04 avril 2017

Canine Pawsecution Service - B1

In 2013, after an arrest in which he participated, PC Peach was asked by the British CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) to write a report about it. The thing is that PC Peach is neither a fruit nor a policeman, he is a police dog from a K9 (canine /'keinain/) unit. When CPS persisted with their demand to get a statement, officers from the West Midlands Police, fed up with not being listened to, decided to send them the following document they so badly wanted.   PC Peach, pictured with his handler:  
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13 février 2017

COPS AND DOUGHNUTS STEREOTYPE - B1

Roses are red, violets are blue, cops eat doughnuts (donuts in American English). In a very interesting and instructive episode, Today I Found Out comes back on the probable reason why the idea of American police officers (the boys in blue) eating doughnuts is such a widespread stereotype. In the mid 20th century, establishments selling food were all closed at night. That’s why there were only two options left for those working night shift : diners and doughnut shops. A diner is a small restaurant that serves cheap meals. ... [Lire la suite]
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08 décembre 2016

The deputy's car - B2

The sheriff in the United States descends from a one-thousand-year-old English tradition: a "shire-reeve" (shire-keeper: keeper of a county). These people were appointed by the English crown when it established the newly settled American territories. Sheriffs were among the first elected public officials in an area and thus developed a leading role in local law enforcement. While the sheriff is appointed in some counties, he or she is elected to the position by the county's voters in most jurisdictions to serve a four-year term as... [Lire la suite]
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10 juin 2016

Police stories around the world – Montreal (Canada ) - B1

As in many countries around the world, police officers in Montreal are not allowed to demonstrate their dissatisfaction. That’s why, during the summer of 2014, in order to protest against a law project about their retirement, many of them decided to show their anger by wearing a red cap and colorful or camo pants. Despite this funny demonstration, the police pension plan has finally been changed. Since this action, anytime they need to raise their voice, the quebecer cops still use this way to protest. Today, provincial and... [Lire la suite]
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31 mai 2016

Cops - B1

“Cops” is an American TV show that follows men and women of law enforcement during their duties.This reality-TV show began in 1989 and still runs today. Sometimes controversial, sometimes beloved, this series is one of the longest running-shows airing on US television. Over the years, this series has shown more than 140 police departments, federal agencies, and sheriff offices in action and has taken place in many locations in the USA, as well as several other countries. If you want to have a taste at this little part of the... [Lire la suite]
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20 mai 2016

Police Stories around the world - In Caracas - A2

We have decided to launch a new series of articles in which we will select for you some funny, touching or surprising police moments. The first one will take you to Caracas, one of the most dangerous cities in the world. This web film tries to emphasize on the importance of police presence and is meant to ask the national government to provide the necessary means to enable an efficient police. The same problems everywhere.  
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10 mars 2016

Police wear humor on their arms - B1

Anybody who would say that the Police doesn’t have any humor, would probably make a mistake. As an evidence, have a look at the following patches and at the following Daily Mail article. Bizarre DEA arm patches show grim reaper, rainbows and syringesFederal agencies including the DEA began using patches in the 1970s There are 20,000 estimated federal patches, though DEA's are most colorful Patches feature jokes about drugs and government surveillance Former agents say that the forces have become more politically correct Drug... [Lire la suite]
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12 février 2016

Why your travel documents should not be misused even in case of an emergency! - A2

Have a look at this absurd history of a woman who was refused entry to Thailand, after confounding her passport with toilet paper.   Woman refused entry to Thailand after ripping pages from passport to use as loo roll when drunkA British traveller was kicked out of Thailand by border officers after ripping pages out of her passport to use as toilet paper when she was drunk. Faye Wilson was forced to turn back at the Thai airport and was escorted all the way back to the UK by a security guard after they spotted the missing... [Lire la suite]
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25 janvier 2016

A criminal arrested but a word still missing - B1

I frequently hear learners of English saying that they don’t read press articles because they can’t even understand the titles. In many cases their failure to understand is due to ELLIPSIS. Ellipsis is the omission of elements which are recoverable from the context or the situation. Can you spot the missing word in the tweet below?   In this case ‘man’, ‘person’, ‘criminal’ or fugitive would be specially appropriate. And if you already know what the Subway franchise is, you may make a second ellipsis from that tweet, by... [Lire la suite]
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05 janvier 2016

Tenses with cartoons - A2

Try and think about the use of tenses in the three following cartoons. Source: http://bizarro.com Use the preterit when the action is over. "I thought", but won't think so anymore. Note the construction of the passive form:   subject + auxiliary be + past participle "be" will be conjugated and the main verb will be invariable. In this example, if the last part of the sentence was in the preterit, the police officer would say "... anything you say was (preterit form of be) used against you". Note the use of the... [Lire la suite]
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