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How Safe Are Our Streets Exactly?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry on the 05th July 2018 at 16:48 - Posted in Police Blogs

As you are all aware, I am not an Academic, and I do not possess a degree in anything.  However, spurred on by  this warm weather and an increasing foreboding of doom, I dusted down my crayons, and with a little help from my 4 year old grand-daughter, I managed to produce some nice pretty pictures, based on the premise that the first duty of any government is to protect its citizens.This doesn’t often happen, but I will shut up for a while and let the music and the pictures fill in the story. Hmm,...
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We Were NOT Crying Wolf Prime Minister

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry on the 03rd July 2018 at 11:24 - Posted in Police Blogs

I’m sure you can all remember back in 2015 when the then Home Secretary told the Police Federation to “stop crying wolf”. She said nearly every year the Federation warned that the public was at risk or that the force would be destroyed but it had not happened. She told officers: “This kind of scare-mongering does no one any good.” And she added: “This crying wolf has to stop.” Mrs May gave them an ultimatum, telling them: “You can choose protest and continue to shout from the sidelines...
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#DegreeGate

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry on the 20th June 2018 at 10:52 - Posted in Police Blogs

Much has been said already about degree-level entry into the Police Service, and I’m pretty sure that much more will be said in the months and years to come. I had a ‘conversation’ yesterday with some faceless, nameless Rupert from the College of Policing as I wanted to be clear in my mind exactly what was being introduced. I’m still a tad unclear as to exactly when the three proscribed routes into the Police Service (at Constable level) will come into play but essentially, taken from the...
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Sir Tom Winsor

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry on the 15th June 2018 at 9:40 - Posted in Police Blogs

Who is Sir Tom Winsor? Well, most people know by now that he was the lead author of the infamous Independent Review of Police Officers’ & Staff Remuneration and Conditions, first published in 2011. The ‘highlights’ include Tom Winsor provided the government with recommendations as to how a modern police pay structure could be achieved. Changes to pay that would lower police officer starting salaries but allow officers to progress more quickly to higher pay. A stronger link between pay...
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Who Gives A Toss About #KnifeCrime?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry on the 13th May 2018 at 9:31 - Posted in Police Blogs

Well, I do, but I’m not sure that our politicians really do care. It will come as no surprise to most of you that I care about it, and my chosen vehicle for heightening awareness is the Knife Angel. I ‘dug’ into it, found out what it was all about, went to see it (stunning) and met the ‘owner’ and creator of the Knife Angel. I spoke to both of them at length over many cups of coffee, and their passion and belief in the project is absolutely blindingly clear. Clive Knowles, the ‘owner’...
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Knife And Gun Crime On The Streets Of Almost Anywhere

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry on the 07th May 2018 at 13:59 - Posted in Police Blogs

I don’t need telling, I know I’m a dinosaur, but 30 years pounding the mean streets of London, locking people up for doing bad things, qualifies me to know a bad thing when I see it. The current rate of Knife and Gun Crime almost anywhere in England and Wales is a bad thing. Even counties where it is not particularly high, or even low, the trend is still seemingly increasing year upon year. I recently pestered every single Force in England and Wales and asked them how many deaths and injuries...
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This Is EXACTLY How This Government Views A True Hero

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry on the 01st May 2018 at 13:39 - Posted in Police Blogs

A week or two ago Mrs May, our beloved Prime Minister, announced that forever more there would be a Stephen Lawrence Memorial Day. She may well think that’s appropriate, but surely it opens the doors for other victims. There are surely other people, victims of violence, who deserve their own Memorial Day. One of these, in my opinion, was the late PC Keith Palmer, murdered by a Terrorist whilst protecting Parliament. To recognise his valiant sacrifice I started a government petition to commemorate...
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Knife Crime, Stop/Search – Some Facts, Some Figures And Some Fictions, Plus Anything Else I Can Think Of

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry on the 23rd April 2018 at 11:32 - Posted in Police Blogs

Knife Crime is very much current and on the rise, both in the capital, London, and across the country generally.  For the purposes of this post I shall be relying on figures that relate to London, but I have no doubt that they will be mirrored elsewhere, just with smaller numbers.  In this context Knife Crime = Any Crime enabled by use of a Knife, not just assaults and homicides etc. Ethnicity in this context is Self Defined Ethnicity. In 2012 there were 12,454 recorded victims of Knife Crime in...
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Does The Home Secretary, Sorry, Prime Minister, Have Blood On Her Hands?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry on the 07th April 2018 at 0:25 - Posted in Police Blogs

The answer to this, I think, very much depends on your opinion of Stop and Search. It is controversial, undoubtedly, but is it legitimate? Is it effective? Is it necessary? Once upon a time, in 2014, Theresa May, as Home Secretary, instructed the Police Service of England and Wales to reduce their use of Stop and Search stating that it was disproportionate towards certain sectors of the community. Home Secretary Theresa May said: Nobody wins when stop and search is misapplied. It is a waste of...
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Knife Crime – A Faux-Academic’s View

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry on the 27th March 2018 at 23:34 - Posted in Police Blogs

I confess, I have never been an ‘academic’, I left school with two A Levels and a Jamboree Bag. In truth, I’m never likely to be an academic either. I have had three jobs since leaving school, and every one of them involved being a practitioner of one kind or another. I’m not intimidated by ‘maffs’ and ‘riffmatic’ though. A set of numbers is just another challenge. As most of you will know I have a ‘thing’ about Knife Crime and somehow seem to be at odds with some of the more...
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