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at06 + posted a topic in UK Policing NewsSix police forces in England are under special measures, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said. The Metropolitan Police, the UK's largest police force, was placed under special measures this week after a series of failures. The watchdog said there are now six police forces in special measures. The forces are the Met, Greater Manchester, Cleveland, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire and Wiltshire. Inspectors have raised "systemic concerns" about the Met, including its substandard response to emergency calls, "barely adequate" crime recording and a backlog of child abuse referrals. A watchdog letter to the Met said failures have been exacerbated by the number of young and inexperienced recruits brought in as part of the national drive to replace thousands of officers cut during austerity measures. Matt Parr, from HMICFRS, wrote to acting Met Commissioner Sir Stephen House, saying the organisation has had "substantial and persistent concerns" about the force "for a considerable time". These included the findings of a damning report in March which said the force's approach to tackling corruption was "fundamentally flawed" and "not fit for purpose". Wiltshire Police was the latest to confirm it will move into special measures. PCC Philip Wilkinson told BBC Radio Wiltshire's Dan O'Brien that a report into the force, due to be released next week, will show the change. He said: "My role as PCC is clear: to be the public's voice on policing, to scrutinise, challenge and support Wiltshire Police to provide an effective, efficient, policing service which meets the needs of its communities and to hold Wiltshire Police to account for the service it provides to the public. "I am aware of, and welcome, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) intention to provide closer scrutiny to Wiltshire Police further to their recent PEEL (Police Efficiency, Effectiveness and Legitimacy) inspection, and their intention to move Wiltshire Police to the 'engage' phase of scrutiny. "We remain in close contact with the Inspectorate and I will be able to make a more detailed statement once the inspection report has been published in full." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-61993621
VAFive-O posted a topic in Foreign Policing NewsDon't ever rush your search! CLEVELAND — Prosecutors in Cleveland have released a video that shows a man retrieving a gun hidden in the back seat of a park ranger's cruiser and shooting her in her bulletproof vest before being fatally shot in an underground police parking garage. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office released excerpts of two video recordings Tuesday after announcing that the fatal shooting in December of Derek Stokes, 33, by two Cleveland Metroparks rangers was justified. Stokes was killed at the bottom of a ramp inside a garage beneath Cleveland police headquarters, where the rangers planned to book him. Ranger Chelsea McLellan and Kyle Schultz fired 47 rounds at Stokes, authorities said. A medical examiner said Stokes was shot three times. Credit: PoliceOne - http://goo.gl/C2aGWN
I've just sat open-mouthed at an event on Police Interceptors 14/09/15 where a routine stop turned into something of a farce. The young male driver tossed the car keys to his parents who were standing at the home's door and latterly refused to give them up to the police, the police had no option but to leave, arresting the male on obstruct police. I find it incredible that first this leaves the police no option other than to withdraw, but then to show it on national TV to every single potential drug dealer that if he throws the keys to someone else who runs (or his parents as in this case) there's seemingly nothing the police can do? I hope I'm wrong. The fact that the young male's behaviour was vile, along with his brother's who threatened to assault police, seems to show just how ineffectual we've become. That said, the fact the police struck a fleeing car-derived van which overturned which is what all potential criminals need to see. The programme is yet to finish, so will be interesting to see how it all does pan out.