Although belated, I have the excuse of not being a blogger until recently. It seems a senior officer in the Met has been questioned re allegations of rape and assault. The story was broken by the Mirror and expanded on by Ealing Today.
As election time approaches, my memory turns to my first incarnation as the WWD. Young, innocent days! How I used to skip merrily to my hefty old computer each morning to see what pearls of wisdom had been left under my inane ramblings! I remember the morning well when I booted up to find my stat counter had gone berserk! A blip? Something in the water of middle England? No. I had a link from the BNP website.
Our lords and masters, to whom we bow before because we are not worthy, have bestowed upon us the honour of reviewing patrol tactics. Praise be! If it was not for the Home Office and Senior Police Management (tm) I really do not know how we would all sleep safely in our beds at night. Thankfully, the careerists have enlightened us. It seems that the public find it easier to approach a single patrolling officer than two officer patrolling in pairs.
There is one issue, and one issue alone that obsesses the police. No it is not criminals, victims of crime or public safety as you would imagine. It is race.
The police service recognises that there are a huge variety of creeds and colours, particularly in our major conurbations. The Home Office demands that the police service is made up of a percentage of visible ethic minorities reflecting the community they serve. A bald and simple demand that ignores every other nuance of difference apart from skin colour. A black man living in poverty in a slum estate in south Manchester has a local officer who attended a private school in the home counties. Objective met. Box ticked. Promotion example obtained. You will be being policed by 'your own kind' who you will clearly be able to relate to better than someone more local. Because you have the same colour skin. You don't agree? Well sorry, but you're not a home office expert. Believe.
Internally, the police practise positive discrimination to reach these targets, in particular in the latest race obsession - promotion. Officers of colour who have been repeatedly unsuccessful in corporate promotion processes are given access to various groups and support services with a view to forcing them into senior positions. A number of such candidates have no shame, and will take every opportunity to further themselves. They are not the best candidates. The police service employs a large number of very capable and able officers from visible ethnic minorities who have the personal integrity to take no part in such falsehoods.
The police are doing themselves no favours by taking such action. Good candidates will not enter an organisation that will promote them purely because of the colour of their skin. Decent officers will not take part in false projects. This only leaves those without integrity to become the police leaders of the future.
This blog was closed for the reasons shown in the last post. Since that time, the management board of the Met Police has changed - Ian Blair was sacked (but has had the audacity to write a book!) and the rest have slunk back under their stones. I no longer work for the Met, but remain a serving police officer. I am older and wiser, and won't be bullied by people who I have no respect for.
My name is John Brackenridge. I am the World Weary Detective.