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'May's contempt and disdain for policing no secret'
PFEW chairman launches blistering attack as PM steps down.

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Disabled association demands review to end 'appalling statistics for badly let down police workforce'
World-first conference tells chiefs: Today we are where women were in policing 30 years ago.

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New 360 degree picture system gives policing 'extra pair of eyes'
Seamless service with fully integrated body worn video and in-car cameras and digital evidence platform.

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Football fans are 'stigmatised' by laws based on lies, says PCC
Wrexham fan Arfon Jones calls for police to change how they treat football fans.

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Federation releases photos of 'decrepit' state of police buildings in shaming exercise
Force admits historic underfunding and failing to match investment with its size.

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£250 Forum Giveaway
Today we are launching our brand new "Clubs" and in doing so giving away £250 to our members for their support with this new addition. 

So what are Clubs?

Clubs are a brand new feature within the Police Community forums where members are put in control of the content, structure and more. The Club area is a section of our site where you can create your very own forum, gallery, blog, download library and more within a club on a subject or hobby that interests you and that you feel others will be interested in also. SO you have an interest in motorsport, why not be the one to create and run your own motorsport club for other like minded members. You control the members, your own moderators, the content and more.

Clubs are a little like Facebook Groups but from the membership here on the forum.

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Officer welfare a 'priority' during 2019 Trump visit
Around-the-clock hotline will also cater for any food or accommodation issues.

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Prison can wait as offender allowed summer holiday before sentencing
Tenerife break for man caught carrying Taser, baton, ecstasy and cocaine.

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Many public services do not understand autism well enough'
MP says her legislation would see all policing given awareness training.

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Let us not criminalise ever more groups of young people, chief pleads
His 'be careful' intervention comes as UK fatal stabbings total hits 100 in 2019.

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Signing up to police learning programme that 'professionalises the professionals'
University to work with five forces to provide officer education.

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Culture of corruption will have spread over the border into Scotland, SNP conference hears
TV drama portrayal 'not far fetched', warns former undercover officer.

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Officer with 'highly respected' persona dismissed over offensive WhatsApp messages
'Off duty with certain friends, PC's conduct fell way below expected standards'.

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'Excessive use of force' officer gets his job back after two years
Hero to zero and back again for BTP constable after successful appeal.

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Retiring chief: My force is the worst example of an underfunded service
Departing Beds chief Jon Boutcher fires one last broadside across Tory government's bows.

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10,000 officers on standby to prevent Brexit unrest
MPs and campaigners must avoid inciting bad behaviour, warns new NPCC chief.

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Met pours cold water on Ukip's 'policing by cannon' theory
Force ready with 'proportionate plan' as countrywide protests descend on London.

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Force urges public to report all police employees 'misusing their position of trust'
Campaign means no hiding place for those who abuse the uniform.

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'Substandard' trousers replaced over quality complaints
Many officers felt forced to buy their own in order to look professional.

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I'm in a new role at the moment. It's stressful, but not overly so and certainly not more than I have dealt with for years. It is a new challenge so in I have dived. 

For the last couple of weeks I have been irritable, angry, short tempered and generally unpleasant to be around. But I didn't notice. 

It wasn't until my other half called me on it that I realised that something was up. Some significant introspection later and I feel pretty good. Its like my irritation has been washed away. 

The reason I mention it is that I genuinely didn't realise. I like to think I'm pretty solid mentally and mental health and welfare is an interest of mine. So it was a surprise to find something awry without any obvious reason. 

So take care of yourself and listen to people concerned about you. 

Also, 

The charity Mind have support specifically for emergency services.

Your local federation will have support available and the backup buddy app can signpost you to all sorts of immediate and long term help. 
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Park power rangers get mini-force status for another three years
Police renew partnership powers to help safeguard population of one of Britain's most important geological and wildlife havens.




 

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So, I’m sure many would have head the comments made by Phillip Hammond in relation to surging resources from other areas to tackle knife crime and moving away from lower priority crime. 

Now, this has got me thinking. This is a senior member of the government. If we then add in the obvious, 20000+ cops gone in the last 9 years, thousands of CSO’s gone, thousands of civilian staff gone and demand sky rocketing.

The reason for the post is to generate some discussion and to see what people think could/should be dropped down the list of priorities or what we should stop doing altogether. If you were a chief officer what would you be doing less of? 

No organisation in the world can lost such a huge percentage of resources and money and somehow do more, it doesn’t make sense.

If we are reaching a point where we are now breaking and struggling to deal with demand then maybe we need a drastic look at things.

Do we stop investigating offences where an allegation is made after 6 months or more after the offence? ie no more historic allegations? 

Do we completely stop responding to concern for welfare jobs? 

Do we stop looking for regular mispers? 

Can we radically reform our custody suites? let’s speed up the process. 

Do we stop dealing with low level domestic violence/abuse where the victim doesn’t support? 

Do we stop dealing with drug offences altogether (with the exception of trafficking/supply) 

Do we stop investigating summary only offences? (Record and immediately close) 

Should we signpost Mental Health calls back to the NHS / crisis teams etc and refuse to deal? 

Or, we do simply not do things in such a thorough way? Do we ignore the HMIC and the likes? 

There are probably hundreds/thousands of things people may come up with.

To make clear, I’m not necessarily saying I agree or want any of the questions I have posed, but, something surely is going to have to give. We aren’t going to be fixed and the government clearly feel that we have enough resources, regardless of the realities.

 
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Forces still 'too slow' on progress 20 years after Macpherson Report.

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Met Commissioner: Why 'myths and stereotypes' are holding back a 50-50 gender split
Cressida Dick believes the public is '20 years behind' on women in policing.

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Firefighters trained as specials in 'worrying' national first
Federation claims the scheme will cost £200,000 and could be better spent elsewhere.

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