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Theodore Roosevelt’s wise words

Written by RSS Poster response sarge on the 02nd June 2012 at 20:51 - Posted in Police Blogs

I wonder if Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, 1901 – 1909, had to deal with those at HQ who at the daily morning meeting try to second-guess the actions of frontline police officers… This famous quote, from a speech he made in Paris in 1910 after he has left office, makes me think he did! It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man...
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Could the Fed be getting some traction at last?

Written by RSS Poster response sarge on the 23rd May 2012 at 11:11 - Posted in Police Blogs

The Police Federation has written to all MPs ahead of planned “briefings” from Tom Winsor, the entirely independent, non Group 4 Security-aligned, highly successful ex-rail regulator. Ian Rennie, General Secretary of the Fed, writes: Dear Colleagues, As some of you may be aware, Winsor has written to Members of Parliament inviting them to briefings on his final report. I understand that the briefing sessions are to be held tomorrow evening and Wednesday evening (21st and 22nd May 2012). I...
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Meet the Team

Written by RSS Poster response sarge on the 04th May 2012 at 9:07 - Posted in Police Blogs

I’ve been tweeting for a little while now and I often mention “the team”.  I thought my reader (singular, this isn’t a very popular or busy blog… yet!) might be interested to learn a bit more about the fine men and women who deliver response policing in our little corner of the UK. The team is split roughly 65% men, 35% women.  That’s what I’d call a little “cock heavy”, a rather crude way of saying there’s too many blokes, and not enough...
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Homeless and hopeless

Written by RSS Poster response sarge on the 03rd May 2012 at 6:02 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last night at about 1am I was sent to a report of a female in an elderly lady’s house, refusing to leave. I must admit that being a cynical type I fully expected this to be a druggie, or a con artist, taking advantage of a vulnerable member of the community. I was taken aback a bit then on entering the house to see a smartly dressed lady in her 40′s who immediately greeted me with “nice to meet you” and held out her hand to shake mine. She introduced herself as Ellen and...
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I felt a bit like Jack Bauer for a minute there…

Written by RSS Poster response sarge on the 09th April 2012 at 12:33 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last week a lad called to report that he had just been victim of a street robbery.  His lovely shiny iPhone 4 had been taken. I went to the scene and found the victim, who was shaken but unhurt.  He provided descriptions of the two thieves who were on pushbikes (youngsters), which I shared over the radio with team colleagues on area search. The victim then mentioned that his phone had the ‘Find my iPhone’ feature switched on.  Using my phone, we logged into his account and lo and behold...
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I felt a bit like Jack Bauer for a minute there…

Written by RSS Poster response sarge on the 09th April 2012 at 12:33 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last week a lad called to report that he had just been victim of a street robbery.  His lovely shiny iPhone 4 had been taken. I went to the scene and found the victim, who was shaken but unhurt.  He provided descriptions of the two thieves who were on pushbikes (youngsters), which I shared over the radio with team colleagues on area search. The victim then mentioned that his phone had the ‘Find my iPhone’ feature switched on.  Using my phone, we logged into his account and lo and behold...
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Another example of police budget cuts hurting the public?

Written by RSS Poster response sarge on the 09th April 2012 at 12:19 - Posted in Police Blogs

An email arrived in my inbox at work this week.  It was from our public protection department, officers dealing with some of the most vulnerable people in society, announcing that (for reasons that weren’t quite explained) there would from now on be no on-call Sexual Offences Officers (SOO’s for short). SOOs are police officers with additional training on dealing with serious sexual offences, in particular rape. The police service has a patchy record on dealing with this horrible offence,...
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Another example of police budget cuts hurting the public?

Written by RSS Poster response sarge on the 09th April 2012 at 12:19 - Posted in Police Blogs

An email arrived in my inbox at work this week.  It was from our public protection department, officers dealing with some of the most vulnerable people in society, announcing that (for reasons that weren’t quite explained) there would from now on be no on-call Sexual Offences Officers (SOO’s for short). SOOs are police officers with additional training on dealing with serious sexual offences, in particular rape. The police service has a patchy record on dealing with this horrible offence,...
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All in this together…?

Written by RSS Poster response sarge on the 01st April 2012 at 18:42 - Posted in Police Blogs

As the title of the blog implies, I am a Sergeant in a UK police force.  To get promoted to this level I had to study at great length in my spare time, take a written exam in law and procedure, then sit a role play exam testing my management skills.  Then once qualified, I had to pass an interview board held by three senior members of the police service.  Only then did I receive my three stripes. I’m currently posted to a response team, dealing with the public all day, every day, answering...
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Winsor Part 2

Written by RSS Poster response sarge on the 29th March 2012 at 17:45 - Posted in Police Blogs

The government drives on relentlessly with its plans for police reform, accepting the Winsor 2 reforms in full and urging rapid implementation. This enacted the usual spluttering from the Police Federation which I expect will most likely have the usual effect – similar to a gnat trying to stop a speeding train. The reforms mean massive cuts to police pay, an increase in the pension age to 60, increases in pension contributions, mandatory fitness tests (with the threat of being sacked if an...
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