So we’ve had James Patrick, Mental Health Cop, The Real (or Fake) British Cop, Sgt Gary Watts and now Newquay Sarge.
What the hell has he done wrong?
He has been disciplined by his Force, Devon and Cornwall, and labelled ‘incompetent’
‘Sarge’ has more than 4,500 followers on Twitter—including councillors, locals, and many journalists.
- Can you give me one example of an ‘Inappropriate Tweet’ by the Sarge?
- Can you give me one example of a ‘Drunken tweet’ by the Sarge?
- Can you give me one example of a Tweet by the Sarge that was ill-conceived?
- Can you give me one example of an unprofessional Tweet?
- Can you give me one example of Sarge failing to engage with his ‘audience’?
- Finally, can you give me one reason why ANYBODY would want to report Sarge to Professional Standards and kick off a Disciplinary?
In his blog he says “It has not been an easy journey, I have made mistakes, the force have made mistakes. But we are constantly learning how to use this medium, it is scary for many of our senior officers. They do not control this medium, and in many cases have no understanding of it. That breeds suspicion, and with suspicion comes resistance.”……..”There has not been one complaint raised by any member of the public, every complaint was from within the organisation.”
Doesn’t that just say it all?
Sarge said his most recent discipline investigation by Devon and Cornwall Police’s Professional Standards Department has found that due to “ongoing issues” with his Twitter account, he would be placed on Unsatisfactory Performance Procedures – meaning he cannot be assessed as being “competent” in his role.
“This has another impact: because I am ‘not yet competent’ I lose my entitlement to competency payments,” said Mr Butler. “This is being phased out (by December 2015) but I will lose a few hundred pounds” So there we already have a financial penalty, for what? Tweeting, that’s what.
Another example of Professional Standards using the Iron Glove to control what they cannot control.
Then, just to show what a true, humble gent the Sarge really is he had this to say “I know many will be outraged and blame the police but don’t, this is all new and we have to protect the reputation of the police,” he said.“They do not control this medium, and in many cases have no understanding of it. That breeds suspicion, and with suspicion comes resistance,” he said.“I will probably face further questions and will get into more trouble for writing this blog,” he said. “They will argue I am bringing the force into disrepute.” Oh no Sarge, they don’t need your help with that, looks like they;’re doing fine bythemsleves.
Come on Mr Sawyer, you always had a reputation for being fair. How about you use the Chief Constable’s prerogative and intervene in this nonsense, or tell us all what it’s all about so that we can make our minds up whether D&C are being unfair or not.
In my humble opinion Newquay Sarge is an excellent ambassador for his Force, and Corporate Accounts ion SM. What say you folks?
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