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  1. Is the Home Secretary Amber Rudd becoming a Rudbot. As the papers report that the cabinet ministers for Whitehall's biggest spending public service departments, health and education, appeal for less austerity to provide increases to workers in their sectors, Amber Rudd is silent and, if anything seems to maintain the Maybot's line and culture within the Home Office. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/01/top-tories-revolt-against-may-public-spending
  2. 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
  3. The Metropolitan Police has defended its use of stop and search after the home secretary warned of "knee-jerk" policing. The Met Commissioner has previously acknowledged that a rise in knife crime could be connected to fewer stop and searches. Theresa May cautioned against a "knee-jerk reaction on the back of a false link". But the Met said the Home Office had "misunderstood" its approach. Speaking to the London Assembly in September, Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe acknowledged that police had relied too much on stop and search in the past. But he added that the scale of reduction in use advocated by the Home Office had "gone too far". In a speech to the National Black Police Association, Mrs May, referring to stop and search, said: "Arrest rates are rising. Police time is being saved. Trust is being rebuilt. "We must not jettison all that good work for the sake of a knee-jerk reaction on the back of a false link." 'Disturbing' crime increase In a statement, the Met said: "Our clear intention is to continue with the targeted use of stop and search and the Home Office appears to have misunderstood our response to recent rises in knife crime and our future intentions. "There has been no knee-jerk reaction, nor will there be." There had been a "disturbing increase" in the number of murders and stabbings, the Met said. Last year the home secretary introduced a code of conduct for all police forces in England and Wales on their use of stop and search. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34605490
  4. And just to cheer everyone up with another morale boosting story apparently the cuts are working!!! News story posted in policeprofessional.com The Home Secretary dismissed warnings from a new generation of police leaders that the service will no longer to be able “to fulfil essential functions” – promising deeper cuts in the next spending review. Theresa May told delegates at the Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales (PSAEW) that chief officers and other commentators have been proved wrong over fears that crime would rocket and public safety and confidence undermined after Government reforms were introduced in 2010. She spoke boldly of her belief that there were still areas where police could make more savings without affecting the frontline – instead delivering services in a “more effective way”. Mrs May said that rather than a “Perfect Storm” envisaged by the Labour opposition and a “Christmas for criminals” predicted by the Police Federation – crime is down by a quarter. She added: “None of that has happened. Our streets, our communities, and our families are safer than they have ever been. Public satisfaction is up, not down. For full story please use the following link. http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=24388
  5. Police force threatens to sue Theresa May over funding plans One of Britain’s largest police forces is threatening to launch a high court action against the home secretary as analysis reveals that Theresa May is secretly planning a major switch in millions of police funding from city forces to county constabularies, the Guardian can disclose. West Midlands police are considering mounting the legal challenge to the way in which May has conducted a consultation exercise on a new police funding formula being carried out without the Home Office disclosing how each force is likely to be affected. For full story please use the following link. http://gu.com/p/4c4fp?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard
  6. The home secretary, Theresa May, is to pledge up to £15m of new funding to provide health-based alternatives for the 4,000 people a year who spend time in detention in police cells under the Mental Health Act. In her first speech since being reappointed home secretary, May will tell the Police Federation conference on Wednesday that a new policing and sentencing bill, to be included in next week’s Queen’s speech, will include legislation to ban the use of police cells to detain any children with mental health problems. It is thought that the ban on detaining those under 18 in police cells as “places of safety” is likely to affect at least 150 children each year because of the lack of alternative NHS health facilities. The policing and sentencing bill is also expected to include a manifesto promise to introduce a new sentence based around a “sharp, short spell in custody” that will involve locking up prolific offenders in police cells “to change their behaviour”. The home secretary is to tell the Police Federation that the extra £15m in funding will save police time and ensure that vulnerable people receive the medical care and support they need. The Conservative manifesto includes a pledge to ensure proper provision of places of safety for people suffering mental health crises. The new funding is to be made available to the NHS, working in partnership with police and crime commissioners, to fund more health-based and alternative places of safety. People detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 can be held in a hospital or police station for up to 72 hours. May is to tell the Police Federation conference in Bournemouth: “Nobody wins when the police are sent to look after people suffering from mental health problems; vulnerable people don’t get the care they need and deserve, and the police can’t get on with the job they are trained to do. “Last year, over 4,000 people detained under section 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act were held in a police cell rather than in a health-based place of safety. “The government will provide the bed and the funding that is needed to stop that happening. This will mean up to £15m of new funding to deliver health-based places of safety in England and a guarantee from this government that no person with mental health problems will be detained by the police due to the lack of a suitable alternative. “The right place for a person suffering a mental health crisis is a bed, not a police cell. And the right people to look after them are medically trained professionals, not police officers.” The latest figures show that at least 21,995 people were sectioned under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, of whom at least 20% were detained in police cells. The police are estimated to spend between 20% and 40% of their time dealing with people with mental health issues. The new legislation in next week’s Queen’s speech will also ensure that police cells are only used as a place of safety for adults if the person’s behaviour is so extreme that they cannot otherwise be safely managed. The current 72-hour maximum period of detention for the purposes of a medical assessment will be reduced and the new bill will enable other places, apart from police cells and health-based alternatives, to be designated as places of safety to support vulnerable people. View the full article
  7. Police bail time limit announced by home secretary   There would be a "new presumption" to release without bail at all, Theresa May said   Time limits on police bail in England and Wales have been announced by Home Secretary Theresa May.   Under the plans, a senior police officer would have to authorise police bail for longer than 28 days and a magistrate for more than three months.   There is currently no time limit and no need for police to seek approval to get bail extended before charge.   The plan to reform the law on police bail would have to be taken forward in the next Parliament, Mrs May said. She said it was "simply not acceptable" that pre-charge bail could last "months or years".   The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said the bail system needed to be "efficient and proportionate".   Earlier this month, broadcaster Paul Gambaccini backed a limit on the use of police bail.   He told MPs how officers and prosecutors "sat" on him for 12 months before telling him he would not be charged in relation to an allegation of historical sex abuse.   It had previously been proposed that police would have to gain approval from a court for a bail extension after 28 days.   But the Home Office said under the new plans extensions could be approved by a superintendent at 28 days, although this would only be allowed up to a total of three months in exceptional circumstances.   Mrs May said alongside the measures would be a "new presumption" to release without bail at all, which she said would drive down the "inappropriate use" of pre-charge bail and ensure that suspects were released under bail conditions "only where it is necessary or proportionate".   Other plans for the production of guidance and the collection of data on the use of police bail did not need legislation and could be progressed straight away, she said.   An Acpo spokesman said: "Pre-charge bail is an essential tool in securing justice. The police have been clear that we want and need a bail system that is efficient and proportionate, both for victims and those suspected of committing crimes.
  8. Theresa May has told police forces they must further reduce the number of stop-and-searches carried out. Delivering the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Criminal Justice Lecture, the Home Secretary reiterated her warning that if stop-and-searches are continually misused, a Conservative government “will not hesitate” to introduce legislation to curb the power.   Paul Ford, lead on stop and search for the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “Stop and search remains a vital part of everyday policing. Police forces are continuing to make significant progress to allay concerns and improve what is an effective tool to combat crime and provide public reassurance, which is now more challenging than ever with 17,000 less officers on the streets.   “Many communities want and need a visible police presence with street crime, possession of knives, weapons and drugs still prevalent across England and Wales. Knife and gang related crime pose a significant risk in some communities, requiring police officers to use stop and search powers proportionately.   “The Home Office and Chief Officers have a responsibility to educate the public around police stop and search powers, and how they are used to keep the public protected.   “Additional training in this area for officers would be welcome, but forces need to be allocated more resources as most have cut training budgets to cope with the significant reduction to police budgets.   “Whether to further reduce the number of stop and searches carried out or curb the power entirely should be an operational decision.” View the full article
  9. Victims should report crime online to help cut the number of 999 calls, the Home Secretary declared yesterday. Theresa May said using the internet would save police money and free up officers for frontline work. Already being tested at two forces, the scheme would cover non-emergency cases such as criminal damage and minor theft. Campaigners warned however that online reporting would further reduce face-to-face contact between police and public at a time when many local stations have closed. There are also fears it might give officers an excuse not to visit crime scenes or even ignore offences entirely. The Home Office stressed that victims of serious crimes, including rape, burglary and assault, should still dial 999. Mrs May said: ‘The growth in the internet has transformed other services – from shopping to banking – and it is right to give victims and witnesses greater choice over how they report issues to the police.’ She said the measure could cut police costs by £3.7million and free up an estimated 180,000 officer hours a year – potentially putting more bobbies on the beat. The Home Office, which is working on a prototype with the Surrey and Sussex police forces, says the scheme will go nationwide within months. Some forces already allow victims to report offences via the web but this initiative would create a one-size-fits-all system for England and Wales. Mrs May insisted victims of crimes such as burglaries and rapes should still call 999, but one force which has developed its own online service includes stalking, domestic abuse and sex offences in its system Ministers have not yet drawn up a definitive list of offences suitable for reporting online. The online crime reports would be studied by police staff who would decide how to respond. Before the 101 police number was launched – also to reduce 999 calls – research revealed that 80 per cent of emergency calls did not need an urgent response. But in just 12 months more than a million 101 callers failed to get through and many were left hanging on for more than an hour. David Green, director of the Civitas think-tank, said: ‘The problem with dealing with a screen rather than talking to a person is that it depersonalises the experience. ‘It feels like you are a crime statistic instead of asking the police to act in defence of the public. ‘At a time when confidence in the police is falling, it would be better if the police were advised to maximise their contact with the public and not to go in search of devices which mean they have as little contact as possible, even if it does save money.’ But Peter Cuthbertson, of the Centre for Crime Prevention think-tank, said: ‘New measures to encourage people to report crimes are very welcome. ‘Sometimes people will feel more comfortable contacting police in this way, especially if they can do so anonymously.’ But campaigners fear the move could give police an excuse to not attend crime scenes themselves, or to ignore call-outs entirely. And Mark Castle, of the charity Victim Support, said: ‘Giving victims more choice and control over their journey through the criminal justice system is something we would of course welcome.’ Policing Minister Mike Penning said: ‘Smartphones, tablets and internet devices are opening up new opportunities for the way people contact the police and forces need to be ready.’ In the past three years, an estimated 264 police station counters have closed – one in five of the national total. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2930574/Don-t-dial-999-online-report-crime-instead-Home-Secretary-tells-victims.html#ixzz3QDT3kt9c Not entirely sure this is good advice, burglar in your house when you wake up, switch on computer, find correct site to write to Police with description of the offender, of course you must hope internet hasn`t crashed. Use Tor browser so no criminal can find out who grassed them up (Tor is very slow) Thirty minutes later a well prepared letter sent off to Police. T May I still have no confidence in you! Video on web site!
  10. BBC 22 January 2015 Last updated at 16:04 Ex-Home Secretary Leon Brittan dies Lord Brittan 'Assiduous and brilliant' Brittan Watch Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died aged 75 after a long battle with cancer, his family have said. The former Conservative MP was home secretary in Margaret Thatcher's government from 1983 to 1985. First elected in 1974, he later became trade and industry secretary and stood down from the Commons when he became a European commissioner in 1989. His family paid tribute to his "extraordinary commitment to British public life". As an MP, he represented the constituencies of Cleveland and Whitby and Richmond in Yorkshire. Commons Leader William Hague, the current Richmond MP, said he had been a "kind, assiduous and brilliant man", while former Chancellor Lord Lamont said he "would have risen to the top of whatever profession he had chosen". line Leon Brittan Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet in 1986 Leon Brittan (third left) served in Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet Raised in London, he studied at Cambridge University and worked as a barrister after graduating. Served as home secretary from 1983 to 1985 and president of the Board of Trade in 1985/86, before resigning in 1986 in the aftermath of the Westland helicopter affair. Spent a decade in Brussels from 1989 to 1999 as one of the UK's European commissioners, and as vice-president of the Commission from 1989 to 1993. He was MP for Cleveland and Whitby from 1974 to 1983 and for Richmond, Yorkshire, from 1983 to 1988. BBC political correspondent Carole Walker said Lord Brittan had enjoyed a "meteoric political rise" to the Home Office, where he clashed with striking miners. His family said he was a beloved husband, stepfather and step-grandfather. William Hague tells the Commons the late Lord Brittan was a "kind, assiduous and brilliant man" They added: "We also salute his extraordinary commitment to British public life as a member of Parliament, minister, Cabinet minister, European Commissioner and peer - together with a distinguished career in law, and latterly in business. "Leon passed away last night at his home in London after a long battle with cancer. We shall miss him enormously." Lord Brittan came under the spotlight last year as part of the investigation into historical sexual abuse because he was home secretary in 1984 when ministers were handed a dossier on alleged high-profile paedophiles. He insisted that the proper procedures were followed. BBC Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

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