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4 Great Cop Blogs That Are No Longer
Last June The London Times revealed the true identity of a high-profile anonymous cop blogger called NightJack. This outing caused shock waves throughout the law enforcement blogging community because it exposed the real risk of writing negative or confidential information about life on the force.
That being said, we look for good public safety blogs every day, and every day we come across blogs that have been shut down or deleted for one reason or another. The NightJack outing (formerly at http://nightjack.wordpress.com) played a significant role in the shuttering of a handful of noteworthy blogs.
Here are the ones that will be missed the most.
Lifespan: April 2008 – June 2009
Last Post: June 17, 2009 (It drew 40 comments.)
Last line: “For the 100k or so site hits in a the last year I’d like to say thanks for your support again, I’ll probably speak to some of you on some of the other blogs but in the meantime, I’m out.”
Why’d it shutter? UK-based MetcountyMounty (MCM) said in his last post that he started this blog more as “a personal catharsis” than anything. After months of honest words about a tough job, he said that his work was bringing him deeper and deeper into things he could no longer discuss. Oh, and NightJack did also influence this blog’s demise. To this date, the short-lived but well-liked blog drew around 112,044 visits.
Lifespan: September 2006 – November 2008
Last post: Nov. 22, 2008
Last line: “There’s nothing like cruising around listening to Christmas music (he drives so he gets to jockey the radio and it is actually quite soothing music) and fighting crime.”
Why’d it shutter? Frankie B. (a.k.a. The Enforcer) told us he’s suffering from “blogblock.” “When I write, I like to ‘find the funny’ in situations, our department has found a way to squeeze most of the fun and the funny out lately, and I don’t want to be known as that sourpuss cop with the b****fest blog,” he told us via e-mail. Frankie says he’s not done forever though. “I’m still waiting for the muse to bring me out of it. I really enjoy writing. And if you ask most of my coworkers, I write far better than I talk LOL. So, I WILL be back at some point. ”
Lifespan: April 2006 – September 2007
Last post: September 9, 2007
Last line: “To all my patients – I’m sorry. I’m doing my best but in the current climate you don’t matter any more.”
Why’d it shutter? Basically Magwitch, an emergency care practitioner working for an NHS ambulance trust in the U.K., got fed up with what was going on in the department. The last post describes an atmosphere that’s no longer about patient care but about response times. “I’ve lost heart in the current climate. I was informed the other day that I must now spend all my shift stuck in the response car out on cover ‘so we can hit our A cat response targets.’ I told them to **** off.”
Last Post: July 2, 2009
Last line: “Control, can you show me code 11…”
Why did it shutter? NightJack’s outing caused No Offense Disclosed’s author to stop blogging. In his last and now only post (he took down the others), he confesses that he doesn’t “need the hassle and dangers that have been faced by NJ.” NJ meaning NightJack. He also says he might return to blogging at some point, though almost a year later we still haven’t heard a peep. You still out there?
Have a favorite LEO or medic blog that’s no longer? Add it to the comments section to memorialize it. AUVRNKATDWR7