Went to see my MP about all this on Saturday. He did not seem to know a lot of what I told him - so I encourage everyone who gives a shit to speak to their MP about this issue.|
I am working on more action. I could do with some advice from anyone with solicitor knowledge and I could do with assistance from a graphic designer quite soon if anyone wants to PM me and offer - I'm currently being spammed with blocked PMs from someone who should speak to me on forum if they want to speak to me at all, so if I don't answer within a day or so, please resend, my inbox has gone all funny from the deluge of blocked messages.
Also, I found something on the Police Oracle forums that deserves a wider audience.
This is originally a post from an Inspector Gadget reader. 'The Job' is slang for the police force:
Took yesterday as leave in order to attend a ‘getting to know each other’ three-day residential weekend at a hotel which I would not normally be in a position to stay at, (unless someone else was paying).
Don't roll over quietly and let this happen - make some noise!
My soon-to-be employers, (six weeks to my 30 and counting), are treating us newbies royally. We are all ex-Job (now or very soon) and I have already met two guys I was on courses with in the Met; an ex-colleague from GH, and a couple of county blokes I have run into over the years. I am impressed by the range of experience and rank (DS to uniform Chief Supt). This firm clearly know what they are looking for and it strikes me that the job will have real problems in a few years – it can’t afford to lose officers of the quality I see around me.
Our training team-leader (ex-DCS who has been with the outfit for eighteen months) gave us a presentation on the ‘forward strategy’ last night over drinks after dinner. It’s everything that you posters on IG suspected, and worse. Here is a taste of what they see on the agenda.
1) Lobby Home Office for Special Constable powers, (or at the very least PCSO powers), in order to get ability to detain.
2) ‘Custom-built’ investigative teams of ex-tecs with HOLMES operators etc, that can be bought-in as a package by forces as and when needed. Major savings for forces because they won’t need to keep officers (other than SIO’s) on the establishment all the time when not needed.
3) Package to take-over and privatise all POLSA searches on the grounds that specialist search teams do not need police powers, merely specialist expertise, which is trainable. Will return ‘hundreds’ of officers to front-line.
4) Package to take over and privatise all Dog-Handling (other than General Purpose (Patrol) Handlers, and Public-Order trained officers).
5) Package to take over and privatise ALL specialist training, (No function excluded! Not even CID training, Dogs, Horses, Firearms, Surveillance, and what remains of police driver training, etc, etc).
6) Take over ALL case handling and file prep etc, (and TUPE all civilian staff employed in units).
7) Present themselves as the ‘employer of choice’ for anyone who wants a career in policing and security, which gives ‘transferable skills’ and doesn’t rely on ‘out-dated obsession’ (ex- DCS’s words) with working your way through the ranks.
This is just the beginning and two verbatim comments are worth noting. At the end of our chat our team-leader said, “We’ve got until 2015 to get the scaffolding erected around this structure – possibly longer, because we’ve got a following wind from the powers-that-be at the moment. After a couple of years the contract structure will ensure that none of this can be unpicked.” I then mentioned that I might post some of this on IG’s blog and ex-DCS was completely relaxed about it and said. “That’s OK, these aren’t state secrets, anybody with half a brain could work it out for themselves. Just ‘no names, no pack drill!’ ”
So there you have it, my soon-to-be employers are thinking very strategically, and in some respects it’s quite impressive, but what are the PFEW and others doing to match them?