Wednesday, 11 July 2012

"Just popping outside my darling, I may be some time"

When I think back on those times when young officers I knew, myself included, would see a potentially serious incident start to go down... and how we stepped in without a second thought, on or off duty, it sets me thinking, as it should all police officers.

 RIP, mon brave.

Of course we now hear that the `killer` used a handgun, which no one in the UK outside law enforcement is authorised to possess.  It's a good job he didn't have a firearms or shotgun certificate either, so now all legitimate firearms users can probably breathe a sigh of relief that there will be no `knee jerks` for more legislation to ban rifles and shotguns. Stands to reason.


JuliaM said...

Why would they need legislation? It seems the response these days is to ignore the law and do as you please...

Hogdayafternoon said...

I suspect that somewhere along the line, the fallback position will end up being the old, `to prevent a breach of the peace`, but that will still leave them the minor issue of giving them back once the feared BoP has `subsided`. It is a world of (bull)shit.

Dave Pie-n-Mash said...

He was clearly a brave man - a trait not uncommon in police officers and others who work in the "999" field, I think.
I have been following the news articles on Tom Winsor, his recommendations and things he has been quoted as saying. A comment along the lines of coppers being whining, time clock punchers springs to mind. Now there's a man who isn't fit to clean Pc Dibell's boots nor the boots of countless others.
Inspector Gadget's recent article summarise it very well - you won't find an off duty G4S officer stepping into a situation such as Pc Dibell so bravely did.

Hogdayafternoon said...

Hi Dave, and if I had my time again a) I doubt I'd join again and, b) knowing how things go, I'd be very wary about doing anything `off duty`, more from the flak that comes from within the organisation than in the real world.

simple lady said...

A brave man, who did as was needed, despite knowing the threat to self.

You can not say he did not know there was risk, danger to self, or that he did anything but that which is brave, honorable and seek to protect others before self.

I would rather not hear people say "in the line of duty" because while this is something that is commonly said, it can not encompass this instance or the dedication and commitment to oath, badge, public and brethren that stepping into this situation personified.

I can not think of the words that would communicate the feelings of sadness I have for the loss of PC Ian Dibell, and how sorry I am for his family, and fellow Officers - perhaps that is the way it should be.

Such as this should rend you speechless, you should feel a loss because this Officer was a member of our Police.

Our Police, not the governments, not answerable to a private company, but our Police, who taken an oath, wear a badge and believe in protecting the public. Me/you.

I have spoken out a lot on why privatization is wrong, right now all I can think of is, this loss is a blow to anyone who realizes that he did this for others, and how the career of "Police Officer" has been undermined lately by so many.

This man was a member of the community, he cared about his family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and complete strangers - proven by his actions more than any words could convey.

Perhaps people will rethink their appreciation for people who choose to protect the public, and pause to give this man a moment of thought from respect.

My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Stay safe and take care of each other.

Hogdayafternoon said...

Simple Lady:

Thank you, thank you.

Anonymous said...

A bit low Julia linking this story to your obsession about police confiscating some air weapons.I read the comment thread and half seem to come from you.Is it your manor? Do you know the people involved?

Quartermaster said...

The problem with "Gun Control" is that criminals don't care about the law. What's one more if your engaged in criminal activity.

Being one of those "Yankee Cowboys" (just don't call me that to my face as I am a Southron born and bred, thank you) I am well armed. I posses a Daewoo DR-200 (The ROK Army Issues the select fire version) and an example of John Moses Browning's masterpieces in .45 ACP. Years ago I was asked by a Libtard cop in the Northern reaches of the US what I would do if the Police came for my weapons I, of course, told him that I would surrender them. When he smiled, I added, "as soon I as expend all my ammo on your minions." His subsequent expression was a "Kodak moment."

As one of the Queen's Subjects, you already knew that Colonists were revolting. Hopefully, I have lived down to UK expectations. :-)

I didn't know it at the time (Iwas told about 20 minutes later), but he was a Libtard Police Chief from some small burg in the vicinity of New York City. Police Chiefs in this country are some of the most left wing people you can possibly meet.

Justthisguy said...

I absolutely and utterly concur with Qm's sentiments.

Was it not Bobby Peel who excused the creation of professional police people by saying that they were paid to do what was really required of everybody, but that most people couldn't take off time from making a living to do that?