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  1. Launch of new mobile phone detection warning system. Warning sign: Mobile trial launch today A police force is trialling new technology aimed at making the use of a mobile phone at the wheel as “socially unacceptable” as drink or drug-driving. Norfolk Constabulary has joined forces with council leaders in a nationwide first to identify potential offenders and deter illegal use. The force, and Norfolk County Council, have been working with Dereham company Westcotec to develop the system which will flash a signal to drivers, similar to those for speeding, if a phone is being used in the car. Trials began at four sites in the county yesterday. At this stage the new mobile phone detection warning system is not connected to enforcement but its makers are “working towards that end” as it cannot detect whether a driver or their passenger is using a phone, and the warning sign may flash even if no offence is being committed. The system comprises a sensor capable of detecting vehicles where there are active 2G, 3G and 4G phone signals, and an LED warning sign located a short distance along the road. As long as the activation meets certain pre-determined parameters, the sensor can detect the kind of signal a phone is picking up and if it is being used through a Bluetooth system or through the handset. It will be used at locations across the county for the next year, with the equipment in place for up to a month at a time at each site. Inspector Jonathan Chapman, of the Norfolk roads policing unit, added: "This scheme is a good example of how we can work with local authorities to make using a mobile phone whilst driving as socially unacceptable as drink or drug-driving. "Any scheme which prevents this kind of behaviour is welcomed. Using a mobile phone at the wheel is one of the fatal four road offences which can have devastating consequences if it causes a fatal or serious collision. "We will be using the information provided by Norfolk County Council’s road safety team to help us target drivers in the future but the message is simple – leave your phone alone whilst you’re behind the wheel." Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of the county council’s communities committee, added: "Using a mobile phone whilst driving is an enormous distraction and apart from being illegal puts the lives of the driver, passengers and pedestrians at risk.” Designed by Keele University criminologist Dr Helen Wells, the system was first launched last October at the European Traffic Police Network TISPOL conference in Manchester. Although Norfolk trial sees its first outing for policing, a number of other UK forces have expressed interest or requested a demonstration. A spokesperson for Westcotec said: “This device is purely about education, warning drivers and being able to identify when the driver was on the phone. It is the first such system to have a direct interaction with a mobile phone offender.” While not currently connecting it to enforcement, “this system is without doubt ahead of the game,” the company added. “The strength of vehicle-activated LED signs is that they identify the offender and only trigger when they’re necessary. The warning will be obvious and will stand out.” View On Police Oracle
  2. Norfolk Constabulary ACC talks to Police Oracle about officer assaults, cuts and PCSOs. Norfolk Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Paul Sanford The nature of assaults on officers are becoming increasingly more violent to the extent that better bandages have been requested to soak up more blood. Norfolk Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Paul Sanford told Police Oracle officers have addressed the need to improve first aid kits with injuries worsening. He said: “I have been asked if the bandages in our first aid kit are heavy-duty enough to absorb the level of bleeding? Crikey, if I’m having conversations about bandages then boy do I need to talk about the defence equipment our officers are carrying.” Between April 2017 and March 2018, 515 assaults on Norfolk police officers were recorded, including 113 of actual bodily harm and 19 of grievous bodily harm. The force already has plans to purchase an extra 80 Taser in a bid to deter offenders from lashing out at officers and is considering options to expand this further - including a review on allowing those who wish to carry one to do so. “We are concerned about the increase in assaults on our staff. We are concerned about the increase in knives to commit crime – whilst we ran an incredibly successful operation to target the county lines criminality which we think is the main drive behind that, we want to make sure our officers are best protected,"adds ACC Sanford. “We believe we could have more of our officers can carry Taser if we have them at the right places at the right time. “We are exploring what more we could do beyond that uplift of 80 and we are aware of other forces that are starting to office Taser to anyone who want to carry it - that is certainly something that we will explore. “The availability and the cost are factors here, but our primary concern is the welfare of our staff and sadly the environment which they are operating in now is different to when I was a PC. We need to make sure we have the right kit.” Questioned on how cuts have affected the force, ACC Sanford replied: “It’s not all bad. It causes you to look at the efficiency of what you deliver and how you deliver it. “Yeah, it’s difficult and yeah you have to make tough decisions but actually I think it has made us a much leaner and a much slicker organisation. And do I think that has been at the detriment of service to the public? No. Do I think that it’s tougher and our officers are having to work harder? Then yes, they absolutely are." A further £9million needs be to saved by 2020, with a large chunk of the £30million already saved down to collaborating with neighbouring force Suffolk Constabulary across a multitude of areas, including firearms, roads policing and intelligence. And in March the force scrapped PCSOs saving £1.6 million and allowing the creation of 97 roles (81 police officers and 16 civilian staff) within uniform policing. According to the force, the difference in cost between a PCSO and PC is less than £2,000 - with the average annual cost for a PCSO being £39,800 while for a PC it is £41,620. ACC Sanford added: “They were valued members of the workforce – to their absolute credit, right up to their last working day they were all working hard – even once the news was out they were doing some phenomenal stuff. “But do I think we have a more sustainable policing model than we had before? Absolutely I do. “There are some sad realities that in Norfolk we see more reports of rape than we do with theft of motor vehicles. That is a new and recent phenomenon, and we need the workforce to respond to today’s demands whose got that broad range of skills and can be deployable into different functions and can work 24/7.” ACC Sanford added the rest of the savings will also be recouped through wider joint working and with the Seven Force Strategic Collaboration Programme involving Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent police forces. Improved collaboration with adult care services is also being explored due to an aging population as well as domestic abuse and mental health charities plus the ambulance service to mitigate the strain placed on officers. Last month Chief Constable Simon Bailey spoke out after figures revealed Norfolk Police cars were used 43 times from December 2017 to March 2018 when no East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) vehicles were able to assist – taking officers away from frontline duties. “Adult care is an areas that particular concerns me given the aging demographic within our county, I have predicted it’s going to be an area where our demand goes up in the next 10 and 20 years. It will be crimes against the elderly,” says ACC Sanford. “The more we save the more challenging the next piece becomes.” View On Police Oracle
  3. Multitude of serious shortcomings revealed including female officers being threatened. Hugh O'Neill The full extent of errors by Norfolk Constabulary to properly investigate the sexual abuse of female officers by a police doctor has come to light. Officers who were sexually assaulted by the force's medical examiner during their recruitment examinations were let down by a "superficial investigation" which saw their abuser escape conviction for two decades, a report says. A number of female police officers had alleged in 1993 they were indecently assaulted by Dr Hugh O'Neill, but these allegations were not criminally investigated. It was not until 2014 that an investigation was carried out resulting in the conviction of O’Neill. He pleaded guilty to 13 counts of indecently assaulting 13 “extremely vulnerable” female officers while in his role as the medical adviser for Norfolk Police between 1991 and 2003. He was jailed for an additional three years, having already been sentenced in 2015 to 12 years in prison for the rape and sexual assault of two girls aged under 14. Subsequently, Essex Police’s Serious Crime Directorate launched Operation Stornoway in June 2016 to uncover any misconduct against Norfolk officers in the 1993 and 2002 investigations into O'Neill. “Operation Stornoway has identified significant concerns and failings both in 1993 and 2002 that have resulted in major consequences for the victims,” the report added. Fresh revelations revealed a total of 33 people who underwent medical examinations had made allegations – 20 more than originally thought. The damning report was released this week following a Freedom of Information request. Some of the allegations included officers being “told to keep quiet” and threatened they would be sued for slander if they repeated the allegations made against O’Neill. Chaperones were also introduced in the wake of the serious accusations, but during the passage of time, the policy lapsed and by 1997 had “fizzled out completely.” This enabled O’Neill to regain control of the female medicals and be able to conduct them alone, the report added. It is also understood despite accusations of sexual assault, O’Neill was asked to determine what a medical should consist of – a "comprehensive full body check, including examination of breasts, genitalia and anus" - putting him in a position to justify any assaults. “Given the allegations of indecent assault, it seems incredible that O’Neill was able to legitimise these crimes both in the past and in the future. His guidance was a licence to commit indecent assaults on females,” the report said. The 1993 allegations were "deliberately not properly investigated" and one person seen during the 2002 investigation was not asked to provide a statement until 2014 - 21 years after the assaults, it added. The document is also critical of the 2002 investigation, and the conduct of an interview is described as "at times farcical" and ‘worrying’ that he was interviewed not under caution – raising concerns he was “treated differently.” Andy Hayman was Norfolk chief constable at the time of the second investigation into O'Neill in 2003 His solicitor was also provided with full copies of complainants statements together with medical references prior to the interview. The reason is recorded as “to enable to comment on allegations with all relevant information available to him.” The report also gives consideration to whether there was misconduct around the earlier investigations. This was made difficult given the "passage of time and the absence of records", and that some officers are no longer serving. Names are redacted from the report. After evidence against six officers was passed to Norfolk Police, DCC Nick Dean found four had a case to answer for misconduct. As they have all retired no action could be taken. A file was also passed to the CPS. It said it was “hindered by a lack of evidence” in considering the prosecution of two senior officers from 1993 for perverting the course of justice and misconduct in a public office. It concluded an "absence of clear leadership is integral to all of the failings." A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “As previously stated, the Essex Police independent enquiry commissioned by the Chief Constable found failings in the force’s handling of prior investigations in 1993 and 2002/3. Both of these investigations did not result in criminal charges being brought against him. “Hugh O’Neill was a sexual predator who operated in plain sight using his professional role to abuse the trust of the very people who are expected to protect others from such abuse. “O’Neill committed the offences while contracted as the Force Medical Examiner (FME) between 1991 and 2003 and was consulted on policy around medical examinations as a qualified practitioner. “It is a matter of great regret that neither of the previous enquiries resulted in criminal convictions and there were a number of errors made in procedures both times." View On Police Oracle
  4. SteveMcS

    New Kit for starters

    Hi all, I'm new to the forum. Due to start initial training for PC in Norfolk Constabulary Jan 8th and just after a bit of advice. Firstly, my offer letter says to show up on first day in business attire. Does anyone know when you start wearing uniform? I only own 1 suit and don't want to go out and by a load of shirt if day 2 is in uniform. Also, the letter doesn't say anything else i need to take. I'm planning on the obvious, pen, paper, folder etc. But anything i should bare in mind? Secondly, is there any "essential" kit i should be purchasing now? I already have Altberg P1s, LED Lenser from previous job, and a good cheap watch. I don't want to buy everything now as i'm not 100% what is issued or what i'll need but is there anything that most people consider "you have to have this" like a good folder or anything? I see Resqmes mentioned quite a lot? Thanks in advance.
  5. Politics of HMIC aside, not a bad report... Source: www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/norfolk/ youtu.be/lhojEI-BMb8
  6. PeeCeeGee

    New Wicking Polo's

    Hi All Has anyone got the new collared wicking tops? I've heard that the collar is a bit uncomfortable... Does anyone else find this?
  7. David

    Welcome

    Welcome one and all.   Please feel free to start discussing matters relating to Norfolk Constabulary.   Do remember of course everything in here is still publicly available and viewable, but you can investigate 'safe areas' where on payment of a fee a separate room can be bought and set up. Whilst still subject to Police Community expectations, rules and regulations, it will be hidden from public view and available only to affirmed Norfolk Constabulary officers and staff.
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