Saturday, August 25, 2007

Smoke and mirrors

Yet another example of the brass spouting about reducing crime.
Hundreds of new bobbies my arse.
Neighbourhood Policing Teams or NPT's as they are known were already there. They were called Community Policing Teams (CPT's). There aren't hundreds of em either. The majority of areas have one bobby and one or more PCSO's.
I suppose from a distance they look like bobbies!
They spent a fortune hiring a bloody footy stadium to publicise the farce and have given out numbers to call to "speak direct to your local bobby."
In reality Joe P gets the highly trained call handlers (yeah right!) who haven't got a clue who the local bobby is or how to reach him.
Good thinking with that one. Switchboard is now jammed solid.
If only the public knew the chances of actually getting to see a police officer in person are close to zero. A real PC has become a rare sight.
The large majority of calls that come into a control room are complaints about disorder. Groups of up to fifty youths drinking, fighting, riding motorbikes and causing damage.
What do we do with em?
Pass them on to the council street wardens!
What the hell do they expect a couple of civvies in yellow coats to do with em apart from become a target?
The day is fast approaching when the police will cease to exist and we'll just have different politically correct inept civilian groups in its place.
Don't agree? Here's some examples for you from what I've seen in 17 years.
Traffic cops.
Reduced in numbers and replaced by cameras and the shiny new highways agency. I like the words of Jeremy Clarkson. "The Yorkshire Ripper wasn't caught by a speed camera. It was a routine traffic stop."
Bobbies in various departments :-
Control room. Replaced by civvies.
Custody. Now virtually all civvies except for Sgt and he's going soon.
Frontline. Numbers drastically cut by Street Wardens and PCSO's.
Station Officer. Replaced by civvies including a completely civvy outfit for property called Reliance.
Parking offences. Powers removed from police to local councils.
Prisoner transport. From police to Securicor.
Pretty soon we'll be getting auctioned at Sotheby's with the rest of the antiques of bygone days.

87 comments:

Grannys.Myth.Peeler said...

franky,

I am absolutely made up you are back. I have not even read your post yet, just wanted to let you know I was happy at you being around again.

your blog chum

Granny

Grannys.Myth.Peeler said...

Right, just read your post, couldn’t agree more.

So on to business. If you are a member of the public reading this then open your lobes & listen good.

It is up to you to change the system. That’s right, you. If you don’t, your children will bare the consequences. Not me, not you, your children.

I believe in honesty. I would like to talk to you in person but my fear of losing my home prevents me from speaking. We know you are unhappy with the state of affairs, we hear the conversations, so know it is up to you. Stop talking.

Granny

Annette said...

You know what?
I don't think I have ever read a blog that is as frightening as yours.

The thought of the police being replaced by civvies is so frightening.

Where are we going?

metcountymounty said...

I want to be replaced and taken off the streets. I'm afraid, so desperately afraid ....

If it weren't for my pension -

- and the fact there is no place outside the police who would ever employ me (except for that offer from the meat-packing plant - and they're all twats !!!) -

- then I would have gone long ago.

metcountymounty said...

BTW - anyone fancy a sleepover?

Twining said...

Franky I am back! Hey we need to do a raid soon! What do you say?

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