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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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Gangs.

Police are to hold talks with the leaders of south London’s most violent gangs in an attempt to cut gun crime. Appararantly the leaders of several gangs will be brought in one-by-one and told gun crime has to stop or police will come down hard on them, so Scotland Yard have said.

A bit like being grounded by your parents I would imagine.

Gang violence was also the focus of a meeting between Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Manchester police officers. Mr Brown met police officers of the Xcalibre Task Force at their headquarters in Moss Side, the area of south Manchester which has spawned violent gun gangs.

A Task Force is always a good idea. Sounds very positive and as though something is being done. The names of these task forces always sound forceful and aggressive. Perhaps there should be some form of Crackdown, that is always a good idea.

Gangs have always existed in one form or another, from the local park to the local estates. The progression has gone through no weapons to knives and an alarming increase in gun possession and use. The days when mum came to the park and called you or you had to be in for your tea at 6 in front of your mates, or home before it gets dark are long gone.

Exactly WHERE are the Police numbers going to come from to try to deal with this issue ?

The increases in numbers seem to be by PCSO’s who are instructed to deal with almost nothing that can be deemed as being even a little risky, according to their training, the Government are trying to talk tough but consistently appear to do little or nothing yet pass the responsibility elsewhere. Someone has to deal with things as and when they happen. This is the way of the real world. That falls to the response units and the 24/7 shifts that are actually out there in the public domain. They try to keep a lid on things and struggle under intense pressure and do a damn good job.

Perhaps the Government are drifting into Policing as on the continent where there are the various levels of Policing. The basic levels that deal with everyday stuff that goes on and the next level, the ones who deal with crime,I mean real crime, the ones who you don’t mess around with because they kick your arse if you do.

This is the message we should be saying.

We are the Police. You break the law and we will come and get you. You will not like it.

We actually say we are the Police. We will pop round for a visit a fortnight on Tuesday when we get a chance. If that is not convenient then let us know. We might not actually make it due to operational committments. If we don’t we apologise, your call is important to us. We are sorry if you feel we infringe your rights.

I also found out recently that there is more to the country than London, Manchester and Liverpool. How on earth are we going to manage if crime starts to happen in all those other places ?  We may have to consider joining Forces towards a National Organisation.

Here in CTC Constabulary, I fear we are in for some nasty surprises.

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2 Responses

  1. The government will never let us go and kick arse. They are too infected with the ‘victim status for everyone’ bug. Labour hate the police for breaking the miners strike, and they always will.

  2. Surely some balance is in order. I am not sure speaking to these gang leaders is as soft as it appears. Let’s remember that alot of Black kids are killed as a result of this gang warfare. Of course we should prosecute offenders but losing the status quo does not mean it’s all bad. Perhaps there is another motive behind this, who knows?

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