Why Did The Policeman Cross the Road?

By Stevyn Colgan

Not so much police intelligence as intelligent policing

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Not Very Uplifting

This is glorious isn't it? Except, sadly, it's not quite what it seems ...

All but the final photo are genuine and record a real incident that took place at Roundstone Pier, Conemmara, Galway in September 2004. Sadly, the final photo is a fake (Snopes - the urban myth debunking website - has the full breakdown here) but it's the final photo that does act as the punchline.

Fake or not, I used to use this sequence when I was teaching problem-solving to cops. What it demonstrated was that famous idiom - often ascribed to Einstein or Benjamin Franklin but probably said by neither - about madness: 'doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result'.

If a problem didn't go away when, time and time again, you threw lots of cops and police resources at it, then maybe you should consider a different approach?
 

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Comments

Pat Harkin
 Pat Harkin says:

But we did do it different, boss! Last time, we just chucked cops at it, but this time we chucked LOADS of cops at it!

posted 22nd September 2014

Stevyn Colgan
 Stevyn Colgan says:

Pat - EXACTLY

posted 14th October 2014

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