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Graham_of_Rainham 5th December 2009 06:49 PM

New orders: The message to Police officers
Police told:- Donít use anti-terror laws to prevent pictures being taken...


:) *clap *party


EH1 5th December 2009 06:54 PM

Re: New orders: The message to Police officers
Great news is`nt it! *chr

ringneck 5th December 2009 07:07 PM

Re: New orders: The message to Police officers
"A personal viewpoint: 'I was reminded why I left the police'

I spent 27 years as a PC in the Met, but it was during a trip to my old police station with a friend late last year that I was starkly reminded why I eventually decided to leave.

Since 2003 I have been living in France, where I coach a children's rugby team not far from Toulouse. But last December my sister needed to see a specialist in Harley Street so I went with her and a rugby friend of mine back to London for the week.

While my sister went to the doctors I suggested to my friend, Will, that we should go and take a look at Albany Street police station near Regent's Park, which was where I spent my first eight years as a copper.

It's the kind of station that looks like something out of Dixon of Dock Green, it has a lovely little blue police light outside the entrance and I asked Will whether he'd take a picture of me standing underneath it. Within seconds we found ourselves approached by two PCSOs who told us that we were not allowed to take photographs of police stations.

I didn't want to be a sad old git by telling stories of my past and the nostalgia I felt for the place. So instead I said: "We're tourists. We want a picture of that Blue lamp, it's iconic and it represents London bobbies." But they didn't want any of it and ordered us to stop taking photographs. The second PCSO started asking Will for his details which he began to give before I informed him that he was under no obligation to do so.

I'd clearly failed what the police call "the attitude test" because they radioed for back-up from inside the police station and we were soon joined by a police constable. Often during my time as a policeman I would hear this policy. If someone was bolshy, argumentative or challenging in any manner, refusing to play by the police rules and not willing to show deference, then they had failed the "attitude test".

I guess I hoped the PC would show more common sense but he repeated the same line, that the police station was in a "sensitive zone" and that we had to stop taking photographs. Eventually we gave up and walked away."...............

Great article and story above.........

Reminds me of that phrase..."all coppers are ******** "


theMusicMan 6th December 2009 08:01 AM

Re: New orders: The message to Police officers
At last, at long last the message that stopping photographers under the ridiculous guise of Section 44 is just plain wrong, totally stupid and is a poor use of resources. PC's are fine, but I sincerely hope that the minority of PCSO's who joined the ranks for the wrong reasons - get this message.

EH1 6th December 2009 12:46 PM

Re: New orders: The message to Police officers
Just when we thought it was safe, I now here the queen is saying that she no longer wants the royal family photographed when they are out & about, but it`s ok for them to still be photographed when it suits them! :mad:

steverh 7th December 2009 10:54 AM

Re: New orders: The message to Police officers
From today's Guardian...


Ellie 9th December 2009 02:45 PM

Re: New orders: The message to Police officers

Originally Posted by steverh (Post 59674)


No, shouldn't laugh really!

Graham_of_Rainham 9th December 2009 04:54 PM

Re: New orders: The message to Police officers

I can't help but wonder if the old adage of "Many a true word...." :D

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