Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New Digs

Posted by: Blue

This past Friday, we moved into the new station, starting with 2nd Relief.

Most of the computers are not working properly. There are no phones at the majority of the desks. There are boxes and piles of junk everywhere.

Many of the multi-million dollar features of the state-of-the-art building are not working properly.

The door to the video holding rooms doesn't open unless you put your shoulder to it due to a poor installation.

Our brand new car is out of commission until someone can figure out the problem with the CAD dispatch on the computer.

Our new evidence control procedure is nothing more than duplicating the exact same thing we had been doing before only through a third party over the phone. Plus we still have to do it the old was as well for some unexplained reason.

Tonight was our first arrest in the new station. What would have taken us two hours in the old place took us nearly seven in the new one.

Good old progress.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Shame of Canada

Posted by: Blue

About a week ago, an off-duty officer came across a domestic assault in progress. A repeat violent offender was beating his girlfriend senseless in a 7-11. The veteran officer stepped in, identifying himself as a police officer and attempting to pull the criminal off of the victim. The assaulter turned and began beating the officer, delivering a flurry of fists to his face in an alcohol and drug fuelled rage. The cop was beaten down, as was another citizen who stepped-in to help.

The officer received the worst of the injuries, including a broken orbital bone and the likelihood that he would be permanently blind in one eye.

The offender was taken into custody a short time later.

He received bail a number of hours later, despite the fact that he was already pending a number of other charges, not to mention the seriousness of the offence.

Sadly, Canada seems to have the position that the rights and freedoms of criminals are more important than those of the victims and the public.

I took my Canadian flag off of my vest yesterday. I'm ashamed to wear it right now.