Sunday, September 02, 2007

Intelligence Led

I was planning to write an entry before going out today but then I read the Sunday papers and was overwhelmed by a sense of apathy, with story after story describing how the world about us is crumbling around our ears, with even the police now wanting the right to the strike.

The question one has to ask is whether many people around the land would notice a real difference if they did? There's a lovely comment in one of the newspapers from a senior officer, who admits that so called "Intelligence-led policing" has led them to target specific groups and individuals but has led to community policing - i.e. the Bobby on the beat - being neglected.

Meanwhile, over in Liverpool and after two weeks of detective work, they're no closer to finding the gunman who shot dead an 11-year-old boy playing football; mainly because the 'community' knows very well that police protection for informants holds very little personal reassurance when gangs are more than prepared to take revenge on the families of the same; look what happened in Bishops Stortford last week.

Of course the really big news this weekend is that David Beckham may be losing his hair and to make things worse, has an injured knee. Expect the Prime Minister to comment on this grave sporting crisis once he's finished the fitting for his new "Nelson Mandela-style" shirt.

Back in the world of the escapist though, have you seen the changes to Google Earth recently? It now includes a remarkable flight simulator program which allows you to explore the world in very high resolution.

Open up google earth. Hit control+windows button+A (or control+alt+a if you don’t have a windows button)

Enter the flight simulator, it's a huge improvement on its predecessor and you can fly over Ramsgate to your heart's content without annoying anyone!

10 comments:

DrMoores said...

I have asked you before not to continue your obsession with alleged police conspiracies and the IRA on my weblog.. "The arrest record of the OIRA sabotage planner and suspect forgery organiser shows that he was last arrested in 1972"....

I am certain that most, if not all readers have no interest at all in what happened in 1972.

I have removed the entry and will now remove any entry you make here which is inappropriate.

Anonymous said...

Despite the reassurance from government that crime is dropping I am one of many who believe crime has increased in the Blair years. Intelligence has it's place in policing, as does the "copper on the beat" but what good is it if the criminals are either let out early or not locked up at all? I just wonder how much longer we are prepared to continue this experiment. One of the problems we have is the upper echelons of the police force seem to be made up of sociology graduates. The days of policemen working their way through the ranks seem long gone.

As has been noted before New York had a big problem with crime. They tackled it by dealing with all offences, however trivial. Initially this is expensive, but in the long term it pays dividends. There are a hard core of people who continue to engage in criminality. The bleeding hearts argue that locking people up teaches them to be better criminals. So what? If they are locked up they can't commit crimes.

One suggestion I read recently which cracked me up. It seems the Bulgarian and Romanian authorities have a lot of spare prison capacity. They claim it's because under the communist regimes a lot more people were held in detention. Now those places are all available and are much cheaper to run than in the UK, and since we all love the EU so much (cough, gag) we should pay Romania et al to house our criminals! Mind you if we actually got around to deporting and keeping out the foreign riff raff we have in our jails there wouldn't be a prison overpopulation crisis.

cue Dr Doom in 5,4,3,2....

Anonymous said...

De-criminalise drugs.

Anonymous said...

De-criminalise drugs. That's it is it? Your soundbyte answer to end all crime? As 10:48 states, zero tolerance in NY has led to a dramatic decrease in crime and that is exactly how it should be here instead of spending £7B p.a. in Iraq we might get this country back on track. War is very destabilising and in my view the liberalisation in the 60s was tolerated by the older generation who'd lost their fight and motivation in 39-45. The recent Balkan Wars, opening up of Eastern Europe and decommissioning of guns in Northern Ireland make gun availability easy too.

Anonymous said...

Ah, no, bring back Christianity in its glory. Get all those who claim to be 'non-practicing' Christians to actually follow the religion they claim to have. Jesus is the way and the life.

Anonymous said...

anon again!
Christianity.... Church.... Vicar/Priest (Paedarest?).... taught to hate Gay people(bunch of hypocrits)... No, that is not the answer.
Teach Discipline from an early age. Teach RESPECT alongside History...teach friendliness alongside Geography. Install cleverness when learning Math.
In maybe 300 years, we will have a 'well bred' society, and ideally, no need for Police.

Anonymous said...

Evolution does not reward intelligence, see here for proof! Nevertheless hilarious!!
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=fFldLfx85DY

Anonymous said...

If the police went on strike, no-one would notice. Quite obviously the hospital cleaners went on strike years ago and no-one noticed that either until the rise of MRSA. Boris Johnson should hang his head in shame telling people they should 'have a go', we already pay taxes for the police to keep our streets safe, can we apply for a refund ?

Anonymous said...

I think the Victorians were a little extreme in sending minors to Van Diemen's Land for quite minor offences and we still have one of the youngest ages for 'criminal responsibility' in law in Europe. The problem seems not so much the age we accept children can be responsible for their actions ( the Catholic Church with 2000 years of experience and thought on 'sin',accepts 8 years of age) but devising a humane punishment system. When are we going to accept that support, help and all such positive steps do not mean that punishment that punishes the offender is not necessary. There must be a severe consequence even for an 8 year old for torching allotment huts on 3 occasions and if we deny this then we will have to live with a growing feral young generation.

Anonymous said...

Do we know who set light to the sheds then or are you breaking confidentiality somewhere?

Christianity does not teach to hate gays, if you actually knew about God you would know that.