A police chief has condemned his own force (that he is in charge of) for letting a house burglar off with a recordable
Jim Barker-McCardle, Chief Constable (and therefore in charge) of Essex Police, said he was ‘staggered’ by the officers’ decision to give a caution for the offence and has launched a misconduct investigation.
In a related story, the officers involved said they were “not that staggered…” that the CC didn’t appear to know much about what officers at the ‘coal-face’ actually do…
Ireneusz Blaszczyk broke into the house in Essex in November last year, stealing cash, belongings including jewellery and cameras and unwrapping the family’s Christmas presents.
Well…can’t say I’m TOO surprised… can you imagine the PSD interview?
- (beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep) This interview is being conducted in an interview room Essex HQ and is being taped recorded…I am DCI Phil McBasterd Dept of Professional Standards. The other officers present are: (they introduce themselves…). I remind you you are still under caution.
- Ok… you are the arresting officer in the Blaszczyk case…why did you give this man a caution?
- OIC- err…because CPS told me to…
- DCI- err… ok… INTERVIEW TERMINATED….