Bricks, streets, and the beat- what do they do in police stations?

Bricks, streets, and the beat- what do they do in police stations?

What do they really do in those great big buildings?…… “they should be able to catch local louts and criminals faster, my daughter can find them on social media without looking, theyre online showing off while committing offences….” . As I trawl through hansard reading elaborate protestations and propositions interspersed with assertions of the kind of capabilities and capacities police forces should have I am intrigued and thrown into thought. Something also grabs my attention.  A large volume of political and apolitical discussions are postured on the assumptions that police forces are ably funded, remarkably well equipped and serviced with state of the art technologies and tools. Besides this the questions, demands and requests all motivate arguments for efficacious use of the extensive innovative tools and methods of surveillance and capture police forces have. Are they perhaps referring to tools and equipment never mind capacities that I missed out on seeing somewhere or perhaps what is being asserted exists in a parallel...
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To precis or not, review you must

To precis or not, review you must

A lot of students often have to do essays just like in academia, writing a paper for a conference or for journal publication is run of the mill. One of the things I did not have when I did my undergraduate was a specific course devoted to research methods, but my MSc modules were all research and theory hybrids which threw me into a space that pushed me to learn and adapt quickly. I lost a lot of my undergraduate portfolio to a strange and sudden computer crash right after I finished my first degree which took all of my work and left me with nothing when I was asked for examples of my work, not even a copy of my thesis was spared, but through my MSc I kept things in different places so that when I transitioned and again with another IT woe, my laptop needing a replacement was not as painful and data loss was not as bad. So...
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Radishes and pumpkin soup

One of the areas of academic work that many forget to acknowledge is downtime and the benefits of learning through downtime. I have enthusiastically attempted to cultivate african vegetables over the years and my success is nowhere near celebrity gardens but I daresay somewhat good considering one cannot plant and walk away. My poly tunnel is my quiet space and all too often I find myself in the back yard fiddling with the plants trying to keep things in tip top shape and sometimes mourning the death of something that was looking quite sprightly until unfriendly friendly bugs thought they would have a go first. But back to the radishes,.... well I planted them, and as sprouted I forgot to check the guide and I gave them the best love till they went to flower, so now I have radish seed pods but no radishes. Well that is not the goal of this post, the key goal was to highlight my...
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Ethnographies and Soft System Methodologies

Ethnographies and Soft System Methodologies

Work environments are characterised by people doing purposeful activity in  a structured yet dynamic, orderly yet disorderly  environment where there are legislative, procedural, political and social factors that are widely known to influence the design of information systems (IS) and knowledge management (KM) systems for policing work(Stainer, 2013, Hughes and Jackson, 2004). Most workplaces generate significant amounts of data, often collated/acquired from multiple human sources and information systems (IS). Managing the business is as a result, characterised by matching and  aggregating all this information and data to facilitate and make informed best practice decisions (Babuta, 2017). Business leaders will depend on timeliness and robustness of this information to develop efficient and effective strategies. There is a however a complicatedness that arises due to the use of  varied and non-proprietary information systems for managing data and information (De Hert and Gutwirth, 2006).   The ethnographic research methodology is known for 'messiness' (Lanclos, 2016) and characterised by lengthy contact through immersion in the field (workplace) and...
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My pretty summer dress

The summer has taken its time this year, and it’s natural as a Brit to start off any musing with a moan. The forecast of better weather motivated me to pull out my fabric stash and tackle some DIY sewing. I had high hopes, the plan was to make a shift dress, skort and wrap skirt i ended up only making the dress for now it fits well and babushka my tailors dummy helped with fitting ...
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