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Increasing police diversity to be treated like critical incident
Police Oracle speaks to one of the chief constables behind the new police diversity strategy.

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Council bankruptcy could change force response to some incidents, says chief
The new man in charge of Northamptonshire Police spoke to Police Oracle about the challenges facing his force.

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Spit guards could make officer safety worse at times, says commissioner
Head of Met Police claims rank and file is more concerned about other issues.

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Police chief defends dress code branded 'draconian'
New dress code bans tattoos and introduces facial hair rules.

 

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PCC to take on race equality consultant
£30k contract open to tender.

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Special detectives: 'You see it all the way through to the end
Essex Police is encouraging volunteer officers to join CID. Ian Weinfass spoke to two of those who have joined up to see what they think so far.

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The victim was attacked with a machete.

 

Date - 5th September 2018
By - South Beds News Agency






 

A teenager accused of a machete attack in Watford town centre had the case against him dropped on Tuesday after the judge ruled police had broken rules on CCTV identification.

The 17-year-old from Edgware was charged with attempted murder following a stabbing near McDonalds in Watford High Street at around 2pm on Thursday March 8.

After two police officers viewed the CCTV he was arrested. 

The dreadlocked teenager told the police he was at his family's home in Watford that day saying: "I ain't the only black person with long hair."

During the attack the 23-year-old victim was punched, a large machete was produced and he was repeatedly struck. He fell to the ground, crashed into a market stall and was chased for a short while into an alleyway, where he was found bleeding.

In hospital he was treated for a very deep wound to the left wrist that went through to the bone. He refused to make a complaint to the police or give his name.

During five days of legal argument at St Albans Crown Court, defence barrister Mark Kimsey argued evidence from officers who looked at CCTV footage in a control room at Watford police was unsafe.

They had not signed in and out of the control room and no contemporaneous record was kept of the officers'  identification of the suspect.

In her ruling, Judge Marie Catterson said the officers had made "flagrant and wholesale" breaches of the rules. 

She said there had been a "total disregard" for the code on CCTV identification under the Police and Criminal Evidence rules.

She asked for a transcript of her ruling to be sent to Hertfordshire Chief Constable Charlie Hall saying the situation regarding CCTV identification at Watford police station last March "leaves a lot to be desired."

The judge said: "An important training issue about...

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Policing's 'sick blue line' turns to civvy street
Record number of civilians hired by forces.

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Chief: Public can 'do their bit' by videoing assaults as they happen
Chief says worrying level of violence 'completely unacceptable' after bank holiday battering of officers.

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Snowed under force struggling to manage high-risk sex offenders
Backlog having 'serious impact' on sex offender management, HMIs warn.

 

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Programmes are not currently living up to claims government has made about their impact.

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Officer sues force for 'PTSD damages' after being shot at in training
Firearms exercise incident saw live ammunition 'miss by inches'.

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Call to recruit magistrates as justice system too 'pale and stale'
Take on more justices with criminal records to help improve diversity, industry body suggests.

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Chief says moving to bleep test could cost force £200k a year
West Midlands Police is examining its options around fitness testing.

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Dad's suicide triggers call for change to national firearms licence policy
Home Secretary urged to review firearms assessment procedures.

 

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Staff association says there are 'less risky, less complex and less costly' ways of devolving accountability.

 

Date - 21st August 2018
By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle

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Opposition figures have called on the Scottish Government to revise its plans on merging British Transport Police into Police Scotland north of the border.

Reports over the weekend, first appearing in The Scotsman, suggest ministers are re-thinking their plans to fully integrate the railways force into the national one.

Scottish Labour, the Conservatives and BTP Federation have all since called for a re-think on the issue.

The staff association wants the force to be retained in its current form but to be subject to increased accountability by the Scottish Government.

Daniel Johnson, Labour’s justice spokesman, said: “Labour has consistently opposed this merger as it is unwanted, unnecessary and uncosted.

“I hope reports are correct that [justice secretary] Humza Yousaf is finally listening to Labour, police officers and railway workers and looking for an alternative.

“There is already one on the table brought forward by the British Transport Police Federation.”

The Scottish Conservatives said on Facebook: “The SNP now needs to make clear exactly what it intends to do.

“The merger plans are deeply unpopular, and opposed by officers, unions, train operators and passenger groups.”

The BTP Federation said on the same site: “It would be absolutely the right decision to look at alternative options. There are other ways to achieve the principles of devolution which are less risky, less complex and less costly.

“We would wholeheartedly welcome and support a re-think on this.”

Timescales around the merger were extended due to complications in integrating IT systems and conditions of personnel.

A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: “We have confirmed that our triple lock guarantee will protect jobs...

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Force first to build its own fingerprint scanner
Officer supplied with hundreds more devices thanks to cheaper in-house system.

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Javid told May blocking pay rise was 'wrong decision'
Leaked letter from Home Office is at odds with minister's public statement.

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15 August 2018
Nearly 2,000 police officers voluntarily quit the service over the past 12 months – an increase of 31% over the past four years*.
Numbers leaving each year are rising and now a new leavers’ survey by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) provides greater insight into the reasons why. It showed:
•    More than half (52.5%) cited morale as their reason for leaving
•    43.8% said it was the impact of the job on their family/ personal life and 43.3% on their psychological health
•    And a staggering 69.4% felt the police service had failed in its obligation to provide pay increases to maintain their standard of living
In addition, 64.5% said they would never consider re-joining the police service after they had left.
Recent Home Office figures show there are now only 122,404 officers keeping the public safe, the lowest number of police officers in England and Wales since 1996, with a further loss of 738 officers over the past 12 months.
Ché Donald, PFEW Vice-Chair, said: “We clearly have a problem with the retention of police officers as the numbers leaving have risen for the fourth consecutive year. We have lost more than 21,300 officers since 2010 – that’s a drop of 15% and the numbers keep going down every year. It’s like Groundhog Day.”
“Our leavers’ survey shows that pay, morale and the effects of the job on officers’ mental and physical health are all factors in their decision to leave.
“The derisory so-called 2% pay rise awarded by the Government recently is the equivalent of around £2.50 a week – and comes on top of years of austerity. In real terms police officer pay has now decreased by around 18% since 2009/10. All we are asking is that officers are paid fairly for the dangerous job they do.”
Mr Donald also cited events like the recent Trump visit which made it harder for police officers to spend time with their families.
“Our last Demand, Capacity and Welfare survey showed the...
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High Court Judge says firearms officer should be 'commended not criticised'
PC Stuart Brown shot Dean Joseph dead when he lunged at his ex-girlfriend with a knife.









 

Date - 13th August 2018
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Officer 'blighted' by unexpected tragedies died after falling from viaduct
Cheshire PC struggled with stresses at work and a number of family bereavements, inquest told.

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Sussex Police only force still using chain handcuffs
Policing community astonished over continued use of old-fashioned kit.

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Chief also says he will write to officers who have recently left his force asking them if 'the grass is as green as you thought'.

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Hi everybody,
 
I've heard a few different ways officers have responded to being called a grass, pig, etc.
 
I normally just ignore them as they're just after a rise, however, I've been thinking there must be a better way of dealing with them, especially if the comment is made in front of the general public.
 
Does anyone have any good responses they use, especially ones that are PSD friendly?
 
Thank you,
 
M
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One PC knocked drug dealer off scooter, the other apprehended him.

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