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The Metropolitan Police don’t know what any of their special constables do for a day job

The Met. Police say that their “Special constables…. come from all walks of life” but  how do they know?  When I asked them under Freedom of Information how many of their specials work for Tesco they told me that they couldn’t tell me because nobody keeps records of what special constables do for a day job.  See the quote below, with my highlighting. If 99% of their specials worked for Tesco how would they know?  Politicans have to declare their sources of income, why not special constables?  What happens if a special is on duty and comes across their boss from their day job acting suspiciously.  Surely a big conflict of interest.

From Met. Public Access Office

To answer question three of your first request would exceed the cost threshold. As a reminder for question three of your first request you requested: “The number of special constables serving with the Metropolitan Police who are employed by Tesco PLC and the number of such constables who have obtained employment with Tesco PLC since becoming special constables.” Upon initial receipt of your request searches were conducted within the Territorial Policing Headquarters who informed me that they do not hold the information centrally. I therefore contacted Human Resources who have also informed me that they do not hold data outlining outside employment of MPS Specials. I therefore approached a number of boroughs who have confirmed that they do not hold a record where each special works in their day job.  Therefore in order to accurately to answer your request each MCS would need to be contacted in order to find out if they were or now employed by Tesco. The MPS has in excess of 5000 MSC and each and everyone one of them will need to be contacted in order to answer question three. It is this search that would exceed the cost threshold.

Update 22nd October

Anyone applying for a job as a Met Special has to give their employment history http://www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/media/pdf/specials/error_handling_sheet.pdf so the claim that nobody in the Met knows what the specials do for a day job seems absurd.  The answer suggests that the Met don’t want us to know, which is a good reason why we should know.

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The Independent Police Complaints Commission – juggling with statistics?

Today I received the result of an appeal to the Independent Police Complaints’ Commission against the result of a police investigation.  They said in the covering letter that they had upheld the appeal, but when I read the text they had only upheld one point of many.  So no doubt in their statistics it will look as though they uphold lots of appeals against police decisions and are tough on the police, the reality is something else.

 

The Metropolitan Police’s Directorate of Professional Standards

The Metropolitan Police’s Directorate of Professional Standards has as its motto INTEGRITY NOT NEGOTIABLE.  I’d suggest this is because it has NO INTEGRITY WITH WHICH TO NEGOTIATE. 

I am middle-aged, middle class, neither I nor any one close to me had any dealings with the criminal law until very recently.  What I experienced has appalled me and severely damaged any confidence I might have had in both the police and legal profession. Officers in the Directorate of Professional Standards seem to have one instinct only, to protect the interests of their fellow officers.  They indulge in the most blatant evasions and threats of writing to senior officers have seemed to have no deterrent value.  If you ever have to deal with them don’t be taken in by their nice manner.  They are quite openly refusing me access to documents to which I am entitled.

Possibly the New Commissioner is going to have a crackdown, there’s hopeful signs of three officers from the DPS being investigated.