Friday, 19 June 2009

I Walk The Line

So do I have a decision to make now that award winning blogging legend NightJack has been outed by The Times? I feel more than sorry for him as he has shown himself to be a good man and I still can’t see that he’s done anything wrong, except perhaps putting some trust in others. Luckily I trust nobody not even my mum.

I’m more concerned about the matter of discipline and the written warning he has received. All he’s done is tell the truth as he sees it, and in a brilliant way. If there is a conflict with his job then it could have been dealt with through informal management and a verbal bollocking. I know that he will receive the full support from his colleagues, and even senior officers would agree with much written in his blog.

What did The Times get out of it? It’s hardly a copper shocker story and just puts Jack into the limelight where he doesn’t choose to be. That blog probably had more positive interactions with the silent majority in this country, because he was tuned into what is happening and what they feel. Customer Focused but not on message. I fear the hand of others, strange game politics.

Jack I will miss your blog and some part of me would love to see you on Question Time sticking it to them, but that’s not what you’re about. You are just a normal bloke trying to protect the victims from the bad guy's. Good Luck to you and also MetCountyMounty who’s decided to call it a day.

My blog is a personal thing on my stress journey. Some can relate to that and most police bloggers if they’re honest know what I’m talking about. They are just a reaction to the frustrations of policing and life in general. It’s actually rather simple crime and order, lock up the bad people for doing the bad stuff and crime falls, life is better, everybody is happy.

I walk the line every day at work like thousands of others, making snap decisions that get pored over and criticised afterwards by those who would probably dither if they were in the same situation. I’m a good person trying my best and I can’t win the war against crime, but I’m fighting my own personal battles. Once I’ve won those this blog will cease and I’ll fight everything else from within the organisation as a leader.

If you have an inkling who I am from any posts keep schtum. If I’m going to be outed in a copper shocker expose I want it to be for being over the side with Cheryl Cole. Of course if Ashley wins his privacy case I’ll be in the clear. I will therefore continue as I believe I comply with my force policy on blogging, cases having been in public domain already. If anybody from complaints disagrees give me a steer.

I like to think I look good in black just like Johnny …

9 comments:

Officer Dibble said...

As long as we dont end up singing the Folsom prison blues!

PC Plastic Fuzz said...

I'm off. Take care buddy. Good luck.

Metcountymounty said...

the thing that annoys me the most about the whole thing is I've been quietly waiting for the tap on the shoulder from the DPS for a while and it's never come. I've read the force policy on blogging and about the only thing they could pull me up on is the use of language, but that's sooooo loose I honestly don't think they would set themselves up for that one. But now all it takes is one lowlife bastard reporter thinking the best way to get ahead at work is to go the police way and collect a scalp from someone they have never met and would never have anything to do with in the real world. We all know if something goes wrong at work and someone dies or if something really bad happens then the chances are we'll be in the papers, but I'm personally not going to risk blowing a few possible career paths because some arrogant prick of a reporter thinks getting hold of my name, photo and career history just because I write a blog is worth a couple of newspaper columns at best. I know for a fact that a number of other journalists are seriously pissed off about the whole matter, but that one guy can completely blow apart an emerging form of publishing astounds me.

Good luck mate, keep your head down.

Dandelion said...

It's an interesting connundrum, isn't it?

Whether you're demonstrating or describing what is wrong with the police, it says quite a lot about the organisation's resistance to improvement if they respond punitively. It also raises questions about why one would remain with such a problematic employer...

Noddy said...

"I will therefore continue as I believe I comply with my force policy on blogging, cases having been in public domain already."

Sound thinking and ditto, although it is a bit of a compromise between really wanting to tell it how it is and telling it how you are allowed.

Dark Side said...

You stick to your guns stressed, I personally would miss you if you left us..x

Stressed Out Cop said...

Everything must end eventually - I'm not quite ready yet.

I think Noddy you are right - you must self censor in some respect but still tell it the way it is. We are no different than any other public funded service in that the money put in could have been used better. Same with NHS and loads of other places. It just hasn't gone to response policing where it is wanted by public.

Dandelion - The employer is relatively OK but others are pulling the strings. It's the way it is .. I know how to do my job, but there's always somebody (non police) who seems to know better. To tell the truth is seen as undermining public confidence .. don't get that myself. I've always told the truth to the public .. they might not like it but then understand a tad better.

Emma - How does one get to your dark side? That's not a chat up line BTW !

Dark Side said...

One can have an invite if one emails me at emmasjourney@gmail.com..x

Sage said...

Johnny Cash, grew up listening to him as he was my dad's and then my favourite singer even had his American Journey CD's.. boy that man can sing.. loved his songs and particularly ring of fire.

Good luck with the blogging... keep head down low and avoid incoming missiles...