According to the folklore of Hollywood and of Western movies prior to the mid fifties native Americans often described the black hatted white villain as speaking with forked tongue and of course the reference was to snakes. Today we would describe the activity as saying one thing and acting in a totally opposite fashion i.e. being an out and out liar. Now to accuse a Chief Constable who is head of professional standards for the National Police Chiefs Council of terminological inexactitude might perhaps be going a little too far but contrast two statements in the public domain made by this man. On the website of the NPCC amongst other things the above mentioned Chief Constable Martin Jelley wrote in 2016,
"We will not tolerate corrupt officers or staff and it is vital that we respond swiftly and robustly to incidences of sexual misconduct. “After reviews by Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in 2012, police chiefs committed to doing more to root out abusers from the service. Since then, police leaders have emphasised that this behaviour has no place in policing, made changes to vetting and supervision processes, and encouraged reporting - the majority of force investigations into abuse of powers are started in response to concerns raised by officers and staff."
In a recent issue of Police Oracle behind a pay wall there is a front page report:-
Misconduct system 'too focused on punishment' says national lead. CC Martin Jelley. Head of professional standards for NPCC calls for 'revolution' in attitudes. Date - 15th February 2018. By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle. The police misconduct system must become more focused on learning and improvement and less on punishment.
Perhaps I am being pedantic but my simple understanding is that these two statements appear on the surface at least to be just a little contradictory. Of course the first is specific and the other is a generality but my opinion is that this very senior officer is wearing that black hat beloved of early directors of the Western genre of movie making. Originally posted at http://thejusticeofthepeaceblog.blogspot.com/2018/02/black-hatted...