by Bodwyn Wook, CC [retd], Cadwal Conservancy, Cadwal Planet
THE Following is printed from the following web log by PC David Copperfield, Thames Valley Police, about UK policing to-day; and, it demonstrates amply the need for the police authority, always and in all quarters, to subtend under the watchful eye of a sceptical and powerful, informed, magistracey:
Sunday, January 01, 2006
And I Thought I Had Problems
So, back to faceless bureaucrats in the police. Readers have drawn my attention to Norfolk Police’s Director Of Communication, Philippa Winterburn. Here is an extract from a column by top solicitor Martin Mears:
A Smashing Time With Norfolk Police
In the festive season our thoughts turn naturally to Norfolk police (‘Keeping Norfolk Amused’). Two recent news stories are well up to the entertainment standard we have come to expect.
The first of these concerned Philippa Winterburn, who earlier this year was appointed as the constabulary’s £75,000 per annum director of communications. By her own account Ms Winterburn describes herself as a fun-loving girl. She has, for instance, described one of her hobbies as ‘getting smashed’.
This was no idle boast. Early this year she arrived ‘in an intoxicated state’ at the Wymondham control centre after a jolly night out. Back in July, she received a rebuke from the chief constable for public canoodling at a police conference, her co-canoodler being a chief superintendent. What larks!
Following this incident, Ms Winterburn went on long term sick leave, where she remains. This means that Norfolk police are without a director of communications and the task of telling the public what an excellent job they do is left to the amateurs of their fan club, the police authority.
When is Ms Winterburn expected back at work? No one seems to know. Steven Bett, chairman of the police authority is quoted as saying, ‘Five months have passed and she will need to make her mind up very quickly whether she wants to come back.’
It seems to be taken for granted that Ms Winterburn’s future with the police is entirely a matter for her, with the employer having no input. The nature of her sickness is not disclosed.
The latest press report on her doings refers to Ms Winterburn as ‘believed to live in East Sussex’. She is not a secret agent. Aren’t the local taxpayers entitled to know whether someone in this position lives in Norfolk?
It seems to me that Ms Winterburn is just the kind of bureaucrat we need. For those of you, even remotely interested, her co-canoodler was Chief Supt Les Parrett and you can read the whole story here:
There’s a brief biography and photograph of Ms Winterburn here:
which contains the memorable phrase, “making genuine mistakes is all about taking calculated risks. Some you win and some you lose.”
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