About this blog

Hi, my name is Matt Delito.

I am a police officer in London’s Metropolitan police force. Service. I mean service. We’re not calling it a “police force” anymore; that’s too aggressive. But you don’t have to call us the Metropolitan Police Service, or even the MPS. “The met” will do, although rest assured that people do have an awful lot of names for us. Suffice to say that not all of them are equally nice.

When I’m on duty, I am usually on ‘team’. That’s short for ‘response team’. We’re the guys who, when someone breaks into your house and you dial 999, come rushing to your assistance. My borough is one of the busiest boroughs in London, and I’m part of one of the best teams around. When we are on duty, and you live, work, or play in my part of town, you’re in good hands.

Obviously, because I’m writing this in a rather public place, not everything I write is completely, 100% ‘the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth’. Some of the stories I cannot tell you because there are active investigations in progress. Others, I must amend slightly because I don’t want to put my colleagues at risk by revealing operationally sensitive information. Most importantly, I really like my job, and I don’t want to get sacked.

When you are in the movies, you’ll sometimes see a film that is “Based on actual events”. That’s a good way to look at this as well: Everything I write could have happened the way I’ve written about it, but I guess I’ll be the only one who knows exactly what happened, and how. Nonetheless, I hope you learn a couple of things you didn’t know about the police, about how we work, and about the things that occasionally go horribly wrong

Oh and, I was only kidding about what I said before. My name isn’t, in fact, Matt Delito, although it does have a pretty good ring to it, I think. And my collar number is not MD592, and I am not based at Southwark. I picked Mike Delta as my callsign, because they’re my initials. If it turns out there’s a PC592MD: I’m sorry, buddy, the number was picked at random.

Stay out of trouble,

3 responses to “About this blog

  1. Hi Matt I would like to know your take on this situation, A young british girl living in america accused of shop lifting due to an honest mistake.

    The short of it she saw a pair of sunglasses she liked tried them on liked them, took them off and was carrying them round the store. She then went to walk out of the store not realising that the glasses she was carrying were not her own but the ones she wanted to buy.

    Store security took her away and accused her of theft, she explained it was a misunderstanding and offered to pay for the goods. The store security refused to believe the story and had her arrested for shop lifting.

    What would you have done in this situation,

    Keep up the good work on this blog it is the highlight of my friday afternoon, and keep up the good police work aswell.

    Matt

    • It’s an interesting question, actually. In the UK, you cannot ‘accidentally’ shoplift something (the definition of theft includes the phrase “with the intention of permanently depriving”). Which means that if you accidentally walk out of the store with something, as appears to have been the case here, you cannot be prosecuted for theft.

      Having said all that; we’re only getting one side of the story here. She looks innocent enough, but as a police officer, you quickly learn that people lie for all sorts of weird reasons… But if she, as she says, has no priors, and has good character references, she would have walked in the UK…

      But as I said. In the US, I have no idea.

      Having said all that; if I had been placed in this situation in the UK, I would probably have arrested her. The allegation of the security guy has to be taken seriously, and then it’s all down to evidence and burden of proof etc etc. It’s worth keeping in mind that being arrested is, in itself, not punishment. Unpleasant? Perhaps. But not ‘punishment’, and you wouldn’t get a criminal record just from being arrested. After that… Well, it’s all down to the crown prosecution service etc.

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