Last Updated on July 20, 2015 9:00 am by RetiredAndAngry
It sounds boring. “What has it got to do with me?”
Doing it right is an excellent piece of advice and becomes more relevant by the day.
Policing is under attack from any number of directions. High Profile cases are being lost at Court that really should have been won.
Cruella and friends are constantly chiselling away at Stop and Search.
Our new best friend Sophie Khan is constantly waiting in the wings to sue us when someone gets Tasered.
Doing it right doesn’t even stop at the Front Line. Every aspect of everything we do should be done right. The Home Secretary would love to cut back on Stop and Search, even in the face of the seemingly rising volume of Knife Crime. If Stop and Search is Done Right and properly checked and supervised after the event we can robustly defend a) the individual Stop/Searches and b) the practice as a legitimate tactic. WE know it’s vital, but we have a better chance of retaining it if we Do It Right. I’m in no way saying that you don’t, just putting my thoughts together.
When the evidence stacked up against a suspect is so very overwhelming it’s easy to take your eye off the ball and assume that the quantity and quality of the evidence will see it through the Courts. When the evidence is all-conquering it’s time to challenge the procedure. How galling is it to get a case thrown out at Court because there has been a slip up in procedure or something has been forgotten? It’s becoming more and more important to make sure the procedure and paperwork are 100% as well as the evidence.
It’s absolutely VITAL that Professional Standards Departments Do It Right. Morale is at an all time low, we don’t need to be fitted up by our own. If wrong-doing is found or suspected it’s perfectly right and appropriate for PSD/DPS to investigate that wrong doing, and prosecute if appropriate, but they too need to Do It Right. We’ve heard too many instances where PSD/DPS have not done it right, particularly in relation to Disclosure. This does no good for anybody, is unprofessional, unethical and quite possibly unlawful. #DoItRight PSD and you’ll have much more credibility, support and possibly more satisfaction. If it is possible to DISPROVE an allegation why would you not do that? What possible satisfaction can you get from stitching up your own? #DoItRight and everybody benefits. Stop chasing targets and chase the truth for every allegation. I have no problem hearing the truth, however unsavoury, but it gives me no satisfaction hearing stories of malpractice within PSD/DPS.
Authorising Officers, you Inspectors and Superintendents, you also have a duty to #DoItRight. Every application from anything from a simple Subscriber Check to intrusive surveillance, don’t just sign it. Read it. Make sure it’s appropriate, make sure all the boxes have been ticked. Don’t just automatically sign it and move on, then we might not be where we are today, appearing in front of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal and even if we do we can defend it robustly and confidently.
Finally, it is only by Doing It Right that we can demonstrate, with confidence, how time consuming certain activities (like prisoner processing, report writing, Crime reporting etc) are and the true effects of budgetary cuts are having on routine Policing. I know how tempting it is to cut corners. I know what it’s like to have the Duty Inspector bellowing at you to get back out on the streets, but sometimes that’s the wrong thing to do. Sometimes it’s vital to finish what you’re doing before you move on to the next call.
Nobody likes “No Unit To Deal” but we didn’t ask to be put in this situation. A call only becomes your responsibility once you’ve accepted it. You’re assigned, from that very second you are responsible for its outcome. Once you are free to accept the next assignment, fine you’re in play. Let “No Unit To Deal” become the Management’s problem. It can become one of the statistics they’re so fond of to help show that we actually need more Bobbies, more Tecs, more Dogs, more Horses, more Cars.
I know it’s a pain in the arse. I know it doesn’t sit easily with the Police desire to get the Job done at any cost, however difficult. I know it doesn’t sit well with our desire to serve the Public well, but maybe by #DoingItRight we are actually serving the Public well, if that helps to justify the demand for More Not Less. We all KNOW that all you get for Less is Less. The only thing you can achieve with Less is Less.
Work Smart, be Efficient, do your very best, but Policing still needs more Cops, not less.
In my humble opinion #DoingItRight in EVERYTHING may just help us to achieve that long term.