It’s not often you will hear me say that (OK, I know you’re reading it)
Today’s headlines have just stunned me into (almost) silence and left me ashamed that I was ever a member of the same organisation
I could easily swear here, but I won’t. What made it worse was this one from last year though,
It doesn’t even stop there, whilst one MP, Tobias Ellwood, was trying in vain to save PC Keith Palmer’s life, another one, Mike Fabricant, had locked himself in his office drinking whisky
MP Tobias Ellwood who tried to save Keith Palmer in Westminster terror attack says murdered Pc ‘was the hero… not me’
I fully accept that it’s a long time since I retired from the Met, and that almost everything has changed, but where has the loyalty to your comrades gone. If one of our PCs needed help the canteen would empty in an effort to assist. The Inspector and Sergeants would go and I have even witnessed a Commander administer the Attitude Test. There is no excuse for an officer of any rank (in my opinion) to lock himself in his car and not assist a man who subsequently died.
Sir Craig, then the Met’s acting commissioner, said his first instinct was to secure his chauffeur-driven car. “I was sitting in the car with two other people, one colleague had clearly seen what was going on,” he told Masood’s inquest at the Old Bailey. “I locked the doors — we had no protective equipment, no radios, we had been in a ministerial meeting and literally came out of that.”
His first instinct was to secure his chauffeur-driven car? What kind of a moron puts steel and rubber before a human being?
No PPE? No radio? Welcome to the world of Policing. I spent all of the years I patrolled the streets armed with a torch, a whistle and a trucnheon. with a radio to call for backup then hit someone with it. Why were you on the streets of London without even a truncheon? Is being a Senior Officer some reason not to carry one out on the streets? Does it exempt you from Policing in some way? We had to produce ours on Parade before we were allowed out.
Sorry Mr Mackie, your attitude stinks. I hate to think what Keith Palmer’s widow will make of this revelation. I certainly don’t think you deserve a Knightood, even it was for saving the Met £400 Million on paperclips or something. You COULD have stood up to the government and contested the cuts, but you chose not to.
I look forward to the days that will now follow to see what the public, the Federation and Keith Palmer’s widow have to say about today’s revelations. If I were “Sir Craig” I honestly think that my resignation would be on the Commission’s desk first thing tomorrow. The modern day Police Service needs Leaders not Bean Counters.
Dear Public, I feel I have to apologise for our Leadership, they’re not all the same, honestly.