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Posted by Dragonfly on 11 December 2011 - 10:42 am

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#553248 Big Fish Little Pond - New Book Worth A Read !

Posted by Dragonfly on 28 March 2013 - 06:18 pm



Show your support for this project. I have read a short sample of the book on Amazon and it looks like an extremely interesting storyline, which you may find appealing.




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The Book is called "Big Fish Little Pond" and is under my author name A J Daniels.
Available on Amazon it has the ISBN 9781478356189
Project Summary


Big Fish Little Pond: Brought together by a government Cell as a result of serious crime the characters are passionate about issues at the heart of British society. The debates are supported with true historical research. Emotion and tragedy intensify with an ironic twist
Authored by Mr A J Daniels
Here is the entire Description on Amazon:
Big Fish Little Pond is a fiction based crime novel with supporting historical research. The story is centred on a serious criminal event which brings together 5 prominent characters carefully selected by a British governmental intelligence cell who rigorously debate current social and topical issues in a week long project called Operation Chestnut which is set in a small town in Southern England. The issues they debate relate to crime and disorder, human rights, race and immigration, religion and economics. The group are formed as a Mini Cabinet, and each character is tasked with a debating point and must conclude with a Motion to be carried forward into mainstream society. 

The theme behind the book is an explosion at industrial premises which initially implicates the main subject who is a British born, mixed race West Indian male called Paul Grimshaw. Grimshaw has lived with his grandfather since childhood, following a turbulent start to his family life. The grandfather is a proud and dignified West Indian immigrant, and the book also explores prejudice and attitude in British life leading to an emotional conclusion. This exposes a poignant relevance to the selection of the 5 prominent characters for the Operation. As the book develops, the debates deepen and the personalities expose themselves with a meaningful summary from an independent representative of the town where the Operation takes place. 

The book features fact based current and historical research to support the debates and will be informative to the reader. Elements of this research expose subtle irony in social attitudes, and also reveal some painful but relevant facts about certain beliefs, still prevalent today.
The Book is currently priced at £8.99 for the actual hard copy and about £3.90 for Kindle Version.
From The Author:
"I have already had a good number of people read from manuscript and pre published 'Proof copies' it and I am really pleased to say that the feedback has been genuinely extremely positive. I have asked people to be entirely honest (and this had included people in different professions including 2 Solicitors) and one said that she read it on holiday and.... "Couldn't put it down." As you can imagine I was extremely flattered and humbled by this.
I must stress that this book is not Aimed at Police Officers however the debates are certainly thought provoking and emotive ( certainly without being contentious) which is something that Police Officers would identify with. Equally, the book very sensitively tackles the current criminal climate and penalty with arguments from all sides and even more carefully discusses the tragedy around the killing of our colleague Sharon Beshenivsky and the ironies around how the offender Mustaf Jama was able to flee the country and seek asylum in a country he claimed to be 'Too scared' to return to prior to this vile act."

#544172 NEWS:Wanted: detectives

Posted by kenworthy on 08 January 2013 - 10:53 am

Despite shows like Prime Suspect and The Bill glamorising the job, there is a shortage of detectives in this country. What is putting police officers off?Despite shows like Prime Suspect and The Bill glamorising the job, there is a shortage of detectives in this country. What is putting police officers off?
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Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect. Photograph: ITV
Ever since the plain clothes Criminal Investigation Department (CID) came into existence in the 19th century, detective work has been the most glamorous side of policing – to the outside world, anyway. High-profile detectives wrote their memoirs and were mythologised in the press. There was Fabian of the Yard and the Old Grey Fox, Slipper and Nipper and Cherrill and Leach.
In front of me as I write is Detective Days, published in 1931 (and stolen, by the look of things, from Clacton-on-Sea library about half a century ago). It is the memoir of Frederick Wensley, former head of the CID at Scotland Yard.
"Official hours meant nothing to me," Wensley writes of his work, recounting how he had pursued a suspect for "highway robbery". He also recalls the great day he made the transition from one side of the service to the other. "I was a detective at last. I doffed my uniform that night. The next time I wore one was 34 years later."
Such accounts of detectives' derring-do were common back then, and a sign of a simpler time in policing life. Now detectives are under greater pressure than ever before, few are known to the public by name and fewer still write their memoirs.
There is, according to the National Detectives Forum which advises the Police Federation on the issue, currently a shortage of around 5,000 detectives across England and Wales. The trend is worrying, says Dennis Weeks of the Met police, who runs the forum, and it is one that appears to be growing.
To become a detective, you must have spent at least two years in uniform, and then pass the necessary exams. Further training and exams lead further up the ranks through detective sergeant, inspector, chief inspector, superintendent and so on.
Whether it's Inspector Morse or DCIs Taggart, Tennison or Barnaby, the television detective is never short of a gripping crime to solve or a grubby collar to feel. So why is there such a shortage of real-life detectives in the police; why are some leaving never to return, and others not being replaced by their uniformed brothers and sisters?
When the subject was discussed at the Police Federation conference earlier this year, a variety of explanations were offered. Detective sergeant Alicia Moore of Hertfordshire constabulary suggested that lots of paperwork, a lack of teamwork and no clothing allowance were three key reasons for the shortage.
"Throughout the country," she told the conference, "detectives are starting to retire, cuts are being made and policing pledges [to the public] are flavour of the month." Other detectives have noted that their chief constables are responding to political and media pressure to have lots of "bobbies on the beat", which means that there is less incentive at the top of the service to encourage officers into detective work.
"There'll always be some villains getting away with it, that's the nature of the beast," Weeks told the Today programme yesterday, "but to catch the optimum amount, there needs to be a good investment in detective officers, in police officers. The level of investigation, the degree of evidence that's required, the nuances of that evidence that need to be met, have all increased, and I don't think that police numbers have increased with that pace."
"[Detective work] has never been more complex, never higher risk and never more subject to critique from lawyers, the criminal justice system, politicians and the media," says John Grieve, one of Britain's most respected detectives and a former director of counter-terrorism who retired from the police seven years ago.
"The legislation is much more complex, too. I have great doubt whether I could hold down the job now. I have enormous admiration for the people who do and I think they do an incredible job. It's not like on TV. It's much more physically and emotionally draining than that, and it all takes much more time."
The stress factor was noted last year by Dr Michael Chatterton, who conducted a survey for the Police Federation entitled Losing the Detectives. The report quoted one officer who said he had been ill for months but did not take time off because he did not want to let his team down: "Last November I was virtually at saturation point and I almost had a panic attack because on my desk I had a couple of murders, a couple of violent disorders, a paedophile job and I thought – where the hell do we go with all this? You work through it because you've got your team around you, but you are so close to breaking down . . . You don't think you're getting stressed because you're working to that stress level all the time."
Another detective said they could point to a handful of people in their office who were "on the borderline of becoming ill due to workloads and stress". And others blamed the new police culture and its "rigid and bureaucratic approach to targets and performance management" and an oft-expressed frustration when cases were discontinued.
In the past, of course, some officers had their own reasons for not wanting to become a detective. The former commissioner of the Metropolitan police, Paul Condon, has said that many officers in the 60s declined because, at that time, the CID at Scotland Yard was so riddled with corruption that it was hard as a young officer to avoid being tainted. Life on Mars wasn't the half of it.
Those days have largely gone, but while police in uniform have their own pressures to deal with, their hours and shifts are more clearly defined and the high-tension, stressful events usually balanced by the mundane and routine. Overtime is also more available than to detectives, who are encouraged to take time off in lieu instead. (A detective's hours may be dictated by the nature of a crime – they can hardly clock off in the midst of a murder investigation.) Some officers also say they prefer the camaraderie and teamwork of uniformed life.
And yet, many young officers still very much fancy their chances at being a detective. Even if the jobs cannot be solved quite as swiftly as Morse, Taggart and Barnaby (three murders an episode and home for tea and scones with the wife) somehow manage, it can still be, as one detective I spoke to described it, "the best job in the world".
'The job can be very disheartening' A detective speaks
Morale is quite low at the moment and there can be a lot of frustrations. If you have an emotional investment in the job, and you know that the public see you as the frontline of the judicial system, it can be very disheartening when cases you have been working on don't end up in court. I could tell plenty of horror stories about cases that should result in charges but don't.
One of the problems with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is that their performance indicators – what they are judged on – are how many of their cases result in a conviction. This means that a lot of the cases that should go in front of a jury and have a fair crack of the whip in court are dropped because there is that possibility of failure. That can be very demoralising.
There is also a general feeling that if you want to advance your career, you are more likely to do that in uniform. In the past, you could move faster up the ranks that way. You could be seven or eight years becoming a detective constable but you could be a sergeant in uniform much quicker than that. Also, if you are in uniform, you can have 12-hour shifts and four days on, four days off, whereas detectives work eight-hour days.
I don't think that the way detectives are portrayed on television has much to do with it one way or the other. The last time I saw The Bill, I thought, "Bloody hell!" It was laughable. There are a lot of very bright people doing the job but it is hard work. You'll never get rich but there are so many different sides to the work. I would 1,000% rather be a detective than in uniform.
The detective requested to remain anonymous.
Interesting article. 

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#568373 Arktis Avenger Winter Coat

Posted by mikenovember on 28 September 2013 - 12:57 pm

hey guys


I have for sale my Arktis Avenger coat.


Worn on a couple of occasions, bought new, no marks, tears, rips or STAINS!


A fab coat which I no longer need.


Currently for sale on a well known auction site ;)


However if it does not sell or if anyone wishes to buy it please let me know.








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#540050 NEWS:New York Good Cop's

Posted by kenworthy on 30 November 2012 - 05:28 pm

New York Good Cop's Boots Gift Is Web HitThe moment a police officer buys a barefooted homeless man a pair of boots is captured on camera and becomes an internet hit.
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The image was posted on the NYPD's Facebook page
On a cold night in early November a New York policeman came across a homeless man with nothing on his feet - and bought him a pair of boots.
The moment of kindness would have gone quietly unnoticed had it not been snapped by a passing tourist who then posted the photograph to the NYPD's Facebook page.
It has since been viewed almost two million times and attracted more than 20,000 comments.
The hero officer was later named as Lawrence DePrimo, who told the New York Times: "It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the man's feet. I had two pairs of socks and I was still cold."
He found out the unidentified man's shoe size, went into a nearby store and emerged moments later with a pair of all-weather boots worth $100 (£62). The store gave him a discount of $25 (£15).
The officer helped the man put the boots on and watched him go on his way.
Mr DePrimo has kept the receipt in his jacket since then "to remind me that sometimes people have it worse".
The photograph was taken by Jennifer Foster, who works in an Arizona sheriff's office.
"I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life," she wrote on the social networking page.
"It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work."

Great Officer out there, highly impressive.

BTW I need new TV :)

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#534356 Western Australia Police are Recruiting (Closing Date: 22/5/13)

Posted by P365 on 17 September 2012 - 01:04 pm

Western Australia Police are coming to London to recruit UK and Irish Police http://www.stepforwa...ernational.html

#530814 Well since the question is asked

Posted by trevthesparky on 08 August 2012 - 07:55 pm

You're going to think I'm a right grovelling git but my experiences of the force have always been positive even when I was once a tiny little bit naughty (while an apprentice I got fined for buying another apprentice a beer, I swear I didn't know he was 17) I got laughed at by my brother (a traffic officer) and most of his mates.
A few years back we were having serious neighbour problems and every one of the Northumbria officers we came into contact with during what was quite a dark time was without fail helpful and supportive of us and the other recipients of the woman's bile (a lot of whom were children) especially when she was eventually dragged in front of a court. I could name names but I'd guess it could be frowned upon by admin/the men and women involved.

#571706 Swimming whilst at Tulliallan

Posted by Garystewart84 on 18 November 2013 - 09:52 am

Hi folks,


Just wondering what the requirements are to swim whilst on your 12 week training?


I cant really swim so slightly worried about this part....


Thanks in advance




#555811 Scottish Police Federation Annual Conference

Posted by kenworthy on 17 April 2013 - 04:57 pm

Police Scotland was established on April 1. It is neither a force nor a business – but a service rooted in our communities.

I know it’s been a challenging time – but your dedication and professionalism has delivered the most significant police and, indeed, public sector reform in generations.

Scotland will be a better place for it, and the Scottish Government and the communities we serve are truly grateful for all your efforts.

We’ve got a 37 year low in recorded crime. A reduction in violent crime. Detection rates better than ever. And faith in the police high and rising.

Policing in Scotland is going from strength to strength, but it seems there are some people who are still begrudging of the great job you do.

Police have been getting some criticism recently, whether it’s the Miners’ Strike or football. Many police officers were brother or sisters of miners or are the sons and daughters of miners.

Equally, many police officers are football fans. Indeed, the Chairman’s a former professional player and the General Secretary is an armchair radio pundit.

I rest my case, M’Lord.

Reform has happened, and I am truly grateful for your efforts.

It was an incredibly smooth transition, and I suspect most people in Scotland don’t notice any difference. We all knew there wouldn’t be a Millennium Moment at midnight on April the 1st.

Local policing will remain fundamental to the new service, shaped and delivered in communities – as we always said.

But already we are seeing the benefits of a single service, with specialist expertise and equipment deployed whenever and wherever it is needed, including a national Trunk Roads Patrol Unit; the Specialist Crime Division; improved firearms cover; a national initiative to improve rape investigation and a new single non-emergency number.

Many might legitimately question why we didn’t have them before: because we didn’t have a single service and we couldn’t reach agreement.

We’re reforming from strong foundations. The reputation of our police service is excellent – world-renowned, and deservedly so.

That’s how we intend to remain. It is, as you say, a job like no other. You face stresses and strains like no other occupation. You’re constrained and restricted in many ways like no other. And you’re responsible on or off duty like few others. But still you serve, and I thank you once again.

The excellent performance of policing is supported by the 1000 extra officers this Government has delivered since 2007. We’ll maintain that strong police presence in communities – there is no doubt a visible police presence reassures good citizens and deter those who would do ill.

When I addressed this conference last year, I agreed wholeheartedly with your Chairman that the number of assaults on officers is a disgrace. 

That is why I introduced the Victims and Witnesses Bill to Parliament in February. It contains proposals for a new financial penalty - the restitution order. 

This will allow the court to make those who assault police officers pay towards the specialist non-NHS services required, such as the excellent work carried out by victim treatment centres at Castlebrae, or the Police Benevolent Fund.

I’m sorry your pay packets are lighter this month because of the UK Government pension grab. The problem wasn’t caused by you. Police pensions are fully funded – paid for from your pocket and those of your predecessors. And yet you and your families have to pay bills when the cost of living is rising and fuel bills are increasing.

I don’t think that’s right or fair. But I’m constrained in what I can do about it until myself and my Cabinet colleagues are in charge of all the appropriate economic levers.

This Government has protected Scottish officers from the ravages of the Winsor cuts imposed by Westminster – this means we will contribute at least £50,000 more to your career pension than your peers down South.

But I appreciate the significant financial issues your members still face. I’m happy to enter into negotiations with your representatives on how we mitigate the harm.

I can’t increase the budget I have. But we’ll work with the Federation, within the current budget constraints, to minimise disadvantage and maximise benefit.

I recognise the importance of police officers being able to retire early without severe penalties for their pension. As I’ve said before – and I’ve said to fire fighters and prison officers – there are some jobs that are age restricted. Those who need to retire early should not be prejudiced by their age.

That is what I can do at the moment. I am limited because of a budget set in London, and that is being cut year on year. If we were in control of the financial levers, it would not be without its challenges, but we know what needs to be done and who need to be protected.

I said we would not implement Winsor. And we will not implement Winsor. This Scottish Government will not now – or ever – implement Winsor.

We only need to look South of the Border to see why.

Police Commissioners imposed. Police pay cut. Fast track promotion, but police numbers plummeting. A banker or a supermarket manager rather than an experienced officer to do the boss work, and fewer experienced officers to do the hard work.

Winsor was wrong. Winsor was insulting. Winsor won’t happen here under my tenure or this Government’s.

And we won’t cut starting salaries, which means a police officer here in Scotland will now earn more than £250,000 more over the course of their career than a colleague in England or Wales.

Last week, the PNB agreed a pay rise for officers of one per cent. Police officers are not paid a King’s ransom and I’m grateful for your forbearance in recent years.

It’s not been easy in these difficult financial times.

Our room for manoeuvre is limited because we’re not in charge of our own budget. Indeed, the budget we have is being slashed. But, police officers need a pay rise.

We set up the PNB Scotland Standing Committee to ensure important decisions for officers in Scotland could be discussed within Scotland and this is the right place for these decisions to be agreed.

But the Scottish Government’s Public Sector Pay Policy permits a basic pay rise of up to one per cent and I can’t see why the Scottish Standing Committee would not see this just as necessary but as appropriate.

It will be on the agenda for formal agreement at next month’s Scotland Standing Committee meeting and I’ll be happy to sign it off.

South of the Border, Teresa May is replacing the Police Negotiating Board with a Pay Review Body, removing collective pay bargaining for police in England and Wales.

We will not do that in Scotland. I will bring forward proposals to establish a Police Negotiating Board for Scotland to maintain collective bargaining. I will consult fully with all interested parties – including the Federation and its members, of course – on the details and bring forward legislation as soon as possible. 

This isn’t about copying the UK PNB. I want to improve on it, and I genuinely believe we can create a PNB for Scotland where agreement and consensus are the norm.

As I said earlier, there is good reason why we say this is a job like no other. You cannot withdraw your labour or take industrial action.

I believe that is quite right. But there has to be some give to compensate those rights not being there. Where you do not have the right to strike, there has to be some mechanism available where consensus cannot be reached.

We cannot allow a re-run of what played out South of the Border in 2007, when the PNB made a recommendation on pay and then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith refused to implement it for England and Wales. I said at the time that was morally wrong – and it remains my view.

However, it should be more than a moral wrong – it should be legally wrong.

That is why when we establish the Scottish PNB, it is my intention to make arbitration on pay legally binding on the Government I serve and any future administrations.

We will work with your office bearers to devise this legislation. Arbitration should be used sparingly, preferably restricted to pay, and only used when all other options are exhausted .

But we can work the details out together. There will be no poisoning of the well as there was down South under the old regime – the arbitration decided will be legally binding.

I’ve highlighted the excellent performance of Scottish policing. From strong foundations – and thanks to the hard work of officers and staff – we have delivered a single police service.

As well as sustaining local policing, it will deliver all the benefits of a single service. And it will also cut duplication to safeguard the service from Westminster cuts.

We’ve demonstrated we can deliver with the powers we have.

As you will be aware, we are working towards winning a referendum on independence next year. 

I can assure you an independent Scotland would continue the close cooperation between our police services, including mutual aid, we enjoy now.

An independent Scotland will continue to co-operate across the border in tackling crime wherever it may be.

Mutual aid will continue to be given by Scottish police as with supporting the Olympic Games or tackling rioting in English cities.

Mutual aid will continue to be offered here by English and Welsh officers, including for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

In an independent Scotland, we will move away from the outdated and profoundly undemocratic Westminster system, which in addition regularly delivers governments with no popular mandate in Scotland.

In doing so, we will make Scotland’s constitution an early signal of how the people of Scotland will use the powers of independence – to take our place as a good global citizen, to protect and affirm the values we hold dear, and to create a fairer and more prosperous nation.

Thank you again to all of you for your dedication and professionalism, day in day out. Thank you for giving us a police service to be proud of – I value enormously the enormous contribution you may.

Scottish policing is already world-class and cherished by communities – and I have no doubt you will ensure that continues in the future.

Kenny MacAskill, Justice Secretary



#539968 Special Constable round two!

Posted by Futures on 29 November 2012 - 05:05 pm

Application pack sent off yesterday so fingers crossed I'll be okay this time!

I applied a few years back when I was 17 and I didn't pass the interview which was pretty gutting but also understandable. Hopefully with a few years of working behind me and a bit more life experience I'll be okay this time!

Anyone else out there applying to Wiltshire?

#500437 Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club

Posted by Kirkie on 08 December 2011 - 05:58 am

The Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club is one of 4 Police Sports Club associated with the Metropolitan Police Service. Built in 1967, Bushey is a purpose built members sports club offering sporting, leisure and social facilities for family and friends of serving police personnel, retired officers and staff. Our sports club was constructed on land bought from the Royal Masonic School for Boys, currently the American University building, which unfortunately closed in 1977 due to declining numbers. In the early days of the sports club, the Police Cadets were used to hunt for and remove flints by hand from the playing fields. This was done to avoid injuries to players of both rugby and football.

Today The Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club has some of the best sporting facilities and grounds in the county, hosting a wide variety of individuals and sports teams from across Hertfordshire and North London, including cricket, football, and bowls. The club also hosts a number of social events from Cabaret to Comedy Nights, Quiz Nights to Boxing Evenings, and Wedding Functions to Specialist Dine Nights.

For 41 years the club has entertained members of the Police Service, their friends and family and with the highly regarded reputation it has gained, will continue for another 41 years.


#569240 Fellow AFOs

Posted by monks85 on 09 October 2013 - 04:05 pm

How much actual shooting/range time do you currently get?

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#567468 Pensions/Commuting

Posted by EmmaW on 14 September 2013 - 03:50 pm

Help needed please…


The facts/figures;


My partner is 49…..

He will retire when 55…

I am guessing a final salary of say 45,000

At 55 it will also be 35 years service in the police…


I keep finding all sorts of information on the web…..they make his annual pension at between 23,000 and 30,000…


For examples sake…lets say 25,000 (but if anyone can help me work out the correct amount that would be great)


What I cannot seem to find out is the lump sum amounts….


1. If he commutes a quarter…what is the lump sum and what is the annual pension?

2. If he commutes half….what is the lump sum and what is the annual pension?

3. If he commutes 100%…what is the lump sum?


Any help appreciated..


Thank you

#565896 The Limerick Thread

Posted by Arthur ASCII on 28 August 2013 - 08:50 pm



  • Each poster adds one line to the limerick
  • The poster that adds the last line of the limerick starts the first line of the next limerick
  • Simple....



There was a young Copper named Dan

#572140 #DontDitchTheDog

Posted by kenworthy on 26 November 2013 - 01:07 pm



Police Dog units are about to take a massive hit across the United Kingdom. Police dogs are one of the most important members of the policing family.

Police Dogs are used to chase suspects, head in to violence situations, on the front line in riots and help in the fight against drugs, police dogs can clear a nightclub for drug dealers in seconds and now we are about to tell them to go away.

The government budget has planned cuts for the police dog units that keep our streets safe 24 hours a day.

West Yorkshire Police have seen around a 40% reduction in police dogs! South Yorkshire Police are looking to reduce very shortly by up to 50% with the reduction of 15-20 handlers. While North Wales Police further plan a 25% cut.

Greater Manchester Police in recent years have lost dozens of handlers & dogs! Reduction! Avon and Somerset Police and Essex Police are looking to massively reduce & handlers forced to apply for own jobs.

While Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police have already seen 20 – 40% reductions. West Midlands Police recently lost 6 handlers this year, due to a recent merge. Many counties unable to provide 24 hr cover! Some handlers covering 2 counties! Handlers Who are single crewed driving 50-60 miles + to calls! Driving upwards of 200 miles on a night duty single crewed! Time for ACPO to step up.

Within seconds of the clock striking 8pm #DontDitchTheDogs was trending on twitter and continues to trend over an hour later.

Headed up by @Das_Beard @MikePannett @ConstableChaos @KatieMagnet @30onfrontline @kenworthy39 and of course @bnpolice we managed to raise awareness of the planned cuts to our front line policing.

Now we need to lobby the media and gain a platform to air a debate and gain control of the policing cuts that David Cameron promised would never effect front line policing.














Update: Number one UK trend #DontDitchTheDogs !!!!!! thanks to everyone who helped!!!!!!Untitled_zpsed8df73b.png

Across the spectrum of Police equipment there is one thing that’s effective in almost every situation; the fully deputised and functioning Police Dog unit. From the show and tell classroom experience, to the run after the suspect street chase, to the full on heady violence of a good old fashioned street riot, that dog unit will out perform anything you put next to it, first time, every time.

Think of all the qualities that you admire in the greatest of humans; the bravery of Winston Churchill, the dedication of Ernest Shackleton, the grace of Mother Theresa, the loyalty of Paul Newman, the power of Mohammed Ali, and the physical presence of Richard The Lionheart. All of these things are present in only a few human beings, but are present in every police dog. Every dog dreams of being a police dog.

That’s why they’re always sniffing each other’s butts. If you want to catch criminals, you’ve got to know what an arsehole smells like. So they practice from an early age, and let their friends practice on them. A police dog can find lost children when most men will be scratching their heads. A police dog can empty a nightclub of drug dealers just by standing next to the entrance. A police dog can shrink a man’s rubbish at 200 yards with just a flash of it’s teeth. A police dog can do the work of a forensic team, a riot serial, a custody cell, a helicopter pilot, and a badly intoxicated surgeon all on it’s own. Every dog wants to be a police dog.

Unfortunately for every dog in the UK, that dream seems to becoming less and less of a possibility. The government budget cuts are beginning to ‘bite’ (I know) and as these links show, they’re hitting the dog units hard:-

South Yorkshire may be going from 36 to 20 dog handlers click here

Beds Police may have already lost a great number click here

West Mids too click here

North Wales may have lost 25% click here

GMP take a 50% hit click here

On Monday at 8pm (GMT), myself and a number of good eggs will be supporting the beleaguered dog teams with a Twitter trend attempt. If you want to help them, please watch our tweets from 8pm (GMT) on Monday night. We’ll be tweeting a hashtag to add to your tweets, and spread amongst the masses, in the hope that it will trend and bring attention to the huge loss of UK police dog units over the last few years.

That’s it all you have to do is wait for our hashtag on Monday at 8pm, tweet it like crazy until it trends. Easy.

Click on the Twitter profiles below, and mine to see the tweets:-

Mike Pannett (TV personality and Police consultant)
Constable Chaos (Police blogger)
Sir Iain Blair (not the real one obviously, although do feel free to join in if you’re reading)

Thanks in advance,

The Beard.






With Police Force’s around the country cutting costs wherever possible to save money, some have already reduced Police Dog and Handlers numbers by large amounts, and other forces are talking about further, even greater cuts to dog numbers.

On Monday evening (25/11/13) on Twitter, there will be an attempt to highlight the risks associated with reducing dog numbers even further than they are at now (and many would say that’s already too few !!) – there’s talk in some areas of up to a 50% reduction, and forces where at night there is just ONE dog on duty to cover everything.

What do you think; do we have enough police dogs ? not enough ? or too many ? – take the survey below and share your thoughts.




Survey on web site above! 







#dontditchthedogs trended at number one for about an hour, amazing support from the public! 


It then went on and trended and number 2 for around 40 minutes. 



#571174 Champions League: BT Sport wins £897m football rights deal

Posted by Fedster on 09 November 2013 - 10:12 pm

UEFA has made a bad move imo, yes they have gone for the Money, however less people will watch BT Sport compared to ITV, Sky are in shock though, the begging of the end, in terms of Sport Rights domination for Sky?



#571086 Response

Posted by jim2001 on 08 November 2013 - 02:27 pm

Alright fellas, I'm a serving Officer in a firearms unit.

Iv been contemplating a return to a uniformed response only roll (we don't carry files) as iv become pretty disillusioned with the whole firearms side of things, most jobs are miles away and usually sorted by the time we arrive, spending days away from home and numerous rest days cancelled.

Most people prob think I'm mad but I would be dropping my travelling distance from 100mile return journey to 6 miles and spending more time at home again.

Just looking to know if anyone has went from a specialised post back to response and how they found it?



#594228 To new Officers - From an old sweat - *READ*

Posted by Xhaustuk on 21 September 2014 - 03:11 pm

Firstly I'll start with Well Done and Congratulations in becoming a PC. It really is a great job, you'll do great things, experience things you never would in civvy St, make lifelong friends and sleep easy knowing you're doing something worthwhile with your life.


When you goto Borough (in the case of The Met) you'll probably hear lots that The Job doesn't appreciate you, it's not as good as the old days and you don't get recognised for the work you do. Try to ignore this stuff. If The Job was that bad these people would have left. Things are getting better as numbers start to pick up again and Officers get used to the changes. Don't expect Management to be on their knees for doing your job. There will be times you'll love The Job, other times you'll hate it. Bottom line, is Civvy St any better? Doubtful.



The most important thing that new recruits should be when they start is this;- ***BE HUMBLE***


I stress this. I wish you all the best when you leave training and go off to your Boroughs (or Counties) but don't shoot yourself in the foot by thinking you know it all (especially if you come from the MSC and you think you do) - YOU DON'T. Listen to what Officers tell you. Be willing to do everything asked of you. NEVER think you're above doing something. Trust your Senior PCs, remember they have been where you are. Make sure you're the first to volunteer for things. Offer to take that arrest, that crime report, make that cuppa. NEVER say no giving out a Traffic Ticket if you can evidence the Offence sufficiently. Have a NO DISCRETION. Always have a return of work - Every day.


Why do I feel the need to emphasise this? Because most Senior PCs would have done this during their probation. I've dealt with Officers on Street Duties who've issued maybe a single Traffic ticket in 5 weeks. Not good enough. I've nicked people with a Probationer beside me because the Probationer stands beside me idly. I've heard probationers say NO to reasonable requests made by colleagues. I've seen Probationers be lazy and just sit around the Office. No.


This is not about Senior PCs being lazy (it can be but this is rare), it's about YOU getting these experiences under your belt. It's about YOU earning respect from your colleagues, it's about YOUR development and future.


Make sure you're the new Officer who gets stuck in, works hard and is popular and respected by your colleagues. Don't be that lazy know it all Probationer who delegates stuff to other Probationers with a few weeks less service (I've seen it happen) - Your career and your enjoyment of your career will be based on your Reputation.


Hit the ground running; not on your face!


Good Luck, Enjoy!



#572489 PCSO Interview

Posted by Gafs on 27 November 2013 - 08:28 pm



I have an interview for PCSO & TO in Merseyside. Just wondering if anyone has experience of the role and how it differs from just a normal PCSO role ie do you get involved with just issuing tickets?


I don't want exact questions or anything but any tips would be useful


Thanks in advance :-)

#569805 Bow & Lambeth Pay!

Posted by Laurenhunt124 on 19 October 2013 - 05:19 pm

Hi I was wondering whether anyone knew how much the starting salary is including the shift allowances and London weighting? Just to get a final idea?