Inspector Gadget (blogger)

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Inspector Gadget is the pseudonym used by an anonymous British police officer, reportedly an inspector in a rural constabulary in the south of England,[1] who wrote an influential blog, Police Inspector Blog, between 2006 and 2013.

Started in June 2006 after the author was required to attend a training seminar he described as "60 mind numbing minutes of complete nonsense",[2] Police Inspector Blog was sharply critical of incidences of what it considered excessive bureaucracy, health and safety regulation and political correctness in modern British policing.[1][3][4] Notable examples include Lincolnshire Police giving guidance to its officers on how to pack their lunches,[5] and Denise Milani at Scotland Yard asking officers to write a poem about diversity.[6] It was one of a number of police blogs that appeared in the late 2000s expressing dissatisfaction with the policies of the New Labour government.[7] However, from 2011 onwards Inspector Gadget was also critical of the austerity policies of the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition,[3][8] writing that as a result of police cuts criminals "ruled the streets" of the county he worked in.[9] In response to a post regarding the Plebgate scandal (stemming from the allegation that then Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell called a police officer a "pleb" when leaving Downing Street), the former Minister for Policing Nick Herbert described the "silly blog" as representing a "hot-headed minority" of possibly corrupt police officers opposed to reform", and claimed that Inspector Gadget was not actually an inspector.[10] The blog was discontinued in March 2013, in response to pressure from senior officers to identify and discourage anonymous police bloggers.[3] As of 2016, its author continues to post under the Inspector Gadget pseudonym on Twitter.[11]

In 2013 Inspector Gadget published a book, Perverting The Course Of Justice: The Hilarious And Shocking Inside Story Of British Policing.[12] He also contributed to Wasting More Police Time: Further Adventures In La-La Land (2012),[13] and has written for The Telegraph.[14]

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  1. ^ a b "'No wonder they call us Plods!': A frustrated inspector speaks out on the madness of modern policing". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  2. ^ Inspector Gadget (15 June 2006). "Stamping Down on Police Bureaucracy". Police Inspector Blog. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Laville, Sandra (2013-03-13). "Police blogger quits as officers come under pressure over unofficial tweets". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  4. ^ Holcombe, Garan (2009-02-24). "Police Inspector – Blog of the Month March 2010". The Good Web Guide. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  5. ^ "'Sandwich safety' apology from Lincolnshire Police boss". BBC News. 2011-04-13. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  6. ^ Wright, Steven. "'Ere, Sarge, what rhymes with gender sensitivity? Incredulity at the Yard over politically-correct poetry contest". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  7. ^ Atherton, Susie (2012). "Cops and Bloggers: Exploring the presence of police culture on the web" (PDF). Internet Journal of Criminology. 
  8. ^ Stacey, Kiran (2011-08-17). "Police reform divides politicians and officers". Financial Times. 
  9. ^ "'Criminals now rule the streets', claims police blogger". Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  10. ^ Herbert, Nick (2012-12-22). "Britain's police must reform or lose respect and trust". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  11. ^ Hobbs, Chris. "Dallas, Nice, Baton Rouge, Munich: The UK's Emaciated Blue Line Braces". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  12. ^ "Perverting The Course Of Justice – Inspector Gadget". Monday Books. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  13. ^ "Wasting More Police Time – PC David Copperfield". Monday Books. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  14. ^ Inspector Gadget. "Free the police to tackle the criminals on Britain's streets". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 

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