Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

POLICE ENLIST A BARD...AND MET TO GET FREE HELP FOR ANXIETY

  • Comment
Th police are to turn to rhyme in their fight against crime, reported The Sunday Times (p3). The comic poet Ian McM...
Th police are to turn to rhyme in their fight against crime, reported The Sunday Times (p3). The comic poet Ian McMillan is being enlisted as a bard of the beat to help officers cut the number of violent offences on Humberside.
McMillan, described by a critic as 'relentlessly jolly', will help policemen improve the way they talk to the public and will coax them into expressing their musings in rhyme. His part-time appointment was approved by Humberside chief constable David Westwood, who recently announced a 14% drop in crime in Hull.
Steve Page, a spokesman for the force, confirmed the appointment, saying: 'His humour will only be used where appropriate.'
The move follows the appointment of a magician by the Metropolitan Police to improve the communication and networking skills of some chief superintendents.
Mr Page said the poet's fee would be modest and would come from administrative budgets, not funds intended for front-line fighting. Officers would be permitted to attend poerty-writing workshops only in their own time.
The Metropolitan Police is offering free psychiatric services to its officers to counter a rising tide of depression and anxiety, reported The Independent on Sunday (p9).
New figures show that the Met is losing hundreds of thousands of pounds a year in missed hours and compensation claims by officers suffering untreated stress-related disorders. Police research shows that of the officers on long-term sick leave, at least 30% have some form of mental illness.
As a result, Metropolitan Police commissioner John Stevens has now personally approved the appointment of a psychiatrist and psychotherpist to reduce the sick leave statistics. All officers who are off sick for more than 28 days will be offered free psychiatric care in a scheme which is being piloted by the Met in a year-long trial.
  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.