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  1. Ahewitt56

    Met Police Recruitment

    Hi, I attended my day one and i was accepted, i have my fitness test etc next month. What seemed like a pipe dream at the beginning of the year now feels very very real. Being from Birmingham i will of course be required to move, does anyone have any general advise for people in similar situations to myself? I have elected to work in North London, specifically Islington as it is the only area i know somewhat well (being an Arsenal fan) and i figure it'll make getting home easier as i won't have to travel across London. My main concerns centre around accommodation as London is famous for its unforgiving rent prices (or so i have been told) is there anything i can do to ease my mind about this? Am i just expected to pack up and leave at the drop of a hat? Do i get some form of help and support from the force themselves? as there is currently a mass recruitment drive surely they cannot expect us all to find places to live around the training centre? Having never lived away from home there's bound to be a million and one things i have forgotten to be concerned about so feel free to shout them out.
  2. Retired Met Officer Chris Hobbs says, at the time of writing this article, one of the most distressing YouTube videos he has seen was still showing footage of a man dying on a London street having been stabbed. Date - 25th June 2019 By - Chris Hobbs 2 Comments In fairness, other young men are trying to help and as the tragic victim sits up we see evidence of catastrophic blood loss in the form of blood-soaked jeans; the inevitable result of a punctured artery. Sadly, the helpers are clearly unaware of how to stem the flow of blood but then, as is frequently the case, police officers are the first 999 service on the scene. Police will, of course, do their best for the victim regardless of race, colour, sexual orientation, political views or the degree of hostility that individual or the crowd may show towards them. These efforts are never, of course, acknowledged by those activists who consistently pursue an agenda of hostility against officers. This tragic incident took place in the days before London saw one of its bloodiest weekends with four ‘street’ murders and a number of stabbings as well as a serious assault on a female officer whose head was ‘bashed’ against a wall by a 15 year old and an incident at Stratford which saw 100 youths pelt police with missiles after an arrest was made for weapons possession. Also visible on social media over the past week or so, was an attack by a group of schoolchildren on a Wetherspoons pub in Croydon. More recent footage that has gone viral, shows a mob of schoolchildren attempting to rob a pizza delivery rider of his moped in the troubled London Borough of Newham. For hard pressed police officers today in London and other major cities, attending stabbings in now a matter of routine. Comparisons with knife and gun crime murders ten years ago are rendered meaningless thanks to the advances in trauma first-aid and surgery partially the result of British forces being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan while details of many stabbings never come to the attention of police. Amidst the carnage, it took BBC London’s Katharine Carpenter to point out that London’s murder rate had actually fallen during the last twelve months. However, this has come at a cost. The Met has thrown significant resources in order to stem the flow of blood on London’s streets which included the creation of a Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF). Front line officers across the Met and indeed the country, could be forgiven for being somewhat confused as instructions from above moved from actively discouraging stop and search following criticism and threats from Theresa May to encouraging the tactic. Even London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has performed a total somersault on the issue. Yet, as priorities changed in terms of knife and indeed moped crime, those criminals ‘specialising’ in other fields found even fewer law enforcement obstacles being placed in their way. Burglary used to be a high priority crime; now, whatever police forces say, it quite simply isn’t. As a young probationer I saw that a burglary victim could expect as many as four visits from police. Now many will be lucky to get even one. The ‘clear-up’ rate in London and indeed across the country is a mere five per cent. Shoplifting is rampant yet even where there is CCTV footage which clearly shows the suspect, a police investigation in many cases is unlikely; indeed, there are even restrictions in some forces as to how long officers will sit in front of a screen viewing CCTV. Robbery ‘clear-ups’ are on a par with burglaries in terms of a miserly figure of five per cent, car crime is soaring while fraud is off the scale. None of this sits well with frustrated, overworked officers who spend much of their time across the UK dealing with the repercussions resulting from the collapse in our mental health and social services. Some estimates place police involvement in actual crime as low as 20 per cent. Finally, and perhaps most alarming, is the fact that, depending on which set of figures are to be believed, in the Met between 66 and 75 per cent of non-fatal stabbings remain unsolved. Most actual murders are solved although the percentage is expected to reduce due to the sheer volume of investigations. If, however, similar resources could be allocated to a non-fatal stabbing as to a murder, then we would, of course, see a similar clear-up rate. That is, of course, is not going to happen. There has, quite simply, never been a better time to be a criminal in Britain. Activists and attacks on police Those academics who spend much of their time ‘proving’ that stop and search is ineffective or crime isn’t really increasing, could perhaps earn some credibility from police if they were to undertake research into any correlation between constant denigration at the hands of so called community activists, politicians and sections of the media and the frequent, physical, often brutal attacks we are now seeing upon police officers. Even the most ‘government acquiescent’ of chief constables would agree that assaults on police are increasing in both number and severity. The question is whether the constant criticism by those referred to above emboldens criminal elements to abuse and attack officers. Recently at Waterloo station, community activists would have had a field day if anyone had taken footage of a black male being restrained on the floor by British Transport Police officers plus apparently one plain clothes officer (who was in fact me). The male was struggling and screaming abuse at officers who were trying to handcuff him to the rear; never an easy task. Had relevant footage showing the incident from that moment in time, appeared on social media, the cry would have been long and loud from so called activists proclaiming another example of racist police brutality. In fact, the BTP officers had sprinted across the station concourse to assist a security guard who was detaining this suspect; the grateful security guard was black and stolen goods, cannabis and a knife were recovered from this individual. Using mobile phone footage of ‘violent, racist’ police officers without showing the full context of what had led up to the arrest is a favourite tactic of activists and encourages hundreds of anti-police comments on social media thus reinforcing the perception of ‘racist’ police. In fact, taking suspects to the floor is a routine tactic I was using with other officers as a probationary PC back in 1978. Ideally, if the suspect is violent, five officers is the optimum number; four to take control of each limb to avoid punching and kicking while one officer controls the head, to prevent head-butting, biting or spitting. The more officers, the less chance of injury to the suspect. It conveniently escapes the attention of those stirring up anti-police sentiments, that similar arrests where suspects are taken to the floor can be frequently seen on the numerous police fly-on-the wall documentaries and are especially prevalent on Friday and Saturday nights across the country when the suspects are predominately white, drunken thugs. One characteristic possessed by community activists is that they will never actually praise police officers. Rendering life-saving first aid at the scene of a stabbing or shooting, tackling those with knives or guns or securing convictions of violent criminals including murderers thus obtaining justice for victims and families, never elicits praise. Of course, bile and hatred directed against police officers doesn’t simply come from those aligned to the political hard left or violent street gangs; those on the far right hold similar views. Look at ‘comments’ under any YouTube footage featuring Tommy Robinson and the sheer loathing and hatred of police quickly becomes apparent. During Tommy Robinson’s campaign to become a MEP, police were accused by Robinson supporters of orchestrating an attack by Muslim youths on his meeting in the midst of an ‘all-white’ Bradford council estate. Such is the lot of police, that at a meeting the next day on Merseyside, police were protecting one of his closest allies, James Goddard, from local residents. I’ve personally seen Robinson supporters hurl ‘face to face’ foul mouthed abuse in the faces of Metropolitan police officers on the grounds that London uniform officers were somehow complicit in the failure of those CID officers in Rochdale and Rotherham to deal with child abuse allegations. Since then child abuse gangs and individuals from all races and religions, have been arrested hand-over-fist across the length and breadth of the country. In addition to the ‘face to face’ abuse, those on the right have also launched violent attacks on police officers again, as I’ve personally witnessed. Twelve have received custodial sentences following attacks on police officers a year ago in the protest held after Robinson’s imprisonment for contempt of court. Even during the two pro-Brexit demonstrations in Parliament Square, a number of those attending the Tommy Robinson/UKIP/Democratic Football Lads Alliance meeting taunted police with chants of ‘shame on you’ and ‘paedophile protectors.’ Joining the ranks of those hostile to police is Jeremy Clarkson who recently provoked outrage by criticising the length of time police took to reopen a major road after a fatal accident. The fact that the circumstances were extremely complex was totally lost on Clarkson and even an explanatory blog by police sergeant Harry Tangye, who has attended numerous such tragic road accidents, failed to secure an apology. Clarkson clearly was less than humbled by his foray into policing. Days later he tweeted the following in relation to the London Bridge/Borough Market terror attack. An hour previously Clarkson decided to make a reference to another road traffic incident and succumbed to temptation by including the inevitable derogatory term. Perhaps the academics referred above would be able to confirm whether the constant drip, drip of bile against police actively encourages and serves to justify physical attacks on police officers. Perhaps also as part of this research, they could view last Monday’s ‘999. What’s your emergency’ which featured Northamptonshire police dealing with exceptionally foul mouthed, violent individuals who clearly had no respect for police. It says much for Chief Constable Nick Adderley that he specifically wanted the programme’s producers to show exactly the levels of appalling behaviour faced by officers today. BBC1’s current series entitled ‘Critical Incident’ also shows some horrendous attacks on police officers and other emergency workers. Sadly, its absurd slot is 9.15am. If you’ve attacked police and are going to court, don’t worry too much about it There is little doubt that we have a prison system that has descended into chaos thanks to this government. Announcements that sentences of six months or less are to be abolished on the grounds of prison reform is of course arrant nonsense. Neglect has meant that our prison system is not fit for purpose and as a result judges and magistrates are under pressure not to send convicted individuals to prison. The term ‘tough community sentences’ inevitably results in ridicule by police similar to that seen when Theresa May’s assertions that, ‘police reform is working, crime is down’ are quoted. The recent ‘Assaults on Emergency Workers Act,’ which increases maximum sentences from six to twelve months will be of little use unless custodial sentences become almost a matter of routine or are made mandatory. There is much bitterness amongst police who believe that serious, debilitating assaults on officers are attracting sentences which are regarded frankly as a bad joke and this inconsistency in terms of sentencing only serves to reduce morale still further. The ‘abolition’ of six-month sentences will of course mean that those assaulting police and other emergency workers are even less likely to receive a custodial sentence than they are now and even when a custodial sentence is imposed, it can still seem like a betrayal to the injured officer. Part 2 next week deals primarily, but not exclusively, with the lot of the PBR officer (Poor Bloody Response). In the interim, officers will continue to be abused, assaulted and ridiculed whilst doing their best to assist the public regardless of whether those who need help like, or habitually loathe, the police: That includes Jeremy Clarkson. View On Police Oracle
  3. In mobile phone footage posted on Twitter two men can be seen punching and kicking the male and female officer as scores of people pass without intervening. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6404293/Gang-yobs-attack-two-policemen-shocking-London-street-assault.html A lucky escape for one of the officer's, passing bus could have easily resulted in serious injury 😡
  4. IRVs: Station Van: Area Cars: Q Cars: Appointment Cars: ARV: Traffic Vehicles: Dog Van:
  5. Force hopes licensing its marque will act as recruitment drive to 'inspire future generations'. Date - 1st November 2018 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle A businessman tasked with turning Britain’s biggest police force into a global merchandising brand has spoken of the payback in being able to help put “bobbies on the beat” in his home town. Company founder Will Stewart says it is an honour The Point.1888 has been chosen to launch a ground-breaking initiative for the Metropolitan Police – designed to “inspire future generations” to join the world-famous ranks. Brand Met could include clothing, homeware, toys, stationery and souvenirs under the famous MPS logo, with the partnership set to run until May 2021. In return, it is hoped the commercial tie-up with the brand specialists behind Tate galleries, Olympic Team GB and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home will raise hundreds of thousands of pounds at a time when the force's budget has been slashed by millions. Licensing the Met marque will help generate significant income to reinvest in front-line police services, train existing staff and build greater affiliation with, and support for the service, the force believes. A force spokesman told Police Oracle: “The Metropolitan Police Service is internationally renown and part of the fabric of London. “Much like merchandise from the NYPD is highly sought after by visitors to New York, we expect similar interest from both Londoners and tourists for merchandise and brand association from the Metropolitan Police.” Permission has been given to the Brentwood-based firm for images including the New Scotland Yard spinning sign – and officers on patrol – to be used on the products. However anything that mimics the force's uniforms is off limits. The forced added: "Absolutely no products will be produced which directly reflect the uniform of the Metropolitan Police Service and any products which attempt to do so will be charged with intellectual property infringement." The Point.1888 managing director Mr Stewart said: "I grew up in London, so to be able to generate revenue that puts more bobbies on the beat in my home town is an honour." Transport for London is also a partner in the deal, having brokered its own successful range of gifts and merchandise. In October 2016 Police Oracle reported that the Met was investigating how it could make more use of its branding, merchandise and artefacts in order to plug some of its forthcoming budget gap. View On Police Oracle
  6. Hello all!   Welcome to the 31st October 2014, and the day that we are opening the doors on Police Community to you all, at some point in the next 12 hours!   Please use this topic as the general MetChat thread within this area of the forum!   Looking forward to seeing some new / old user names posting in here!
  7. A Special Constable who is awaiting sentencing for a string of serious criminal offences has been dismissed without notice. Met Police News This is Local London News
  8. Cori

    Special Constable Assessment

    Hello, before applying to The Met as a Special, I would like to gather all possible information about the assessment process. There is a lot of different information out there, which are raising more questions than answers. As mentioned my force of choice is The Met as I’m aware the assessment process is not standardised across the UK. I have tried to contact The Met a few times directly, but got no answer. I have bought books, but they seem to be for ‘normal’ PCs. I wonder if the tests are identical or does it differ for Specials. I would like to prepare myself as good as possible, therefore I really appreciate any answers by anyone who went through the process specifically with The Met lately. What are the tests to take on Day 1? Are there roll-plays for Specials, if so, how many? Thanks a lot for your help! Cori
  9. Britain's biggest police force is asking retired detectives to go back to their jobs to help solve a staffing crisis. Full Story - Sky News Is this the start of budget cuts being reversed? Or is that wishful thinking?
  10. Hey folks, If I have posted in the wrong section I do apologise. However, does anyone know if the HTCU (high tech crime unit) within the Met Police has some "brand new" technology that no one seems to of heard of that can break/hack into Apple iPhones (old and new) or am I being fed a load of bull by PSB??? Thanks.
  11. On 16th March 2017, committed police supporters @PoliceCommander and @DC_ARVSgt will host an evening with acclaimed author and former prisoner of war John Nichol at New Scotland Yard raising funds for the Police Dependants’ Trust. With an evening of great company at the new home of the Metropolitan Police, guests will hear the astonishing personal story of best-selling author and captured airman John Nichol. Tickets at £10 are only available to Police personnel, and can be bought online here. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Police Dependants’ Trust, and we are grateful for the kind support from Police Oracle who have sponsored the event, and to the Metropolitan Police for providing the venue. Describing himself as an ‘ordinary guy who just happened to find himself in extraordinary circumstances, John Nichol was shot down during the first Gulf War in 1991. The first the world saw of RAF navigator Flight Lieutenant John Nichol was as a tortured British prisoner-of-war, beaten and humiliated by his captors. The ensuing pictures were flashed around the world and became an enduring symbol of the 1991 Gulf war and would change John’s life forever. Tickets are strictly limited and include drinks and light refreshments courtesy of Police Oracle. All proceeds will be donated to the Police Dependants’ Trust. – THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO POLICE PERSONNEL ONLY – Date: 16th March 2017 Time: 6pm – 8pm Location: New Scotland Yard, Victoria Embankment, London, SW1A 2JL Tickets are £10 and can be booked at www.pdtrust.org/tickets
  12. Terror review suggests London police forces should merge By Nick Beake Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News 28 October 2016 London Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) officers during a Marauding Terrorist Firearms Attack Training exercise Image caption The review makes a total of 127 recommendations A major review of London's ability to deal with a terror attack has suggested the three police forces serving the capital could be merged. Lord Harris of Haringey said the Home Office should consider combining the Met Police, the City of London Police and the British Transport Police (BTP). The review was ordered by mayor Sadiq Khan to assess London's security. Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said there was "good argument" for a merger, but others had concerns. Saying the current set-up was "confusing" and the move would save money, Sir Bernard added: "We should get improved operational effectiveness and that's what this report is talking about: how to respond to a terrorist incident - would we respond better together? And I think we would." But the City of London Police said the paper itself had noted that merging forces would cause "significant disruption". In his review Lord Harris, a security adviser who chaired the Metropolitan Police Authority, concluded that any response to a terror attack would now be "substantially faster and more effective" than five years ago. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Lord Harris during a routine operation with British Transport Police officers Image caption The mayor announced the review with Lord Harris at Liverpool Street station in May But, he said, even though the intelligence agencies and the counter-terrorist police operating in London were among the best in the world, the city should be prepared for an attack with multiple fatalities. The review also found that, once the Met had completed its recruitment of 600 extra firearms officers, there would be no need for a further increase. To do so "would be at the cost of transforming the look and feel of our capital city", it said. A total of 127 recommendations were made in the paper. line Recommendations included in the review Armed police outside Downing Street A London-wide pilot of technology where all phones are sent a message alerting of a major attack Increasing the number of firearms instructors so marksmen can be trained quicker A comprehensive review of safety and security on the River Thames, commissioned by the mayor, to report by May 2017 A review of perimeter security at London City Airport - flights were disrupted last month after protesters gained access to the runway The capacity of London's major trauma centres should be reviewed Bolster mental health services to support those at risk of radicalisation. Security guards and bouncers should be trained to help prepare against an attack There should be four dedicated 24/7 Hazardous Area Response Teams and a similar number of Mass Casualty Vehicles strategically located around London All London schools to have a plan for how to prepare for a terrorist attack line Lord Harris also said live CCTV streaming should be extended across London. Earlier this year Mr Khan intervened after Westminster Council announced it would turn off its fixed CCTV cameras to save money. City of London Police said it welcomed the review but warned against merging it with the Met. "As the report clearly states, policing in London needs stability and certainty, not upheaval and disruption," they said. The BTP's Paul Crowther welcomed the report but said: "Over the past eight years, there have been a number of studies that have examined the rationale and effectiveness of a dedicated transport police force. "Each study has unequivocally concluded that there is a need for a specialist national force, which can provide 'end to end' policing and an understanding of this complex environment. "Terror review suggests London police forces should merge https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/37794847?client=ms-android-orange-gb
  13. Scotland Yard considers probe into IPCC police misconduct allegations Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent 08 October 2016 UK New Scotland Yard sign Scotland Yard is considering whether to launch a criminal investigation into claims the Independent Police Complaints Commission deliberately suppressed evidence during an inquiry into alleged police misconduct. Three police officers were cleared at a misconduct hearing in July and have lodged a criminal complaint with the Met about the conduct of the IPCC. Scotland Yard said it was "assessing" information relating to "two linked allegations of crime". The IPCC said it was "aware" of the allegations. The IPCC has previously apologised for failings in the way it dealt with the case, It concerned a black firefighter, Edric Kennedy-Macfoy, who was Tasered by police during a disturbance at Harrow, north-west London, in September 2011. The fireman claimed he had been assaulted and racially discriminated against by police. Undisclosed material Last year, the Metropolitan Police apologised and paid him compensation to settle a civil claim he had brought against the force. Three months ago, as a hearing was due to start against three policemen accused of gross misconduct, their legal teams say they received material that had not previously been disclosed. It allegedly contained accounts from eyewitnesses, including other police officers and bystanders. The IPCC withdrew from the case and the officers were formally cleared. At the time, the watchdog issued an apology to Mr Kennedy-Macfoy and the officers saying that it had identified "procedural shortfalls". It said they "related to disclosure of relevant material and the need for further investigative work, including witness interviews, which it became clear were not conducted during the investigation". The organisation set up an "in-depth review" headed by the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman. However, the police officers have made a formal complaint alleging the IPCC deliberately withheld evidence and that criminal offences may have been committed. The IPCC commissioner in charge of the misconduct investigation into the police officers was Jennifer Izekor. In a statement commenting on the allegations made by the officers about the IPCC, Ms Izekor said: "I am confident that these allegations are without foundation. "It would be inappropriate to say more at this stage." 'Lives tarnished' Scotland Yard said: "We can confirm that in September the MPS [Metropolitan Police] received two linked allegations of crime, relating to issues arising from a misconduct hearing in July 2016 which was halted because of issues with disclosure. "The allegation [sic] has been recorded and is being assessed," the force said, although it did not specify against whom the complaints had been made. An IPCC spokesman said: "The MPS has made us aware that two linked allegations are being assessed and as such it would be inappropriate to say more at this stage." If an investigation were to be launched, it is thought it would be the first time that a police force had examined criminal allegations made against the police watchdog. John Downes, the lawyer representing the officers, said their lives had been "tarnished" by the misconduct allegations. "We welcome the news that officers from Scotland Yard are assessing the criminal claims against the IPCC. My clients have suffered for the past five years since the original incident. "They now hope the allegations they have made against the IPCC are taken seriously by the Metropolitan Police and look forward to being updated soon."Scotland Yard considers probe into IPCC police misconduct allegations - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37594421
  14. More guns are being seized in cities across Britain as the number of firearms being smuggled into the country increases, Britain’s most senior police officer has said. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner, told a hearing at London’s City Hall that a rise in gun crime in the capital was being put down to an increase in the number of weapons coming into the country. Rising number of guns being smuggled into UK, Metropolitan police say http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/28/rising-number-of-guns-being-smuggled-into-uk-metropolitan-police-say?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard Quite a worrying story if criminals can smuggle firearms into the country on this scale, then surely it's only a matter of time before terrorist's do so.
  15. Met gun officer faces trial over Azelle Rodney murder Kate Nelson Azelle Rodney Former police marksman Anthony Long arrived at court this morning to face trial for the murder of robbery suspect Azelle Rodney. Read more at: http://www.london24.com/news/crime/met_gun_officer_faces_trial_over_azelle_rodney_murder_1_4103311 Copyright © LONDON24 This should be an interesting one, there hasn't been anything on the BBC or Sky today.
  16. Met police accused of abusing black fireman have case to answer, says IPCC   The IPCC has concluded there was evidence the officers racially stereotyped firefighter Edric Kennedy-Macfoy. Photograph: Casey Moore for the Guardian   Six Metropolitan police officers accused of responding to an offer of assistance from an off-duty black firefighter by abusing him, dragging him from his car and shooting him with a Taser should face disciplinary charges for possible racial discrimination, the official watchdog has concluded.   Edric Kennedy-Macfoy has accused police of behaving like wild animals when he approached them in a north London suburb to provide them with a description of a man he spotted throwing a rock at a police van.   After a 20-month investigation into the case, which involved tracking down members of the public who witnessed the incident, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) concluded there was evidence the officers racially stereotyped the fireman, according to a summary of its key findings in the case, which has been seen by the Guardian.   The IPCC is referring a dossier of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service after concluding a police constable could also face criminal charges over the use of the Taser. The watchdog also found police failed to act with integrity, courtesy, patience, discretion, professional judgment or common sense.   The most senior-ranking officer among those accused, former inspector David Burgum, denied the charges, questioned the firefighter’s motives and took the unusual step of condemning the statutory watchdog that investigates serious police complaints.   “In my opinion Mr Kennedy-Macfoy has cynically played the race card for his own ends,” Burgum said in a statement to the Guardian. “I do not consider that the IPCC have conducted an independent investigation. They are political organisation with a strong anti-police bias.”   Kennedy-Macfoy was driving through Harrow around 3.30am in September 2011 when he saw a young man hurl the rock at the police van. After noting a description of the young man, Kennedy-Macfoy flagged down the van driver and approached a line of officers to pass the information on.   A disagreement ensued in which, the IPCC said, several officers used abusive language against Kennedy-Macfoy.   The off-duty fireman complained officers repeatedly swore at him, before charging at his car and pulling him from the vehicle.   In an account he gave the Guardian in 2012, Kennedy-Macfoy, then 29, said he responded by calmly and showed his palms to the officers, telling them: “Listen guys, I haven’t done anything wrong. I’m a firefighter – I work with you lot and I just want to explain something.”   He said the Taser was discharged, without warning, when he was walking backwards with his hands in the air.   The final report from the IPCC investigation has not been made public or provided to any of the parties involved.   However, a summary of the IPCC’s key findings, seen by the Guardian, concludes the police’s initial reaction to Kennedy-Macfoy was based purely on his ethnic appearance.   The watchdog’s report names six officers, including Burgum, who it says have a case to answer for gross misconduct in respect of their alleged racial discrimination of Kennedy-Macfoy.   In addition to the ex-inspector, they include a sergeant, three police constables and a special constable. One of the constables - the officer who twice discharged the Taser - could also face criminal charges, the IPCC states.   “The IPCC has completed its investigation into a complaint made by Edric Kennedy- Macfoy relating to his arrest by [Met] officers in September 2011,” a spokesperson for the watchdog said. “The IPCC will be referring a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration related to an officer’s use of Taser.”   The IPCC did not find sufficient evidence to uphold a complaint against two officers: a seventh officer, of constable rank, who was also present on the night, and a detective inspector who initially handled the fireman’s complaint.   After Kennedy-Macfoy was shot with the Taser, he was arrested and charged with obstructing police. He was found not guilty after a trial at Brent magistrates court.   During those proceedings Burgum gave evidence about the fireman’s racial appearance, which later formed part his complaint. Burgum told the court his officers were in a “stressful” situation and had been dealing with a group of partygoers who had been throwing missiles at them.   According to a court clerk’s notes of proceedings, Burgum added: “I couldn’t say he was anything to do with the party. The party was all black. He was black. He had driven through the cordon. I had to do a quick risk assessment.”   Burgum retired from the Met in January and now works for a private company that has an outsourced contract to train prospective Met police recruits. In his statement to the Guardian, Burgum called the account given by the fireman and apparently supported by the IPCC investigation “implausible in the extreme”.   The ex-inspector is among the four officers the IPCC concluded have additional cases to answer for misconduct on the night – in his case, for swearing at Kennedy-Macfoy.   Burgum said it was ridiculous for the IPCC to raise concern about his abusive language toward fireman because “Mr Kennedy-Macfoy swore at me first”.   “The suggestion that the police reaction to Mr Kennedy-Macfoy was based purely on his ethnic appearance and that the police officers racially stereotyped him is likewise ridiculous,” he said, adding that some of his police colleagues present on the night were “of ethnic minority backgrounds” and they, too, reject the suggestion that this was “a racial incident”.   Given he has retired, Burgum cannot face disciplinary proceedings. However, the other five officers, who all remain at the Met, could be subject to a misconduct hearing. The Met declined to say whether it would hold such a hearing.   “As is normal procedure, we will consider the report’s finding and associated evidence and respond to the IPCC within the statutory 15 working days,” a Met spokesman said.   If the Met decides against holding the hearing, the IPCC has powers to compel the force to do so. Asked if the watchdog planned to use that authority, an IPCC spokesperson said: “We’ll cross that bridge if we come to it.”   Kennedy-Macfoy’s solicitor, Shamik Dutta of the firm Bhatt Murphy, said: “In light of the IPCC’s findings we now look to the CPS and the Met police commissioner to properly consider all the evidence that has been gathered and to make a decision which does justice to that evidence.”   The IPCC and Met have clashed over the Kennedy-Macfoy case before.   His complaint was initially investigated by the Met’s professional standards department, with arm’s-length supervision from the IPCC. That internal inquiry provisionally concluded no police officer should face disciplinary or criminal proceedings.   The IPCC then took the unusual step of rejecting the Met’s inquiry in its entirety, initiating the fully independent investigation. It is that inquiry that, after almost two years collecting and analysing the evidence, concluded six officers have a case to answer for racially-motivated misconduct.   View the full article
  17. This is the extraordinary moment a police car collided with a cyclist, drove over a bike and then sped off after tensions flared during a mass bike ride in central London. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/moment-police-car-collides-with-cyclist-crushes-bike-and-drives-off-a3237741.html Video on the London Evening Standard website via the link.
  18. Teenager arrested over Tower Hamlets police stabbing 2 hours ago From the section London Image copyright Google Image caption The officer was attacked near Bunsen House, Bow A 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer was stabbed in the stomach in Tower Hamlets, east London. Two officers attended a car park near Bunsen House, Bow, at 23:30 GMT on Sunday after receiving reports of anti-social behaviour. A knife was recovered and the suspect was taken to an east London police station for questioning. The officer is in a "serious but stable condition" according to the Met Police. Two officers attended the scene following reports of anti-social behaviour and a moped being ridden near to flats. Nobody else was arrested. Scotland Yard said there is not believed to be any link to extremism or terrorism. My thought's are with the officer and his family, I hope they make a full and speedy recovery. http:// www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34829464
  19. Rave crowd clashes with riot police in Lambeth 1 November 2015 From the section London Media captionPolice said that officers were attacked when they arrived to close a Halloween event in Lambeth, south London Crowds throwing bottles, chairs and a suspected petrol bomb have clashed with riot police at an illegal rave in central London. The Met Police said officers had been attacked when they arrived to close the event at an address in Whitgift Street, Lambeth, late on Saturday. Four officers had been treated for injuries at the scene and a number of arrests had been made, the force said. Police said the event had now been shut down. "The disorder and criminal damage around the venue has stopped," said a Met Police statement at about 07:00 GMT on Sunday. "There are no further reports of officers injured at this time. There is one report of a member of the public, a man, being treated by London Ambulance Service." 'Mayhem' Earlier, a force spokesman had said: "As well as attacking police the group also caused criminal damage to private vehicles and property in the area." Crowds first gathered on Black Prince Road at Albert Embankment, across the river from Westminster, before dispersing down Lambeth Road on to Lambeth High Street and nearby Whitgift Street. They reportedly charged at police, set fire to bins and chanted "scum" and "pigs". A witness described the scene as "mayhem". 'Stay peaceful' Nearby residents have taken to social media to vent their frustration at the disturbance. Rhodri tweeted: "They're now gathering on my street. There are families here with young kids that don't deserve this disruption. #Lambeth." The event - called Scumoween: A Nightmare On Scum Street - had been advertised on Facebook to take place in Whitgift Street, starting at 20.00 on Saturday and lasting until 06:00 on Monday. Of 13,000 invited guests on the social networking site, about 4,000 said they planned to attend. On Wednesday, organisers had advised: "Stay peaceful, stay calm. Patience and numbers is in our favour. Do not antagonise the police. We don't need to. "At the end of the day we want to leave them remembering our good attitudes, we just came to dance, we are not their enemy." Anyone with any information about the disorder is urged to contact police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. View the full article
  20. The family of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police in 2011, have won the right to appeal over a finding that he was lawfully killed. An inquest jury concluded last year that the marksman who killed him in Tottenham, north London, did not behave unlawfully. The family is challenging a High Court ruling that they could not apply for judicial review. Lord Justice Sales allowed their application for permission to appeal. The judge warned the family against thinking his decision meant their appeal must succeed. He said their case was "arguable" and had reached his decision on the basis that "there is a real prospect of success on appeal". He added: "A further compelling reason for the grant of permission is that the shooting dead of a suspect by police is always a matter for careful scrutiny." The Duggan family and their lawyers argued the jury's conclusions were contradictory. 'Deeply distressed' The officer involved said he believed Mark Duggan had a weapon in his hand when he opened fire and thought he was going to shoot at police. The jury found it was more than likely that Mark Duggan had thrown a gun onto some grass outside the car, where a weapon was found. The three High Court judges who previously ruled out a judicial review said none of the grounds of challenge had been established. Mark Duggan's shooting in August 2011 sparked riots in London and across England which lasted for several days. His mother, Pamela, said she remained "deeply distressed" about her son's death and the inquest finding. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34647727 Another waste of money, maybe if he hadn't turned to a life of crime his mother wouldn't be in this distressing situation.
  21. Three police officers escaped injury when a submachine gun was fired as they carried out inquiries. At least 14 shots were discharged from the semi-automatic weapon, damaging an unmarked police vehicle. Submachine gun fired at police officers in north-west London The Guardian http://gu.com/p/4dkhp?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard
  22. The number of UK officers investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been cut from 29 to four, the Metropolitan Police says. The Met said the "vast majority" of the work in its inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance had been completed. It said no conclusion had been reached but it was now following a "small number of focused lines of inquiry" which was why the team had been cut. Madeleine's parents said they "fully understand" the decision. They said they remained "hopeful" their daughter would be found. Madeleine, from Rothley in Leicestershire, was three years old when she went missing from her family's holiday apartment at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz on 3 May 2007. 'Exceptional case' Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, from the Met, said: "The Met was asked to take on this exceptional case as one of national interest. "We were happy to bring our expertise to bear only on the basis that it would not detract from the policing of London; and the Home Office have additionally funded the investigation above normal grants to the Met. "That will continue at the reduced level." Thursday 3 May 2007: Timeline 20:30 Kate and Gerry McCann leave their apartment to have dinner at a Tapas bar 21:05 Gerry McCann checks on Madeleine and her siblings 22:00 A man is seen carrying a child wearing pyjamas heading towards the ocean 22:00 Kate McCann raises the alarm that Madeleine has gone missing Clickable map and timeline Mr and Mrs McCann said: "We are reassured that the investigation to find Madeleine has been significantly progressed and the Met has a much clearer picture of the events in Praia da Luz leading up to Madeleine's abduction in 2007. "Given that the review phase of the investigation is essentially completed, we fully understand the reasons why the team is being reduced. "We would also like to thank the Home Office for continuing to support the investigation. "Whilst we do not know what happened to Madeleine, we remain hopeful that she may still be found given the ongoing lines of inquiry." 'Potential sightings' Officers have now finished bringing together and investigating the information held by Portuguese police, the UK investigation and the private investigators working on behalf of the McCann family, the Met said. The force said the inquiry had taken 1,338 statements and collected 1,027 exhibits but had not reached a conclusion yet. Officers investigated more than 60 persons of interest, the Met said, adding that a total of 650 sex offenders had also been considered as well as reports of 8,685 potential sightings of Madeleine around the world. Having reviewed all of the documents, "7,154 actions were raised and 560 lines of inquiry identified", the Met said. It said more than 30 requests had been made to "countries across the world asking for work to be undertaken on behalf of the Met". Detectives have been working through material and following lines of inquiry since the Home Office requested a review of the case in May 2011. Operation Grange, which is supporting the Portuguese police, became a full investigation in July 2012. Madeleine McCann case: Police team cut to four - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34661256 Without wishing to sound to callous about bl**dy time, there are more pressing needs facing the met facing the met right now.
  23. Police have been told they are not allowed to wear a Union flag badge on their uniforms in tribute to colleagues killed on duty because it breaches regulations, it is reported. http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/union-flag-badge-tribute-to-fallen-police-against-regulations-11364010043032 Here we go again this issue has raised its head yet again. Call we old fashioned but we should be proud to display our national flag. As for it being a political issue sure some would argue the poppy is also a political statement but to be blunt that's their problem not mine :-)
  24. Fears of a renewal in serious youth violence in London are growing after it was revealed that youth gang offences are up 23% in the last year, while a spate of fatal incidents in the last month has once again focused attention on Boris Johnson’s key pledge to tackle serious youth crime in the capital. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/11/police-cuts-blamed-rise-in-youth-gang-offences-in-london Can't say I'm surprised it's not rocket science after all. Our political leaders make all the right noises when one of our own is killed in the line of duty, but sad fact is they really don't give a damn.

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