Reasonable Man

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  1. Sounds like the NIM to me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I should be a script writer. Right on cue the same old ill informed comments, tinged with a little mysogony. I've seen the records she made of her decision making made at the time of the incident, and it a better example would be very hard to find. Even from a man! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Yep, we've got that set up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Excellent news. A break from the old guard. I can't think of a better candidate but thought 'they' may have stuck with the middle aged grey man. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. It's been being said for years. 15 or so years ago as a lowly DS I was visited by an ACC from another force who was part of the ACPO reducing bureaucracy team, or some such name. Never saw anything come out of that. Then Ronnie Flanagan report that was going to free us up, anyone give any examples of the benefits of that? So forgive my cynicism but I'm not holding my breath on this one. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. How do you know? Have you ever tried? It may be your calling. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. The CO, a Lieutenant Colonel, commands the Regiment being responsible for the overall operational effectiveness of their unit in terms of military capability, welfare and general discipline. The RSM is the senior advisor of the CO, with leadership, discipline and welfare responsibilities. It's more of a partnership, a bit like when a Superintendent has overall command of a major incident but will have Constables or Sergeants as firearms or PSU tactical advisors. The command of the Army must be in tatters though as 80% of officers join through the graduate route, with some more joining the same way without a degree. 44 weeks at Sandhurst to churn out all those Ruperts. I'm puzzled at your discrimination of people with degrees. Envy? Over 50% of students now go on to University and your posts all suggest that they will all come out as incompetents with no practical skills. Sent from me using Witchcraft
  8. You won't find a station in my force without a smattering of part time workers. Over all there is more respect for them than full timers as the majority are more productive in the time they are there than most full time colleagues. The same has been known in private industry for years. Part time cops is sign of the police slowly moving into the 20th century, as mentioned elsewhere. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I'm not after takers. If I wanted to change things I wouldn't be doing it on a forum with a handful of participants. I don't understand why you think of everything in the extreme. I said we do not have the best police in the world, and you claim I am saying the British police are s**t. I point out cases where we haven't done a good job and I am accused of moaning. The thing you have got right is that I don't think things are good enough. Current evidence that the British police are not that great - the last PEEL report on police effectiveness (2015) found overall that 18 out of 43 forces Requires Improvement. 31 are Inadequate or Requires Improvement in the area of protecting vulnerable people. The British Police is very good, one of the best, but sitting on ones laurels only leads to going in one direction. You say you are up for change based on evidence. The only way to evidence whether direct entry Inspectors can be any good is to try them. You have no evidence that they will be no good. I am not betting my pension on them being a roaring success but my feeling is they won't be the unmitigated disaster some think. I think they will become as good as others in the rank and the benefit will be later as they rise through the ranks as they will have more experience in the ranks that matter. I also believe that life will be made very difficult for them, I picture Carl Brashear, the character played by Cuba Gooding Jr in Men of Honor. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. This just comes down to the same old thing. The majority are fixed in their view and so myopic that they cannot imagine that something different may just work. They are happy to moan about the current way of doing things but give somethings else a try? What an insult. 'We know what's best and no one had better suggest any different.' The tedious 'horns or halo' approach is churned out to castigate everyone who has not come through the preferred route. Meanwhile the couple of us who dare suggest that there may just possibly be a better way get shot down, just like new ideas. Hillsborough and Lawrence may have happens some time ago but these things take years to unravel. I'd bet that in ten and twenty years time there will be stories in the press about the mistakes being made in policing today. And the cops then will say, 'But that was then, it wouldn't happen today.' And the cycle repeats itself. I have experience of policing in other countries, I'm not prepared to go into detail, mainly to avoid the negative comments that I can imagine from some. Suffice to say I have worked with officers in San Fransisco and Vancouver and those forces are at least the equal of here - I'd say Vancouver was better. I know officers who have left here and gone to work in Toronto, San Diego, New Zealand and Western Australia. Report are the first two are way better managed than over here. New Zealand - behind the times, making mistakes that we made 20 years ago in terms of their processes. Western Australia, not the best place, difficult to compare as the vastness makes it so different from even the most rural areas over here. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I don't think that anyone can answer that. I am thankful that the many harrowing things I experienced have had no great effect on me - or rather I don't believe they had. I don't know why that is though. You I had colleagues not so fortunate who went wibble sometimes many years later. Not trying to worry you, just saying some are fortunate while others are not. You should have some sort of assistance through your occupational health department and if you are thinking about this in a day or two I strongly recommend making contact with them. The worst thing you can do is take the macho 'I'm a cop, it's what I'm paid to deal with.' attitude. A former colleague of mine, ex Royal Marine, loud, brash, dealt with anything and laughed it off type went missing about six months after he retired. Turned out he wasn't as capable of dealing with all that stuff as everyone thought. Happy ending but he came back to some psychological treatment to see him through that maybe he should have had years before. Good luck.
  12. I life time's experience of policing is 30 years, or rather more now with the pension change. So does that mean no Inspectors until 30 years service? Clearly not, so who much less than the 30? I think your old fella's detection rate can be explained quite easily by those around at the time. I worked with the old guard from that era too. Record a crime if there's a detection on the end of it, if not then it's lost property. You've repeated many times on other threads about the figure being massaged - standing by for that being done by every other officer except the few. Also 50 years ago most crime was committed within a mile of their home, less in urban areas. Fewer cars meant less travel. Today we have OCGs travelling across Force boarders, sophisticated in their execution of their crimes. Even the locals chancers move around a lot more than in those days so are likely to not be recognised so easily. It's a completely different policing landscape. Sent from me using Witchcraft
  13. I never you were s**t, and I don't know why you have focused on the racist aspect - that never crossed my mind. BWV helps exonerate the individual, or not. It does not help show poor leadership or decision making at the supervisory, management level. Let's start with the easy ones - Hillsborough and Stephen Lawrence, led by police managers with years of experience. Then there are the many cases that don't get to those headlines. Two cases in about a year in the force area where I live where in two separate cases women who had been stalked for years were killed by their stalkers, despite reporting it many, many times. How many HMIC reports repeatedly point the finger of blame at the poor supervision and leadership for the police failing to record crimes, or investigate properly when they do? As a well developed first world society then we are going to up there with the the best but we have been knocked off the top spot many years ago and if we want to be back up there again then we need to do something different to get there. Better, or at least as good as us? Try forces (not each and every one) in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Austria.
  14. In very simple terms - the British Police service is not really that great. Many may still spout on about the 'best police force in the world' but that just doesn't hold water. The British police are rightly frequently criticised for getting things wrong and in most cases it comes back to poor leadership. As the saying goes, 'if you always do what you've always done then you'll always get what you've always had.' Maybe an injection of something different, some leadership that's not been shaped in exactly the same way that has led to poor decisions in the past (and currently) will actually improve things? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. You seem to have missed the part about the three years intensive training focused on the operational requirement. Your approach is similar to those others who were criticising direct entry Superintendents as being incapable of making Firearms Silver decisions, as though they were going pick up their uniforms on their first Monday and by Tuesday morning be in charge of an armed siege situation. I have known Inspectors who have come through the usual route with little operational experience due to specialising early in their career. Equally there are the old school Sgts and Inspectors around who condemn the whole safeguarding aspect as social workers' responsibility and only focus on the time honoured 'lock up the bad guys' aspect of policing. These new Inspectors will learn everything from the protecting the vulnerable and safeguarding position from the ground up. I cannot see why a reasonably intelligent person cannot make sound decisions after 3 years of training for that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk