29 January 2013

So before you point your fingers, Be sure your hands are clean.

Mycroft's app on my phone is still providing me with endless amusement - it told me to cover my DCI with glitter earlier, has a fairly good grasp of the fact I need a lot of coffee, and isn't too rude!

Sherlock grumbles when it tells me to kiss John though :)

Got court tomorrow, which should keep me out of trouble for a bit. Big case, I hope it goes the right way for us - although we won't know for a while, I doubt.

It's very hard, obviously, persuading people to give evidence in court against violent criminals. I completely understand why people don't want to do it - but. thankfully, lots of them do and get criminals put in jail.

Witnesses in trials like this get a Witness Care Officer - well, everyone can get one, but they play a bigger role when it's a big case, naturally. And it's frustrating for us sometimes not to know exactly what the CPS were thinking when they call certain witnesses - and even more frustrating when the CPS or the court won't allow special measures, like screens or remote video link. Makes our job really hard, and witnesses do sometimes turn hostile or just refuse to attend/stay silent.

Anyway, all far too serious to think about right now. Feel free to ask if you're interested.

Have an owl burrito.




48 comments:

pandabob said...

I'm always interested in your work but I think I'm banned from asking questions ;-)

good luck with court tomorrow I wonder what useful help your app will give you there.

Greg Lestrade said...

Well, your last questions did make my spam filter blush - but I hope ones about court proceedings would be more family-friendly! ;)

John H. D. Watson said...

I am laughing way too much at the owl burrito...

pandabob said...

I have never been in a court room and the idea of ever having to go in one scares me so knowing more about how they work is always good :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I feel like you, Sherlock and that owl have one thing in common - to glare, no matter what situation you're in, and look serious about it!

Greg Lestrade said...

...err, Danger, that is, not you, AnonyBob. I've no idea about your glaring abilities.

John H. D. Watson said...

The owl looks INCREDIBLY serious.

Greg Lestrade said...

So do you and Sherlock when you glare and don't want to be laughed at!

John H. D. Watson said...

Ha. Just don't go wrapping me up in an animal print burrito next time it happens...

Greg Lestrade said...

John Hamish...exactly what do you now think the odds are of you surviving going to bed tonight without me wrapping you in the duvet until you glare your way out?? I will be completely unable to stop myself.

John H. D. Watson said...

You'd think I'd learn eventually... Well, there are worse fates.

Greg Lestrade said...

Hah, I think you like exercising your glaring muscles on me as practice for Sherlock.

REReader said...

That owl does not look happy... :D

John H. D. Watson said...

If only glaring at Sherlock were a bit more effective...

Greg Lestrade said...

it sometimes makes him pause... which, for Sherlock, is quite effective!

pandabob said...

If you get better than him laughing at you you're doing better than I've ever managed with mine John ;-)

John H. D. Watson said...

Heh. Sometimes, and no laughing...about the best you can expect, yeah.

Greg Lestrade said...

I can assure all of you that John glares just as well as that owl when ambushed by a blanket on the sofa.

John H. D. Watson said...

get off of meeeeee

Greg Lestrade said...

is that what you really want?

John H. D. Watson said...

how about bed?

Greg Lestrade said...

yeah, now I've practiced with a blanket, I'm ready to move up to a full duvet...

John H. D. Watson said...

It's sort of restful in an odd way.

Greg Lestrade said...

being wrapped up? Or glaring?

John H. D. Watson said...

Being wrapped up. The glaring is only entertaining, because of the faces you make back. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

My Nonna used to tuck the bedding in something fierce when she did the beds. When I was a kid I always tried to sort of...post myself in through the top, without untucking any of it, so it was completely taut over me. All clean crisp bedding...

John H. D. Watson said...

Mm, nice.

pandabob said...

I hope you sleep well swaddled up in your bed gentlemen :-)

piplover said...

That owl is adorable! And looks very serious, despite the cuteness of the blanket it's wrapped in.

I was in court yesterday, as I was summoned for jury duty. I was a bit disappointed when they selected their jurors and I wasn't one of them.

REReader said...

I dutifully go to jury duty every six years like clockwork--but I haven't been put on a jury since college. (Probably because I went for a graduate degree in Politucal Science with a concentration in public law. The last thing a lawyer on either side wants is a juror who thinks she knows anything at all about law!)

Greg Lestrade said...

Anyone fancy being a superintendent then? Fifteen months training...

This has to be a joke, right?

Here you get called to jury service, you have no control over when it happens or how often.

Anon Without A Name said...

Lestrade - I saw that this morning! Ludicrous. I can't understand how they want to recruit more widely by cutting the starting salary, increasing the entry qualifications, and allowing in fast-track entrants to higher ranks. Presumably they don't think they've got enough posh people as police officers?

I've never been called for jury duty. I feel a bit ambivalent about that; on the one hand, I think it's incredibly important, and I think it would be interesting... but on the other hand I'm sure it's a difficult and sometimes deeply unpleasant thing to do. Hmm.

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, luck of the draw on the cases, definitely. There are some I wouldn't want to be part of. Hell, there are some I don't want to be part of as a copper!

pandabob said...

Hows the day going Greg? I hope things are working out the way you need them to :-)

REReader said...

L, you get called to jury duty here, too, and how often you have to serve is set by state law. (In New York it's currently every six years, with very few exemptions--those vary by stste as well.) But there are the federal courts and the state courts and so far as I can tell, they don't share records, so if you serve in one system and then a short time later the other, you send them a copy of your proof of service. Also you can postpone service for several months--I think you can do that three times. But people alwaysctryvto game the system--postponing even ifv there's no good reason, or not registering to vote in the (false) belief that the courts use voter registration lists to call jurors.

I just go unless I have a real reason to postpone, but as I said, I'm never chosen from the jury pool to actually be on a jury.

What's this about wanting to be a superintendent?

CzechReader said...

Hi there. Does the owl burrito wrap really say squeak? :-)

*wanders off to read the backlogs*

Small Hobbit said...

Hope court is going well for you today, L.

Greg Lestrade said...

CR - it sure does!

Court is okay. I really really want to smoke... It's purely psychological, being in court, having time doing not a lot, always used to nip out for a smoke in breaks and stuff.

pandabob said...

the old routines are the hardest to break Greg ;-)


Sherlock, John I hope you've both had good days :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, it's good having Sherlock and John to distract me when I get in from work. I used to get home, grab a mug of coffee and smoke a couple sitting on my kitchen windowsill. Now I don't even have time to remember what I'm missing, most nights!

pandabob said...

its better to be a climbing frame than a chimney that's for sure ;-)

Anonymous said...

I really miss having someone who's pleased to see me when I get home, like Sherlock and John are with you, the amazingness of that is a thing not to be underestimated!

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, I agree Anon. I certainly don't take it for granted, I know how lucky I am. And now I'm going home early :)

REReader said...

:)

Anon Without A Name said...

ReRe: this has some of the details. Basically, all British police officers are required to spend at least two years as uniformed constables, on the beat, at the start of their career; the Government propose to remove this requirement to enable people to join the police at senior ranks mid-career.

They've said they want to open recruitment to a "wider pool" of people; so they're also cutting the starting salary by £4K pa, and increasing the minimum academic qualification.

REReader said...

Thank you, Nameless!

(They've said they want to open recruitment to a "wider pool" of people; so they're also cutting the starting salary by £4K pa, and increasing the minimum academic qualification.

So...they want people who can afford to do it as a hobby, then? :?)

Greg Lestrade said...

The academic part would mean I wouldn't have been able to join up.

REReader said...

"Wider pool", huh? *annoyed face*

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