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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Blame the Pigs.

For once I must come out totally in support of a newspaper article. Millions are being wasted in the courts and it is all the police's fault. 900,000 out of 3 million cases went down the tubes because of us and the CPS ballsing it up.

When will we learn that to successfully prosecute a case, we must conjure up all our witnesses on the day of the court no matter how little notice they were given, or how unwilling they were to attend from the start? We should even be producing witnesses that we did not know existed. Moreover, those witnesses just aren't providing the quality of evidence required. Instead of browbeaten girls with four children under the age of three by different fathers, who never went to school and say "dunno" in answer to every question, our witnesses must be articulate and well-educated ladies who will convince any magistrate they are telling the truth. Rather than jewellery-adorned lads who use vocabulary like "Innit" and "fucking feds", we must ensure that all assaults are witnessed by middle class working men wearing suits.

But our failings go further than these. We must provide photographs and CCTV for every offence, even those that happened indoors. We must analyse all mobile phones connected to the incident and despite the eight-month turnaround from the Hi-tech Crime Unit, these must be ready on the day of court. DNA and fingerprints should be found at every crime scene and we must prove beyond a doubt that the story produced by the defendant in interview, that he "never saw the guy before and doesn't know his name, but got into his car and drove away" is completely untrue, no matter how impossible a task this is. We must make sure that police officers who had a passing contact with the investigation, albeit they merely signed a piece of paper to confirm they searched the prisoner, or they said "hi, mate" to him in custody, turn up on the day of court even though they have no idea they will be needed. Last but not least, we must make sure that members of public do not lie to us and that we arrest the correct person every time and can reproduce a Columbo-type reconstruction of who did what when how and why, for every case.

If we cannot even do the above, how do we expect Magistrates to convict? It isn't as if they have the power to say, "If you can't be bothered to show up for your own court case, we'll convict you in your absence or have you arrested immediately". Do we really expect them to say, "I am fed up of the Defence persistently adjourning and adjourning this case then going guilty at the last hour for a reduced sentence. I am sick to the back teeth of the police giving up rest days at short notice and paying officers for eight hours' duty to sit still and be sent away early, only for the Defence to moan that some remote sergeant who once said Boo to the defendant is not there. I have therefore decided to give you no more chances. The case WILL go ahead today and you WILL be convicted." Poor Magistrates can hardly be asked to ACCUSE people of playing the system for extra legal fees, or dragging their victims through hell in the hope of the case falling apart on a technicality.

We MUST stop blaming criminals for committing crime. It is time the police took responsibility for all systemic failures that cost the nation billions of pounds. After all, we are the only law-enforcement agency out there.

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13 Comments:

Blogger Bystander said...

"It isn't as if they have the power to say, "If you can't be bothered to show up for your own court case, we'll convict you in your absence or have you arrested immediately".

We do that all the time. Did it last week in fact.

19 October, 2006 09:36

 
Blogger ExtraSpecialCopper said...

I blame the defendant. If it wasnt for them then there wouldnt be the need for there to be cases

19 October, 2006 10:20

 
Anonymous rosco said...

Maybe there are ohter ways to look at it too: I found this blog post quite interesting from another viewpoint:
http://thelawwestofealingbroadway.blogspot.com/2006/10/cost-of-cockups.html

19 October, 2006 12:49

 
Blogger itsallgonepetetong said...

It would be easier and cheaper to employ a "Council Sniper" who sits atop the radio mast in the town centre dishing out summary justice and picking them of as they pick up their Giro's (Because god forbid they miss that). Their could also be a bonus scheme to ensure "Best Value" but hey!! I would probably do it for free.

19 October, 2006 17:25

 
Blogger PC South West said...

Have you seen 'The Dead Pool' with Clint EASTWOOD?
What about judge dread?

19 October, 2006 17:37

 
Anonymous Lee said...

was gonna leave a well thought out and articulte answer to this entry, decided to delete it and say "kill 'em all, God will know his own. Keep up the good work PC Bloggs, you've now entered my favourites list. Thank you for keeping me entertained

20 October, 2006 03:30

 
Blogger Sergeant Simon said...

I've been at court 6 times in the last month. I gave evidence once. The other 5 defendant failed to turn up, or once his brief determined all witnesses and police were there and the CPS had roughly a vague idea of what the case was about, they pleaded. W*****s! I hate it when they do that

20 October, 2006 10:09

 
Blogger grumpy traffic man said...

Well said!

A couple of months ago I found myself as OIC for a Section 4 RTA Drive whilst Unfit case. Come the day of the race, the defendant didn't appear and his solicitor, quite unashamedly, told the court that his client would not be turning up as due to his previous convictions he knew that he would be sent to prison when convicted. We had about 8 witnesses gathered at the court, including a forensic science expert witness, on huge sums of money. What did CPS do? Not very much as expected! However, at least the bench had the bottle to dispatch us to the miscreants house and drag him back to the court. He was convicted and guess what? Didn't go to prison! A little bit more was added on to his already lengthy ban and he went away laughing!
Still, at least we got some sort of result. It could have been worse, CPS could have lost the exhibits, the file or their bottle!!
keep Blogging Bloggs!

21 October, 2006 11:53

 
Blogger Bitseach said...

OUCH! All true though. Bitter, but true!

23 October, 2006 22:06

 
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or in my case where the prosecution 'witnesses' (all friends) and investigating police officer failed to turn up. The CPS wanted an adjournment and the police sent the arresting Pc who had nothing to do with the case apart from the arrest.

18 December, 2011 09:53

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or in my case where the prosecution 'witnesses' (all friends) and investigating police officer failed to turn up. The CPS wanted an adjournment and the police sent the arresting Pc who had nothing to do with the case apart from the arrest.

18 December, 2011 09:53

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or as in my case the prosecution 'witnesses' (all friends), never turned up, neither the investigating officer. The CPS wanted an adjournment and the polce sent the arresting copper who had nothing really to do with the case.

18 December, 2011 09:56

 

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