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Inspector Derek Flint

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  1. There are quite a few cases where people have brought us stuff, we've looked at it and determined there wasn't an offence, or even a need to speak to someone. We provide perspective in that respect
  2. If you will provide a supporting statement, and the circs recorded are tantamount to due care, I can't see any reason why not.
  3. Can't remember anyone coming in with dashcam of a speeder. But even if they did, it is easy enough to corroborate that evidence. As long as digital evidence is handled and exhibited properly, whether out of the Gucci kit in a police car or a Halfords special, then it will stand up in court. Its usually stuff of death-defying overtakes in the most ridiculous of places, blatant due cares that get sent to us.
  4. I can't claim credit for that statement Dilligaf - it was one of the nine Peelian principles; "To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence." And how do you differentiate between the use of private CCTV in a prosecution of a shoplifter, and that of a motorist put at risk providing supporting, unassailable evidence? As for the 'Bad Parking' pages - we've been on it once or twice
  5. the problem is, that there are very few of us, and the public are up in arms that we aren't in the right place at the right time, seeing what they see. They want to do their bit. Remember that the police are the public, and the public are the police. And I don't see it as telling tales, or sad. its good people taking a genuine interest in the safety of their society.
  6. We are seeing more dashcam footage being submitted too.
  7. At midnight on the 28th May, I Ieave the Isle of Man Constabulary a bit ahead of the intended schedule on a medical discharge, and will have to make my own way in the world again. I'm fortunate enough in that my overall health is good, but hip issues have finally diminished my operational deployability to the stage that I'm about as much use as a chocolate teapot in that regard. I'm of a rank where that ability to run about and fight with the odd ne'er do well is still a occupational requirement, so its time to stand down and let others do that on our behalf. Its obviously a time of mixed emotions; the police has been a big part of my life and I leave in the most interesting of times. The world, and 'The Job' are changing at an incredible pace, and I think it will take a while to come to terms with not being a part of it all. But, there is a whole world out there, and other than a bit of surgery to navigate in due course, the future is bright and exciting. And I will dearly miss being an 'official' commentator on these hallowed forums. Its hotter than Hades some days, but I've enjoyed the banter (most of it) the challenge (all of it) and the fact that behind all the thud and bluster, there are people on here that genuinely do give a monkeys about what happens on our Island. I may or may not pop back up on here in my own name, but if not, be excellent to each other. Derek
  8. If there is something, anything that we've worked tirelessly towards over the past five years, it has been inclusion. The IDAHO flag has been flying over police buildings on this day for several years, not as some publicity stunt, but because it is important, and one of the most open symbols of that unconditional, positive regard we should hold each other in. So it isn't 'quite a turnaround' Homosexuality held a life sentence until 1992. It wasn't the police that made that law. And having worked in the UK Police until 1998, don't be fooled that the adjacent Isle was much more sophisticated in its views. I worked as a gay liaison officer as part of my Licensing Unit duties, and I remember the massive work that had to be done to obtain the green shoots of trust of the gay community of Blackpool. Its worth a read of this article to really demonstrate how far we have come as a community. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/05/isle-of-man-legalise-gay-marriage Slowly, the world is becoming a better place.
  9. Too late buddy - we've re-positioned a CIA satellite over your house
  10. This chap had a great time. I spoke with him and he was really quite taken by the place. A mere 403,000 followers on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/jcartu/?hl=en Not a bad bit of coverage for the Island, all told.
  11. If a member of the public will submit a statement then of course we will follow it up. I have no idea about the report about the R plater? Am I to take it you made a report and someone hasn't got back to me. Drop me a line at derek.flint@gov.im and I'll chase it up for you.
  12. How what I outlined 'turning a blind eye'?
  13. Jack, if you work back through the threads, I've explained the background previously.
  14. Can someone contact you for a statement please Declan and we'll follow it up. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Not sure how we are 'in' on any deal ?
  15. Burt - Even in the UK, roadside checks are performed. And in the IOM context, I'm not a fan of the MOT personally, except for public service vehicles. It creates another layer of bureaucracy, lulls owners into a false sense of security, and lets remember, 95% of collisions are down to pilot error. Even when we've done forensic examinations after very serious bumps and found faults, they haven't been contributory. A car should be on the ramps at least annually for a service, and a mechanic will be looking out for those safety issues and advising accordingly. As for the number plates - we like to think we keep a sense of perspective whether its a £300k supercar or a £3000 hatchback. Not having one needs nothing more that (a) 'a word', or (b) a Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme ticket. Just the same as a dodgy headlight. Having been a traffic cop by trade for a long time, my first questions have always been; "Was this transgression of the law something that was likely to kill or seriously injure someone, or if left to develop, then would that also be likely to happen?" Bald tyre - quite possibly. No front number plate - unlikely. 2112 - What police attendance? There were no resources diverted to this visit, nor will there be for Porsche Club next week, or another gathering of 20+ supercars next week. Where an event does require a police involvement, it is charged out at private cost to the organisers. As for the road closures; personally I think there is a balance to be found. It does mean that we take high speed activity off the public road and contain it in a managed environment. That needs balanced against the inconvenience.
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