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  1. Met Police chief Cressida Dick has admitted her force was not prepared for climate change demonstrations which brought parts of Londonto a standstill in April. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7027037/Met-Police-chief-Cressida-Dick-admits-force-wasnt-ready-Extinction-Rebellion-protests.html
  2. Raw Blues - 1999 Training at Hendon. PC recruits starting out in Hendon! Major observational documentary series following new recruits from police training at Hendon Police college to the gritty reality of policing the streets of London. The programme follows the progress of a group of new recruits from their arrival at the Met's Training School at Hendon in October 1999, until they start work on the streets just 18 weeks later. Twenty-Four year-old Clare Keating was treated so well by police when she was arrested as a youngster that she's decided she wants to join up herself. "I know I cant change everybody's image of the police on my own", says Clare, "but if I can change one person's perception I will be happy." Clare's fellow classmates include Mike Walsh, who has a degree from one of Britain's top Universities; 23-year-old Mancunian Craig Jones; and Harrinder Bubbra, from Leeds, who doesn't believe what he reads in the papers about the Met, although his parents aren't so sure. "Anybody from an Asian background will know that all your parents ever want you to be is a doctor, a lawyer or a solicitor," says Harrinder. "The last thing they want you to be is a police officer." It's a tough course and the recruits face an overwhelming workload and strict discipline at the training school. "We're not training people to work in a supermarket," says Commander Cullen who's in charge of training at Hendon. "They have a huge responsibility which no other person in society has... and that is a heavy weight on any young person's shoulders." Series Playlist - (Videos; 3-1 / 3-2 are missing) http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/xomt4_MrJizzel_raw-blues/1#video=x2aor4 Clare Keating (Clare Keating is now Network Planning Manager in Martin and Co private company) Mike Walsh (Mike is Chief Inspector Patrol at Islington) CAMDEN POLICE MONTHLY - November 2010, Issue 11 http://www.bamestate.co.uk/page6/Camden%20Police%20Monthly%20Issue%2011.pdf Craig Jones - (Far as I know and what's been said, he's still in) Harrinder Bubbra (Harrinder transferred back home to Manchester where he is still serving) A great little insight to see what it was like training as a Police Constable at Hendon Police College!
  3. Government urged to 'keep its promise' as officer faces threat of dismissal over method used to stop moped-enabled crime. Tactical contact: End of the road for the moped-enabled crime (stock image) Date - 8th May 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 10 Comments Rank and file have reacted with dismay at an officer being “fed to the wolves” as he faces dismissal for tactics authorised by police chiefs and backed by politicians and the public to stop moped-enabled crime. The Police Federation has called on the government to “keep its promise” as PC Edwin Sutton waits to learn his fate this afternoon when a disciplinary panel decides whether he breached professional standards by using a “dangerous” method to stop a teenager escaping after a suspected handbag theft. The Met Police officer is accused of driving his vehicle into the path of a moped being ridden by a 17-year-old in Erith, south-east London, on May 21, 2017. The collision left the teenager, who was not wearing a helmet, with head injuries and a broken foot. He was discharged from hospital a few days later and later pleaded guilty to several criminal offences. An Independent Office for Police Conduct investigation concluded that the officer should not face criminal charges but recommended gross misconduct proceedings. Police began using the technique of knocking suspects off their mopeds, known as “tactical contact”, in late 2017 to help tackle an epidemic of moped crime in London, where suspects sped off after staging snatch robberies. The Met says “hard stops” have been instrumental in reducing moped-enabled crime in London by more than 50 per cent in a year. PC Sutton’s hearing at the Empress State Building in south west London comes just days after Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to change the law to give police greater protection and figures which showed the tactics had slashed moped crime. But Met Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh blasted: “What message does this case send? We believe this officer acted within guidelines, but is being fed to the wolves. “It is not right.” Federation lead on driver training and pursuits Tim Rogers said the government needed to keep its promise to protect police drivers when they were tackling criminals. Mr Rogers said: “The government is happy to take credit for robust tactics used by officers in London to tackle moped crime. “They agree the law has to change to legitimise the tactics. But they have failed to find the parliamentary time in order to make the change. An IOPC statement said: “Last August we welcomed government proposals for changes to the law, guidance and practice surrounding police pursuits. “We will investigate deaths or serious injuries following police contact and do so based on whether the officers followed their own force guidance, and policies and current legislation as determined by parliament. “Police officers are entitled to use force that is reasonable and proportionate to the circumstances.” View On Police Oracle Previous discussion https://police.community/topic/189850-met-police-scooter-crash-video-released-as-iopc-investigates/#comments
  4. The Met Police has published footage of officers knocking suspected criminals off scooters, at the same time as the watchdog is investigating some crashes.
  5. Extra 40,000 checks helped to trigger fall in stabbing numbers. Making a difference: A knife arch search on London's streets Date - 3rd May 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 3 Comments Tens of thousands more stop and searches and extra officers on the streets are driving down the “ghastly” toll of violent deaths, it has emerged. Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick also credited double-digit reductions year-on-year for homicides and young people stabbed on targeted policing methods and covert operations. Ms Dick was speaking at Scotland Yard as new figures revealed killings in the capital were down by a quarter and injuries from stabbings among the under 25s was down by 15 per cent. The officer said efforts to combat violent crime had been stepped up over the past year and the force was now seeing "real progress" with an additional 40,000 annual stop and searches proving “very effective” – resulting in the confiscation of knives and guns every day. She said: "My key metric has always been injury to under 25s, especially on the street, and we have 15 per cent less, 311 less young people stabbed." Stop and search was all but abandoned after the riots in 2011. Under Theresa May as Home Secretary, the tactic was discouraged on the basis that it was resulting in a loss of public confidence in the police and unfair targeting of young black men. Searches fell from more than 1.2 million incidents nationally in the year to March 2011 to fewer than 280,000 in the year to March 2018. By contrast Home Secretary Sajid Javid has championed the policing method and the reduction in the murder rate is the first sign that increasing stop and search has been effective. Stop and searches in London have risen 30 per cent in the last year to 172,000, which equates to 471 a day. The seizure of some £101 million of criminal cash was up 50 per cent on the previous year, she said. "We know that has a big impact on criminality. We know that if we target the money that takes us back to the drugs and guns." She added: "I am confident that we will continue to step up our efforts and continue to make real inroads into these pernicious crimes." Commissioner Dick said the reasons for the drop in violent crime were complex, but the drugs markets were a "big problem". She said: "There is a large demand, there is big money to be made and there is a lot of fights going on between drug gangs. Those young people have either been the victim or the offender or both. "But there is a whole range of other issues that have played into this. I believe we are suppressing the violence. That has absolutely, definitely resulted in the reduction." Over the past 12 months, there were 122 homicides recorded by the Met, with 32 fewer victims than the period before, excluding the nine killed in terrorist attacks in 2017. Six out of 10 killings in London – 69 – in 2018-19 were stabbings. Ten victims were shot. The majority of victims were male – a total of 83 compared with 37 women. The largest number – 50 – were of Afro-Caribbean ethnicity, followed by white Europeans with 44. There were 14 Asian deaths, seven Mediterranean-looking Europeans and two Arabian or Egyptian, the figures showed. The data also showed a reduction in other types of violent crime in the capital. Knife-related injuries among under-25s reduced by 15 per cent, from 2,079 to 1,768 young people. Knife crime with injury across all ages was down by 10 per cent and gun crime by 6.8 per cent. Moped-enabled crime dropped by more than half – 52.3 per cent to 11,390 – and acid attacks were also down by 30 per cent. But knife crimes, including possession of a blade, saw a slight increase of just over 0.5 per cent to 14,843. Commissioner Dick was speaking just hours after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death – the eighth to die this year – and a 16-year-old boy injured in Hackney, east London. Five young people are knifed in the capital every day. Referring to the most recent death, she said: "The figures, put into the context of what happened overnight, can seem rather bald and cold and unemotional. "Each death is absolutely ghastly. Each young man stabbed is a horrible thing for them, their family, friends and community and for the person who did the stabbing, often it wrecks their lives as well." View On Police Oracle
  6. Disturbing footage which shows a plain clothes officer beating a teenage suspect who is already handcuffed and offering no resistance is being investigated by police https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6958483/Met-Police-probes-video-undercover-officer-striking-handcuffed-teenager-17-baton.html Lee Jasper always comes across as someone who actually wants rioting, a strange individual.
  7. Hi everyone, I know there will not be any further progress with my application since its withdrawn by Met police itself but a massive curiosity if anyone has come across as I have. I applied to be a Met Police and passed my Day 1 assesment. I was so thrilled to have that opportunity. But during the process while I was waiting to book day 2, met police sent an email saying they have withdrawn my application due to outstanding issues with my application and no further reason provided. It is so unfair though. I have an excellent credit history, address history, employment history and zero conviction or caution. My family side is clean and they dont even live in the country. Is it vetting failed? Or any other issues? Is this a dismissal or rejection of my application. I dont think I can apply to any other forces with this status or transfer my day 1 result. It is frustrating on things that you dont have control over. Àny suggestion or experiences would help calm my nerv down. Thanks
  8. Met sergeant given a final written warning over his actions in custody PS Robert Phair from Met Detention faced a gross misconduct hearing that concluded on Wednesday, 17 April. The officer faced allegations that on two occasions in October 2016, whilst on duty as a Custody Sergeant, PS Phair used unnecessary and excessive force on two detainees. The Chair and panel members considered all of the evidence provided by the appropriate authority. It was concluded that in regards to the first allegation occurring on 21 October 2016, which the breaches of the standards’ of professional behaviour; Authority, Respect and Courtesy, Use of Force and Discreditable Conduct were found proven at misconduct only. No sanction was given. While in respect of the second allegation occurring on 24 October 2016, which the breaches of the standards’ of professional behaviour; Authority, Respect and Courtesy, Use of Force and Discreditable Conduct were found proven at gross misconduct. The decision by the Chair and Panel was that of a final written warning. The officer will now resume full duties. http://news.met.police.uk/news/met-sergeant-given-a-final-written-warning-over-his-actions-in-custody-367055
  9. A group involved in the manufacture and supply of up to 3,000 counterfeit identity documents has been jailed. Following a proactive investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service, officers found the group had been involved in the supply and production of false identity documents at two venues in north London and were laundering the proceeds of their criminal enterprise through bank accounts they were controlling. Detective Chief Superintendent Alexis Boon, from the Met’s Specialist Operations Command, said: “This group was producing thousands of false identity documents and supplying and selling them on for profit. “Thanks to the excellent investigative work by the detectives on this case, their criminal activity was identified and stopped and they are now facing lengthy jail sentences. We’ve already secured a confiscation order for £250,000 from one of the men involved. We will also be seeking further confiscation orders for any assets the others have gained through their criminal activity to ensure they can’t profit from this.” The fraudulent activity first came to light after police seized a package in January 2017, which contained a number of false identity documents and passports. Officers traced the package back to 34-year-old Sidamhed Bencherab. Benhcerab was arrested in relation to the false documents and after further enquiries he was charged with supplying articles for use in fraud to which he pleaded guilty in 2017. Having seized Bencherab’s phone as part of their investigation, police analysts found Bencherab had sent images and personal information which matched details found in some of the false documents to another phone using the ‘Viber’ app. When they made further enquiries, officers found that the other phone number belonged to 45-year-old Boualem Benouaret. Suspecting Benouaret was also involved in the supply of the false identity documents, officers carried out a surveillance operation. In August 2017 Benouaret was seen posting two packages, which were later recovered and found to contain more false identity documents. Benouaret was arrested later that month and was subsequently charged with supplying articles for use in fraud. He pleaded guilty to this offence on 20 November 2017 and was handed a suspended sentence of 15 months’ imprisonment. As mitigation, Benouaret claimed that he was unaware of the contents of the packages and was simply posting them on behalf of another. Whilst enquiries continued, a third man - Radhouane Bouhafs, 39 years old - was stopped by police at Stanstead Airport in December 2017. During the stop, Bouhafs was found to be in possession of a driving licence in his wife’s name - Yasmina El Asfari (19.07.89) - along with a number of other bank cards in different names. The cards were seized, although Bouhafs was not arrested at the time, giving the excuse that he had been sent the driving licence and was planning to return the other cards to the owners. However, enquiries into the driving licence revealed it was fraudulent and Bouhafs, along with his wife El Asfari, were arrested on 13 March 2018 on suspicion of possessing a counterfeit document. Furthermore, Bouhafs had, by the time of his arrest, also been placed under surveillance by police, as they suspected he was also involved in the production and supply of fraudulent documents. A fake Belgian passport, which had been posted by Benouaret and intercepted by police in August 2017 was analysed and Bouhafs’ DNA was found on the stitching. Detectives also made enquiries into Benouaret’s email address and found evidence that images, biometric data and details that had been sent between Bencherab and Benouaret on the Viber app, had also been sent to an email address controlled by Bouhafs. It became clear that, beyond simply posting the false documents on someone else’s behalf, Benouaret had actually been involved in supplying details to Bouhafs who was then producing the false documents to order. Upon his arrest, police carried out searches at Bouhafs’ address on Mitchell Road in Palmers Green as well as a flat on Harrow Road in Kensal Green that Bouhafs had been observed visiting on several occasions. It was at the Harrow Road flat that officers found a number of specialist printers, laptops and blank cards all associated with the manufacture of false identity documents. Forensic analysis of the various items seized at the flat linked them to Bouhafs. Whilst at the address in Harrow Road, officers also arrested 36-year-old Mohammed Haddouchi with whom Bouhafs was working to manufacture the false documents. When they made enquiries with the letting agent, officers identified that the flat had been rented to Haddouchi, who had used fake I.D. to rent it out in a different name. Detectives were also alerted by a member of the public to a bin bag full of discarded and shredded false identity documents nearby to Haddouchi’s home address in Priory Park Road. This was discovered just 10 days after Bouhafs was stopped at Stanstead Airport and documents from inside the bag were forensically linked to Bouhafs. Within the bin bag, discarded paperwork linked to an address on Portland Road in Seven Sisters was also found and when they carried out checks with the letting agent, officers found it had been rented to Bouhafs under the same false name Haddouchi had used to rent the Harrow Road flat. Detectives believe the pair moved their criminal operation from Portland Road to Harrow Road after Bouhafs was stopped by police at Stanstead. Whilst investigating Bouhafs, officers also discovered that he was receiving housing benefits to the sum of around £48,000 to which he was not entitled, having failed to notify his local council in Enfield that he was working as a taxi driver. During the course of their investigation, police also identified another man – Bojumma Bekkari, 50,– who had been involved in the fraudulent activity. From analysis of the laptops and documents seized in Harrow Road, officers identified that Bekkari had provided his own genuine identity documents, which were then used as templates to produce the fraudulent ones. Bekkari also later admitted to putting Bouhafs in touch with people seeking false identity documents. Financial enquiries into Bekkari also revealed he had fraudulently altered wage slips in order to rent another property. In total, detectives recovered around 500 stolen or discarded counterfeit documents and found a further 2,500 completed templates for false documents on the laptops seized. Sidamhed Bencherab (28.02.85), of Stamford Hill, N1, pleaded guilty to supplying articles for use in fraud (false identity document seized in January 2017) in late 2017. He was subsequently sentenced at Southwark Crown Court to 28 months’ imprisonment and was also subject to a confiscation order for £250,000. Boualem Benouaret (23.04.74), of Victorian Road, N16 previously pleaded guilty in November 2017 to supplying articles for use in fraud (false identity documents seized in August 2017) and sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, suspended in relation to this offence. He was subsequently further charged with conspiracy to supply articles for use in fraud over a six-month period to which he pleaded guilty in April 2018. He was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday, 23 April to a 12-month community order with 80 hours unpaid work. Radhouane Bouhafs (3.03.80), of Mitchell Road, N13, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply articles (false identity documents) for use in fraud, money laundering and fraud by false representation in relation to the housing benefit fraud. He was also found guilty of conspiracy to make articles for use in fraud and possession of an identity document with improper intention in relation to the false driving licence in his wife’s name. He was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday, 23 April to a total of seven years’ imprisonment. Mohamed Haddouchi (20.01.83), of Priory Park Road, NW6, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make articles for use in fraud, conspiracy to supply articles for use in fraud and money laundering. He was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday, 23 April to three years and four months’ imprisonment. Boudjumma Bekkari (05.10.88), of Green Lanes, N8, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply articles for use in fraud and fraud by false representation in relation to the wage slip fraud. He was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday, 23 April to a total of 28 months’ imprisonment. + A confiscation hearing in relation to Radhouane Bouhafs is due to take place on Tuesday, 30 July at Southwark Crown Court. Yasmina El Asfari, 29, of Mitchell Road, N13, was found not guilty of conspiracy to supply articles (ID Documents) for use in fraud, Possession of an ID Document with improper intention and Money Laundering. http://news.met.police.uk/news/men-jailed-for-fraud-offences-366729
  10. Forces mark the first Stephen Lawrence Day. Lady Doreen Lawrence: 'We must teach tolerance and inclusion from an early age' Date - 23rd April 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 4 Comments Officers were encouraged to dedicate “five minutes of their day” to remember Stephen Lawrence and reflect on his tragic death as forces were told progress was still needed to change the face of policing . The first annual Stephen Lawrence Day, celebrating the life and legacy of the murdered teenager and to be marked every year, was staged yesterday for the first time following an announcement in 2018 by Prime Minister Theresa May. Stephen, 18, was stabbed at a bus stop in south-east London on April 22, 1993 by a white gang. Sir William Macpherson’s report, which brought to light the “institutional racism” that existed in the police service and went on to have such a fundamental impact on policing, saw the advent of Independent Police Complaints Commission – the forerunner of the IOPC. But Independent Office for Police Conduct director general Michael Lockwood spoke about more being done, in spite of the achievements to date. He said. "Our mission as the IOPC, and so our part in Stephen’s legacy, is to improve public confidence in policing by ensuring the police are accountable for their actions and that lessons are learnt. "From me, it is an honour to be part of an organisation with this vital role as we remember Stephen, his life and legacy." Avon and Somerset Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cullen said: “I have seen change over the last 20 years. Because of Stephen we engage with local communities via different channels including independent advisory groups, police powers scrutiny groups and hate crime review panels. “But in terms of building trust and confidence we recognise we can do so much more. That is why Stephen’s legacy should and will continue well beyond my service.” Because the Stephen, the Black Police Association was officially recognised as an integral part of the Avon and Somerset force in 2002 following the recommendations of the Macpherson report. BPA chairman Aqil Farooq added: “Stephen Lawrence died as a result of police organisational failures. “Police forces had previously relied upon officers with no understanding of race or culture to police our racially diverse communities. This was a harrowing confirmation that things needed to change. “We need to keep Stephen’s name alive among those who are too young to remember him, but will be old enough to one day lead by the changes he has made possible.” Sussex ACC Nick May said the force had asked all officers and staff to take five minutes during Easter Monday to reflect on Stephen's life and tragic death in 1993. "Policing and British society has come a long way and has further to go," he noted. Sussex police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne said: "No one deserves to be targeted because of who they are, including their race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or disability and it will not be tolerated. "The racially provoked murder of Stephen Lawrence resonated with all police forces and spearheaded a national campaign to improve training and the investigation of all hate crime.” The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust said the youngster’s legacy “continues to inspire”. The Met Police, which staged a number of events using the cadets, said it focused attention on the day by aiming to help young people “live their best life” – acting as a “catalyst for significant, positive changes to the way we police today”. Commander Mark McEwan said: “This is a day to empower young people to be aspirational and ambitious.” Stephen’s mother, Lady Doreen Lawrence, told the Guardian: “If we are to encourage future generations to build a better society, free from discrimination, I believe that we must teach tolerance and inclusion from an early age. “Education is a powerful way of inspiring young people, and I would like to see British schools put the values of respect and fairness at the heart of the curriculum.” Duwayne Brooks, Stephen’s friend who was with him on the day he was killed and survived the attack, said that 26 years on justice had not served, adding. “None of us have had justice. “All those involved in the murderous attack on Steve have not been convicted and everyone knows who they are, but the justice system has not worked.” Mrs May said: “Stephen’s murder was a watershed moment for our country. It was a moment that demanded we wake up to the reality of the racism that still exists in our society and the obstacles that far too many young people live with every single day of their lives.” View On Police Oracle
  11. https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/20/yellow-vest-protesters-shout-f-police-clash-officers-9277840/ As if the Met police have not got enough things to deal with, we now have this rabble goading and abusing officers, the heat does really bring out the worst in people
  12. A Met Police officer who told a protester “you don’t tell me what to do in my own country" has slammed the force after being placed on restricted duties. Full Story - Evening Standard Daily Mail version For those not wanting to read the links, here is the video; So the protestors thought it was ok to verbally abuse the officer while he was doing his job, one could argue they were trying to provoke him, yet as soon as the officer says something, its we are putting a complaint in you are a disgrace. Maybe these people should look at their own obnoxious behaviour before getting on their high horse and trying to get others into trouble. Hypocrisy much?
  13. Encouraging results from initial few months of force scheme to develop its own fingerprint scanner. The INK scanner Date - 29th December 2018 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle More than 6,000 officers are set to have access to a policing first within weeks as Britain’s biggest force has given the thumbs up to initial trial findings of new technology that identifies suspects inside a minute. Four months after the Met Police became the inaugural force to develop its own mobile fingerprint scanner, officers claim the device is already saving time as well as public money. INK Biometrics, short for Identity Not Known, is reportedly meeting expectations and identifying prime suspects wanted for serious crimes. Used more than 8,500 times already, INK has led to more than 3,000 identifications on London’s streets – saving trips back to police stations to identify people. Officers are able to confirm the identities of suspects at the roadside within 60 seconds if they have a criminal record, are wanted or are known to immigration enforcement. Fingerprints are only taken where there is legal cause under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. But since officers have had access to INK, the easy-to-use kit allows faster apprehension of wanted offenders – keeping officers out on the streets for longer and freeing up limited custody space. The average time spent in custody is 14 hours, with each hour costing approximately £30. Met officers and staff developed their own product and software when they realised it could significantly increase the number of devices at a much reduced cost. Some 400 officers are using the devices on a day-to-day basis. That number will rise to more than 6,000 by February 2019. The Met’s mobile biometrics service manager, Sergeant Paul Knight, said: “With permission, officers can use INK to search the PNC, preventing the need to use the radio to check on an individual’s status and whether they are wanted or not. “The general consensus from officers is that the INK devices are easy to use, giving officers a quick responses on a subject’s identity. “There have been many cases over the past months where INK has provided crucial support in identifying a suspect which has led to arrest and charges.” INK project leader, Superintendent Adrian Hutchinson, said: “I am very proud we have become the first British police force to develop our own device. “With the money we are saving, we are now able to provide more devices to more officers than ever before, saving them the time and inconvenience of either waiting for a biometric device to arrive or taking the suspect into custody." Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said she had always been clear in her ambition to make the “best possible use” of technology to fight crime, adding: “The speed of analysis of information that this device will offer, will drive effectiveness and efficiency and allow officers to spend more time in our communities and fighting crime. “This new technology was developed from the ground up with the full involvement of our officers.” In a recent case study, officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command were out on an operation in Ilford to tackle and disrupt the major issue of child sexual exploitation in the area. While patrolling, police spotted and stopped a 21-year-old man whom they believed was wanted for a sexual assault on a child. The suspect refused to give any identification details and after initial questioning, officers took the decision to scan his fingerprints there and then. The INK device rapidly identified that the suspect was the man wanted for the offence and he was arrested and charged. Meanwhile, the Met’s first central London trial of live facial recognition technology has led to four arrests. Two were the direct result of the technology identifying individuals wanted in connection with violent offences. A third suspect was held for failing to comply with a notification under the Sexual Offences Act and the fourth for drugs offences by officers who had been deployed to support the facial recognition trial. Last week, last-minute Christmas shoppers on the UK’s busiest streets were targeted as policing attempts to give live facial recognition technology credence despite a critical press. The Met saw it put to use in Soho, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square for eight hours each on two separate days. Britain's Information Commissioner has launched an investigation following "significant concerns" over the technology's legality and effectiveness. Last month a study concluded "considerable investment" was needed to deliver consistent results after South Wales Police reported crashing computer systems and poor quality images during its trials. The rollout of trials across London’s West End comes at the end of the Met’s ten technology pilots which will now involve a “full evaluation”, according to Scotland Yard’s strategic lead for live facial recognition, Commander Ivan Balhatchet. View On Police Oracle
  14. Recruitment Update WE ARE OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT! Want to find out more about becoming a PC and what we look for? Then come and meet us at one of our local Meet the Met events. Learn more here Am I eligible? Find out if you've got what it takes to become a Police Constable with the Met. Remember, you'll need to have successfully completed the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) before starting your training course. View eligibility requirements Metropolitan Police Constable Becoming a Police Constable offers a stable, respected career that you can be proud to perform - and that could progress in many different directions. How to Become a Police Constable To become a Police Constable you need a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP). Find out more about the journey to becoming a Police Constable. Certificate in Knowledge of Policing Before you start your training course to become a new Police Constable in the Met, you need to successfully complete a relevant qualification.Normally, this will be the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP). In most cases, the CKP remains valid for up to three years after you've completed it. For more information please visit the Met Police careers website. http://www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/newconstable/ To Apply: https://static.wcn.co.uk/5027735/765/1544801_appl.html Your London, Your Met. Policing one of the world's most vibrant cities can be challenging, exciting and, with a supportive team around you, incredibly rewarding. The Job
  15. The Met has announced today that it is temporarily removing the London residency criteria for new PC recruits. If you want to join the Met as a PC and don't live in London, now is your chance - for a limited period of time only! You also do not have to have the CKP prior to starting your training either. More details here: http://news.met.police.uk/news/launch-of-time-limited-opportunity-for-non-londoners-to-join-the-met-330091?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Subscription&utm_content=current_news
  16. A riot squad chief inspector has won a landmark sexism case against a female boss who objected to beers being in the work fridge and male officers walking around in towels. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5760163/Met-police-chief-inspector-wins-sexism-case-against-female-senior-colleague.html
  17. Metropolitan Police officers are four times more likely to use force against black people compared with the white population, new figures suggest. The Met used force 62,000 times in 2017-18 with more than a third of incidents involving black people. Techniques such as verbal instructions and using firearms were recorded. The Met Police said: "The proportionate use of force is essential in some circumstances to protect the public and often themselves from violence." Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the "disproportionate use of force is discriminatory". Full Story
  18. Ex-Met officer tells Police Oracle why he 'couldn't make it to the end', including grievances with former commissioner. �There once was a job, it was the greatest one on earth..." A Metropolitan Police officer “absolutely fed up” with the job has taken to his piano and social media to perform a humorous, yet blunt, song about the state of policing - a month after leaving. Ashley Webber, a former response officer in Hillingdon, joined the force ten years ago and has begun a five-year career break - but admitts he doubts he will be returning. The 32-year-old’s catchy ditty focuses on budget cuts, 12-hour shifts, crime awareness groups – which he labels as “self-entitled middle-class buffoons”- and issues with former Met Commissioner Lord Bernard Hogan-Howe. -Contains strong language “Life’s too short my friends, couldn’t see it to the end,” belts out the cop-turned-musician. Speaking to Police Oracle, Mr Webber says he was driven to leave the force mainly due to “ludicrously high” expectations from officers – exacerbated by Lord Hogan-Howe’s unattainable initiatives. “We are stripped of limited resources, yet we were being dispatched to everything. “His promise was ‘you will see a cop regardless of the problem’ – yet a peelian principal states ‘you will not pander to the public’- the irony. That is one thing I can’t stand.” Serving the force also began to take its toll on his wife and his four-year-old son with Ashley finding himself returning home every day feeling angry and stressed. “I just don’t enjoy helping the public anymore. In the end I thought 'I have got to get out'.” He is now pursuing his life-long dream of becoming a musician after becoming side-tracked in the past, dropping out of university and falling into a policing role when he realised it may be difficult to make it in the competitive industry. A PCSO for 18 months before becoming a Met PC, Mr Webber reflects back and realises he was “too young” at the time. “My heart wasn’t 100 per cent in it, but it felt like the right thing to do.” His love of music stems from listening to Capital Gold at his parent’s house as a child and his impressive piano skills were learnt from the age of 12. When asked where he sees the force in five years’ time he said: “Some things will go full circle and safer neighbourhood teams will go back to how it was. I also think they will realise the new borough mergers will not work. “The last nail in the coffin for me is when they introduced iPads - how many stabbings will an iPad prevent?” View On Police Oracle
  19. Scotland Yard is listing thousands of children and young men on a “racially discriminatory” database that is failing to tackle rising violence in London, a new report has found. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-gangs-database-matrix-met-scotland-yard-london-racist-amnesty-report-a8342171.html MPS response to Amnesty Report into Gang Matrix http://news.met.police.uk/news/mps-response-to-amnesty-report-into-gang-matrix-305755
  20. A youth worker and leading police adviser on stop-and-search has been charged with assaulting a police officer who was using the tactic. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/27/police-adviser-assault-charge-entirely-false-ken-hinds https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stop-and-search-adviser-ken-hinds-claims-wrongful-arrest-sj3d78vrh What qualifications are needed to become a police adviser on how to use stop and search?
  21. 'We welcome the considerable expertise City officers bring', force says. Scene of Thursday's attack in Mile End, east London. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire Detectives from City of London Police are aiding the Met as frequent violent attacks continue in the capital. On Thursday, six youths were attacked within a 90-minute period, including a 13-year-old boy who was seriously wounded after being set upon in Newham, east London. Around an hour earlier, two 15-year-olds were seriously hurt after being stabbed in Grove Road, Mile End, east London. More than 50 people have been killed in the metropolis since the start of the year, more than 30 of whom were fatally knifed. It was announced on Thursday that City of London Police are helping with the caseload. The force has taken on the investigation of a man killed at a bookmakers in Clapton, east London, on Wednesday. A statement from the Met said: “The investigation will be led by Superintendent Lee Presland, from City of London Police and a former Met officer. “The Met routinely works closely with other forces, especially its neighbouring forces - which include City of London Police - on a variety of crime prevention initiatives such as Operation Sceptre to tackle knife crime, and we welcome the considerable expertise City officers bring.” Victor Olisa, the Met's former head of diversity and head of policing in Tottenham told the Guardian: "It appears to people I have spoken to as though the police have lost control of public spaces and the streets. "The silence from senior officers in the Met is deafening." Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the rising number of murders on the capital's streets was "heartbreaking" and criticised the government for cuts to the policing budget. He said: "Of course it concerns me, I think one murder is one too many. "Since 2014 we have seen an increase in violent crime in London and across the country. "Already in the last seven years we have lost £700 million from the policing budget. Over the next three years the government plans to cut another £300 million. That's a billion pounds worth of cuts. "So my message to the government is please work with us to solve this national problem." View On Police Oracle
  22. The hunt for Madeleine McCann will continue after the Metropolitan Police Service was granted more funds to continue the 11-year-long search. Full Story - Daily Mail
  23. Sibbotson13

    Met Police training

    I have a lot of questions so if anyone can help me that would be brilliant. Im currently waiting on attending my Day 2 for the met which ill be doing in a couple of weeks. Im also waiting on my CKP exam on the 7th may. Assuming i pass both of these does anyone know when i might start training and if so where? Is, if any, training residential? and finally does anyone know the breakdown of training week by week or even length. I havent been told very much. Id appreciate any help! Thanks S
  24. The Met Police is to hold an "urgent" review of a rape case after being accused of failing to disclose vital evidence. Liam Allan, 22, was charged with 12 counts of rape and sexual assault but his trial collapsed after police were ordered to hand over phone records. A computer disk containing 40,000 messages revealed the alleged victim pestered Mr Allan for "casual sex". Prosecution barrister Jerry Hayes accused police of "pure incompetence". The charges against the criminology student were dropped three days into the trial at Croydon Crown Court when Mr Hayes took over the case. 'Villain to innocent' It is understood police had looked at thousands of phone messages when reviewing evidence in the case, but had failed to disclose to the prosecution and defence teams messages between the complainant and her friends which cast doubt on the allegations against Mr Allan. The CPS said it offered no evidence in the case on Thursday as there was "no longer a realistic prospect of conviction". Mr Allan told the BBC he was "overwhelmed" at the moment, adding: "It's a huge amount of confusion to go from being the villain to being innocent." He also told The Times he had suffered two years of "mental torture... I feel betrayed by the system which I had believed would do the right thing — the system I want to work in." Read Full Story
  25. The Metropolitan Police has spent tens of thousands of pounds on fixing cars filled with the wrong fuel, new figures reveal. Full Story - Daily Mail

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