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The Thin Blue Line

Once a diary of the wild eye adventures of a new police officer, then the new eyes while a Detective and now a Detective Sergeant on a national unit, still seeing the same faces.

Updated: 2014-10-03T08:33:39.688+01:00


You aint seen me, right !


I thought I had walked away from blogging,
I thought things may improve as I moved rank and roles,
I thought that the government was investing in the "force",
I thought , I like ice-cream.

Only 1 out of 4, is correct.

Which is a bit like getting convictions at court, now that I think of it.

I wish Pc David Rathband and his family my heartfelt thanks for doing his job, and I hope he will in time recover and have his wounds heal as best they can.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish


A big thank you to all my readers over the years and every body who has commented and sent me emails. Good luck to all the other police bloggers , keep up the great work.

I have been posted in a Detective Sergents role and its time to move on and away from the online world .

Have fun , be safe , enjoy life and please get out from behind the desk / computer and see the fantastic world we live in.

This world is for the living and enjoyment of it all , by parting words

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson



Yesterday , I like hundreds of other officers up and down the country found out our results of the recent Sergent's exam.

Congratulations to all those who were successful and I will be joining you all in the celebrations of getting that under the belt and out of the way !


I was thinking of something to post that would reflect the relief and encompass all the recent groans and pains, but there isn't . The rock keeps rolling people want us to be there the service and the officers adapt to what the public wants us to do. Each and every day officers up and down the country excel themselves and are proud of what they do. Long may it last.

So , time to go have some beers and relax and plan the next stage of taking of the world.

( Five years from probationer to passing part 1 exam... not bad for a thicko like me )

Exam results


(image) Hi,
Still waiting for the OSPRE exam results,

How long does it take to pass a computer readable multi guess checkbox form into a reader and get a sodding result ?

Oh well, here is hoping that even if its a scrap pass, its still a pass !

See you all after March 2009


(image) head down, hours to be put in , books to be read , mocks to be done, audio cds listened to .. later all

Sorry still a little bit racist



Would love to post a lot about the goings on recently but apparently I am racist , explains why I cancelled my membership to the BPA , they no longer speak for the BME element in the met and have there own agenda.

Should we have these quasi organisations anymore , are we not all police officers first ?

Is it time that all the " police associations " just be kicked to touch and we get back to just doing the job at hand ..

I have not seen , heard witnessed or been a victim of racism while employed by the met police , what am I doing wrong , I have been a victim of racism while working on the streets my members of the public ... but they don't count as I arrest them and send em to court, just like what I would do *IF* it happened at work...

Stockwell Inquest


After getting it in the neck for the last few days from stupid people can I point the following out

Inquests do not establish if anyone was at fault or to blame for deaths - instead, they try to find out (and record) who the deceased was, how, when and where the deceased came by his or her death and the particulars needed for registration of the death.

Matters of blame or fault can only be pursued in separate civil or criminal proceedings.

The coroner may report the facts to an appropriate authority which may have power to prevent similar fatalities in future, but he or she cannot make recommendations or compel the authority to do anything.

Government proposes scrapping the PNB


"I am sorry but your protection officers have buggered off "

THE way decisions on police officer pay, allowances, working time and benefits are made is set to be radically overhauled after the Government proposed scrapping the Police Negotiating Board. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced that a pay review body should be set up to make crucial decisions about all UK police officers' remuneration

Gun crime ...


While every body is blathering on about knife crime , it seems that gun crime has taken a back seat.

It will not be long before its news again, the thing about knifes is that you have to be close to your victim, guns kill at range ( well... depends on if they play the xbox or not )

After all , since every child matters it appears every round now has to count..

rohm and haas Coupons squawk box becky quick


I thought I might have some thing big and clever to say upon my return, but I haven't. I returned last week to an office with even less staff than I left with, with no prospect of having it ever back to full strength, I see even less prospect of anything moving forward.

The office and division is fixated on "Threats to kill" and "Threats to life" rather than any government targets , like drugs , guns or knife crime - I feel like I should be cutting out Coupons to go shopping with in order to get fed this week as there is a freeze on "overtime" ... is the budget all ready gone ? if so, on what ? Clearly it wasn't on pay or better conditions or even tackling crime in the area.

Two months away and I can easily see whats at fault.

It is us.

We willingly do what we should not and with some kind of weird pride step up to the line to do a job no sane person would do given the choice.

We make the job work.

Why ?

The government doesn't respect us , but then we don't do what we do for them.

We do it for the people who's voices are trampled out by the jackboot of the loudest complainer.

Its like watching Rohm and Haas stock selling for silly money

(* lets see who can out rate who )

Maybe I should look else where , Whats the weather like in Canada ?

Is this thing still on ?


* Hello is this thing still on ?

oh , good job the MP's got the award isnt it , dangerous job that.
I wonder whats next year going to be ? a lump of coal ?




nice, fin - toodle pips

With Sympathy


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Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of both officers at this time.

Only they know the truth.

Hi America !


(image) A big hello , to my readers from the
U.s. Immigration And Naturalization Service,
The US Senate, and
Department Of Veterans Affairs,

I like America honest !

Paranoid .. me ?

Oh the strain.


As a newly "qualified' techo , I laughed when I read this at the breakfast table.

There has been many a night duty when I was on my own dealing with stranger rapes, murder scenes and serious GBH and robberies , yes I was a trainee detective but at the time I was also a substantive constable , does making me a trainee detective mean I forget all my coppering skills ? Do I suddenly forget the law and what to do ?

No of course not. Do all my managers and supervisors then all disappear ? No they do not , all reachable on the phone , radio and there are contact desks' , uniformed inspectors with decades of experience are all at hand. Investigations are not haphazard affairs, there are investigation plans, reviews and are subjected to supervision on a regular basis by supervisors and crime management units (*cough)

But don't worry while I am working hard away don't forget we have the eyes and ears looking out for you on the streets'

I cannot speak for all detectives work load I can only refer to my own , I have at any one time 20 + investigations ongoing, they will range from fraud offences to serious GBH's. Working an allocated 40 hour week, I also have to deal during the week with arrests that come from the general police teams that make an arrest that fall into the CID remit. ( what ever home office target is this month) be that theft of motor vehicles, burglary's or theft of a pedal cycle !

I worked that out as given each of my 20 crimes just 1 hour a week would count for half my weeks shift leaving 10 hours to deal with just one prisoner is arrested,
Do you really believe an entire borough workforce would make just one serious crime arrest a week ? Well no. I would deal with about 2 arrests a day on top of my workload the average time I have worked out is 15 hours to deal with a serious crime where an arrest has been made before putting the case to the CPS a disposal decision.

Anyone care to work out the math how much time that gives me to investigate your crime ?
That's why CID investigations take months, its not perfect but I get results.

A couple of weeks ago..


(image) " Ah TDC TBL step in to my office”, remarked the DCI, (oh shit what now)
I thought as I cast my mind back on the last 72 hours (The time frame for how long something is important to the DCI for).

He then starts to make small talk, how I am, how is life, my workload and other non committal stuff, he is starting to make me edgy by this banter. I wait for the "just one more thing before you go ... " remark.

"Sign this would you please?" he toss's over across the desk a familiar looking orange docket that bears my name, it comes to a stop at my hand.

Glancing sideways I look for the hidden DPS spook, nope none in sight, a trickle of sweat drips down my back winding its way to my underwear, which I suspect is going to be full soon.

But no.. As I open the docket I see a magical phrase " Detective constable TBL ".

It’s done! I am signed off. I am now a proper 'techo.

Time to put the feet up, large it up, read the paper and shout at the lids!

(* Above remark is flippant)

oh and now I owe the DCI a very large and expensive drink at the next office "meeting".

Missing the point


Civilian staff can perform many duties better than police officers, a review by Sir Ronnie Flanagan claims.

What duties would these be Ronnie ?

Doing case papers? ... That get lost at court.
Administration ? ... Meaning we have to fill out a book to get a shirt or a pen.
Front desk? ... Giving wrong legal information to the pubic
Taking statements? … That don’t contain even the points to prove let alone make sense.

Or perhaps the eyes and ears as CSO's ...

Watching kids drown and locking them self’s in a room when a 13 year old shouts at them

No Ronnie, what’s needed is fair pay and free reign to get back to doing what we do best, catching criminals and putting them to court.

What’s failed is the court, putting the criminals away.

That’s what the public despair about.

Why is that ?

Oh right, lack of prison space, because officers are catching so many

Jacki Smith found guilty


(image) Catchy title, and hopefully not to far from the truth,
While my colleagues were swanning about in London causing a riot and a nuisance , the rest of us were on duty and some of us were stuck in court.

Despite to say I got someone to "borrow" a white baseball cap for me that I will sell on ebay for my £ 250 .


Oh and one for this old boy ! Quality

One for fellow bikers


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'You'll get your old job back!'



When the fighting was at its fiercest
And everything looked black
This was the promise that cheered us on
'You'll get your old job back!'

Lets start the New Year with a Bang


Best wishes and a speedy recovery for PC Katie JOHNSON

As we push in to 2008, how many more incidents like this I wonder ?

Dear Santa


Dear Santa,
Can I have a pay deal that does not suck
SPP Payment in my role
Less paperwork
A Safer London..

Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year All !

1.9% theft


I was going to post but I cannot be bothered now, overworked , unpaied and undervalued.

No change going spare then ...

Maybe I should have a job credit card

The message..


(image) It took me ages to find a related photo ( that wasn't tasteless as I feel )

Delivering a Death message is a call, that returns you back to earth with a thump in this job, like a quite a lot of the work in fact.

I recall having a whole day about this in Hendon, and also found when ever I have had call to be the one knocking on the door, each and every time I have called on the job related number on "Delivering a death message"

Its a shame we are not measured on this "preformance" indicator