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  1. Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones, has said the closure of non-official police social media accounts is an "absolute error" that would undo years of public engagement. Date - 22nd June 2021 By - Chloe Livadeas The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for Social Media and Digital Engagement, Surrey Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, has recommended forces streamline the number of social media accounts they have so the public can access information “in a clearer way”, meaning the closure of accounts run by individual officers. The move to a more official presence on social media is in line with growing numbers who use it to check updates from forces and expect real-time reponses, the NPCC said. But PCC Jones said he’d like to see evidence of that and made the point that most force accounts are not monitored 24/7. Today he tweeted: “At a time when public engagement by policing has never been more vital we are seeing the enforced closure of many ‘private’ or individually run SM accounts. This is an unintended consequence of wanting to provide a ‘better’ 24/7 public service. Urgent national review needed.” He told Police Oracle those social media accounts give “a true feel of the fact that policing is run by human beings and actually having that personal interaction and insight – to lose that is an absolute error and I don’t think that what’s intended. “So I think before we end up regretting the loss of a decade of engagement through twitter we really need to have another look at it.” He said the pandemic had brought the relationship between the public and the police “into focus in a way that it just hasn’t been for a very long time” and helping people to “genuinely understand the human element in policing is vital”. “Often we see in the media that they’re grouped together in a really unhelpful and homogenous way that undermines that understanding by our communities of what policing is and what people face 24 hours a day and the interaction you see across really good quality social media accounts helps break those barriers,” he said. He says that as a PCC he has engaged with officers up and down the country and internationally thanks to Twitter. “I would not be in direct contact with any number of people involved in policing – a police dog handler from Northumberland who is involved in something really interesting that leads me to ask questions locally – are we doing something similar? “The richness that it provides and the insight and the questioning it provides is vital and I think to lose that is almost unquantifiable how big a loss it would be.” He said the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the NPCC should work together to find a solution to policing’s presence on Twitter. CC Stevens said: “Forces that have consolidated the number of accounts have seen more engagement not less, and in my own force we now have more contributors to the accounts creating a wider range of interesting content. He went on to say: “There is no requirement to adopt the model, but it has been developed by practitioners across the different disciplines and based on the experiences of forces that made the move early. Individual forces will make decisions in consultation with communities about what works for them, and the desire is that all content creators are able to use digital communications as an effective part of day to day policing.” View On Police Oracle
  2. The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) and Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) have told prosecutors to delay charges so as not to "clog up the court system". Date - 2nd April 2020 By - Chloe Livadeas The NPCC and CPS guidance also suggests releasing some suspects on bail for longer periods before they are due back in court. A document published on the CPS website said: "The Covid-19 outbreak presents an unprecedented crisis for the criminal justice system in the UK. "Courts are currently unable to start any new jury or summary trials and most current trials have had to be stopped because of problems over the attendance of victims, witnesses, defendants, advocates and jurors." The CPS advises police and prosecutors to prioritise serious crimes such as murder, sexual offences, terrorism and high-risk domestic abuse cases. It warns other cases where the suspect is expected to deny the charges should wait up to eight weeks before a first court appearance. It recommends delaying “low priority” crimes such as major fraud and serious organised crime investigations because they require “lengthy investigation” ahead of a charging decision. The CPS document reads: "Given the likely backlogs in the crown courts, following delay to so many existing trials, delaying the start of proceedings in these cases makes sense, until a wider listing plan is in place." Guidance and criteria for crime priorities has already been issued to all UK forces. Police have now been asked to prioritise cases into three different categories: immediate, high priority and other. Immediate cases are likely to be ones where the perpetrator is a high-risk to the public. Cases related to Covid-19 will also be treated as immediate, such as assaults on key workers and violation of the Public Protection Act. High priority cases will still be processed by the CPS, but at a slower pace due to the prioritisation of immediate ones. The CPS has also updated guidance on how many days before a case is expected to come to court. For a first hearing it would 14 days after charge if a not guilty plea was anticipated and 28 for a guilty plea. These have now been doubled to 28 and 56. Cases which are not high priority or immediate which previously stood at 42 days has been doubled to 84. A CPS spokesperson said: “We are facing unprecedented challenges to the CJS but our message is clear – we have no intention of letting crime go unpunished. “However, priority must be given to the most serious cases to make sure dangerous offenders are dealt with quickly, this is why we have worked with police colleagues to give clear guidelines on this. “Offences which relate to Covid-19, including assaults on emergency workers, will be treated as high priority.” Sue Hemming, CPS Legal Director said: “Essential work to deliver justice continues despite the challenges of #COVID19. It is right we should try to prioritise the most serious cases to make sure dangerous offenders are dealt with quickly. However, this does not mean crimes will go unpunished and all offences, including fraud and organised crime should be reported in the usual way.” More than half of criminal and civil courts in England and Wales were closed last week. The crown and magistrates courts remain open but are only conducting urgent hearings with cases being heard by phone and video where possible. View On Police Oracle
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    NPCC Pay Report

    https://news.npcc.police.uk/releases/police-chiefs-ask-independent-police-pay-body-to-consider-a-three-year-deal-for-officers Document Interesting read short version is 2 recommenations from the NPCC, first a 2-2.5% pay increase for the next year or a 6% increase over 3 years, 4% of which is with immediate effect.
  4. 'Do not grant us more power, just give gypsies and travellers somewhere to go' say police chiefs and PCCs. PCC David Munro The root cause of conflict between travellers and settled communities is an acute shortage of authorised encampments, police chiefs and PCCs said in an official response to a government consultation. In April Housing Minister Dominic Raab launched a consultation into unauthorised travellers’ encampments in response to “long standing concerns” about the issue. Last year a House of Commons debate heard current powers are failing to contain trespassing on private and public land, damage to properties, antisocial behaviour and huge clean-up costs to landowners. The joint Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government consultation asks for views on whether a new law needs to be created, powers that could be extended, how court processes can be improved and whether there are any barriers to creating authorised travellers’ sites. But the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) joint response to the consultation rejected proposals for extra police powers and said the solution is to provide more places where travellers and gypsies can legally camp. “On a national level we would say the key issue to address in respect of GRT communities is the lack of accommodation for them. “The shortage of suitable sites for families to live on and access as they move around the country leads to groups setting up unauthorised encampments and developments, thus creating the biggest single source of conflict between the Travelling and settled communities,” the document said. They raised concerns many gypsies and travellers are being denied the opportunity to move into permanent housing because of regulations. The document said travellers who can afford to buy their own land are often evicted because they cannot obtain planning permission. In 2015 changes to planning policy defined gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople as only those who travel permanently. It effectively mean that no-one will be assessed for a pitch unless they travel – meaning some people travel just to meet the planning definition. The document said: “The police are not in the business of providing accommodation but this is such a crucial issue for the Gypsy and Traveller community that encouraging its provision has become part of the NPCC focus. “Without accommodation of whatever description, access to health, education and all 'social' services that most people take for granted becomes difficult or impossible. The lack of sufficient and appropriate accommodation for gypsies and travellers remains the main cause of incidents of unauthorised encampment and unauthorised development by these groups. “Sustainable solutions to traveller site and community cohesion issues are needed to ensure adequate provision of authorised traveller sites in line with a robust assessment of need. “If that were combined with the effective management of unauthorised encampments and a greater development of community cohesion and social inclusion initiatives in local areas experiencing tensions between traveller and other groups, real progress could be made.” The NPCC and APCC do not support the creation of a new criminal offence of “intentional trespass” or criminalising encampments as they believe trespassers would have no incentive to leave peacefully. “There are many occasions when police and local authority powers are used to move groups of gypsies and travellers from land when the circumstances have justified it,” the report said. “Ultimately all this does is simply relocate rather than permanently solve accommodation problems, indeed it often moves the encampment to an even more unsuitable location than the one occupied previously.” The response praised the Irish approach to travellers which is to provide accommodation as needed making unauthorised encampments the exception. In turn local authorities take a firm stance to illegal encampments as there “is no need for people to find themselves in that position thanks to the extensive accommodation provision and assistance that is readily available.” Between July 2010 and July 2017 the number of traveller caravans on legal sites rose by 32 per cent (from 14,498 to 19,071) according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Traveller Caravan Count. But the 2017 data showed 16 per cent (around 3,700) of all caravans are on unauthorised encampments. APCC Equalities, Diversity and Human Rights lead, PCC David Munro said: “We welcome the government’s decision to consult on unauthorised encampments, as it gave us an opportunity to give views on the important issues of police powers, community relations and how we work with local authorities. “It is clear to us that there is an urgent need to significantly increase the number of permanent and transit gypsy, Roma, traveller sites. Unfortunately, existing planning legislation has proved inadequate to implement this and needs therefore to be strengthened in order to direct local planning authorities to make greater provision.” NPCC lead for gypsy, Roma and traveller issues, Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick, said: “Police forces deal with any criminality arising from unauthorised encampments in an impartial and even-handed way, acting proportionately as they do for any other issue. “It is the widespread view of forces and PCCs that, in general, police and local authorities have sufficient powers under existing legislation to deal with the issue and no major changes in the criminal law are required. “However, we believe there is merit in the government and local authorities further examining solutions such as negotiated stopping and similar good practices, as well as ensuring the Environment Agency is sufficiently equipped to administer the recovery of costs in clearing up unauthorised encampments where appropriate.” View On Police Oracle
  5. Bonuses are already helping force retain personnel, Surrey Police believe. CC Nick Ephgrave is the NPCC lead for criminal justice The chief who leads on criminal justice issues says the effects of ten years of under-investment in detectives are being felt nationwide. Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave, of Surrey Police, told a public meeting his force is operating below its optimum number of investigators. But he pointed out: “The detective shortfall in a national phenomenon. I think nationally they’ve been under-invested in over the last decade and I think we’re now reaping the rewards of that under investment - with big gaps.” HMICFRS again flagged up the national crisis in detective numbers in its PEEL report last week. CC Ephgrave said he is “confident we’ll get there” adding that his force does well in attracting detectives from other constabularies. This is because of measures including targeted bonuses for detectives and firearms officers, he said. Paying bonuses for specialist roles is a key part of the NPCC’s plan to boost numbers in those areas. Current bonuses given for the roles in Surrey are far lower than the planned maximum annual £4,000 payment which is likely to be available to chiefs soon. A full review of financial incentives for specialist roles will be in place by 2020. Bonuses, an increase in the South East allowance payment, and a change in the culture of the senior management team to better support wellbeing, have all helped bring down the force’s attrition rate, CC Ephgrave claimed at a scrutiny meeting. Overall resignations from the force have dropped from an average of 17 per month to 12. PCC David Munro, who last year raised concerns about a loss of experienced officers, praised the chief’s work. View On Police Oracle
  6. He said he is tired of members of the public 'whinging' about being punished for minor misdemeanors. Chief Constable Anthony Bangham The national lead for roads policing is calling for a new approach to traffic law enforcement with zero tolerance on offending. Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for roads policing, told the roads policing conference yesterday: “We are law enforcers not law educaters. “I would suggest our emphasis for some years has lost sight of the core role of policing and has started to convince the public that we should more routinely educate them. “We should not be embarrassed about it, we should not seek to justify it. We should be comfortable that it is everbody’s role and I want to change the attitude of the public and some of the media. “We should never ever be apologetic or seek to apologise for issuing a speeding ticket. “We have powers nobody else does. “It should be crystal clear if you’re caught driving or using a mobile phone you will be ticketed. There should be no ifs and not buts. “I want them [the public] to be embarrassed when they get caught. I want less whinging, I don’t want them writing in complaining they’ve got a ticket for doing 35 in 30 zone.” CC Bangham said “only now” does he believe drivers are “getting the message” on using mobile phones after a £200 fine and six point penalty was introduced in 2017. “We must strive to have zero deaths, there is no reason why we can’t. “If we look at the last full set of figures from 2016 there were 1,792 deaths, there are nearly 25,000 life changing injuries and when you look at casualties you start to get into eye-watering numbers. “So every day we know that five people on average are killed on our roads every day. So by the time we get to the end of the conference today we probably would have five people killed.” He said the police must be aware “our new reality” and that forces are not going to “suddenly get more money.” “So I say something has to change - our role in making our roads safer has to become more focused. “Enough is enough. “If we carry on this way we’re going to stop enforcing almost altogether. “So I say let’s change our own attitude. “Let’s be less reliant on specialists. Let’s start looking inwardly at what we can do ourselves we have an awful lot of police officers who are out on patrol in their neighbourhoods every day and I’m pretty sure many of those officers are no longer doing the traffic process. “This cannot be an extra we do if we have time. This is something that is so important that every officer has to see it as their responsibility. It isn’t difficult and it isn’t time consuming to issue tickets to people who break the law. The specialists are already doing their bit it’s the others who need to start doing more.” He intends to take the proposals to the chiefs’ council for approval. He added he wants members of the public to act as “guardians of the road” and to be encouraged to send dash cam footage to the police of other users breaking the law View On Police Oracle
  7. A decorated senior detective says an increasing number of police officers are contemplating suicide because of the strain being put on forces across the UK. Full Story - Sky News When will TM admit her wrongdoing and say enough is enough, and increase funding for police drastically? Will it really take police officers committing suicide for her to listen?
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