stewie_griffin

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  1. I for one salute Super Simon's enthusiasm, I just hope it survives a few months of doing the job for real. In defence of the others, it's not quite as simple as just getting another job. Well, in a way it is I suppose. The thing is, this is a job that many signed up for for life and suddenly it's changed and nobody asked them before they changed it. They feel a genuine affection for policing and yet they're disheartened by the many ways in which the profession is being undermined. It's more than simply money, take being married for example: you decide you don't like your other half, but you don't simply get divorced, you try to figure out how you can work things out and move forward.
  2. Pity you CANT get a FIXED PENALTY NOTICE for using BLOCK capitals at random POINTS in a POST.
  3. Armed Response, your question is valid and important. When you're in training and indeed afterwards on the street, knowing exactly when people have to provide their name is very important. As a general rule, if the police suspect you've committed an offence you have to provide your information. Also, if you're stopped driving a car, the police are allowed to ask you your name. I've always liked the challenge of finding out someone's name if they refuse to tell me, or if they're lying (which can be an offence in itself). The police have access to lots of different databases, so don't be surprised if suddenly the police tell you your real name and your photo pops up on their computer screen!
  4. I've always found the Queen to be something of a micromanager, particularly when it comes to long-term projects. She's actually not as good on the ops side as many other monarchs I've worked with. Prince Philip is good on the admin side - booking your holidays and keeping up to date with your crime list. So together they make a good team, and because the queen has two birthdays, the whole team gets cakes twice. Bonus! Seriously. It doesn't matter.
  5. The other week I posed a hypothetical scenario to a more senior officer. I should state first that as a (Canadian) force we don't have body worn video or audio. 1. You have an encounter with a member of the public, 'John', and no other persons present, which you secretly record on your personal BWV device. 2. John makes a complaint in which he states you were rude and unprofessional. 3. The complaint procedure grinds on and on (as these things do) but you don't disclose that you have video and audio evidence of you behaving perfectly and John being a complete arse. 4. Finally, just a few days before the final hearing date, you disclose through your lawyer, the video and audio evidence you have. Thoughts? Well first of all you'd have the enormous satisfaction of shafting John. But at the same time, you'd be in trouble for recording the encounter in contravention of force policy and actual legislation as well. In short, this is a no-win situation, in which members of the public can make complaints on a whim, with no punishment if they are found to be liars.
  6. A combination of 'maladjustment disorder', 'gender issues', harassment and Facebook. I suspect that there is nothing the police can do here.
  7. Probably. But remember the well-worn phrase. Act in haste, repent at leisure.
  8. This is absolutely right. I've noticed that there seems to be an almost unseemly desire by everyone (public, IPCC, senior officers, even colleagues) to screw anyone who, for whatever reason, puts a foot wrong.
  9. Prove it. Put it up on Youtube and then we can make up our minds for ourselves.
  10. So an highly experienced police officer breaks into someone's house, attacks and then somehow strips an innocent woman, with sufficient force for blood from her injuries to be spattered over the walls? For no other reason than he's a bit late for his next appointment? Sounds legit.
  11. When it comes to being investigated by PSD, I certainly don't miss policing in the UK. Not long ago (here in Canada) I was investigated following a 'routinely serious' incident which occurred when I was on nights. I went to bed as normal, but when I woke up, I had a phone message offering support from our in-force counselling department as well as one from our equivalent of the Fed informing me that I was to say nothing to anybody and that an appointment with one of the best lawyers in the city had been arranged for that very afternoon. The lawyer's advice was simple: 'Say nothing.' I called the investigators back and said, 'Sorry guys, but following advice from my lawyer, I'm going to have to cancel our meeting. Sorry.' The matter was later resolved about a year later, as these things usually are, with no findings against me or anyone else. Clearly the rules are different in the UK, but I found the Associaton (aka Fed) and force, very supportive, which is something I'd never say about my experiences in the UK.
  12. If they want to get you, HR departments can make a mountain out of pretty much anything.
  13. I'm not suggesting that members of the public go around arresting armed robbers, but very often I meet people who not only expect the police to solve crimes, but to improve their whole lives. I wonder if that as the police seem to extend their remit into areas of social work and mental health, they don't have the time or resources to investigate actual crimes.
  14. Getting pregnant as soon and as frequently as possible will help steer your career into certain areas, not many of which will involve late nights, weekends or leaving the station. Using other methods, it may take significantly more than 2 years to get out of response. Good luck however you do it.
  15. I hadn't thought of that, but it's entirely possible. Furthermore, if the conspiracy does go up to the highest levels in government, the OP would do well to remember that GCHQ and MI5 monitor these forums.