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Thread: Being British: Act IX

  1. #121
    Quote Originally Posted by Gorgeous_Ginny
    This link is all about the Metropolitan Police, which is basically the entire Police Force of England. LINK
    That's not true. There isn't a "police force of England."

    The Metropolitan Police (known as The Met) is a terretorial police force which only covers the Greater London area (this does not include the "City of London"), which is 32 London Boroughs. Anywhere other than Greater London the terretories are covered by other police forces. In total there are 39 police forces in England, 4 in Wales, 8 in Scotland and just 1 in Northern Ireland.

    Also from my knowledge only uniformed officers wearing their hats can make an arrest because of the badge on them, or a uniformed officer has to be at the scene of the arrest with the un-uniformed officer, these are mainly field agents, detectives, etc.
    This is a common misconception, due largely to TV crime shows not working with a police advisor to clear up in the mistakes. An officer is an officer regardless of what they are wearing (there are many who are often "out of uniform" be it for undercover/unmarked work or because their rank doesn't require them to).

    The simple fact is that an officer of any rank can arrest anyone at any time whether on duty or not, wearing official police uniform or a pair of baggy jeans and an offensive t-shirt, so long as they produce their credentials (badge and warrant card) and advise you (in English) why you are being arrested. It's the warrant card that gives them the power to arrest you, not a uniform.

    I've seen someone try and use this in court as a way of having the case dismissed (the arresting officer was undercover), and the judge had to stifle a laugh it was that ridiculous. Needless to say that person was found guilty and ended up in prison for 3 years.

  2. #122
    Are the credintals and warrant card the same as an ID card or a badge? There is a line in my story where I am describing the items he uses to appear to be part of Muggle Law Enforcment. Basically he is an inspector, or over hear a CSI type agent. He comes to the scense and interacts with the other Muggles there but they all think he is a special agent of some sort. Only a few know he is a wizard.

  3. #123
    Yes, the warrant card is effectively an ID card, and generally is in a wallet with the badge on a leather flap - the ostentatious flipping that you see in the movies is not the way most police officers would present it though.

    As described on a police information page:

    Every police officer - whether in uniform or not - has a badge and warrant card. The warrant card is a card-sized certificate showing that the person is a police officer, and can use police powers.

    The card shows the officer’s photograph, name, rank and number. It also shows which police force they belong to, and carries their signature and the signature of their Chief Constable. The badge shows the crest of the police force that the officer belongs to.
    As for being armed, well, the only firearm carrying members of the British police are the Armed Response Units that each force maintains. They, however, are not armed and on general duty, and are exactly as the name suggests, purely a response unit for extreme situations. They would also never be armed while out of uniform.

  4. #124
    If you're having him as a CSI type person, and the Muggles think he's a special agent of sorts, I'd say you could have him in CID or MI5, or even MIT (Murder investigation team) because Inspector isn't really all that high up.


  5. #125
    Quote Originally Posted by apollo13
    If you're having him as a CSI type person, and the Muggles think he's a special agent of sorts, I'd say you could have him in CID or MI5, or even MIT (Murder investigation team) because Inspector isn't really all that high up.

    What does CID stand for? The story this time is a long standing murder investigation but I refer back to his first case when one of Aragog children ventured out and attacked some famioy pets in a neighborhood. That really isn't MIT but that category may fit better.

  6. #126
    The CID is the department that investigates serious crimes, which may require specialist skills to ensure more complex or serious crimes are investigated fully, such as murders, serious assaults, robberies, fraud, and sexual offences.

    CID investigates crimes that have already been committed, as they have a very demanding workload, which prevents them from patrolling the streets.

    Within the CID there are also specialist sections, like the Drug Squad, Fraud Squad, and the Crime Squad. To be appointed to these sections, you need to be experienced in basic detective work before you would be considered.


  7. #127
    That sounds perfect! Thank you all for your help!!!!!

  8. #128
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    With regard to the CSI- equivalent. In Britain we'd more likely have a Coroner visit the body with some Forensic Officers. So any samples and things recovered from the scene of crime would be 'sent to Forensics'

    Hope this helps a bit.

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  9. #129
    Is there a good British slang equivalent for the U.S. slang "to be head over heels for (someone)" or "to have it bad for (someone)"? By which I mean a relatively innocent (not obviously sexual) way of saying that Person A really really fancies Person B.

    Wait, let me add something-- my story is Marauders Era, so it's set in the 1970's, and I'd need an expression that was actually in use back then. I know that's something of a tall order, but I thought I might as well ask.

    Thanks very much.

  10. #130
    You can actually just use "head over heels". As long as you don't use "whipped". Please don't use that.


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