Tuesday, February 5, 2008
This baffles me
According to a report in the London Telegraph, UK police have lost over £700,000 (more than $1.4 million) in equipment over recent months.
The losses include "27 motor vehicles, 50 computers, 104 radio handsets, 149 satellite navigation systems and 189 mobile phones. Other missing items include 109 batons, 187 pairs of handcuffs, 113 torches and 141 police caps and helmets."
You know, the US invaded Iraq with not much more electronic equipment than that!
There are other, more interesting items missing: for example, "two metal replicas of police officers worth £200 each, lost by Durham Constabulary, a £95, 9ft cardboard replica taken from Suffolk Constabulary and a £20 clothing mannequin belonging to Essex Police."
Metal replicas of police officers? A nine-foot-tall cardboard replica? (Of what - a nine-foot-tall policeman?) Clothing mannequins? Just what are we dealing with here - a law enforcement body or a shop decorators supply house?
Most baffling of all to me is the theft of three police dogs.
Y'know, around these parts police dogs are large hairy creatures with teeth and an attitude. (Some might say that description applies to their handlers as well!) Any thief trying to steal one would cause said police dog to go down on its haunches and thank Dog Above for providing free meat on the hoof . . . just before the mayhem commenced.
How on earth do you steal an animal like that? Or are English police dogs becoming politically correct and no longer taking hunks out of those who get too close to them?
The mind boggles . . .