Home Sec: British rings to be tightened against intrusion
The 39 Plods, by Jacqui Smith
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith yesterday announced the hiring of 39 new policemen for border-protection duties.
"With this crucial police support, alongside tougher checks at our border, and the approaching roll out of ID cards for foreign nationals, there will be a triple ring of security around Britain," Smith said.
According to the Home Office there are already 3,000 coppers "permanently based at our borders", indicating that today's announcement will deliver almost 1.33 per cent extra tightness to the nation's ring. The whole border-police force thus contains approximately 1 in every 50 of the UK's 157,000 plods.
Ms Smith also said the chief constable of Essex would be on the board of the proposed new UK Border Agency, which may deploy operatives with enhanced, police-like powers in addition to actual coppers. There will also be framework documents and guidelines regarding police/Border Agency cooperation, and - of course - new laws.
The Reg contacted the Home Office about the ring-tightening Smith statement, however, and spokespersons there confirmed that the 39 new Special Branch posts were the only actual concrete measures "that we're announcing today".
Special Branch officers are traditionally employed in police intelligence operations, such as the recent controversial taping of conversations between inmates and visitors at prisons.®
Hang on a minute , since on the Euro mainland the only borders that now exist are those which are external and abut non member EU countries and only white marker posts say "You are now leaving Finland drive safely" and fifty metres down the road "You are entering Sweden drive safely" and so forth !
And since the UK is now part and parcel of the group , it is only a matter of time HM Customs Staff will be reduced to greeting and waving goodbye to international tourists arriving and departing from international ports of call as all those with Euro passports can walk through the open gate !
Whatever that woman is smoking is truly a very potent form of weed !
39 more SB posts, not officers...
... given that there are more than 2,500 vacant detective posts across England and Wales (no-one wants to be a detective any more, it's simply just not worth it, given the alternatives), these are just new posts, not officers.
Of course, these posts will be filled by experienced detective officers from the 43 forces in England and Wales, which will just leave even more vacant detective posts in local CID offices, so there will be fewer qualified resources to detect local crimes.
Micro-management of policing by the Government and the so-called "policing reforms" over the last 10 years have led to a crisis in policing... even the Association of Police Authorities has conceded that there are too few candidates for chief officer vacancies, simply because the best officers know that it's just not worth the hassle for the money on offer.
And if that isn't a strong indication that the system is collapsing, wake up and look at the figures for retirements and leavers (many to other countries such as Australia, from which a recruitment team from Western Australia has come back a second time for more experienced British officers, their last visit having been so successful).
O I had a thought
I had a thought the other day - I was thinking has anyone told the British and American retards in charge that most mobile laptops are liquid cooled? I'd love to see the reaction if that little revelation was revealed.