Last week, we had The Case of the Unpaid Web Bill:
A Metropolitan Police officer assaulted and falsely arrested a man who asked to be paid for working on his personal website, a court has heard.Oh, dear...
Commander Ali Dizaei, 47, bullied web designer Waad Al-Baghdadi when he asked for £600 for work on alidizaei.com, Southwark crown Court heard.
A forensic examiner said injuries to Mr Dizaei's chest after the clash were "likely to be self-inflicted".
And then there was the row over the eye-watering costs of Norfolk Police's web design overhaul:
Norfolk Police spent more than £250,000 redesigning its website, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.Ouch..! Still, it's only taxpayer's money, after all. Plenty more where that came from...
This compares to Essex police which spent £75,000 and Northamptonshire police's website revamp cost £65,000.
If the police want to maintain a web presence that casts then in a good light, they should really forget all the flim-flam and digital whizz-bangery sold to them by men in nice suits and shiny offices, or the desire to use new innovations simply because they are there. They already have a useful and engaging web presence in those websites run by their own officers, some of which can be found in my right hand links column.
Perhaps, just perhaps, they might consider not persecuting them for telling it how it is?