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Be careful what you wish for…

February 7, 2008

Sir Ronnie Flanagan has published a review on policing. In his considered opinion, only 10% of the stuff we do needs a police officer’s training to do it.

The solution to this dilemma is apparently quite simple. Get more civvies in to do the jobs that don’t require a police officer.

So statements will be taken by a member of police staff. Prisoner interviews will be done by police staff. Collection of CCTV from the petrol station who have had their fifteenth drive off of the week would be done by police staff.

This is all very well, until the time comes when industrial relations break down and all those civvies put down their pens and walk out. Who will be left to take the statements? Oh yes – all those police officers who have never been trained to do the job and have no idea how to gather the evidence needed. Who will be told to interview Billy Burglar? The probationer who has never even seen a tape machine, let alone used one or interviewed anybody.

It’s all very well saying that police officers shouldn’t be doing this stuff, but one of the reasons we should be getting a decent pay settlement is that we can’t go on strike.  As Jan Berry has quite rightly pointed out, if the Home Office take away all the personal interactive stuff from us, all that will be left is the door kicking, drunk lifting and brick catching. Some might like the idea, but it isn’t what policing in this country is about.

I think Sir Ronnie might have missed the point.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. justacop permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:23

    British Police FORCE – RIP. Ronnie off home to the Emerald Isle, retire, PLEASE.

  2. Bob permalink
    February 7, 2008 14:22

    You last paragraph. All that will be left. It is not something for the future the C.C of my farce is now attempting to implement that style of policing. Already CPS lawyers are shaking their heads at some of the files they received from officers’ who do not know the basics

  3. blueknight permalink
    February 7, 2008 23:07

    A civilian could take a statement, but it would take a long time to train him/her to do it properly.
    A civilian could complete a stop form, Hort/1. or a VDRS form but what good is that unless he/she follows the Officer around the street.
    A lot of the problem is the information that the Police have to gather for Home Office statisitics.
    The only reason the Govt want the figures is so that they can tell everyone what a wonderful job they are doing

  4. February 18, 2008 20:19

    blah blah blah …. what the fuck .. I thought I was a civi and was given a warrant to have the powers of a constable…. what now I cant do stuff I could allways do ?

    Ronnie .. bugger of and grow a set.. this isnt the RUC


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