Saturday, October 28, 2006

Does everyone else remember there first big confrontation as clearly as I do?

It was my first night shift, we were backup another unit that were on an 'I' call to a pub fight. Our driver only had a basic classification so no blues & twos but we were just round the corner anyway.

We pulled up next to the other unit, fight was long over and no sign of the suspects just a badly beaten woman on the floor and her friends standing arround.

We get out and check the ambulance is on its way and have a chat to a few witnesses when theres a sudden shout - another fight has broken out 50 yards away outside another pub, we all run off then its noticed - we've all left the victim of the previous fight on her own so I'm sent back to look after her.

Other units have also arrived by now but they are also dealing with this other fight, so there I am with the victim and her friends waiting for an ambulance while 1/2 the station is only 50 yards away but totally tied up. Then it starts....

"Well what you going to do about this?" erm... "Well we've got statements and you have given details of who it is, as soon as the ambulance has arrived we'll head over to the address you have given us" (the suspect was a "friend" of theirs) "Well thats not fucking good enough, we can wait for the ambulance go and fucking arrest the c**t" in seconds it had all changed, I had let my guard down and I am now surrounded by 10 of her friends all screaming for blood.

I thought I was the good guy here, trying to get justice for there friend. They didnt see it like that, they didnt see that I was fresh out of training school, that my unifom was unbelivably clean and ironed to perfection. They saw a police officer standing there wasting time while the suspects now probably at home having a nice cup of tea. At that point I openly admit I was scared, I had backup litterally seconds away but it didnt make a difference I knew if they wanted to I would get the hiding of my life before the other offices even know what is happening.

Then it was over as quickly as it started, "Fuck this country, fucking cops never do anything" and they turned back round to their friend, "Ok mate lets go, I've got a prisoner someone else is here to look after her now" I spun round to see that everyone had returned and it was over - how long they had been there I guess I'll never know.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Thanks to the sites who have linked to me recently (I will return the favor asap - and any other blogs i've missed off leave a comment).

But... I am not a Traffic Cop :P

As a reminder to everyone I am a Special Constable & Full Time Police Staff for a city force.

I can see the confusion with my name though and my insane love for ANPR ops :P

For those not in the job or just dont know Black Rover is old slang for a warrant card (formally the currency of choice for most police officers pre-DPS days) when used to travel on busses/tubes/trains etc... For the more modern generation Black Oyster Card would probably be easier to understand ;)

Thanks again for the links though guys. Much appreciated.

On a side note (cant say too much so not worthy of a new post) but I had a unique chance to work with a world renowned unit the other week, cant say what unit as at best it will reveal the force I work for - at worst who I am, but it was a great day working with DC/DS's on an international problem. Hopefully will be going back soon and cant wait.

Kinda funny though that I was working with people who have had their names in the papers more times than than Jordan yet where less stuck up and friendlier than the specials at my current station.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Turns out the met is racist again.

Under 20% of PCSO's are ethnic minorities yet they account for 60% of disciplines.

Now before we carry on about how racist the met are lets look at an unrelated statistic...

Motorbikes account for 2% of road use yet also account for 25% of fatal accidents.

So going by that it shows motorbikes are hated by road users, that car/van drivers are deliberately mowing down motorbikes for no reason.

Now to most sensible people that reason would sound stupid, but going back to the stats posted in a certain paper because a larger percentage of ethnic minorities are disciplined yet they account for a smaller percentage of staff it must be they are being disciplined for being ethnic and the met is racist.

Speaking to 1 Sergeant about this she told me that she would rather give an ethnic minority an informal chat than think about discipline.

Now I am all for EQUAL oppotunites and detest racisim but to coin a phrase from animal farm (no not that one) - some people are more equal than others.

I judge everyone on there own merits and I'm not afraid to call a twat a twat. I got accused of being a racist because I fell out with an asian person I used to know. The reason I fell out with him was because he was a twat - he was a compulsive liar and general arse - that wasnt because he was asian but simply because he wanted to act like that. Now why should I pretend that I like him because his a minority? My boss is an asian and he is a brilliant person so I like him, but again thats because his a decent person not because of his colour (plus his my boss).

Now maybe if more ethnic minority people are being disciplined then maybe its because more ethnic minority people are doing stupid things.

Simply - no-one is perfect and ethnic minorities can be twats too.