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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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Force which axed PCSOs hires civilians to guard crime scenes
Norfolk says a review shows this duty can be performed without a policing warrant.

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TV star Noel Edmonds slams police in Facebook rant
He calls out Avon & Somerset Police for allegedly covering up 'corruption' at Lloyds Banking Group.




 

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Met officers to be given £350 bonus
Force says it had budgeted for higher pay award in 2018 so can make "recognition payment" from its existing budget.

Commissioner Cressida Dick

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'Farcical state' of police IT is a 'disgrace'
Outdated kit, patchy service and incompatible computer systems are needlessly hindering criminal investigations.

 

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Bid to increase 'medieval' age of criminal responsibility above 12 in Scotland is rejected
Children's minister urges caution with extra 'primary legislation' needed first.

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'Our officers are lucky to be alive'
'Most disqualified' driver faces jail and motoring ban into 22nd century.

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Hi all, i wonder if i could engage and get more thoughts on the DE Inspector Programme. A little about me first, i am a manager with the health care sector and have been for over 10 years now, i currently have a staff team of around 60 - 70 people. I am also a serving Special Constable and absolutely love the job and look forward to the weekends when i can go out on shift and assist my regular colleagues.

I wanted to gage peoples thoughts on the process and if by being a serving Special if would be looked upon any differently to say someone who had no operational experience at all. I am wanting to apply to West Mercia Police as if is the closest force to where i currently serve.

Any thoughts would be appreciated good or bad, and if anyone has gone through the process would be great to hear from you.

 

Many Thanks in advance. 

James 
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Force reveals fifth of all assaults on officers relates to spitting
Devon and Cornwall to introduce protective equipment in line with rest of the country.

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ASCO is committed to representing the best interests of the membership, but also operating in a way that benefits the membership too. So with that in mind, this is your opportunity to give some feedback on what you think. Is there something you'd like ASCO to start doing? Is there something you'd like done differently? If you're a special and not a member, what would convince you to part with the princely sum of £10 for 12 months worth of membership?
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Home Office firearms review labelled 'shambolic'
Report is 'cold comfort for officers out there doing the job'.

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Police cuts could lead to 'free-for-all', campaigners warn.


Falling numbers: Direct correlation between cuts and crime, says report

Deep cuts in policing are being directly linked to a halving of offenders brought to justice since 2010 as anti-austerity campaigners warn of a potential crime “free-for-all”.

Victims are far less likely to see the perpetrator charged or sentenced, according to a report by Accountable that shows the decline in the number of offences reported.

The new study reveals before the cuts one in five robberies resulted in charges or court summons.

By 2018, only two out of 25 robbery suspects were either summoned to court or charged.

Robberies have increased by more than 30 per cent in 18 areas. Residents in Cumbria have seen robberies more than double while in Kent that hike is 90 per cent since government austerity measures began.

Kent has also been particularly affected by violence against the person, rates of which have more than tripled.

Across England and Wales, violent crime is also less likely to be punished.

Nearly one third of all cases of violence against the person resulted in a court summons or charge in 2010, but last year only one in ten violent criminals were brought to justice.

Accountable campaign director Emily Darlington said: “This year could see a free-for-all for criminals thanks to cuts to police forces across the country.

“Criminals now know that their chances of getting caught have been drastically reduced.

“Cuts to police have been far too deep and need to be reversed or we risk fuelling further crime waves by simply not having the police we need to catch criminals and fight crime.

“The government’s duty is to protect its citizens from crime. They are failing to catch and prosecute criminals because there are not enough police on our streets.”

The report shows that cuts to police funding have resulted in a sharp decline in numbers of...


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Force's recruitment of volunteer detectives 'unacceptable'
Essex Police deny this represents 'policing on the cheap'.

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About us

ASCO was first established in 2005 as ASCCO (the Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers) and has been acting as the ‘voice of Special Constables’ in development of national policing strategy, policy and legislation since that time.

This year we are proud to become the first national charity to represent and celebrate the role of Special Constables across the UK – a recognition of the public benefit provided by the skills, effort and thousands of hours that Special Constables contribute to policing each year.

We are recognised as the professional body for Special Constables by the Home Office, College of Policing, National Police Chiefs Council, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and Independent Office of Police Conduct. We also work closely with the Police Federation of England & Wales and the Police Superintendents’ Association to improve the experience, support and recognition of Special Constables in policing.
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Staff association to represent all specials
Former chief officers group open to all volunteer officers.


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University private police funding 'sad reflection of today's society'
Others queuing up to join trailblazing scheme.

 

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Officer who killed man in crash told his job will be waiting for him
'Exemplary' record weighs heavily in chief's decision to allow death driver to return to police ranks.

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39 people held over murder bid knife attack following 'minor argument'
Some 60 per cent of London's decade-high homicide total stems from fatal stabbings.

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DI 'caught having sex' with a solicitor in a police station holds onto his job
Gross misconduct decision at behind-closed-doors.






 

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Paper lays bare impact of no-deal Brexit on security
Scenario risks increasing pressure on law enforcement.

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Commissioner: There is no better time to be a woman in the Met
Recruitment drive set in motion as force celebrates 100 years of women in policing.

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'Boobgate' ACC still on secondment a year after 'important' project
ACC Sutcliffe harangued a female colleague for getting a boob job.

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Water cannon finally sold for scrap after £300k waste of taxpayers' cash
Devices purchased under Boris Johnson were not approved for use in mainland Britain.

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PC dismissed for 'feeding gossip' about colleague to relatives of suspect
The chairman called his behaviour 'disgraceful'.

 

Date - 2nd October 2018
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