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by powdermonkey
Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: Nine out of 10 burglaries in London go unsolved
Replies: 2
Views: 358

Re: Nine out of 10 burglaries in London go unsolved

Wasn't it Cooper's ex-boss Blair who promised to be "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime"? How did that work out? Not that the Tories have been any better. If you want to reduce any crime the way to do it is with severe sentences including custodial for the first offence, no wishy washy Com...
by powdermonkey
Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Off topic satellite
Topic: 'Chuggers' employed to flag down shoppers
Replies: 1
Views: 575

Re: 'Chuggers' employed to flag down shoppers

Might work well . . . . until the prospective employee sees the pay and conditions. Meanwhile WYP are recruiting more PCSOs. Don't know how many or where they'll be posted. We've got our fingers crossed we'll get some. Our division is supposed to be at full strength but at our particular station it ...
by powdermonkey
Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: can I go picking wild flowers in the woods?
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: can I go picking wild flowers in the woods?

It cropped up (ha!) when a woman was reported for nicking the daffodils from a council owned park. The root (ha!) cause was she was giving them to her mother for mother's day. I seem to recall a charge of criminal damage was considered. Can't remember what, if anything, she was eventually done for. ...
by powdermonkey
Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: can I go picking wild flowers in the woods?
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: can I go picking wild flowers in the woods?

Provided it's for personal use & not for selling, and provided it's not a rare or endangered plant, no. Otherwise it's an offence under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act. Maybe Special Branch (ho ho) would be involved?
by powdermonkey
Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Off topic satellite
Topic: can we go to Mars in ten years?
Replies: 12
Views: 1441

Re: can we go to Mars in ten years?

Maybe we should start culling people in the same way we do, for example, deer that are too numerous for their habitat?
by powdermonkey
Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: Off topic satellite
Topic: can we go to Mars in ten years?
Replies: 12
Views: 1441

Re: can we go to Mars in ten years?

Apart from my flippant comments, how about this thought? Take all the money currently spent on this project of "how we can get to Mars and survive there etc" and spend it on sorting out the mess we've made of our current home? The pollution, the millions of homeless and starving people, the millions...
by powdermonkey
Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:57 pm
Forum: Off topic satellite
Topic: can we go to Mars in ten years?
Replies: 12
Views: 1441

Re: can we go to Mars in ten years?

Oh great. 9 months of "are we there yet" "I feel sick" " I need a wee". And that's just me. And then you land and realise that :

a. you left the kitchen light on
b. you didn't cancel the papers
c. you forgot the can opener.
by powdermonkey
Sat Jun 25, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Off topic satellite
Topic: Britain has voted to leave the European Union
Replies: 3
Views: 854

Re: Britain has voted to leave the European Union

If Scotland did vote for independence that'd be more of a surprise to me than if they didn't. Their last referendum was a clear stay in the UK vote and I think that was down to knowing they're better of in the UK, and nothing to with any desire to remain in the EU - they knew at the time the EU refe...
by powdermonkey
Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Off topic satellite
Topic: Britain has voted to leave the European Union
Replies: 3
Views: 854

Re: Britain has voted to leave the European Union

I expected the result to be close and actually thought it would be closer. I'm pleased at the reported overall turn out of around 72% but would have preferred higher although I imagine that's due to a continuing disengagement with politics and politicians. As for Scotland, I think it would be disast...
by powdermonkey
Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Off topic satellite
Topic: Detention Officers £14,529 – £18.093 (on appointment)
Replies: 4
Views: 2585

Re: Detention Officers £14,529 – £18.093 (on appointment)

It's the thought of dealing with whinging "it weren't me" "what about my human rights (& f*** those of my victims)" and being indoors all shift that puts me off.
by powdermonkey
Fri May 27, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Site problems/ comments
Topic: our Ch Insps are of such low calibre and lacking the requisite skills
Replies: 1
Views: 2330

Re: our Ch Insps are of such low calibre and lacking the requisite skills

Why not direct entry to Chief Constable? After all, they are business managers at that rank. Why not recruit direct from the private sector?
by powdermonkey
Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: The Northants PCSO who is riding tall
Replies: 1
Views: 804

Re: The Northants PCSO who is riding tall

A great idea. Might be more suited to forces with large rural areas as evidence by what jobs Natasha goes to
by powdermonkey
Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Off topic satellite
Topic: can we go to Mars in ten years?
Replies: 12
Views: 1441

Re: can we go to Mars in ten years?

Er, Sarge, I'm with this spacecraft now. It's up on bricks and someone's ripped out the CD player and the interstellar warp drive. Can I arrange recovery? All patrols, obs please for a high speed spaceship registration number NC1701 driven by a male called Jim and another male described as having po...
by powdermonkey
Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Off topic satellite
Topic: can we go to Mars in ten years?
Replies: 12
Views: 1441

Re: can we go to Mars in ten years?

For God's sake, falkor, don't you think I have a big enough area to patrol already? I can see the call now . . . Report of 3 little green men hanging around a crater. Can you deal?
by powdermonkey
Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: CSOs in other countries
Replies: 2
Views: 891

Re: CSOs in other countries

Very interesting. I noted a few things : 1. he collection and processing of evidence which, I assume, means some form of forensic awareness and training. 2. The involvement in civil proceedings. PCSO's in the UK don't get involved and I think the difference is that we're employed by the police where...