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The Unwilling Victims

Written by RSS Poster MinimumCover - The Police Officer Blog on the 31st October 2014 at 8:46 - Posted in Police Blogs

I have read much about the failings of Police on a national scale where youngsters at risk of harm have not been adequately protected. There is, no doubt, some truth to these stories in a small number of cases. But there are also those that find themselves being a headline despite the repeated efforts of Police, Social Services and other agencies on a large number of occasions. I am sure that anyone in the job that is reading this can reel off at least three or four 11 to 18 year old kids, living...
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It’s Not Just the Met: Deployment Policy Swamps Resources

Written by RSS Poster MinimumCover - The Police Officer Blog on the 13th August 2013 at 16:24 - Posted in Police Blogs

Thanks to Ademan for his up front and honest appraisal of the current situation in MetPol – his blog published earlier today has already generated some interesting responses. The overwhelming majority of which are entirely in agreement with the case he presents It’s not just the Met though… Many miles from the bright lights of London the same issues present themselves on a daily basis. The last couple of weeks and the month or so to come present some of the most dangerous times...
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Guest Blog: The MPS Local Policing Model – Ademan Deloya

Written by RSS Poster MinimumCover - The Police Officer Blog on the 13th August 2013 at 10:45 - Posted in Police Blogs

The Local Policing Model, the Metropolitan Police Service’s new way of doing everything, is in place across most of London now and, more or less exactly as many people predicted (including me, here: http://wp.me/p2T48h-y), it is failing. Unfortunately, all of the fine ideas and clever acronyms and gloriously proliferated layers of management and supervision are balanced on the shoulders of not even nearly enough officers actually doing the work that matters: answering calls and investigating crimes....
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Abigail…

Written by RSS Poster MinimumCover - The Police Officer Blog on the 10th August 2013 at 22:21 - Posted in Police Blogs

This post is not about Policing This post is not about the governments latest policy decision This post is not about me…or you This post is about Abigail At about quarter to five the radio breathed…that unmistakable audible intake of breath from the radio operator that always comes before a job. I was tired – very tired. I had completely failed to sleep after the previous night and had pulled into a side road to watch the traffic for a bit. To be honest I was probably starting...
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‘Go Home or Face Arrest’

Written by RSS Poster MinimumCover - The Police Officer Blog on the 09th August 2013 at 22:15 - Posted in Police Blogs

This is the slogan used by the Home Office in a number of London Boroughs as the first stage in a national campaign on immigration. A warning to those who have come to the UK and now reside here illegally coupled with an offer of help to those who choose to leave voluntarily. Despite only being seen in a small part of the capital, the campaign has quickly attracted national attention following a number of complaints about the use of the phrase ‘Go Home’ and its perceived links to slogans...
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Guest Blog: How Times Have Changed

Written by RSS Poster MinimumCover - The Police Officer Blog on the 03rd August 2013 at 15:22 - Posted in Police Blogs

As a member of the public who is not employed in any of the emergency services my heart sinks when I listen to the talk of youngsters about the Police. When I was little (in the sixties) I was brought up to believe the Police were there to help you, but don’t you dare bring the Police to our door!! My Parents had very firm views on the Police. You rang them in an emergency only, but then where we lived we had no phone, but the Police had a regular beat and they knew the local bobby. My father had...
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Travellers can Keep Stolen Caravan – ECHR Strikes Again

Written by RSS Poster MinimumCover - The Police Officer Blog on the 01st August 2013 at 10:54 - Posted in Police Blogs

Less than a month ago I wrote with disappointment about the case of three life term prisoners that were potentially going to get their sentences reduced because of a European Court ruling that their whole-life tariff was considered a breach of their Human Rights. Now its the turn of a family of travellers from Hampshire to benefit from the inverse benefits that the ECHR provides. Benefits that exist at the expense of genuine victims of crime who are still paying the costs of their loss. In 2011 Kathleen...
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Guest Blog: Screening out Crime – Chris Hobbs

Written by RSS Poster MinimumCover - The Police Officer Blog on the 28th July 2013 at 12:36 - Posted in Police Blogs

This skit encompasses the recently reported ‘screening out’ of crimes by the Met, its treatment of serving officers post Leveson, the manipulation of crime figures, the Met’s treatment of whistleblowers or others who fail to toe the line (Howard Shaw, Brian Casson), the arrogance of ACPO ranks, bullying and finally the skeletons that are still rattling around the Met’s 2011 riots cupboard. Scene; An office deep within Scotland Yard where a half a dozen senior ACPO ranked officers have congregated. ...
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Exclusive: Interview with DI Walker from ‘Married to the Job’

Written by RSS Poster MinimumCover - The Police Officer Blog on the 27th July 2013 at 21:57 - Posted in Police Blogs

As I mentioned yesterday I have been lucky enough to be able to secure an interview with one of the senior police detectives from Hertfordshire Police – DI Joanne Walker. Her episode was the first to be broadcast during the ITV series focussing on the struggle faced by those who have to fit the demands of their policing life around those of their family. Jo was exceptionally honest in her portrayal of her role in the program, allowing the cameras access to parts of her life that police officers...
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Summertime…

Written by RSS Poster MinimumCover - The Police Officer Blog on the 26th July 2013 at 20:16 - Posted in Police Blogs

Here we go again…another weekend of summer fun begins tonight Two of the teams from my station have managed to co-ordinate their diaries and combine the remains of their pocket-money and are off for a night out in the city. No doubt the evening will be a long and glorious one with evidence, both good and bad, being broadcast via social media. Perhaps tonight will be the night some of those locker room rumours will be proved as fact or fiction. One thing is certain, it will not pass without something...
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