You've got to feel sorry for London bobbies

#1
HERE
The Independent said:
Met officers 'hate living in London'
By Wesley Johnson
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

London's police officers are living en masse in villages in Surrey and Hertfordshire because they "do not like the capital", it was claimed.

Kit Malthouse, the city's Deputy Mayor with responsibility for policing and crime, made the point to illustrate what he described as a "growing divide between the police and the public, which is not yet at dangerous levels but may well become so".

Speaking to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee yesterday, Mr Malthouse said: "Police officers now, certainly Metropolitan Police officers, often want to live in police ghettos, villages in Surrey and Hertfordshire... because they like to live together."

Wouldn't be right for them to live amongst the proles would it :? :x
 

The_Duke

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#2
No, It wouldn't.

My sister (Met) choses to live an hour away from where she works. That way, she can go shopping, go to the pub, walk down the street etc without having to deal with the idiots that she may have nicked/stopped from beating their girlfriend to a pulp/etc on her previous shift.

When a large part of your job involves dealing with the scum of society, why would you chose to rub shoulders with them out of work?
 

Ravers

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#3
Another point is the fact that most coppers can't afford to live in London. I wonder how many coppers based at Chelsea nick live in Chelsea?
 

The_Duke

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#4
Another point is the fact that most coppers can't afford to live in London. I wonder how many coppers based at Chelsea nick live in Chelsea?
If you can find any, investigate them. If they are much lower than Commander level they are probably on the fiddle!
 
#5
The_Duke said:
When a large part of your job involves dealing with the scum of society, why would you chose to rub shoulders with them out of work?
Never thought of it that way, but I suppose you're right - who in their right mind would want to mix with politicians' given the choice? ^~
 
#6
Bloody hell, worst plod outrage thread ever! At least Semper makes an effort.
 
#7
A report from America ( can't remember which city / state ) said crime dropped dramatically in areas where officers lived and worked because they knew the area and inhabitants on a one to one basis and gleaned useful intelligence from people who trusted them more than police officers living miles away.
 
#8
A report from America ( can't remember which city / state ) said crime dropped dramatically in areas where officers lived and worked because they knew the area and inhabitants on a one to one basis and gleaned useful intelligence from people who trusted them more than police officers living miles away.
Any figures on the number who were gunned in acts of retribution for doing their job? By their neighbours etc.
 
#9
The area where I live in Preston has quite a few copper living in it. Visitors think it must be quite a high crime area because of the amount of police cars seen on the streets :)
 
#10
Bloody hell, worst plod outrage thread ever! At least Semper makes an effort.
I'm not sure if you're Pro-Babylon or just Pro-Semper...
 
#11
What an arrse article. I work in Cardiff, but don't live there and I commute to get to my job. So do a massive percentage of the population of britain. I fail to see where there's a problem?
 
#12
No, It wouldn't.

My sister (Met) choses to live an hour away from where she works. That way, she can go shopping, go to the pub, walk down the street etc without having to deal with the idiots that she may have nicked/stopped from beating their girlfriend to a pulp/etc on her previous shift.

When a large part of your job involves dealing with the scum of society, why would you chose to rub shoulders with them out of work?
my brother is bobbie in a county force , he lives 2 divisions from where he works because of that as well as doing the public facing volunteer role he has with a large charity in the county where my mum lives for these kinds of reasons
 
#13
Well one of the reasons is that a lot of Surrey Officers (living in Surrey) defected to the MET a few years ago on the promise of a Mega pay rise and London weighting allowance. At one point it became a standing joke that Surrey was a training ground for METPOL.

There was even a sign up at woking Police station ' Metropolitan Police Departure Lounge' before someone was ordered to remove it !
 
#14
Speaking to the Defence Select Committee yesterday, Mr Fox said: "Soldiers often want to live in military ghettos, patches in Essex, Wiltshire and Yorkshire... because they like to live together."
 
#15
A report from America ( can't remember which city / state ) said crime dropped dramatically in areas where officers lived and worked because they knew the area and inhabitants on a one to one basis and gleaned useful intelligence from people who trusted them more than police officers living miles away.
Which is what we used to have in the Uk with Police houses, that doubled up as stations with Bobbies living in their patch.

With modern Police management this was condisered old hat, and the officers were reduced in number, allowed to work office hours desk jobs, and removed from the streets 24*7. As well as cheaper PCSO's bein gdeployed during the high crime (yeah right) office hours.

Any any soldier knows, you can invade by air, but it's boots onthe ground that keep the territory. We lost a lost of boots, and lost a lot of ground in our country.
 
#16
Another point is the fact that most coppers can't afford to live in London. I wonder how many coppers based at Chelsea nick live in Chelsea?
There used to be a large section house next to Chelsea Nick - but it was flogged off to make luxury flats. I vaguely remember the Old Bill that we drank with at the 'Admiral Codrington' (Moffat Street, Chelsea) claimed that they could get subsidies...
 
#18
**** that for a game of soldiers, live in a getto with the shit you've spent years trying to lock up. No fear, I escaped all that when I joined the Army why would I go back as a copper. Didn't like it then don't like it now but paid to be there while at work.
 
#19
to be honest, i live outside of my base station, ive been posted to at least 6 stations in my time, all within 30 mins drive time, yes, i do enjoy the ability to rotate back to being a normal human being when at home,
pronto... its not the gunning down by neighbours etc.... that isnt about to happen

its more being able to protect your own family, if im lates or nights and some oiks kick the shit out of my front door, smash your windows or torch your car because youre a copper and theyve found out where you live?, that is a real situation and happens frequently, live away from where you work is the norm
 
#20
Another point is the fact that most coppers can't afford to live in London. I wonder how many coppers based at Chelsea nick live in Chelsea?
Used to be that there were police married quarters as well as Section Houses all over London which made living in the city affordable. Some bright spark decided to do away with them and hey presto the Police have become as alien to certain parts of London as the PSNI are to West Belfast.

(Sorry chaps my groupies will be along in a minute to crayon all over this thread no doubt,)
 

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