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  1. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/veteran-cop-probed-force-after-10246142 Veteran cop probed by own force after finding CCTV missed by detectives investigating vicious attack on his son
  2. Faults with Police Scotland's body-worn video camera system are increasing at a time when the force is considering a national rollout, the BBC understands. More than 300 issues were logged including the assigning of devices to officers and downloading of footage. Numbers are low but data obtained by the BBC shows some officers called the system "inoperative" and "unusable". Police Scotland said most problems had been with the force's own computers, not the cameras. Ch Insp Nick Topping added that the number of reported defects were low considering the devices had been deployed "tens of thousands of times across four years". Body-worn cameras were trialled for 18 months in Aberdeen before the scheme was subsequently rolled out across the Moray and Aberdeenshire divisions in 2012. Smaller and lighter than a mobile phone, the devices are worn on the upper body and are typically used during city centre patrols, events and drug searches. A freedom of information request revealed the force has 385 cameras deployed across its divisions, with an additional 49 set aside for the FoCUS team which polices football matches. A 2014 review showed that early guilty pleas were obtained in 91% of cases where the camera footage formed part of the evidence, allowing 697 officers to be on the streets rather than in the courts. Half of these guilty pleas were also submitted at "first calling" meaning officers did not have to prepare additional paperwork for the Crown Office. Police Scotland officers also stated that the cameras helped de-escalate potentially dangerous situations involving aggressive individuals. But, at a time when Police Scotland is conducting a "scoping exercise"regarding a nationwide deployment of these cameras, data obtained by BBC Scotland revealed the number of faults reported with the body-worn camera system doubled over a three-year period. View the detailed fault report data here. In total officers logged 302 faults in the force's IT portal since 2013, with the number of issues doubling from 57 in 2014, to 120 in 2016. Deployed up to 50,000 times annually, it has been claimed the number of reported incidents each year indicate a failure rate of only 0.03%. However, the number of reports could actually be greater as the force said individuals may have reported the issue directly to a colleague rather than using the IT portal. The force's portal also has no specific search field for camera-related reports, meaning BBC Scotland had to provide a list of specific terms with which to search their system. 'Unusable' system The bulk of the problems logged related not to the cameras themselves, but officers being unable to log the cameras in and out. The majority of issues came from stations in Aberdeen and Banff where the number of reports quadrupled and trebled respectively between 2014 and 2016. A Police Scotland document which outlines the operating procedures for the cameras states that "the units will only function if they have been assigned using the 'My Witness' software to an officer". One officer in Stonehaven reported: "The BWV [Body Worn Video] system is not recognising any BWV cameras which renders the system unusable. "Footage cannot be downloaded and the cameras cannot be allocated to officers." Another officer in Inverurie reported a similar issue logging out cameras and stated: "This is an officer safety issue as we cannot issue BWV cameras until this is fixed". One officer in Aberdeen reported errors with eight "faulty" cameras; other officers in Banff, Lossiemouth, Forres, Huntly, Torry, and Aboyne reported none of their cameras could be used. The data obtained by BBC Scotland also revealed other issues including downloading and locating footage, the charging of devices, broken camera mounts, and one camera which was found by officers to be recording audio at all times even when it was not activated to record. However, Ch Insp Topping said the impact of the reported faults was marginal, and that the majority of the issues were down to user error or computers rather than the cameras themselves. He said: "Our computers run 24/7...so sometimes what happens is a computer needs a reboot". "And that's why there's been some recorded issues because we've asked officers to make sure they record any issues." However, the increase in reports, and the revelation that the same issues are repeatedly encountered by the same officers, suggest a reboot may not always be the solution. One officer reported that "the body worn video system based at Fraserburgh Police Office is inoperative". The officer said: "All cameras are in the charging base but none are registering as being there and no footage can be accessed. "We have re-set the system but still nothing." Infrastructural and funding challenges Ch Insp Topping added that many of the devices were now more than four years old. He said: "So they're coming to the end of their lifetime cycle, and we're in the process of refreshing a number at the moment because the battery for some is not holding a charge. "So the actual issues with the BWVs has been minor because we've deployed these tens of thousands of times across four years." But Andrea MacDonald, chairwoman of the Scottish Police Federation, said there were concerns over a national deployment of the system, as well as its integration with the rest of the criminal justice system. She said: "[We] are largely supportive of anything that could help our members welfare and to protect them and the public...however what concerns us just now is that we have serious issues with our IT infrastructure, and we just don't think it's capable of supporting body-worn cameras at the present time. "And the finances required will be a large sum of money which again, in the current cash-strapped situation, we're concerned that the service don't have the funding for it." Sir Stephen House, the force's former chief constable, told the Scottish Police Authority in June 2015 that "the cost would be more than several million pounds to roll out body worn cameras across the force and the money was not available at the present time". The adoption of the devices by the Metropolitan Police last October is costing the London force approximately £1m a year. And at a time of a £200m financial gap, Police Scotland confirmed no new cameras have been purchased since April 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-39730665
  3. Hi there. Im due to submit my application in Aug when I'm 17 & 1/2 but there is one thing bothering me. Between the age of 14-15 I was sexually abused. At age 15 I reported to the police and the criminal is now 1 year into a 6 year prison sentence and on sex offenders for life Could my application be deterred on this basis ? Thanks
  4. Hi guys, I'm wondering for those of you that have previously done a custody type role whether there is any kit that you would possibly recommend? Thanks in advance. XA84
  5. THIS is the moment a TV builder charged with assaulting two police officers appears to be dragged out of his car and beaten by a cop with a “metal bar”. Full Story - The Sun Not sure why The Sun dont call a baton a baton instead of a " metal bar" As for this chap Huntley Thawe he states on his facebook page " the police chose the wrong black man to mess with" it says it all really.
  6. This dramatic video shows the moment a police officer smashes a car windscreen after a driver refuses to get out of his vehicle. Full Story - Mirror This video is doing the rounds on social media, many people including Lee Jasper using it as a propaganda video for their own agenda. Many people trying to imply the officers are behaviour is racist, not sure how that is? Buzzfeed are trying to find the driver to make an article about it.
  7. https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/news/news-feed/police-cannot-continue-to-fill-the-gaps-left-by-other-agencies/ Police forces are having to pick up the slack as cuts in other public services increase pressure on them, according to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Thomas Winsor, in a report published today. In his annual State of Policing report, Sir Thomas draws attention to material pressures on police forces in England and Wales, which put the service under strain. The principal pressures he highlights are as a result of: the failures of other public services, especially in respect of children’s and adolescent mental health, too often making the police the service of first resort, long after the chances of effective prevention have been lost; the modern tsunami of online fraud; increased police awareness of crimes against vulnerable people, including the elderly and the sexual exploitation and abuse of children, requiring the devotion of higher specialist police resources; and the fragmented state of police information and communications technology. The report highlights that 18 forces require improvement in at least one of HMIC’s principal inspection themes of effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. Reflecting on last month’s attack in Westminster, Sir Thomas paid tribute to the bravery of police officers: “Every day and every night, police officers do things that most of us would go out of our way to avoid. This has been illustrated to a tragically graphic extent by the Westminster terrorist attack in which one very brave police officer, PC Keith Palmer, lost his life. “Police officers do a difficult job professionally, conscientiously and compassionately, and they deserve our grateful thanks.” When considering the daily pressures to which the police are subject, Sir Thomas warned against the insidious creep of expecting police forces to be able to deal with the increasing demand caused by a shortage in mental health provision. Sir Thomas said: “The police are considered to be the service of last resort. In some areas, particularly where people with mental health problems need urgent help, the police are increasingly being used as the service of first resort. This is wrong. “The provision of mental healthcare has reached such a state of severity that police are often being used to fill the gaps that other agencies cannot. This is an unacceptable drain on police resources, and it is a profoundly improper way to treat vulnerable people who need care and help. “The obligation of the police is to prevent crime. This is not only because this makes society safer – both in reality and in perception – but also because it is far cheaper to prevent a crime than it is to investigate and arrest the offender after the event. The same is true of mental ill-health, which is not a crime. It is an old adage that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, and this is particularly true when the cure fails and an emergency intervention is required to protect the safety of an individual in distress and, often, people nearby. By the time depression or some other mental disorder has been allowed to advance to the point that someone is contemplating suicide, or engaging in very hazardous behaviour, many opportunities to intervene will have been missed by many organisations. When that intervention takes place on a motorway bridge or railway line, or when someone is holding a weapon in a state of high distress, the expense to all concerned is far higher than it should be. The principal sufferer is the person who is ill, especially when it is realised that his or her suffering could have been much less or even avoided altogether.” Whilst there are examples of excellence found in the HMIC inspections over the last year, police leaders need to focus more on what matters most, by planning properly for the future, by ensuring that their officers and staff are properly trained, supported and equipped, and by improving the pace of improvement significantly. The report says that the police are particularly far behind many other organisations in the way they use technology. Used well, modern technology should give the police an unprecedented ability to exchange, retrieve and analyse intelligence. Sir Thomas summed up: “The changing nature of crime, and the increasing opportunities to exploit the vulnerability of children and the elderly in particular, creates a greatly intensified need for police leaders to improve their efficiency and effectiveness to prevent crime and deal with offences. “In too many cases, police leaders are still too sluggish in ensuring their plans to meet new demands are sound, particularly in the need to ensure the complete interoperability of law enforcement information and communications systems. “For too long, a culture of insularity, isolationism and protectionism has prevented chief officers from making the most effective use of the technology available to them. The blinkers have to come off.” This year, HMIC has been able to compare year-on-year performance of each police force, and therefore assess the direction of each force and the police service as a whole. Forces are assessed against three broad categories: effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. Overall, in comparison with 2015: in relation to effectiveness, 10 police forces improved, 26 stayed the same and seven forces declined; in relation to efficiency, six forces improved, 30 stayed the same and seven forces declined; and in relation to legitimacy, four forces improved, 36 stayed the same and three forces declined. Overall, in HMIC inspections, the judgments which are made in relation to the efficiency and effectiveness of the police are predominantly about how well the police use their money and other resources, not about how much funding forces have at their disposal. Across the 43 police forces of England and Wales, four forces were judged to be ‘outstanding’ against one or more of these categories; only one force – Bedfordshire Police – was found to be ‘inadequate’ for one category, but 18 forces were found to ‘require improvement’ in one or more categories. On 12 April 2017, HMIC published assessments by each of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary on the performance of the 43 police forces in England and Wales over the last year. State of Policing: The Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales 2016
  8. Hello all, Thought it would be a good idea as a fellow applicant myself to create a discussion for the recent ongoing (and upcoming) recruitment drives which plan to put new police officers in place for 2017/18. Here we can discuss anything in regards to Derbyshire Constabulary. Has anybody else been successful so far in recruitment? You're welcome
  9. 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.
  10. On the old forum there was a topic on how you laid out your belt kit, and what you had where. Stepping it up a notch I thought I'd start one where you'd upload a picture of it instead. All kit belts welcome from UK police officers and PCSO to you guys abroad and in other jobs How do you feel about this? If not I'd be interested to know what you put where and of its personal issue kit/holders or from stores. Il post mine when I can figure out how (Tav vests welcome) Edit: I did it!:
  11. As requested by @XA84! It's been a while since I last posted an update so I suppose it's about time. Since I last posted, it's been a mixture of really super busy weeks and weeks where we spend our days catching up on things that have changed since we were first taught them, things we missed and things we want to recap. It's really starting to feel like we're almost at the end now and it's kind of a bitter-sweet feeling. I can't wait to get out there, finally, after all these months training but I'm also going to miss my training family so much and I'm really worried about how I'll find it out there. We are half way through our six week split currently, where half of us stayed in HQ for our Investigative Interviewing course and the other half went off on the 3 week response driving course. I started with Interviewing, which I'm really glad about because once I'm back from driving there will only be three weeks left before we pass out. However, it has been hard listening to the other half of our group talking about all the fun they've had and places they've been on the driving, which sounds like such an amazing course. We have had our own fun in HQ though, with interview practicals being my favourite part. We covered No Comment interviews, which I found particularly interesting, as well as how to challenge people's accounts etc. I found it really difficult at the start to stop myself from using leading questions or asking 'Can you..' instead of imperatives, but after the first day everything seemed to fall into place and I got the hang of it and found myself excited to do the real thing. In our three weeks in HQ we've also had a massive practical day, where we were set up as if we were covering a town with an event on for the day and sent around to mundane tasks and petty crimes when all of a sudden a major crime happens and we had to deal with it, which was fantastic. We've also had inputs from the Forensic team and Family Liaison Officer which were so interesting. We also had a Court Practical day following our court training which was a great insight into what it'll be like to stand in the witness box. My role play included being questioned on my age and how I could possibly know this and that at the age of twenty, which I'm actually really glad was brought up as I'm sure it will be out there and I felt like I held my ground pretty convincingly and had good feedback afterwards, so happy days! By far one of my favourite things we've done throughout our training so far was our Water Rescue & Safety day which was on Thursday. We traveled up to a local fire station where we were plonked in a freezing cold river in dry suits and taught how to not only rescue casualties from the water but also self-rescue in strong currents. It was an absolutely fantastic day and a brilliant team-building exercise, although it was only half of our team with us. The trainers were brilliant and it was nice to get away from the strictness of HQ and have a bit of a laugh and a joke for the day, it was a right blast. Not to mention the fact that, being a swimmer, this day was right up my street. We followed this perfectly by another team-building exercise, which was our own kind of 'end of course' night out to Cardiff to make the most of our last few weeks together. I'm really going to miss the people I've become so close to, spending the last five months as one big family, and it'll be weird to all be split up but I'm hoping I become just as close to the people on my shift at my station. Come Tuesday I'll be starting the Response Driving course which I'm so, so excited about but also a little bit nervous because I'm a terrible passenger, I don't get sick but I'm the person who will sit there slamming on my imaginary break in the passenger seat. I'm sure it'll be fine though, and from the other group's stories it's the best part of the training. We've had another course start in HQ a few weeks ago which is nice, it's great to have a few new faces around the place and especially in the hotel. Other than that, I'm just pushing myself more in the gym despite a minor knee injury ready to get out there and trying to get my head together and plan for the real world now. 6 weeks to go, and counting! Thanks for reading, Alice.
  12. All footwear questions and advice welcome.
  13. Russell Wylie Police Constable Humberside Police Died 14th April 2015, aged 28 During the morning of Monday 13th April 2015 he was on routine motorcycle patrol when both and his colleague were involved in a collision with a car on the B1362, Burstwick, East Yorkshire. He was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary, however his injuries proved to be fatal. He was a Traffic Officer based at Melton. He is survived by his parents and fiancée.
  14. Michael Chapman Police Constable West Midlands Police Died 14th April 2014, aged 48 Having cycled into work for a late shift he become unwell, he was rushed to hospital but suffered a fatal heart attack. Mick joined West Midlands Police in 1998 and served on D3 at Stechford police station and Acocks Green police station. His most recent post was on the Yardley community action and priority team (CAPT) on Birmingham east local policing unit. He was also a Federation Representative. He is survived by his wife Jayne and two daughters Paige and Grace.
  15. Attackers evaded searches and placed explosives under a Turkish police compound "in a short period of time", officials say. http://news.sky.com/story/attackers-dug-tunnel-in-turkish-police-compound-terror-blast-10834287 At least two people killed. R.I.P.
  16. Afternoon all, Just a quick one. I note from shows such as Traffic Cops and Police Interceptors that if a civilian vehicle needs to be moved the officers are able to get inside and move it under Police Insurance. Is this limited to advanced police drivers or can any officer providing they have a driving entitlement through the police force? Thanks in advance. XA84
  17. A police force is bringing in identical uniforms for male and female officers in a bid to become more transgender-friendly Full Story - Daily Mail I am all for the police trying to become approachable to minority groups, however surely common sense has to apply? Budgets are being cut like never before yet a force has found money to change uniforms to appease the transgender community.
  18. Apparently this was at a 'refugee centre' and the three attending officers were female. In retrospect they should've let the first bystander continue assisting them.
  19. Police officers have started using a car-sharing club which could cut costs and the size of its own fleet, The Scotsman has learned. http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/police-start-using-car-sharing-club-vehicles-to-cut-costs-1-4409251 Interesting move, hopefully it works out cheaper!
  20. The thread in UK Policing news about a Police Officer pushing man was going off-topic with @Jasper arguing that members posting in that thread were inflaming anti police feeling with their messages supporting the officer involved. http://police.community/topic/91363-watch-police-pushed-birmingham-city-fan-to-the-ground-after-aston-villa-match/?do=findComment&comment=202140 Remmy posted the link below which shows the publics confidence in police continues to rise http://news.npcc.police.uk/releases/public-confidence-in-the-police-continues-to-rise So on a general note do members think the vast majority of the public trust the police? Or is Jasper right that incidents like the one discussed above will lead people to have a "lower opinion" of the police?
  21. Steve RawsonPolice ConstableHampshire ConstabularyDied 3rd April 2013, aged 40 Whilst riding an unmarked police motorcycle in Swaythling he was involved in a collision with another car around 2pm. He was rushed to Southampton General Hospital but efforts to revive him failed. Steve had joined Hampshire Constabulary as a police officer in 2003, initially posted to a neighbourhood team before moving to the Major Investigation Team in 2007. Steve had previously been a member of police staff. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.
  22. Ronan KerrConstablePolice Service of Northern IrelandDied 2 April 2011, aged 25 Killed by a terrorist bomb, which exploded under his car outside his home in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, as he was about to set off to report for duty in Enniskillen. Ronan entered the police training college at Garnerville in May 2010. He began his on the job training in F District in December 2010. He first joined the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Enniskillen before moving to a response role at the end of March 2011. He is survived by his widowed mother, sister and two brothers.
  23. I don't know what this officer was thinking... http://www.sj-r.com/news/20170320/body-cam-video-shows-arrested-spd-officers-actions
  24. Hello guys, About to start my PC training next month and just wondering what ideas people have for a patrol bag? Not too expensive, one to have that is durable but good value for money. I will be intending to use it during training to fit all my books, lunch etc generally day to day stuff, and then using it once training has finished and onto the real thing! Any suggestions, or previous experience with any would be great.
  25. A police helicopter base serving Cambridgeshire is closing - but residents will now see fixed wing aircraft chasing criminals for the first time. http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/criminals-chased-police-aeroplanes-cambridgeshire-12758419