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  1. Response, investigation and neighbourhood roles becoming less distinct as 'underqualified' officers carry out detective work. Division of duties: The full in tray Date - 2nd May 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 6 Comments Policing has admitted a new world order for the first time where “underqualified” officers do jobs for which they have not been trained. Lines of responsibility are becoming “less distinct” as inexperienced response teams are carrying out investigations, often without enough supervision, amid a chronic national shortage of detectives. Bobbies on the beat are dealing with burglaries, thefts and assaults as a quarter of victims in a sample of cases did not receive the service they should expect, an assessment by the police watchdog inspectors has revealed. High-volume crimes are being resolved over the phone or allocated to officers without the necessary experience or qualifications, according to the first Peel spotlight report of 2019 from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services. Failings included opportunities to gather evidence not being followed up or potential lines of inquiry being missed. And redeploying neighbourhood officers, often to response, can damage their crime prevention work, limiting their engagement with communities, the report warns. HM Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said: "It used to be that you would have your CID, your response force, your community policing and they all had very discrete jobs. "Response officers didn't do investigations. Now they do. They don't have the same accreditation, they don't have the same experience." HMICFRS said investigations had become more complex because of the growth of online crime, the need to examine data on personal devices and improvements in identifying vulnerable victims. While high-risk probes were allocated to specialist investigators, frequently committed offences, such as burglary and theft from vehicles, were often resolved over the telephone or assigned to neighbourhood or response officers. "These officers often don't have enough formal training and qualifications in investigation," the report said. HMICFRS inspectors reviewed 2,608 randomly selected files from crimes recorded in the first three months of last year. They found that three quarters of theft offences and common assaults had "effective" investigations. The report said: "This means a quarter of these complainants aren't getting the service they should expect." The trend has emerged amid a shortfall in detectives and investigators, which the inspectorate has previously described as a "national crisis". HMICFRS says there has been some progress, with the deficit falling from 19 per cent to 14 per cent, but warned it would be a "few years" before all vacancies were filled. Mr Parr said: "There's a shortage of detectives to do the routine detective work, and very often it's being farmed out to people who do their best but are not trained at the same level." The Peel report A system under pressure – an overview of general findings that emerged in inspections of 14 forces – also found: Local policing is being "eroded" as neighbourhood officers are re-deployed, limiting their engagement with communities; Pressures of increased demand are stretching forces' ability to root out corruption and having an adverse effect on officer well-being; The number of 999 calls increased by five per cent nationally to nearly 10 million in 2017-18; and At the same time there was a three per cent fall in calls to the 101 non-emergency number, prompting the inspectorate to suggest the public are "losing confidence" in the service. The inspectorate concluded that police were delivering a good level of service with "dwindling resources", but warned that "cracks in the system" were widening. Mr Parr said: "Many of the forces we inspected are in general providing a good service to the public, but all are faced with competing priorities that if not managed correctly could see this service deteriorate." Police resources have repeatedly come under the spotlight following funding reductions and a fall of 21,000 in the number of officers from 2010 to 2018. Last year a Commons report warned policing risked becoming "irrelevant" amid vanishing neighbourhood presences and low detection rates. National Police Chiefs' Council chairman Martin Hewitt said the inspectorate had graded the majority of forces as either good or outstanding. He added: "Police chiefs, along with many others working in policing, have been very clear that the service is under severe pressure and requires additional long-term funding." The NPCC said it was working with other policing organisations to address challenges in recruiting and retaining detectives. A Home Office spokesman said: "We recognise new demands are putting pressure on the police and we are committed to ensuring they have the resource they need. "This is why we have provided more than a £1 billion increase in police funding compared to last year, including Council Tax and funding to tackle serious violence. "We are pleased to see detective capacity has increased by 5% this year, but are clear that forces must continue to make progress on reducing the shortfall to improve their investigative capabilities." The 14 forces inspected by HMICFRS were: City of London, Cumbria, Durham, Dyfed Powys, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Humberside, Kent, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, West Midlands and Wiltshire. View On Police Oracle
  2. PC, who says he was under attack himself, waits on sentence over beating conviction. Court hearing: Loughborough Magistrates' Court Date - 10th April 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 3 Comments An officer who had to fend off a detainee trying to headbutt and knee him has been found guilty of assault by beating after grabbing the man’s dreadlocks and pulling him from a patrol car. Now Nottinghamshire PC Matthew Thompson has an anxious wait over the Easter holiday, fearing his career is in jeopardy with a sentencing hearing at the end of this month. Loughborough Magistrates Court was shown footage of the incident which left David Thomas, 52, face down in a city street after police were called to deal with claims of domestic violence. After an eight-hour hearing, PC Matthew Thompson, 40, was convicted of using “excessive force” on Mr Thomas and causing him minor injuries. The court heard that PC Thompson and a female officer responded to a 999 call from Mr Thomas's partner, saying she had been assaulted – having been subjected to "incredibly aggressive" behaviour. PC Thompson began to talk to Mr Thomas in an incident partly caught on a body worn video camera. Magistrates were told Mr Thomas tried to headbutt PC Thompson and raised a knee to hit him. PC Thompson arrested the man on suspicion of assault and after handcuffing him placed him in the back of his patrol car. When Mr Thomas refused to hand over a mobile phone there was a struggle which ended when the officer dragged him out of the car. The man fell to the ground, banging his head, and later made a complaint about the officer’s use of force. The officer told the court he placed both hands on Mr Thomas's head, as if to cup his head, as he got him out of the car. He placed him in the prone position and said he did everything in a legal, necessary and proportionate manner. He used a fist strike down the thigh area of Mr Thomas’s right leg as a distraction technique. Mr Thomas claimed in court the officer grabbed him by the ponytail and pulled him out of the car. PC Richard Blackwell, responsible for officer safety and public order training at Watnall Training Centre, said in court PC Thompson's actions were in keeping with current police guidelines, and that there were no instructions about removing a handcuffed person from a car. PC Thompson was charged after an investigation into his use of force during the arrest by the Independent Office for Police Conduct. The case was adjourned for probation reports and the officer will be sentenced on April 30. After the court case, IOPC regional director Derrick Campbell said: “Police officers are entrusted with the power to use force to carry out their duties but only if it is necessary, reasonable and proportionate in the circumstances. "Our investigation, which included reviewing body worn video of the incident, raised serious concerns about the appropriateness of PC Thompson’s actions and we referred it to the CPS for a charging decision. "The court has clearly taken the view that PC Thompson overstepped the mark.” View On Police Oracle
  3. A raft of announcements confirming forces will take back their own specialist units has recently been made. In 2015 the then Chancellor George Osborne praised the collaborative work being done between East Midlands forces Forces pooling their resources was once seen as the answer to stretched budgets with announcements being made on a near-weekly basis that units were merging between forces. Recent months have seen the opposite trend, with a raft of announcements that collaboration is being scaled back in different areas. Nottinghamshire Police has been considering the extent of its integration with East Midlands neighbours and is shortly expected to announce the re-establishment of its own teams in areas which could include firearms, roads policing and dog units. Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon and Somerset are taking back their own dog sections and roads policing units from a tri-force alliance. West Mercia Police has quit the Central Motorway Policing Group, and Lancashire has quit the North West version. Humberside Police has recently re-established its own dog unit after deciding to share it with South Yorkshire in 2015. This week, South Yorkshire Police announced that its other announcement made at the time – moving its mounted unit into stables owned by West Yorkshire Police – is being abandoned because the collaboration it expected would take place did not materialise. A statement claims the latest change is beneficial as it will save travelling costs. Forces still pool many resources in many areas, and Dorset along with Devon and Cornwall are examining whether to merge entirely. But former officer and PCC candidate Mike Pannett told Police Oracle: “Collaborations were a good way of misleading the public into a claim that you could get more for less when in reality there were cuts for all forces involved and officers having to cover far greater distances. “Slowly but surely chief constables seem to be realising that all you get with less is less.” Police academic and former ACPO finance lead Tim Brain said: “There’s a natural level for collaboration otherwise it’s a bit like trying to push water up a hill, and I suspect merged dog units may have been a bit like pushing water up a hill. Resources are always drawn to busy urban centres. “But why is it happening now when the politically accepted doctrine is for collaboration happen? “I would guess that the much-maligned PCC system is actually moving this on because they’ve got a massive incentive to get the police service as good as it can be in their area, and that incentive is their re-election. I’m not sure they’re as swayed by national political considerations as much as some chief constables.” Chief Supt Gavin Thomas, president of the Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales, said: "The 43-force model is constraining how the service addresses the types of challenges that make up much of today's demand on policing. "These are crimes that do not respect force boundaries, like internet-enabled fraud, online child sexual exploitation, and international terrorism. "Collaborations and alliances are piecemeal and inconsistent. "My members up and down the country are working longer and harder than ever attempting to make them work, but there is a concerning number of examples where the reality is proving to be a sub-optimal solution." He added: "I have called for a debate involving policing, government and the public on what we want our police service to do in the 21st century, what it should not do, and how we structure and resource it. This conversation needs to start now." View On Police Oracle
  4. A police chief has said he is "not confident" a specialist unit could respond quickly to a terror attack. The East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) pools resources from across Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. The BBC understands that an internal review, carried out by Nottinghamshire Police, said EMOpSS is costly and "fundamentally flawed". Leicestershire Police said the findings were not accepted by the other forces. View Full Story
  5. http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-31359158
  6. Three police officers have been served with gross misconduct notices after a seven-year-old girl was injured when a police gun was accidentally fired in front of a group of children. The girl suffered minor facial injuries when the firearm was discharged by an officer during a demonstration at Nottinghamshire police headquarters in November. She was hit in the face by an empty cartridge but did not need hospital treatment. The group of children and parents were being shown specialist police services including firearms and dogs at Sherwood Lodge, near Hucknall, after they won a local prize, The incident prompted an urgent inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which on Tuesday said it had served gross misconduct notices to two firearms officers and a police dog handler as part of the ongoing investigation. The watchdog also said it was examining Nottinghamshire police’s response to the incident and whether officers attempted a coverup. IPCC commissioner Derrick Campbell said: “I am extremely concerned about the discharge of a police gun at an event attended by members of the public. “The public must have confidence that police officers who carry guns do so with highest standards of care and professionalism – and that the policies and procedures that govern their work are rigorously adhered to at all times.” One of the strands of the IPCC inquiry is why live firearms were present and used as part of the open day for adults and children at the Nottinghamshire police headquarters. The watchdog is also investigating whether force and national policies and protocols were breached by the presence of live firearms at the demonstration and whether their use was authorised. Investigators have obtained CCTV footage of the incident and made contact with the injured girl’s family, the IPCC said. The three officers are to be interviewed as part of the ongoing investigation. The watchdog will also examine previous firearms incidents at Nottinghamshire police within the past six months where negligence may have been reported. View the full article
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