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  1. Drummerja

    Final Interview

    Hello Wondering if anyone can shed any light (ethically...) on the final interview. i have heard they are marked on the current competencies, 45-1 hour long interview and around 6 questions (with probing questions). I have started to my home work on: PCC, community first, operational model (borderless policing), force priories and objectives, current issues Merseyside is facing and what they're doing about it etc. Going to try and have 7 or 8 examples of when I have... xyz. any help is great, I have emailed requesting comms with a force interviewer as previously suggested and or any information they can share. those who don't ask etc. many thanks
  2. A Merseyside police dog has been killed while on duty. German Shepherd Ghost was found dead early this morning on the M6 motorway after being hit by a vehicle. Merseyside Police dog killed while on duty - Liverpool Echo http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyside-police-dog-killed-duty-12147735 Very sad news my thoughts are with his handler.
  3. A police officer who knocked a criminal off a scrambler bike was a “good man” who broke official policy, a court heard. PC James Ellerton’s unmarked police van struck a Honda CRF 250 ridden by disqualified driver Devere Ogungboro, 27, in Park Road, Toxteth . Ogungboro had been doing wheelies, weaving in and out of traffic and driving on the wrong side of the road in the early hours of September 14 last year. Liverpool Crown Court heard Ellerton, 29, was on duty as part of an armed response unit when he spotted two scrambler bikes in the city centre. He followed Ogungboro, who was serving a suspended prison sentence and did not have lights or a registration plate on his bike, to Toxteth. Ian Hope, prosecuting, said when Ogungboro turned around and headed back up the street, Ellerton moved onto the wrong side of the road to block the bike. CCTV played in court showed the red and white Honda slow down and attempt to pass the white van, only for PC Ellerton to turn into it. Mr Hope said as a motorcyclist Ogungboro was “vulnerable” and Ellerton, along with all police drivers, was “trained to take care”. He said they were not allowed to pursue bikers apart from in “exceptional circumstances” requiring approval, such as when a rider was brandishing a firearm and threatening the public. Mr Hope said: “A young man doing wheelies, driving badly. Quite possibly it was a stolen bike in the mind of the officer driving the van – we accept that. “But if you keep knocking people off bikes using a police vehicle, you’re going to end up with a lot of dead teens.” The prosecutor said Ellerton “clearly did drive the van dangerously” adding “this case is about his reason for doing so”. He said: “It is whether he was acting in his public duty quite properly to deliberately unseat that rider and knock him off, or whether he is so far outside the policies that he should have been following, that no defence such as that arises for him. “Two wrongs certainly don’t make a right. The Crown are very conscious of the fact that bike was being driven badly. “We also accept PC Ellerton is a good man, doing a good job, 99% of the time. No other complaint is made about him.” Ellerton, whose address cannot be published for legal reasons, denies dangerous driving. He told colleagues he saw the way the bike was being driven and felt he had a duty to protect the public. Ellerton said he did not have time to activate the van’s sirens or lights. Ogungboro will also stand trial, at a later date, accused of the same offence, relating to the same incident. He came into court on crutches and told the jury he did not realise the van was a police vehicle. Ogungboro said: “I panicked. I did not know who it was. I have lost two brothers.” He said he was “not prepared” to say who was on or owned the bike. Steven Crossley, defending, suggested Ogungboro tried to get away from the police because he was serving a nine-month sentence, suspended for two years, for possession of an offensive weapon and drug possession. Mr Ogungboro said he would have stopped if he thought the men in the van were police officers. (Proceeding) liverpoolecho.co.uk https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/pc-who-knocked-criminal-scrambler-12105721.amp?client=ms-android-orange-gb I though I post this with the blight of scrambler bikes causing so many problems across the UK right now. It just reinforces to me that the safety of the brainless cretins riding bikes in this manner is far more important than that of the general law abiding public.
  4. Merseyside’s new chief constable wants to encourage more women to join the police force. Figures show that the proportion of women officers has risen over the past decade but chief constable Andy Cooke conceded there was more work to be done. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseysides-new-chief-constable-wants-11747602
  5. A Merseyside Police officer was struck and killed by a stolen car during a pursuit. The officer was hit after a red Mitsubishi pick-up vehicle mounted a central reservation along Wallasey Dock North Road, Wallasey, at 02:10 BST. Police said the Mitsubishi was stolen from an estate agents in Birkenhead just after 01:00 BST. A murder investigation has been launched. Follow latest updates on this story with BBC Merseyside Live. A statement from Merseyside Police said officers had earlier attended a burglary at an estate agents on Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead. During the raid the offenders stole the Mitsubishi, which was then pursued by officers. The policeman killed was one of two neighbourhood patrol officers who made efforts to stop the car, police said. He was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Family informed The officer's family has been informed and a family liaison officer is providing support, police said. Detectives are now examining CCTV footage in a bid to identify the offenders. Wallasey Road North, Corbyn Street and the estate agents in Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, have been cordoned off as a forensic examination takes place. Diversions have been put in place at Wallasey Road North and Woodchurch Road. Police are yet to make any arrests. The Mitsubishi was later found abandoned in Corbyn Street, Wallasey. Officers are urging witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-34441624 A very sad start to the day.
  6. A member of the public contacted police at around 3.35pm to report they had sighted two men on a scrambler bike in the Edge Lane area and one was carrying what was thought to be a firearm. These are pictures by our photographer Ian Cooper at the scene. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/two-arrested-gun-found-after-10285036 Nice result by the looks of it, sure our force isn't alone in finding those committing firearms offences are increasing using scrambler bikes to evade capture.
  7. Head of dog unit set to be summonsed to court after solicitors launch private prosecution A Merseyside police inspector faces a private prosecution over an operation that saw dozens of dogs rounded up and destroyed. For the full story please use the following link. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/police-inspector-faces-private-prosecution-10042917 I hope the force gives the Inspector it's FULL support and not use him as a convenient scapegoat. I can't for one moment believe that legal advice from the force solicitors wasn't sought about the possible consequences of this action. Wish him all the best and hope this is resolved quickly.
  8. PC Whom?

    Mercedes Sprinter van

    Looking for a bit of help folks, this van is currently on sale on the eBays as an ex-police motor, I've found the attached pics of it operational on Flickr, anyone able to say what it was used for (and also if it's likely to have been trashed around like a typical police van) Cheers
  9. Stripping a distressed and and vulnerable 14-year-old girl of her clothes upon arrival at a police station may not be the best way to cope with the risk of suicide, the appeal court has warned. But the three judges unanimously found that Merseyside police officers did not breach the teenager’s rights to privacy and acted “reasonably and proportionately in the urgency of the situation with which they were confronted”. The ruling comes after claims that more and more forces are strip-searching children not to look for hidden evidence but to ensure they do not attempt to self-harm or hang themselves while in police custody. Campaign groups say that officers do not take into account the trauma inflicted on young people in the process. The case was brought on behalf of the child, identified only as PD. She had been arrested in 2010 for being drunk and disorderly outside a kebab shop after drinking a large quantity of vodka. The girl had a history of mental health problems. Her parents were not informed, before her clothes were removed, that she had been detained overnight. Three female officers carried out the strip-search. She was put into a gown. Her pants were removed, supposedly because it was feared she could use the elastic to hang herself. CCTV from the cell later showed her ripping her hair out and banging her head against the wall – evidence, it is said, that she felt degraded. The judges, Lord Justice Pitchford, Lord Justice Lewison and Lord Justice Fulford, said: “Children in custody are vulnerable and ... special care is required to protect their interests and well being. [We] express concern that it should have been thought appropriate immediately to remove the clothes of a distressed and vulnerable 14-year-old girl without thought for alternative and less invasive measures to protect her from herself.” But the judges added: “The Police and Criminal Evidence Act (Pace), provided [police] with the power to seize the claimant’s clothing in very limited circumstances, one of which was to prevent the claimant from harming herself. “There is no issue between the parties that this was the legitimate reason for the admitted interference with the claimant’s article 8 right [under the European convention on human rights] to respect for her private life; nor is there any challenge to the [original trial] judge’s finding that the action taken was an urgent necessity.” The officers had therefore not acted disproportionately and the claim failed. In the course of the judgment, however, the judges found that safeguards set out in Pace do apply even to cases where removal of clothes is for the purpose of ensuring a suspect’s safety. The appeal court added: “Except in cases of urgency, where there is a risk of harm to the detainee or to others, an appropriate adult [or parent] must be present (unless the detainee wishes the appropriate adult not to be present).” Two campaign groups, the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (Crae) and Just for Kids Law, intervened. Strip-searching of children doubled between 2008 and 2013, according to Crae. The youngest suspect was 12. In 45% of cases, no parent or appropriate adult were present when the child had some or all of their clothing removed. Paola Uccellari, director of Crae, said: “Being stripped by someone in a position of power is inevitably a traumatic and distressing experience for a child. “This measure must only be used as a last resort. If it’s being used as a matter of routine, or unnecessarily, it would breach a child’s human rights. Over-reliance on this practice needs to be looked at as a matter of urgency.” Shauneen Lambe, director of Just for Kids Law, said: “We were alarmed that a police force took the position that when a child is being stripped for their own protection, rather than looking for contraband, the same safeguarding protections did not apply and welcome this clarification from the court of appeal that they do. Along with Crae we have asked the government to undertake a review of why there appears to be such an increase in children being stripped by the police.” View the full article
  10. Ten coppers to catch a flipping seal! And still the police moan about cuts... Police were able to rustle up no fewer than ten officers at short notice to help rescue a stranded seal near St Helens in Merseyside. Rescue operation begins for mystery seal in Merseyside On the one hand, they were alleging that thousands of coppers are being sacked because of the cruel Coalition cuts, putting the public at risk. Yet on the other, the police were able to rustle up no fewer than ten officers at short notice to help rescue a stranded seal. Far from being stretched to breaking point, that impressive turn-out would tend to suggest that the police in that part of the world, at least, haven’t got anything better to do. Press photographs and television news footage showed officers in protective elbow and knee pads manning the barricades while half a dozen firemen in crash helmets and wildlife volunteers prodded the seal with brooms. Eventually they managed to round up the bewildered mammal, which is believed to have become disorientated after getting lost in the River Mersey and swimming through a series of brooks until it reached dry land. So we know how the seal got there, but what were ten coppers doing at the scene? Come to that, why were any police officers needed for this operation? Surely this was a job for the RSPCA, not the county constabulary. Perhaps they thought the seal was going to escape and run amok, causing havoc in the local community. Can’t be too careful, after all. As they keep telling us, our health and safety is their Number One priority. Why should anyone take their pleas of poverty seriously when an allegedly cash-strapped police force can send ten coppers to help rescue a seal? The police have got previous when it comes to taking down runaway animals. Regular readers may remember the time the North Wales Traffic Taliban Tasered a sheep which had wandered on to the A55 near Bodelwyddan. More recently, police marksmen in Powys shot dead a cow which had broken loose from a livestock market and was holed up on a nearby housing estate. So the stranded seal will probably never know how lucky he was. Eventually, they coaxed him on to a trailer with a piece of mackerel. Couldn’t they have tried that in the first place before dragging ten police officers away from their normal duties? Meanwhile, in Brighton, another drama was unfolding which also illustrates the bizarre priorities of our modern police ‘service’. Officers responded with ‘blues and twos’ flashing lights on their patrol cars to an ‘emergency’ call-out at a cinema, where staff falsely accused a party of 12-year-old girls of recording the film The Hunger Games on their mobile phones and iPads. The girls were marched out of the cinema and accused of breaking copyright laws. Officers seized their mobile devices and trawled through them for evidence. When they couldn’t find any, the terrified schoolgirls were finally released. Some of them were forced to wait outside in the dark, sobbing, until their parents collected them. George Osborne’s ‘savage cuts’ would take public spending, as a percentage of gross national product, back to almost exactly where it was in the mid-Eighties What the hell did the police think they were playing at? This was hardly the crime of the century. In fact, no crime had been committed. Even if these young girls had been filming clips from the movie, they were pre-teens doing what pre-teens do. So why treat them like hardened criminals? This is just another sad example of the way in which the modern police force is at odds with the community it is paid to ‘serve’. What’s wrong with the police is not lack of money, it’s a complete loss of proportion and a skewed set of priorities. The most laughable line in the Guardian scare story about the police being on the point of collapse was a claim from Labour’s shadow policing spokesman that the Coalition is ‘taking policing back to the 1980s’. It’s an advance on the recent ‘back to the 1930s’ drivel, but if the police really were being dragged back into the Eighties, most of us would say: Bring it on. (Coincidentally, Osborne’s ‘savage cuts’ would take public spending, as a percentage of gross national product, back to almost exactly where it was in the mid-Eighties.) Those of us who remember the Eighties recall that we had proper police stations in every town and borough, not ‘drop in’ shops open a few short hours a day and closed at night and at weekends. We also had foot patrols and ‘home beat’ officers who knew everyone on their patch, including the villains. If you were burgled, you could expect to see a copper within half an hour. They’d make some attempt to catch the culprit, not offer you counselling and a note for the insurance before writing your case off as ‘NFA’ — no further action. If you called the police, you’d be put through to someone with knowledge of the area in which you lived. Today you get transferred to a remote call centre and your nearest nick can be anything up to 30 miles away. The closest thing you ever see to an old-fashioned beat copper is a low-paid, poorly-trained ‘community support’ officer. In the Eighties, patrol officers thought it was their job to keep the traffic moving. Now the police close motorways for hours on end after even minor accidents, treating every crash as a ‘major crime scene’ and to hell with the paying public. They’re all living in their own CSI movie. Chief Constables are selected not for their thief-taking abilities, but for their willingness to enforce the new state religion of ‘diversity’. Forget about car thefts and house-breaking, what really matters is sniffing out exciting new ‘hate crimes’ and trawling Twitter for someone posting an ‘inappropriate’ remark. Police chiefs are also chosen for their political skills and are expected to dress to the Left. That’s why they are such enthusiastic and vociferous promoters of the mendacious Labour/Guardianista/BBC rolling propaganda campaign against the ‘savage cuts’. Why should anyone take their pleas of poverty seriously when an allegedly cash-strapped police force can send ten coppers to help rescue a seal? The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire claimed recently that his force would become ‘unviable’ if his budget was cut any further. Lincolnshire is a large county, but with a small population. How difficult can it be to police? Market Rasen is hardly a walk on the wild side. Is it too much to ask that over the next week, Britain’s police chiefs make a collective resolution to stop bleating about the cuts, show some common sense and start doing the job they’re paid for? Perhaps if the police spent less money on fancy new headquarters, high-speed BMWs and helicopters, they may have more to spend on front-line ‘services’. The Met Commissioner moans that he’s stretched to the limit, yet at one time had more officers investigating alleged phone-hacking by journalists than serving on the murder squad. He also diverted experienced detectives from major incident teams to round up ageing celebrities accused of ‘historic’ sex crimes, in a deranged over-reaction to police failings over Jimmy Savile. Next time the police complain they are short of ‘resources’ look how many officers they manage to find to ransack the homes of innocent entertainers such as Jimmy Tarbuck and Jim Davidson. Why should anyone take their pleas of poverty seriously when an allegedly cash-strapped police force can send ten coppers to help rescue a seal? This week, Greater Manchester Police revealed that a man had dialled 999 to report a hedgehog in his garden. They must have been short of staff that day, otherwise, if they had stayed true to form they’d have dispatched an armed response team in a helicopter to shoot it. Mind you, if they had done, the Guardian would have wheeled out a bunch of animal rights activists to demand that we spend tens of millions of pounds we haven’t got on a judge-led public inquiry into police brutality against hedgehogs. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2885806/RICHARD-LITTLEJOHN-Ten-coppers-catch-flipping-seal-police-moan-cuts.html#ixzz3NZ78ajKz I normally would not place up a story like this, but for the reply. Video on web site! An open Letter to Richard Littlejohn January 1, 2015 by Chris Hobbs On Christmas Eve, in his regular column in the Daily Mail, Richard Littlejohn wrote a story entitled ‘Ten coppers to catch a flipping seal! And still the police moan about cuts…’ With insult now added to injury by virtue of Tom Winsor being awarded a knighthood, Chris Hobbs, a retired Metropolitan Police officer, responds with an open letter to Littlejohn. Dear Richard, Like many serving and retired police officers, I assiduously read your column and thoroughly enjoy your acerbic criticism of the absurdly politically correct or ludicrous ‘elf n safety.’ You frequently criticise police yet all too often your criticisms of petty bureaucracy and appalling leadership are not only justified but applauded by rank and file officers who regard you as a champion of good policing and a friend of the frontline. So what went wrong this time? I’ll be quite honest; it looked as if you had written this in the immediate aftermath of sinking one over the eight or in the midst of the world’s worst hangover. The criticism of the Merseyside police officers who attended the scene of the rescue of Dumbledore the seal was especially hurtful. These were Merseyside police officers who, just days previously, had had a colleague brutally murdered, reportedly for simply being recognised as a police officer. Like Theresa May and the Home Office you stayed very quiet on that one Richard. Could you not, if you felt they were wasting their time, just simply put in call to the Chief Constable and had a quiet word. Was it really necessary to publically humiliate them complete with photographs? I suspect that the police who turned up were members of a Merseyside PSU who patrol in a carrier, rather like the Met’s Territorial Support Group. I’m sure you know their role Richard. They are the ones who are in the frontline of riots or other serious public disorder. They are the officers called to attend the most dangerous situations to deal with the most violent. They are the officers deputed to search for missing persons including children or those who get down on their hands and knees to search for clues after serious crimes. So what probably happened on this day Richard? It was a quiet morning just before Christmas and on hearing the call and having no calls or incidents to deal with, they probably decided to go to the scene and see if they could help. That’s what police officers join for Richard; they actually want to help, although sadly some become a little bitter and twisted not just from the danger and abuse they endure in the course of their work, but from armchair critics and politicians eager to hit on an easy target. All the time they were helping Richard, they would be listening to their radios ready to rush to any situation where they were more urgently needed. And what of Dumbledore, Richard? In addition to the police, the fire brigade were also present. Should they have been or should they have been reserving their skills for real fires or pulling people out of road accidents? And of course, as it seems Dumbledore has some unpleasant injuries as a result of his exploits, should the emergency services have even bothered to turn up? The emergency services refusing to help a stranded seal who eventually dies a slow and agonising death in a farmer’s field would be a master class of PR wouldn’t it? I can just imagine the scathing comments from your media colleagues. And let’s discuss the other incident you have decided to heap your venom upon. Are you seriously suggesting that officers listened to a call that stated that schoolgirls were illegally recording a cinema film on their mobiles and turned on their sirens and blues and twos? Let me tell you what may well have happened. The operator takes a call from the cinema and in the background can hear screaming, shouting and the sounds of a disturbance. Was that operator right to err on the side of caution and get officers to the scene as quickly as possible in case the incident was a serious one, say involving a maniac going berserk in the cinema with a machete. Should that had have been a life threatening incident of this nature, you know full well that those same officers you disparaged would have put their lives on the line to resolve the situation. Obviously you have a bee in your bonnet about traffic police Richard and you’ll be pleased to know, as will errant motorists, drunken drivers and car thieves who put other road user’s lives at risk, traffic police numbers are getting fewer and fewer because of the cuts you imply are not a problem. Traffic police are not even popular with their own colleagues who refer to them as ‘black rats’ but believe you me Richard they are a welcome sight as they arrive at the scene of the mangled wreckage of a car accident where chaos, destruction, serious injury and death are the hallmarks. Given the horrendous sights that they see and the death messages to distraught relatives they have to deliver, perhaps they could be forgiven for being a tad impatient when dealing with motorists whose antics put others at risk. Now, I’ll surprise you here Richard by agreeing with you. It does take too long for broken down vehicles or vehicles involved in minor accidents, to be removed from the scene, but that’s not the fault of the police. Have a word with the Highways Agency here, Richard, not the traffic cops. As for serious accidents, where there is a chance of death, any accident scene is to all intents and purposes a crime scene. As soon as the road is opened, that scene is lost. If it was one of your loved ones Richard, wouldn’t you want answers and any guilty party brought to justice? I rather think you would. I am aware Richard that once a year you a welcome guest at a CID dinner and that you also spent a day with the Met’s SCO19 armed police unit when you came away quite impressed with the professionalism you found. Can I respectfully suggest that you ask to ‘ride along’ with a traffic unit, perhaps for an early morning tour of duty, so you can actually attend some of the accidents we all hear about on morning radio news bulletins. Or perhaps a night duty and the joy of dealing with an accident in the pitch blackness of a busy motorway. You obviously have strong views in respect of cutbacks and indeed many rank and file officers may well agree with you on certain points. Some would dearly love to get their hands on high speed BMWs as their own clapped out vehicles are held together with little more than string but your comment on helicopters defies belief. It is course far easier and safer to control a police car chase using a helicopter than to have police vehicles actively having to maintain close contact with the ‘bandit’ vehicle and not infrequently having to let the bad guys get away on ‘elf and safety’ grounds. Searching for escaping criminals in either urban or rural conditions, it’s the helicopter every time. Looking for missing children or other missing persons, where searches need to be made of countryside, park or wooded areas, send for the helicopter. Getting an overview of rioting or other serious public disorder that still occurs in the vicinity of football grounds so that police can be directed quickly to the heart of the trouble before anyone gets seriously hurt, yes it’s that wretched helicopter again. For chief officers of police to put their knighthoods, peerages and future post retirement government linked consultancies at stake by saying the cuts are going too far surely must tell you that matters are lurching into the red danger zone. Sounded a bit like you there Richard didn’t I? Yet, to be fair, and I have to say to be rather fairer than you were, your article does contain points that the hard pressed rank and file would agree with. No they are not comfortable with the war being waged against journalists which ensures that any police contact with the media is controlled in a way that would delight North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Equally, of course the rank and file are less than happy with many journalists who delight in highlighting any police transgression whilst ignoring the dozens of acts of bravery, kindness and compassion that take place on a daily basis. Yes, the rank and file agree that suspects can be kept on bail for far too long and of course it can be the police officers themselves who are kept in limbo regarding criminal proceedings. Then if the CPS say ‘no case to answer’ officers then are likely to have to wait for more agonising months while the police disciplinary procedure takes its snail like course. Equally it must have been hell for those innocent celebrities yet of course the problem lies with the fact that many were not and police are being slammed for not investigating the likes of Jimmy Saville until it was too late. What has occurred with celebrities may well pale into insignificance when details of establishment figures involved in child abuse emerge into the public domain, if of course they ever do. You haven’t said anything about these investigations Richard; are they justified or not? Yet, Richard, life is not like you see it on the telly where detectives have the luxury of dealing with one case at a time and get their forensics dealt with the same day CSI or NCIS style. The twenty eight days maximum bail duration proposed by Theresa May falls flat on its face by virtue of the fact that forensics will normally take two to three months to come back. Experienced detectives of the sort you meet every year are a dying breed. Those that are left are being diverted from their usual investigations of burglary, serious assault and drugs dealing to cope with the increased threat of terrorism, historical abuse cases including the huge cloud that hangs over the establishment. Also requiring urgent investigation are current abuse allegations including domestic violence, elder abuse, female genital mutilation and slavery to name but a few. To make matters worse detective and other training is being cut to the bone with its inevitable consequences. Make no mistake Richard, such is the caseload of many local CID officers it is inevitable that ‘things will fall through the cracks’ and guess who will get the blame? Yes, Facebook and Twitter abuse investigation can be both irritating and trivial Richard but what do you say to the parent that finds his or her child hanging in their bedroom because police refused to deal with the abuse that their child had to endure via social media? The frontline would also agree with you Richard that community policing is being wiped out in large swathes of the country as reluctant officers are forced back into response, administration and crime investigation roles to cover shortages. Make no mistake proactive, community based patrolling will soon be consigned to history. Talking of social media, Richard, you might like to know that police chiefs loathe it simply because officers who are brave enough can expose shortcomings in policing. It is from social media we learn that 999 calls are being stacked up and frequently going unanswered as there is ‘no unit to deal.’ Some police officer tweets make horrendous reading as individuals bravely state their sheer frustration at not being able to help those who need it. As for Lincolnshire being some sort of backwater Richard, you should again perhaps request a Friday or Saturday night ‘ride along’ with officers who attempt to keep the ‘lid on’ in places like Boston, Skegness and Lincoln. If I were a schoolteacher Richard, which thank heavens I’m not, I would order you (can teachers ‘order’ these days?) to rewrite your piece leaving out the red herrings of the unfortunate Dumbledore and possible schoolgirl misdemeanours. If you concentrate on the real issues which concern both the frontline police and the public you might find officers still willing to buy you a drink at the next CID dinner. And finally Richard, please don’t stick the boot in by congratulating Tom Winsor on his knighthood in your next column. Kind regards Chris Hobbs (Metropolitan Police 1978 to 2011) Courtesy of Chris Hobbs http://www.guerillapolicy.org/policing/2015/01/01/an-open-letter-to-richard-littlejohn/
  11. Dankemp94

    Special Constable Merseyside Police

    Hi, I've got my assessment day coming up next month for Special Constable for Merseyside Police Can anyone tell me what ill need to know for it. I've spent 2 years as a VPC for the Knowsley area so I know quite a bit about law and policing. Also I know the phonetic alphabet, different department, who's in charge (chief constable, superintendents, etc), different jobs in the police and also know a bit about equality and diversity. I know some of the above is going to be assessed but is there anything that I should know or buy to help me please? Only helpful comments please :)
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