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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Let Us Pay

You may be aware that tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer for the Police Service.

Churchgoers nationwide are supposed to pray to keep us safe, direct our Chief Constables wisely and help us to do our job better.

















What you are probably not aware is that the Senior Management Team of Blandshire Constabulary actually embraced PRAYER as an official police tactic some years ago. It was around the time when the government introduced seven figure budget cuts for most forces, at the same time as increasing the workload of the average PC. Blandshire's response included:
  • The "roll-out" of Neighbourhood Policing, which is police jargon for getting civilians to do the job of a police officer.
  • Zero-based budgeting. Which means building your budget up from scratch without any of the big expensive things that take up all the money like police officers and training.
  • Reduction of official minimum staffing levels so that PCs could be lost from the frontline without dropping below these Health & Safety limits.
  • Re-assessing whether certain crimes really do need police officers to attend after all.
  • Employing Ricky DeRennaux as the new police vehicle supplier.
  • PRAYER to be the first choice response to all major/critical/serious incidents.
The official policy on Prayer can be found on the Force intranet under "Standard Operating Procedures". These are not generally distributed to the public at large, but I think I am safe enough in quoting a passage verbatim:

"On realising that Blandshire Constabulary do not have sufficient means to respond to an incident whether through lack of staff, equipment or complete and utter systemic failure, the Duty Inspector should immediately attend the scene and begin to PRAY. The Prayer should be directed to the Lord God Almighty, although if the Lord God Almighty is not available then an Archangel can listen to the Prayer, providing the Lord God is informed as soon as reasonably practicable.

"The Prayer may be verbally uttered, but should be followed up in writing within 24 hours. It should contain the words 'we hope everything turns out ok' and 'please cover the arse of Blandshire Constabulary in the event that anything goes wrong'."

Whilst this policy has stood us in good stead for over five years now, we must not be complacent. The Senior Management Team are constantly reviewing the process of Prayer and hope that the Lord Almighty - and the Home Secretary - sends them the wisdom not to get a police officer killed this year. ***

In other news, the government is "not shying away" from another confrontation with the police as they plan to slash the budgets of five forces (to start with). Plans to recruit hundreds of new officers will be abandoned if this goes ahead.

God help us all.

*** Please note: This post was in no way written just to offend Christians. It is in fact supposed to offend all denominations of all religions. And, hopefully, the Home Secretary.

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24 Comments:

Blogger jerym said...

Great stuff mate!You and Richard Dawkins would make a great team.

30 April, 2008 20:25

 
Blogger TWINING said...

Here here...

30 April, 2008 20:25

 
Blogger Metcountymounty said...

having a supernatural being on your side to watch your arse is great, but personally I'd rather have some more Police officers out there in the first place to reduce the risk of things going pearshaped in the first place.

30 April, 2008 21:39

 
Anonymous Pete said...

metcounty - why do you say that?

How would more officers driving around in a van reduce reduce burglaries?

30 April, 2008 22:16

 
Blogger For The People said...

Is that really what the policy says? In US, that would be met by immediate court action to have it removed.

30 April, 2008 22:43

 
Anonymous LD420 said...

"for the people"... One of us has missed someone's sarcasm. Either you are being sarcastic and I am missing it, or you are missing the sarcasm/tongue-in-cheek/(word I can't remember) in Ellie's post.

I'm part of one of the forces having the budget cut, and it's hugely affected me personally. In the linked article there's a quotation from some official person saying that each of the forces need to account for the rise in council tax, when the simple justification for the rise is that the government are, in some instances, using the wrong sort of formula to calculate the Government Grant and are therefore not giving the forces enough money in the first place.

Apologies if this comment doesn't make much sense, it's been a 32 hour day...

01 May, 2008 03:10

 
Anonymous some bloke said...

"Prayer should be directed to the Lord God Almighty, although if the Lord God Almighty is not available then an Archangel can listen to the Prayer..."

That's not very Multi-Culti or Inclusive now is it ? Nor does it promote Equality and it disRespects those Excluded.
More awareness training sessions clearly required.

01 May, 2008 06:06

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete,

To increase Police visibility, to have enough back-up for our safety ie not be the only cop within 15 miles for 20 000 people, to have enough teams to attend all incidents, to have enough time to do our job properly and not rush etc

01 May, 2008 08:11

 
Anonymous pzgirl said...

I'm also part of one of the forces having their budget cut, and if we thought we were demoralised before.....

01 May, 2008 10:24

 
Anonymous Dave H. said...

Officials misunderstood Jacqui when she said ‘I want to bring them to their knees‘.

01 May, 2008 14:52

 
Anonymous Old Man said...

Bring GOD or prayer into the discussion...

... and you lose.

But then...
...we have
all
already lost

(anyway).

01 May, 2008 16:45

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This extract from a Local Government website

could explain why you are paying so much tax:

How much Housing/Council Tax benefit can I get?
Can I get backdated benefit and how can I make a claim?
How long will my entitlement continue?
If I rent from a relative will I be able to claim Housing Benefit?
I'm thinking about renting privately - will Housing Benefit cover all of my rent?
If someone comes to live with me will this affect my Housing Benefit/Council Tax benefit?
I'm claiming benefit - will someone come to visit me about my claim?
What happens if I'm overpaid?

01 May, 2008 17:06

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Naughty but nice PC Bloggs - keep it up.

01 May, 2008 18:33

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry - tomorrow 'we the people' will pray for you and, dare I say, love and believe in you as ever we did. You form part of the backbone of the country so how could we not wish you well?

Please don't be sarcastic or cynical. The vast majority of Brits value you and the work you do. Just look at the papers - we only wish there were more of you on the streets; we understand that you're tied up by targets and paperwork.

Please don't be demoralised; we need you.

01 May, 2008 18:56

 
Blogger uniform said...

heal , heal thy damanation soul ...give me some dollars ...nowwweer

01 May, 2008 19:14

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which version of their God might the sad deluded religious types be on about? We are screwed anyway if its their non-interventionist 'free-will' version. I think I just saw fairies at the bottom of my garden...

01 May, 2008 20:11

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, don't knock the power of prayer, and faith in unseen spiritual forces, which helped save my life, more than once!
My daily prayer is that the evil gits be removed from positions of power. I will just have to be patient, unless of course there are more "believers" in the force who could offer some back up on this "mission". Let us pray!

01 May, 2008 23:40

 
Blogger ReallyEvilCanine said...

One wonders why they just cut out the middleman and pray for the invisible sky giant to stop the bad guys directly, allowing the police to get back to their primary duty of filing target quota forms? There are quite a few sects which deal with medical issues in just this manner and although the results are admittedly not quite as favourable as one might otherwise expect from omnipotence, it does have the rather pleasant knock-on effect of freeing up doctors to see the rest of us.

02 May, 2008 09:11

 
Anonymous god all mighty said...

He (or she, i'm politically correct these days myself) who beliveth in me is a pith pot. Just off to cause a famine somewhere, thank you and good night.

02 May, 2008 10:16

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are free to exercise the expedient idea of a God under obligation to help. It remains that police Freemasons deify helping themselves whilst the rest pray and pay.

04 May, 2008 10:04

 
Blogger AnneDroid said...

Well, I'm a Christian but I wasn't offended, sorry - I thought it was a very funny post...

04 May, 2008 22:28

 
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