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Welcome to Diet Justice Version 5

DietJustice has a rich history in hosting politicos and senior police officers. My degree is finished, but I think this old dog has a few tricks under it's sleeve. Watch this space!

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DietJustice: The Final Series - Or not,,,

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

Hi everyone,

I'm bang in the middle of exam season but have a couple of hours to spare and thought i'd spend it with you! I've previously alluded to the fate of this blog. However, as every good student knows, you can't end without a proper conclusion.

So i thought i would set up a series of 3 or 4 blog posts to wrap things up. As an independent blogger with no allegiances or…

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3 documentaries that every Police probationer must see

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

Here are 3 documentaries that i think every police officer should be. They'll show how the actions of individuals can damage relations with the public, but they will also show a human side to policing.

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National Crime Agency and their Special Constables

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Today i was just casually browsing the website of the new National Crime Agency (NCA), as i so often do, and came across something that initially took me by surprise. The NCA has it's very own Special Constabulary, but it looks like they have a very different job to Specials you might be used to, and they may have struck gold!

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DietJustice: Its Conclusion

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

The site has been down for a while due to a server migration which took a little longer than i expected. All the content has returned, but i need to do a bit of work on the theme to get it back to normal. However.

DietJustice has always been something i've written while at university. I've got 69 days left until it is finally over, and i think that is probably a good point at which to archive DietJustice. The site is a reflection of my time at university and that is how i want it to…

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The Paperless Office Exists: A Guide

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

This article has been significantly
updated since it was first published.
The last edit was 1800 , 4th March 2014

Part of this year's procrastination has taken the form of my commitment to finally going paperless. Credit for this has to go to DMU who have an aggressively (in a good way!) positive approach to sustainability which, had it not been so aggressive (again, in a good way!), i…

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Bluehost and their "Retention Specialists"

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

Hi Everyone,

Sorry my blog has slowed down in recent months. A combination of the demands of my 3rd year at uni, and the struggles i've shared with you [1][2], i've not been able to blog as much as i have done in the past.

This blog post is about Bluehost, the company that hosts this blog. Having been a customer of theirs for 7 years. Up until 'recently' the customer service has…

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Checklists: Why cops need more of them

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This is an article i have been meaning to write for at least a year, if not longer. The question i want to pose to the police service is; how can police checklists save lives?

Firstly, I want to make a distinction between two separate arguments here. The first regards the unnecessary and defensive bureaucracy that suffocates police officers and police staff alike. This is not what i am talking…

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Missing My Nurses; Dealing with your second family

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Only a few days into 2014 and I find myself living the dream… Thats right, I'm back in hospital.

Although I make a point of not keeping count, I have been fast approaching hospital related milestone. It's the sort of milestone that can represent both the best and the worst of my life. The milestone is that 10 years ago, age 18, I had my first operation. Having just turned 28 I've found myself thinking a lot about what sort of person these 60-odd operations have turned me into.

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Mental Health: A Follow Up and a Thank You

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

A number of weeks ago i wrote an article that shared with you my personal experiences of mental health conditions and the treatment i have been receiving. The first article, entitled "Mental illness is not a weakness", was written during the so called 'the crisis period'. I am now out of that period and have just taken the opportunity to review what i wrote during the crisis period.

On…

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DJ and 2013: A Year in Review

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

It's that time again! As another year drawers to a close, i take a look back at what i have achieved personally, professionally, and bloggerly.

This article contains;

  • A look back at previous 'year in review' articles
  • Some of my personal achievements
  • My hopes for DJ in 2014
  • How to get involved.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and new year, and i will see you in January.

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Thank you...

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

A few days ago i wrote an article where i spoke openly, for the first time, about my own mental health problems. I did it in the knowledge that everyone is willing to talk positively about mental health in principle, but when faced with individuals with MH problems there is still a lot of fear out there.

The ironic thing is that most people will suffer from some sort of mental health problem,…

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"Mental illness is not a weakness"

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

Back in June 2012 Charles Walker MP was one of two MP's to talk openly about their experiences with mental health conditions. A brave move, some might say, in a society that pays lip service to equal opportunities yet treats those with mental health problems as potentially dangerous in the community, and unreliable in the workplace. Just a few weeks ago i found myself saying that the…

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Health and Safety: Money Saver not Time Waster

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Why a bit of health and safety training goes a lot way...

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Less than 5 employees? You are not immune

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This blog post looks at why businesses with less than 5 employees can't afford to be complacent.

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Why you should suffer in silence if you have a disability

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The Equality Act of 2010 was a landmark piece of legislation that offered much improved protection to employees, and a much simpler piece of legislation for employers. Where we once had a rather patchwork legislative approach, we now have a one stop shop in the Equalities Act. I am a big fan of this piece of legislation and as a nation we ought to be proud of it. It introduced an expanded list of the types of discrimination, and called them 'protected characteristics', of which there are…

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Cops on Camera

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Police Officers spend a lot of time being filmed these days.
It generally shows us in a good light, but i think most cops have experienced a bit of brain freeze once they realise they are being filmed.

This video is such an example. In a nutshell the video is filmed by a passenger in a car and sees a police car drive through a red light. He then 'pulls them over' by racing up behind them and…

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Personal Social Media: When Employers Cross the Line

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

I have written about the police use of social media many times in the past [1][2][3][4]. I have looked at it from a corporate point of view, and from a personal point of view. I've said before that my force generally has a really forward thinking approach to social media. If you spend a few hours with the new media team and you'll start to realise that the police social media revolution is well under way, it's something to be proud of. However a 'new media' team will generally only consist of a few people who, great though they are, can't be everywhere at once. Their job is, generally, to manage the corporate social media strategy. A job they do pretty well in my force and across the police community. 

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A Small Victory

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

This blog has tracked my various dramas over the years and those who are regular readers will know how often i have had to change my plans. After 4 years at university, i have finally finished my 2nd year and am pretty chuffed. 

At risk of jinxing my 3rd year, i'm starting to think about what to do afterwards...and i really have no idea...

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One for property lawyers

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This makes me laugh, but i do not officially endorse its message :)


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Where is DJ based? ...well Leicester

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Came across this fun video that summarises my little city of Leicester. It is possibly the most catchy tune i've come across in the while...and i just had to, well, share it with you.

It doesn't show us in a very good light, but it's a tongue in cheek piss take, so don't let it put you off visiting me!

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I'm not wrong, i'm freedom of speech: How should we react t…

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Very few news events have an affect on me. In the world of 24 hour news we have become desensitised to the horror of the world around us, something that in the past the print media could describe with expert innuendo that protects us from the true nature of the things that happen. Two recent news events have made me feel physically sick. The first was the murder of Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, and second was the murder of soldier Lee…

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Can a police officer be a trespasser?

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This is a new series of articles looking beyond legislation, and into case law, to understand a little bit more about what powers a police officer really has. As police officers are servants of the crown/people, and are subject to the law themselves, are they ever accountable in civil law for their actions? We all know the answer to that is yes...this series will look how far that liability…

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Police Law...looking for an expert

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

Hello everyone,

First of all, if you have been wondering where i am (yeah right), i have been bogged down in revision for the past month or so as i've, finally, had my 2nd year exams. I have one more exam to go, Tort Law, so my mind has started to wonder back to the blogging world. 

Something i have always wanted to do is put together some small case studies on areas of law that are essential to policing, but are rarely explained to anyone in any…

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The Viral Bakery: From Funny to Sinister in 5 minutes

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This is a story of a small bakery in Arizona, USA. It is run by husband and wife team Amy (the chef) & Samy (front of house), and has been open since 2006. After business hit the rocks, they called in Gordon Ramsey. They blamed online reviewers who Amy described as 'haters', and the failure of the business was the fault of internet trolls rather than their own actions. This is my commentary on the epic fallout caused by this episode...it's fairly long but i wanted to make sure you got to savour all the best…

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Important announcement

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Ed Balls

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What ASB used to be: why i may have been an offender

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Hi i'm Ollie…after significant soul searching i have concluded that in my youth i was almost certainly the perpetrator of, what would now be described as, persistent antisocial behaviour.

Between the ages of 4-12 i lived in a little old miners village on the outskirts of Wellingborough. It was pretty small, and it was one of those villages where people knew each other. I wouldn't go so…

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Confessions of a Police Constable by Matt Delito, Part 3

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

Comiiing!” it calls, cheerfully.

Oh dear.

I hear a set of footsteps storm down a flight of wooden chairs, before fiddling with a set of keys. A lock clicks, a door creaks, and I’m facing an attractive woman in her early twenties, dressed in a summery dress that makes her eye sparkle.

Uhm…” she says. “I was expecting somebody… else, sorry.

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Confessions of a Police Constable by Matt Delito, Part 2

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Name? Daniel Michael Smith. Date of birth? 12 February 1993. Parents? Linda and Robert Smith. Address? 39 Church Drive. Flat B. I went over the details again and again; it wouldn’t do to make any mistakes in this job.

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Facebook, a message from a moderator

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

I have just come across a blog post that i can really identify with. It is written by a facebook moderator, someone who spends all day reviewing the complaints of facebook users. It is very moving, makes an interesting point about facebook, but also eloquently sums up how pathetic society has collectively become. No longer are people able to communicate with those who they have disagreements. No longer do they have the resources to come up with a solution to a…

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Confessions of a Police Constable by Matt Delito, Part 1

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Ollie in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

"Eight-six receiving Mike Delta”, my radio murmurs into life quietly. I turn the volume up. Today, I’m running the Misper car, the oh-so-joyous task of looking for missing persons who rarely are missing (and occasionally aren’t even persons*) had taken me into a care home, where the lady who was reporting somebody missing had been utterly aghast by the fact that the CAD operator kept rudely interrupting our conversation. It took me the best part of a cup of tea to explain that the operator wasn’t speaking to me specifically, but instead to all officers.

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