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Kent Police - Heroes of our time.

#3
I'm still wondering what that fat Plod was actually doing in the tunnel. Why does it take a Police Sergeant to do something a minimum wage security mong could do?
 
#4
Ah, Happy days, bit dusty in 'ere tonite innit. . . .

On a serious note I was part of an AGLOW Exercise team that planned a CT Exercise down the Tunnel with regards to a hijacked train. Part of the Scenario was a French gendarmerie being shot and pushed out into the underground walkway. It took twelve hours before the Brits authorised a rescue / recovery of the cop. Believe it or not, that actually caused a stinging, spiteful diplomatic incident, and rightly fecking so!
 
#5
Ah, Happy days, bit dusty in 'ere tonite innit. . . .

On a serious note I was part of an AGLOW Exercise team that planned a CT Exercise down the Tunnel with regards to a hijacked train. Part of the Scenario was a French gendarmerie being shot and pushed out into the underground walkway. It took twelve hours before the Brits authorised a rescue / recovery of the cop. Believe it or not, that actually caused a stinging, spiteful diplomatic incident, and rightly fecking so!
I'm not surprised, those risk assessments are a bit of a bitch to fill in.
 
#9
But that'd mean some mid-level police officer would lose control of his toys if they got involved and there'd be ruffled feathers everywhere!
Are you sure you are not a copper?

Edit: To the uninitiated, At that level of exercise, everyone plays, from COBR to SF. The only people who aren't real are the X Rays.
 
#11
I bet you got the whole "This is what we'd do if it was a real incident, but as it's an exercise we can't take any unnecessary risks" line too....
See above edit, all decisions (literally) came from the Top.

We had a French Police Colonel (Liaison Officer) demanding to know what the Feck was going on and why we had left a wounded French Cop, on his own, for twelve hours. It was all gallic rage and VERY entertaining listening to the feckin drones on our side come out with the usual H&S bollocks. But, yeah, you are right, it would have meant a "We have Control. .Stand by, stand by" moment and they were not ready for it. The Frogs, bless their cotton socks, threatened to mount their own rescue mission.
 
#13
Then that's even worse, in those 12 hours my nan could have strolled the length of the tunnel and back!
I was on duty in Excon that night. To say it was a monument to shoulder sloping, inability to make a decision, incompetence and a clear case of people being promoted way above their ability would be an understatement. (And trust me, I'm not just on about the Old Bill!!!!)

And to round the whole feckin thing off, the hoolies nicked 10 sleeping bags provided by my ACF Detachment, a tele and quaffed four slabs of Stella we had borrowed off HMRC for barricades within the train. We got everything but the Stella back!
 
#14
I was on duty in Excon that night. To say it was a monument to shoulder sloping, inability to make a decision, incompetence and a clear case of people being promoted way above their ability would be an understatement. (And trust me, I'm not just on about the Old Bill!!!!)

And to round the whole feckin thing off, the hoolies nicked 10 sleeping bags provided by my ACF Detachment, a tele and quaffed four slabs of Stella we had borrowed off HMRC for barricades within the train. We got everything but the Stella back!
Does this episode appear in your book, and if not - why not?!
 
#16
ACAB. For your much anticipated sequel. Don't forget the Reliance Security Team Deal Royal Marines Barracks 1989.

Main concern was he of the false REME Record.

But amongst the others of dubious vetting was an ex Light Infantry man dishonourably discharged ?

He left Reliance Security after the 22.9.89 bombing and, uninvestigated along with other civilian guards, got work on Channel Tunnel site Security.

Though to be fair to Folkestone Police in about 1998. There was an Army Officer from Shorncliffe who called for inquiry into Kent's private military cadet units. It appears that the senior Kent Plod in the area somehow realised I was working in the town and put two and two together making five. A CID officer visited me at work to tell me "This isn't Thanet. My boss noticed that you are in the area. If you want to raise warnings again, here in Folkestone we will listen"

Naturally I asked if they didn't entirely trust the ability of the Force Anti terrorist and Special Branch depts.
 

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#18
BBC News - Kent police patrol Channel Tunnel

Illuminating commentary by the Police Officers involved:

Sgt Andy Brittenden said:
The tunnel itself will start to drop down as it goes lower.
Sgt Andy Brittenden said:
As the tunnel itself is under the soil rather than the bottom of the sea bed
Insp William Silcock said:
We have to respond - instantaneously really - to any incident, especially underground

I can see why they were promoted.
 
#19
I shall be using the Channel tunnel for the first time next year.
The knowledge that the fine Policemen of Kent will be guarding me fills me with the greatest comfort.
 
#20
ACAB. For your much anticipated sequel. Don't forget the Reliance Security Team Deal Royal Marines Barracks 1989.

Main concern was he of the false REME Record.

But amongst the others of dubious vetting was an ex Light Infantry man dishonourably discharged ?

He left Reliance Security after the 22.9.89 bombing and, uninvestigated along with other civilian guards, got work on Channel Tunnel site Security.

Though to be fair to Folkestone Police in about 1998. There was an Army Officer from Shorncliffe who called for inquiry into Kent's private military cadet units. It appears that the senior Kent Plod in the area somehow realised I was working in the town and put two and two together making five. A CID officer visited me at work to tell me "This isn't Thanet. My boss noticed that you are in the area. If you want to raise warnings again, here in Folkestone we will listen"

Naturally I asked if they didn't entirely trust the ability of the Force Anti terrorist and Special Branch depts.
Knockers you silly old fart, why don't you up sticks and move to Lincolnshire? Feck all of note happens here, so it would help control your soaring blood pressure. The veins in your temples would recede and (trust me on this) nobody gives a flying toss about moonlight illegal drill nights in the fens.

There is a downside of course. There are no bananas here. Just potatoes.

Lots of potatoes.
 

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