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  1. A Hull police officer has been sacked for putting a woman in an arm lock after she allegedly assaulted him while he was on duty. https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/hull-police-officer-james-ross-1696117
  2. A large gang of masked protesters have clashed with riot police after blocking a busy east London road in an angry protest over the death of Rashan Charles. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/masked-gang-blockade-kingsland-road-and-intimidate-drivers-in-flash-protest-at-death-of-rashan-a3599091.html
  3. Several people are injured as explosion rocks Southgate Tube station in London with locals evacuated form their homes as police probe 'suspicious packages' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5862467/Police-rush-scene-small-explosion-Southgate-Tube-Station.html
  4. Graduates can become detectives "in a matter of months" with the help of a new fast-track training programme. The 12-week scheme is being developed in response to a shortfall of 5,000 investigators across England and Wales. Although recruits will begin working on cases within three months, they will receive training over a two-year period. Policing minister Nick Hurd said detectives "play an important role in bringing criminals to justice". The government has set aside £350,000 for the new detective entry programme, which will focus on problem-solving, crime prevention and safeguarding. South Wales Police Chief Constable Matt Jukes said: "Crime is changing, so we need people who are going to be cyber investigators, who can deal with a massive amount of information that's coming through social media." He added that investigators are currently under pressure due to the shortage of available staff. Police forces are also looking at attracting PCs and civilian detectives to make up the 5,000 shortfall. Mr Jukes said that new detectives would work on crime and robbery cases at the beginning of their training, rather than more complex cases. "[We must] recognise they're working under enormous pressure, this is the opportunity to bring in a diverse and talented group of people," he said. In March, it was revealed that there was a shortfall of 5,000 police detectives across England and Wales. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) called it "a national crisis", with one in five detective desks either empty or filled with unqualified staff. The shortfall is believed to be the consequence of a rise in demand for personnel in specialist areas such as counter-terrorism, as well as the difficulties in retaining investigators in the face of a well-paid commercial sector. The Police Federation warned last year that morale among detectives had hit "rock bottom" amid mounting workloads, exhaustion and stress. The Home Office is working with Police Now, a police graduate recruitment programme, to develop the entry scheme. David Spencer, a former detective and co-founder of Police Now, said he hoped the programme "will encourage a new group of diverse and brilliant individuals to enter the police service and contribute to the outstanding work being done by existing detectives up and down the country." The scheme has no start date at present, but the Home Office said it hopes it will boost the number of detectives by up to 1,000 over the next five years. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44433881
  5. Report suggests change in drug policy will generate revenue and save more in police, court, prison and probation costs https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jun/02/legalise-cannabis-treasury-3bn-drugs
  6. sierragolf95

    Police Staff Application Feedback

    Hi folks, anyone know if you are able to phone up recruitment to get feedback on an application rejection? Got mine at 16:59 and by the time I phoned up 5 minutes later nobody was answering the phone. Anyone know if they are able to give you specific feedback before I spend the rest of my weekend racking my brains and scrutinizing every word on the form? Second rejection for the same job role in 2 months, I meet their entrance criteria but I'm still not having any luck. Not holding out much hope for my other existing application either. Any help would be appreciated.
  7. A man "obsessed with revenge" against the legal system after losing a court case has been jailed for 15 years. A police raid on the Halifax home of Ashkan Ebrahimi in October 2015 discovered chemicals, swords, crossbows and high-powered air rifles. Evidence was also found that the 33-year-old had visited the home addresses of police officers and the judge involved his case. West Yorkshire Police said Ebrahimi planned on "harming a police officer". The force said he became "obsessed with revenge" after a court granted his former partner a non-molestation order, which led to him being separated from his young child. "The effects of this action sowed the seeds of a deep hatred of the police that grew exponentially from that moment," a police spokesman said. "He believed that the police were committed to destroying his life and set about seeking to take extreme violent action against them." Image copyrightWEST YORKSHIRE POLICE Image captionA police raid on his Halifax home recovered a stash of weapons and chemicals He was arrested after concerns were raised by Calderdale College, where Ebrahimi had enrolled on an adult GCSE science course, about his unusual interest in chemicals and wanting to develop a science lab at home. A large amount of chemicals were recovered from his address, along with an extensive collection of weapons, police said. His mobile phone had vehicle registration numbers of the cars and photographs of the homes of people involved in his case. Image copyrightWEST YORKSHIRE POLICE Image captionWest Yorkshire Police said Ebrahimi planned on "harming a police officer" An analysis of his sat-nav showed he had visited the address of the judge who had issued the order, as well as the addresses of police officers and the solicitor of his former partner. He had searched the internet on the use and effects of chemicals and how police officers are protected when not at work. Ebrahimi, of Oak Lane, Halifax, was found guilty at Bradford Crown Court of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of a bladed article in a public place, and stalking offences. He was given an extended five-year licence period on top of his prison sentence. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-44465236
  8. Five officers suffer minor injuries in demonstration that saw missiles and smoke bombs hurled at police https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/tommy-robinson-protest-london-far-right-police-arrest-geert-wilders-a8391596.html Really hope this is a not of sign of things to come. 1 thing i don't get is Tommy Robinson was found guilty of breaking contempt of court laws, yet thousands it seems think he is a freedom fighter who they are convinced is innocent. Where is the logic?
  9. PinkSparkle

    Failed vetting

    HI guys, I am a new member to the group and looking for some advice. I recently applied for an Intelligence Officer police staff post with Staffordshire Police. I was successful during the assessment process and was given a conditional offer subject to satisfactory references, medical and vetting clearance. I have been informed this week that I have not been granted vetting clearance. I have been given very limited information aside from the vetting failure is nothing to do with me but due to 3rd party associations but they are unable to disclose what/who it is due to data protection. Clearly I am absolutely gutted with this news and it makes me so incredibly upset that I feel I am being penalised for the choices someone i know has made or is making. I have been told that I am able to appeal which I will be doing but really struggling to know how I do this given that I don't know what I am appealing against and any advice would be massively appreciated. I am currently working within a Police environment as a partnership member of staff and for the last 14 years, I have been in a law enforcement environment whereby I have access to sensitive information and my integrity, honesty, work ethic or professionalism has never been questioned. I have been reading that it may be worth obtaining some character references which I am in the process of obtaining - has anyone else been in a similar situation and can provide any advice or help? Thanks
  10. A a Lush marketing campaign has sparked a backlash after labelling all police as paid liars. Link to the mirror article: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fury-cosmetics-giant-lush-launches-12630982 Im sure that most will be aware of this as UK CopHumour and even Austrialian CopHumour have picked this up and run with it. Thoughts? EDIT: BBC now also running the story. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44330078
  11. The Law Commission has called for the public to be given greater protections from search warrants and said the complexity of current regulations has led to frequent errors and the risk of challenges. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/05/confusing-search-warrant-rules-need-overhaul-finds-review
  12. Chaos

    What exactly is litter?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5099921/Wirral-Council-takes-man-court-cherry-stone-litter.html?ito=email_share_mobile-top Environmental worker who refused to pay ?80 fine when he dropped three cherry stones in some trees now faces a criminal record and ?2,500 penalty? Definition A person is guilty of an offence if he throws down, drops or otherwise deposits any litter in any place to which this section applies, and leaves it. So... What exactly is little? Is cherry stones come under the Definition? What if you pick a leaf up that was on the ground and then decided to drop it again in the same spot... Are you technically littering! Is this Kingdome firm not using discretion when dealing with this crime due to the P.I. culture in the private sector. This man in the mail online link...---> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1192496/Man-dropped-pound-note-fined-50--littering.html ....Was given a £50 fine for dropping a £10 note that he picked up again, obviously!! I have many times while on duty have asked someone to pick up the item they have dropped, and I would only consider writing them up if their attitude to the offence was poor and they refused to pick it up. What would you do if a private littering enforcement officer asked for your assistance because someone was declining to give them name and address for dropping an apple core (or other item) under a tree? I think I would tell the enforcement officer that I would be dealing, ask the male to pick up the item and then as a community resolution asked them to pick up two more bits of litter as a way of restorative justice.. crime it as such and that would be that.. no fine involved and there are 3 less bits of little on the street than there was before. Some how I don't think the enforcement officer would be happy with that and I have yet to try it out... But from what I can tell, that would be a perfectly legal way of dealing with it .
  13. Locals can chat with an officer whose contact details will made available online and via leaflets. A force has publicised the mobile number of every neighbourhood police officer for members of the public to air their concerns. Approximately 400 officers across West Mercia’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams have received new mobiles to make them more accessible to their communities. Cards will be posted with a list of the officers in their area along with their individual contact details – which are also available on the force’s website – encouraging the public to report issues such as anti-social behaviour, community road concerns and local intelligence. When asked about inevitable prank calls, Chief Superintendent Kevin Purcell, policing lead for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, explained nuisance calls to the force are “very low” and will simply be dealt with by call screening. Between 2000 and 2016 the force received 169 hoax calls. Chief Superintendent Kevin Purcell, policing lead for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, added: "West Mercia Police does all it can to protect its communities from harm every day. "Our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT) play a pivotal role in this by engaging with their local communities, finding out the issues affecting them and taking steps to make them feel as safe as they can. "Communication is a key element of everyone's role in the force and as part of this, we have made the mobile numbers of our neighbourhood policing officers available. "We want our SNTs to be available for their communities and this involves members of the public being able to get in touch with them. We would hope they see this as a benefit and an extra way of engaging with their SNTs on the issues that matter to them the most. “The service is not for emergency calls or reporting any incidents where life is at risk or a crime is taking place or to ask an officer to attend in person. "Our focus is on becoming as efficient and effective as we can possibly be right now and in the future, and I have no doubt opening up lines of communication between the SNT will help us to achieve this.” View On Police Oracle
  14. Vorn189


    Hello all, I'm Worcester born and bred, but have spent the last 4 years in Dyfed-Powys. Just now have jumped at the opportunity to transfer to West Mercia with the most recent intake. I've got my interview on the 8th June, concerning competencies, knowledge of legislation, and hypotheticals. Is anyone else here going for transfer? Is there any advice I can glean from anyone that has been through this gauntlet already? Nice to meet you, and very much hope to be part of the force in the near future. Charlie
  15. Issues of violence against women and girls can be better addressed with a more balanced workforce, says chief. Senior officers and representatives across 43 forces Senior police officers gathered at New Scotland Yard to commit to work towards gender equality. Delegates from 43 forces united on Monday to promote equality within the workplace, aspiring to improve the gender imbalances at senior levels within policing. By becoming more representative of communities, it is hoped issues of violence against women and girls can be better addressed. Employment and promotion of female officers has improved over previous years with Home Office figures revealing a year on year increase. Of the 3,255 officers promoted in 2016/17, 876 were female - 27 per cent - an increase on the year before with 442 female officers promoted. However, senior police leaders Chief Constable Sara Thornton and West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins have both stated more needs to be done to tackle the disparity. The event was held to build on the work started by Surrey and Sussex Police where last year the forces became global representatives for law enforcement under the HeForShe initiative, which encourages men and boys to take a stand against inequality faced by women and girls. Sussex Chief Constable Giles York said: “True gender equality is a shared responsibility; supporting HeForShe demonstrates the strength of our commitment to ensuring a police force that is representative of the communities we serve. “Central to this is the priority to combat domestic abuse and sexual abuse to create communities free from such abuse. This is a unique opportunity to address violence towards women and girls. Our support of HeForShe underlines how Surrey and Sussex Police are dedicated to tackling gender inequality.” Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt of the Metropolitan Police, who hosted the event, said: “Today is an important day. The Met has long been committed to diversity across the force to reflect the communities it serves, and we pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities organisation. "But we have more to do and our work to create a level playing field continues. As a senior male officer, affirming our ongoing commitment to gender equality by supporting the HeForShe campaign is another step forward. “It is a fantastic campaign driving real change internationally, which has the backing of an increasing number of police forces across the UK.” Elizabeth Nyamayaro, senior advisor to Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director for UN Women and the head of the HeForShe initiative said: "I am delighted that more police forces have today made that move to commit to gender equality.” CC Collins, president of the British Association for Women in Policing, spoke out in March about the gender pay gap in policing. But forces attributed the difference to disproportionality in the number of female officers in senior posts – with many being police staff on lower pay. View On Police Oracle
  16. Eebs

    SEARCH ticket transfers

    I've had a quick browse but can't see any similar threads, Does anyone know which forces(or perhaps I'll try make a list) of which forces accept SEACH transfer tickets? I recently failed interview at humberside and they accept SEARCH tickets within 24months, however I have to resit the assessment the next time i apply again..seems pointless but hey ho
  17. The home secretary is to tell police officers he understands how “hard and horrible” their work can be because of watching his brother’s career. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sajid-javid-home-secretary-police-brother-job-bas-federation-speech-a8364361.html
  18. 'Don't put words in my mouth.'. Home Secretary Sajid Javid The new Home Secretary’s first public encounter with the policing community marked a stark contrast to his predecessor’s “put your pens away” speech last November. Sajid Javid made crowd-pleasing promises to prioritise police funding at next spending review while also looking at misconduct investigation deadlines. He went out on a limb to make a good impression, emphasising his close connection with his chief superintendent brother. His stories of playing at CrimeStoppers while growing up in a deprived Bristol street were a hit, as were his comments that he did not see why police officers needed a degree or why police chiefs won’t give their officers spit guards. The talk set a markedly different tone to former Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s speech to police chiefs and police and crime commissioners last year in which she said when crime goes up “I don’t want to see you reaching for a pen to write a press release asking for more money.” But when asked afterwards whether in his view there is a link between crime and resource Mr Javid hit back “don’t go putting words in my mouth”. He distanced himself from hints in his speech that he is breaking with government denials that police cuts have led to an increase in crime. “Let me be clear. I am not saying that but what I am saying though is I fully accept resourcing is an issue if we are to expect our police force, as we all do, to meet rising demand,” he said during a brief press conference. He said rising crime is as a result of increased reporting of historic sex offences and domestic abuse, cyber crime and the impact of county lines on the illegal drug market. “I’m looking ahead at demand. For those who say the rise in serious violent crime is only because of a cut in police resource I do throw out there that there was a rise ten years ago - quite a significant rise [in crime] - and at that time police numbers were much higher than they were today.” When asked whether he could commit to increase police funding beyond flat cash and precept, he said funding was always a “collective decision of government”. “What I promised today is I will prioritise police funding when it comes to spending review. “The starting point of getting to the right outcome on resources is obviously having the department responsible pushing in the right direction. “I think as I look at all the demands that are now being faced and the gap between capacity and demand, there needs to be more resourcing put into policing.” View On Police Oracle The back peddling has begun, likely to disappoint a few people on this forum.
  19. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5720285/amp/Poster-girl-police-sergeant-live-streams-playing-video-games-cash.html?__twitter_impression=true Sgt Leanne Carr signed off sick and went on luxury holiday all over the world
  20. Man killed after Wood Green 'intelligence-led' police operation 12 minutes ago From the section London Image copyrightPA Image caption The shooting happened in Bracknell Close A man shot during a police operation in north London has died, Scotland Yard has said. Armed officers were in Bracknell Close, Wood Green, at about 09:00 GMT when a man received gunshot wounds, police said. The Met said the operation was "intelligence-led" but not related to terrorism. It added the Directorate of Professional Standards - its internal investigator - had been informed. Image copyrightJosephine McDermott Image copyrightKepceKazan-Lndn Image caption A Twitter user reported seeing 'police everywhere' and a medical helicopter An air ambulance was called to the scene but the man was confirmed dead shortly before 10:30 GMT. BBC London Live for latest updates on this and today's other stories There were no reports of any other injuries. One Twitter user reported seeing "police everywhere" and a "medical helicopter". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35070431
  21. The information commissioner has threatened to bring legal action against police forces using controversial facial recognition technology, to protect the public’s privacy and human rights. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/facial-recognition-police-uk-met-south-wales-information-commissioner-legal-action-privacy-report-a8352991.html
  22. The Metropolitan Police has recorded 62 murders so far this year. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said he does not believe he has done anything wrong in the battle against violent crime in the capital. Despite criticism of his response to an upsurge of serious gun and knife attacks in London, Mr Khan insisted things would be worse if it were not for his initiatives. Asked what he had done wrong in dealing with the situation, the mayor told LBC: "I don't think we have done anything wrong in London. "Nor do I think, by the way, the police and crime commissioners across the country have done much wrong." The Metropolitan Police have recorded 62 murders so far this year, of which 39 involved knives and 10 guns. In the first three months of this year 45 murders were recorded, compared with the first quarter of 2017 when there were 23. The mayor defended his record, saying: "I think things would be worse if we didn't invest the new money we invested in this year and last year." Accepting responsibility for policing in the capital, Mr Khan said all sectors of society needed to work together to tackle serious violent crime. He said: "We should not excuse or tolerate serious violent crime. "We should not think that it's OK for there just to be one stabbing rather than three. "We have got to make sure we stop young people thinking it's OK to carry a knife, or that that gives them a sense of belonging or respect. "That means investing in young people. "I'm determined to do what I can to invest in prevention and also in enforcement." Tory MP, and party vice chairman for London, Paul Scully said: "Sadiq Khan needs to take action on violent crime for the safety of Londoners. "As the Mayor of London he has direct responsibility - and the powers - to tackle violent crime in our city, and shifting the blame will not save the lives that are tragically being lost on the capital's streets." View On Police Oracle
  23. Police officers’ faith in the courts when they become victims of assault is at a low ebb after a year which saw more than 500 assaults against them. http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/assaults-on-norfolk-police-officers-rise-to-515-1-5492418
  24. A police officer was allegedly sexually assaulted by a man she was trying to arrest on suspicion of attempted rape, South Yorkshire Police said. The officer and a colleague were also hit with a wooden sign after they were called to investigate an incident in Scotland Street, Sheffield, on Friday. A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape, assault, sexual assault, and criminal damage. He remains in police custody, a force spokesperson said. Ch Insp Lydia Lynskey said the officers, one of whom was left severely bruised, had shown "immense bravery" in dealing with "a dangerous and violent situation". Both officers are recovering at home, she added. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-43933664
  25. The disproportionate number of deaths of black and brown people in incidents with the police shows that structural racism remains rooted in the fabric of British society, a panel of UN human rights experts has said. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/27/racism-british-society-minority-ethnic-people-dying-excessive-force

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