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Computer Says No

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos on the 20th October 2016 at 15:03 - Posted in Police Blogs

Guys, I’m sorry for the lack of posts lately. My excuse is that I’ve been concentrating on writing my second book. I hope you’re all well. Today, for the sake of balance, I’d like to report a couple of positive developments within the Metropolitan Police Service. As you can imagine, it’s not east to find such things, so it’s important to report them when they occur. Firstly, the Met has upgraded it’s computer operating system from Windows XP (1995-2003) to Windows 8.1. Lucky staff that...
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Loops Or No Loops?

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos on the 25th May 2016 at 16:26 - Posted in Police Blogs

I’ve been off-grid for a while, so let’s launch into the British summer with a light piece of typical Met management buffoonery. Okay, I know we’re still in late spring here in the UK, but I’m wearing my shorts, so that makes it summer, okay? In addition to handcuffs, cops also use leg restraints. These are wide Velcro straps that wrap around a perp’s ankles and thighs, binding the legs tightly together. They prevent the prisoner from kicking us when he is going bananas, which often happens....
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Metropolitan Police Basic Training – Impossible to Fail!

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos on the 31st March 2016 at 15:50 - Posted in Police Blogs

Hendon is still the training site for new recruits to the Metropolitan Police Service. You might recall my recent post about the total absence at Hendon now, of any training in criminal law? Met Recruits Are Taught No Criminal LawThe instructors assume the recruits will either teach themselves, or already have a good understanding of the law from having been police volunteers. Obviously, the reality is that they all need intensive training in the detail of criminal law – when I was a new recruit...
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Moving to: justiceandchaos.com

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos on the 20th March 2016 at 10:06 - Posted in Police Blogs

  Guys, I'm rehousing the blog at a self-hosted site:justiceandchaos.comObviously, it's a very similar link. Please delete and then 'refavourite' this new address. If you see any broken links or other screw-ups, please do email me at:[email protected] you there!

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Attendance Targets – The Tail Wagging The Dog...

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos on the 04th March 2016 at 13:37 - Posted in Police Blogs

“If it isn't one target, it's another,” explained Paul. “Senior managers have told the world that there are no targets, but Sir Bernard now has everybody panicking over attendance times.”Paul is a dog handler in my old county police force.“As a dog handler, my bread-and-butter is burglaries. I go in with my dog, and he sniffs out anybody who shouldn't be there. We're a specialist team, but there are so many burglary calls that we have no shortage of work.”  “But since Bernard's Local...
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Prayer and Contemplation

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos on the 20th February 2016 at 18:38 - Posted in Police Blogs

It was quite a moment when I discovered the Contemplation Room in my old station. Upon seeing the door-sign, I gingerly pushed the door open, and found two PCSOs and a sergeant, with their feet up on the chairs.“Shut that door before anybody spots us in here.”   The sergeant said it as if there was shame in taking a breather, in pausing to gather ourselves, and reacquainting ourselves with the fact that we are human beings.I knew the man – a decent intelligent chap whom I like and respect....
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Met Complicit in Smartphone Insurance Fraud

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos on the 04th February 2016 at 17:45 - Posted in Police Blogs

People who work behind the front counter of a police station do it with the purpose of helping people, right? That's ultimately why anybody works for the police – it's a calling, a vocation.  My friend Janine works as a civilian Public Access Officer behind the public counter. She's a compassionate soul and, frankly, a legend.Like all my police officer colleagues, I've spent many nights working at the public counter. The civilian PAOs only work daytime hours – they can't be forced to work...
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APOLOGIES

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos on the 29th January 2016 at 17:45 - Posted in Police Blogs

I am renovating the blog, as it seemed to resemble the work of an Internet-shy copper, or a small child. This will only take four or five days, so please have a good weekend.And if you feel like it, read the sample for my new book:The Accidental Copper :

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Met Cops No Longer Taught Criminal Law

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos on the 24th January 2016 at 13:07 - Posted in Police Blogs

The Metropolitan Police – the one that all the others look up to, right? It seems that any absurdity you can imagine has already been perpetrated by the Metropolitan Police. Conjure something crazy to mind, and you can guarantee that the Met management have quietly implemented it. So what's the latest?Until recently student officers spent their first year, on and off, learning law and procedure. In my day it was a twelve week residential course followed by six months of intermittent courses....
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My Sergeant Shot Me

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos on the 13th January 2016 at 15:18 - Posted in Police Blogs

So, we're back on the subject of increasing the UK's armed police officers.Guardian: Met to announce increase in armed officersI believe that secretly the Met's senior managers enjoy these sorts of issues, because they take the public's attention away from the perpetual embarrassments of target culture and supervisors' pressure to hit those targets by fiddling the figures...and so many other avoidable problems that I can't be bothered to list.Anyway, Sir Bernard is caving in to pressure to create...
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