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About KrustyG

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  1. KrustyG

    How has the Police changed you as a person?

    My father is a staunch Labour Party supporter and I grew up in a traditional working class household. My Dad would vote Labour if the Anti-Christ was in charge. Over the years I think I have voted for most of the main parties at different times and in different elections. Now that you've asked the question, I can't really pin down what it is about my policing career that's changed my views. Perhaps dealing with the same offenders over and over? Seeing people walk from court laughing with a "slap on the wrist" for their latest criminal endeavour? Seeing the devastation that a career criminal can bring when they should have already been in prison for their previous offence? This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of policing experiences which could change your views on the issues of the day - be it the justice system, the EU or the role of the public sector in general. Several years ago when I was watching a documentary on TV with some well-healed relatives who live in a nice part of town. They were talking about the featured offenders like they were victims and talking about how hard life must've been for them and how it's not really their fault. When I implied that these particular people were recidivist criminals who should be incarcerated for even longer, they looked at me like I was from a different planet. But then they've never met a criminal, never been burgled or assaulted or even remotely been affected by criminality - thankfully - and before I joined the cops I probably would've agreed with them.
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    How has the Police changed you as a person?

    Before I joined the cops I didn't really take life too seriously. I never thought about my own mortality or thought much about the future. I had a cushy but low-paid job which was considered glamorous by some but contributed nothing to society. Now with 10 years in The Job I am a totally different person. I still have my sense of humour but I worry a lot about my young family as they grow up - mainly due to things I've seen and people I've dealt with. Before I joined I was quite a liberal person with what would be labelled "lefty" views. That's all changed. I tend to be very cynical about other people's motives as being in the cops opens your eyes to a world you might never have noticed. It's a bit like when Simon Pegg is sat in the cop car in Hot Fuzz and he says to Nick Frost "There's always something going on". It also shows you how even a normally decent person will lie to the nth degree over something trivial rather than admit to the truth even when confronted with proof. The positives are that I have honed a level of patience that the Angel Gabriel would be proud of, I have learned to talk to a wide range of people from all walks of life. And having seen death and the way fate can deal the cruellest of blows when you least expect it, I value my life and that of my family and friends and I try to make everyday count.
  3. KrustyG

    Camera phones and the public

    I find that if you ignore the camera and just get on with your job they get bored of it after a short while. I had someone film me from inside their car once on an ipad whilst refusing to open the door. When he wound his window down an inch it was just enough to let the smell of Cannabis eek out into the air. At this point the baton came out along with the threat of the window going in and suddenly his amateur film-making came to an abrupt end. The trick is not to let it the presence of the camera wind you up and try to remain professional.
  4. I usually drive at 58 on motorway patrol so I can overtake HGVs but other motorists can overtake me without having to exceed the limit. If I'm doing an enforcement run (looking for offences) then I will exceed the speed limit. That was the way I was trained. I don't know any motorway officer who has been prosecuted for speeding in my force whilst on routine motorway patrol. Going through a gatso however on an A road without blue lights will generate an NIP and a requirement to provide a reason on a report.
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    In or Out

  6. Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere... http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2016-01-29/greater-manchester-police-holds-major-recruitment-drive/ *Edited by moderator to make link work*
  7. I read those comments and replied to a few with a few carefully chosen words. What you have to remember is that the sort of people that post on the DM police article comments pages have probably been done for speeding a few times and have absolutely no clue about modern policing issues. They would quite like to see us all walking round in capes with whistles clipping cheeky young upstarts round the ear.
  8. The car parked at the back of Bootle St was probably an officer attending the nearby Mags Court and taking advantage of the "police only" parking that is still in place. Bootle St is now shut and being redeveloped by some local footballers. I think that your experience is entirely representative of the number of patrols in the area. Had you attended next week you might have had a totally different experience due to the Tory Party Circus rolling in to town.
  9. Our force's traffic fleet is falling to bits. Half the vehicles at my unit have no functioning video in them and not one has a functioning ANPR capability. It's quite funny that the force would order BMWs over Jags because of perception. I seem to remember the same whinging from the odd newspaper commentator when the Vectras were replaced by the 330ds.
  10. KrustyG

    Hello and Goodbye

    Ade, It's interesting to hear your perspective. I too started out reading the policeuk site, that was back in 2005, I even wrote a diary of my training at the time under a different name. Your post struck a chord with me. Up until recently I would say I was still enjoying the job, but just in the last few months my morale has rapidly gone downhill. I'm not quite at the end of my tether yet but I'm getting there. What I have realised is that most of the negativity in my job does not come from the specific role I do, but from external sources who make it more difficult. CPS / bosses / the media etc... In truth I could probably write a book about why this is the case. Instead I will confine my comments to "good luck".
  11. KrustyG

    Hi Visibility Equipment Vest

    Arktis make a class 1 vest http://www.arktisltd.co.uk/products/p156e/ this is probably the best you could get. I work on the motorway and carry Taser. Our force tells us to fasten our jackets over our black equipment vests but this means you have no access to PPE if you need it in a hurry. We trialled a bespoke hi-vis taser vest but it was deemed unsuitable by the force. The non-taser version was deemed okay but in the end neither was purchased. We are also not allowed to carry taser on our equipment belts so that's not an option either. The Arktis taser vest is deemed of sufficient quality but ive been told won't be purchased. I'd be interested in hearing how officers working on the motorway throughout the UK are equipped and whether this is an issue elsewhere.
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    Hi, KrustyG here, traffic cop frustrated with the current state of affairs.