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  1. It has today (Friday) been confirmed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland that Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, from Bedfordshire Police, will lead Operation Kenova, the investigation into a range of alleged activities surrounding an alleged army agent known as Stakeknife. Making the announcement, Chief Constable George Hamilton said: “After taking a number of issues into consideration, I have decided that a team resourced with external officers and staff funded by the PSNI is the most appropriate way forward, given the size, scale and complexity of the investigation. "Chief Constable Boutcher will have the delegated authority of me as the Chief Constable of the PSNI. He will appoint a Senior Investigating Officer and a team of detectives from other UK law enforcement agencies to progress this investigation. “I believe this option contributes towards community confidence and reduces the impact on the PSNI’s ability to provide a policing service today. “I have every confidence in Chief Constable Boutcher and I have no doubt his previous experience when it comes to dealing with highly complex and sensitive investigations will be of great benefit to him as this investigation progresses.” Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, from Bedfordshire Police, added: “I am humbled to have been asked to lead such a critically important and complex investigation. “I do not underestimate the huge task of establishing the circumstances behind how and why these murders occurred during those dark days. “My principle aim in taking responsibility for this investigation is to bring those responsible for these awful crimes, in whatever capacity they were involved, to justice. “The recruitment process for the investigation team will begin immediately, this will require time and I ask for a degree of patience as I do this. “As soon as officers and staff are in place the investigation team will begin reaching out to victims, victims’ families and all interested parties to receive information. Updates regarding this will be provided on an Op Kenova Investigation website. “I am committed to doing all I can to find the truth for the victims and their families. It is they who we should be thinking of throughout. “It must be extremely hard to have listened to various commentaries within the community and the media about how and why their loved ones died. I hope this investigation ultimately addresses the uncertainties and rumours. All I can promise is an absolute commitment to pursuing the truth.” The focus of the investigation will be: whether there is evidence of the commission of criminal offences by the alleged agent known as Stakeknife, including but not limited to, murders, attempted murders and unlawful imprisonments. whether there is evidence of criminal offences having been committed by members of the British Army, the Security Services or other Government agencies, in respect of the cases connected to the alleged agent known as Stakeknife. whether there is evidence of criminal offences having been committed by any other individual, in respect of the cases connected to the alleged agent whether there is evidence of the commission of criminal offences by any persons in respect of allegations of perjury connected to the alleged agent. If the team identifies matters which indicate that former or current police officers may have committed criminal or misconduct offences, they will be formally and expeditiously referred to the Deputy Chief Constable of the PSNI who will refer the matter to the Office of the Police Ombudsman. Any other matters falling outside the parameters of the investigation will be brought to the attention of the Chief Constable of the PSNI by Chief Constable Boutcher for consideration. The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland will, if necessary, consult with the Director of Public Prosecutions or the Police Ombudsman as to the appropriate basis on which to address these additional matters. The recruitment process will begin shortly for the team which will be based in secure accommodation in London and will carry out enquiries in Northern Ireland as necessary. The investigation team will not include personnel who are serving in or have previously served in the RUC, PSNI, Ministry of Defence or Security Services. The PSNI will not have any investigative responsibility but will have the discretion to support any investigative requirement of Chief Constable Boutcher in Northern Ireland. The Chief Constable of the PSNI will ensure that mechanisms are in place to update the Director of Public Prosecutions as to the progress of the investigation. Once the investigation has concluded, a report will be provided to the Chief Constable of the PSNI including any recommendations for the consideration of the DPP. Chief Constable Boutcher will report to the Chief Constable of the PSNI who will be accountable to the Policing Board for the investigation. It is envisaged that Chief Constable Boutcher will accompany senior officers from the PSNI to brief Policing Board members as appropriate on governance and logistical issues. Source
  2. Full article: https://westmercia.police.uk/article/17304/West-Mercia-Police-Chief-Constable-David-Shaw-Announces-Retirement
  3. A police chief found guilty of eight counts of misconduct has been called upon to resign by the police and crime commissioner, the BBC understands. Avon and Somerset chief constable Nick Gargan was suspended in May 2014 amid allegations of inappropriate conduct and, later, data protection breaches. He was found guilty of misconduct, which is not a sackable offence under police conduct rules. But PCCs have separate powers to "call upon" a chief constable to resign. BBC: Full story
  4. Remmy

    Royal Commission

    Telegraph View: A Royal Comission on the nature and purpose of police forces is required The police forces of England and Wales are based on a model constructed more than 50 years ago on the recommendations of the royal commission that reported in 1962. The Police Act two years later reduced around 160 borough and city police forces, each overseen by a watch committee, to 43. For full story please use following link. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11840152/What-are-the-police-for.html I for one won't hold my breath. Really don't think the current government would risk a completely independent review of the police service, it could prove embarrassing.
  5. A misconduct panel has found Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan guilty of eight counts of misconduct. Mr Gargan, 48, was suspended on full pay last May following allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women. The inquiry, which took taking place behind closed doors, has twice been delayed while issues relating to document disclosure were discussed. The findings will be reported to Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens. She will decide Mr Gargan's future after studying the report. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-33459460?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_points_west&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=english_regions
  6. The chief constable of Bedfordshire has announced she is to take early retirement after two years in the job. Colette Paul moved to the county in 2013 from South Wales Police where she was assistant chief constable. She has told colleagues that after 33 years' service with various police forces, she was retiring to spend more time with her family and to travel. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) recently raised concerns about response times and a cut in frontline officers. Her decision comes just weeks after Labour Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire Olly Martins lost a local referendum asking residents if they would accept an increase in council tax to fund more police officers. Ms Paul spent a large part of her career as a detective in the Metropolitan Police. Source
  7. POLICE Scotland is wrongly recording "several hundred thousand" stop-searches a year. POLICE Scotland is wrongly recording "several hundred thousand" stop-searches a year. The national force has come under increasing political scrutiny over what its own numbers have made look like a tactic of mass frisking, including of children. However, its chief constable, Sir Stephen House, has now admitted that vast numbers of routine encounters, such as taking alcohol from youngsters, had skewed official statistics. Speaking before his main civilian watchdog, the Scottish Police Authority or SPA, on Friday Sir Stephen took personal responsible for "some mistakes in data gathering and presentation". The chief constable had been summoned before the SPA after the BBC reported figures that appeared to show the force breaching its own policy - announced last summer - of not carrying out consensual searches on under-12s were also wrong. The broadcaster had said there had been 356 such suspicionless searches since the change in policy. It had obtained the numbers under Freedom of Information laws - "legislatively, not consensually", the chief joked. The force had not wanted to release them, telling the broadcaster they thought the numbers were corrupted. The body representing rank-and-file officers has long argued that Scottish statistics for stop-and-search were being inflated - and that resulting meaningless figures were sparking political controversy. The SPA on Friday was told the latest analysis suggested that the actual number of under-12s subjected to consensual searches was 18. Most were youngsters stopped by police after youth disorders before their ages could be checked. Sir Stephen said "I don't think we should routinely be using consensual search on children. But it is a policy, not a law,. if my officers step outside the police and they have got a good reason, they will get 100% support." He said that if so-called "interventions" - for example, when officers remove alcohol from children - were removed from figures there would be dramatic reduction in the wholesale number. He said: "They would reduce by several hundred thousand. "Why is is that Police Scotland stops so many more people than the Metropolitan Police or the New York City Police? "Because we record as much of what we do as possible and, frankly, we are damned for going further in recording our contacts with citizens. "I think we need to record them in the right box." The representing rank-and-file officers has for some years warned that stop-search figures have been inflated by what it regards as a "targets culture". A spokesman Scottish Police Federation or SPF said the SPA meeting at which Sir Stephen was speaking could be "best summarised by saying 'the numbers are guff'". Sir Stephen denies individual targets for the number of searches - although he has set targets for the share of searches that are "positive", that find something. Vic Emery, the SPA chairman ended the meeting by challenging Sir Stephen to look at what effect any targets have had on the issue. The force, meanwhile, has said it believes that consensual searches should be reviewed. One of Sir Stephen's deputies, Rose Fitzpatrick, laid out potential consequences of that, including the danger statutory searches could be seen as more confrontational. She also suggested that many consensual searches, about a third, were nominally made for alcohol. There is no statutory power to frisk for such drinks. Police believe such a power should be considered. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/police-admit-over-counting-several-hundred-thousand-stop-and-searches-after-high-numb.118459735?utm_source=www.heraldscotland.com&utm_medium=RSS%20Feed&utm_campaign=Scottish%20News
  8. The Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, Pat Geenty, has announced his intention to retire from his position with the Force.   On Monday 2nd February 2015, Mr Geenty informed the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, of his decision to retire in May of this year.   Mr Geenty joined Wiltshire Police in July 2009 and was appointed substantive Chief Constable of the Force in May 2012.   Pat Geenty, Chief Constable, said: "Policing has been a fundamental part of my life for the past 33 years so this has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make.   "However, after considerable soul-searching, I feel confident that this is the right thing for me to do.   "I am entirely certain that I am leaving the Force in capable hands and wish to reassure the public that there is a clear plan for the future of Wiltshire Police.   Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, said: "Firstly, I would like to thank Mr Geenty for his hard work, professionalism and total commitment to his role as Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police.   "While I am personally disappointed to be losing an exceptional officer and leader, I fully understand and respect his decision to retire.   "I will now begin to consider the continuity plan for the Force to ensure that Wiltshire Police are able to maintain consistency in leadership. I will update further once I have made a decision."   http://www.wiltshire.police.uk/news/1193-wiltshire-police-chief-constable-announces-retirement
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