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Friday, 18 September 2009

Hold Your Hand Out, Naughty Boy

The MPA (Metropolitan Police Authority) has issued further advice & a warning to Senior Officers about the need for all officers to display their ID epaulettes properly at all times.
After the meeting, Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison, who has overall responsibility for public-order policing, admitted that the subject was emotive. He said that only a tiny number of officers had been found without number badges. Most them should be dealt with by “words of advice. “We need to ensure, whatever piece of kit they have got on, they have got their epaulettes on. That is a close, intrusive supervision issue. I do not think the discipline route is one to go down...”

"... What I hope is that this is not an issue again in the future. Intrusive supervision of all frontline officers by their managers can prevent this from happening in the first place. “Managers have, and will be, held to account for their officers.”
Four things here: first of all, I take it 'Senior Officers' means ACPO, the private limited company who won't publish their accounts; secondly, wtf are 'Managers' doing in a police hierarchy when the term 'manager' has private enterprise connotations?  Thirdly, we've become used to members of the Great & Good spouting fine words but letting matters quietly drop and no action being taken. Fourth, what happened to this arrogant jumped-up no-mark from Bishopsgate?

It's time for elected Police Chiefs and time to break up the unaccountable ACPO. It's also time to remind the police force, yet again, of the Peelian Principles:

1. The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.
2. The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.
3. Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.
4. The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.
5. Police seek and preserve public favour not by catering to public opinion but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.
6. Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient.
7. Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence
8. Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.
9. The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.


  1. will action be taken over this policemans sorry police persons refusal to id himself via his number? Will you seek justice in this matter or just post the video?

  2. The video has been available on the Guardian website since the middle of April, this year. I have no idea what action, if any, has been taken against this officer. Are you asking if I or someone else is going to bring a private prosecution? I'm not, but can't speak for anyone else.


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