Wow, much of the stuff coming out of the UK inspires some serious head shaking. Work out the math compared to the commercial cost listed at the end of the article.
Police spend £20,000 on cardboard officers Police forces have spent more than £20,000 on cardboard cut-outs of uniformed officers designed to confuse criminals.
By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 4:25PM GMT 03 Feb 2009
Cardboard cut-out of a policeman used to help deter shoplifters Photo: PA It was billed as the latest police tactic to combat crime and now the idea has taken off nationwide. Police figures show that forces across the country have spent more than £20,000 on the flat-pack PCs. West Midlands police said it had ordered 80 cardboard constables at a cost of just over £10,000. In Derbyshire, £6,650 was spent over the past two years on a "substantial number" of cut-outs. "The theory is that it creates the impression at first glance of a capable guardian being on site, which hopefully also reduces the perception of fear of crime," said a Derbyshire police spokesman. A survey using the Freedom of Information Act revealed that 13 forces in England and Wales have used cardboard officers. Essex police said it spent £760 on eight cut-outs. They have been deployed in petrol stations, to deter drivers from speeding away without paying for their fuel, and also in shops to discourage shoplifting. The force would not reveal precisely where the cut-outs have been placed because "to release locations is likely to jeopardise the success of the trials". Cleveland police spent £1,760 on cardboard officers for use in shops, petrol stations and retail parks in Hartlepool, Redcar and Stockton-on-Tees. The other forces which have used cut-outs are North Wales, South Wales, Greater Manchester, Durham, Humberside, Lancashire, Avon and Somerset, Norfolk and Surrey. Rank-and-file officers, however, questioned the wisdom of spending police funds on fake officers. Simon Reed, vice-chairman of the Police Federation, said: "While I appreciate that money may be tight for policing, this does seems a drastic solution to avoid paying any salary and pension costs. "Ultimately it will be for local residents to decide if cardboard police officers work for their community and are good use of their taxes." Several forces admitted to having suffered the theft of cut-outs. Three went missing from filling stations in Derbyshire in the past two years, while two were stolen in Cleveland. Humberside reported the theft of one cardboard officer, which disappeared from a Tesco supermarket in Grimsby last November. A spokesman for West Midlands police, which had the highest spending on cut-outs, said that some of the money would be reclaimed from shops which benefited from the scheme, but could not say how much had been recouped so far. South Wales police created life-size replicas of two of its serving officers, community support officer Helen Ely and neighbourhood constable Dale Weaver. Surrey produced cardboard replicas of an entire neighbourhood policing team to reassure residents and increase awareness of crime-prevention measures. Commercially-produced promotional cut-outs can cost from £12 and £30 each.
One of my previous instructors also taught Silat and worked the Sarong with us on a number of occasions. It could be deceptively effective and actually a lot of fun to train...as long as your the one working the techniques. I liked it but at the time treated it more like something good to know but not likely to use.
Here in the frigid New England winter it's much more likely to be useable if you're wearing a good scarf. That's why I still play with it. Just make sure it's a tight knit one where the fabric isn't very stretchy (Did I just use the word "stretchy"?).
in a recent seminar I attended with Tuhon Ray Dionaldo here in Jerusalem, he showed us the Sarong and how to use it. Of course non of us here usually walk around wearing one - so we used the next best thing... literaly the shirt off our back we didnt video the seminar , but I did find this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy3sO6k6ywk that kind of gives you an idea the torque generated from just a little twist in the wrist was enough to pull a big guy down
this one in hebrew starts with an animated re-enactment - then some actual footage that is kind of graphic on the American PC scale , so be warned before the click
I dont know who has the bigger balls, the ones who helped people get out of harms way, the ones who stop to help the injured & scared, the ones who run toward the danger and put an end to it? I hope that with all my preparing and training that if & when... at the very least I dont just freeze up
The first few Steven Segal movies are what finally got me into a dojo and kept me there for six or seven years training in Aikikai Aikido. I even found the Dog Brothers because of the SS stick fight scene in the bar (anybody seen ritchie ) - ended up purchasing every stick fighting video Panther Production had to offer
Also any of the Tony Jaa fight scenes! Acrobatic almost to the point of absurd but his knee & elbow work .... mama mia
I fear I have not succeeded in conveying my point-- I supported and support the Osirak operation. My concern is that by placing missiles and rockets of ever greater efficacy on Israel's northern and southwestern borders that Iran is creating a situation wherein if Israel goes Osirak on Iran that Iran will be in a position to blow up Israel's reactor and contaminate Israel.
OK I get it now As far as we've seen so far these rockets/missiles dont have very big payloads and arent accurate in any sense of the word - they are wonderful to lob into a highly populated areas for terrors effect but I (and this is just my otherwise uniformed opinion) doubt they would have any real damaging ability even if they somehow scored a direct hit on any reactor that Israel may or may not have
The point I am trying to raise though, and lets use the Lebanese invasion of a year or so ago as an example, is the possibility that this approach simply innoculates/immunizes the enemy.
When Israel went into Lebanon it had as green a light as I can remember from the US govt. I was praying for Israel to go all the way through the Bekkaa Valley (sp?) and clean out that nest of vipers for once and for all. Instead, having triggered the regretable civilian casualites, you guys quit before you finished.
Net result: Hez gets bragging rights AND doubles/triples the number of missiles it has.
Arguably a similar dynamic in play now with Gaza-- except that Iran now has fronts on both your north and south borders. As soon as they can reach your nuclear reactor, what happens to your Osirak option for Iran's incipient nukes?
PS: My apologies for President Bush vetoing your request to go after Iran. I fear this was a historic error.
The last Lebanon battle was carried out in haste and with a defense minister that had no place being a minister of any kind (and isnt anymore)
Regarding the Iranians, many foreign governments, including the United States, condemned the Osirak operation, and the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed UN Resolution 487, which “strongly condemns the military attack by Israel in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the norms of international conduct." So I have a feeling that we may have to fend for ourselves yet again
I can fully understand an Arab spewing forth such hate & twisting facts for their own reasons, it almost seems reasonable - but when I hear anti-jew remarks from "westerners" thats when it frustrates the most.
Before I go into the fact that, including such groups as Hizbolla, none of the neighbors offered any help to their brothers during this last conflict: Jordan Syria Lebanon Egypt Libya Saudi Arabia the Emirates Bahrain Iraq & Iran all just stood aside and watched
I finally found on-line what we here have been seeing nonstop on the news with barely a mention elsewhere on the web; that as soon as the ceasefire was official they just couldn't help themselves
And yes - there are many Israelis that say that if we are "damned if you do damned if you don't" ... if the world opinion is against us anyway for anything we do then why don't we finish it once and for all. We obviously have (and have had for a long time) the weaponry & technology to do just that. But there seems to be something "higher" in us that we would rather endure the hatred & hostilities and keep a with a clear conscience. So instead we end up retaliating just enough to remind our everybody in the neighborhood that when you mess with us we will f@$# you up.