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  1. 0800. Meet up in local station with Sgt, the area drug DC, a uniformed PC, dog handler and three other specials. Get a briefing on the two search warrants we will be executing - there were supposed to be three but one has been postponed. 0900. Door answered and in we go. Mum and toddler are fine, laddo is spark out on the sofa. We wake him up. He is not really with it. The drug dog goes through without any particular indication so we begin searching. I find a wrap of cannabis between the DVD cases, which the mum claims. She is taken down to the station to receive a cannabis warning. We also find a used grinder and a large stash of 'herbal resin' pouches. Laddo claims they are his supply for the week - if they were then he is a miracle of science. They are seized-the DC explains that if they test as legal and there is no corroboration that he is supplying then they will be returned. Various phones are also seized. 1130. We are back at the nick for a break and then head out to our second address. A drive-by suggested that there was no-one home so the ARU are called and happily attend with the 'Big Red Key'. The drug dog indicates in the living room (I use the term living loosely - this place is beyond description). We find a grinder, a cannabis plant and various other bits that make it worthwhile. Eventually a woman with two young children comes back - I assume she is the gran, but the DC knows her and tells me she is not yet 40 - I am seldom lost for words but this is one of those times - This woman is ten years younger than me and looks twenty years older. She goes mental at us and her kids end up calming her down. Her partner turns up and is mellow - he takes ownership of the plant and agrees to come in tomorrow to give a statement. We depart. Back at the nick various markers are updated for child welfare etc. 1400. We depart. One of my Special colleagues, who is Temp S/Sgt and I go back to our home station where we have secured that most precious of commodities...NEW LOCKERS!!!! Four big lockers - eventually we will double up but for the moment we can have one each (Luuuuuxurrrrry) and a set of Pava/Tetra lockers. The only problem is they are over by the Traffic office - across the courtyard, down the stairs and round several sharp bends - (the lift is U/S as well). Our colleagues assist in true spirit of policing...They hold the doors and make "To me...To you" comments! We get them in position, Label them up and I shift my gear over. 1530. Knock off. A very successful day where the Special Constabulary did what it does best. We provided bodies on the ground.
  2. Morning all, After a little bit of clarification as the below has caused a couple of issues in custody. I'm drug wipe trained. Recently I arrested someone for driving whilst unfit through drugs (did a roadside breath test and it was zero, so didn't bother with drink as well). He also failed the roadside drug wipe (cocaine). Got to custody, start the MGDD forms. Get consent from the driver, inform the custody sgt who says he'll have to call the doctor as we are going for section 4 (unfit). I was under the impression that because we have the positive drug wipe, that shows that the unfit is due to a drug being present and as such we don't need a doctor to attend and we can get the custody nurse to take the blood. If however we had just nicked him for section 4 without the drug wipe test or a FIT we would need the doctor to attend. We did get the blood from the nurse after custody spoke to someone from traffic, but just wanted to double check that it is correct what I'm thinking. Thanks :).
  3. Addicts would be given the drug to inject under supervision. Drug addicts could be given heroin paid for by the police under plans put forward by one police and crime commissioner. Durham PCC Ron Hogg, who along with Chief Constable Mike Barton has spoken out in support of decriminalisation, said he has now asked the region’s public health departments to examine ways to introduce Heroin Assisted Treatment. Although plans for a “fix room” are being developed in Glasgow, this would be the first of its kind in England following similar schemes in a number of European countries. “The aim would be to enable people who have become addicted to heroin to follow a programme that would stabilise their addiction in a controlled environment, and reduce their dependency on heroin until they stop taking it,” said Mr Hogg. “The aim of the initiative is to save the lives of addicts, shut down drug dealers and reduce acquisitive crime. Instead of stealing in order to fund their habit, and money flowing the organised crime gangs, addicts will be helped to recover.” The scheme would focus on the most prolific at-risk offenders who would be provided with pharmaceutical heroin, with Mr Hogg adding that it would save money in the long run through reduced costs to courts, prisons, the police and wider society. The number of reported drug misuse deaths involving opioids including heroin rose by 58 per cent in England over the last four years, with the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs recommending last December that the government should consider the provision of medically supervised drug consumption clinics in locations with a high concentration of injecting drug use. View on Police Oracle
  4. A police inspector responsible for destroying seized drugs was found with £700,000 of cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and cannabis at his home, a court heard yesterday. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4133560/Police-inspector-11-kilos-cocaine-home.html#ixzz4WC52ShzM Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  5. Neil Woods insists nothing good came out of his 14 years as one of the UK's most successful undercover cops, fighting the war on drugs. Full Story - Huffington Post
  6. Drugs factories – Bath PC Adge Secker on why it’s not ‘only a bit of cannabis cultivation’ By SamPetherick | Posted: January 22, 2016 By Twerton beat manager PC Adge Secker Bath police found and dismantled a £180,000 cannabis farm with 300 plants in Twerton High Street "It's only a bit of cannabis-growing. Go and catch a real villain." http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Drugs-factories-8211-Bath-PC-Adge-Secker-8217-s/story-28586313-detail/story.html
  7. A (non-police) work colleague has just asked me for advice on a real life problem that one of his friend's (let's call him Adam) is experiencing. He approached me because he knows that I am a special. I'd welcome any advice to pass on. I apologise for the length of this post, and also if I've chosen the wrong forum area. I thought it was close enough to police work to be a Scenario rather than a Help Me! topic. Adam lives with his son, who is in his mid twenties. His son is a regular drug user (both cannabis and stronger drugs, to which he is addicted), has a history of aggressive behaviour, and neither works nor is financially able to support himself. Adam's son is violent towards him, and the level of violence has increased over the years. He is afraid of his son, but doesn't want to throw him out because he doesn't want his son's situation to get worse. Adam's son's behaviour has had a huge impact on Adam's life. Aside from an unpleasant home life, it has caused Adam to change jobs because he doesn't want to leave his son at home alone. If left alone, Adam's son invites other drug users to Adam's house and drugs are sold between them. Adam is also aware that the smell of cannabis use is becoming increasingly evident outside the house and he is afraid that neighbours will report it, getting both Adam and his son into trouble. Adam doesn't want to go to the police. He doesn't want his son to get into (more) trouble, and he doesn't reporting his situation to the police it as a genuine way of helping his son. He doesn't want to do anything that would push his son into a short life of drug-addled homelessness, which he views as a realistic result of police action. However, he accepts that he needs help and wants to improve both his own life and his son's. My friend is concerned for Adam's safety and knows that if he does nothing and Adam is hurt then he would blame himself. He was quite upset when he told me about this. My advice was to contact a domestic violence organisation and seek advice from them. I didn't have a particular organisation to recommend, but this is very clearly DV. Does anyone have any further advice that I could pass on? Either recommendations for particular DV organisations or other actions? I'm aware that police action in DV cases is far more involved than just locking up the aggressor, but I don't think that Adam would be prepared to cooperate with the police if he thought that would lead to an arrest or prosecution of his son (which given the drugs and assaults involved, it presumably would).
  8. I'm no fan of drug legalisation but perhaps, just perhaps, I'm wrong and my views are counter productive. I try and make decisions that are based on the best available evidence so perhaps I need to reevaluate my beliefs.
  9. Rank: Special Sgt Length of Service: 3yrs Planned Hours: 1400-2300 (Late Turn) Type of Shift: Response 1230: Arrive at the station early as have a fair amount of admin to do for my team and upcoming meetings/training days etc. Manage to locate the infamous station fork and have a bit of lunch as of course, no guarantee I'll be eating later. After all that, go and kit up & as there's a few other SCs on the same shift, go to the skippers office to let the late turn Sgt know we're out today & give all our details etc. Massive thanks from the Sgt as his team was short so he'll make good use of us 1400: Find the other SCs and head to the briefing room and meet the team, who I work with fairly regularly. Briefed by the Sgt and given our postings, all specials are in IRVs (Immediate Response Vehicles) so smiles all round - who doesn't like blue lights & fast cards ! Introductions made with the PC I'm paired with as I've not worked with him before, he goes to book out his taser & I try and source us a vehicle. Early turn had a busy shift so vehicles are a bit thin on the ground at the station. 1445: Manage to get a vehicle & head out. PC I was with was a great laugh & one of the best I'd worked with, incredibly proactive which was excellent & something I enjoy rather than sitting around just waiting for calls to come out. We head to one of the local council estates that's seen a rise in pretty much everything recently, burglary, theft, car crime, assaults/VWI's & general antisocial behaviour. Stopped & spoke to a few groups of well-known guys, weren't doing anything particular, just a quick chat & so they know we're out and about. Continue having a look around the less glamorous areas of our ground. 1530: Immediate call (blue lights etc for the non-police amongst you) to an 'abandoned call' with child screaming & disturbance heard in the background. On scene and no sign of disturbance at the address, door answered by young girl covered head-to-toe in flour who'd been baking with her Mum, on seeing us the Mum almost broke down in tears before we even said anything as her husband was out and she assumed the worst... which was odd! Turned out her 8 year old son had a friend over, decided to play with the house phone and dialled 999 to see what would happen. Not sure if the kid or the Mum was more embarrassed but gave words of advice given to the kid about how/when to use 999 & tried to get across the seriousness of hoax calls while not putting him off calling 999 if he's genuinely in trouble. He got the message & left him with his Mum who I'm sure had a few more words! 1545: Almost as soon as we left the last job, another immediate call, PI RTC (Personal Injury Road Traffic Collision) on the other end of the ground, ourselves along with several other units start making our way. Bus v Moped so you can imagine how that turned out...! As we were quite a way away, ambulance & fire (due to leaked fuel) were already on scene. Scene itself was being dealt with so we assisted with road closures and directing traffic until signs were brought by Traffic. Injured party taken off to hospital, scene handed over to Traffic and some PCSOs came to man the cordons so we could get back to calls. 1645: 'Substantial' call (relatively serious but doesn't warrant an immediate response) to some young guys on a council estate throwing food from their tower block and nearly hitting passers by. While en route, get updated that they'd now thrown a knife down towards people so got upgraded to Immediate. Knives are one of the things that still really get the adrenaline running for me but we were on scene pretty quickly. Some young local kids come up to us as we pull in, who'd for some reason picked up the knife and tried to pass it through the car window to me, blade first! Quickly got told to put in on the floor & then spoke to them about what had happened, they pointed us up to the window where the suspects were last seen. The tower block had two sets of stairs on either side with a short corridor between them where the flats were. I went up one set of stairs & the PC the other, met up where the suspects had been seen but no evidence of anything there, knocked on a few flat doors of the floor we were on but no answer (quelle surprise). We then both walked to the stairs the PC had taken, to a strong smell of cannabis that wasn't there before and got stronger the higher we went. As we turned the corner to the last flight of stairs to the top floor, our two suspects were stood there having a spliff. Both then legged it through the corridor and began running down the other stairs I originally came up to begin with. I gave chase after them & the PC went down the stairs we were on to prevent them cutting across. Love a good foot chase but doing it down the almost-sprial stairs of a tower block was something else, got very dizzy very quickly. They had the head start on me but could hear them only a couple flights below me, ran nearly halfway down the block when I heard a loud bang on the floor below. Was convinced it was them slamming the door open and cutting across to the other set of stairs so legged it across the corridor, swung open the door to the other stairs & nearly collided with the PC !! He'd not heard anyone on that side of the building so was my mistake! Got to the ground floor and they were no where to be seen. The young kids outside pointed us in the direction they'd ran so got in the car and had a search for them but was a loss loss. Slightly disappointing but some you win and some you lose! 1730: See a moped appear to turn one way, see us behind him, then quickly turn the other way and ride off at speed. Run the VRM and registered keeper is one of our well known thieves/burglars. Signal for him to stop, fully expecting him to make a go for it but surprisingly he pulls over. Had a chat and he stated he was "just out for a ride" which we weren't very happy with. Ran all his details and checked moped over but everything checked out so he was good to go. 1800: Substantial call to theft from motor vehicle, a number plate stolen from a car. Turns out it wasn't recent and the owner rarely uses the car, hasn't used it for a few weeks and only noticed the number plate was missing today. Evidence on the car it had been forced off but no CCTV in the area and neither owner/neighbours had seen anything so just needed reporting. 1900: Back to the station to book in the knife, put on intel report re the moped stop, crime report for number plate & have some refs. 2000: Another vehicle stop after driver decided it'd be a good idea to go straight through a red light despite the marked police car right behind him! Not a very pleasant man, "shouldn't we be out catching murderers & rapists" etc etc. Ran checks & it turned out his insurance had expired too so seized his car, reported him for no insurance & the red light and took great delight in directing him to the nearest bus stop. 2130: Recovery arrived to collect the vehicle. Just as we got back into the car, an immediate call came out literally just around the corner for a domestic in progress, on scene in seconds. Shan't go into details at this stage as case is still open but essentially as we arrive, the guy still assaulting wife! I arrest the guy for domestic GBH & take him to custody. PC remains with the victim and takes statements etc. Quite a nasty job & one that'll stay with me for a long time. Lots of writing required so the next few hours are spent dealing with the relevant paperwork but felt good to genuinely get the victim out of that situation. 0000: Book off, head home and try to get some sleep while replaying the last job over & over in my head. Overall a decent shift. Who says Specials just do fetes and parades haha
  10. Benefits Street's Black Dee and five others 'sold drugs' Four residents of TV's Benefits Street ran a drugs operation, a jury in Birmingham has been told. Tina Thomas, 47, Charlene Wilson, 31, Samora Roberts, 33, who was known as Black Dee in the Channel 4 show, and Ian Wright, 39, were charged after raids in Birmingham in June 2013. The four, from James Turner Street, Winson Green, deny charges of conspiracy to supply drugs. Two other men also deny charges relating to the supply of drugs. Bullets found Omari George, 22, of Dora Road, Handsworth, and Marvin Scott, 38, of City Road, Edgbaston, pleaded not guilty to three charges of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, cannabis and heroin. The court heard officers raided homes in the street and found "quite significant quantities of drugs". Ms Roberts and Ms Thomas deny two further charges of illegally having ammunition. The jury was told officers found a pink shoe containing 13 bullets inside Ms Roberts' home, while in a neighbour's home a sock with her DNA on it was found to contain a further five shells. Under her bed, officers found a key to a Ford Focus parked in the street, inside which a bag of crack cocaine with a street value of £5,000 was recovered. Samantha Forsyth, opening the case for the prosecution at Birmingham Crown Court, said the street had "gained a degree of publicity because there was a TV programme based on some of the residents." 'Makes me laugh' She said: "The police secretly filmed the defendants going about what we say was their unlawful business: the selling of drugs. "Each and every one, to a lesser or greater extent, were involved in selling drugs from that street." When arrested and searched, Ms Roberts had £200 in her waistband, and a further two bags of cannabis, the court was told. The jury heard she told officers: "You didn't even get the guy or four others involved - this makes me laugh". Roberts denied the drugs were hers while the cash "had come from her grandmother". Ms Forsyth said Ms Roberts "described her house as an open house, and items such as the car keys" were nothing to do with her. The car was found to be insured in the name of Ms Roberts' co-accused, Mr George. The case continues. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-32611317
  11. Good work by all involved. I can't get a certain scene from "The Guard" with Brendan Gleeson out of my head when hearing the value though.
  12. Philip Eckersley stole cannabis and ecstasy-like pills from police stores but came unstuck in anti-corruption raid   A former police worker has been jailed after conspiring to sell drugs he had stolen from where he worked.   Philip Eckersley stole £5,800 worth of cannabis and £3,900 of ecstasy-like pills from stores at Elizabeth Slinger Road and Longsight police stations in Manchester. The 28-year-old exhibits store officer, of Bag Lane in Atherton, was jailed for four years and three months after admitting conspiracy to supply class B and C drugs at Liverpool Crown Court.   Four other people were sentenced following a raid in Wigan that uncovered the conspiracy. Another ex-police employee John McCormack, 53, of Kimberley Street in Stockport, was found guilty of theft following a trial.   Jailed: Philip Eckersley   He was given 12 weeks jail suspended for two years and 150 hours unpaid work. McCormack was charged after a laptop had been discovered stolen from police stores, reports the Manchester Evening News.   Anti-corruption squad officers had raided the home of Stacy Round on Railway Street, Atherton, in September 2012. They found large quantities of drugs and paraphernalia associated with dealing that had been stolen from police stations.   Investigators became suspicious of Eckersley after discovering he was one of a small number of people that worked shifts at both stations in question. He immediately stopped coming to work, where he would maintain evidence logs and store exhibits, following the raid. Round, 25, admitted conspiracy to supply a class B and C drug and possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.   Wikipedia Justice: Liverpool Crown Court   She was jailed for three years and nine months.   The drugs found at her home were forensically analysed and also linked to Scott Owen, 24, of New Barn Lane, Leigh, and Alex O’Malley, 24, of Douglas Park, Atherton. Owen admitted conspiracy to supply a class B drug and was jailed for eight months.   O’Malley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a class B and class C drug and was sentenced to two years and four months.   Detective Inspector Chris Packer from the counter corruption unit said: “Both Philip Eckersley and John McCormack thought nothing of taking items that did not belong to them.   “The counter corruption unit is set up to identify the very few rotten apples who work as police officers and staff.”   http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rotten-apple-police-employee-jailed-5555809  
  13. Possession of ecstasy and other drugs is currently legal in Ireland, but only for a day, after a court ruling on Tuesday morning. A written judgment released by the Republic’s court of appeal said part of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, which allows certain substances to be controlled, is unconstitutional, meaning all government orders banning substances such as ecstasy and magic mushrooms are void – and it is not an offence to possess them. Specifically, the court found that the act was being added to via ministerial order and without consulting the Oireachtas (both houses of the Irish parliament) and deemed this unconstitutional. The appeal court’s ruling came in favour of a man who was prosecuted for possession of methylethcathinone, which was among a number of substances put on the controlled drugs list in 2010. Stanislav Bederev denied the charge of having the substance for supply in 2012, and then brought a high court challenge in Dublin seeking to stop his trial, claiming that additions to the 1977 act were unconstitutional. Bederev’s legal team argued it was not lawful to put the substance on the controlled drug list because there are no principles and policies guiding the introduction of such rules – and specifically no consultation with the Irish parliament. The Irish government now has to force through emergency legislation in its parliament on Tuesday evening in response to the ruling. The emergency law won’t come into place until the Republic’s second chamber, the Seanad, endorses the legislation. Following that the country’s president, Michael D Higgins, will have to gave his approval. Original article: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/10/irish-es-are-smiling-ecstasy-drugs-temporarily-legal-in-ireland
  14. source I never get how "addressing your problems" once in custody is mitigation, if you hadn't been arrested would you have done anything about it? Could you not have started in the first place? I'm not so sure about the mother's final comments though, and you son does have to bare some responsibility for taking them in the first place.
  15. Greetings all, I was on duty the other day when an MoP called me over to a young lad who was off his face on drugs at the front of the station, I got there to find the young man slouched on the floor with vomit all down his jumper and his mates stood over him laughing and joking. Turns out the lad had been smoking something called 'Spice' which is a legal high available from a shop in the town centre. The effects of this drug though was something else, the lad could hardly speak, he couldn't stand and we had to call an ambulance for him who took him up to A&E - I've seen drunks in better states than him. I've encountered 'Bombay Blue' before on duty, kids smoked that all the time a few months ago but that didn't send them as wappy as this kid! Anyone else had issues with kids smoking this stuff?
  16. A British grandmother convicted of smuggling drugs to Bali in Indonesia fears she may face the firing squad within weeks. Lindsay Sandiford, 58, believes her execution is now imminent after she was asked to sign a court document tomorrow that formally confirms her death sentence.   Yorkshire-born Sandiford, who was convicted of smuggling cocaine in 2013, fears it could effectively fast-track her execution after Indonesia’s new president Joko Widodo pledged to show no mercy to foreigners convicted of drug crimes. Scroll down for video     Lindsay Sandiford, 58, (pictured behind bars being visited by her sister Hilary Parsons) believes her execution is now imminent after she was asked to sign a court document tomorrow that formally confirms her death sentence Indonesia began a wave of executions last Sunday with five foreigners, including a Dutchman and a Brazilian, killed by firing squad.   Days later, the second of two Australians on Death Row in the same prison as Sandiford in Bali had their clemency appeals rejected. Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, are now expected to be shot dead next month.   The deadline for Sandiford, who has two sons in their 20s and a granddaughter aged two, to file an application for clemency passed five months ago and she now fears she will face a firing squad at the same time as the Australians.   Speaking from Bali’s Kerobokan Prison, Sandiford told her sister Hilary Parsons in a phone conversation: ‘If I sign the letter, am I signing my own death warrant? Am I saying, “Go ahead and shoot me?” The letter is in Indonesian so I won’t even know what it says.’   Sandiford has no legal representation after the British Government refused to fund a lawyer for her, and yesterday she wrote to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond asking him to reverse his decision not to pay the £38,000 costs of another appeal against her sentence. Moment Lindsay Sandiford sentenced to death in Bali. Jan 2013   Death-row Australians Andrew Chan, 31, (left) and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, are expected to be shot dead next month after having their clemency appeals rejected; they are in the same Bali prison as Sandiford British judges previously ruled that she should be considered an ‘exceptional’ case after she was sentenced to death while the ring-leaders of the same drug-smuggling gang escaped with jail terms.   Former legal secretary Sandiford, who has no previous criminal convictions, was caught smuggling cocaine worth £1.6 million from Thailand to Bali in 2012. Her sentence was upheld on appeal. She claims she was forced to act as a drugs mule by a syndicate who threatened the lives of her sons in England.   The other suspected syndicate members – Julian Ponder, 45, Paul Beales, 41, and Rachel Dougall, 41 – were sentenced to six years, four years and one year respectively. Five Supreme Court judges in London last July called on Hammond to ‘urgently’ consider providing legal assistance to Sandiford, concluding that the Indonesian courts had ignored substantial mitigating factors in her case.   Hammond wrote to Sandiford in a letter dated August 11 dismissing the judges’ suggestion and saying features of her case were ‘regrettably present in many other cases in which British nationals have been sentenced to death overseas’.   Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2925120/Drug-mule-granny-weeks-away-Bali-firing-squad-asked-sign-document-formally-confirms-death-sentence.html#ixzz3Pq5uHXdL
  17. source Or as the guardian would write it "Evil police spy sets up 37 poor people who just need hugs and society to understand them". In all seriousness well done that officer.
  18. Sky News – Three people have died and one person is in hospital as police warn of a "dangerous batch of drugs" - believed to be ecstasy.   A man in his 20s died this morning after being found seriously unwell in Rendlesham, Suffolk.   He received treatment at the property on Chestnut Close but could not be saved.   Two and a half hours later, at 9.40am, ambulance crews treated two more men at Provan Court, Ipswich - one died at the scene, the other was taken to hospital in a serious condition.   The second dead man is also thought to be in his 20s.   Police are linking them to another suspected drugs-related death in Ipswich on Christmas Eve.   Chief Inspector Steve Denham said: "We would urge everyone not to be tempted to take illegal drugs, you don't know where they have come from, what they are made up of, or how your body will react to them.   "If you have been offered drugs in the Ipswich area over the past few weeks, in particular ecstasy, we’d urge you to contact us with any information so that we can find those responsible and remove these dangerous drugs from the streets.” View the article source