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Written by RSS Poster Tales from the Metropolis on the 15th May 2017 at 22:18 - Posted in Police Blogs

The METS figures on knife crime in recent weeks are clearly horrendous.Daily we are informed of the latest death or serious injury on London's streets. The media are in a frenzy, politicians demand action, family's want answers and results.Stepping back from the figures the background to this seems clear. There has been a massive drop in stop and search by the Met over recent years. This in short has been led by a significant interference by politicians and other vocal interest groups in the use...
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An officer down but a hero rises

Written by RSS Poster Tales from the Metropolis on the 23rd March 2017 at 21:42 - Posted in Police Blogs

Constable Keith Palmer paid the ultimate price for doing his job yesterday at the Palace of Westminster. Unarmed, he was fatally wounded as he confronted the crazed maniac who had caused senseless carnage on the bridge moments before.  I was one of the many officers despatched to assorted parts of the Metropolis as the event unfolded. My team were constantly checking for updates on our mobiles until, sadly, confirmation came through of his death. I was watching...
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MET HR and the new reality blueprint

Written by RSS Poster Tales from the Metropolis on the 07th January 2017 at 21:31 - Posted in Police Blogs

Well at last they've finally  come out and said it . MET HR admit they no longer see the job as a career. A paper produced by MET HR and presented to a Chief Constables council states that by 2020 'we no longer expect to see policing as a job for life'In typical MET HR speak it goes on ' We see healthy churn as a positive, creating space to recruit new capabilities which would take many years to develop internally'. It also talks of officers leaving being able to  join a new 'formal...
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MET HR and the new reality blueprint

Written by RSS Poster Tales from the Metropolis on the 07th January 2017 at 17:42 - Posted in Police Blogs

Well at last they've finally  come out and said it . MET HR admit they no longer see the job as a career. A paper produced by MET HR and presented to a Chief Constables council states that by 2020 'we no longer expect to see policing as a job for life'In typical MET HR speak it goes on ' We see healthy churn as a positive, creating space to recruit new capabilities which would take many years to develop internally'. It also talks of officers leaving being able to  join a new 'formal...
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The IPCC tries again

Written by RSS Poster Tales from the Metropolis on the 25th November 2016 at 20:16 - Posted in Police Blogs

The determination of the IPCC to nail a police firearms officer continues unabated.They have referred the shooting of Jermaine Baker to the  CPS. An incident well covered by the media following an incident in Wood Green last yearI can understand the concept of a referral. A male has been shot and has died and a police officer fired the shot.However the use of the words 'an indication' a criminal offence has been committed'  is somewhat vague.As a police officer I would be given...
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I was sitting there ...!

Written by RSS Poster Tales from the Metropolis on the 28th October 2016 at 23:36 - Posted in Police Blogs

As the MET tries to cram more and more people into fewer and fewer buildings its 'Hot Desking' concept leads to desperate measures .

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Stop now you crazy Diamond

Written by RSS Poster Tales from the Metropolis on the 21st October 2016 at 19:30 - Posted in Police Blogs

A DIAMOND group has been formed in the upper reaches of the MET. I am not sure where they get the names. Clearly the old BRONZE, SILVER , GOLD is so last year.One of its aims is to explore the possibilities of bumping up the Detective ranks ( of which the MET is severely short ) by using Specials and pushing new entrants straight through to DC pathways without, it would seem, the implied inconvenience of spending a couple of years learning the basics in a uniform role.Frankly I am not surprised...
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What do you expectorate?

Written by RSS Poster Tales from the Metropolis on the 12th September 2016 at 20:31 - Posted in Police Blogs

I was reading the Evening standard on the commute home last week and saw a small article saying the Met had decide to trial the so called spit hoods on a selection of Boroughs.The discussion on  use of spit hoods has been bouncing around the Met, off and on, for years. As expected the SLT at the higher levels huffed and puffed. Anecdotally its rumoured one of the SLT asked if we were expected to wear the hoods!!!!Any way it came as no surprise that the usual suspects  came...
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What do you expectorate?

Written by RSS Poster Tales from the Metropolis on the 12th September 2016 at 20:27 - Posted in Police Blogs

I was reading the Evening standard on the commute home last week and saw a small article saying the Met had decide to trial to so called spit hoods on a selection of Boroughs.The discussion on  use of spit hoods has been bouncing around the Met, off and on, for years. As expected the SLT at the higher levels huffed and puffed. Anecdotally its rumoured one of the SLT asked if we ere expected to wear the hoods!!!!Any way it came as no surprise that the usual suspects  came...
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FED still in denial

Written by RSS Poster Tales from the Metropolis on the 06th June 2016 at 23:27 - Posted in Police Blogs

The Police Federation of England and Wales have started to E mail its members. I hadn't heard from our hardy band of firebrand representatives for some time. I did check my pay slip .They are  still taking my subs so I assumed they still existed.This flurry of activity is no doubt due to the recent Federation jolly at Bournemouth in which the Fed Reps at assorted levels assemble on Fed expenses and as the highlight for a few days by the sea invite the Home secretary to attend...
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