James’ Journey

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  1. david says:

    For now I shall leave aside police recording of crime.

    James Patrick (MPS) recommends that PSD responsibilities are moved to the IPCC completely, IIRC something the Police Federation have proposed for a few years (that bastion of conservative resistance to change. ponder).
    If the money were available that might just happen. ‘Plebgate’ might just overcome that obstacle if political pressure gathers strength; incidentally I have yet to note public pressure for this.

    After investigation comes adjudication, currently a wholly internal, police matter. I know the IPCC has a part in directing reviews etc, rightly they are not the ‘judges’.

    If we truly want PSD matters to be reformed for the better then adjudication must change too. I would support a tribunal for every case, with one police member and two civilians. There are a few places in the USA where civilian review boards exist, particularly from my limited reading for police fatal shootings.

    The furore within the Westminster “bubble” over ‘Plebgate’ and the clear criticism by the HASC of the three chief constables, following their public appearance, might just lead to adjudication becoming an issue.

    Meantime we ALL owe james Patrick a debt for being a public servant who has spoken out for OUR benefit.

  2. Bob S says:

    The real reason why the Met are putting James through a kangaroo court, sorry, a gross misconduct hearing, is now revealed. He is telling the truth about wholesale dishonesty within the Met when it comes to crime figures, so rather than do something about it they get the unfit for purpose Directorate of (Un)Professional Standards to fit him up with a view to putting him in front of their tame Commander who sits on most misconduct hearings and finds 90% of those before him guilty.

    James is also right about repealing section 29 of the Police Reform Act. How can it be right that a police officer is not allowed to complain about another member of their own force either internally or to the IPCC! It is not. They say officers can report “wrongdoing” but as I found when I made a formal allegation of wrongdoing against the professional standards champion, the DPS just say it is a “complaint” and refuse to investigate, citing this very piece of legislation.

    The PSC in my case was repeatedly flouting Met policies and procedures and was overseeing investigations that did not comply with the Mets own code of conduct on internal investigations. HHe failed to investigate allegations of dishonesty by my own line managers and mounted a campaign of harassment and intimidation against me for standing up to wrongdoing and dishonesty.

    The DPS did nothing about my allegations apart from joining in the harassment.

    James is a shining example of how a police officer should be. Tenacious, honest, bursting full with integrity, yet he is being accused of bringing the force into disrepute because he has blown the whistle on wholesale dishonesty.

    I suspect when he has his hearing at the end of the month his fate will have already been decided before he enters the room, but he will have an appeal process that he should be able to win. I hope he then sues the Met and also pursues the dishonest scum who have persecuted him.

  3. Bob S says:

    The real reason why the Met are putting James through a kangaroo court, sorry, a gross misconduct hearing, is now revealed. He is telling the truth about wholesale dishonesty within the Met when it comes to crime figures, so rather than do something about it they get the unfit for purpose Directorate of (Un)Professional Standards to fit him up with a view to putting him in front of their tame Commander who sits on most misconduct hearings and finds 90% of those before him guilty.

    James is also right about repealing section 29 of the Police Reform Act. How can it be right that a police officer is not allowed to complain about another member of their own force either internally or to the IPCC! It is not. They say officers can report “wrongdoing” but as I found when I made a formal allegation of wrongdoing against the professional standards champion, the DPS just say it is a “complaint” and refuse to investigate, citing this very piece of legislation.

    The PSC in my case was repeatedly flouting Met policies and procedures and was overseeing investigations that did not comply with the Mets own code of conduct on internal investigations. HHe failed to investigate allegations of dishonesty by my own line managers and mounted a campaign of harassment and intimidation against me for standing up to wrongdoing and dishonesty.

    The DPS did nothing about my allegations apart from joining in the harassment.

    James is a shining example of how a police officer should be. Tenacious, honest, bursting full with integrity, yet he is being accused of bringing the force into disrepute because he has blown the whistle on wholesale dishonesty.

    I suspect when he has his hearing at the end of the month his fate will have already been decided before he enters the room, but he will have an appeal process that he should be able to win. I hope he then sues the Met and also pursues the dishonest scum who have persecuted him.

  4. ideb8 says:

    “The Last Call To Attention” by PC James Patrick

    “Our boots may be worn, our finances stretched, both in our forces and our households, but we remain the sworn few. We’re the THINNEST blue line; our morale frayed, our discipline time-eroded, and our good will stretched well beyond where it should have snapped, but we remain the sworn few. Judged daily on our appearance, on how we dress, and on the faith we have; the faith in our promise to society and our faith in ourselves. We know prejudice firsthand. Even under direct attack, physical, mental, written, accidental, circumstantial, and deliberate: we mustn’t fall into the traps laid down. We put ourselves second, third, fourth; in doing so, choosing not to join the clubs that exist. To work without the safety networks that many hide within and behind. We never sell out, we never sell our souls; it’s a difficult path. The biggest threat to us has always been self-interest: the wide open door to corruption, the path of least resistance, the imposition of personal prejudice. We rise above this, the sworn few. We’re the voiceless; by choice surrendering our rights to walk this path: an understated, misunderstood and abused sacrifice. When those who turn to us expect anger and noise, we must give them nothing: silence, dignity, discipline: our strongest possible response, and the eeriest and most unnerving of all replies. We the sworn few, who gave away our voices, are now, too, speechless.

    How much is it going to take to make us not care, to not try anymore? More than they have: we simply do as we promised, and in doing so, turn our cheeks. United we stand behind the oaths that bind us. We’re portrayed as the least equal of all animals, yet we see the glimmers behind the exteriors, we personally know the dangers of fractions of fractions. We see firsthand the effects of an agenda of half-truths and blatant statistical manipulations. We the sworn few must stand tall and stand together. Within our ranks there is no space for the ineffective, the corrupt, the bigoted, nor in any of their many disguises. We’ve no space for them as we stand, this one last time, shoulder to shoulder as the world around us is shaken down to its very foundations. Rarely do we hear the rallying cries that are desperately needed. So with this, from a humble holder of the office of Constable, from our very own [?], join me, the sworn few! Join me in one last call to attention! One last stand of dignity, discipline, in the face of adversity! Stand side by side, and stand proud! Let’s shout together: from the basements, pavements, tower blocks and rooftops: let’s remind Great Britain who we truly are! Stand with me, the sworn few! And let our oath, our promise, the strong words that bind us resound in every street, every alleyway, and in every police station. Join me with every person in every estate, village, town and city that we are here for each and every one of them. We do as we must, in spite of the personal consequences, the obstacles, the dangers, and the pressures the [?] guardians of morality. Together, let’s make a front that can’t be ignored, a renewed pride that can’t be extinguished. Let the whole country echo and the corridors of power shake with those words that begin this journey for each and every one of us. Join me, and maybe for the last time, let’s raise the roof! I do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve our Lady the Queen in the office of Constable, and without favor or affection, malice or ill will. And I will, to the best of my power, cause the peace to be kept and preserved, and prevent all offenses against the persons and properties of her Majesty’s subjects. And that while I continue to hold said office, I will, to the best of my skill and knowledge, discharge all the duties thereof faithfully and according to law. Thanks for listening: take care of yourselves!”
    [http://bit.ly/1720aLO]

  5. ideb8 says:

    “The Last Call To Attention” by PC James Patrick

    “Our boots may be worn, our finances stretched, both in our forces and our households, but we remain the sworn few. We’re the THINNEST blue line; our morale frayed, our discipline time-eroded, and our good will stretched well beyond where it should have snapped, but we remain the sworn few. Judged daily on our appearance, on how we dress, and on the faith we have; the faith in our promise to society and our faith in ourselves. We know prejudice firsthand. Even under direct attack, physical, mental, written, accidental, circumstantial, and deliberate: we mustn’t fall into the traps laid down. We put ourselves second, third, fourth; in doing so, choosing not to join the clubs that exist. To work without the safety networks that many hide within and behind. We never sell out, we never sell our souls; it’s a difficult path. The biggest threat to us has always been self-interest: the wide open door to corruption, the path of least resistance, the imposition of personal prejudice. We rise above this, the sworn few. We’re the voiceless; by choice surrendering our rights to walk this path: an understated, misunderstood and abused sacrifice. When those who turn to us expect anger and noise, we must give them nothing: silence, dignity, discipline: our strongest possible response, and the eeriest and most unnerving of all replies. We the sworn few, who gave away our voices, are now, too, speechless.

    How much is it going to take to make us not care, to not try anymore? More than they have: we simply do as we promised, and in doing so, turn our cheeks. United we stand behind the oaths that bind us. We’re portrayed as the least equal of all animals, yet we see the glimmers behind the exteriors, we personally know the dangers of fractions of fractions. We see firsthand the effects of an agenda of half-truths and blatant statistical manipulations. We the sworn few must stand tall and stand together. Within our ranks there is no space for the ineffective, the corrupt, the bigoted, nor in any of their many disguises. We’ve no space for them as we stand, this one last time, shoulder to shoulder as the world around us is shaken down to its very foundations. Rarely do we hear the rallying cries that are desperately needed. So with this, from a humble holder of the office of Constable, from our very own [?], join me, the sworn few! Join me in one last call to attention! One last stand of dignity, discipline, in the face of adversity! Stand side by side, and stand proud! Let’s shout together: from the basements, pavements, tower blocks and rooftops: let’s remind Great Britain who we truly are! Stand with me, the sworn few! And let our oath, our promise, the strong words that bind us resound in every street, every alleyway, and in every police station. Join me with every person in every estate, village, town and city that we are here for each and every one of them. We do as we must, in spite of the personal consequences, the obstacles, the dangers, and the pressures the [?] guardians of morality. Together, let’s make a front that can’t be ignored, a renewed pride that can’t be extinguished. Let the whole country echo and the corridors of power shake with those words that begin this journey for each and every one of us. Join me, and maybe for the last time, let’s raise the roof! I do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve our Lady the Queen in the office of Constable, and without favor or affection, malice or ill will. And I will, to the best of my power, cause the peace to be kept and preserved, and prevent all offenses against the persons and properties of her Majesty’s subjects. And that while I continue to hold said office, I will, to the best of my skill and knowledge, discharge all the duties thereof faithfully and according to law. Thanks for listening: take care of yourselves!”
    [http://bit.ly/1720aLO]

  6. ideb8 says:

    Crime stats select committee session video with James also worth repeated viewing – compelling stuff: http://provi.so

    Is this the first time that a serving police officer able to provide evidence as confirmation of widespread distortion of crime figures has been offered the public platform of a specially convened select committee session where the evidence is therefore covered by parliamentary privilege?

    If so, does it stand any better chance of instigating root and branch structural transformation as a consequence?

    As the HoC PASC Chair, Bernard Jenkin MP, specifically apologised to the Police on behalf of all politicians, stating their responsibility for this deteriorating mess, can the force now use this as cover to make their own apology while they open and clear up..?

    • I can’t think of a single previous occasion when a serving Police Officer from the Front Line has had the opportunity to ‘tell it like it is”. Senior Officers have previously appeared before similar committees but seem to have adhered to the Party Line.

      I truly hope that James’ appearance will be the catalyst needed for an in-depth review of how Crime Figures are Recorded, Reported, Analysed, Disseminated, and Used, and, more importantly, how Recorded Crime is Classified.

      We have all known for years that massaging the figures has been going on but James’ evidence to PASC reveals that it is not just simple massaging, but something far more insidious has been t6aking place, presumably with the knowledge and collusion of senior ranks.

      I have long said that the public should know the TRUE crime figures, be they good, bad or indifferent. They’re there for a purpose and that purpose is not to meet government targets or assist someone’s promotion.

      It’s far to early to predict how this will end but serious change is needed to restore public confidence in Crime Stats.

  7. ideb8 says:

    Crime stats select committee session video with James also worth repeated viewing – compelling stuff: http://provi.so

    Is this the first time that a serving police officer able to provide evidence as confirmation of widespread distortion of crime figures has been offered the public platform of a specially convened select committee session where the evidence is therefore covered by parliamentary privilege?

    If so, does it stand any better chance of instigating root and branch structural transformation as a consequence?

    As the HoC PASC Chair, Bernard Jenkin MP, specifically apologised to the Police on behalf of all politicians, stating their responsibility for this deteriorating mess, can the force now use this as cover to make their own apology while they open and clear up..?

    • I can’t think of a single previous occasion when a serving Police Officer from the Front Line has had the opportunity to ‘tell it like it is”. Senior Officers have previously appeared before similar committees but seem to have adhered to the Party Line.

      I truly hope that James’ appearance will be the catalyst needed for an in-depth review of how Crime Figures are Recorded, Reported, Analysed, Disseminated, and Used, and, more importantly, how Recorded Crime is Classified.

      We have all known for years that massaging the figures has been going on but James’ evidence to PASC reveals that it is not just simple massaging, but something far more insidious has been t6aking place, presumably with the knowledge and collusion of senior ranks.

      I have long said that the public should know the TRUE crime figures, be they good, bad or indifferent. They’re there for a purpose and that purpose is not to meet government targets or assist someone’s promotion.

      It’s far to early to predict how this will end but serious change is needed to restore public confidence in Crime Stats.

  8. ideb8 says:

    Yes, exactly. Very true. And Paul Flynn MP must also be right, to rid the service of the distorting performance-dependent pay and promotion system.

    (+ latest obscure ‘annotated’ rant re Commissioner BHH:
    http://elector8-2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/despite-ignoring-silencing-him-im-ever.html)

  9. ideb8 says:

    Yes, exactly. Very true. And Paul Flynn MP must also be right, to rid the service of the distorting performance-dependent pay and promotion system.

    (+ latest obscure ‘annotated’ rant re Commissioner BHH:
    http://elector8-2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/despite-ignoring-silencing-him-im-ever.html)

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