You Have Only One Target – To Reduce Crime

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  1. Dave Telford says:

    I am so sorry that you had to go through that sad day. No one should have to. I hope that Pandora’s box remains under control for you. As a retired Inspector, I can say with confidence that your Inspector was a heartless buffoon (I have controlled my language). Best wishes. Dave

    • Thank you very much Dave. As far as I know I’m fine, and I was happy to do what I could for my friend and his family, but I still maintain that I should not have been asked, so yes, heartless buffoon is the least he deserves

  2. soontobegone says:

    Deepest sympathy to his family and you for having to face that. I had a friend , whom l joined with, take his own life by car and an exhaust pipe scenario. I am am so glad l wasn’t on earlies that day.

    It’s hard enough dealing with such incidents for strangers but when it is someone close or a relative it’s a completely different kettle of fish.

    Mrs May until you have walked the walk you will never know. At least you won’t be around after May 7th to continue your chaos.

    Stay safe comrades.

    • Thank you, my purpose was simply to demonstrate with a real, tragic example that “crime isn’t everything” and May shouldn’t really keep ignoring everything else. It will bite her on the arse one day, but that might be too late for the Public

  3. soontobegone says:

    Deepest sympathy to his family and you for having to face that. I had a friend , whom l joined with, take his own life by car and an exhaust pipe scenario. I am am so glad l wasn’t on earlies that day.

    It’s hard enough dealing with such incidents for strangers but when it is someone close or a relative it’s a completely different kettle of fish.

    Mrs May until you have walked the walk you will never know. At least you won’t be around after May 7th to continue your chaos.

    Stay safe comrades.

    • Thank you, my purpose was simply to demonstrate with a real, tragic example that “crime isn’t everything” and May shouldn’t really keep ignoring everything else. It will bite her on the arse one day, but that might be too late for the Public

  4. Crime isn’t everything you’re quite correct in saying that.
    However, the events you recall were ‘The Job’ back then. It was one of the reasons most people looked up to Cops. If you needed help, even as something as trivial as directions you could ‘ask a Policeman’. Last time I asked for directions in London, not being from there, I was told ‘What am I? A tourist guide?’ Police Stations were a ‘place of safety’ where you could head to if there was trouble in your life.
    Today the people seem to be reaping the results of all those fast-tracked, public sector MBAs finally reaching the top. From my perspective, that has resulted in the generation a legion of uniformed social workers who think it is more important to attend meetings, than being on the street mixing with the public.
    Round my way, during the late 80s and early 90s, we had one guy who seemed to work evenings and nights. He would prowl the streets in an unmarked Astra, out of uniform. He knew the scroats, they knew him. That guy did more to keep the area peaceful and crime-free than any other guy I’ve met.

    • Yes the events I described were The Job back then, and I would hope that things have changed, but it is still perfectly possible that those same events might be repeated tomorrow, next month, next year. Cops still commit suicide, thankfully in small numbers, somebody still has to deal with that tragedy, and it still could be somebody that is your friend or a past colleague. That possibility has not gone away, nor the stress caused by simply dealing with any violent death.

      I also think it’s a little unfair to imply that all cops would rather be at a meeting than out on patrol. Senior Officers maybe, but grass roots cops haven’t changed that much and still want to be able to do their job properly and we’ll.

  5. Crime isn’t everything you’re quite correct in saying that.
    However, the events you recall were ‘The Job’ back then. It was one of the reasons most people looked up to Cops. If you needed help, even as something as trivial as directions you could ‘ask a Policeman’. Last time I asked for directions in London, not being from there, I was told ‘What am I? A tourist guide?’ Police Stations were a ‘place of safety’ where you could head to if there was trouble in your life.
    Today the people seem to be reaping the results of all those fast-tracked, public sector MBAs finally reaching the top. From my perspective, that has resulted in the generation a legion of uniformed social workers who think it is more important to attend meetings, than being on the street mixing with the public.
    Round my way, during the late 80s and early 90s, we had one guy who seemed to work evenings and nights. He would prowl the streets in an unmarked Astra, out of uniform. He knew the scroats, they knew him. That guy did more to keep the area peaceful and crime-free than any other guy I’ve met.

    • Yes the events I described were The Job back then, and I would hope that things have changed, but it is still perfectly possible that those same events might be repeated tomorrow, next month, next year. Cops still commit suicide, thankfully in small numbers, somebody still has to deal with that tragedy, and it still could be somebody that is your friend or a past colleague. That possibility has not gone away, nor the stress caused by simply dealing with any violent death.

      I also think it’s a little unfair to imply that all cops would rather be at a meeting than out on patrol. Senior Officers maybe, but grass roots cops haven’t changed that much and still want to be able to do their job properly and we’ll.

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