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  1. TheMoo

    Bottle of liquid found in street

    We should be careful to not make the assumption that dangerous liquids necessarily have a strange appearance.
  2. Not a Muslim myself, but having also grown up going to a temple where people remove their shoes and cover their heads before entering, I always assumed that if a policemanofficer / paramedic / firefighter had to be called, they wouldn't have stopped to faff around with their boots. As a matter of fact, I think I've seen this in a couple of news stories. I never really thought that anyone would object (then again, the ones gobbing off sound like loudmouth young men that haven't developed a degree of common sense yet; rather than older people that are probably a bit more tempered and sensible).
  3. Where would people stand if they tried to pay with a new £10 note? And if it was their only means of payment? As I understand it in Scotland, if an attempt to pay is made with legal currency, then it must be accepted (otherwise the creditor has no reason to complain, as an attempt to pay has been made) - Scotland does not have any paper legal tender - only the coins. But I don't know if there's an equivalence in the rest of the UK? I've read that "It means that if you are in debt to someone then you can’t be sued for non-payment if you offer full payment of your debts in legal tender." <Source: http://edu.bankofengland.co.uk/knowledgebank/what-is-legal-tender/> but what does this mean in practical terms?
  4. If you're not aware of it - there's an undercover documentary about an immigration detention centre at Gatwick Airport, run by G4S. Makes for sobering viewing, it's on the iPlayer if people fancy a watch. For those who have seen it - thoughts?
  5. Anyone is free to correct me on this, but as I see it; The one providing the gambling service (the bookies, casino, National Lottery etc) is the one with the business interest. If you place a bet, you don't have a business interest (beyond any other gambler that has a vested interest in the bookies being solvent). If you buy a 50% stake in your mate's franchise of BetFred*, then you have a clear business interest. Your analogy to going out drinking is probably pretty fair - you can go out and have a few pints, you can't run your own licenced premises on the side. As for developing a gambling problem, I don't know exactly how it works but I imagine it would be a concern from a perspective of your vetting (that you're heading towards a vulnerability to bribery/blackmail). *Other gambling establishments are available...
  6. The real tragedy is that pieces of a force's history is being sold off to pay the bills.
  7. Similarly - I did PassPlus and a motorway session with the IAM. Both fantastic for gaining experience in my opinion.
  8. If they're chasing you for miles after you run a red light, you should probably stop, if we're honest. You're just wasting everyone's time at that point. And it's also a bad example for you to use - it's not victimless. I've seen crashes, I've seen cyclists taken out and my sister's best friend was killed by a driver than ran a red light. And if you knock a pregnant woman to steal her phone, I don't think I know any officers in my station that 'can't be bothered with that'.
  9. Awkward moment when a resident goes 'Ah! I've been wondering where I put that...'
  10. TheMoo

    Routine Arming of Officers

    Maybe there are alternatives - check out the hardware these guys carry: http://www.proctors.cam.ac.uk/images/procs-constables/image_view_fullscreen
  11. So, after the tragic events of this weekend, one of my colleagues asked me if I thought that routine arming of officers (even just sidearms) was on the way? Any thoughts? In a somewhat-related topic, but one that has been covered extensively elsewhere; one Special who was training us this weekend commented that he didn't think that Specials being issued Taser was too far away (his reasoning, the pain stops instantly, unlike PAVA, and it's non(/less)-injurious than a baton).
  12. I'd agree - I've just done the First Aid training and I was slightly shocked how short it was; I was expecting to see a bit more about spinal immobilisations etc, especially given attendance at car crashes etc. For background - I was a First Aider for SJA for I'm not entirely talking out my proverbial - and they're pretty good at FA training (for the most part). There's probably a happy medium to be found between a four day course and weekly sessions, and the one day, once a year. I would think that a 2 day course would easily cover most of the trauma that would be needed (with time for practice); and an agreement from the FA groups of SJA/RC to welcome Officers to their weekly sessions for practice/furthering their learning, without committing to doing duties for them?
  13. TheMoo

    Stab Vest Cleaning

    You're best off not washing it, you'll clean the luck out of it. Just like underpants, right?
  14. I would refer you to an excellent documentary on rural crime; Hot Fuzz
  15. TheMoo

    Specials & Tasers

    If I'm honest, I'm probably more scared of horses than I am of most people... In seriousness though, while I think that Taser has a massive tactical value (and I'm straddling the line between MOP and cop at the moment), the thing that would concern me is that it would become the default response to situations, if it became a standard piece of kit. I think that, to an extent, that this is what has happened in the US; the default response (rightly or wrongly) to any threat is the firearm, and this comes at the expense of other tactical options. I saw quite a good documentary of US Police Chiefs visiting the UK to learn how our police handle situations because they're trying to find ways to de-escalate (Helpfully, it's on YT in full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66pr23xUKZc). But maybe my view will change in a couple of months time? Off-topic, but on the subject of horses, I just saw this: