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  1. One officer handed written warning while two more cleared of any wrongdoing at special case hearing. Misconduct hearing: Held at Kent Police HQ in Maidstone Date - 24th March 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 3 Comments A TV film crew caught on camera an entire sequence of events involving an officer unlawfully entering a home, misleading the occupants into believing he had a warrant before making “derogatory remarks” on leaving. Footage from the Channel 5 filmmakers documenting the work of Kent Police's gypsy liaison team was played to a force disciplinary panel – bringing allegations of gross misconduct against three officers. The three-day hearing, held at the force’s Maidstone headquarters, was shown Kent PC Sacha Azizi leading a team of several officers as they went in search of a suspected female arsonist at a house in Walderslade, in May 2017. PCs Daniel Baker and Jai Shoker were also present. PC Azizi was pushing his way into the house despite not having a warrant and without a lawful reason. One of the occupants – a heavily pregnant woman – had already told him he could not enter and twice asked if he had the authority to do so. PCs Azizi and Baker continued to search the property despite being repeatedly asking them to leave. When team leader, PC Azizi, did leave the property he made comments about the family dog, the occupant’s husband and taking the couple’s children into care. The Independent Office for Police Conduct carried out an investigation, which was completed in June 2018, and concluded that three officers – PCs Azizi, Baker and Shoker – had cases to answer for gross misconduct. PCs Azizi and Baker had to answer in respect of authority, respect and courtesy; discreditable conduct; duties and responsibilities; and honesty and integrity. It was also alleged that PC Baker breached standards of professional behaviour for failing to challenge and report improper conduct. PC Shoker was alleged to have given a misleading account during the investigation, and prior to the referral to the IOPC, and therefore breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of honesty and integrity. At Monday's hearing PC Shoker was cleared before the allegations had even been outlined after the panel was told Kent Police had bungled an initial investigation. At the opening of the hearing on Monday, Shoker was cleared before the allegations had even been outlined after the panel was told the Kent force had bungled an initial investigation. PC Shoker's witness statement was reportedly given in informal circumstances, several weeks after the incident and without him having access to his note book. The panel also found that PC Baker had no case to answer and no further action will be taken against him. All three gross misconduct allegations were found not proven but PC Azizi was given a written warning for ‘misconduct’. Superintendent Nick Gossett, Kent’s head of complaints and misconduct, told Police Oracle: “In the case of PC Azizi, the panel concluded that he had breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to authority, respect and courtesy and his actions amounted to discreditable conduct.” View On Police Oracle
  2. Five go volunteering together. Date - 23rd November 2018 By - JJ Hutber- Police Oracle The first police force in the country to give volunteers PCSO powers has recruited five volunteers against its vision of 300. In November last year Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott announced plans for VPCSOs were well underway. A spokesman for the force said Chief Constable Alan Pughsley’s aspiration is there will be approximately 300 in total. A recruitment drive for Community Policing Volunteers was launched in early January, advertising opportunities to specialise in horseback visible policing, dog walking and skill based investigation support in mental health, restorative justice and cybercrime. They hoped CPVs would “play a vital role in solving local problems and gathering useful evidence about criminal activity and anti-social behaviour”. But Kent Police has confirmed so far only five people have successfully signed up for the scheme. A Kent Police spokesman said they have all exceeded their “required hours”. Citizens in Policing Chief Inspector Jason Wenlock said: ‘Kent Police has recruited five community policing volunteers (CPVs) as part of a pilot in the Maidstone area to help promote community safety and increase support for vulnerable people. “These volunteers will have a varied role in supporting the vital service that PCSOs already deliver, including helping to provide advice and reassurance to local residents around issues including anti-social behaviour. “They were recruited as part of a county-wide campaign which we aim to expand further later this year.” Two years ago the then Home Secretary Theresa May announced she would extend the powers that chiefs can give volunteers – opening the door to create new roles such as volunteer police community support officers. The subsequent introduction of the Police and Crime Act 2017 gives chief constables the power the power to bestow the limited powers that PCSOs have on volunteers for the first time. View On Police Oracle
  3. Financial system doubled invoices for up to seven years. PCC Matthew Scott By - JJ Hutber- Police Oracle 6 Comments Discovering a fiver down the back of a sofa is a smug feeling like no other. But few people will experience the mixture of horror and joy Kent Police auditors must have known when they uncovered £1 million - hidden by a “technical glitch”. For between five and seven years, every time a Kent Police employee altered an invoice the system was charged double for accounting purposes. The money never left force accounts, meaning the force has racked up almost £1m extra. An eagle-eyed auditor spotted the discrepancy while Kent Police finance team was putting its end of year accounts together. Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott told his police and crime panel he decided to describe the issue in his annual report “in the interests of transparency”. The extra funds will be added to Kent Police reserves. Councillor Fay Gooch said at a meeting of the police crime and panel she was “baffled” the mistake went unnoticed for so long. “In local government we are the best at managing money so happy to come along and give advice at any time but I do think that you need to rack up the accuracy a bit more because something’s going wrong,” she said. Mr Scott responded: "Because it was an unqualified opinion I didn’t have to [highlight the error]. I could have just said there are the accounts go find it yourself. “But I wanted to highlight that to the panel of where I’m holding to the force to account. “We didn’t lose £1m in cash. It was there, it was always there. "I bring that forward for that very reason because sometimes these things do happen and I don’t think always that agencies should hide behind unqualified opinion saying that everything’s fantastic.” Mr Scott’s chief finance officer Rob Phillips added the problem is “clearly unacceptable”. “It was an error in the way that we’d been using the financial system that meant that effectively this money was double counted to a certain extent and is over a period of a number of years. “So it’s happened over the last five, six, seven years clearly. That’s not right. "We need to makes sure the systems we’ve got are working perfectly fine. "So with the commissioner’s agreement and approval we are now going to engage an audit firm to come and have a look and to make sure we are using the systems correctly, that we’ve got to ensure that there aren’t any other of these things that are slipping.” View On pOlice Oracle
  4. bongo

    Home visit

    Anybody able to give an insight into this for reg recruitment? Anything I need to prepare?? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Kent Police to patrol with guns at Canterbury Cathedral and other locations 19 September 2016 Kent Image captionCanterbury Cathedral is one of the places armed police will protect Police armed with guns are to patrol routinely in Kent, in locations including Canterbury Cathedral, Dover port and the Bluewater shopping centre. The move comes following recent terrorist attacks in Europe, but is not in response to specific intelligence. The armed presence is intended as a deterrent and to allow an immediate response in an emergency, police said. The Kent force's approach has been criticised as being likely to worry people rather than reassure them. The move comes amid high national threat levels and Deputy Chief Constable Paul Brandon said it would enable police to react quickly if necessary. 'Get used to it' "Tragically, what we have seen in France and other areas that it's in the first hour that there is large numbers of casualties," he said. But Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent, said there were better ways to police the county. "I have been to Belgium recently where there are armed police everywhere, but when you talk to Belgians they are far more scared than previously. "I would rather Kent Police had a more low-key approach. The real deterrent is always behind-the-scenes, intelligence-led policing." Image captionArmed officers will be carrying Tasers as well as firearms Mr Brandon, who has described the terror threat facing the county as "unprecedented", said officers were currently being redeployed from other tasks and the number of firearms officers would be increased over the next 12 to 18 months. "There are officers at this moment going through a very stringent selection process," he said. The British police on routine armed patrol Kent Police has not said how many armed officers it will deploy but the government announced in April there would be an extra 1,500 across England and Wales and the Metropolitan Police has said the number of armed officers will go up in London by 600 to 2,800. Kent Police Federation said the deployment was an unprecedented increase for the county. But its chairman Ian Pointon said the public were used to seeing armed officers at airports and London railway stations and would get used to this. Kent Police to patrol with guns at Canterbury Cathedral and other locations - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-37404915 Image captionThe number of armed officers has yet to be confirmed
  6. Kent PC Nicholas Reeves dismissed over restraint death - 6 years to make a decision? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-37039170
  7. Chrish229

    HELP !

    Hi guys ! Basically I'm trying to make this decision but everytime I mull it over I can't choose ! So I asked Kent Police if I could transfer my assessment centre results (ticket) and sent a photocopy of my results, I never heard back ! So I said "I'm not waiting any longer !" And went ahead applying to MOD Police with my ticket ! They received my application and today emailed me and said I will be given s vetting form nearer the time of my firearms assessment which is March 2016 ! At the same time Kent popped an email as well :'( They said my results were fine and gave me a link to fill in an application form and once I had done that they would invite me to an interview in October 2015 (next month !) and that if I passed the interview I would be put on an intake in Feb 2016 ! Need advice ! I'm pulling my hair out :'( Do I pick MOD and get in without an interview so that means no stress ? Do I pick Kent, have to WITHDRAW my application with MOD and hope I pass the interview ?! I am aware what MOD is like by the way. Any advice would be amazing !
  8. http://www.courier.co.uk/Investigation-dropped-Kent-Police-Crime/story-26077091-detail/story.html
  9. A man is in a critical condition after being shot by police who were called to an incident in a Kent village. Firearms officers and police negotiators were sent to a house in Hersden, near Canterbury at 11.20pm on Sunday. A young woman inside the house suffered stab wounds and a 40-year-old male relative was shot by a police officer. Kent police said the pair were taken to hospital, where they are both in a critical condition. A police spokesman said the case had been voluntarily referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission. View the full article
  10. Hi all, Does anybody know: I have passed everything for the Kent application except vetting. whilst I wait for the result I would like to defer to the Met where I am a special. Do I have to cancel my application with Kent BEFORE I put in an application with the Met or do I just fill in the application form on the Met police website and state I've passed the SEARCH and wait to hear back from them? Obviously if I cancel my Kent police application then don't make it through the paper sift with the Met I'd be gutted!! Cheers all, Bongo Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. H-H

    July '14 Recruitment Drive

    Hi guys, Currently getting my head down getting ready for my senior interview for a PC job at Kent next Monday! Was wondering if there is anyone else on the forum who is at the same stage as provided all goes well we could end up training together for 20 weeks!
  12. Kent Police are currently recruiting for Regulars Closing date is Tuesday 25th November 2014 - 4pm Good luck for those who apply! http://www.kent.police.uk/join_us/police_officer/pol_off.html

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