Brian Bows Out of Brixton

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Brian, Dec 6, 2002.

  1. Brian

    Brian Local friendly ex-cop

    To be the police Commander for Lambeth was my career ambition from 1980 when I first served in the Borough. My fifteen months as Lambeth’s Commander were the most challenging and most fulfilling of my police service. For me it was not just a job, it was a personal commitment to those I worked for, both to the people of Lambeth and to those brave and committed men and women, the police and support staff of Lambeth. I look back on this time with enormous pride.

    Were I now to return to Lambeth as the Borough Commander, certain sections of the media, whose intentions have been clear from the start, would no doubt highlight and exaggerate the challenges that Lambeth faces. I would anticipate unreasonable and unjustified attention on the work of my colleagues in the police and unfounded criticism of them should crime rise for any reason.

    The Commissioner has made it clear that I should move on to other duties. Were the Commissioner and his senior colleagues to be pressurised, against their own professional judgement, into reversing their decision, I could not be sure that the London Borough of Lambeth would get the level of support from Scotland Yard that it needs and has every right to expect. My successor is more likely to secure such support.

    For these reasons it is with great reluctance that I have decided it is time for me to put the needs of Lambeth before my own desire to return. However unfair and unjustified, I believe it is now in the best interests of Lambeth that I move on.

    I have spent most of my twenty-six years police service working in London boroughs. Having been a commander in two different boroughs over a period of four years, I am one of the most experienced ACPO rank officers in borough policing. I can with authority say, based on the size, complexity and challenge of the job, my successor in Lambeth should be of ACPO rank.

    I want to thank all my supporters for their unswerving loyalty. It was a privilege to serve you as Lambeth’s Commander. I will continue to have close links with the borough and with Brixton in particular. I hope to serve you again in the future in some other capacity. Lambeth is a wonderful place, a great Borough and I wish you all every success in the future.
  2. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    My first post here was to say I've never experienced anybody in a position of authority to make so much sense and my feelings have strengthened.

    Good luck and thanks, but not goodbye hopefully, Brian.
  3. Dubversion

    Dubversion Gorn Enforced Holiday

    well it's a terrible shame that things have turned out the way they have, and it angers me that as the first real authority figure with an intelligent approach to the borough's problems, you should be prevented from doing something that you clearly feel deeply.

    but i understand and respect your decision and in turn wish you luck in your future. thanks for trying!

    and i hope the residents of your next commission are equally appreciative....

    thanks brian
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  4. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    As soon as someone comes along brave enough to try a radical approach to engage ALL of the community in a progressive dialogue - and starts getting results - what happens?

    The fucking Daily Mail and the 'old guard' destroy it under a smokescreen of homophobia, stitch ups, misinformation and sleazy sex bribes.

    ...and politicians wonder why so many young people feel completely and utterly disenfranchised by the political process...
  5. Stobart Stopper

    Stobart Stopper Well-Known Member

    so sorry to read this, but I know that whatever path your career takes now you will make a great success of it. Good luck, boss! You did your best, that's what matters.
  6. Maidmarian

    Maidmarian Stubborn Socialist

    Tried to PM you but yer box is full !!!

    So sorry about it all , but I do understand & respect your reasoning.

    All the very best for the future !
  7. squirmy

    squirmy not enough characters for

    why the fuck cant good things be left alone?

    why do certain sections of the media destroy everything about this country?

    brian paddick is a man who understood the ways of brixton. someone who took that knowledge and made things better.

    someone like that should be left alone to do their job.

    good luck brian [​IMG]
  8. Chuff

    Chuff Ako mula sa ibang planeta

    Come to Hackney;)
  9. Gollum

    Gollum banned again Banned

    So what now, Brian? What are your plans? Where will you be going?
  10. Caspar Hauser

    Caspar Hauser Boy from Nowhere

    It's a sad day but I can understand your decision.
    Good luck Brian and thank you. You have been an inspiration for a lot of people, myself included.

    Respect to the Commander! :cool:
  11. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

  12. etnea


    Re-iterating much of the above. It is a sad day indeed, but much respect to you. All the best,
  13. Celt

    Celt Well-Known Member

    Absolute respect.
  14. hatboy

    hatboy Banned Banned

    Yeah well, you don't have a choice now do you?

    Listen Brain, whatever you can do to salvage a decent
    career I don't blame you for.

    That's not you talking tho, that is a carefully couched press release - you're one of them now - sorry to lose you but good luck.

    God I hate the Mail. Bastards.

    And this whole affair has really crystalised my attitude to the police - I've less faith in them than ever. :(

    Can't you leave the police and do politics or something?

    - Paul

    (More reasoned, less emotional response later). I'm really sad about this - for Brixton.
  15. fudgefactorfive

    fudgefactorfive New Member

    This makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. It's like saying that we can never have a gay prime minister because it would get other members of the Labour Party into trouble.
  16. icepick

    icepick Well-Known Member

    Hopefully you'll now get a proper job which doesn't involved being in charge of a bunch of racist murderers, and locking poor people up in concrete boxes.

    Oooh dear the system you protect has screwed you, you poor thing :rolleyes: let me dry my tears...
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  17. Friz

    Friz New Member

    The job of a police officer is to defend and serve the community in the detection and prevention of crime and the preservation of public order. The police operate most effectively as a body, not as individuals. The raising of any particular individuals personal profile for whatever motive is at best a distraction and at worse an obstruction. Lambeth is no different to any other inner city borough. The social problems are equal. Brian Paddicks claim to fame seems to centre around the softly softly approach in offences involving the possession of cannabis. This seems of course to have been a popular move locally but coppers are not employed to be popular they exist to enforce the law. It is the job of Parliament to decide if the possession of cannabis should be lawful or not. When laws are in place they should be enforced otherwise you risk the law appearing an ass. In a calculated move to attract publicity and raise his personal profile Paddick brought about his own demise. History shows this usually to be the end result. He did not lose his job through homophobia he was removed because he was seen in the public eye to condone criminal offences both in his professional and private life. This I am sure was not the case in reality. However because he chose to raise his own profile beyond what is normal for a police officer he has paid a price. Anything else is just sentimental nonsense
  18. hatboy

    hatboy Banned Banned

    Fuck off Icepick, what the fuck do you know about it? You haven't met this bloke and I don't think you live round here do you? If not, butt out.

    "All coppers are bastards" bla, bla, bla - how can that attitude ever change things?
  19. icepick

    icepick Well-Known Member

    Oh yes sorry to interrupt the mass arse-licking session hatboy.

    Well I suppose if he lets off some stoners then you lot don't really care how many people his cops kills or how many kids he locks up for shoplifting/crack or whatever.

    Oh yeah but crackheads are surplus :rolleyes:
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  20. icepick

    icepick Well-Known Member

    No but I have spoken to some relatives of people Brixton cops murdered. One of whom was attacked by riot cops on a demo against the killings.

    So you can fuck off you squirming little brown-nose
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  21. Brian

    Brian Local friendly ex-cop

    I think this is where I came in....:cool:
  22. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Icepick: do you live in Brixton?

    And are you of the opinion that 'all coppers are scum' and therefore must all be branded with the same racist brush, regardless of what the indivisuals or what the local community actually thinks?

    Paddick made a real difference in Lambeth, earning the respect of a huge chunk of the community, and - to quote a black leader - "was a model of openness when it came to investigating deaths in custody".

    Seeing as it's clear that Paddick's radical approach went some considerable way to bridging the traditional distrust and hate between the black community and the police, is that not a good thing?

    What would you have done instead?

    You see, it's easy to criticise, but coming up with real world solutions that makes the lives of the community better is a little harder.

    I feel that Paddick achieved that and that's why I found myself in the (unique) position of defending a policemen.

    What have you achieved? What have you done for the good of this community?
  23. IntoStella

    IntoStella Banned Banned

    Brian, I'm extremely sad to hear that you've been forced to give up your dream.

    But someone like you won't be kept down for long. I am sure you will re-emerge in public life some time in a role that, again, really makes a positive difference to people's lives.

    Until then, I wish you all the very best.

  24. Caspar Hauser

    Caspar Hauser Boy from Nowhere

    Just fuck off icepick!
    Hatboy is really the last person who would call crackheads surplus, on the contrary. :rolleyes:
    First you branded Mrs M an racist and now you are attacking hatboy. You are one stupid git, aren't you.
  25. flygirl

    flygirl New Member

    I wish you all the best for your future in the police force.

    FWIW: in my opinion (as an ex-stockwell park estate: tyler house resident) I think you made a real difference in Brixton to how folk saw the police. And you personally changed my mind about the role of the police and policing.
    Part of the way you achieved that was by sticking your neck out and being a 'leader' not just a follower.

    All the best

    icepick- you are like a small child with no manners. It is truely embarrasing.
  26. Rollem

    Rollem two kinds of wonderful

    One day iceprick you will grow up :rolleyes:

    Brian, sorry to see that the bastards succeeded in grinding you down. I don’t blame you for taking this decision (though I don’t believe fully that you had a choice in the first place)

    I hope you manage to find a role that both challenges and fulfils you as you work in Lambeth did.

    The Met can learn a lot from this, namely how it is possible to gain the respect of a community with good, honest policing.

    Good luck Brian, and remember, you may be one of ‘them’ but you’re also one of us

  27. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    I couldn't have put it better myself.
  28. icepick

    icepick Well-Known Member

    Oh dear how unusual, criticism's of our saviour Paddick greeted with attacks from all the regulars :rolleyes:

    Okay that's cool if hatboy doesn't think crackheads are surplus. Doesn't mean he's not an arse-licker.

    :rolleyes: Yeah sit back and I'll tell you my fucking life story.

    Tell you what I haven't done: I haven't been in charge of a bunch of people who've killed 3 black guys in custody. Aw but as long as you lovely hippies get your draw without having to worry about pc plod then what does a few dead nigger matter :rolleyes:
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  29. Beach Bum

    Beach Bum New Member

    Yahoo, Cowboy!!!

    Brian, thank you for having made a difference. While the outcome is not what you had in mind, there is a positive result: the community has pulled together in an unprecedented way. You’ve also offered the public a gay role model beyond reproach.

    While change is never fast or easy, you made a good start.

    Stay out of trouble, cowboy.

  30. icepick

    icepick Well-Known Member

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