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  1. Does anyone remember the days of Court Warrant Officers who were based primarily in the magistrates court, up until around the late 80's/early 90's, I think? They used to have a variety of roles, both at the court and also outside where they executed warrants. I worked in one of the warrant offices in my younger days and it was a real eye-opener in terms of seeing a whole range of work - and also seeing how the courts operated, from a policing perspective. Anyone else old enough to remember?
  2. This sort of thing happened 30 years ago and no way should it be allowed to happen now. I think it's an absolute disgrace.
  3. Saying No to a Special

    Still a bit of a wimpish thing to be offended about, if you don't mind me saying.
  4. Saying No to a Special

    Agreed. Not too much controversy here to get too excited about. The only point I would make is that the young officer may have to grow a slightly thicker skin in the years to come if he was left feeling humiliated because someone said no when he asked to use their toilet. I'm sure he's got far more unpleasant rebuffs to come his way.
  5. Goodbye specials!

    Many congratulations. Really nice to come here and read something like this. Hope it all goes well.
  6. Untidy uniform

    Dare I add my twopenny'worth? You won't be surprised that an old timer like me doesn't find the modern uniform particularly pleasing on the eye but having said that, today's all about being practical which wasn't necessarily the case a few decades back. I don't really see too many officers who let the side down by being especially untidy - other than grubby footwear which is a real bug-bear of mine, regardless of whether that applies to police officers or anyone else. I guess modern-day uniforms aren't designed for their pristineness and so there's no point in trying to make something out of nothing. I do remember back in the 70's there was a fearsome court sergeant at one of the North London magistrates courts and he was such a stickler for smart appearance that it almost seemed an obsession. I have seen more than one young police constable standing to attention in the warrant officer, before going down to the courtrooms to wait to give evidence, being given the 'once-over' by the sergeant. That involved ensuring that the shoulder epaulettes were straight, buttons were properly aligned, jacket cuffs sitting just above the shirt cuffs and shoes shiny. There was also a quick check on items such as trouser-belt, tie and even socks - none of which would ever be seen by anyone else in the courtroom. All that was missing a check behind the ears before being dispatched to wait outside the courtroom. I bet that sergeant daren't even look nowadays!
  7. Back in seventies/eighties I remember going through a phase where white socks seemed to be seen on a few occasions. Sill a rarity but I do remember the warrant office sergeant having a word with one or two, generally younger, officers. On one memorable occasion this young uniformed constable sat in one of our courtrooms blatantly displaying his white towelline socks with black shoes. The sergeant's face when he popped his head around the door was an absolute picture! On the topic of tucking trousers into your boots or socks I saw it rarely back then but it seems an almost regular practice now. Back then we always thought that officers who wore steel-capped DM's were trying to make a bit of a statement that members of the public wouldn't necessarily like. I regret to say that sometimes I feel the same now when I see officers trying to dress like the military.
  8. Officer unable to continue giving evidence

    It was a long time ago and more folk than not wouldn't want me to repeat it. It's a real sign of how times have changed that the majority of younger-in-service on here would not find it credible nowadays, so sorry to crash your long-standing curiosity. I presume the private message service isn't out of bounds, though?
  9. Old Met Police Rules

    I remember those old rule sheets or guidance notes. The old favourites were about not unclipping your tie until being back on police transport and remembering to maintain an upright posture at all times. I guess that meant don't faint!
  10. Coping with Parades

    I might be wrong as I only caught a brief glimpse of the TV coverage this morning but I thought I heard the commentator say that some of the guardsmen lining the route had to keep their heads bowed for around an hour and that staring at your boots for that long could make one disorientated.
  11. Coping with Parades

    Here's hoping/assuming that all those who took part today survived without discomfort or mishap.
  12. Coping with Parades

    "All police leave cancelled. My policeman brother-in-law said it will be another day of "standing there for hours on end, thirsty, tummy rumbling and dying for a wee with my legs crossed." I wonder if that's how other coppers view it too?" (From www.pistonheads.com - speed, plod and the law) My sympathies to anyone who will be subjected to this.
  13. Do you care about your shoes/boots?

    I'd imagine it would be a bit embarrassing going into someone's house and trampling on nice carpets with really unkempt shoes.
  14. Maybe it's just my wrong perception but I seen to have noticed quite a number of officers with really scuffed, marked - dare I even say, scruffy - boots in recent times. This weekend I was at a football match and when leaving there was a small group of officers standing chatting and I just couldn't help notice that one of them had really badly scuffed boots on, almost greyed as if wet snow had dried on them. I'm certainly not trying to be being critical, just wondering if anyone else would agree with me. By the way, I'm not suggesting that any officer should have gleaming, highly-polished guardsman-type boots, just clean ones! Does anyone care about that sort of thing any more?
  15. Officer unable to continue giving evidence

    I've just been catching up after the most amazing 12-month's travelling experience (and I thought I was too old for all that!!). Leem, I'm not knowledgeable enough to know the limits/boundaries/etiquette of the locker room, so hmmm...