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    I know enough to know that at 04.00am it gets dark out on the streets. It has done this for the last twenty odd years, to my knowledge and will probably continue for the forseeable future. At some stage in this ‘future’ I shall retire and probably won’t give a damn if it still gets dark at 04.00am. Until then I shall be out there, somewhere, lurking in the shadows because someone, somewhere will be doing stuff they shouldn’t and then, well then I will introduce myself. In the meanwhile I shall try to remain sane and remember why I joined in the first place and try to ignore all the people who piss me off by making the job more complicated than it should be.
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  • C.T.C. Constabulary.

    A Strategic Community Diversity Partnership. We are cutting bureaucracy and reducing the recording of target and monitoring related statistics. Our senior leaders will drive small, economical cars from our fleet surplus to save money to invest in better equipment for our frontline response officers. We are investing money to reinstate station canteens for the benefits of those 24/7 response officers. We have a pursuit policy. The message is that if you commit an offence and use a vehicle, we will follow you and stop you if necessary. It is your duty to stop when the lights and sirens are on. We take account of the findings of the Force questionnaire and are reducing the administration and management levels and returning these officers to frontline response duties. We insist on a work-life balance. We have no political masters. We are implimenting selection processes that take account of an individuals skills and proven abilities for the job. Our senior leaders will have one foot in reality and still possess the operational Policing skills they have long forgotton about and seldom used. All ranks are Police Officers first and specialists second. We will impliment career development and performance evaluation monitoring of our leaders by those officers who operate under that leadership. The most important role is that of Constable. All other roles are there to positively support the role and the responsibility of Constable and the duties performed.
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Send in the dogs.

Not being a particularly great lover of the square box, I would like to recommend this program for a bit of a look. Four part docu-real life thingy shown on ITV with glimpses of how the canine support is utilised for a whole variety of reasons. Everyone knows the dogs can track, search and bite, but this will give a greater insight into all things canine as part of the specialist support our dogs provide to the front line response Police Officers on the streets for 24 hours of every day of every year.

I am recording it and showing it to the SMT of the CTCC so they get an idea of what dogs can offer by way of specialist dog support, hopefully they will then consider less reduction in numbers.

The troops will already know how we can help them, that is what matters.

If you missed it for any reason, forgot to set the times correctly on the vid, then you can watch it here. 

Enjoy.

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10 Responses

  1. Saw the programme and loved it. I always thought a good GP dog and handler worth a support unit of 29 officers (1,4 + 24) in any public order situation. The yobs never liked seeing good old rover chomping to get at them!

  2. I agree with Ex-Ruc, it was a great programme.
    Very interesting.

  3. Just ace! Felt like i was in work!

  4. Great program. Pity thay hadn’t called it Landsharks & Co.

  5. James Barlow,

    As the link tells you a Police Dog in the States is seen as a Police Officer, unfortunately in the good ole UK a Police Dog is seen as property and a person would get nxt to nothing for injuring/killing a Police Dog on duty. WRONG in my book.

    MB

  6. In some ways we are way behind with the laws in this country if you attack a police dog then it should count as an attack on an officer. There is no real difference the crims are doing it to escape justice. Criminal damage is a poor second charge.
    But then saying all that you will no doubt get more rehabilitation orders (sorry free jollys) from the criminal justice system if you get found guilty of damage than assault on a police officer.
    Shame really how low the police are viewed now by the public.

  7. I’m so disappointed, the video will only show if you are in the U.K. One of the officers here put on a demonstration with his canine. I have the utmost respect for those well trained dogs. It didn’t look like fun for the guy covered in his protective gear.

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