Posts Tagged ‘law’

Following on from my last post, I am currently dealing with several matters which for obvious reasons I cannot discuss in detail. Suffice to say a victim of crime has been lucky. By sheer good fortune I have been able to recover some stolen property. The victim was happy, until he realised that he couldn’t get the property back until it had been forensically examined.

Of course, with fewer Police Officers and all the support staff, everything takes much longer. Our Forensic examiners are nothing like Dr Eve Lockhart. We don’t have on site labs where we can wander at will. The same examiner has to come and collect the item(s), transport them to a lab, deal with jobs happening real time with all the travel that involves and not work any overtime. Numbers have been slashed over the years.

A month after the property is recovered my victim still doesn’t have his property back because it cannot be examined. He feels let down, I feel I have let him down.

Smaller does not necessarily mean better.


Following on from my post here:

I have just been informed that the Police Service that I work for, we can no longer say Force due to its negative connotations, saved £22 million by the end of 2011/2012, a term vague by design I believe. Apparently the service will save another 8 million by the end of this financial year. In total the service in this area have to save £50 million by 2015. So from April 2013 until April 2015 the service needs to save a further £20 million.

In order to achieve this it seems that 400 Officers and 450 support staff will have to go.

We are told that the second phase of the operation to save money, yes it has an operational name and a team to match, is not just about saving money. Yes, that’s right, my Chief Constable has said so. Just because he earns £145,000 (November 2011) does not mean that he can treat his constables like idiots. This phase is apparently about modernising, with less money to cost less money at the same time as saving £20 million. But, of course, it is not all about saving money.

The chief opines that by 2015 ‘… we will look and feel like a very different organisation.’ He goes on to say that he cannot describe the plans in detail, probably because the May fairy hasn’t told him what they will be yet.

I CAN envisage our service in 2015. There will be fewer Police Officers. There will be fewer Police Stations. The Police Stations that do exist will be open for fewer hours. There will be less staff to manage ‘front offices’, custody and scene’s of crime officers.

We will modernise. That probably means another set of computer programmes that cost the earth, do not talk to other system’s within this service never mind those with common borders. No maintenance contract being taken out to save money so no updates provided. A change of personal equipment, different baton’s, … again. In all probability Cheaper handcuffs and less training in Home Office Approved Techniques for restraint.

To shed the 400 officers it is likely that the older more experienced officers will be shed because they are expensive, being at the top of the pay scale. The experience will be gone. The officers will, in all likelihood, be shed because they cannot complete the soon to be introduced fitness tests. I can run all day, I cannot complete the ‘shuttle’ run because this requires constant turning and after an active life my knees don’t like the strain. My job does not entail chasing people. I am a detective. Unlike Chief Superintendent Boyd (‘Waking the Dead’) Inspector Frost and many other TV Detectives, in the last 7 years I have not had to run after someone. I have arrested people, interviewed them, investigated serious crime and never once had to break a sweat. Some would say that is what experience does for you.

I joined the Police at a time when they were recruiting more mature people because there were so many youngsters ‘in the job’. Now, as a cost cutting exercise the more mature among us are likely to be targeted for removal. My pension has been worked for. I have paid 11% of my salary into the scheme. As a consequence of the contribution, in the early years, my family suffered financial hardship. Now, if I continue to work until I am 60, which the government will allow me to do, I will be forced to accept reduced benefits for increased contributions.

If the government do not want me to continue being a Police Officer, pay me off. I have already previously blogged about where money can be found. To the good people of England I would say, do you want a Police Service comprised of students, or would you like some experienced people. I appreciate experience does not equate to good, but new does equate to mistakes. Mistakes lead to wrongful convictions and wrongful acquittals.

I see that the sad saga of MP Eric Joyce has drawn to its sordid conclusion at the Westminster Magistrates Court.


Image courtesy of the Romsey Advertiser

Mr Joyce who physically abused four people, obviously feels he is above the law. Mr Joyce told Police, ‘You can’t touch me, I am an MP.’ This clearly demonstrates the mind set of those who set themselves over population. They feel they are more important, better and in some sense far superior to the people who put them where they are.

Mr Joyce’s actions were disrespectful of the place he was in, offensive insulting and degrading to the people he assaulted, never mind the physical injury, and showed a complete contempt for the office of constable when it came to be time for his arrest. Did Mr Joyce feel contrition? No, he caused criminal damage at the Police station where he was detained. he confirmed the view held by many that MP’s would not know Truth if she stood on his toes by saying he had three or four glasses of wine to drink but was described as witnesses as ‘out of it’.

A former soldier (Army Education Corps so really a failed teacher then) Joyce was happy to mix it with several Tory’s. What a shame this MP was not met by those other sons of fun also known as MP’s


The Corps of Royal Military Police, would he have been so forthright in his violence then one wonders.

The most amazing thing in this tale of loutish behaviour is that Joyce has already announced he will seek re-election in 2015! Not only should his candidacy not be accepted, he should be disenfranchised now. ha I been found guilty of a similar offence my local Police authority would doubtless not only sack me but strip me of my pension and I would become all but unemployable in the world outside the pigpen. Justice, I think not.

Sadly, this behaviour also reflects badly on the sons of this blighted land who have been sent by their masters to do the unnacceptable in a land for the ungrateful. The news comes hard on the heels of the news of the untimely death of real soldiers who gave their lives for their comrades, their regiment, perhaps their country. They stood to when Joyce was demeaning everything they stand for.

Mr Joyce, be a man. Resign and take a long hard look at yourself.