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  1. I am amazed how many police chiefs leave under a cloud. With Cheshire's currently under suspension and those in the north east who have been pushed, the former chief of West Yorkshire Police seems to have questions to answer. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-41509633
  2. Addicts would be given the drug to inject under supervision. Drug addicts could be given heroin paid for by the police under plans put forward by one police and crime commissioner. Durham PCC Ron Hogg, who along with Chief Constable Mike Barton has spoken out in support of decriminalisation, said he has now asked the region’s public health departments to examine ways to introduce Heroin Assisted Treatment. Although plans for a “fix room” are being developed in Glasgow, this would be the first of its kind in England following similar schemes in a number of European countries. “The aim would be to enable people who have become addicted to heroin to follow a programme that would stabilise their addiction in a controlled environment, and reduce their dependency on heroin until they stop taking it,” said Mr Hogg. “The aim of the initiative is to save the lives of addicts, shut down drug dealers and reduce acquisitive crime. Instead of stealing in order to fund their habit, and money flowing the organised crime gangs, addicts will be helped to recover.” The scheme would focus on the most prolific at-risk offenders who would be provided with pharmaceutical heroin, with Mr Hogg adding that it would save money in the long run through reduced costs to courts, prisons, the police and wider society. The number of reported drug misuse deaths involving opioids including heroin rose by 58 per cent in England over the last four years, with the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs recommending last December that the government should consider the provision of medically supervised drug consumption clinics in locations with a high concentration of injecting drug use. View on Police Oracle
  3. PLANS to put a special constable in every parish in Essex have been branded a “publicity stunt” by the county’s police union boss. Echo full story: http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/14641306.Bobbies_on_the_beat_plan_labelled_a____stunt___/?utm_content=buffer39c3e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#comments-anchor Arghh, this makes me so angry. Doesn't this PCC know that the idea of Parish Special Constables doesn't work as Northants have already scrapped their trial of it?
  4. West Mercia PCC Elections May 2016

    On the 5th May 2016, people across England and Wales will go to the polls to elect their new Police and Crime Commissioner. Further information on the West Mercia PCC election can be found here: http://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/Orphaned-Pages/PCC-Elections-2016/PCC-Elections-Information.aspx Please remember the Purdah guidelines when discussing the election. The Purdah period is likely to be between 7 April and 5 May.
  5. THE county's crime commissioner has defended his decision not to sell a police station. Conservative PCC hopeful Kathryn Holloway is calling on Olly Martins to offload Bedford's Greyfriars Police Station which she said was worth £1.6 million and costing more than £300,000 to run. Source
  6. Turning on M1 speed cameras permanently and having sponsored uniforms and cars could help bolster a cash-strapped force's coffers, a police and crime commissioner has said. Full story here
  7. The council is in a much better position to control fire and rescue than the cash-strapped and less popular police and crime commissioner All 123 of Cornwall’s councillors disagree with handing responsibility of the region’s fire and rescue service to the police and crime commissioner (PCC), a plan announced by David Cameron last week. In 2013, we passed a unanimous motion to retain governance of the service within Cornwall council, a decision I will repeat at every opportunity. Full full story please follow the link. In Cornwall, we refuse to give up our fire service to the police commissioner http://gu.com/p/4ccxm?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard
  8. Fire chiefs could run English police forces under plans http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34224491
  9. Police who carry out ‘unreasonable’ stop and searches could be made to give face-to-face apologies to the suspects they apprehend. To see the full story click here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3201567/Police-officers-carry-unreasonable-stop-search-checks-apologise-face-face-suspects-complain-treatment.html I wonder what he means by free up police to catch criminals? Oblivious once they have committed a crime as opposed to stop searching a criminal before the commission of an offence.
  10. http://m.worcesternews.co.uk/news/13580088.Bill_Longmore_forced_to_defend___1_3_million_annual_cost_after_criticism_from_taxpayers__watchdog/
  11. Cop boss Olly Martins has unveiled a new policing plan making 'hidden crimes' a priority for Bedfordshire Police and adopting technology to 'encourage efficiency' and assist frontline officers in their work. Police and crime commissioner Olly Martins has set out a series of commitments which aim to deliver value for money services, build confident communities and protect the vulnerable. In his revised Police and Crime Plan, crime commissioner Martins has renewed focus on crimes such as domestic abuse, hate crime,sexual offences, modern day slavery, forced marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) which often involve victims too frightened to report their experiences to the police. The force is equipping front-line staff with Body Worn Video (BWV), to help officers to spend less time giving evidence in court because of the quality of footage captured on video. PC tablets are expected to free an hour a day of officers' time travelling back and forth to their station and working at a computer terminal. Police and Crime Commissioner Martins is also urging the Ministry of Justice to roll-out of compulsory GPS technology to protect people, prevent crime and reverse the cycle of offending. Mr Martins said: "Crime is constantly changing and the risks that threaten our communities are different now to what they were a few years ago, which is why it's important to continually revisit and revise the Police and Crime Plan, which in turn informs the priorities of Bedfordshire Police. "Engaging with the public is a crucial part of this process and this revised plan has been very much a collective effort, informed by the opinions and concerns of the public over the past 30 months Mr Martins added: "The visibility of the force across the county remains a core theme of my plans for community safety and in addition to new technological methods of working I'm also set on doubling the Special Constabulary to 500 members by 2017 to strengthen reassurance in our neighbourhoods." The commissioner is inviting people to comment on his draft revised Police and Crime Plan through an online survey. To provide feedback visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bedfordshire_PCC_police_and_crime_plan_2015 Source
  12. A vote of no confidence in Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Olly Martins was put to Luton Borough Council this evening, a motion which the majority Labour Party refused to carry. Instead, a hastily made amendment put forward by Cllr Roy Davis was carried, which instead opted to issue a vote of no confidence in the Home Office for perceived under-funding of the force. The motion was put forward as a result of the failed referendum and the resignation of Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock and the retirement of Chief Constable Colette Paul, both of which came under his tenure. This came after an initial amendment was rejected by CEO Trevor Holden, as it was deemed to be the total opposite of the motion, rather than an amendment. The Conservative Party led motion was put forward by Cllr John Young and was seconded by Cllr Michael Garrett. Cllr Garrett said: "We moved for this motion because of the result of the referendum to increase police funding. "All signs pointed towards the referendum failing, yet Mr Martins proceeded with it. "Instead of increasing the budget like he set out to do, it ended up taking £600,000 out of the police budget due to costs of the failed referendum. "We expected the Labour Party to block it, but we thought it was necessary for it to be heard that a number of councillors felt this way." Cllr Davis said: "The PCC's job is to get best policing from the resources available, which currerntly is not enough. "We should point the finger at the government, not the PCC, as they know the police is underfunded in Bedfordshire."
  13. The standards watchdog has called on the home secretary to launch an urgent review of the powers available to hold police and crime commissioners (PCCs) to account after a wide-ranging report uncovered “significant standards risks” in the hierarchy of local policing. An eight-month study by the Committee on Standards in Public Life said there was insufficient scrutiny of PCCs’ decisions and insufficient redress where a PCC falls below the expected standards of behaviour. “Under current arrangements, the accountability of PCCs rests almost entirely upon democratic processes. It is for voters to assess their standards, but only at four-year intervals,” wrote the committee’s chair, Lord Pew, in a letter to the prime minister. “In between elections, more effective day to-day scrutiny and transparency of PCCs’ decision-making is needed, including through the operation of police and crime panels, and stronger safeguards are needed in the appointments of chief constables and the roles of statutory officers.” The watchdog recommended that the home secretary, Theresa May, order an urgent review of whether there are sufficient powers to take action against PCCs whose conduct falls below the standards expected of those in public office. The report recommends that the pay, gifts, hospitality and outside business interests of PCCs and chief constables are made public in an easily accessible format. The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 abolished police authorities and replaced them with directly elected PCCs for each police force outside London, a move intended to improve the accountability and transparency of the police. The first PCC elections were held in November 2012 with an average voter turnout of 15.1%. The report said the police remained among the most trusted public office holders and acknowledged that it had found evidence of “greater innovation, increased visibility and a greater focus on community engagement and victim support” under the new system of PCCs. A Home Office spokesperson said: “We welcome this report, which recognises the new impetus that police and crime commissioners have brought to policing, bringing greater innovation, increased visibility and a greater focus on community engagement and victim support.” The spokesperson added that the department would consider the committee’s findings and respond to them in due course. “High ethical standards and strong leadership lie at the heart of good policing, and this report shows the importance of reforms brought forward by the home secretary to improve police integrity.” http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/29/police-crime-commissioners-scrutiny-watchdog
  14. The chairwoman of the elections watchdog will meet with the police chief who triggered Bedfordshire's first council tax referendum following the police and crime commissioner's claim the wording on ballot papers was 'misleading'. Residents rejected Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins' proposals to raise the police's share of council tax by 15.85 per cent on polling day last month, with 69.5 per cent of people (207,5512) voting against the plans. PCC Martins has since claimed referendum question and information provided on the polling papers given to voters was 'inadequate' and this week he has been invited to discuss his concerns with Electoral Commission chairwoman Jenny Watson. Mr Martins said: "I believe that many voters faced with the referendum question asking about a 15.8% rise would not have known that the cost to them would be just 48p extra a week, amounting to £24.80 a year, for a Band D property. Source
  15. The Bedfordshire police and crime commissioner could lose a planned referendum on a council tax increase to fund more officers, a poll has shown.   Olly Martins wants to ask the public if they would pay 15.85% more to raise an extra £4.5m per year for the force, in a referendum costing £350,000.   But a YouGov poll commissioned by Mr Martins suggests 70% of residents will reject the idea.   The PCC said other research showed "strong support" for the rise.   Mr Martins said the force had a plan up to 2019 but after this, there will still be a "£6m hole in the budget", he said.   PCC Olly Martins said "there is a risk of not doing anything"   Increasing the police precept in the council tax requires a referendum, which would be held alongside May's general election, and it is believed it would be the first of its kind in England.   'Modest' increase   The increase would equate to 32p extra a week for a band A property and 48p for band D, some of which would be invested in 100 extra police officers.   Mr Martins had said he would not proceed with the vote unless he was "reasonably confident of getting an affirmative result".   As well as the YouGov poll, he said he had spoken to about 1,300 people outside supermarkets, and conducted other polls at the town and parish council conference in the county and outside mosques, plus more than 1,700 had completed a poll on his website. He said about 85% were in favour once they knew it was a "relatively modest cash increase" and would be used to recruit extra officers.   "Three out of the four [surveys] suggest strong support," he said.   "There is a very strong feeling against this amongst some people, but my work with people at supermarkets tells me there is a silent majority who will support paying more for policing.   "There is a risk here, but there is also a risk of not doing anything."   Mr Martins has got permission from the police and crime panel to hold the vote and is due to announce next week that it will go ahead.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-31409978   There was a very lively debate on the local radio about this and a couple of things were mentioned that are not in this article. One was that if the result is a 'no' vote then the referendum will cost £600,000. Also that the plan is to recruit 100 officers, but only 25 of them will end up on the beat.
  16. http://www.courier.co.uk/Investigation-dropped-Kent-Police-Crime/story-26077091-detail/story.html
  17. This week we have heard the announcements that if Labour get in then PCCs will be scrapped. However, if the Tories get in then PCCs will have their roles strengthened and will be given responsibility for complaints against police. So, putting politic aside, which option do people support? If PCCs were to be scrapped, what options are there for replacing them?

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