by a cowardly terrorist within the grounds of the Palace of Westminster. His name was Keith Palmer and he died protecting public and politicians alike from said terrorist.

On 3rd June 3 terrorists ran amok on London Bridge, and Borough Market.  A young nurse ran towards the casualties and was brutally murdered by the terrorists. Her name was Kirsty Boden.

On 28th June a group of politicians laughed when they defeated a motion to lift the cap on pay rises for Nurses, Police Officers and Firefighters.  They were led by someone called Theresa May.

That tells you everything you need to know about this current government.

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Police: Fancy Being In A Film?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

I have been approached by someone from Sandpaper Films who is working on a BBC documentary about Diana, Princess of Wales, to mark the 20th anniversary of her death. She is hoping to speak to police officers who were responsible for policing the public that day at Westminster.

BBC1 DOCUMENTARY ON DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES 

Did you police crowds in London in the week that followed the death of Diana, Princess of Wales? Would you be willing to share your memories of that extraordinary week with a BBC1 documentary? To mark the 20th anniversary of The Princess’s tragic accident, the BBC has commissioned Henry Singer (director of ‘The Falling Man’ and Wootten Bassett: The Town that Remembers’) to make a landmark documentary that explores the impact she made on the nation. If you were one of the Officers responsible for policing the public, during that week, we would really like to hear from you.

Please get in contact via: [email protected]

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Police: The Constabulary of Toothless Tigers

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Theresa May and her puppet Amber Rudd finally seem to be getting their way by stealth.

Mrs May’s dislike and contempt of the Police Service is well known, but the pendulum was beginning to swing back in favour of the Police. However various organisations seem to be beavering away in the background to further emasculate the Police Service.

Since 2012 the number of Stop and Searches carried out has absolutely plummeted, and surprisingly, knife crime has rocketed. So, probably, have other types of Crime but nevertheless Mrs May (as Home Secretary) issued a diktat in 2014 to reduce Stop and Search, and boy, how the 43 Forces complied.

The chart above is not quite complete, but is within about 5% of being complete

Today I read the latest advice from the Federation regarding pursuits, I won’t bore you with all of it but the bullet points are;

The IPCC has recently directed a force to bring proceedings against an officer for Gross Misconduct for careless driving. Gross Misconduct is conduct that would justify dismissal.

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Police: Crisis? Wot Crisis?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

I am no Economist. Domestic or International, I am not your man.

However, I do like to think that  I can recognise a crisis when I  see one.

The Police Service is most definitely an organisation in crisis.  Leaves have been cancelled, and by that I mean that PC Jones has been  told that he/she cannot go on holiday with his/her family this summer.  I have heard from several sources that Cressida Dick has informed her officers in London exactly  that.  Unprecedented.

This in addition to normal Leave Days in mid-week and weekends have been cancelled.  On top of this officers are regularly working 12-16 hour shifts. Not the greatest of ideas if those officers happen to be driving  high performance cars at speed  through our streets.  The current policy of single  crewing means they don’t have the option to share the driving duties with their partner cos they don’t have a partner any more.

Do we really need physically and emotionally exhausted firearms officers on extended tours of duty.The?

I fully accept that Theresa May and her...

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Police: You Need To Look The Other Way

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Tragically there have been way too many major incidents in the UK over the past few weeks. Without exception the Emergency Services have been magnificent, all of them. People who know me, or read my posts, know where my allegiances lie, but  I’m not going to differentiate today, they have all performed brilliantly and all have suffered broadly similar cuts.

I have heard comments to the effect of “I thought we were supposed to be short of Policemen/Firemen/Ambulance crews, there’s loads of them “.

Please be assured that ALL of our Emergency Services will ALWAYS pitch up and do their very best whatever they are faced with. It’s what they do, it’s in their DNA, they are hardwired to run the ‘wrong’ way.

When they run out, ‘Mutual Aid’ kicks in and more Police Officers , Firefighters and appliances or Ambulance crews and paramedics will be drawn in from other parts of the countty. This happened at Kensington when a specialist appliance was ‘borrowed ‘ from Surrey together with some of their Firefighters . This...

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