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Legal advice and legal expenses cover

In order to ensure that special constables have legal protection, the Home Office provides legal assistance cover currently through Arc Legal Assistance. This is available to all special constables, free of charge, and includes personal injury cover including financial compensation for damages. It also includes cover for legal advice as well as representation at criminal proceedings.

The Special Constable Legal Fees Insurance Scheme is now administered by the Home Office. For more information and summary of cover, please email: specialconstabularyenquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.



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Work With Offenders looks behind the decline in prosecutions with only three out of every 200 accused ending up in court.


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West Midlands to teach frontline response to life-threatening incidents.

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Survey comes out in favour of cap that fits the 'safer, practical and comfortable' approach for wearers.

Passing out parade: Officers will still wear helmets for ceremonial duties 

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Tried to search the forum high and low and we appear to have officers in all areas but I can't find anything that suggests we have any dog handlers?

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Campaign groups call for reform of 'digital strip searches' amid claims policy is unlawful.

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I have about 12 months service as a Constable with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. In the PSNI, when you pass out from the training college, everyone is sent to response. No one likes being in response for reasons why I will go on to outline in a moment. The coveted roles, available only to Con's outside of probation are the Neighbourhood teams, road policing teams, various crime/pro active teams, investigative departments, Firearms etc.

One of the most stressful things about working response is the investigation of the crimes you pick up, all the way to court. I don't know what your experience in response has been like, but I go from emergency call to emergency call. In between times, I am supposed to conduct my enquires, process them at custody interview suspects, prepare the file for the public prosecution service and go to court. This is what I signed up too. It's been very stressful however I thought that was the only way to do things. 

I've had the benefit of working alongside Con's who where formerly attached to Merseyside and the Met. They've advised me that in their previous forces, they arrested suspects, wrote up a statement and notebook entry then passed the investigation on to dedicated case progression/investigative teams to follow up. I couldn't believe this. It makes so much sense. Rather than a half baked investigation from a Constable who his running pillar to post they have a team of people 9-5 dedicated to investigative follow ups.

In short, I'm wondering is this standard throughout GB police forces? Do you carry out your own investigations from start to finish or what mechanisms do you have in your force to complete investigations?
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A Met Police officer has admitted buying buying pornography at the family home of a dead child while he waited for the undertaker to turn up - and charging it to the grieving relatives.

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PM to use final leadership days to give public sector £2bn pay rise.

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Following arrest, officer said: I am not like one those people who touch children. They make me sick.

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Campaigners demand 'more cops in cars' as numbers drop by more than a quarter.

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PC sentenced to 28 months for misconduct in public office offences.

Sentenced: Merseyside PC Ben Murphy

Date - 16th July 2019
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle



An officer who handed out his own softer version of justice to speeding female offenders found the courts showed no leniency in his sentencing yesterday.

PC Ben Murphy was jailed for 28 months after admitting 10 offences of misconduct in public office and one of sending an inappropriate message.

The charges related to allegations the roads policing officer stopped cars exceeding the speed limit and then issued tickets for lesser offences, getting in touch with female suspects afterwards.

The constable, who resigned from the Merseyside force in May, was officially dismissed at a fast-track hearing held in Liverpool at the beginning of this month for breaches of the standards of professional behaviour connected to his criminal conviction.

Merseyside Chief Superintendent Peter Costello said: "It is vital that we as a police force maintain the public’s trust and confidence and ensure that officers and staff throughout the force realise the importance of maintaining standards and working with honesty and integrity.

"We cannot afford to have officers and staff working for us who do not uphold the highest levels of professionalism, honesty and integrity and will always be robust in dealing with officers, or staff, whose conduct is unacceptable.

"The majority of people who work for Merseyside Police do a really good job day in, day out, and joined the force to serve our communities with compassion and integrity.

“Sadly the actions of Ben Murphy have the propensity to seriously undermine the good work of the majority.

"The public quite rightly have high expectations of police officers and we are committed to meeting those expectations by demanding high standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity.

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Forces to 'work together' with bodies mirroring police trailblazers in Scotland and London.

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The government have issued a statement on the judgment of the public service pension issue;

The government is committed to providing public service pensions that are fair for public sector workers and for taxpayers. This is why we brought forward reforms in 2015, based on the recommendations of the Hutton report, to ensure that these pensions are sustainable in the future.

The courts have considered cases regarding the implementation of the 2015 reforms. On 27 June 2019 the Supreme Court denied the government permission to appeal the Court of Appeal’s judgment that transitional provisions introduced to the reformed judges and firefighters pension schemes in 2015 gave rise to unlawful age discrimination. The government respects the Court’s decision and will engage fully with the Employment Tribunal to agree how the discrimination will be remedied.

The ruling relates to the ‘transitional protection’ offered to some members when the reformed schemes were introduced. In order to ensure people close to retirement age were treated fairly, the government agreed to ‘transitional protection’, which broadly permitted those members who were closest to retirement at the time new pension schemes were introduced to remain members of their respective old schemes. The court has found that those too far away from retirement age to qualify for ‘transitional protection’ have been unfairly discriminated against. As ‘transitional protection’ was offered to members of all the main ...


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PC faces career end after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

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New thread to accommodate all Police Scotland related recruitment issues for 2019.

Post here if you're

- considering applying

- in the process

- delayed or reapplying

- waiting for vetting

- going through Tulliallan

- back at division


Good luck to all!!!
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I am aware some forces have dedicated file builders that do all the form filling, disclosure, etc.  I'm trying to make contact with any forces that currently have dedicated file builders.  We have a Criminal Justice team that send all the papers to CPS/Courts but it is down to the OIC to complete the full file.  I've made a suggestion we look at having a dedicate team to build file and now need to speak to forces that have them!  Please contact me if you think you can help.  Thanks
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This is Britain’s longest serving police officer, who at 74 has been pounding the beat for 50 years.

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ACC to receive Queen's Police Medal later this week for 'remarkable contribution' to service.

ACC Chris Johnson: Receiving the QPM on Saturday

An assistant chief living with a terminal illness has achieved royal recognition for his “remarkable contribution” to policing.

ACC Chris Johnson, who has vowed to serve the public for as long as possible despite his Motor Neurone Disease diagnosis, is set to receive a Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service at a special ceremony in Birmingham on Saturday.

A letter from the Home Office announcing the honour relays Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s “appreciation” for the West Midland officer’s 29 years’ service.

It was April last year that the 52-year-old achieved a career ambition in a promotion to assistant chief constable with his hometown force after working his way up from beat bobbie on the streets of Birmingham.

But just months later, having returned from a holiday to Florida to celebrate his promotion, his world came crashing down when he was told he had MND − a terminal condition affecting the brain, spinal cord and nerves that ultimately stops muscles functioning.

He said: “Being appointed assistant chief constable was a hugely proud moment for me – I wasn’t sure it would get much better but receiving this award, especially as it’s nominated by police colleagues, is certainly on a par with that.

“When I got my MND diagnosis I was determined it would not define my policing career. I’ve served the people of the West Midlands for almost three decades; it’s what I’ve achieved over those years that I’ll reflect on and it’s humbling to now have royal recognition. 

“It’s been a genuine honour to have worked with West Midlands Police for so long and I intend to continue doing so for as long as is physically possible.”

In his role he is responsible for the operations portfolio overseeing traffic policing, dogs, response units, contact centre and firearms, plus other specialist police teams.

It’s a busy, demanding job that typically involves long and irregular hours. But ACC Johnson – a former police commander in Birmingham and Dudley – said the force has made some “simple and cheap adaptations” to allow him to continue working.

Since his MND diagnosis, the officer has been helping raise awareness of the illness through a personal force video and an interview on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show.

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I am not sure on what plant this individual was on when he challenged the Deputy Chief Constable?

There really does appear to be a very high concentration of ‘gammons’ in Cheshire whom are still lingering about the policing space and expressing a view on things. At least this one has been unceremoniously put in his place. 
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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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If you do a quick search, this topic and the cases you refer have been discussed at length.  Even the bland title of paramedic leaves lots of options to say yes and no.  Did you want to be more specific or offer a scenario?

That is a good explanation as to why many officers are incapable of taking statements to prove offences and putting together prosecution files, or even Coroner's files. Some find it difficult to put together any reports because they are lacking the experience. It may not be their fault as in many cases it is the system which is dictating this lack of ability. 

You couldn't make this up:

The fact that he'd been in trouble for something else recently and was on a community order should aggravate matters if anything. A nine month sentence suspended for two years is hardly comparable to the effects suffered by the officer. This man may not be able to continue his job, and by the sounds of it will suffer lifelong damage, and the 'justice system' doesn't even lock the offender up. Nice.

“All our trainers have qualifications which enable them to offer advice and support regarding nutrition, physical training and the anatomy.”

Great bit of support, some advice, what are the police doing to encourage fitness? Providing gym facilities, running fitness classes (not just HQs), providing time during a shift for fitness ? 



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