Thursday, March 30, 2006

Punishment fitting the crime

It was good to read the newspaper report yesterday regarding the High Court's ruling that community service was not a sufficient punishment for two males who had assaulted Paramedics in Glasgow in 2005. They were sentanced to, from memory about 200 hours community service however The Crown appealled the sentence and the matter was referred to a panel of three law lords. They stated that the sentence was inappropriate as it didn't take into account the seriousness of the crime firstly becasue in the case of one of the paramedics it was an assault to severe injury and secondly because of the circumstances- that the assault was unporvoked and upon emergency servies workers trying to help the public.

So with any luck when the two charming individuals will receive a custodial sentance which hopefully may make others thiink twice before assaulting the very people going out their way to provide a valuable service to the community.

I have seen in the time I have been in the job how the perception of how serious a contravention of Section 41(1)(a) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967 other wise known as Polis Assualt has been diluted. Quite often it is simply plea bargained away by the PF at court. While I understand the need for plea bargaining to get things through court quickly I think that its got to such a level where neds must think... well i might as well have a scrap with the Police 'cause nothing is going to be done about it anyway.

Does anyone else have experience of this? I have lost count of the number of Resists or Police Assaults that have been dropped at court.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Wizard Scheme Chaps

Sorry about the delay in posting anything new on here for a wee while. The problem was that i was computerless for a spell but the Police have stepped into the breach with a Home Computer Initiative.... it is something that individuals working for organisations such as the council/education authorities have had for a while but now has been rolled out to the Rozzers. Basically it means that you chose the computer you want from a range of options and then you pay for it over 3 years and it comes off your top line pay. At the end of 3 years you pay a small fee and then the computer is yours. And this, my friends is what i am currently typing this blog on the now! My new sparkly, all singing and all dancing laptop! So the blogging should continue from now on!!! Anyone else offered this scheme and taken it up?