Articles by PC Bobby McPeel
Response Police Officer working in the south of England. It’s a bit like running up the down escalator – hard work, but fun at the same time. Despite being a police officer I am still an ordinary person.
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Drizzleshire Constabulary Superintendent recruitment – “The parachute scheme” Position: Police Superintendent Salary: Significantly more than £19k Desired qualities: - The ability to gain 20 years worth of operational policing experience from a 15 month training course. - No understanding of the complex requirements of your local community, nor how to provide round-the-clock policing. - Experience […]
“This is what policing is really about – ordinary officers, dealing with ordinary people, and making a positive difference to their lives, no matter how small and insignificant the encounter might be.” PC Bobby McPeel suggests that recent scandals involving the police should be put in the context of the positive contribution that officers make everyday.
I have been reading about of some new schemes a initiatives to be introduced by PCC’s to increase police visibility. At first glance they seem like a sensible approach. If it looks like there are more police on the streets, the public will feel safer and it may act as a deterrent to ne’er-do-wells. However, […]
Reinventing the wheel – badly
PC Bobby McPeel reflects on the building public excitement about the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections - and questions whether the elections and other ‘innovations’ such as the College of Policing will help or hinder the police to get on with the job: “Most of the public aren’t interested in setting policing priorities and having control over how budgets and resources are allocated. They just want to know that when they call 999, someone in a uniform will turn up.”
Bargain basement policing
I read an article in the Telegraph yesterday about the use of volunteers and special constables to make up for shortfalls in police officer numbers. It got me thinking. Generally in life you get what you pay for. This notion that special constables and volunteers can fill the gap left by falling numbers of regular officers, is complete nonsense.