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Offenders whose cases are held up can claim payouts even if they are ultimately kept behind bars.

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Criminals are in line for £1 million in taxpayer-funded compensation pay-outs over delays in parole proceedings, it has been revealed.

Offenders whose cases are held up can claim payouts under human rights laws - even if they are ultimately kept behind bars.

MPs heard the Parole Board for England and Wales expects the total sum to run to seven figures this year as it works through a backlog.

A senior official said it was a "huge" amount, while a government minister admitted it was "far too high".

In 2016/17, the body made 578 compensation payments to prisoners totalling £938,000 - nearly double the £554,000 paid out in the the previous year.

Parole Board chief executive Martin Jones told the Commons Justice Committee: "For this year I expect the total amount paid in damages to prisoners to actually go up because we are making such progress on the backlog.

"The problem that we have is the point at which you claim for damages is when your case is concluded.

"As we conclude those really old cases, people are then coming forward to say 'actually my case was delayed for three to six months' and claiming the appropriate amount of money.

"I'm expecting this year probably to pay about a million pounds.

"That's a huge amount of money and an enormous concern, but I expect it to come down quite sharply next year."

The Parole Board is responsible for deciding whether prisoners can be safely released from prison, and advising on movement between closed and open prisons across England and Wales

Earlier this year a watchdog detailed how delays mean that some inmates may have spent longer in jail than they would have if their parole hearing had been held sooner.

The report, published in February by the National Audit Office, said prisoners who experience delays can claim compensation under the Human Rights Act once their case has been completed.

If they are turned down for parole they can still claim at a rate of around £50 per month of delay, which rises to roughly £650 per month of delay for applicants who are freed following a hold-up.

The Parole Board saw the number of outstanding cases jump sharply in the wake of a legal ruling in 2013.

At its peak in January 2015, the backlog reached 3,163. MPs heard this figure has now been brought below 1,300.

Referring to the £938,000 compensation bill for 2016/17, committee chairman Bob Neill suggested to Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah that it was a "waste of money".

Mr Gyimah said he would use a "different form of words", but accepted that the sum was "far too high".

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PCC: 'If I had all the money in the world I would not hire more PCSOs'
'Foolhardy' comments face backlash from union. 

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Chief constable says officers involved were put under 'intolerable strain'.

Two senior officers involved in the process of sending officers overseas felt that ministerial support for a deployment to Ibiza and Magaluf was lacking - despite it being a government initiative.

There was criticism of West Midlands Police in the summer of 2015 when a PC and a sergeant were sent to the Spanish resorts which are popular with British tourists.

The pair were pictured swimming while off duty there.

Dave Thompson who was second in command at the time but is now chief constable of the force said: "We did that in support of a Foreign Office request, we did that in support of international policing.

"The officers were put under intolerable strain and when the criticism came in you would have thought that it was West Midlands Police's desire to send staff to Spain because the top cover was clearly absent."

His comments were made at a discussion on the value of international policing cooperation at the National Police Chiefs' Council and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners joint summit.

He added: "We all want to do the right thing in this area but my sense is that government has not been great around this."

CC Thompson called for dedicated funding from government for measures such as deployments to overseas dependent territories in the Caribbean if it wants forces to support such things.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh, who leads for the NPCC on international policing, said: "The deployment of two of Dave's officers to Ibiza to help with the night time economy was a deployment requested by the FCO [Foreign and Commonwealth Office]."

He said that the Home Office had also signed off the deployment, and pointed out that the officers had been working during the day because they were there to come up with problem solving initiatives rather than deal with drunks.

"There was a scandal because Dave's officers were working in the day and going in the sea when they weren't working which seems fair enough to me.

"I think there was a lack of support at ministerial level but that doesn't mean the process wasn’t aligned properly."

Richard Clarke, international director at the Home Office, said he agreed that funding for overseas projects would be best delivered on a long term basis.

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Poorly-funded force received inadequate rating last year.

Kathryn Holloway says Bedfordshire Police has been treated unfairly

Complaints about the way a force was inspected have been referred to legal counsel.

Bedfordshire Police was rated as inadequate for effectiveness last year by HMICFRS and was told it requires improvement in its efficiency this year.

The force has long said it does not receive enough funding.

Police Oracle has previously reported that chief officers in the force have raised issues with inspections – and now PCC Kathryn Holloway has revealed a formal complaint has been made.

She said: "I have to confirm that very regrettably in July of this year I had to take the first complaint in its history against HMICFRS to question a lack of impartiality, balance and fairness [in not] properly recognising the context in which my force operates.

"I would contend that there's nothing fair about putting together a report which contains a handful of phrases which point to the acute financial challenges, the lack of resources, the lack of officers and then putting together recommendations, implied or stated, as actions to take, which are known to be unaffordable, and as a result unachievable.

"[This is] suggesting to the public that this is a matter of choice rather than, as is the case, of necessity."

She told MPs at the Home Affairs Committee the inspectorate's own metrics show the force works "miracles based on the budget they have".

The Conservative added: "The chief inspector of constabulary now assures me that there will be an independent investigation led by a QC."

Ms Holloway's spokesman clarified to Police Oracle the complaint has been made jointly with the force and said it is not about one single assessment rating, but the process.

A spokeswoman for HMICFRS said: "HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Thomas Winsor has referred those representations to leading counsel for evaluation, and it is likely that a report from leading counsel to the chief inspector will be produced in April 2018. 

"The investigation does not amount to a re-inspection of the efficiency and effectiveness of Bedfordshire Police.”

In a debate on the funding of the force on Monday night, Policing Minister Nick Hurd said he recognises the force is working to improve its performance after its recent ratings.

He added: "Those judgments have been challenged, and the leadership is working tirelessly, as I said, to improve those ratings.

"However, we must recognise the challenging context and that comparable forces in what we call the most similar group - Essex and Kent - are rated good in all those categories while receiving funding per head that is equal to or lower than Bedfordshire’s."

He said he is working on funding assessments for police forces across the country.

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London politicians put measures to senior Met officer, but deputy mayor suggests they may be disproportionate.

Sophie Linden said that officers should have the confidence to use their powers if they think a crime is going to be committed

Politicians called for more police action – including stop and search – to tackle criminals riding mopeds.

At a meeting of the London Assembly, representatives of three different parties mulled policies which could tackle scooter-enabled crime, such as robberies.

Figures to September this year show there were more than 19,385 "moped enabled" crimes in the capital.

Green Party member Sian Berry asked Met Police Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt whether it would be legally possible to introduce a ban on passengers being allowed to ride pillion on the vehicles.

Ms Berry said: "Maybe for a temporary time or across a temporary area [you could say] we're going to regard you as suspicious if you do that [have a passenger], I don't know."

AC Hewitt said police do not make laws.

Conservative Steve O'Connell said: "I've had suggestions that your officers should be stopping anyone with a pillion [passenger] in order to have a conversation with them."

Labour's Andrew Dismore added: "Is there not a case in areas where you have more instances of this crime for a policy where you do more aggressive stop and search of people riding pillion?"

"If you stopped them when riding pillion and they had a knife or a hammer they would need a pretty good excuse for doing so."

AC Hewitt said police do already look out for those who they think are suspicious on scooters.

Prominent Labour and Conservative politicians have been critical of police use of stop and search in recent years.

At the meeting Sophie Linden, the deputy mayor for policing, said: "It's always going to come back to what is proportionate. We don't want to go so far one way […] we've had a conversation about stop and search and the level of stop and search had been too much of a blanket [policy].

"There is that danger with this, but clearly you can see from the [crime] figures it is concerning."

Pressed further on the issue Ms Linden, Sadiq Khan's delegate on policing matters, added: "As with stop and search, officers should have the confidence to use their professional judgement where there is a high crime, and in Camden and Islington it is mopeds.

"The message is you should have the confidence to use your powers where you think a crime is going to be committed. Clearly it does have to be intelligence-led, it does have to be proportionate, but it is needed."

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I just watched the above you tube link and it just made me think...
Has anyone had any off duty incidents that they would like to share with the forum, excluding names places etc?
I think the off duty officer did really well and he probably wasn't even aware that their was a camera pointed at him too.
You hear all the time the word "blinkers on" while off duty, but how bad does it have to be before you step in? The fact that having no PPE and being in plain cloths a deterrent?
The other month I just finished at 03:00 hours after a 10 hours shift without a break, got changed into my civies, got into my vehicle, drove out the station car park and straight into a male getting his head booted in while on the floor just across the road from the station...
After dealing, back in the station for off duty paperwork and i I was home two hours later than I should of been..🤕
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Just wondering how people are getting on with My Investigation, now that it's starting to roll out more widely?

Does anyone think it's a good idea or are you all wishing that Beat Crimes units and CPUs are re-created? Are there teams secretly running Beat Crimes or CPU?
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When is it in your opinion a good idea to film Police officers?

E.g. 1) Whenever they are on duty. 2) Whenever they approach me or are dealing with an incident which is more serious than a simple interaction with an MOP. 3) Whenever the officer is behaving in an unacceptable manner.
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Hello all

I'm starting my 3 weeks course today and i'm nervous about what to expect; some officers have said it was the best course they'd done while others told me exactly how several of their intake failed to make the 2nd week.


Does anyone have advice they'd be willing to share about this? I'm  fairly experienced driver and I'd like to think my hazard awareness/perception is onpoint, as I ride my motorbike all year round!
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PFEW: Shining the light on detective policing
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Call me an ambulance or ask the police to attend - crisis in availability?
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PFEW: Volunteers should support, not replace police
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PFEW: Positive steps to better protect police drivers
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PFEW: Fallen officers remembered at National Police Memorial Day
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Today, I was at my local speedway match and I parked my car on the pavement with only 2 wheels up on the kerb, and there was enough room for people with buggys and disabled people to still use. When I came back out of the stadium to get into my car there was a piece of paper on my windscreen, took it off and looked at it which states "Please respect the roadway when parking Local Police have been in attendance".The note isnt from the police themselves just the speedway company. I know that 4 wheels on the pavement is a no-no,and there is no single or double yellow lines,  there is no sign to say no parking and nothing to say that the council has been given these new powers to stop cars parking on pavements. so I'm a bit confused as to how I done anything wrong. Can someone please help/explain and its in glasgow.



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The government is to lift the 1% public sector pay cap for the first time for both police and prison officers, the BBC understands.

Ministers are expected to accept recommendations for higher pay rises this week and also to pave the way for similar increases in other sectors.

BBC political correspondent Iain Watson said it was the "first concrete example of the pay cap being dismantled".

Unions, the opposition, and some Tories are calling for the cap to be lifted.

Public sector pay was frozen for two years in 2010, except for those earning less than £21,000 a year, and since 2013, rises have been capped at 1% - below the rate of inflation.

The higher increases expected this week for police and prison officers are based on the recommendations of independent pay review bodies, with recruitment and retention problems being cited in the case of prison officers.

The BBC understands the Treasury will then issue guidance on next year's pay round, which is likely to see the cap eased in other areas where there are similar problems, such as teaching and nursing.

Commons vote

It comes as MPs are set to vote on public sector pay on Wednesday.

Labour's health spokesman Jon Ashworth urged Conservative MPs who "sincerely" believe the public sector pay cap should go to vote with his party during its Opposition Day debate, which would not be binding on the government.

He told Sky News: "We keep getting briefings in newspapers and suggestions that the government is sympathetic and wants to do something, and 'oh, it's terrible and we accept that but let's see where we get to'."

The Public and Commercial Services union is to ballot its members on industrial action over the cap.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said raising pay in line with inflation for the next three or four years would cost £6bn to £7bn more than continuing with the current policy...


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Heart-stopping bodycam footage shows moment raging killer who beheaded woman battered police with hammer
This shocking video shows the moment a killer battered two police officers with a hammer in a frenzied attack.


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A police officer has sparked a row in the force after a tweet about drug addicts in which he says he is "fed up" and ends: "#TooMuchEmpathy".

Devon and Cornwall armed response officer Sgt Harry Tangye has now taken down the tweet, saying: "It's too big a subject for 140 characters."

Police in Truro said they "strongly disagree" with the tweet.

Sgt Tangye apologised earlier this month for another tweet of film of a 140mph police chase.

In a tweet made at about midnight on Friday, off-duty Sgt Tangye wrote: "Addicted to drugs? I'm fed up with being your keeper. You knew the risks. Find help, use help, sort it, or get lost. #TooMuchEmpathy."

Sgt Tangye told BBC News the tweets were his views, not the force's, and he was referring to drug addicts who refused to get help.

"Some are quite criminal and create merry hell and they are destroying a lot of towns and cities," he said.

"They should accept help but some are feeding on other victims and creating other victims around them.

"I am a very 'people person' but I see the same names time and time again destroying areas."

Devon and Cornwall Police said in a statement that "social media interaction" by officers with the public "is vital" and "there has been, and no doubt in the future will be examples of posts and subjects discussed, some of which can be controversial".

It added: "The issue of addiction is hugely complex; understanding and tackling this is something that takes the resources and efforts of a number of public bodies and not just the police."

And it said despite "personal frustrations" from officers seeing the negative effects of addiction, "we as a force will always expect our officers to work with and support those who need our help, and to signpost those in need of specialist care towards the appropriate body".

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24 August 2017
The biggest shake-up in police bail in 32 years will be one of the topics under the spotlight at this year’s National Custody Seminar next month.
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Police chiefs should be allowed to fire officers whose IT skills are not up to scratch, a new report has suggested.

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A tweet from the Metropolitan Police has sparked an online backlash after a drugs bust in Catford, south-east London, was linked to the Notting Hill Carnival.

Announcing the seizure of a kilogram of suspected heroin, the force said the operation had been carried out "in the run up to the Notting Hill Carnival".

Social media users were quick to question the link between the seizure in Catford and the festival, which takes place annually, about 12 miles away in west London.

Some Twitter users accused the force of attempting to "demonise" the carnival.

Grime artist Stormzy was among those to question the link: "How many drugs did you lot seize in the run up to Glastonbury or [are] we only doing tweets like this for black events?," he wrote in a widely shared post on Twitter.



More than 300 people have been arrested across London as part of the Met's operation to prevent crime at Notting Hill Carnival.

Responding to their original tweet, the Met clarified that prior to the carnival the force is "disrupting gang crime, drug supply, knife crime and offences that could impact the safety of the weekend".
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BTP Student Officer Recruitment 2017
Looks like they are well and truly on the go again.  Not sure how all of you who have been waiting ages feel.  

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All 2,421 episodes of the ITV drama, which ran for 26 years, will be made available to watch by UKTV's Drama channel

Starts Monday 14 August 


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Visit from Maggie, 11, whose father was killed on duty prompts announcement.

Maggie Henry was made chief constable for a day

A force has promised that anyone assaulted on duty will receive contact from a chief officer to check on their welfare.

Bedfordshire Police has changed the policy and dubbed it ‘Maggie’s Law’ after the daughter of PC John Henry, killed on duty in Luton in 2007, spent at day at its headquarters.

According to a statement from the force, 11-year-old Maggie Henry wants to help the force “look after our police officers, so that they can look after everyone else”.

The chief officer team will now take the lead on checking that personnel who have been attacked get the support they need.

Bedfordshire Police had already adopted the seven point plan on police assaults, first developed in Hampshire, which commits to treating assaulted officers as victims of crime.

Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: “Without question, an assault of any kind should never be considered ‘part of the job’.

“Our workforce walks into danger when others walk away and sadly verbal and physical assaults are becoming commonplace – but that doesn’t mean it is acceptable.

“Our officers should be afforded the support they need and deserve. This means they are treated the same way as any other victim of crime, they feel valued and that those who attack police officers are not dealt with lightly.”

Bedfordshire Police Federation Chairman, Jim Mallen added: “Looking after officers and staff members who have been assaulted while doing their duty should be a primary consideration for police leaders.

“The Police Federation brought into Bedfordshire the seven point plan and Maggie's law seems a natural extension to highlight to those assaulted that we care about them and will do our utmost to support them.”

PCC Kathryn Holloway said she has raised the issue of short sentences for people who attack officers with the government. 

“I never want another family in this county to experience what Maggie Henry and her family have had to go through,” she added.

“In my view, an attack on a police officer is not the same as an assault on any other member of the public, since police are standing on the front-line between those who keep the law and those who want to undermine it.

“An attack on a single officer is an assault on society itself and should be met with the toughest penalty possible.”

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