Acclaimed ‘Night Jack’ blogger could be Lancashire officer

LANCASHIRE Constabulary is investigating whether an award-winning blog about life on the front line of policing is written by one of its officers.

The Night Jack blog has gained an array of followers with its gritty take on day-to-day life as a bobby.

Last month it won prestigious literary award the Orwell Prize, despite the writer’s identity being kept a secret.

During a 13-month period the blog gave advice to the public, while also posting about dealing with criminals, life on the beat, courts and bureaucracy.

Award judges said: “The insight into the everyday life of the police that Jack Night’s wonderful blog offered was – everybody felt – something which only a blog could deliver, and he delivered it brilliantly.

“It took you to the heart of what a policeman has to do – by the first blogpost you were hooked, and could not wait to click on to the next one.”

Now, following claims the blog was written by a Lancashire officer, county police chiefs have launched an investigation.

A spokesman said: “At this moment in time, we have no firm evidence that a Lancashire police officer is the Night Jack blogger.

“However, an investigation will now be launched into the claims and if an officer is found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour, then clearly appropriate action will be taken.

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"It would therefore be wrong for us to comment any further at this stage.”

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1:57pm Thu 28 May 09

midas says...

Heaven forbid that anyone should read about how the front line police officers actually feel!!
Heaven forbid that anyone should read about how the front line police officers actually feel!! midas

6:16pm Thu 28 May 09

Jimmy Paterson says...

This guy or gal had better cover their tracks before the 'police police' track them down -- sad that someone who wins an award such as this will now probably face the wrath of their so called "superiors" who will be scared of the truth escaping!!
This guy or gal had better cover their tracks before the 'police police' track them down -- sad that someone who wins an award such as this will now probably face the wrath of their so called "superiors" who will be scared of the truth escaping!! Jimmy Paterson

8:37pm Thu 28 May 09

Gene Hunt says...

Why don't the Police chiefs read the blog, before they start a witch-hunt? They will see straight away whether or not standards of professional behaviour have been breached. As long as 'Night Jack' remains anonymous, he surely can't be bringing his force into disrepute. Good God, he may even be doing his force a credit. We the general public deserve,and have a right, to know first hand, what OUR officers have to put up with on OUR behalf. Night Jack keep your head down, and keep up the good work.
Why don't the Police chiefs read the blog, before they start a witch-hunt? They will see straight away whether or not standards of professional behaviour have been breached. As long as 'Night Jack' remains anonymous, he surely can't be bringing his force into disrepute. Good God, he may even be doing his force a credit. We the general public deserve,and have a right, to know first hand, what OUR officers have to put up with on OUR behalf. Night Jack keep your head down, and keep up the good work. Gene Hunt

12:59pm Fri 29 May 09

maj3091 says...

Surely the time would be better spent hunting down some real criminals, or is that just my way of thinking?
Surely the time would be better spent hunting down some real criminals, or is that just my way of thinking? maj3091

11:16pm Sun 31 May 09

Totally says...

I followed this blog for months and thought it was a breath of fresh air. Its great to know that some police officers are as frustrated with the restrictions of political correctness that protect scum at the expense of law-abiding citizens.
If any action is taken against him it will be further proof that the rules that operate in our society are BONKERS!
I followed this blog for months and thought it was a breath of fresh air. Its great to know that some police officers are as frustrated with the restrictions of political correctness that protect scum at the expense of law-abiding citizens. If any action is taken against him it will be further proof that the rules that operate in our society are BONKERS! Totally

5:45pm Wed 17 Jun 09

plodder says...

Whilst I have never heard of your blog until this story came out and obviously therefore never read it, I am very disappointed that your loyalty to your colleagues extends to telling everyone who comes in contact with them to complain about them at every opportunity. I hope you have been mis-quoted and did not actually say that, if you did you should be thoroughly embarrased and I for one am glad you have disciplined if for nothing else than your lack of loyalty to your mates. You may have forgotten what a stressful situation having complaints, or if you had your way, multiple complaints are for the officers on the streets.
Whilst I have never heard of your blog until this story came out and obviously therefore never read it, I am very disappointed that your loyalty to your colleagues extends to telling everyone who comes in contact with them to complain about them at every opportunity. I hope you have been mis-quoted and did not actually say that, if you did you should be thoroughly embarrased and I for one am glad you have disciplined if for nothing else than your lack of loyalty to your mates. You may have forgotten what a stressful situation having complaints, or if you had your way, multiple complaints are for the officers on the streets. plodder

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