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A Routine Call

Written by RSS Poster PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer on the 15th April 2016 at 17:56 - Posted in Police Blogs

Whenever I was called to a job involving someone armed with a firearm, machete, or other weapon of lethal force, I used to be fairly relaxed.   "Are you wearing PPE?" Control room ask. "Affirmative." You have time to stop, put on your body armour or tighten it up, give your PAVA gas a shake and think about how you're going to approach the address, what cover you will use to hide from harm, and how you and your colleagues may subdue the offender.   Inevitably, on arrival,...
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It's still the police's fault

Written by RSS Poster PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer on the 07th April 2016 at 19:16 - Posted in Police Blogs

 Even though the IPCC concluded that Lee Birch was hell-bent on killing ex-wife Anne-Marie, the papers still report this as if it was the police's fault.  No officers had to answer for misconduct and there were "learning points" only, which is effectively when the IPCC tell you to assume every future call will be a potential murder. Domestic murders are particularly grim, and no police officer wants to think they had a chance to intervene in one.  But the papers (and public) repeatedly...
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Off with Stress

Written by RSS Poster PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer on the 05th April 2016 at 9:09 - Posted in Police Blogs

At last, some concrete figures to support what front-line officers have been feeling over the last few years: police officers off sick with stress is up a whopping 35% in flat numbers despite a decrease in overall police numbers.  When I joined Blandshire Constabuary in 2003, there was never a shortage of people putting their hands up for voluntary overtime, to stay on dealing with shoplifters, doing scene watches, or just covering shortages on the next shift.  In recent...
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Facebook Faux Pas

Written by RSS Poster PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer on the 27th February 2016 at 9:40 - Posted in Police Blogs

Stories like this, in which a judge recalled two drug dealers for sentencing because they bragged on Facebook and were abusive about her, will bring a smile to most police officers' faces.  In fact, I would hazard a guess it was the officer in the case who highlighted this, unless the judge happened to be friends with the males. My question is, should your sentence go from two years in jail (a healthy chunk of time for most adults), to zero, just because you told the court you were...
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Uncommon Sense

Written by RSS Poster PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer on the 20th February 2016 at 10:05 - Posted in Police Blogs

Since my earliest blogging days, and before, we've been reading about how the police should have more Common Sense. I've bewailed the loss of commonsense from the start.  But here's why I cringe when I hear police commanders and politicians using the phrase as if it represents some brave new world of policy surrounding the police. A few years ago, Blandshire Constabulary trained us all in Professional Judgment.  This was the politically correct term for Discretion, something...
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The Disappearing Reappearing Cop

Written by RSS Poster PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer on the 14th February 2016 at 8:38 - Posted in Police Blogs

I haven't blogged for a while.  There are a number of reasons, but I am still here, sort of. I've been spending some time this week reading back through my blog in the early days, trying to figure out why I stopped writing it.  To my amazement I started the blog nearly TEN YEARS AGO! It's clear from my early posts that there was a lot of fun to be had at the government's expense.  The Labour government was a delightful source of entertainment for this police blogger, from...
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Cartoon Police Turn Violent

Written by RSS Poster PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer on the 11th February 2016 at 10:29 - Posted in Police Blogs

 There are some things you simply cannot make up.  Devon and Cornwall just circulated this poster, before retracting it when someone pointed out that it depicted a riot officer bludgeoning a person lying on the floor.  D&C's response:   Clearly the graphic designer working at the force headquarters thinks that drunk people all dress like Jason Voorhees.  Alternatively, he was sniggering, "Let's see if anyone notices this" as he forwarded the...
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Cartoon Police Turn Violent

Written by RSS Poster PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer on the 27th February 2015 at 22:27 - Posted in Police Blogs

 There are some things you simply cannot make up.  Devon and Cornwall just circulated this poster, before retracting it when someone pointed out that it depicted a riot officer bludgeoning a person lying on the floor.  D&C's response:   Clearly the graphic designer working at the force headquarters thinks that drunk people all dress like Jason Voorhees.  Alternatively, he was sniggering, "Let's see if anyone notices this" as he forwarded the...
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Rude and Lazy or Rock and a Non Soft Place?

Written by RSS Poster PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer on the 03rd February 2015 at 21:21 - Posted in Police Blogs

Nothing is more likely to trigger The Daily Mail Headline policy than the thought of a complaint against police.  In fact, an incident log need only reference in passing that the caller is minutely displeased with the service they are getting, to result in a flurry of priority-setting and diversion of resources.   Senior (and some junior) police officers react this way because they fear headlines like this, which damage the reputation of the police.   As a sergeant,...
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No Yes Means No

Written by RSS Poster PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer on the 29th January 2015 at 16:29 - Posted in Police Blogs

I've blogged about rape repeatedly over the years.  It nearly always results in a fairly heated debate.  A lot of men (and probably some women) think that if you are female, support Rape Crisis, and emphatically state that rape is under-reported and under-convicted, you must be a man-hating, blinkered feminist who is blind to the reality of false rape reports.   Now the DPP is announcing measures to tackle two key rape myths, both of which I have blogged about before. ...
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