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‘There were about 20 young black guys all with their hoods up armed with sticks and bats and knives. They just ran in the pub and started trying to attack people.

‘It was really frightening. But it should not have happened to Luke, it shouldn’t have happened to anyone, but he was a complete innocent.’

The adjoining picture is that of a British Police Officer, stationed at the scene of the crime.

That information is placed so that those who have never seen a Policeman now know what they look like.

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7 thoughts on “signs of our times

  1. The adjoining picture is that of a British Police Officer, stationed at the scene of the crime

    A police officer.. or a member of ACPO, there is a vast difference.

  2. “That information is placed so that those who have never seen a Policeman now know what they look like.”

    I have seen something similar in our local Morrisons.
    That don’t move either.
    They also say there are self inflating ones that are used for vans parked by the side of the road, or for taking interviews when tv cameras are present. Remote controlled microphones and speakers are employed to enhance the appearance of “life”. 🙂

  3. Do your cops go undercover much?

    In NYC that has been a key to their success. You rarely see a uniformed cop on the subway. That guy who you think is nodding off on the 1am train is really a cop. It works well.

  4. Phantom,

    Yes, we tried that as well, but all they did was really go to sleep all the time.

  5. Phantom,

    Yep they do – when there’s any sign of trouble…hence the saying: – ‘There’s never a cop around when you need one!’

  6. “That guy who you think is nodding off on the 1am train is really a cop. It works well.”

    “That guy who you think is nodding off on the 1am train is really a cop….nodding off 😉

    Her Majesty’s Government frowns on such underhanded methods. Might be okay for you “Winning is all” American types, but we British believe in playing with a straight bat, Don’t y’know..

    By God Sir!
    Win the war against the criminal elements by using subterfuge and deceit??
    It’s just not Cricket!

    PS. any of you Irish wishing to score points by pointing out our modus operandum in Northern Ireland, needn’t bother.

  7. Interesting to see one.
    Wikipedia lists UK Law Enforcement officers as:
    Accredited Person ·
    Bailiff ·
    Civil enforcement officer ·
    Civilian Security Officer ·
    Special Constable ·
    Constable ·
    Court security officer ·
    Customs officer ·
    Traffic officer ·
    Immigration officer ·
    Police Community Support Officer ·
    Police Custody and Security Officer ·
    Tipstaff ·
    Traffic warden ·
    Water bailiff ·
    Wildlife inspector
    Add to this list the people who dress up and pretend they are policemen (you can see them at any shopping mall)it’s difficult knowing what a ‘proper’ one looks like.

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