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  1. The Met Police has been ordered to pay £400,000 in legal costs after it "unreasonably" used a Taser on a man. Daniel Sylvester, 53, was stopped three times in nine months by police. On the second occasion, when Mr Sylvester was near his home in Edmonton Green, police used a Taser, sending him falling to the ground in agony. A jury at Central London County Court awarded him damages of £8,200 for false imprisonment and assault, and for post-traumatic stress disorder. The court heard the Met's own legal costs of defending the claim are about £150,000 and that Mr Sylvester's will come to at least £250,000. The Met would have to foot the entire bill, the judge ruled. The Met said it was giving "serious consideration" to appealing against the decision. 'Like you'll explode' Earlier the court heard Mr Sylvester was stopped three times between 2007 and 2008 by heavily armed police. His car, a Mercedes 4x4, used to belong to a "violent drug-dealing gangster", the court heard. Mr Sylvester, a 29-stone (184kg) security company boss, said he was boxed in by police officers near his home who Tasered him when he got out of his car. A Taser stun gun uses a 50,000-volt charge to incapacitate its target. Mr Sylvester told the jury: "The pain was nothing like I have ever had before. It was like all your nerves and nerve endings have electricity going through. "It's like you're going to explode, all through your body, from the head to the toes. Police did not find anything during any of the searches of Mr Sylvester or the car. He sold the vehicle after he was followed and stopped a third time in Dalston. Judge Simon Freeland said the father-of-seven had been successful in "establishing the tort of false imprisonment" which he said was of "real constitutional importance and significance". He added: "The deprivation of his liberty may only have lasted for a few minutes but it was strenuously denied by the police. Mr Sylvester has established that he was assaulted. In my judgment, he has established it in a very significant way." The judge said the jury was "not satisfied" the use of the Taser was a reasonable response. Mr Sylvester said: "I'd give one of those officers my compensation if they agreed to have done to them what they did to me, to know how it feels." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-32058565
  2. Rank: S/Sgt Region: Metland Length of Service: 18 months Planned Hours: 1630-0000 assisting response Thought I'd have a crack at this, not the most exciting shift but the most recent (memory like a sieve). All times approximate. Sorry in advance for waffling. 1600 - Arrive at the East London station, get changed and book on. I take a lonely walk around the yard looking for a spare car - all IRV's and appointment cars are taken and I start wincing at the prospect of spending 8 hours crammed in a Corsa. I pop into the control room and introduce myself to the duty Sergeant, grab a callsign and play eeny-meeny-miny-moe with the assortment of vehicle logbooks on the side. 1630 - Result, there's a few Q-cars tucked away at the back of the yard and one is free. I meet up with my MSC colleague and we load up. The lack of an in-car MDT can make dealing with calls hard work but is balanced out by having an FM radio (cue some cheesy sing-a-longs). The police radio is eerily quiet with no S-grades outstanding so we head out on patrol. 1700 - An S-graded call comes out at a large supermarket - a pregnant Mother and her family are allegedly being abused by another group she bumped into. The remarks are quite vague but we're only 5 minutes away so we put up for the call and make our way. Arrive on scene and speak to store security who are blissfully unaware of any disturbance. I get flagged down by the informant, with her Mum and daughter, who explains that she's bumped into her ex-partners' sister and her friends who have confronted her and thrown a barrage of abuse. She's clearly very upset and distressed and points out the "suspect" near the checkouts, surrounded by an army of prams. I'm also shown an array of abusive messages on her phone from the same person. We approach the group and immediately get a wave of F-ing and blinding aimed towards the informant (think "handbags at dawn", but more of a pram-off in the bakery aisle). Things are threatening to get out of hand and after a little deliberation, my colleague does the honours in arresting the suspect for S4a public order and malicious communications. I call a van on the hurry-up and she is escorted out to the Met's private taxi. 1730 - Now alone I return to the informant and explain the situation. She's happy to come with me to the station to give a statement, so we jump back in the car and find a nice quiet room at the nick. She's more relaxed now, and an hour later I've got a full statement regarding the incident and the malicious phone messages. 1900 - I drop her back at her Mum's house and return to the supermarket for CCTV. The Manager explains they are all too busy to help me look at footage, so after a look of contempt I leave with the store contact details. I return to the nick where I put on the crime report and a welfare report for the victim's daughter, meet my colleague to complete the handover file and seek out a lucky individual to take the case on. 2100 - Refs time. We make our way at speed (within the confines of the law) towards McDonalds. On the way we pass dangerously close to the local night time economy area and spot a recently-circulated Fail-To-Stop moped from a neighbouring borough, running red lights and with no number plate. Put it up on the radio for any available units (zero), following which we are immediately asked to assist at an I-graded assault call at a nearby bar. I see the Big Mac at the end of the tunnel slipping further away... 2130 - Arrive on scene to find a staff member who has been headbutted by a customer. He has a nasty cut inside his lip so I call up the local Joint Response Unit (a borough-based ambulance car that monitors police dispatch - a scheme setup a couple of years ago by an ex-Special) who arrives moments later and gives treatment. The victim now explains that his manager has followed the suspect (described as being in a group of 8 aggressive rugby lads) to another nearby bar. My colleague takes a first description and we make our way with the victim at a safe distance. I put up for another unit to assist (zero interest in taking on these chaps alone) and a carrier of neighbourhood officers arrive a few minutes later. 2230 - The identified group are led outside for a "chat" and I was poised to request cell space. Despite matching the description perfectly, the victim and witness are adamant that they are non-ident. I couldn't believe it. After parting ways with the rowdy group (who, typically, were all keen to point out they are lawyers) we viewed CCTV at the original bar, completed the paperwork on-scene with the victim and headed off. 2300 - Soggy chips have never tasted so good. 0000 - After a little patrolling of the NTE spot and a couple of moving vehicle checks, we head back to the nick. Crime report submitted for ABH and book off.
  3. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11466809/Trainee-Met-Police-officer-poses-in-underwear-in-bid-to-front-plus-size-lingerie-firm.html Thoughts? I can't see PSD being very impressed
  4. For the past seven years, on or around International Women’s Day, thousands of women from all over the UK and other nations have marched through central London to demand a world where women and girls can live without the fear of male violence. We march the same route as the suffragettes once did, and the women’s liberation marchers of the 1970s. The Million Women Rise (MWR) march is organised solely by volunteers and over the past seven years we have had the full cooperation of the Metropolitan police. [embedded content] The Million Women Rise March 2013 This year, things are different. We have been informed that the police will no longer have any involvement in the march. Instead, we have been told that we should employ a private company to put together a road closure plan and employ our own certified stewards. The cost of doing so will be £10,000 or more. Facebook Twitter Pinterest ‘We can’t pay and we won’t pay, but we will rise and we will protest.’ Photograph: Alamy There is no way that we can afford this, as Million Women Rise has no public funding, relies on donations from individual women and struggles every year to raise money to pay for essentials such as insurance. I contacted the police to explain our situation and asked them to help us find a way to facilitate our protest. But the police do not appear to be listening. We are still being told to pay thousands of pounds in order to hold our march. It is essential that we make the march a safe place for women and girls to protest against violence, and we have therefore always worked with the police. Those who attend the Million Women Rise march are of diverse nationalities and backgrounds and many have experienced male violence. Some have experienced it in the countries from which they have fled and have already been persecuted for merely daring to speak out against oppression. Without a positive police presence at the march, some women may feel vulnerable and unsafe and this may discourage some from participating. Ten thousand pounds is too much money, and the authorities know it. The police say they are experiencing cuts. Well, cuts are affecting everyone, especially the people who are most marginalised, like many on our march. I have always had a good relationship with the police when organising the march. The facilitation of peaceful protest by the police is part of a long British tradition, one that we should be proud of and work hard to protect. Those at the top who have made this decision need to understand the effect that it will have on people down here in the real world. Related: Climate change marchers told to hire private security firm We can’t pay and we won’t pay, but we will rise and we will protest. We will be marching on Saturday 7 March 2015 on our planned route and we have made this clear to all the authorities involved. If there are any women who would like to attend, but are concerned, please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates or get in touch with us directly. There is a rally point at Trafalgar Square which will not be affected by this change, and we will have women there ready to welcome you. Many of us already feel that we don’t have much more to lose. The one thing that we won’t allow them to take is our right to speak out. When they try to crush us we become diamonds under the pressure; we don’t break and we will continue to protest peacefully. View the full article
  5. Indiana Jones

    Bob the Bobby

    Met Police officer Robert Brown retires after 47 years PC Robert Brown's colleagues formed a guard of honour for him A man hailed as the country's longest serving police officer is retiring after 47 years on the force. PC Robert Brown, known as Bob, joined the Met as a 19-year-old cadet in 1968. He was involved in the Carlos the Jackal and Baader-Meinhoff probes and spent three days on duty during the 1981 Brixton Riots. He finishes his career in Croydon Borough, where he was born, with colleagues forming a guard of honour for his final shift. I've always been a PC. Not everyone can be a Commander” Truncheon and whistle Harold Wilson was prime minster when PC Brown signed up as a trainee police constable a day after his 19th birthday on 17 February, 1969. Equipped at first with just a wooden truncheon and whistle he spent his first 15 years working in Camden Borough. He served at stations in Harrow Road, Norbury, Addington and Sutton, before joining Croydon borough in the late nineties, where he has remained since. PC Robert Brown received the Queen's Police Medal in recognition of a career spanning six decades Speaking after his colleagues formed a guard of honour for him, he said: "I'm overwhelmed that everyone turned out today for this. "I have always wanted to serve and help people and that's been my ethos through my career. I wanted to help people. "I've always been a PC. Not everyone can be a Commander. I enjoyed what I was doing. "I will miss the people immensely but not the job. It's run its course for me." PC Brown has policed a number of high-profile incidents including the Brixton riot in 1981 Croydon Borough Commander Ch Supt Andy Tarrant said: "It is only fitting that Bob should complete his career in the area that he was born in. "An operational officer virtually to the end of his career, Bob will be missed by all his friends and colleagues." Policing moments PC Robert Brown was one of the first officers on the scene when 'Carlos the Jackal' shot the then-Marks and Spencer boss, Joseph Sieff in 1973. He supported the Met's Special Branch during the arrest of Astrid Prollin 1978, who was part of the notorious revolutionary terrorist group, theBaader-Meinhoff gang. In 1981, he spent almost 72 hours on duty during the Brixton riot. In 1994, he gave first aid to Sgt Derek Robertson who died after being stabbed responding to an armed robbery in New Addington. He has been on duty at nearly every Notting Hill Carnival, said the Met, and last Friday he received the Queen's Police Medal at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his long service. In his retirement, Bob is planning to move to Yorkshire to spend more time with his family in the area. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-31440187
  6. I am just looking for input from current Met regulars in area and your opportunities for professional development and training during your probationary period (e.g. driving courses, field impairment courses, fast roads training etc) Currently choosing PC posting preferences at the moment and i've been doing research on which boroughs to choose. There are some daunting stories around saying there are 3-year queues for any courses. Thanks in advance.
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-30973760 Two men held after WW2 weapons seized in Bromley Officers were called to reports of a fight involving up to 10 men in East Street in Bromley Two men have been arrested after police seized a World War Two machine gun and a rocket launcher following a street fight in south east London. Officers also found an AK47-style assault rifle after they were called to reports of a fight in East Street, Bromley, at about 04:30 GMT. Up to 10 men were involved in the brawl which was spotted by CCTV operators, who traced a man to a Bromley address. Two men, aged 32 and 41, were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences. Officers said the three weapons found at the property were not capable of firing and were decommissioned. In a statement, the Met Police said: "The group fighting had dispersed upon arrival of officers at the scene but using CCTV, the man with the suspected firearm was traced to a nearby address in Market Square, Bromley. "Although the weapons were not capable of firing, the presence of firearms in a public place causes panic and fear of violence." Despite the headline, the rocket launcher is not a WW2 weapon
  8. CountyCop

    Help/Advice

    Hello I don't suppose there is a serving reg verified member out there in Met land that could drop me a PM, just need a bit of advice from them?
  9. Hi, I had an assessment day and interview for the role of a Communications Officer back in April with the Metropolitan Police. Having been successful on the day (April 5th, 2014), they offered me the job there and I was soon filling out security forms etc. It's now been over 2 months and I haven't heard a thing about a start date!!! I'm sure this isn't an uncommon thing but I was just wondering whether anyone has been in a similar position and has an idea of when I will hear from them about a start date and how long I'm likely to be waiting for?! I've tried sending an email in the past about a start date but got no response Thanks for any help, Jo
  10. November 29 2014 - Source: Mirror Police spark fury after posting picture of officers larking around in children's playground Met Police Sergeant Pete Shaw of the Seven Sisters neighbourhood team in Tottenham, North London, tweeted: “Out and about patrolling the patch #theserioussidetopolicing” Police officers sparked fury last night after posting pictures of themselves larking around at a children’s playground. The men were seen bouncing on rides during a night patrol. One, Sergeant Pete Shaw of the Seven Sisters neighbourhood team in Tottenham, North London, tweeted: “Out and about patrolling the patch #theserioussidetopolicing.” But angry Paddy Wagstaff replied: “Last time my neighbour needed the police you took 2 1/2 hours. No doubt she will think this is hilarious.” Sgt Shaw caused further outrage when he responded to another tweeter who said the equipment was for under-fives. The officer replied: “Well our mental age is about that.” Met Police chiefs said the account was genuine and the tweets were being looked into. A Met Police spokesman said: “Officers from the Seven Sisters Safer Neighbourhood Team based in Haringey were on routine patrol in the Markfield Park police area as part of ongoing activity to target anti-social behaviour. "Local Met Police Service Twitter accounts are a useful tool to engage with the local community and provide residents with another means to contact officers directly. The Tweet has since been deleted.”
  11. A re-post for some, but I cant see it on this forum. Enjoy this well put together video that shows the 'real side' of policing in the capital. http://youtu.be/mO0FFoM2S8A
  12. Chief Cheetah

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  13. I'm waiting on my training date and posting and was wondering whether people have tended to get their first choices when it comes to area postings? I personally went for: 1) Islington, Camden, and Westminster 2) Enfield, Hackney, and Haringey 3) Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham
  14. canuckrecruit

    Met Borough Selection

    Hey everyone, I was hoping to get a little help. I'm preparing for my day 2 with the Met later this month after going through a long (but successful!) application process, but I need a little help! I'm not from London and though I've tried to get some answers from recruiting and HR on the issue of borough selection they still haven't got back to me and seeing how I need to hand my choices in soon I thought I'd ask you all A few of the things I'm wondering are: Are officers expected to live in their boroughs? How often are officers moved from their borough during their career? One of my main concerns is are certain specialist units (CID, firearms, counter terror, etc) based primarily/have a larger operation in a certain borough than compared to others? In what ways will my career be influenced by my borough selection? I was hoping the Met would provide some of this information to new recruits who don't already live in the city but so far nothing has been said. I now have to try and navigate the flat renting market during these extortionate times but need to find out where I should work first! Any help or advice you could give me would be really appreciated.
  15. Khal_Drogo

    Met Behavioural Questionnaire

    Hi all! I just have a quick question about the application timeline for the Met police, It's probably been asked before but I did a quick search and couldn't find anything... So here goes! I've recently finished the realistic job preview and the eligibility screen and was wondering how long before I can continue and do the Behavioural questionnaire, London factor assessment etc. I just don't want to be sat here twiddling my thumbs for ages if it's going to be months, I can put it to the back of my mind for a bit! Thanks for any answers!

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