RossLondon

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About RossLondon

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  1. Addressing Senior Officers

    I'm not sure I'd want to ham the Queen either.
  2. AID & Expenses

    It's simple really - and the rules are the same across Government/civil service, the military and the Police as far as I'm aware with regards to subsistence (which is what we get paid in the MSC). They are sensible rules - where you have already had a meal provided (so in HMG/civil service, that would be if you were say, provided a 'working lunch' at a conference), you could not claim subsistence as you should not have incurred any expense. The whole idea of a subsistence payment is to cover out of pocket expenses, but to reduce the admin burden by providing a flat fee payment. If for whatever reason you did not have that lunch (you didn't have the time due to operational reasons, it was unsuitable due to dietary requirements, etc), you may claim the subsistence rate. I believe these guidelines are set down my HM Treasury, but each department has a small amount of flexibility within those guidelines.
  3. Really? Why not pay civilians to do the jobs then, ensuring a more reliable workforce? Oh wait, because this is designed to save money.
  4. Is anyone else impressed at the McDonalds alarm / panic system? Panic button activates remote CCTV in a central control room where operators are able to take over the cameras and monitor the incident, alert the police and a message is broadcast over the in-store PA to notify staff and customers that that they are being recorded and the police are en route!
  5. How is an operator supposed to know there is no such thing as a military train? The fact is the call handler needs to type out the details of the call as quickly as possible so that resources can be dispatched. That call handler may have zero local knowledge. They can't be expected to Google the local area to check it's a valid call. You've got to remember, the call handler who answers the 999 call is probably not the person who dispatches the resource. The dispatcher is probably reading a typed out message from the call handler that ended up saying on the screen "military train accident at location X". I know in the Met, quite often the dispatcher is reading out the call as it is appearing on their screen "standby, I grade call coming in. Military train accident reported at location X". You can easily see how this could happen and I don't think it's fair to say "don't you think the operator should have known if there was a military railway in the area". They have a lot of incidents they could be managing at once, etc. Mistakes happen, it's not the end of the world. Better to have an over the top response, than someone say "hmmm I'm not sure there's any such thing as a military train, so I'm only going to send 1 foot patrol PCSO" and then find out it's a major incident. Going back to your first line: The fact the article states it was misheard as "military train" and you are talking about a military railway serves as an example of how easy it is to misread, mishear or misunderstand. Now sit in the 999 operators seat, managing multiple incidents in an often high pressure environment. Perhaps now you can be more forgiving !
  6. SIA licence has been suspended

    I thought that went without saying, which is why I did not say it. I didn't think for a second the situation I witnessed was exactly the same. Purely there to highlight why he may have been arrested / had his licence suspended as his post detailing what happened seemed to suggest the arrest was more down to the fact 'the system' is against doormen. If the situation is as described, I don't think you have much to worry about (if it is all clearly shown on CCTV).
  7. SIA licence has been suspended

    It's difficult to say simply based on your description of what happened. If I'm correct, then the summary of what you've said is: I refused entry to one drunk man he was racially abusive and aggressive I pushed him and he fallen down He brought a charge against me that he cracked his arm It sounds from that description that you may have used excessive force (or at least, that's probably the reason why your SIA licence was suspended?). I was out last night inside a bar and I saw a man refused entry. The male became quite aggressive but the doorman stood his ground and raised his arm to keep a distance between him and the aggressive male. I don't know what the doorman said, but eventually the male walked off. The description you've given sounds similar, except someone walked away with a broken arm. You are allowed to issue a pre-emptive strike if you felt you were in immediate danger, but there are so many factors to this. For example, if you were three times the size of the aggressor, there may be doubt that you genuinely were in fear for your safety. Whether you get your licence back will depend on all of that - not whether there has been a previous successful example of an SIA licence being restored. The court system isn't against doorman - at least, no more than they are against police
  8. Metropolitan Police In Major West End Crackdown

    Before I had heard about this Op, I came out of Oxford Circus tube station earlier in the week and was surprised (and laughed) at the 'watch tower'. I managed to snap a picture on the phone for those who haven't seen one yet!
  9. Sc Uniform To Work Day

    This is one of the most ridiculous ideas I've ever heard. EDIT: So this is an April Fools? Got me! It's just the kind of thing this Government would come up with! And I'm still not convinced it's an April Fools
  10. OSU Questions

    Easy to work out who you are though ...From your attestation date!
  11. Met Police To Track London Gun Injuries With A&e Data

    If you knew hospitals would inform the police of these types of injuries, it may discourage some people from attending hospital and seeking proper medical care. You could end up with effectively a criminal black market of 'hospitals'. I presume this is the reason the police are not informed.
  12. 5 Officers Injured In Dog Attack

    Yes, I'm sure you would have heroically jumped in and saved everyone. I really wish people would stop saying what they would have done with such absolute certainty, having never been in this situation before. Really? Because that's a smart thing to do. And you know as a matter of fact you would have done this, presumably because this has happened to you before?There is a distinction between what we'd like to think we would do and what would actually happen in reality. I don't think anyone can say for certain how they would have reacted, as you just did, until faced with the situation. This is why these sorts of flippant comments annoy me and would likely cause further distress to the officers who did actually face this situation.
  13. 5 Officers Injured In Dog Attack

    The thing that disturbs me most about this whole incident are the armchair hero's on this forum who are effectively branding the other police officers in this video as cowards. Actually, if you're so brave, why don't you make that statement again and support it with your shoulder number? Oh that's right, you're not even brave enough to type that, yet you would apparently dive in the middle of a frenzied dog attack. We all know who the real cowards are now.
  14. 5 Officers Injured In Dog Attack

    I had this happen once when I was in plain clothes, running to intervene in a fight when a pitbull was let off and ran straight towards me. Didn't even think, I just racked my baton and shouted loudly "GET THAT DOG BACK" or something like that. The dog then changed direction. I would have just hit it on the head as hard as possible, which I presume would have worked but may ultimately be fatal to the dog.
  15. Black cabs blocking bus stops

    This is actually a real situation so I'm curious as to what laws, if any, come in to play... I was standing at a bus stop near Waterloo in the morning and about 400ft around the corner is a Park Plaza hotel (this link shows the road layout). Black cabs were queueing up at the hotel, right the way around the corner, in to the bus lane - leaving no way for buses to pull in. Many buses consequently chose not to stop otherwise they would have completely blocked the road. When I boarded a bus that did stop in the middle of the road, I showed my warrant card to the driver, who asked if I could do anything about the taxi's. I explained to him that I was off-duty and without uniform, I had no way to clearly identify myself without speaking to each driver (of which there were many). I said he should report the problem to his control room. BUT, that got me thinking, are the black cab drivers committing any offence by queuing in the marked bus stop? I say queuing, they are essentially waiting to turn left - they have not 'parked'.