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  1. I've been in over 26 years and certainly my Force has never done it.
  2. A dead body in police terms is essentially the same as any other evidence - it's a piece of a jigsaw which needs putting together. Treat it like that. In terms of smell, there's a difference between a corpse which has laid undiscovered for several days, which is as much a taste as a smell, and a recently deceased body which is being cut open. The Vicks suggestion is a good one.
  3. S17 provides a power of entry to arrest for indictable offences and some specified non-indictable offences. The legislation doesn't stress indictable ONLY. As theft is an either way offence, my interpretation of S17 would mean the answer has to be yes, as the offence can be tried either way.
  4. It's a civil matter. Nothing the police can help you with.
  5. I'm no expert on ill health retirement, BUT, it is not a simple process. For a start you need to show that your condition is permanent, not merely something which rears it's head periodically. And the enhancement for a simple ill health retirement on the 1987 scheme is 3 1/2 years, not 7. There are enhancements for injury on duty but I have no idea how they work. Best advice? Speak to the Fed.
  6. There's clearly an awful lot more to this than a single paragraph but the fact an Inspector has locally resolved it suggests you have made a formal complaint. Put simply, you are not going to get the answers you seek here. You should have been advised of the outcome of your complaint. If you don't understand that outcome, write and request a proper explanation.
  7. I can't recall exactly, but it was months rather than weeks after seeing the SMP that the final recommendation went from HR to the Chief.
  8. From the start of the process to leaving the job took my wife 14 months. It's not quick at any stage and is not helped by the involvement of HR. If yours are anything like ours they are a faceless department who repeatedly fail to respond to emails. Enlisting the Fed to help is the way to go. Good luck.
  9. It's pensionable service, not actual.
  10. Absolutely the same where I am. Response officers taking no ownership of incidents, standard of evidential packages regularly poor as a result, and CID constantly trying to pick up the pieces. Whilst response may occasionally work overtime on scene preservation, bed watches and the like, CID officers rarely get off on time, regularly working extended hours. Double shifts and beyond are not unusual. Crime queues running into the 20's and 30's are common, with DS's having to manage teams which, between them, can be carrying 160 crimes plus. A nightmare for the officers, a waking nightmare for DS's who I know are having sleepless nights, and no sort of service for victims. The wheel has well and truly come off down our way.
  11. There are plenty who work full time shining their trousers, Zulu. A little unfair to aim that accusation at part time staff.
  12. Why?
  13. I spent nearly 15 years investigating road death, as a Collision Investigator, DC and FLO. I did all aspects of it at some point. The sight of mangled bodies has never bothered me - I always treated them as part of the puzzle I was trying to put together. It was the FLO aspect which was the most trying, especially if a family was needy. But I made a point of not getting emotionally involved with the bereaved, not becoming friendly with them. Everything was kept absolutely professional. As a consequence, death has never really given me any sleepless nights.
  14. That's rather muddied the already murky waters.
  15. I've got less than four to go until my full 30 but am pensionable by age and service this year. Suffice to say I'll be keeping a very close eye on how this develops.