Tuesday 29 July 2008
I'd been having a turf war with some drug dealers for nearly 6 months. They were a big outfit and ran their business 24/7 with numerous runners. They would often congregate in large numbers and whoever was holding would always slide away.
I couldn't walk through the estate, without getting accosted by residents telling me how things had got out of hand. This was a slow burner and I niggled away at the punters, getting dealing numbers and built together the pieces of the jigsaw. A few stops here and there yielded nothing from the dealers (always swallowed it see) but slowly I began to identify them.
I'd even filmed them in some dealing areas in the early hours and often 20 punters would be served up at one time. As they were African and not always local it was hard to know who was actually at it. I even caused a mini-riot when attempting to seize the mandatory dangerous dog that was always present with this group.
They were cocky bastards and were confident to front me out. I annoyed them and disrupted them, but business was still good. One day one of them laughed at me saying I'd never catch them. He said he'd make a deal - if I never caught them I'd have to leave the estate - but if I did catch him he'd only do a little bit of time and be out on the streets again soon, so it didn't really matter.
That's modern day policing for you, they are not scared and don't fear you. I'm sure Gene Hunt would of had an appropriate tactic to wipe the smile off his face. I accepted his little challenge.
Sunday 27 July 2008
I made it through my 16 day continuous work stint - well nearly 16 days I just couldn't be bothered working another of my days off and took day 14 (my rest day in lieu) off. I'm still knackered though.
It's also official I'm no longer a cripple and can rejoin the streets again. Nobody made a fuss that I only lasted 2 days on restrictive duties - just as well considering I've been the only police officer available on my team for weeks.
I am now on leave for 2 whole weeks - My diary is full already for my return. My phone is off and will remain off. If anybody pops in to this blog hopefully some posts will appear themselves - I'll tidy them up on my return.
Lets see if I can survive 2 weeks with the family -
Saturday 26 July 2008
What can you say to David Cameron about the loss of his bike. Knowing the area as I do Dave I wouldn't leave my bike outside of a William Hills, which is a bit of a magnet for drug dealers, users and general naughty blokes.
I do hope he was popping into Tesco's and not to the bookies for something else.
No doubt there will be a purge on bike thefts by the greater gods keen to ingratiate themselves with the next prime minister. Watch this space !!
Thursday 24 July 2008
I don't like wasting my time, and always have little things planned. I've noticed that at week-ends junkie feeding time is about midday. So I'm poised to have abit of sport when the dispatcher puts out a call. I'm only 1 minute away and it's a spill over from the previous night so I take it.
I listen to the sorry tale and it's a falling out between two 14 year old girls. Apparently this one had been threatened and the mother had gone to the other mother’s house and to cut a long story short a gang of youths had later attended this address and been abusive and threatening. Police were called but never attended as we had no units. Of course knives were mentioned as its flavour of the month.
Knowing the mother as I do - I suspect she's gone round drunk and gobbed off biting off more than she can chew. She denies this. I promise to attend the other girl’s house. The venue given is vague but I find it.
I'm shown into the front room and get a sense of déjà vu. I hear the story from the other side. Girls fallen out - want to fight each other - words in the street etc etc. I speak to the girl's mother - "I've been here before haven't I?" "I can't remember" she says. "Have you got another daughter?" "Yes she's twenty soon and has got 2 kids."
I was here about 5 years before dealing with exactly the same situation, when the older daughter had fallen out with a friend and threats made etc etc. I ask who the father is for her grand child. She blurts out a name, which I know and she adds he's just out of prison. Apparently they get on better now the daughter has her own place.
The 14 year old confirms that the other mother came round creating a scene and some of her friends went round and were abusive. There were no knives. I ask her why they had fallen out. I coaxed it out of her - I'm glad she was embarrassed. It was because they'd been best friends and the other girl became best friends with somebody else.
I think everybody could see how ridiculous this whole situation was, even the original mother when I returned to offer words of wisdom. It's estate life folks with Mr Policeman trying to act as Jeremy Kyle. I tell the girl not to end up like her sister - but if I return in 5 years no doubt she'll be banged up with two kids of her own. Of course can't just leave it at that.
That's two 14 year olds coming to notice of police so loads of report writing for me. Meanwhile real crime continues because I'm not there.
I feel my time has been wasted - I actually believe they felt that too - But they'll call again
Wednesday 23 July 2008
I had air conditioning and soft lighting. I strolled over to the drinks machine that promised to dispense me a free drink of my choice. Decaffeinated coffee if I wanted it. There was a little plate attached to the machine which read
Busy Day? We live life at such a pace that taking time out is important. So choose yourself a drink, take a moment and enjoy.
Everybody has a part to play in a big organisation and no doubt there are stresses and pressures in this office everyday, however it is not my world, and they don't see what I see.
Monday 21 July 2008
He was cleared of wrongdoing but god only knows how this affected him. We all know although innocent he would have been tainted in the eyes of the senior officers. Imagine sending him to a community meeting with diverse groups and the reception he would receive. I don't recall a senior police officer coming out and stating how the girl was clearly a liar, and giving the officer their clear support.
Unfair treatment mate - You did nothing wrong - RIP another victim of diversity
Friday 18 July 2008
Put aside the fact this girl is 15. Being bitten hurts right, and no doubt she is giving it the large one as I write, revelling in her new found notoriety. I found it more disturbing that passers by felt it appropriate to step in against the police. Don't think anything is going to happen to the two males arrested either - it won't. I see the arrest was for violent disorder but any proceedings will see this charged down to threatening behaviour. Keeps it out the Crown Court see, where some of the same residents from Croydon will no doubt be sat on the jury.
What is the true number of police officers injured on duty? It's so time consuming filling out the electronic form to report one that most officers don't bother unless it's really serious. When it was written in the injury book - it was just a quick entry and done, 1 minute maximum.
Now it is a health and safety investigation. If you looked at the charges laid for assaults on police no doubt it would be considerably higher than the injuries reported. This is one bean that the politicians don't really want counted so nobody makes an issue over it.
The black community in Croydon should hang their heads in shame for this incident. The two police officers should be thankful they weren't stabbed. Labour crime and disorder policy? Tough on crime and the causes of crime - What do you think?
Tuesday 15 July 2008
Somebody is missing out on the opportunity in Northampton to get an easy sanction detection. Russell Brand (who does somewhat amuse me - sometimes!) has apparently made a hoax call on stage to a police control room, and it's been filmed.
I think I time him getting through after 47 seconds - so not bad Northampton. Is that good? I don't know but it's recorded somewhere if you can make sense of it.
A fixed penalty ticket £80 en-route to you Russell - you naughty boy
Monday 14 July 2008
Are we to blame for not sorting them a lift back home? I can understand the families being upset, however we can't be responsible for everything that happens afterwards can we? Duty of care springs up - I think again this derives from that lovely Socialist creation The Human Rights Act. Well if the seized car was being driven without insurance, what about the rights of the rest of us to be protected.
There are already procedures in some forces for release risk assessments to take place after contact with police. These are usually after a spell in custody, where we should offer suitable contact numbers to stop people doing something stupid. I don't know if this also means we are responsible for the person getting home safely.
The old instruction manual IM 2.16 only applied to allay a sense of grievance, if we'd cocked up and made steps to smooth things over. If you were guilty of an offence or in custody through your own stupidity the record was marked released no charge 2.16 does not apply. You were on your own. Nowadays It's all a backside covering policy to show we've acted in a reasonable way.
Standby for a change in the seizure form so we can tick another box saying we pointed the uninsured driver in the direction of a taxi firm. Perhaps the Daily Mail should be attacking the madness which is the Human Rights Act. This single piece of legislation has resulted in the police fannying around with every procedure we do, and NOT for the better.
Saturday 12 July 2008
Tuesday 8 July 2008
I still had to deal with the parents with differing responses. One was very grateful and knowing the score thanked me. The other couldn't care less and wouldn't listen to my words of wisdom. She mentioned to her friend "I don't like this one". It would appear I'd had a run in with her cousin a few years back. It really hit home and actually quite hurt, everybody wants to be liked don't they? Having got her details I recognised the surname, and assume her cousin was a man put away for firearms a few years back.
I'd already had another resident phone in to ask if I had permission to name an individual in the local police newsletter. This is permission of the jailed person. The individual who was given 18 months for drug dealing on the estate. So two people I'd upset in one day.
Then you think about it, and as much as they whinge and moan, see it as a positive. These are the people whose kids are causing misery to others on the estate. If I'm annoying them it's a good thing.
I had a friend who worked an estate, which had a police office on it. He was a top street cop very firm but fair with it. He came into work one day to find overnight somebody had painted on the wall in 2 foot high letters. (Surname) is a Wa@!er. I see that as a compliment to him and the way he policed. Personally I would of added - and don't you forget it.
RIP Big Al - I bet they haven't forgotton you - I never will
Monday 7 July 2008
Sunday 6 July 2008
Lets face it we all know there are cameras in the suite, if not covering the inside of the property store. The complaints department actually trace all police misdemeanours back to four human failings; Liquor Loot Lunacy and Lust. I think we can class this officer in the Lunacy bracket or the moment of madness.
I'm feeling abit knackered myself at present, hardly been at home in the last week, clocking up some excessive hours at work 16 hour days and even a 20 hour one. It does affect you, my short term memory is totally blown to the extent you have to think hard about what day it is. Last night was my first opportunity to catch up on some shuteye. Unfortunately after 4 hours I was awake and buzzing and didn't really get my intended 8 hours.
So I'm even more knackered now. I've turned down some more extra stuff I was asked to do, but just shows you how it all get loaded onto you. I've been working my rest days to help the job out (not for money because there is none)
I think I've got one sleeping tablet left so tonight should be ok. I've got a 14 day period at work coming up, again with excessive hours and then some leave, so if I can get through that should be able to recover. No time to get signed back to full duties by my doctor, so I'll do a job lot visit and get a resupply of sleeping tablets to keep me going before leave. (Zopiclone - works wonders - and it's legal)