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Why is there a two strike law? Meaning if I was carrying a knife in a public place on the first offence, the magistrate can set that aside, while the second and third time, the magistrate can send me to mandatory sentence. Why are magistrates allowed to show such leniency on the first offence?
Has anyone experienced being called to court for a job that they were involved with as special (or regular) but you no longer hold the Office of Constable? If so, how does it differ? Are you just treated as a civilian witness or are you still identified as a police officer - such as when saying rank/collar number/station at the start of giving evidence would you say this as it was at the time of the incident? I ask because, although I am still a Special Constable at the minute, I will start as a regular in April and I have been warned to attend court four days later!! So I will have resigned as a special but not yet been sworn in as a regular (that comes during the second week of training I have been told) That leads me onto my second question... despite having all of the uniform etc. would I just wear shirt/tie to court or could I still wear the uniform? I'm so confused what I'm going to do I imagine that it happens a fair few times, either with retired regulars or specials that have resigned but I think my situation will be quite unique/unlucky!
sparkydale posted a topic in UK Policing NewsA man cleared of raping a woman has been ordered to give police 24 hours' notice before he has sex. The man, in his 40s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was acquitted in 2015 at a retrial after claiming the alleged victim had consented. An interim sexual risk order, initially imposed in December, has been extended for four months by magistrates in York. It requires the man disclose any planned sexual activity to the police or face up to five years in prison. The order - which was drawn up by magistrates in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, and extended in York - reads: "You must disclose the details of any female including her name, address and date of birth. "You must do this at least 24 hours prior to any sexual activity taking place." It also contains restrictions on his use of the internet and mobile phone devices and requires him to inform officers of any change of address. A further court hearing in May will decide whether the interim order should be made into a full order, which has a minimum duration of two years and can last indefinitely. Sexual risk orders were introduced in England and Wales in March last year and can be applied to any individual who the police believe poses a risk of sexual harm, even if they have never been convicted of a crime. They are civil orders imposed by magistrates at the request of police. I'm in split on this: On 1 hand, the public protection needs seem to be served by this (and I guess, this is preferable to being locked up). On the other hand, we're making judgment calls based on something that hasn't happened yet - Precrime? Is there a basement somewhere with 3 mutants in a bath? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-35385227