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All For One

Written by RSS Poster manyvoices Blog on the 08th February 2014 at 16:57 - Posted in Police Blogs

Yesterday’s Guardian newspaper included an editorial entitled Plebgate: stop digging .  This editorial contains two recommendations, both directed at the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW): that the Federation should drop its challenge aimed at preventing the IPCC from reopening the investigation into the meeting between Andrew Mitchell and his local PFEW representatives; and that it should stop funding PC Toby Rowland’s libel action against Mr Mitchell. On twitter I said that,...
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The Warm Body

Written by RSS Poster manyvoices Blog on the 15th November 2013 at 19:18 - Posted in Police Blogs

A few years ago, I worked for an engineering company that sold machines to customers all around the world. These were large, complex machines worth hundreds of thousands of pounds each. Getting one up and running on a customer’s site, known as ‘commissioning’, was often a difficult job in the best of circumstances.    It was not uncommon, when a customer was making a nuisance of themselves, to send an engineer to site to placate the customer even if it was known that the engineer...
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Frank Williamson & “The Fall of Scotland Yard”

Written by RSS Poster manyvoices Blog on the 18th October 2013 at 22:16 - Posted in Police Blogs

‘When a policeman is doing his job, often difficult and frequently dangerous, he should be supported to the full by his senior officers and all law-abiding members of the community. When he breaks the rules, which he knows all too well, he should be dealt with according to the law. Until he does transgress, for God’s sake get off his back. He is doing a vital and responsible job, and he needs your support.’ Frank Williamson   On Saturday, 29 November 1969, The Times ran a story headed, “London...
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Playing the ball: the real risks of Direct Entry into the Police.

Written by RSS Poster manyvoices Blog on the 14th October 2013 at 20:58 - Posted in Police Blogs

Playing the ball: the real risks of Direct Entry into the Police.   In January, the Government went out to consultation on their proposals to introduce Direct Entry into the police.  The consultation closed at the end of March and the Government’s response to that consultation was published on 14 October. http://t.co/kUR9PkM131   The Government’s response states that the consultation process attracted more than 900 submissions but it is not evident that those submissions have had much effect...
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A G4S employee experience.

Written by RSS Poster manyvoices Blog on the 31st July 2013 at 21:44 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last week I published a blog (reproduced here on manyvoicesblog to aid new readers of this piece) on my visit to Lincolnshire Police HQ to see how the partnership with G4S was coming along, one year in to the ten year contract.  I was surprised by what I found because the overriding impression of G4S is that of a company doing as little as possible to get the most profit available.  I definitely did not find that in Lincolnshire.  I asked someone who works for G4S, in the Policing arena but not...
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G4S & Licolnshire Police. A Modern Romance.

Written by RSS Poster manyvoices Blog on the 31st July 2013 at 21:22 - Posted in Police Blogs

This time last year Lincolnshire Police were at the beginning of a journey many did not want them to embark on.  The groundbreaking contract between the Force and G4S had just begun, to a background of Olympic controversy and impending PCC elections.  Policing was in flux. The people of Lincolnshire could be forgiven if they found themselves worrying about the service they might receive from their Police Force and the officers and staff were rightly nervous but also demoralised. The partnership...
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Argumentum ad baculum

Written by RSS Poster manyvoices Blog on the 08th February 2013 at 19:10 - Posted in Police Blogs

As he steps out of his vehicle, snow crunches underfoot, the crispness of the air irritates his sore throat, this is the time of year he does not mind wearing the bullet proof vest despite the  bulkiness, it adds to keeping warm a bit, coughing slightly he heads into the imposing structure preparing to start his workday. The doors close behind him but this is not where he stops being just a member of the public, that happened years ago, when he joined the force.  That day was the last day that...
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Letter from a Police officer to the Guardian

Written by RSS Poster manyvoices Blog on the 01st February 2013 at 13:39 - Posted in Police Blogs

 On 4 March 2012, Ian Blair wrote anarticle in the Guardian describing police officer numbers as a “political shibboleth” and suggesting that excessive focus on the number of serving police officers acts as a “straitjacket” to police forces, preventing them from modernising. Since then, I have noticed a marked trend in Guardian comment pieces, demonstrated for example by Martin Kettle on 31 January (Theresa May has simply got on with the job of police reform), to accept...
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A Question of Trust

Written by RSS Poster manyvoices Blog on the 28th January 2013 at 18:29 - Posted in Police Blogs

A Question of Trust Let’s start with a little game… Which of these is the odd one out? Give up? Okay, the answer is the computer. Police officers are generally trusted to use the other five things. Batons, CS, fast cars, tasers, even guns. All capable of causing pain. Some even capable of causing serious injury or death. All capable of hitting the headlines through their use, influencing public opinion or affecting the reputation of the police service. All requiring those who use them to...
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Fresh faces, old ideas

Written by RSS Poster manyvoices Blog on the 15th January 2013 at 19:44 - Posted in Police Blogs

“We need to cut the bureaucracy and get back to fighting crime. So we’ve taken an axe to police red tape, saving up to 4.5 million police hours a year and getting the equivalent of an extra 2,100 officers back onto the streets. We need to give the police the freedom to use their judgement. So we’ve scrapped all police targets and given them a single objective – to cut crime “ Theresa May, Speech (9th October 2012)   ​The brave new world of Police and Crime Commissioners...
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