cadiar

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About cadiar

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  1. State Pension

    I decided that maybe I should clue myself up on State Pensions, as mine is now in sight, however I am caught in a catch 22 situation. I retired in 2006 and haven't worked since, I worked for two years before joining the Police, so have 32yrs contributions. On retirement I moved to Spain, and made a point of contacting Newcastle over my NI contributions, the system was in the process of changing from the 44yr contributions, so I was told that I did not need to pay in any more to receive a full pension. Time passed, and the new scheme was muted, again I sought advice, and was told to wait and see, by the time it was confirmed, I was no longer in a position to make voluntary payments, even if I could have, or had wanted to. In effect I had been shafted. Since then, I moved again, this time to Colombia, where as it stands, whatever State Pension I receive in six 1/2 years (if I'm still alive) will be frozen, and not even index linked, so what I get on my 66th will be what I get until I am cremated, which considering I paid my contributions, even for a reduced pension, is an insult, just because I moved to the 'wrong' country! But I am still expected to pay Tax on my Police Pension, OK, no NI payments, in the UK. Maybe I should grab the bull by the horns and return to the UK, where with my current Health status, I would be claiming left right and centre, once I had been back six months, I would also need a house, as I wouldn't be able to sell mine, it would have to go to my wife, I would cost the Government far more by returning. The UK pension laws and regulations, really don't make any sense where ever you live, but at the moment, from my stand point they are laughable, and make a complete mockery of Cameron stating that one of the Government's top priorities is ensuring that Pensioners get a fair deal.
  2. The Police Commander of the Countries Capital City, Bogota, has stated this week, that he can't guarantee the safety of the residents of the City, because he only has 6000 Officers per Shift!!!!! Yes, that's right, six thousand officers per shift, to cover one city. When in the job, even working a large town with surrounding villages, we were lucky if we could put out 60, and that was on a good day! The problem in Colombia is not the quantity of Officers, it is the quality... there is a lack of training, there is no motivation, and the pay is abysmal. I don't live in Bogota, but near the second biggest City here, Medellin, likewise they have so many Officers on duty, it is hard to move without bumping into one of them, however they have no motivation to help the community, I have seen it first hand, where, Officers have attended an incident, and been threatened by the offender, fearing reprisals, the offender has been released and sent on his way. Even I, as a humble retired Constable, can see that the answer is to, introduce a new training program, reduce the overall number of Officers, motivate the officers to do their job, and give them a salary becoming their occupation. Because the National Police here are run along military lines, with military ranks, there is conscription, and there is no place for that in the Police. If the Bogota Police Commander can't see the solution himself, then he should resign, instead of moaning that he needs MORE men.
  3. I am not annoyed so much as disappointed. I am a retired PC now living in Colombia, and PO was a good way of keeping in touch with the job. However not working, and living on my Police pension, I have to watch the pennies, and unfortunately PO isn't a priority. I accept the statement that many of the online Newspapers are now going the same way, it just means that we will have to remain blissfully ignorant.
  4. Blairs Birthday

    I'd love to leave a comment but I would end up getting banned!
  5. I retired from the UK Police after thirty years in 2006, and moved to Southern Spain, where I lived in the mountains, and had a good relationship with the local Guardia Civil, they were an efficient force, struggling to stay on top of things, with poor pay, and in comparison to the UK poor equipment. However in January this year I moved to Colombia, where I married, and now live. The police here are different again, they have the reputation locally, of not being approachable, and I have yet to have the pleasure, however from following their exploits on FaceBook I now know differently, and they do a lot of work in the Communities. I have to say, that I would not have wanted to have exchanged rolls with them, they have a horrendous job, with the daily threat from the terror group FARC, and the Drugs Cartels, but I am told that the situation has greatly improved over the last ten years or so. I have never seen so many Police on the streets, as far as I have been able to fathom, there are three main Police Sections; the National Police, who are heavily armed, deal with crime, terrorism, and general Policing; Transito, who are not armed, dealing with traffic offences and accidents; and IPEC who again are armed and guard all the Prisons. The National Police are everywhere, every metro station platform, railway stations, outside Banks, shopping malls, blink and another one appears, there are Police motorcyclists everywhere, some just using basic machines to get from point A to B, others on the equivalent of Traffic Department bikes for high speed response, but most will be two up, with the pillion always having his hand on his revolver, there are also Police four wheel drive, and pick-ups floating about, they all seem to travel with their roof bar lights permanently flashing, which was a bit disconcerting when I first started driving here, because I was never sure whether it was an emergency or not, now I wait for the siren before moving over. Seeing so many Police is re-assuring from a security point of view, but until recently I wondered why in view of this, that the driving standards here were so bad, bearing in mind that in the second largest City, Medellin alone, in the first four and a half months of this year, there were nearly 13000 road traffic accidents, 8000 with injuries, and 70 fatalities, many relating to motorcyclists. Then I went to obtain a Colombian Driving Licence. I had already exchanged my UK licence for a Spanish one, when I lived there, and thought having read up on the internet, that I would do the same here, but the Government Driving Licence Center, did not even want to see my licence, or vehicle entitlement. Yes... I had to undergo a rigorous medical, which lasted about one and a half hours, but they didn't even know if I was capable of driving a vehicle, and yet, now I have my licence. From making enquiries, this is standard practice, and only those who declare that they don't know how to drive, have to take lessons and a test, frightening!! No one uses indicators, no one complies with traffic lights, unless there is a camera at the junction, even one way streets you have to watch for oncoming traffic. The worst drivers are Taxis and Bus drivers, who have no concept of courtesy and just go for it, and woe betide you, if you are in the way. Vehicles are adapted at will, any coloured light bulb seems to be accepted, especially blue!!! suspensions are jacked up so high, it looks as if the vehicle is ready to topple over, and so the list goes on. The Police here, have a mountain to climb, whilst their resources are hampered by their commitments to counter-terrorism, and crime, they are fighting a losing battle on the domestic front. However it makes for interesting living, and I will look forward to seeing how things change over the coming years.
  6. Direct Entry - have your say!

    As has been said, you would think they would learn from the past. I remember when certain Forces would only recruit University Graduates, they knew the text books back to front, but many of them were useless on the streets, and the Powers that be, soon reverted to recruiting those with life experience. By all means recruit people from outside the Force to replace the Desk Jockeys who have no idea how to organise, and their decision does not effect Operational Policing, but may improve the running of the Force. However to put them in charge of Operational Policing is a recipe for disaster, unless they are going to surround themselves with Flunkies, in which case it will be a very expensive operation.
  7. Arrests

    'Sergeant Ali Livingstone made a massive 524 arrests in a year - he is officially the best performing officer in Britain...' Whilst taking nothing away from this Officer, he is certainly working hard, I question the statement that he is the 'Best performing Officer in Britain', why are Officers always judged on their arrest rate? There are plenty of Officers who are very dedicated, but arrests are not their only goal in life, they perform just as vital roles, whether it be on the Beat spending more time developing Community Relations, or using their initiative and not using the power of arrest on all occasions,; There are CID Officers spending hours diligently investigating a crime, or Traffic Officers trying to make our roads safer. I really think that this statement does nothing for the morale of hard working Officers. What is your view?Edited to move to existing thread.... IveToldYouOnce2009-10-22 15:52:05
  8. Ordered to arrest

    I remember in the dim and distant past, a well respected Superintendent giving us a talk where he told us that, all Police Officers are the rank of 'Constable' it was just that the Supervisors were given other titles. Therefore if a Constable by any other name, tries to order someone else to do what is essentially his / her duty, then that Officer commits the offence of 'neglect of duty', trying to hide behind the excuse that he / she is a there to Supervise does not negate their responsibility. After all, what is to stop them making the arrest, and then asking for the Offender to be transported to Custody, until they are free to deal.
  9. During my thirty years service I worked with a number of ethnic Officers and other than their family origin they were no different to the rest of us, and there was no hint of racism, it wasn't even a consideration. In th 70's I worked with an Barbadian who referred to me as 'Snowflake' and I him as 'Sooty', racist?, no. it was a term of endearment, we respected each other too much to even think of it as racist. However when the PC brigade stepped in, we had to end this. It is sad that those with a chip on their shoulder have to make an issue out of something trivial. As for the BPA when you listen to all their rantings, they could denfinitely be accused of being racist, but what chance would a white Officer have in making a complaint, they would be told not to be silly, to sit down and shut up. The BPA should be outlawed and their members make use of what the rest of us mortals had to / have to use, the Police Federation, after all as has been stated the BPA has always appeared to be an organisation for ethnic Officers with a chip on their shoulder.cadiar2008-10-07 07:54:13
  10. The Daily Telegraph has reported that Boris Johnson has been in talks with a top US Police Officer Bill Bratton, with a view to appointing him as Commissioner of the Met, although Mr Bratton has denied the rumours. Mr Johnson obviously has no understanding of British Policing, and unless he is able to change the whole philosophy of the organisation this is a total non starter. Leaders of the British Police as we all know have always worked their way up through the Ranks, and therefore have knowledge of the fundamental operations of Policing. Again as we all know there are some who slip through the net who should never have been made 'Teaboy/girl' but in the main that is how Senior Officers obtain their respect. For Mr Johnson to think that he can come in as Mayor and impose his wishes rather than what is best for the Police and therefore the Public shows what a moron he really is.
  11. PAY DISPUTE LOST

    It is interesting that in the above letter from Paul McKeever and Ian Rennie, that they state : ' As part of our campaign for fair pay we will be publishing a series of easy to digest synopses of police regulations and determinations, which are your legally binding terms and conditions of employment. We are concerned that some of these terms are not well known amongst all members. You should be aware of your rights so as to ensure that you secure your full entitlements as well as being aware of the obligations of your chief officer and police authority, under those regulations and determinations.' If the Federation had been doing their job correctly they would ensure that all members were fully aware of their rights from the moment they joined the Service, but it goes to show, they only want you to know when it suits them. In thirty years I could never get a straight answer from the Federation. I just hope that Paul McKeever has the backbone to fight all the way to get serving Officers a decent increase.cadiar2008-08-14 09:57:55
  12. 2007 Police Pay Offer is in...

    As a retired Police Officer the idea of 'Perfomance related Pay', frightens the hell out of me, when the performance is related to how much paperwork is submitted by individual Officers. How long would it be before the Public are screaming that they are being persecuted. How do you differentiate between a submitted case that took five minutes to deal with, and a case that took months, and if there is none, then Officers are not going to dedicate their time to complicated cases. Where will the Officer be who wants to use discretion and compassion, not in the Police, he wont be able to afford it. As for being paid for skills, again this is an emotive area, because at the end of the day all areas of Policing needs dedicated Officers, and if one area gets paid more than another where is the justice in that. For as long as the Police Service has been in being, Officers who have specialised have done so because they want variety, or show great strengths in that department, not for money. If the Government takes this line on Police Pay, it will bring the British Police in line with it's European partners, where discretion and compassion do not exist, because it is not allowed to. This in turn will lead to the permanent arming of all Police Officers, for their own protection. The only good thing that would come out of this, would be that more MPs would be prosecuted for their misdemeanours, and all their bleating and crying would have no effect because Officers would be earning their pay. It's a pity MPs do not get performance related pay, it would save the tax payer an awful lot of money! I certainly hope the matter is resolved in favour of Serving Officers, they earn their money despite the restrictions placed on them by Government.
  13. Before hanging the man, you need to know the Policy of his Force. When I retired from Cheshire last year they declined to accept back any uniform clothing, other than carcoat. Telling me to just cut the buttons off the tunic and dispose of them. No limitations were made on how they should be disposed of. To be honest it was a pain, because what do you do with it, smokeless zone, so you can't burn it, chuck it it the wheelie bin and someone rumaging helps themselves. Mine went in the latter over a period of weeks, there was no more to be done. But by inference there is nothing to stop you selling the bits and pieces to collectors. The only way is for every Force to return to the old days where every bit of Kit had to be returned and accounted for, and let them worry about disposal.
  14. I wish you luck, as a Police Pensioner I have fallen foul of this discrimination. Some years ago I launched a national campaign to try and remedy this anomaly. But the National Federation refused to give it their support, stating that ( as another member said) if there were change it would result in the amount being lowered for Women, not increased for men, and that they thought the current system was fair. However I got the impression it was more a case of, the Federation not wanting to rock the boat, and spoil their comfy, safe jobs. My arguement was that if the pension scheme was based on the advise of an Actuary, then female Officers should be given the option of making bigger contributions to finance their longer life... and male Officers should not be penalised for something that for the main part, they have no control over. I wrote to many MP's (Labour Government) and received no response whatsoever. In the end, despite a measure of support from the grassroots, I had to accept that I was banging my head against a brick wall, and gave up, without official recognition it will go nowhere.cadiar2007-03-09 11:30:56
  15. Allegation of police brutality

    I really am tired of hearing the 'racist' label being used as an excuse by non white persons for their actions, or an attempt to fill their coffers... If there is a genuine racist complaint then fine, but most are transparently not. If nothing is done to clamp down on this i.e. the Federation backing up their members and suing for slander or libel when the accusation is proved false, then maybe we should put the shoe on the other foot, and everytime a non white person assaults a white person it should be classed as racist and they be dealt with accordingly. This is all getting out of hand, and not helped back the Black Police Association, who should wait for the result of any investigation before putting their two penneth in, on a subject they were not established for.