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Liverpool's first black MP has accused police officers of racially profiling her and her family on a night out.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-57765013
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With the Diana statue being unveiled recently there was some talk about the crash and how paparazzi at the scene got into trouble for "failing to assist" which is a crime in France. I'm sure every right minded person would agree that in a situation like that there is a moral duty to assist if you are capable and it's safe to do so but is that backed up by legislation in the UK?

I know there's a rarely used offence of failing to assist a constable, but what about failing to assist a random member of the public?
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Has there been a time when you've seen a criminal put so much effort and dedication into pulling off a crime that you've been genuinely impressed, and think that if they put all that effort into a legitimate job they would be extremely successful.
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Wearing body armour and full kit in cars designed for families is contributing to officer injuries, the Fed has warned.


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A former police officer who filmed himself listening to music while driving a marked vehicle has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-57557210.amp
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I have noticed that so far this year I have faced more serious and unpleasant jobs, suicides, fatals, child deaths and some heavy work incidents than in recent years and I'm getting close to my limit as are many others. 

Work have a post incident debrief and an EAP which I am led to believe is supportive, if you go for it.

However knowing police officers general attitude of stoically getting through and being generally unlikely to actually engage with many services I am trying to identify something that could be automatically done to support officers. 

We are trialing a trauma monitoring system which records which officers have been exposed to the bad stuff. The question, as yet not answered, is what happens when you reach X amount of trauma. 

I am looking to fill the gap between nothing and the full voluntary EAP. Something that management might accept, but more importantly something that will actually help officers. 

I'm thinking something like a few hours off for gratis, a training day with no training (99% of our training days) simply being a day off. 

Training days including exercise opportunity, voluntary or sponsored. 

Maybe an opportunity to swap departments for a set. 

I'm curious if anyone would have anything they think would be helpful. 

 
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THIS is the shocking moment a cafe worker writes "f*** the police" on the door in front of an officer.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/7262670/pink-peacock-govanhill-glasgow-police/amp/

Bare faced disrespect to the police, awful behaviour from this group of people.
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"We cannot simply sit back, it's crucial that we have a right of reply". West Midlands Police say a response to social media clips is needed for a "factual and balanced account".


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Portrayal of the police in soaps has never been very good. They are always portrayed as quite robotic and one dimensional and of course their competency fluctuates wildly depending on the needs of the storyline. Police-specific dramas like The Bill seemed to be at least somewhat more grounded in reality, if you ignore that awful period around 2005 when they tried turning it into a soap. Then you have the actual non-fiction documentaries like 24 Hours In Police Custody.

As a police officer how do you feel when you watch a show that portrays the police? Do you cringe when you see a long serving Chief Inspector in the script make a blatant rookie mistake? How could they be portrayed better? What kind of things do they always get wrong? Conversely have you seen shows which are fairly accurate in their portrayal of the police? Lastly, have you ever had a boss like Gina Gold?
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The IOPC has made nine national recommendations on officers' work use of WhatsApp after a series of investigations.


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Frontline officers are to get advice from the conduct watchdog on handling stop and searches with BAME people following an investigation of a case in Cambridgeshire.


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A chief constable sought to overturn a Police Appeals Tribunal ruling which reduced the dismissal of an officer to a final written warning.


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Absolutely awful.

Society going downhill fast

 
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One of the biggest mutual aid logistics operations mounted by a police force is set to begin as Cornwall hosts the G7 summit next week. Officers staying away from home can claim overnight and a hardship allowance if their accommodation isn't up to scratch.


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Officers and staff who work in cybercrime have been given neurodiversity training to help them understand how best to work with suspects, witnesses and victims who are neurodivergent.


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Do officers generally prefer to police in the same area they live, or in a different area? Obvious advantage I can see of policing the same area you live is that you know the area well, know what's going on, know the locals. But then that last bit cuts both ways, and you might encounter people you've dealt with on your weekly shop. Has this ever happened and did you get any hassle, or do people often not recognize you when without the uniform?
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The new chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, "old fashioned" Stephen Watson, has banned visible tattoos, will be staying off social media and says he "doesn't do virtue signaling".


Date - 27th May 2021
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An incident in which a Thames Valley Police officer rammed a runaway cow with his vehicle has been referred to the IOPC.


Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Barber

Date - 20th May 2021
By - Chloe Livadeas

Three cows had escaped onto the A329 in Wokingham last Thursday (13 May), and while two were successfully returned to their field, one runaway made its way to Woodley.

After two-and-a-half hours during which one member of the public and an officer had both been injured, the decision was made to deliberately drive into the cow in order to put a stop to its rampage. It was then put to sleep at the scene by a vet.

Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, Matthew Barber, said: “I have spoken directly with the Chief Constable and asked the Force to explain the actions of officers involved in the incident in which a police vehicle was used to stop one of the animals.

“I know that many people found the incident concerning and were particularly distressed by the footage circulating on social media. I have, however, been reassured that officers acted appropriately and proportionately in the interests of public safety.”

The use of a tranquiliser and even firearms were also considered.

The commissioner said the action was taken as a last resort after having consulted with the farmer who was present on the scene and attempting to assist the police.

He said a voluntary referral has been made to the IOPC, but added: “In the circumstances, distressing though the incident was, I fully support the actions of Thames Valley Police officers.”

A candlelit vigil for the cow, organised by campaigners from Vegan Action for Animals, is planned to take place this evening. 

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Retailers and shop workers' leaders have demanded tougher laws to end attacks on retail staff.


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How do you feel about when you're attending an incident and people are filming you? Don't mean getting right up in your face obstructing you but filming from a short distance away for example. And have you ever asked someone to send a copy of their footage in as evidence of whatever the incident was?
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The CEO of the messaging app Signal claims to have hacked the phone-cracking tools used by police in Britain and around the world to extract information from seized devices.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/apr/22/signal-founder-i-hacked-police-phone-cracking-tool-cellebrite

If crims can leave code on a phone that could compromise the tools police use to examine them, what implications could this have for digital forensics, reliability of evidence?
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The rules and regulations on workplace relationships with officers of junior rank need redefining.


 

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, harassing, bullying, victimising, offensive or otherwise incompatible with policing principle.”

And also:

“Do no publish online or elsewhere, or offer for publication, any material that might undermine your own reputation or that of the policing profession or might run the risk of damaging public confidence in the police service.”

Forces have their own policies but the IOPC has effectively ordered forces to direct officers to the College of Policing rules.

To hammer the point home, the IOPC listed a string of cases where individual or groups of officers have broken the rules.

Among the cases dealt with by the IOPC was a West Midlands PC who was dismissed in 2019 for gross misconduct after making comments on a personal social media account that were deemed to be racist and sexist.

A police officer resigned from Cheshire Constabulary in November 2019 after being found to have contacted, via social media, three members of the public whom they had met during the course of their policing duties and proceeded to pursue a personal relationship with each of them.

In 2018 an independent panel concluded a South Wales police officer had a case for gross misconduct, with a sanction of a final written warning. The ruling came after a member of the public reported a number of potentially offensive Facebook posts.

But the biggest number of conduct cases have been focused on private WhatsApp groups were comments or images have been shared that break the rules

In the latest incident revealed this week, a group of Devon and Cornwall officers were subject to investigation after an altered image of US murder victim George Floyd was shared.

A group of officers were investigated last year after sharing images of a murder site on a private group.

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Men targeted officer and stole his warrant card, watch and other valuables.


Top left to bottom right: Rodney Abrokwa, Daniel Agyeman, Iraawoosan Alba, Christian Bangisa, Shariff Fussaini
Top left to bottom right: Rodney Abrokwa, Daniel Agyeman, Iraawoosan Alba, Christian Bangisa, Shariff Fussaini

Date - 14th April 2021
By - Gary Mason

Five men have been sentenced to between four and six years for a serious assault on an off duty Met officer and robbery of his warrant card, watch, bank cards and driving licence.

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