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  1. http://news.met.police.uk/news/additional-officers-to-be-trained-in-use-of-taser-247387 Interestingly taser officers will no longer need to be double crewed with another taser officer.
  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-40342031#
  3. I wasn't sure about starting a new topic to be honest but thought this touched on general issues within Policing rather than the specific debates from today re arming etc. Although he is not a current officer I felt that it's quite refreshing to see such frank honesty about the state of Policing and resource levels. Interesting tone in the interview where Peter Kirkham actually says the government are ''lying'' Not sure if other people had seen this earlier ?
  4. Sean Peter McColgan Police Constable Metropolitan Police Died 6 April 2010, aged 37 Died when his motorcycle was in collision with a car, in the late evening at Denham, whilst he was travelling home from duty at Hillingdon Borough. Sean served as a Special Constable with Thames Valley Police prior to joining the Metropolitan Police in June 2003 where he worked from Hayes Police Station. He is survived by his wife and 1 year old son.
  5. Excellent! Well done to that traffic unit and the MET police in general. I was surprised to see them making tactical contact. I was under the impression the MET didn't allow bike pursuits at all, unless they were armed etc, let alone tactical contact. Has the MET changed their policy? Public opinion is that they're too risk averse with bike pursuits.
  6. IPCC found no evidence Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe lied to police. The police watchdog has found no evidence Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe deliberately lied to journalists about information he provided to a Hillsborough inquiry in 1990. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated Sir Bernard after allegations made by a relative of a Hillsborough victim, but concluded he had no case to answer for misconduct. Paul Spearritt, whose 14-year-old brother Adam died in the disaster on April 15 1989, alleged the police chief had been dishonest when he told journalists in 2012 and 2013, through his press office, that he had given a witness statement about his involvement in the disaster to the Lord Justice Taylor inquiry, which was set up in its aftermath. The IPCC investigation found Sir Bernard, who was a South Yorkshire Police inspector at the time, provided a brief verbal description of his involvement in the aftermath to a South Yorkshire Police officer in May 1990. The account was documented and passed to West Midlands Police, the force conducting the criminal investigation into the disaster. The IPCC said it obtained witness evidence which showed the note was mistakenly assumed to be a formal "statement" by Metropolitan Police Service press office staff and Sir Bernard himself. The watchdog found a written instruction on the West Midlands Police investigation database asking for Sir Bernard to be contacted was also misinterpreted and led to an assumption Sir Bernard later declined to make a formal statement. IPCC deputy chair Rachel Cerfontyne said: "The investigation found no evidence that Sir Bernard deliberately attempted to mislead. "The evidence supports that he acted quickly to rectify this error after it had come to light, by issuing a further public statement setting out what had happened." The IPCC also received a second complaint from Mr Spearritt which alleged that Sir Bernard incorrectly identified Adam as being alive, after reading his name from a list at the Hillsborough Boys' Club where families were sent to wait for news of their loved ones. An IPCC spokeswoman said following initial inquiries, Mr Spearritt was now satisfied that Sir Bernard was not the officer who read the list. She said Sir Bernard, who on duty in the BmToys' Club, had provided a witness account to assist with the inquiries. View on Police Oracle
  7. Original Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-38294358 A 600% increase! There's an interesting video as part of the article where an officer on a motorbike apparently uses tactical contact on the moped using his own motorbike. I'm glad they did it, but I'm surprised this was allowed. I hope the MET police and other forces see sense and relax pursuit policies in regards to mopeds and motorbikes. It's not fair or right that they can get away scot free.
  8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-38011107 I'm glad they haven't completely abandoned it.
  9. London’s Metropolitan Police has missed its deadline to dump Windows XP, with tens of thousands of computers still running the risky OS. The force, on the front line against terrorist threats and criminals in the capital city, is running Windows XP on around 27,000 PCs. The Register: Full story
  10. Just a video I came across the other day on Bullshire, thought it was really well made and a realistic depiction of what it's like to be "Job".
  11. Indian embassy protest: Police officer injured in violent protest outside India Househttp://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/indian-embassy-protest-police-officer-injuried-in-violent-protest-outside-india-house-a3097156.html I'm a little surprised this hasn't gained wider publicity given how much things kicked off there and for how long the disruption occurred. Full press release from the Met: At approximately 14:25hrs, this afternoon, Thursday, 22 October, police implemented a containment of approximately 200 people on Kingsway, at the junction with Aldwych, WC2. The containment has now been lifted. The Metropolitan Police Service was aware of a planned demonstration at the Indian High Commission. Whilst it was initially a peaceful protest the demonstrators blocked the roadway at the Aldwych and caused significant disruption to the central London road network. Police liaison officers attempted to negotiate with those present, in order to facilitate peaceful protest and minimise the disruption to the public. Additional officers, including those from the Mounted Branch, were mobilised to the area and a small group of protesters became violent towards police. During an altercation, one officer suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital. There are no reports of any of other injuries. At this stage police believe a number of offences may have been committed. There have been 20 arrests - the majority of which have been for affray.
  12. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34200384 /edit: further details posted on original story
  13. This idiot needed dragging out of the car and dealing with robustly... As soon as he started shouting and swearing I'd have locked him up, clearly some anger management issues here.
  14. I am down to begin training with the met in the summer, I was due to start last year but had it delayed to finish my degree. Is anyone else starting in the June to August period ? My main question is, I have the option to transfer my application over to Avon and Somerset and I wanted to know, is the met a better force for things such as career progression, a diversity of roles and an overall better force to work for? Would love some feedback on this from anyone, love to here from people already working in the met. lastly, I have seen people asking about which forces are recruiting and A&S are taking on now and want to recruit 120 new PC's.
  15. A police officer who launched a ‘totally unwarranted’ attack on an innocent motorist by getting him into a headlock and punching him in the face has been jailed. Matthew Harries, 36, stopped Justin Small on suspicion of possessing drugs outside Nando's restaurant in Acton, West London. He held Mr Small in a headlock, causing him to choke, punched him in the face and then kneed him using a ‘high degree of force’, Southwark Crown Court heard. Mr Small was left bleeding with swollen and bruised eyelids and swelling to the spine after the attack on April 5 last year. Harries later claimed Mr Small was holding his car keys in a clenched fist and he believed they could have been used as a weapon against him. He said the ‘worst case scenario was death with one hit’. However, a jury rejected his self-defence claim and found the police constable guilty of one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm after four and half hours of deliberation. The judge, Mr Recorder Peter Kyte QC, told him: ‘You are a 36-year-old man now, you are married to a fellow police officer and you have a very young baby. ‘In your favour is the fact that this is your first criminal offence. ‘I also give you due credit for the fact that it seems that you have otherwise been a responsible and conscientious police officer of a period of 11 years. ‘I have read and I am impressed by documents which include testimonials from 11 police officers and three of your personal friends. ‘I note and take into account also the fact that there are no less than five commendations and obviously all that counts in your favour.' However, the judge also told Harries that the 'full picture' to be taken into consideration included previous complaints made by members of the public about his conduct. He told Harries: ‘It is pretty insignificant by comparison and your counsel has referred to those other matters as "low level" and they may well come into that category but the full picture includes a number of complaints from members of the public about incivility, intolerance and impoliteness ‘The most important aspect of this is the fact that, at the material time, you were a police officer in uniform and this was, in my view, a nasty assault that the jury rightly convicted you of. ‘It was an unprovoked attack on a civilian who has consequently "lost his faith in the police". ‘I wholly reject your claim in evidence that at the relevant time Mr Small was armed with a car key which you regarded as a weapon. ‘This in my view was an invention of yours in order to seek to justify your actions as amounting to self-defence. ‘It is you who placed his head in a headlock, as a consequence to which he started to choke and was unable to speak, according to his evidence.‘He then went to the ground, your colleague was on top of him at this point.‘According to the complainant, at this point one hand cuff at least had been applied to Mr Small and then you chose to punch him with full force to the face. ‘Again, I use his words: "This was a totally unwarranted attack". ‘Not content with that, you then kneed him to the same general area with what he described as a high degree of force.' The court heard how Mr Small was left nauseous and dizzy after the attack. ‘In all the circumstances it would be wholly inappropriate of me not to mark it with a sentence of immediate custody - it is quite unavoidable,’ Mr Kyte QC said.Harries was ordered to serve a six-month sentence and pay an £80 victim surcharge. ‘That, in my view, is the least sentence I can properly impose,’ the judge concluded. The attack happened after Mr Small stopped to use the toilet at the Royal Leisure Park in Acton before driving home to Sussex. He found the toilet was busy during his visit at around 7.30pm and instead decided to use the corner of the car park. Harries then pulled up alongside him as he jogged back to his car and asked if he had been drinking. The officer went on to suggest that Mr Small was slurring his words and that his pupils were dilated, jurors heard. The court heard that the officer then attempted to manhandle Mr Small, who sought to diffuse the situation by asking: 'Why are you being so aggressive?.’After assaulting the ‘wholly innocent’ victim, Harries then bundled Mr Small into the police car and took him to Acton Police Station. When Harries was booking him in, Mr Small said he overheard Harries saying he could not remember what had happened. Mr Small was charged with obstructing a police officer and did not see a doctor until 3am. Described in court as ‘sick and emotional’, Mr Small agreed to a caution at the police station - requiring an admission of guilt - so that he could go home. The caution was later expunged and the decision to prosecute Harries was made following an investigation. Harries accepted he had made ‘two rapid heel palm strikes’ to Mr Small’s biceps to try to get him to release the keys which he claims he was still holding. Harries, of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was convicted by the jury after denying one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He had been placed on restricted duties pending the outcome of the trial. DPS Detective Chief Superintendent Alaric Bonthron said: ‘Where an officer’s behaviour falls short of the very high standards that we and the public expect of them then it is only right that they are held to account for their actions. ‘The actions of one officer abusing his position in this way can cast a shadow over the thousands of officers who are on duty right now demonstrating bravery, compassion, integrity and professionalism. ‘There is no place in the Metropolitan Police Service for officers and staff who do not uphold our values. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2804755/Police-officer-jailed-totally-unwarranted-attack-innocent-motorist-got-headlock-punched-face.html