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The Little Light in the Darkness

Written by RSS Poster The Police Debating Directive on the 11th July 2012 at 1:43 - Posted in Police Blogs

I have sworn an oath.It does not rest. It does not sleep.It takes more than it gives.It means, even on the days when a storm blows around us, we must carry on; even with heavy hearts and saddened souls.It means, we must keep our emotions in check, stay keen in our focus; even when the words of others, are a tinderbox in the hay barn.We have all been reminded, of the ultimate gravity, of that responsibility.I intend to carry on; to do what needs to be done.I will keep my promise, even on the darkest...
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The Sound of Panic

Written by RSS Poster The Police Debating Directive on the 09th July 2012 at 20:44 - Posted in Police Blogs

What does panic sound like? How can you pick up on it, amongst a lot of other background noise?It's easy really. First you just need to establish what induces it.In a criminal, it could be impending capture. In a ship's crew, it could be the approaching iceberg.In the case of the Home Office, it seems to be a relatively straight forward question.The question was this:“In relation to Tom Winsor's selection as Preferred Candidate for the post of Chief Inspector of Constabulary can you please supply...
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The History of the Future

Written by RSS Poster The Police Debating Directive on the 09th July 2012 at 1:40 - Posted in Police Blogs

Ever since I joined the police a Shakespeare quote has always stayed at the forefront of my mind:“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.”Over the past few months that has almost become my mantra.It certainly seems appropriate; as I've increasingly discovered, there is a lot out there that could do with some good light upon it. Also, I would much prefer to live my life knowing that I was brave enough to take a look. To say what I saw.It can be daunting,...
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Fifty Shades of Outsourcing

Written by RSS Poster The Police Debating Directive on the 08th July 2012 at 12:17 - Posted in Police Blogs

In the dark room with the gritty floor, the empty pot of lubricant lay, gathering dust in the corner; a distant memory.The chains rattled in the darkness, ever more softly as the fight began to falter; the weight of continued pressure and abuse, of tricks and ploys, of being treated like a dog, finally making resistance almost impossible.Almost.The Office of Constable lay prostrate and shackled as, at the top of the basement stairs, a group in suits slowly opened the door...I'll come back to this.I've...
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The Value of Good Will

Written by RSS Poster The Police Debating Directive on the 08th July 2012 at 0:41 - Posted in Police Blogs

I've often pondered if you can put a monetary value on good will.I was not entirely sure that it was possible, not least of all within the police service.Thousands of officers, work thousands of hours a year, that they don't claim for. I know, I'm one of them.I do it because I love what I do; and because I care about putting the time in, to do it right.This can even mean the little things, like being at your station half an hour before your shift, getting kitted up, checking emails, booking on, checking...
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The Definition of a PCC - The Response

Written by RSS Poster The Police Debating Directive on the 07th July 2012 at 15:30 - Posted in Police Blogs

I am very pleased to publish the response from Mervyn Barrett, PCC candidate for Lincolnshire.I win five pounds in a bet with myself that a certain 'L' word would be used by the end of it."I believe that police reform is long overdue. While crime has fallen substantially over the past 15 years, much of that reduction has been due to a strong economy rather than improved police performance. Despite a significant real terms increase in funding in recent years, detection rates have not significantly...
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The Definition of a PCC - Update

Written by RSS Poster The Police Debating Directive on the 07th July 2012 at 11:30 - Posted in Police Blogs

This morning I received the following from Mervyn Barrett (@mervynbarrett) in response to the blog:"@MervynBarrett: @J_amesp Hi, could you DM me your best contact details please - email etc. Many thanks, Mervyn"Taking into consideration his failure to engage openly or repeat his initial comment I am not convinced his motive is to talk through the issues.Subsequently I have posted two immediate replies:"@J_amesp: @MervynBarrett on two conditions1) explain your pensions comment in open forumAnd2) explain...
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The Definition of a PCC

Written by RSS Poster The Police Debating Directive on the 07th July 2012 at 0:13 - Posted in Police Blogs

I spoke to a PCC Candidate tonight, Mervyn Barrett of Lincolnshire. He has an OBE but is modest about it.It started as the usual banter (it's actually quite fun with many PCC candidates) but then he began to refuse to answer questions for members of the public who were talking to him.This did not bode well. No room for dipping questions in policing.He then went on to ignore questions from police officers about what genuine, operational reform was needed; after some initial rhetoric about wanting...
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The Truth About Anger

Written by RSS Poster The Police Debating Directive on the 06th July 2012 at 15:38 - Posted in Police Blogs

It's been a busy old week, not least dealing with two very young, pox ridden children.I was going to be taking them to the West Country to see their Aunt and Cousin but:a) I've seen 28 Days Later. This is how it starts.andb) The local shops are all out of little bells that they could ring.Instead they are being repeatedly smothered in a pink lotion and the youngest is being dosed up with Calpol to control her fever. All the while the not so big brother is finding new ways to empty his boxes of toys...
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The Smell of Success

Written by RSS Poster The Police Debating Directive on the 03rd July 2012 at 18:41 - Posted in Police Blogs

Oh dear. My nostrils are filled with the smell of something...could it be success? Money?No. It's a rather unpleasant pong wafting from G4S.I have been sent some real gems today, you see; and the pungent aroma arrived with them.First I am told that G4S have been replaced by The Army, in doing the security entry posts at the Olympic Park. I can't confirm or deny that as I haven't been there myself but then I received these two links:"First (longest) vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJnqSmAsDz8&feature=player_embeddedSecond...
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