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Everything posted by wotjuno

  1. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/sorry-i-compared-bobbies-to-binmen-says-yorkshire-police-chief-who-didn-t-want-to-pound-the-beat-1-7928915 Oh Dear ! Didn't take long for the true colours of direct entry Superintendent to show through. Is this the start of us and them ?
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    Not the police this time

    I recall a number of years ago a fiasco that occurred in our force, involving a body dog handler who had been doing some training with his dog, he must have forgotten one of the test pieces he was using, which consisted of a woman's knee length boot and a some rotting animal bone with flesh left on, deposited in a local grave yard, wrapped in a carrier bag. Of course a Mop found it, normally it would have been dealt with swiftly but at that time there was a missing female believed to have been murdered and dismembered. A simple mistake caused havoc and turned that grave yard into a major crime scene. So the Pcc is right fiascos do happen !
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    Medical Pension - What To Expect ?

    You could get in touch with your pension provider and ask them for a medical pension forecast, you may have to go via your HR department as some pension providers will not do medically forecast unless requested from the relevant HR. Be aware that if you are over 55 years there is no medical enhancement to your accrued years. If you were injured on duty you could apply for an injury on duty award once you have been medically assessed by the SMP as being unable to perform the normal duties of a Constable and you have been retired by your force on medical grounds.
  4. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/exsoldier-asks-psni-to-investigate-series-of-ira-attacks-on-him-during-the-troubles-34408207.html This will be interesting to see how it unfolds in the future. The soldier has a valid point, I guess there will be some caveat that will be found to negate his complaint.
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    Public Holidays via NPCC

    3 days for me !
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    Always check your pockets

    Just did a test if you fold ticket in half both the bar code and date come together on opposite sides of the ticket. I suppose it's possible the ticket was spoiled in this way, it will be interesting to see how this pans out, if the claimant is genuine, I hope the evidence proves she is the rightful winner, otherwise she will be either in jail for fraud or forever blaming herself for what could have been.
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    Cologne Sex attacks

    I'm sure the majority of refugees entering Europe have no intention of causing disaffection with the local population. Many will go on to be model citizens and benefit the communities that have provided them a safe haven. On saying that if you take the media footage as a snap shot of the amount those immigrants pouring onto the beaches of Lesbos being young single males, intent on going to Germany then the odds are regardless of what nationality they hale from there will be a rogue criminal element amongst them. What's needed is a swift robust enforcement of the laws that have been transgressed and a no pussy footing around with regards to deportation of those found through due process of committing crimes in the country. Merkel needs to protect her own citizens from outside sources regardless of what the bleating left say, what's it to be sexual assault on local females or upsetting those who will shout racist at those for making tough decisions.
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    New National Anthem

    Being ex Navy, Heart of Oaks played by a Royal Marine Band, can't beat that when pulling gun and limber out at the Earls Court that gets the adrenalin pumping, sadly no Field Gun running these days
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    Pension Challenge

    Tigers 66 you may have a point, take for example the question of ill health enhancement for medical retirements, there is no enhancement for anyone over the normal retirement age of 55, whereas an officer younger in service below this age will if medically retired receive up to 3.5 years pensionable benefit.You could say that anyone over 55 is being discriminated against for having reached that age and therefore being easily disposed of from service, a victim of A20 without any financial benefit to aid their forced retirement.
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    Cologne Sex attacks

    Germany have an ever ageing population, I recently read that they do not have enough young people to look after the older generations, I guess this goes some way to explain why Merkel welcomed alcomers no questions asked throughout the whole of 2015. Of course these kind of decisions will have unknown consequences, that are now beginning to manifest.
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    Officer Suspended

    I would like to When a firearms officer is deployed they only have have a fraction of time to respond, they don't have the benefit of hindsight, no X-ray or body scan, no specialist consultant on hand to run the situation by. The officer doesn't have time to consider whether there will be an audit trail of best practice that was followed. They are deployed to keep the public safe, based on what presents them at that material time in order to resolve the situation. There is no other comparison that a firearms officer faces that be equated to being remotely similar can used in normal civilian life on a like for like basis, when the decision for the best outcome.making. It's down to that split moment in time when they either make far reaching judgement to follow their training and use it to what they honestly believe to be the right decision accessible at that to time to either protect the public, colleagues or themselves.
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    Restricted/A20/Ill health/IOD

    Just a quick question. Does anyone know or has any experience of what the pension reg's are for officers over the age of 55, specifically do they get any enhancement on an ill health pension, or because they have reached the normal retirement age of 55 that entitlement no longer exist for that age group. I have tried to find out via the fed and they couldn't give me a straight yes or no.
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    No Cut In Police Budget

    Quite convenient that an unexpected 27 billion pound windfall was able to save the day. It seems that whenever HMG backs are against the wall, in this case the ground swell of public opinion against tax credit and police cuts that money mysteriously comes from out of the ether, wish that stroke of luck would happen in my family budget.
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    COMPULSORY SEVERANCE: The mother lode

    Clearly a lot of last minutes deals going on. Was this down to Theresa May digging her heels in ? surely not out any love for the police but of self preservation for the future.
  15. I don't see any slack being given to the police, judging on what Osbourne said on Andrew Marr show today. I'm guessing HMG are hoping for a united front with all the Worlds super powers to take on Isis, a swift victory for all concerned, lots of back slapping, lots of more for less eye wash talk and "I told you so", blah blah !!! In the meantime the Hydra has grown two new heads and reeking mayhem on innocent citizens going about their normal lives.
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    Requirement of a Degree to become a Cop

    Just wondering how the CoP proposals would address a prospective candidate who is the holder of a degree who is dyslexic, makes the paper sift, suitable on paper and is able to progress through the recruitment process, in reality they can't write or read very well and has difficulty with spelling. Their intelligence is not a affected, should this candidate be put through ahead of the let's say the ex forces candidate who has left the services, worked in industry for a number of years gained alternative experience and would like to have a change in career. They have no university degree but gained City and Guilds in a recognised trade, or would these work place skills be seen has baggage that the police should be moving away from in order to become a more professional organisation. Should common sense and so called nouse be relegated to room 101, I mean you wouldn't want something that can't be measured getting in the way of candidates armed with a Ba, Ma or Bsc. Surely in fairness all aspects of what the recruit can and can't do should be considered.
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    Paris Attack

    No slagging off of HMG without good reason, set aside police pay and conditions. It's obvious to all and sundry the cuts in officer numbers is exposing citizens of the U.K. to huge risk from terrorism and organised crime. There's a good show of hands from within the Tory benches, MP's that are now realising the cuts are to severe, eminent academics have said as much also, so it would be nice not to have a go at HMG, but as I said they have been given the mandate to keep us protected from harm, so that's what I expect.
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    Paris Attack

    Should we have a Paris/Mumbai style attack in one of our major cities, I have to say with the best will in the world our officers may have the training but the numbers able to respond would be nothing like the troops and medics we saw in Paris, unless there are special forces boxed up and ready to be deployed at a moments notice to boost feet on the ground, my gut feeling is we would be winging it, and that causes me great concern. Sadly such an event would be the publics wake up call to this governments inadequacies and expose the rhetoric that spouts freely from those who say more with less, yet have been given the ultimate mandate to protect it's citizens.
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    Requirement of a Degree to become a Cop

    If it is to be that COP recommendations go through and future officer candidates will require a degree. It would appear the holder of such academic attainment will be ahead of the game and so skilled to deal with the merging cyber age, perhaps even able to deal remotely with offenders Involved in virtual reality pub fights without leaving the office. Surely the armed services should adopt the same entry qualifications as the police, I mean I wouldn't want someone with just common sense being onboard a Trident submarine (should they ever be commissioned).
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    Requirement of a Degree to become a Cop

    So the COP boffins want the omnicompetent officer to have a degree and the Met Commander wants new candidates to speak a second language as per his drawn up list, TM wants more Officers from the BEM community. I was minded to thinking what caveat would the forum members choose to meet the demands on modern day policing and assist it in its drive for the perfect super cop. I have always thought looking around the office that left handers are under represented, anecdotally they would bring a creative flare to the role, left handers would be my choice.
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    COMPULSORY SEVERANCE: The mother lode

    I find that those who wax lyrical about how great the job is even after many years service are by and large in the minority. I now see an ever increasing step change in the attitudes of young in service officers rapidly becoming dissasfected with the job and its woes. In essence the gloss has gone before the paints dry.
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    Requirement of a Degree to become a Cop

    My goodness how things move on, no longer is the tried and tested recruitment model fit for modern day policing, I conclude someone's had to many blue sky thinking days lately, shame really all that common sense the academics possess would be invaluable in creating a fail safe formula to disarm the drug crazed sword carrier in the street. I have no problem whatsoever with officers having degrees, making it a prerequisit as a condition to make the start point on application is a step to far that the public don't need.
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    Tax credit reforms

    I just see this as the gap between the haves and have nots getting wider and wider, decent hard working people trying to bring up families up on low pay. Many of these doing the lesser paid jobs on the PAYE tax system. They aren't able to offset daily expenses like many of the self employed seem to do, with liberal allowances that can be claimed for a whole manner of things, no such luxury accorded to the employee taxed at source. HMG should be seeking a fairer tax system for all and not the bulk of the populas who occupy the lower end of this system but pay enmasse the most. Im all for work pays and everyone who is able to work should be made to, but make the burden of taxation fair pro rata.
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    Tax credit reforms

    So if you have done the right thing and prepared accordingly for your old age, having banked some savings for the inevitable rainy days ahead. If you were to be means tested and were a few bob over the threshold, you should get nothing, other than oap pension, where's the incentive to take responsibility for your own finances, when living for the moment would become order of the day
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    Jeremy Corbyn - again

    I was telling my daughter about the national athem being played at the conclusion of the nights TV at midnight and getting a clout from me dad for not standing up in our own front room, bit off topic, I know but how things have changed.