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Let my pipers go!

By johnboy - 1 June 2009 22

Vicki Dunne is going in to bat for five members of the AFP’s Pipes and Drums Band who have been blocked from taking leave to participate in the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Vicki has written to Chief Police Officer Michael Phelan asking him to reconsider:

    “It is also quite a feather in the cap of the AFP itself to be able to send ambassadors of the AFP and Canberra to a prestigious and world-renowned festival such as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which is broadcast on television world-wide.

    “Importantly, it’s also recognition of the considerable personal time they put in to the activities of the band, often above and beyond the call of duty.

    “And yet, the applications were rejected because they don’t meet the guidelines. It would be hard to imagine that any guidelines could cover every situation, especially one as unique as this. Surely the guidelines offer some flexibility a situation like this.

Is it such an unreasonable request?

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22 Responses to
Let my pipers go!
grump 7:46 pm 01 Jun 09

yes there’s mostly civlians but there are 5 police officers in the band going (pipers and drummers). we all are paying our own way and give time outside our employment for police ceremonial occasions eg funerals

S4anta 4:05 pm 01 Jun 09

YapYapYap said :

Hardly surprised that this has Vicki up in arms – she reminds me of a bagpipe; round, full of hot air and very unpleasent to listen to.

Does that mean a fat scot slobbers all over her after a few pints?

R. Slicker 3:25 pm 01 Jun 09

neanderthalsis said :

Agreed, let them go. A few years ago there was a police Pipes/Drums band from South Aus, so there is a precedent.

Unless maybe he wants to keep them here and redesignate them to crowd/riot control. I always thought 100 men in skirts marching towards the barricades emitting an horrific wailing sound would put the wind up the most ardent anarchist.

The Qld Police have one too, there was a story about them on The Shak last year. OMG!! I needed a cold shower after that . . .

vg 1:35 pm 01 Jun 09

I’d be very interested why they aren’t just taking rec leave. Methinks they are applying for something special they aren’t entitled to

Whatsup 1:20 pm 01 Jun 09

Let them go, it would be an experience of a lifetime. There is enough grumpy officers around, lets cheer some of them up.

YapYapYap 1:09 pm 01 Jun 09

Hardly surprised that this has Vicki up in arms – she reminds me of a bagpipe; round, full of hot air and very unpleasent to listen to.

vg 1:04 pm 01 Jun 09

They are actually the Canberra City Pipes and Drums but don the AFP regalia at appropriate ceremonies. Nowhere near enough people interested/able in the AFP to have their ‘own’ band

djk 12:57 pm 01 Jun 09

Thumper said :

Only two?

In that case I know exactly half of the AFP contingent.

as do I..

Thumper 12:54 pm 01 Jun 09

Only two?

In that case I know exactly half of the AFP contingent.

neanderthalsis 12:52 pm 01 Jun 09

Agreed, let them go. A few years ago there was a police Pipes/Drums band from South Aus, so there is a precedent.

Unless maybe he wants to keep them here and redesignate them to crowd/riot control. I always thought 100 men in skirts marching towards the barricades emitting an horrific wailing sound would put the wind up the most ardent anarchist.

vg 12:49 pm 01 Jun 09

Vicki might like to go back to the people who made the request to her and ask exactly how many people in the AFP Pipes and Drums are actually members of the AFP. They aren’t full of ‘officers’

Out of the whole band I know that 2 are actual cops. If this was such a big policing issue they would go through the Police Association

Phelan doesn’t process their leave applications. Be interested to see what ‘guidelines’ they don’t meet. All they have to do is apply for rec leave like the rest of the organisation.

Thumper 12:42 pm 01 Jun 09

(d) All of the above.

Davo111 12:39 pm 01 Jun 09

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is arguably one of the biggest achievements/events for pipers, it would be a shame not to let them go.

trevar 11:37 am 01 Jun 09

Well, I guess Phelan must be just another stuffed shirt, like his old mates at the ADF… only a little more stuffed…

Ceej1973 11:25 am 01 Jun 09

Its a bit harsh of the AFP to deny these Officers the opportunity to perform in one of the biggest uniformed band events in the world.After all, they will be playing for the Australian Federal Police, the key words in that establishment being “Australian” (for Australia), “Federal” (for the Public Service), and “Police” (Implies uniformed). Secondly, what is the point in having a band if you cant show off your wares to the world, abut via so called peace keeping missions.

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