David J. Farley of Plympton, Plymouth, United Kingdom

David J. Farley of Plympton, Plymouth, United Kingdom

Monday, March 16, 2015

Better than a flu' jab !

Miss Beatrice, the church organist,was in her eighties and had never been married. She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all.

One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea...

As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, the young minister noticed a cut glass bowl sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated of all things, a condom!

When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.

'Miss Beatrice', he said, 'I wonder if you would tell me about this? pointing to the bowl. 'Oh, yes,' she replied, "Isn't it wonderful?

I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease. Do you know I haven't had the flu all winter."

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Police Officer buys food for shoplifter's baby son

US officer shows the 'human behind the badge" as he pays for milk that a hard-up father was accused of stealing.

An alleged shoplifter has been released without charge after an officer bought the powdered milk he was accused of stealing for his young son.

Officer Justin Roby (pictured), from Kentucky refused to detain the man on the grounds that it wouldn't "have done any good for him".

The London Police Department officer is also a father himself and said that the incident illustrated some of the ethical decisions police are faced with in their duty to uphold the law.

He said: "I think when [people] look at us, they see the uniform and the car, the tools we have on our belt.

"But behind the uniform, I'm a human being and I'm a person out in this community just like any of them. I have a little boy. I'm a father just like that gentleman was.

"We're not robots, there's a human behind the badge."

When called to the supermarket to deal with the incident on January 17, he was faced with the single dad and decided to pay for the item he was accused of stealing for his six-month-old son.

He then referred the man, who had fallen upon hard times, to social welfare organisations, including his own police force to try and give him a helping hand.

Officer Roby told WKYT: "He's already short on money, can't afford formula, so me making him appear in court he's still not going to have any food for that baby.

"As a police officer, it's not black and white for us, there's a lot of grey and you have to cipher through everything and you really need to figure out the whole story."

Article courtesy of Scott Docherty - www.policeoracle.com

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cuts have consequences !

As the nation gears up for the General Election in May, Royston Martis of www.policeoracle.com, examines how those in policing are increasingly speaking out about the devastating impact cuts are having.

You cannot cut £2.5 billion from the policing budget in England and Wales – as has happened during this Parliament - without there being consequences.

The main consequence to date has been a huge fall in police numbers. In March 2010, there were 244,497 people working in policing. There are now 209,362, down more than 35,135.

As we know, there are 16,000 fewer police officers.

Another consequence has been the detrimental changes to police officer pay and conditions for those that have remained in the job.

As we start a General Election year - what is next when it comes to policing?

Just before Christmas, we heard that the policing budget was going to be slashed by another £300 million in 2015/16 with the promise of more cuts to come.

With predictions from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary that the service will have to save the same again – so another £2.5 billion – between now and 2019 there is going to be much more pain.

This time the public – as well as police officers – will feel it.

Will police officers be able to deal with mental health issues? Cyber-crime and reports of child sexual exploitation? Human trafficking?

The list could go on.

Representatives from the Police Federation of England and Wales across the country have long been trying to get this message across.

The efforts of Essex Police Federation and their #CutsHaveConsequences campaign – of which I must declare an interest – will hopefully make a difference and raise public awareness of the devastating cuts to policing.

Helping this will be the fact chief officers have now vocally joined the debate.

ACPO has estimated that 34,000 police jobs will disappear over the next three years. “The deepest cuts to policing I have ever known,” said Sir Hugh Orde, outgoing president of the organisation.

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe wrote in the Guardian: “There’s a bigger risk to public safety if we don’t take radical action.

“We’ve saved hundreds of millions already, but from 2016 onwards it will be much harder.”

Lynne Owens, Chief Constable of Surrey Police, also added her voice to the growing chorus by questioning what functions policing would have to abandon with continuing cuts in an interview with a national newspaper.

"It’s inevitable that cuts will have operational consequences,” she said.

Sadly, as has often been stated, the current government has long displayed no desire to listen to policing professionals. But MPs of all colours will listen to the public.

Particularly in a General Election year when they are relying on people to vote for them.

Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said: “The public is not being asked whether policing should be run down to the dangerous level that is currently planned. It is high time it was.”

Let’s hope the public start listening - and then let politicians of all parties know how they feel on policing.

And that they all realise that cuts have consequences.

Article courtesy of Royston Martis - www.policeoracle.com

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Police expect increase in Drone offences

Recipients of this years' must-have Christmas gift are warned that the misuse of a UAV constitutes a criminal offence.

Police are anticipating a rise in offences committed by drone operators as the device soars in popularity.

It has been estimated that the number of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the UK has approached 50,000, after it was named one of this years "must have" Christmas gifts.

Concerns for safety, as well as privacy, have been made as the accessibility of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles has risen in recent months.

Police now want to ensure that the thousands of new users are aware of existing legislation governing their use.

Drones were described as last years' must have Christmas gift and can be purchased for as little as £30 online.

There is also increased regulation on drones that are equipped with video recording facilities.

Users of drones with cameras are banned from flying them within 150 metres of a congested area or a large gathering of people.

Flying one within 50 metres of a "vessel, vehicle or structure" that is not owned by the operator, or close to sensitive areas such as airports and military bases is also prohibited.

So far the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has had two successful prosecutions resulting from drone misuse and have another five investigations pending.

The first successful prosecution happened last year against a man in Cumbria who flew one over a nuclear testing facility in Barrow-in-Furness.

Recently, a senior Met officer warned that to fly the devices in central London would constitute a criminal offence.

Chief Inspector Nick Aldworth from the Met's Specialist Operations unit said: "I compare them to cars. They are perfectly legal to own, but it is very easy to break laws when you are driving."

He added: "One of the challenges is to get people to realise what is legitimate and what is stretching the boundaries of law. The message is do not bring these machines into Central London, if you do you will be committing an offence."

Only last month a passenger jet at Heathrow Airport was involved in a "near miss" with a drone has prompted the CAA to remind owners of existing regulation.

A Civil Aviation Authority spokesman said the breaching of specific drone regulations is illegal under the Air Navigation Order, but if a member of the public was harmed as a result of irresponsible flying - it would solely be a police matter.

Article courtesy of Scott Docherty - www.policeoracle.com

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Greetings to Bloggers everywhere

May your Christmas be filled with much joy, love and peace. I hope to resume posting in the New Year. I have endured a nasty virus for the past month resulting in a stinking cold and a persistent cough. Fortunately, I am now over the worst of it and am looking forward to Christmas with my family and friends.

Monday, November 03, 2014

How NOT to chastise your naughty child !

This is a humourous take on a "never fail" way to bring your naughty rascal back into line. It was sent to me by a friend with a wicked sense of humour.

Most people nowadays think it improper to discipline children, so I have tried other methods to control my kids when they have had one of 'those moments.'

Since I'm a pilot, one that I have found very effective is for me to just take the child for a flight in the plane during which I say nothing and give the child the opportunity to reflect on his or her behaviour.

I don't know whether it's the steady vibration from the engine, or just the time away from any distractions such as TV, video games, computer, IPod, etc.

Either way, my kids usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our flight together. I believe that eye to eye contact during these sessions is an important element in achieving the desired results.

I've included a photo below of one of my sessions with my son, in case you would like to use the technique. It also works well in cars.

PS. Stating the obvious but I must stress that this picture has been created by computer graphics. Please don't try this whilst flying your own aircraft or driving your vehicle. It is only a piece of innocent humour. Smile please!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Clop Shop: Horse appears at front 'canter'

Local equine resident who wandered into Cheshire's Police HQ from a nearby field posed 'neigh' risk to security.

Front of house staff are quite used to seeing long faces walk through their doors in the early hours, but not ones that come in on four legs.

Staff at Cheshire Police's HQ had never seen (or herd) anything like the horse approaching the automatic door. Despite their attempts to stop it from entering, the animal galloped into the station, straight through its mane entrance.

The horse had wandered in from a nearby field and was eventually safely hoofed off the premises, in the early hours of October 6.

Superintendent Peter Crowcroft said: “We were some what saddled with our unexpected guest, who in the early hours of the morning quickly became the mane event of the night shift.

"We like to ensure a warm welcome to all our guests at HQ, and at neigh point did the horse pose a risk to security and appeared to be a well cared for animal."

Article courtesy of Scott Docherty - www.policeoracle.com