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  1. Police are deliberately not calling helicopters because they cost too much or take too long to arrive, potentially allowing criminals to escape, according to a damning new report. Full Story - Independent It's good that this problem is being reported by quite a lot of different news agencies, but it's sad that almost half of calls are cancelled because the helicopter would arrive too late. It's good that HMIC accepts that all NPAS delivers is cost saving and not a better service. Regarding coverage, about a year ago when base closures were announced there was an image go
  2. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/politics/4969204/theresa-may-slashes-413million-from-police-budget-after-vowing-to-protect-cops/ I have been staggered to read this and the budget overall. So not only is there no increase or mention of police within the budget it turns out another half a billion has been sneakily cut. This government is a disgrace and as I have said before this is ideological rather than necessary. I think we need to dig out the bonesaw now, we’ve well and truly started cutting in to the bone. This isn’t intended to be a brexit debate all over again but I find it
  3. The Metropolitan police are to stop investigating many lower level crimes as a result of spending cuts, a senior police officer has said. Full Story - Guardian I know many commentators in the press and social media are lambasting this, however common sense says cutting spending will lead to less officers which will lead to more crimes not being investigated. Why are people surprised?
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41677046 This is being reported across a lot of the papers and news programmes. Difficult reading again for chiefs and the government. Surely it is becoming harder and harder for them to keep their heads buried in the sand particularly when we are talking about rises in violent crime, knife crime and serious offences such as murders. This linked with the recent discussions on the unprecedented terrorism threat. There was a minister on the news at lunchtime regurgitating the same old lines about protecting police budgets, flat cash or slight incr
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-40342031#
  6. Police Scotland has outlined plans to cut officer numbers by 400 as part of its 10-year policing plan. Chief Constable Phil Gormley said recruitment levels would remain unchanged in the current year, but would begin to slow between 2018-20. He said resources would be re-directed to frontline operations, amid big financial challenges. Last December, the spending watchdog said Scotland's police service was facing a £188m funding gap by 2020-21. Mr Gormley said officer numbers had been at historic highs but said some staff had been used for corporate, rather than community rol
  7. CRIME scenes may now be guarded by a private firm after Wiltshire Police signed a contract with Securitas. http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/14279920.Police_sign_crime_scene_guarding_contract_with_Securitas/?ref=mr&lp=4 I believe Dorset and Gloucestershire have also contracted out, so I will assume Avon and Somerset will shortly follow suit as they are part of the major crime unit with Gloucester and Wiltshire already. How long before we see a merger to become Wessex Police?
  8. Metropolitan Commissioner took delivery of £65,000 Range Rover, complete with a £1,000 back seat entertainment system, just days before warning cut backs could put the public in danger Link
  9. Some good news for us. There seems to be a lot of talk about scrapping PCC's and reducing the number of police forces across the UK.
  10. May battles it out with Osborne over police funds: Home Secretary under pressure to stand up to the Chancellor over proposed budget cuts By Daniel Martin Chief Political Correspondent For The Daily Mail 02:01 18 Nov 2015, updated 09:24 18 Nov 2015 Theresa May is holding firm against frontline policing cuts amid pressure Treasury has asked her department to create plans for cuts of up to 40% Chancellor will meet with Home Secretary today to thrash out the details May is under
  11. Police forces in England and Wales could save £1bn a year by outsourcing backroom services to private companies, private security firm G4S has said. The firm signed a £200m contract with Lincolnshire Police in 2012, with G4S staff now employed in backroom roles. John Shaw, from G4S, said it has saved the force £6m a year - and other forces could "easily" make similar savings. The Police Federation of England and Wales said any changes should "not compromise public safety". Its chairman Steve White also said any savings would have to be reinvested into policing. G4S, wh
  12. Police cuts: David Cameron tried to save constituency stations By Nick HopkinsInvestigations correspondent, BBC Newsnight 13 November 2015 From the sectionUK Politics Image copyrightAP David Cameron privately lobbied to stop the closure of police stations in his constituency as the force tried to find £60m of savings, the BBC has learnt. The disclosure has prompted Labour to accuse him of "jaw-dropping hypocrisy". Number 10 said Mr Cameron had acted in his capacity as a local MP who believed Thames Valley Police could make
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  14. Wasn't sure we're to stick this feel free to move it mods. But cheered me up this morning. BE WARNED STRONG LANGUAGE just in case your in company http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=U3ORoCJgxJc&sns=em
  15. Six police and crime commissioners have threatened the Home Office with legal action over changes to the way police forces in England and Wales are funded. The group, which also includes London's deputy mayor for policing, have written to the government arguing proposals are "deeply flawed", the Independent said. The signatories, five of whom are Tories, say they will seek a judicial review unless the changes are halted. The government has said the old funding formula was "not fit for purpose". New proposals, which the Home Office is currently consulting on,
  16. The number of UK officers investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been cut from 29 to four, the Metropolitan Police says. The Met said the "vast majority" of the work in its inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance had been completed. It said no conclusion had been reached but it was now following a "small number of focused lines of inquiry" which was why the team had been cut. Madeleine's parents said they "fully understand" the decision. They said they remained "hopeful" their daughter would be found. Madeleine, from Rothley in Leicestershire, was three
  17. Two of the country's most senior police officers have signalled that the era of routine patrols by "bobbies on the beat" has come to an end. The comments have been made by the chairwoman of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), Sara Thornton, and Craig Mackey, the deputy commissioner of the Met Police. They said funding cuts would lead to a transformation in investigating crime. The Home Office said police reform was working and crime was falling. The police service does not have a ring-fenced budget and has been told to expect a 25% to 40% reduction i
  18. Fresh spending cuts threaten to undermine the financial sustainability and operational viability of some police forces, the official policing watchdog has warned. For full story please use the following link. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/20/policing-uncharted-waters-cuts-hmic I just wonder how the government will spin this or will they simply ignore these warnings? After all its obvious that they are right about police reforms and everyone else is wrong :-) I did find this quote concerning though "It was “conceptually possible” that even efficient forces could struggle to rema
  19. Police would struggle to monitor terror threats if further significant cuts were made to budgets, a chief constable has told the BBC. Without funds for neighbourhood policing a "significant footprint of terrorism" could be overlooked, Steve Finnigan of Lancashire Police said. Greater Manchester Police chief Ian Hopkins said some burglaries may not be responded to immediately in future. The Home Office is rewriting the Whitehall funding formula for police. Meanwhile ministers are negotiating on the settlement the Home Office itself will receive at the Spending Review. 'Footprint of te
  20. The safety of London is at risk from budget cuts which could mean the loss of up to 8,000 police officers in the capital, the head of Scotland Yard said today. Evening Standard: Full story
  21. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-34503004
  22. Fears of a renewal in serious youth violence in London are growing after it was revealed that youth gang offences are up 23% in the last year, while a spate of fatal incidents in the last month has once again focused attention on Boris Johnson’s key pledge to tackle serious youth crime in the capital. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/11/police-cuts-blamed-rise-in-youth-gang-offences-in-london Can't say I'm surprised it's not rocket science after all. Our political leaders make all the right noises when one of our own is killed in the line of duty, but sad fact is they really don't g
  23. Essex Police are expected to announce today police station closures and cuts to PCSO numbers from 251 to 60. Brentwood Gazette: Full story
  24. The shadow home secretary, Andy Burnham, will drop Labour’s pledge to scrap elected police and crime commissioners (PCCs) and also reject outright opposition to further cuts in police spending. In his conference speech on Wednesday, Burnham, who unsuccesfully challenged for the party leadership, will argue that it is possible to “protect most what we’ve got” with cuts of 5% to 10% in police budgets, but beyond that he will warn that public safety will be put at risk. He says that it is perfectly possible to make further savings in police spending up to 10%. The government, which has alread