Further to my blog entry, the Daily Mail have run an article on the Met Police Diversity Internship Scheme. I am quoted as a Met Inspector. The Met have provided the following quote: 'This scheme assists us to understand the needs of the diverse communities we serve.' How? How does a racist discriminatory recruitment policy for back-room positions assist 'us' in understanding the communities we serve? What amazing insights does a university graduate from a visible ethnic minority background bring?
The Met are making people redundant. Many of these are working class people, often from visible ethnic minorities. Most of these were in front facing positions, such as Station Reception Officers. They met the 'communities we serve' on a daily basis. With the money saved the Met are paying £3000 per head to recruit VEM graduates. This is diversity. This is managers within the Met slavishly following an agenda to promote themselves at the expense of other peoples livelihoods.
I have been in the police for many years. I have never known anyone call 999 and demand a police officer from their own ethnic background. 'There's a man in my house with a knife! I need cultural reassurance on the hurry up!'
Apart from a couple of hilarious columns on The Guardian from middle-class revolutionaries, the police response to the TUC march has been praised. Officers were noted as being friendly and polite. I think this shows that we do not 'kettle' large crowds for fun.
Two groups broke away from the main march - One occupied a department store and were all arrested. The second group, hooded and masked 'anarchists' caused significant levels of destruction and put a number of members of the public in fear for their safety. This included tourists who are essential for our economy.
The arrests have had a muted level of complaint, but I feel that the majority of the public associate these protesters with the violence, and they have lost a lot of support as a result. The police have received some criticism for allowing the 'anarchists' such apparent free rein.
During the first student protest, Millbank was occupied and damage was caused. The police were subject to severe criticism. The following protests were policed with much greater numbers, culminating in 9th December when most of the crowd were contained in Parliament Square. Despite the fact that this took place after violent activity from sections of the crowd, the police were condemned for this tactic. This was followed by several allegations against the police including a man being pulled from his wheelchair and another being struck across the head with a baton causing serious injury. Despite the fact that we have heard nothing of these incidents since, not even an account from the alleged victim of the baton strike, both events remain real in the public imagination.
On Saturday, the police response swung back. As a result, public support is with us again. Although not lost following the student demonstrations, elements of the media were feeding on the accounts of protesters who relayed accounts of police aggression. They have been unable to find similar accounts from the TUC march.
This situation puts the police in a strong position. On the 26th March, had the police contained the 'anarchists' as they approached the main march, removed their head coverings, searched and photographed them, there would have been public outrage. This would have spread to the main body of the march, and could easily have incited disorder. This would all have been laid at the feet of the police, and we would have suffered a major public relations disaster. Following Saturday, I would doubt there would be any complaint should such tactics be used in the future. The public are sick of the sixth form agitators, white middle-class revolutionaries causing fear and distress on the streets of our capital city. The police are of the public, and should work for the public. This is why on Saturday the police won whilst appearing to lose.
I think I do! The first article claiming yesterday's violence was all the fault of the police: HERE
For those of you who haven't experienced Laurie Penny, she is a columnist for the Guardian and New Statesman. She is a comedy leftie. She is also white, middle-class and public school educated.
It is refreshing to see the positive comments made about the police yesterday from the genuine protesters, and the almost universal condemnation of the violence by the small minority. The anarchists - I would place money on the fact that they also are white, middle-class and many will be from private schools. Just a feeling I have...
People like to find support for their views. The idea of a Conservative government using violent repression which requires resistance suits those who like to believe they are suppressed and must fight the state. Whatever it is, they are against it. It is a lot easier to shout NO and offer violence and destruction than offer valid debate and alternative solutions.
The vast majority of police officers who will be working on Saturday want a peaceful protest, and to go home without injury at the end of the day. That is my world view.
As part of the 'Big Society' idea, it will be expected that the public take more responsibility for keeping the streets safe. This will inevitably lead to groups being formed with the express intention of stalking the streets in cheap uniforms and no doubt causing many more problems than they solve. Does anyone remember the Guardian Angels? They had a presence in London in the mid 1990s, but haven't been seen since. When the Metropolitan Police was formed, officers were often attacked by a public who took exception to being ordered around. Hence the notion of policing by consent. Any formal attempt to 'empower' the public will only attract the sort of person you don't want doing the job in the first place.
I do have great admiration for members of the public who risk their safety to help others. I have written about them previously. As a police officer, I am expected to act even when off duty having completed a 'dynamic risk assessment'. This basically means can I do something without getting my head kicked in or making matters worse. I would be interested to know whether my readers would take matters into their own hands. If not, why not? For those who would act, I would like you to consider the following scenario, and consider at what point you feel it would be time to do something, and conversely, when it would be an inappropriate intrusion on someone else's privacy.
You are on a train. The only other passenger on the carriage is a woman in her thirties. Two male teenagers get on. The next stop is ten minutes away. There is no guard on the train, however there is an emergency stop system to alert the driver.
The youths are well-built. They sit together opposite the woman. One of the youths begins playing loud music on his mobile phone. This goes on for a few minutes. The woman glances at them, but says nothing. She looks at the sign on the window showing that you are all in the quiet coach.
One of the youths puts his feet on the seat opposite. He then lights a cigarette, and shares it with the other one. The woman starts to cough. She says, "Do you mind?" to the youths. They laugh, and carry on smoking. The woman informs them that they can't smoke on the train. One of the youths calls her a 'bitch' and tells her to 'fuck off.'
One of the youths goes and sits next to the woman. He starts to talk to her. You can see she is uncomfortable. She stands up and moves up the carriage towards you and sits down. They follow her, and sit each side of her. You notice one of them is drinking lager. One of them puts his arm around her shoulder. She shrugs him off, and tries to get up, but is pushed back down. He tries to kiss her, but she manages to fight him off. She breaks free, and runs down the train chased by the youths and out of your sight.
The train stops at the next station. You see the teenagers get off and run towards a nearby estate. You see the woman being led of the train by a man in a suit. He is using his mobile phone. She looks distressed. The train pulls away, and you go back to your paper.
The below video was found on Pickled Politics. The EDL, as can be seen here and on other parts of the internet, are clearly violent, racist scum. They are a disgrace to this country. They, like anyone else, have the right to protest. When the protest turns violent, the police are expected to act. That is the key when debating freedom in this country. The police must act when violence begins to protect the Queen's peace, ie the right of all people to go about their lawful business without fear or impediment from those with extreme political views.
During the summer of 2011 the MPS is offering final year university students who received a minimum of a 2:2 in their second year exams or recent graduates with a minimum of an awarded (within the last year) 2:2 degree, from a black & minority ethnic background, the opportunity to undertake one of our 12-week placements.
This programme complies with section 158 Equality Act 2010. In order to offer this as a Positive Action Programme, we define BME as those groups which are currently under-represented in the organisation, namely:
Black Caribbean, Black African, Black Other, Black British, Black Asian, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Asian Other, Any other Ethnic group not specified, Mixed: White and Black Caribbean, Mixed: White and Black African, Mixed: White and Asian, Mixed: Any Other Mixed Ethnic Background, Greek and Greek Cypriot and Turkish and Turkish Cypriot.
We offer internships within the following directorates:
Directorate of Resources
Department of Public Affairs
Whichever directorate you join, you’ll receive support and guidance, working on real and valuable projects. You’ll learn from professionals in the field and take ownership of delivering project work that will bolster your CV and reference your abilities as a talented graduate. To make sure you experience the varied and diverse opportunities available within the MPS dedicated mentors will also support you throughout your placements.
Participation in the Diversity internship scheme does not entitle intern/s to employment or consideration for employment but during the placement you will be paid under an internship/training contract the London Living Wage, and details of interns successful through the programme will be shared with partner organisations within the Greater London Authority. Applicants are also advised that they need to have been a UK resident for the last 3 years due to vetting restrictions.
These placements offer the opportunity to enhance your development, as individuals, through meaningful and rewarding projects, and offer you the opportunity to support the organisation’s drive to continue to learn about the needs and views of the diverse communities we serve.
The police, like some other public sector employees, are paid double-time to work on a bank holiday. Why? Notting Hill Carnival is a force working day in the Met, which means that all uniformed officers are expected to be on duty. Around 5000 'police' the main event, all those below the rank of Inspector being paid double. The Royal Wedding will also cost the public purse similar amounts for the same reason. There can be no justification for this in today's financial climate.
Police managers have responsibility for budgets. I have one. It is overspent. I can do nothing about this. I only authorise overtime for officers to stay on at the end of their tour of duty and complete paperwork that is required by law / policy following an arrest. If the police actually had computer systems that spoke to each other, a lot of this time would not be required, and the incredible amount of duplication would be avoided.
The CID also have a budget. Every six months, they go through the usual routine of stopping all overtime, then spend spend spending near the end of the financial year to make sure their budgets are not reduced the following year. Remove the threat of reduced budgets for those who underspend, and this ridiculous situation would end, saving money and time.
Bonus payments exist in the police. Senior officers are often rewarded for achieving targets. This can only encourage corruption. End all bonuses.
There you have it - cost savings made easy.