Thursday, 24 November 2011


After being in the business for over a century THE POLICE REVIEW has this month shut up shop. The PR has published the weekly REVIEW and additionally has also published book length volumes. With the recent Court procedings very much in the news currently which highlight the case of DENZEL CASSIUS HARVEY who used the F word a couple of times when being searched by police who found nothing on him - and the appeal JUDGE BEAN chucking out the case against him because expletives were so common place, a lot of debate is now taking place in the media about the pros and cons of swearing especially in relation to police operations. And HERE'S the current MET COMMISSIONER also throwing in his two pence worth. This blogger over quite a lot of years now has had occasion to take an interest in policing and it required doing a fair old amount of reading - including of course media reports and police tomes of many kinds. From these endeavours it was impossible not to have discerned that police can be and often are extremely foul mouthed. This does not mean that they all eff and blind at everyone they encounter - of course they do not. But socially they are well known to be very foul mouthed and they are certainly extremely foul mouthed off the record so to speak even while going about their duties.

Over the many years of my endeavours re sussing cop ops and whatever the most foul mouthed book I ever read was the above volume YANKEE ONE AND GEORGE by DAVE BRADY a cop who was in on the April 1974 cop chase to arrest those who had robbed the LONDON ELECTRICITY BOARD payroll at Ilford. None of the robbers were apprehended during the actual chase although GEORGE DAVIS was subsequently and was fitted-up. The story is briefly told in wikipedia HERE and this blog has had historical items too - HERE and HERE.

The BRADY book (1984) was celebratory because DAVIS had been nicked again good and proper bang to rights on a bank robbery - he'd been hob nobbing socially with cops and they well knew the robbery was all set to go off so there they were ready to move in - see THE WARS OF ROSIE by ROSE DAVIS (2009). DAVIS was much less worthy than very many of those who'd originally campaigned for him.

Anyway the BRADY tome makes it clear on page after page after page that he and his co cops were extremely foul mouthed while on police patrols going about their business and certainly in the GEORGE DAVIS 1974 era. Expletives about each other as well as about those whom they are after absolutely litter page after page. It was astonishing that such an absolutely foul mouthed police tome should have been published by POLICE REVIEW. The politics had dictated that they should publish, the stakes were too high to miss a trick and not hit back at the GEORGE DAVIS IS INNOCENT OK! campaign. Cops, so accustomed to swearing their heads off, oughtn't to be too offended when they hear a four letter expletive - they are using them all the time on and off duty - it seems to matter not.

This is bullshit exageration? Cop hold of the volume and F---ING read for your F---ING self!!!


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