Ex-Braintree cop warns of "alarmingly understaffed station"

Braintree and Witham Times: Ex-Braintree cop warns of "alarmingly understaffed station" Ex-Braintree cop warns of "alarmingly understaffed station"

An ex-Braintree policeman claims the town’s station is “incredibly understaffed”.

Mark Jones claims Braintree officers are sometimes so thin on the ground that PCSOs are sent out to drive round in marked police cars to give the impression there are more officers on duty.

He claims the low numbers covering Uttlesford and Braintree mean officers can end up driving 200-miles in a 10-hour shift, having to journey from Saffron Walden to Witham because there is sometimes no one closer to deal with an incident.

Mr Jones said: “These officers are working so hard and they’re doing a hard job under impossible circumstances."

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Essex Police does not intend to respond to the allegations made by Mr Jones, who is a former officer dismissed by the force without notice for a number of breaches of the code of conduct, including honesty and integrity.

"It is noted that his comments have been made after his dismissal.”

See this week's Braintree and Witham Times for the full story

 

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1:09pm Fri 21 Feb 14

peterhalliday says...

Mr Jones, I very strongly suggest that you put your police career with its tragic ending behind you, and start life anew. You are forty, I read. You have many good years ahead of you if you have the good sense to start living them. Otherwise, I fear that your rancour and bitterness will bore into you like a canker and ultimately destroy you.
Mr Jones, I very strongly suggest that you put your police career with its tragic ending behind you, and start life anew. You are forty, I read. You have many good years ahead of you if you have the good sense to start living them. Otherwise, I fear that your rancour and bitterness will bore into you like a canker and ultimately destroy you. peterhalliday

12:01pm Wed 26 Feb 14

howwhy says...

Sounds to me like shooting the messenger.
Sounds to me like shooting the messenger. howwhy

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