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stewie_griffin last won the day on October 1 2014

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  1. stewie_griffin

    CC Davenports idea.

    To be honest, if a driver killed a loved one of mine while distracted by a mobile phone, the only thing that would make me happy is life imprisonment/a slow death. However, I don't think that this is a sensible basis on which to legislate. I'm not opposed per se to life imprisonment for using your mobile phone while driving (or possession of marijuana or shoplifting), but given that the UK has a) one of the safest road systems in the world and b ) a smaller police force than ever before, surely we need a sensible arrangement of priorities.
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    CC Davenports idea.

    Completely reasonable point of view. More so when consider that there are crimes with actual victims that are not prosecuted at all. I'm not saying that the death penalty for those using cellphones is a bad idea, or that shoplifters shouldn't be given counselling, just that we need to develop a sense of proportion. There are still some places where using your cellphone while driving isn't even illegal, and these places aren't on a Foreign Office advisory not to go there.
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    Complaints from the public

    I know it's hindsight now, but in these two incidents, would body-worn video have helped?
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    UK Fracking

    This is true. The difficulty is deciding on whose opinion should be the deciding opinion. I wouldn't really want to live next door to an oil well because of the annoying whirring and clunks of the pumpjack. On the other hand I can see the benefits of cheap oil when I fill up my truck.
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    UK Fracking

    Fracking wells makes the oil (or gas) that comes out of them relatively expensive. It is however, effective and explains the rise of high-cost producers in the US. With oil below $50, it's a technology that doesn't make much sense right now. The safety of an oil well with regard to contaminating ground water supplies depends on the surface casing, which is essentially a steel tube and cement. This is built to industry standards, which vary according to location. I never knew anything about oil production before I moved to Alberta, but it seems like most people have some connection to the industry.
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    Complaints from the public

    Good thread. We have something similar here in Canada where I work. I feel sergeants are under pressure to 'see both sides' in these types of complaints and offer something to the complainant even when the member has done absolutely nothing wrong. After reading the posts above, I really don't feel the need to offer any reply unsubstantiated or false allegations.
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    NYE sickness rates

    Why? The comment is a joke (derived from that joke 'How many gears does an Italian tank have? 7. 1 forward and 6 reverse.' It refers to the Italian performance in the second world war, but might just as easily apply to the French ('What colour is the flag of the French army? A white cross on a white background'). I can't see why humorous remarks about snail eating are OK, but not about gears on Italian tanks. As it happens, I don't agree with Zulu's position, but he's got a point. To describe his position as 'inappropriate' while at the same time thinking it's OK for thousands of Italian police officers to stay at home enjoying La Dolce Vita while their colleagues are at work, seems strange.
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    NYE sickness rates

    The biggest danger with this sort of thing is that you don't show up for work and... nobody even notices. The good news is that sometimes the reverse happens, as in Quebec in the 1960s, when there was mass looting when the police went on strike. Right now, the NYPD are showing up for work, but not doing much when they get there. On the whole, as a police officer I'm against taking industrial action on the basis that when you do, most of the public and the media will hate you even more than they do already (a disturbing thought if you're a bobby in the UK). Furthermore, when you actually get them, 'industrial rights' aren't much to write home about.
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    So, how has the job changed?

    Off topic perhaps, but the issuing of penalty notices isn't completely related to their 'absoluteness' (if that's a word) in the legal sense. But you're right, penalty notices are issued for mainly straightforward offences. Here in Canada, we issue penalty notices for provincial offences, not only driving related e.g., no seatbelt, being at fault in a collision, speeding but also things like being drunk in public, smoking too close to an entrance, carrying open alcohol. We don't give tickets for what we define as 'criminal' offences. Back on topic, I give tickets at the scene of a collision, if, based on all the evidence someone did something wrong. Seems simple to me.
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    Pc sues the Met.

    When you remember what the police has paid out for in the past (wasn't there a chef who didn't want to cook sausages?) you can't blame him really. Might be a few quid in it.
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    New domestic abuse legislation

    Are there any limits to what the police are being expected to do? Is there any point at which people should be expected to sort out their own problems? Creating new laws to change complex human behaviour may satisfy our need to 'do something', but in the end are doomed to fail.
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    Naming drivers

    I'm all in favour of simply printing the names of all adults charged with any criminal offences on the force website. Such a list would give a good idea of what the police deal with and would be scrupulously fair. Subsequent results of court cases should be published by the appropriate CPS department. At the moment only particularly lurid crimes really get reported or those where the defendant is famous. Being charged with a criminal offence is a matter of public record.
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    Probationer- contemplating leaving

    This is very sad and took me back to a similar situation I had, so, you need to put to one side the distress and disappointment you obviously feel and think quickly about practicalities: 1. Leave the work phone at work and focus on your family while you're at home. Do not spend a single more minute doing work stuff at home. Your family is more important than your work. Especially now. 2. Get your escape plan organized properly, don't have vague plans. You say you have a previous employer who would have you back, find out if this is a viable option. Work out how long you can stay in the job and reduce unnecessary outgoings 3. With everything in place, take formal action and document everything. Bear in mind that large organizations are frightened of claims of discrimination on the usual grounds (sex, race etc.) Also, it's a real annoyance for employers to have someone leave so they have a vested interest in keeping you on. 4. In the meantime, consider how this situation arose. Every probationer is frightened of making mistakes, takes on too much, accepts people at face value and trusts the people in charge. You should stop doing these things. Now.
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    Very cold weather in the USA

    This is a perennial problem, especially for the homeless who are often alcoholics and suffer exactly as you say. We're pretty well geared up for the snow in terms of equipment for clearing it away and clothing for the extreme cold. That said, we still mostly drive rear-wheel drive Crown Victorias with no snow tires and only now are we getting the new Ford Explorer. Here's some things I've noticed: - Even when it's really cold here, it doesn't seem as cold as I remember the UK (probably a combination of damp and wind) - Pens don't work very well below about -10 - Even though we still get snow every year, people still drive like idiots on the first day the white stuff arrives. - There's less crime in winter than in summer, I think people are in particularly high spirits when spring arrives. - There's lots of indoor stuff: running tracks, huge malls, walkways, swimming pools. - While an remotely operated garage door might seem like a luxury in the UK, it's an absolute necessity here!
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    Very cold weather in the USA

    Yes. We've just had the first real snowstorm of the winter which produced about 30-40cm in the last couple of days. That snow will stick around until March time. Generally though, the climate here is quite arid compared to the UK.