I have been away for a while but it is good to be back. The reason for my disappearance is entirely due to the fact that I got bored with all things related to the job but I just cannot give it up so I will be around for a bit, hopefully. My reasons for this website is to highlight the fact that the ordinary copper on the street is honest, hardworking and reliable. Not one of them goes on duty to commit an act which will get them the sack or send them to prison. They do their best every day of their service and sometime pay with the ultimate sacrifice. The problem is that, in a disciplined service, there has to be a watch kept to ensure that the standards are maintained but the problem is that those people in these departments find wrongdoing in everything they see and are not prepared to consider alternatives. The wrong people investigate the police officers standards. Sorry, I used a swear word there! Of course, they don’t investigate, they simply prosecute.
The last bastion of police corruption still exists in the higher ranks and unProfessional Standards Departments (and those organisations affiliated to such departments) but I feel it is difficult to make the public or the press understand. What with police chiefs pulling strings to try and get relatives employed or police authority chiefs also committing heinous crimes, it now falls upon the IPCC to continue the mantle of Noble Cause Corruption. I note the disappearance of Inspector Gadget and acknowledge his ability to reach the masses and expose the anomalies of higher ranks! Thanks you for your efforts and commitment.
In this report of high level incompetence, I have to state that it has taken 16 months for two Greater Manchester Police Officers to clear their name following an IPCC investigation into a protest march against the EDL. The two officers named as Inspector Bob Cantrell and PC Alan Glover faced a trial over their involvement of the arrest of a protestor. During that arrest, it appears that Inspector Cantrell used reasonable force to assist in the arrest of the protestor but, because the IPCC relied solely on the two-dimensional images of a CCTV camera and that they interpreted the images differently to how the officers did, with a three dimensional viewpoint plus sound and context, the IPCC not only decided the officers were guilty they insisted and continue to do so that the officers are guilty of something. The case is, was and always has been an absolute shambles. Don’t take my word for it! Apparently the Judge and the CPS decided the same. The CPS offered no evidence against PC Glover when they realised that the statement which the IPCC thought was false was actually true. The Judge threw out the subsequent IPCC bolleaux at the trial of Inspector Cantrell when he stated that the “evidence did not support it!” If you want to read the Manchester Evening News reports just click on the links attached to the officers’ names above.
So what now for the officers? The IPCC, still clutching at straws, gratify themselves that the officers may still face internal disciplinary proceedings. What for????????? Apparently, in the case of PC Glover he committed the crime of telling the truth in a witness statement contrary to the IPCC Utter Bolleaux Interpretation Act 2011. Apparently, Inspector Cantrell committed the dreadful offence – lawful use of self-defence offence contrary to the IPCC Incapability to Understand Legislation Act 2011. The annoying thing about this case is that the evidence which showed the officers to be innocent was on the CCTV itself only the IPCC couldn’t be arsed looking for it! They even admit as much in the Manchester Evening News report. I know of a number of officers who have been disciplined for exactly the same actions. I hope the GMP Federation are complaining to the IPCC about this and I look forward to the inevitable IPCC sackings. I mean, what is good for the goose……. and so on!
However, this is not a joke. This is serious. If the incompetent IPCC investigation had been successful then both these officers would have gone to prison, lost their jobs, pensions and any credibility. The IPCC have no credibility. It is clear from the outset of any investigation that if they decide that an officer is guilty, then they refuse to consider any such alternative view which can be put to them. Unfortunately, this is also a major requirement in the job description of many uPSD employees. This story was national press when it broke. The officers faced a trial by media at the outset. Isn’t it funny how the officers are innocent story is not as public.
If you have a newspaper story involving similar high level misnomers, feel free to email me a link to the story and I might pass comment (or water) on the affair. The email address is below and you don’t need to ID yourself if you don’t want to.