Bliar of the METS-Pot or Kettle?

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  1. Apart from the fact that the word Blur in any of it's spelling winds me up, I have never been able to think of the Mets Chief Cop as a real bobby.
    Just does not come across as someone locking up villeins.
    I assume he came up via the clerical section assuming they have one.
  2. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Sir Ian Blair, 54 (d/o/b 19 March 1953) joined the Metropolitan Police in 1974 under the graduate entry scheme. His first posting was as a Police Constable in Soho.

    He was educated at Wrekin College, Shropshire, Harvard High School, Los Angeles and Christ Church, Oxford. At Christ Church, he gained a Second Class Honours Degree in English Language and Literature.

    He served as a Constable, Sergeant and Inspector in both uniform and CID in central London. In 1985, as a Detective Chief Inspector, he took charge of the CID at Kentish Town in north London where, as well as conducting a number of major enquiries, he was responsible for the identification of those killed at the King's Cross disaster.

    Also in 1985, he published the book 'Investigating Rape: A New Approach for Police', which had a major impact on the way in which the police investigate offences of serious sexual assault.

    In 1988, as a Superintendent, he managed the Metropolitan Police Crime Investigation Project which redesigned the purpose and structure of local CID offices throughout London. In 1989, he was appointed to Kensington Division.

    In 1991, he was promoted to Chief Superintendent and appointed Staff Officer to Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, based at the Home Office.

    On his return to the Metropolitan Police in 1993, he was appointed the officer in charge of Operation Gallery, at that time the largest police corruption enquiry in London for a decade.

    In 1994, he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police with responsibility for territorial policing and took charge of policing the Newbury by-pass protests.

    In 1996, he changed portfolio to take responsibility for personnel matters. In 1997, Ian Blair became designated deputy to the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police. This posting was short-lived because he became Chief Constable of Surrey in January 1998.

    In February 2000, he returned to the Metropolitan Police as the Deputy Commissioner. As well as supporting the Commissioner in the overall direction of the MPS, he has lead responsibility for change management, for anti-corruption work, for diversity and for information management.

    Although I would love to agree with you, he has done his time as a bobby. But, like most fast-track graduates, he skipped from post to post spending not a lot of time in each, therefore got an overview without an in-depth knowledge of any area.
    This is a favoured route to take, accelerated promotion, but sadly it does mean that in general, a cursory knowledge and experience base is all that is experienced.
    Just my own opinion, of course. Based on similar fast-track officers I knew.
  3. Er, Yes a FLYER by anyones definition.
    Didn't think he was a normal Bobby from the beat.
    If you know what I mean.
  4. He is a liar, a prevaricator, poor on decision making and has supervised a multitude of management why is he still in place?
  5. He is in place because the police farce rarely criticises anyone of Inspector above and only ever does anything to a Superintendent or above if the whole World and his dog is watching. Hence the arrogant attitude of senior officers. To admit the failure of senior staff might make the constables and sergeants think that they (the PC's & PS's) know what the're doing.
  6. He doesn't have long to go now on his contract - who will London get next? You can bet it won't be someone who spent years on the beat.