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  1. Gary Andrew TomsPolice Constable Metropolitan Police Died 17 April 2009, aged 37 Following a robbery at a house in Dagenham early on the morning of 11 April, armed response officers pursued a suspect car into a road in Newham, East London, and whilst attempting to stop and arrest the escaping suspects, PCToms sustained severe head injuries from which he later died in hospital. Gary was appointed in January 2002 serving in Barking and Dagenham Borough and with the North East Territorial Support Group for three years before moving in November 2008 to CO19 Firearms Unit based at Leman Street. He is survived by his wife and his mother and sister.
  2. Six officers were surrounded and attacked as violence erupted during an arrest in north London. Full Story - Evening Standard Sign of things to come? Hot weather, gangs of youths attacking police officers? The goodwill from the public after the Westminster attack has not lasted long, alot of comments on social media asking why the police needed to send so many resources to deal with officers being attacked.
  3. So I was reading ''The Job '' and this is on the cover.... I don't mean to be rude or anything but to be honest on the construction site that I worked I've seen laborers dressed a lot better and smarter than ''London's Finest''. No seriously what's up with the scruffy look?
  4. Idea is not being ruled out at present. Following the appointment of Cressida Dick as the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police speculation has turned to which issues take priority in her burgeoning in-tray. One which the government has hinted previously could be removed from the force is national responsibility for coordinating counter-terrorism. The Home Affairs Select Committee has previously called for this change to happen, and although the government said in 2015 it would not imminently change anything, the Home Office is currently not ruling out such a change. Terrorism analyst Dr Dave Sloggett was formerly opposed to the idea of transferring responsibility, but he now thinks there is a “good case” for it. He said: “I was against the idea some time ago when the National Crime Agency was struggling. Since that time it has improved. “When you consider the overlap which exists between terrorism and organised crime, you can see an emerging argument for the idea and that it should be given to ‘Britain’s FBI’. “While Cressida Dick has expertise on terrorism, she actually has a very good understanding of the many challenges the Met faces other than terrorism, which is a national issue dealt with across the entire country, and which it could be better for a Commissioner to do without.” But retired head of the National Counter Terrorism and Security Office Chris Phillips disagrees. He told PoliceOracle.com: “We’ve got an arrangement under which things have worked for many years as they are, I can understand why they might want to change it, it’s a cross-border role, but the system we’ve got is tried and tested, we’ve had it in place for many years and we’ve not had a major terrorist attack for years.” Former Thames Valley deputy chief constable Brian Langston said community relationships must be preserved, whatever the model. He said: “Whilst shifting the responsibility for counter-terrorism to the National Crime Agency is worthy of serious consideration, it must be remembered that the seeds of terrorism often lie within disaffected communities. “Misguided and vulnerable young people are often targeted for radicalisation and groomed to carry out acts of violent extremism. “There would need to remain a strong bond between any national agency charged with this responsibility, and local neighbourhood teams to ensure that community intelligence is not lost. Terrorism is both a local and global issue." When asked if changing the national responsibility for counter-terrorism to the National Crime Agency was on the agenda, a Home Office spokesman simply replied: “This government is committed to do doing everything we can to keep our families, communities and country safe, so will always look to ensure that collaboration between police and the agencies working on counter-terrorism and organised crime is as effective as possible." Last week the NCA announced five new appointments to its leadership team including the hiring of Essex Deputy Chief Constable Matthew Horne as a deputy director and Merseyside Assistant Chief Nikki Holland as director of investigations. Current deputy David Armond has announced his retirement from the organisation. Read on Police Oracle
  5. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is retiring in February 2017. What do people think of his time in role? https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/sep/29/sir-bernard-hogan-howe-to-retire-as-met-police-commissioner
  6. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37762369 The Metropolitan Police Service could struggle to recruit 600 extra firearms officers within two years, the Met Police Federation has warned. It represents rank and file officers and said many are reluctant to become firearms specialists, subjected to long investigations after a fatal shooting. In the wake of the Paris attacks Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said there would be 600 more firearms officers to protect London. The Met has 100 new officers to date. Image captionDeputy chief constable Simon Chesterman said about 50 of the Met Police's new recruits had come from the Sussex and Essex Police force areas About 1,000 applicants have applied to be trained in the use of firearms and a force spokesman said it was "more than satisfied not only with the quantity of the applications, but also with the quality." However, the national lead for armed policing, deputy chief constable Simon Chesterman, said he only expected to get about half of the suitable applicants through the rigorous training process, which hampered speedy recruitment. He added: "I think the greatest threat to delivering the uplift [extra officers] is officers' fears about what they will face in the event they have to discharge a firearm and they are really concerned about what will happen to them post incident." Retired Met Police officer Anthony Long was cleared in 2015 of the unlawful killing of suspected armed robber Azelle Rodney whom he shot dead in 2005. Mr Long said: "I am the worst case scenario. "Non-firearms officers, who might be considering a position as a firearms officer, are rightly saying to themselves, why would I put myself and my family through that, what is the gain, because you don't get paid any more for being a firearms officer?" Image captionEx-Met firearms officer Anthony Long said: "I went out on over 1,000 operations and opened fire on three separate occasions." Home Office figures show the total number of armed officers has fallen in the Met Police by about 717 people since March 2010 when there were 2,856 firearms officers compared to 2,139 in March 2016. The reduction was largely due to cuts in police budgets, the Met Police Federation said. Federation chairman Ken Marsh said: "We really are struggling to recruit. "I think at the moment the commissioner said [he wanted] 600, we are not even halfway there yet. "I think the next batch is going to be far harder because there is only a certain pool that you are taking these officers from." The increase in firearms officers for the capital was part of a national plan to increase the UK's armed response teams, mainly funded by the government. The officers were due to be deployed within two years of the announcement in April. Image captionAn increased number of firearms officers has been promised at some of the capital's most famous locations Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) deputy chair Sarah Green said "We recognise the challenging and dangerous circumstances in which firearms officers operate but it is right that when there is a fatality there is an independent investigation. Our independent scrutiny should not cause any officer to be concerned about taking on a firearms role." In the past six years the IPCC has completed 23 investigations into the use of police firearms, of which seven cases involved fatalities. It said in 21 of those cases, including six fatal shootings, no firearms officer involved "was at any time treated as a suspect by the IPCC". "We are working hard to reduce the amount of time our work takes but many firearms investigations involving a fatality are complex and the public rightly have an expectation of thorough scrutiny," Ms Green added.
  7. This is the shocking moment a police officer appeared to drag a terrified 13-year-old girl in handcuffs across the ground 'like a piece of meat' Full Story - Daily Mail
  8. Rank: S/Sgt Region: Metland Length of Service: 2 years Planned Hours: 1600-0200 assisting response After reading so much about them on this forum (mainly from bensonby!) I recently had the pleasure of meeting a "freeman of the land" so thought I'd write it up... 1530 - Arrive at the station with 2 MSC colleagues. Kit up, grab a callsign and a panda and out we go. 1630 - An I-graded call comes out of a man wielding a knife. We're on the same road (that never happens) so I use the full extent of my basic driver exemptions to carry out an area search. With other units involved, questionable intel coming back from the informant and no trace 10 minutes later, we come to the aid of a fist-waving cyclist who points out a van driver who allegedly just tried side-swiping him. 1650 - We get the van stopped near the forecourt of a petrol station and the fun begins. I introduce myself and go through normal proceedings. He's refusing to get out the van, turn the engine off or provide any sort of documention, pointing out that as a human he is not obliged to comply to any of these statute laws. I weep a little at where I can see this going, holding nothing but distain for the cyclist for pointing out this van (I joke). 1710 - 20 minutes later and having recited half of the Road Traffic Act - to be questioned in return about my own religious beliefs and whether I am acting under my oath - he finally concedes and provides his driving licence. A check with PNC and the MIB reveals he is uninsured (another weep on my part). He greets the news that his van will be seized by winding up the window and ensuring the doors are already locked. Well played, Sir. I was mindful that until this point he wasn't obliged to exit the vehicle, and vaguely recalling a thread I read on here debating powers to enter the vehicle. 1750 - My colleague plays "good cop" (at this point, guess which one I am) to try and coerce him out while I seek advice from the duty traffic Sergeant around powers to remove him for the purpose of a seizure. After deliberation I'm told that this would constitute an offence of obstruction, therefore necessary force could be used to effect the arrest. I was already picturing myself on YouTube smashing the window of a parked van with a "compliant" driver inside. 1800 - Moments after I requested recovery, and with my colleague still trying to talk him down, the driver decides he's had enough and simply drives off down the main road. Excellent. I shout it up and an IRV is behind him 30 seconds later, confirming it as a Fail To Stop and reporting the pursuit speed as fluctuating between the public-endangering speeds of 10 and 15mph. A couple of other units (including the area car) are now involved and after a few minutes of commotion, it's reported that he's been stopped and detained. 1810 - Having been making our way from afar in slow(ish) time, we arrive at the van to find the passenger window smashed in and the driver detained on the pavement - even less happy than before but making sure to ask everyone if they are acting under their oath. I take great pleasure in arresting for obstruct police, fail to stop, driving with no insurance and theft of motor vehicle (based on his resistance, being uninsured and not being able to speak to the owner) and off we head in a Met taxi. 1820 - The custody Sergeant enjoys this gentleman as much as I have, and after 45 minutes of to-ing and fro-ing and him refusing any details (reminding us we're breaching his human rights) he is escorted into a cell. 1900 - Paperwork 2000 - Paperwork 2030 - I inform CID for the case to be picked up by CPU on early turn - I don't envy them 2100 - We're asked to turn out to an RTC - moped vs lamppost. Second on scene we help the ambulance crew and one of my colleagues heads off to hospital for continuity (the joys of being a Special at the bottom of the food chain). 2200 - Resume patrol and we precariously help half the borough with an area search at a firearms/shots fired call. I circulate the sighting of a male who is possibly ident and leave the ARV's to do their business. 0000 - We pick up our colleague from hospital and head towards a report of several hundred teenagers congregating/causing a nuisance on a playing field next to a large residential block. We arrive with a couple of other units and wade through the cloud of cannabis smoke and mouthy (drunk) teenagers to disperse the group. All of a sudden they all start sprinting towards a nearby empty warehouse which they've managed to gain entry to. The next hour is spent inside this warehouse facing off against a huge group of kids. 0100 - After a few occasions of the atmosphere feeling like it was going to turn nasty they all left voluntarily, citing us all as fun sponges. Moments later a couple of TSG serials turned up - good timing. 0200 - Home time I'm keen to hear how any of you would have dealt with the traffic stop differently - like I say it was a first for me and having it escalate into a "pursuit" clearly wasn't ideal. I'll post the outcome once the case is closed. Will
  9. The grieving mother of victim Rocky Dawson is convinced her son’s murder was covered up and has sworn to continue her quest for the truth http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/corrupt-met-police-cops-covered-6795721
  10. A frustrated Met police officer has live-tweeted their six-hour battle to find an available mental health bed in London for a man who was a “danger to himself”. Full Story - Evening Standard
  11. It was just after 8am on 6 November 2014 when Faiza Hassan Ahmed knocked on her neighbour’s door. Violet Nantayiro did not know her, but Faiza was obviously distressed. She let her in and tried to comfort her. Faiza said a man had attempted to rape her, and asked Nantayiro if she would ring the police on her behalf. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/feb/06/faiza-ahmed-cries-for-help-missed-every-authority-simon-hattenstone?CMP=fb_gu Interesting article about the failings of London Ambulance Service, the Metropolitan Police and Department of Work and Pensions (not my criticism, this was the conclusion from the coroner), but also a 'there but the grace of god go I' type of cautionary tale - I'm sure we have all attended jobs which haven't quite got to the tipping point to the next level of action or we've done the opposite and gone above and beyond 'just in case'. Again, cross agency communication seems to be an issue, but then the HRA Article 8 also plays a part. "You do not have to make a decision, but it may harm your defence if you do not have a crystal ball with you when questioned about something you later rely on in court. Anything you decide may be given in evidence..."
  12. Something a little different from Jack Jones which features the met police and the homeless.
  13. In this interview with LBC today, Sir Bernard Hogan Howe says in the next few weeks he will announce plans to have a 'mobile armed capability', where 'some officers will have an extra skill'. This seems to be the first hint at having current non-AFO's trained in the use of firearms so they can be called upon as and when needed, my thinking is it will begin with units such as the TSG.
  14. I have to admit I've not seen it all yet. At about the 7 minute mark of part one and am in stitches! Part 1 Part 2
  15. Home› Most Read› Live Feeds› News› Man City› Man Utd› Sport› What's On› Business› In Your Area› Apps› Dating› Buy, Sell & Tell› Jobs› Puzzles› Play Casino› Email Newsletters› Fantasy Football› Home› Most Read› Live Feeds› News› Man City› Man Utd› Sport› What's On› Business› In Your Area› Apps› Dating› Buy, Sell & Tell› Jobs› Puzzles› Play Casino› Email Newsletters› Fantasy Football› NEWSGREATER MANCHESTER NEWSWIGAN Gunman threatens to shoot two police community support officers after fight in Wigan 16:32, 18 NOV 2015 UPDATED 16:34, 18 NOV 2015 BY PAUL BRITTON Major police investigation launched and detectives are appealing for key witnesses to come forward 11SHARES 2COMMENTS Google Street View Gidlow Lane, Wigan Two police community support officers were threatened by a man armed with a handgun as they ran to split up a fight. Detectives in Wigan have launched a major investigation and are now appealing for a number of key witnesses to come forward. The PCSOs were talking to two members of the public on Gidlow Lane in Wigan when they saw a man being assaulted further up the road by another man. The ran towards the fight shouting to the attacker to stop, but he pointed the gun at them and threatened to shoot them, ordering them not to come any closer. The victim of the attack got up from the floor and ran off. The gunman got into the rear passenger seat of a silver BMW which was driven away. The incident took place at around 10pm on November 12. A 28 year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been bailed pending further enquiries.
  16. The Metropolitan police believes protesters plan to damage public monuments, attack police officers and try to occupy buildings Full Story - Guardian
  17. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34430530
  18. CAUTION:- Your blood may boil on watching these two videos: Cops played it fairly cool, good on them.
  19. Police refuse to arrest sex attacker despite victim identifying him on bus Police issued this picture as part of their appeal but nobody came forward (Picture: Met Police) Two police officers have been given final warnings after they refused to arrest an alleged sex attacker. The victim of the assault approached the two officers on the 134 bus in Camden after she had been targeted on a bus. But they told her they could not arrest the man until she had reported him at a police station. The victim, 36, told the Evening Standard that she got up to greet a friend when he lunged at her on the bus last December. She said: ‘I pushed him away and asked, “What are you doing?” I was shocked but seconds later two female police officers boarded the bus. ‘I told them what had happened. I pointed at the man, saying that was who had assaulted me, and I said the attack was witnessed by my friend. ‘They told me they could not deal with the crime because I had to report it at a police station. At the time I did not question it because you believe in the police and what they say. ‘Only later when I walked to Kentish Town police station and said, “I have just been sexually assaulted”, I thought it was not right.’ Police issued the above picture but nobody came forward and the inquiry was closed. MORE: Man released from prison by accident taunts police Scotland Yard confirmed two officers were found guilty at a misconduct hearing after it found they had ‘breached the standards of professional behaviour for duties and responsibilities’. Camden borough commander Richard Tucker said: ‘These officers let down the victim and both received a final written warning — the most severe sanction available to the local panel.’ Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2015/07/23/police-refuse-to-arrest-sex-attacker-despite-victim-identifying-him-on-bus-5309712/#ixzz3hfxolSbO