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  1. Four officers are accused of failing to conduct any welfare checks. Date - 9th October 2018 By - JJ Hutber- Police Oracle 1 Comment A sport science student suddenly changed from angry and energetic to “blank, nothing there” after first being “rugby tackled” to the floor by a night club bouncer and then restrained by officers, his friend told a hearing this morning. In the early hours of the morning of May 6, 2013 then 19-year-old Julian Cole was kicked out of Elements night club in Mill Street, Bedford. He was infuriated when staff refused him a refund and repeatedly tried to re-enter the club. On his last attempt a doorman floored him and restrained him on the ground with the help of police officers, a misconduct hearing was told yesterday. Mr Cole was arrested and taken to Greyfriars Police Station in Bedford town centre but later rushed to hospital after he stopped breathing. Five years later he remains in a vegetative state, paralysed and brain damaged. The officers are not accused of causing Julian’s injuries or making them worse. PC Ross, PC Oates and PC Kalyan are accused of failing to make any welfare checks on Mr Cole despite showing “obvious signs of serious injury” and “fabricating” evidence to deflect responsibility. Sergeant Andrew Withy is accused of not making any welfare checks on Mr Cole but is not accused of dishonesty. Giving evidence at a Bedfordshire Police misconduct hearing held at the Holiday Inn, Stevenage, Julian’s friend Martin Gomes told the hearing they went to Elements as a large group of friends that night and paid a bigger entrance fee than normal to see a DJ performance. Mr Gomes said himself and Julian were thrown out of the venue after they stood up on metal barriers near the stage to get a better view of the show. Afterwards they had a heated conversation with bouncers, with Julian calling one of the doormen a “prick” and becoming increasingly angry when they declined to give him his money back. “He [the doorman] sort of antagonised him, knowing if he [Julian] does anything he’s going to get into trouble. “I didn’t like it because it was making the whole situation a lot worse than it neded to be. I think I lost my temper with him.” Julian initially calmed down when police were called, Mr Gomes said, but later made a break for it and tried to run back into the side entrance of Elements. Mr Gomes said: “Jordan [security guard] came out and he’s rugby tackled Julian. I remember just around the chest and neck he’s taken down. “It was quite a bit of force because it’s only him and he’s only a small guy. For me it was too much force. “Julian has gone down on the ground, Jordan holding him. “He’s gone from being very loud to now not respnding to anything. “Once Jordan sort of let go three or four police officers had pounced on him and put handcuffs on him. “Once they’ve handcuffed him they had two of them at the side of each arm, one behind him. “They lift him, as they’ve lifted hm up he’s really dead weight. At first I thought maybe he’s just having a tantrum. “Then I started realising - hang on he’s not responding.” He said he tried to speak to his friend behind the van, who he had a close relationship with, to tell him just to cooperate with police. “I had to lift his chin up to look into his eyes. As soon as I let go it’s gone down. He’s just not there, he’s blank, there was nothing there.” Mr Gomes said he continued to try and speak with his friend but saw Mr Cole “slumped down again in the van”. Joel Ofoe, who played football with Julian and was with him all night, told the hearing he saw a “collision” between Julian, bouncers and police. “I saw quite a lot of police officers run toward Julian which I thought was a bit unnecessary. Julian is on the floor so me and Martin run over. “All I remember is running, a collision and police officers on top of Julian. I pulled one officer off of Julian. “He was like 'get away, what you doing'. As he’s saying this to me Julian, he’s on the floor. Martin lifted his chin up and his head was down. “He said: 'Julian are you alright?'. “When I next look at Julian he had one officer interlocked on each arm and he was being draggd because his feet were limp so he was literally being dragged across the floor.” He said he grabbed a shoe which had come off Julian as he was being dragged and tried to give it back to him as an excuse to check if his friend was okay. “Julian’s head [was] hanging down, his feet are dragging on the floor limp. Really limp. “I almost thought he’d just given up, accepted being arrested. It wasn’t ‘til I took the shoe towards when I see Julian. I shouted: 'Julian are you alright?' “There was no response and that was when I thought there was something wrong. “I just thought it was odd.” CCTV footage played at the hearing appears to show Mr Ofoe being held back by a friend as Julian is taken to the van, eventually breaking free and then remonstrating with a police officer at the back of the police van. Mr Gomes admitted under questioning by counsel for PC Ross Kevin Baumber he had seen Julian carrying a bottle and looking angry and aggressive. The case continues. View On Police Oracle
  2. The City of London police force has failed in an attempt to block disciplinary action against an officer who was accused of clubbing a student over the head and causing a life-threatening brain injury. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/oct/15/alfie-meadows-london-police-force-must-act-over-officer-accused-of-excessive-force-says-court
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    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
  4. This was the astonishing scene outside a Birmingham hospital as a dozen police officers were taken away from frontline duties looking after prisoners or vulnerable people. A picture of the car park at City Hospital showed three cars and three vans outside early on Thursday. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/look-crazy-scene-12-police-15265775
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  7. Female police officers 'nearly died' after being sent to intervene in a dispute between an ex-special forces man and his wife, a court heard. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/10/female-police-officers-nearly-died-intervening-row-ex-special/
  8. Ex-sergeant's poignant talk about his battle with PTSD, depression and his call for better treatment after being let down by his force. Former Sergeant Ed Simpson admits he still takes medication to manage his condition and will continue to fight for change Date - 27th September 2018 By - Sophie Garrod - Police Oracle 3 Comments How are officers expected to deal with members of the public suffering from mental health problems if they are unwell themselves, a medically retired sergeant asked. Ed Simpson of North Yorkshire Police began his policing career in 1993 in Bradford, which eventually took its toll on him, leaving him broken. The 42-year-old husband and father-of-two told this week's Mental Health and Policing Conference: “When you join the police, somewhere in training school when you put your uniform on, there’s an invisible shield that gets placed over the top of you, and that shield protects you. It protects you from all the absolute c*ap you’ve got to deal with day in, day out, day in, day out, day in, day out – I could go on and on, we all know what I’m talking about.” In 2001, Mr Simpson had to attend a murder scene involving a 14-year-old girl who was raped and bludgeoned to death in an alleyway. He stood over her body for eight hours with a sergeant passing a Mars Bar over the fence to him to keep his energy levels up. “I went home and never thought about it again, because my shield had protected me. It wasn’t that I didn’t feel sorry for what happened, but I was a police officer, I’m not meant to feel anything…. “But one day, that shield - it had been battered - cracked and it wasn’t in the greatest shape anymore.” A family of a boy who was involved in a fatal collision was taken to a mortuary by Mr Simpson, who was a family liaison officer at the time. The teenager had just passed his driving test, clipped a curb, the car span out of control and hit a tree. He died instantly. “I had done this lots of times, it was just another deployment to show a family someone who had died – it’s not easy, but I’m a police officer, and a police officer deals with this all the time and it’s not going to affect me. “But I walked into that room where his body was, and it was the mother. The mother screamed and that scream will probably haunt me for the rest of my life, because that scream hit me so hard, my shield disintegrated. “For the first time ever in police uniform, I cried. “The mother was trying to get him off the bed, trying to open his eyes and shouting at him ‘why are you so cold’. “I was stood there thinking ‘why am I crying, why am I crying?’ – It was the most horrendous and horrific thing I had ever experienced. It wasn’t gory, it wasn’t a bomb going off in my face, it was just a mother’s grief.” Struggling to comprehend why the incident had impacted him so much, Mr Simpson began to feel guilty of his reaction as he thought he was not strong enough for the family. Two years after the incident, which he eventually pushed to the back of his mind, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and worked in Selby, North Yorkshire. However, he still did not feel on top of the pressures of juggling being a new dad and work. Mr Simpson opted for a custody sergeant role to be closer to his home as his wife was expecting another child, but soon realised it was the worst place he could have chosen to work. With 24 cells and a team where the chief thought one sergeant was sufficient. “Me being me, I just wanted to try and help everybody and that started to chip away at me. “I started to hate my job and I didn’t want to be there. I remember sitting down getting ready for my 12-hour shift getting barraged with people in an out, constant questions and buzzers going off, looking at the clock and thinking ‘I can’t do a 12-hour shift – but I can do an hour shift 12 times'. “At no point did I think that’s not normal, you should get some help. No, I was just struggling, I wasn’t as good as I used to be – I wasn’t the strong cop I used to be therefore I needed to break up my shifts into hour-long blocks. “Then I would get into the car and on the way home stop at the petrol station to get four cans of lager and drink them all 'till I’m drunk before going to bed having not said anything to my wife or my daughter because I needed to concentrate on work. “At work I was responsible for everybody and everything. My only role at work in my head was ‘don’t make any mistakes and don’t let anyone die,’ that was it.” Mr Simpson started to develop OCD in which he would feel compelled at the end of each shift to quadruple check every single log on the system to make sure it was correct as he was convinced he had made a mistake and as a result, a person would die. Plucking up the courage, he went to see his GP, where the scream of the mother again hit home and he saw the entire scene flash before him. “I completely broke down, I had not cried since that incident – so four years later and everything I had just pushed down exploded.” Mr Simpson left the room diagnosed with PTSD and depression, but his poor mental state meant he could not comprehend this. He went on: “I didn’t see it coming and I didn’t believe it, I just thought the doctor had misdiagnosed me, and she was misdiagnosing weakness and a rubbish cop and a rubbish dad and a rubbish father and labelling it as depression and PTSD.” Returning to work and in denial, Mr Simpson contemplated crashing his car on the way to his shift to end it all, but thankfully, made it in that morning. But he could not remember his password or even how to get the computer monitor to switch on. The nurse noticed his mind had gone blank and he was signed off sick, but found himself feeling lonelier and more worthless than ever with no-one in the force checking in on him - which he described as "appalling". “It was hard because I was on my own. One sensation I remember feeling all the time was loneliness. “The problem is no-one spoke about it, so the only people who knew I was off sick was four detention officers and my line manager. I wasn’t shot, stabbed or beaten up so it wasn’t a big news story - so I spent six months at home just contacting my line manager once a month. “I decided I was worthless because no one had rung me or come to see me. “The force was appalling and know it because I’ve told them.” He was eventually refereed to mental health services by his GP six months later, but it took 19 months before he even got to see anyone, which he describes as “far too late”. By this stage his mind had taken over. However, an eye-opening moment came when he returned to work, opened up to colleagues and realised he was not the only one. “When I joined the police I was given body armour, asp, cuffs and all these kinds of things and training on how to defend myself and stop myself from being physically attacked," he said. "But at no point did anyone say to me ‘by the way, this job will bend you out of shape, and you may end up not being a very well person because of it’, no one said that to me. Yet thousands of pounds are spend on physical protection. "This is where the police culture has to change. We see mental health as a weakness. “I wasn’t weak, I was strong. I was far too bloody strong for far too bloody long. But the snaggle is we don’t talk about it, and the silence is killing people. “Last year 25 officers in England and Wales committed suicide and the year I thought about taking my own life there were 29 - to think I may have been 30… “That’s not just 29 cops, that’s 29 husbands, fathers, people that we’ve lost in the service. Yet still I am there talking about it and I have never heard anyone else mention it before. It’s a scandal. “Forces, chief constables and senior officers need to realise that all the plans in the world, all the strategies and polices around how are we going to deal with people, burglaries, murders and people with mental health problems, all these are not going to work if the people you are asking to implement those are unwell themselves. “We need to look after the people who are looking after others – I don’t think that’s rocket science. “If we can’t see mental health problems in our own staff, then how are they going to identify them in the public? “We need to take the blinkers off and look at each other and for God’s sake look after each other, because 25 police officers took their lives last year, I’m not alright with that, it frustrates me. “It’s a job I miss every day, but I couldn’t do it anymore. I’m just so destroyed. “I’m not a cop anymore, but you are still my colleagues and I’ll always care about you, I will keep banging the drum to make sure you are looked after so you can go out there and do the same for the public.” View On Police Oracle
  9. Women have been urged not to wear headphones or use mobile phones following a string of sexual assaults in north-west London. Is this a form of victim blaming or necessary advice in an imperfect world? There have been 10 sex attacks on lone women in Cricklewood since February. Police revealed more details about the assaults on Tuesday, including the attacker's modus operandi. Full story So because of the recent sex attacks the police have advised women in the area concerned to; "Always stick to well-lit streets. If possible, let someone know when you are coming home and the route you are taking and always be alert in your surroundings, so don't use earphones or handheld devices." Ho on earth can that be victim blaming?
  10. A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers responding to reports of a fight were stabbed, Scotland Yard has said https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6248309/Three-police-officers-stabbed-north-London-met-hostility.html
  11. Appalling footage shows residents from a housing estate throwing firecrackers at police officers as they carried out an arrest in Bradford https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6252323/Housing-estate-residents-throw-firecrackers-police-make-arrest-Bradford.html Why the heck would anyone want to attack police with fireworks and laugh about it? Feral scum.
  12. An armed police officer probing an assault was "deliberately" mowed down by a car in a city centre, sparking a manhunt for the hit-and-run driver. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-armed-police-officer-deliberately-13365925
  13. A motorcyclist who dangerously rode towards a police officer and ended up repeatedly kicking him in the face has been given a "final chance" by a judge. https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/judge-gave-dangerous-motorcycle-rider-2043332.amp?__twitter_impression=true
  14. The chairman called his behaviour 'disgraceful'. Date - 2nd October 2018 By - JJ Hutber- Police Oracle 3 Comments A Met police officer persuaded a young man he did not need a solicitor for a criminal interview and then phoned his father about “rumours” he had been falsely accused in a bid to rectify the damage, a misconduct panel have ruled. PC Clifford Fox, based at Hackney, was responsible for transferring Joey Doherty, now 26, from Wood Green police station to Stoke Newington after he was arrested on February 23, 2014. Mr Doherty asked for a lawyer when he was first taken into custody but later changed his mind. Legally qualified chairman Christopher McKay ruled PC Fox, who has served 14 years in the police, did advise Mr Doherty not to ask for a lawyer as this would slow the process down and mistakenly told him accepting a simple caution would not impact his plans to travel to America. He then called Joey’s father, Trevor, out of the blue and told him about rumours Joey was falsely accused and said the officer Joey received a caution for punching “was always lying and making up evidence”. Joey’s caution was later cancelled and the officer PC Fox referred to went through a lengthy investigation. The officer was cleared of all wrongdoing - but not before he left the police service. According to Mr McKay, Mr Doherty’s struggle with the officer ensued after he told him the police could not give him a lift home. Mr McKay found allegations of gross misconduct proven against the police officer and dismissed him without notice. “The fact that PC Fox discouraged Joey Doherty from receiving legal advice was in itself a serious departure from the standards of professional behaviour required of a police officer,” he said. “This was then compounded by PC Fox attempting to undermine the validity of the caution by questioning the veracity of a fellow officer. “The MPS relies on cooperation and respect amongst its officers. “The criminal justice system depends on the integrity of police officers. “PC Fox undermined both these fundamental principls by his actions.” Neither was the panel impressed by the argument PC Fox should be credited for getting Joey’s caution cancelled - the panel believed there was evidence against Joey. Mr McKay added: “The panel gives PC Fox credit for his good character and makes allowances for his obvious nervousness. “However the panel was of the opinion that PC Fox sought to minimise his culpability and repeatedly claimed to have acted with the best of intentions but in the wrong way. “The panel finds that PC Fox was trying to rectify a serious error of judgement which he had made and did this in a wholly unprofessional and malicious way. “ PC Fox was criticised for displaying a “want of integrity” and Mr McKay said the public would be “shocked” to learn how he ignore official guifance about dealing with an arrested person. Mr McKay called his actions “disgraceful” and said the language he used to describe his colleague to Trevor Doherty was “insulting and demeaning and highly unprofessional”. PC Fox produced 17 character references from colleagues, local residents’ representatives, community leaders, friends and members of the public but the panel concluded personal mitigation has limited impact in police misconduct cases. His lawyer declined to comment. The panel took two working days in which to reach its verdict and the hearing was plagued with technical issues which threatened Police Oracle’s ability to report on proceedings. Press and public are required to watch misconduct proceedings in a separate building to the Empress State Building, where hearings are hosted, via video link which frequently breaks down and cuts out. Police Oracle has made MPS aware on several occasions the poor quality of the equipment is compromising the principle of open justice and the government’s mandate to host the hearings in public. After a two day wait for the outcome of the hearing, the video link broke down completely and no audio or image was transmitted to the viewing room. By the time the MPS arranged for our reporter to enter the Empress State Building, the panel had withdrawn to consider what sanctions should be imposed. Mr McKay eventually announced now-former PC Fox was to be dismissed but said he could not give reasons because of “IT problems”. Initially Mr Mckay would not consent to allowing Police Oracle to see a copy of the document from which he read during the public hearing and insisted the document be redacted. Police Oracle has contacted the MPS for a comment about the way the videolink service is compromising public access to the hearings. View On Police Oracle
  15. Theresa May has been branded "deluded" by one of Britain's top cops after she insisted there was no direct "causation" between officer numbers and crime levels. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-branded-deluded-frontline-officers-13348052 She is so deluded it is scary,
  16. Police Oracle interviews chief constable and senior officers to find out what they really think about the initiative. (Image credit: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust) Date - 1st October 2018 By - Sophie Garrod - Police Oracle Mental health triages are becoming an increasingly attractive option with almost all police forces in England and Wales using them – but how effective are they? The scheme was first launched in Cleveland in 2012 with mobile nurses joining officers responding to a call out involving a mentally ill member of the public. Six years on and the initiative is expanding with 42 forces signed up in some shape or form. The Metropolitan Police Service has even began to use mental health nurses to work alongside the Marine Unit given the amount of people who try to take their lives by jumping into the Thames. British Transport Police has also began to explore the model. However, there is still a lack of evidence over their benefits or whether or not the scheme can save forces money. Are triages just papering over the cracks of a struggling NHS? Police Oracle spoke to National Police Chiefs’ Lead for Mental Health, Chief Constable Mark Collins; Inspector Michael Brown, mental health co-ordinator for the College of Policing and Chief Inspector Jaki Whittred of Bedfordshire Police to gain insight into how the scheme is panning out so far. CC Collins explained the scheme is beneficial as officers have swift access to mental health records and care plans, but is concerned it is filling a large gap for crisis care teams. “There are examples around the country where triage has been set up and trusts have withdrawn the number of crisis care teams and numbers in their crisis care teams – relying on the triage to go and be the frontline responder,” he said. The Dyfed-Powys Police chief, who calls for demand to be passed back to the right agencies, added: “I think triages should be used for emergencies, someone on a building, someone who is threatening to jump, someone threatening suicide – we should be going out to those kind of calls, as opposed to routine calls where other agencies and organisations haven’t got the capacity to do that, it’s wrong. “I think street triage has got a place but it’s not a panacea to all our problems - some do see it as papering over the cracks. It needs a full evaluation. “My ideal solution would be having enough in-patient beds across the country while we’ve got a service that is regulated and staffed to the right levels to manage the demand we’ve got with mental ill health. “Police have definitely got a role to play, but increasingly on occasions that seems to be more of a leading and frontline role than it should be, we should be supporting, not leading.” A street-based triage team could also help reduce friction between police and mental health workers - because of the delays faced by officers when handing over detainees - by forming relationships, CC Collins claimed. Some forces are stationing nurses in control rooms to relay information to officers over the radio whilst others have a nurse ride along with them in the car. But CC Collins explained the control room approach is probably not the best option as it is difficult to provide accurate information over the phone to determine whether or not a person needs a section 136 assessment and that a face-to-face response is more effective. Inspector Michael Brown, mental health coordinator for the National Police Chief’s Council and College of Policing, gave our reporter a more analytical overview of triages with a more sceptical stance given the evaluations to date have been “limited and partial.” Mental health triages are currently hailed as a success if it is proven they have reduced the use of section 136. Insp. Brown described it as a “hotpotch” initiative given the wide range of approaches used by forces up and down the UK and the variation in the number of hours mental health nurses are available to work which can be anywhere between eight and 18 hours, but explained issues vary greatly between counties therefore different approaches are often needed. When the scheme was first launched in Cleveland it was funded locally, as was the case in Leicestershire, however the next nine pilots were funded by the Department of Health. An evaluation by the University College of London rated their effectiveness overall as poor – only three were considered good enough, two were very poor and one was poor, according to Insp. Brown. The last PEEL inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary said triage schemes were highly attractive but lacked objectives. But mental health triages could potentially save forces £100,000 for every 100 less detainees sectioned under 136 due to not having to pay health care professionals for assessments – not to mention the amount of officer time saved, Insp. Brown said. In Northumbria the scheme has seen those detained under the mental health act fall from 800 to less than 100 a year - a saving of £700,000 a year. Insp. Brown said: “We have quite a long way to go to see if it is saving resources. West Midlands is putting in 14,000 hours with six officers and a sergeant – but is it getting 14,000 hours back?” Nearly half of police demand is generated from NHS services such as the ambulance service and not the public he added. Highlighting 46 per cent of all work involves a patient with no weapons or threat of self-harm, calling for an ambulance. However, the NHS will still call the police for help. Nurses are also not permitted to attend self-harm incidents later than 8pm, so have no choice but to call for police to accompany them. Insp. Brown added: “With the mental health service being cut, the police are being cut by a massive proportion – what job is it of chief constables to pay for a scheme that isn’t reducing crime?” Bedfordshire Chief Inspector Jaki Whittred praised the scheme highly in her force describing it as a “real game changer". Launched in 2016, the triple-crewed approach comprising of a police, nurse and paramedic in a car has resulted in a dramatic reduction in the use of section 136. In its first year, it saw a 40 per cent fall in the number of detainees. Ch Insp Whittred said: “It’s amazing how a nurse working with us can speed up the process for police to be released back on duty. “Twenty per cent of police time in Bedfordshire is spent dealing with people suffering from a mental health crisis and the average time of four hours is spent per patient.” When asked if it is the perfect solution, she replied: “No. I think street triage is effective for the here and now and the way forward is for the public to have access to 24/7 mental health care. “We are in the position where police need to deal with mental health issues, but mental health services in the future need to be taking responsibility for the mental health crisis. I want to see it flipped on its head.” An NHS England spokesman said: "Investment in NHS crisis care is increasing and while transformation won’t happen overnight, the NHS is continuing to work towards providing 24/7, responsive, crisis care in every area. This includes ensuring mental health expertise is always available to partners such as police and ambulance services who have an invaluable role as first responders, and the NHS long-term plan will set out further priorities for the years ahead.” View On Police Oracle
  17. Scottish police officers secure 6.5% pay increase 26 September 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image captionThe award will be backdated to 1 September and applies until 31 March 2021. Scottish police officers are to receive an immediate 6.5% pay increase. The Scottish Police Authority confirmed the award will be backdated to 1 September and applies until 31 March 2021. The move will see all officers below the rank of Assistant Chief Constable receive an immediate and substantial increase in their salary. The SPA said the deal will represent an additional £125m in officer wages over the period. A mid-point constable will receive a salary increase of £2,300 and the equivalent of an additional £6,000 in pay over the next 31 months. The announcement comes on the eve of the SPA's monthly board meeting in Stirling. In addition to an immediate pay award, the agreement will also address issues of inequality and anomalies in relation to pay progression. It also contains a commitment to resolve working practices in relation to court and night shift. 'Significant and deserved' Susan Deacon, Chair of the SPA, said: "I am pleased that through constructive dialogue we have reached agreement on an investment in pay that recognises the significant and valuable work that our police officers do in keeping the people of Scotland safe. "Police officers represent a substantial portion of the police workforce and budget. "This deal over a 31-month period provides both individuals and policing with certainty as we plan and implement the further transformation of policing to meet the needs of a changing Scotland." Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said: "The pay award represents a significant and deserved outcome for police officers. "Every single day, our hard-working officers and staff are keeping people safe and demonstrating the highest levels of leadership and public service. "They've done this consistently since the creation of Police Scotland, clearly showing that they are our most valued asset, so it's only right that their dedication and commitment is recognised appropriately." 'Important recognition' Justice Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf said: "This strong deal for Scotland's police officers is an important recognition of the vital work they do to support safer, stronger communities. "It also reflects the positive relations between police officers and employers in Scotland where we have retained collective pay bargaining. "The Scottish Government has worked closely with the SPA and Police Scotland to finalise this two-and-a-half year deal which puts more cash into officers' pockets while giving them and their families certainty." Calum Steele, general secretary of the Scottish Police Federation, said: "It is worth noting that even allowing for the extended period of this pay award, this represents the greatest uplift to police pay for over 20 years and the value of immediate payment on pay and pension as opposed to an extended year deal cannot be ignored."
  18. A senior officer with the Met Police faces the sack after he was accused of racism for using the phrase 'whiter than white'. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6168389/Police-officer-faces-racism-probe-using-term-whiter-white.html
  19. Police advice to pubs to look out for "young black males who look as though they are intent on committing disorder" has been branded inflammatory. Full Story
  20. Police should dramatically increase the use of stop and search to combat spiralling gang violence, former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith demands today. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6103737/Police-dramatically-increase-stop-search-tackle-Lawless-London-major-report-demands.html
  21. Support for police pursuits amendment gathering pace. The police watchdog has released a statement backing planned changes to legislation which would offer roads policing officers better legal protection. In May the Police Federation for England and Wales “cautiously” welcomed a Home Office consultation on draft amendments to road traffic law. Under current law, the same legal test for careless and dangerous driving offences is applied to police officers and the general public. The government is consulting on legislation which would require police officers to drive to the standard of a careful and competent police driver of a similar level of training, skill and driving tactics, including any exemptions from road traffic legislation, are authorised appropriately and are both necessary and proportionate. It will also be made “clear in law” a suspect is responsible for their own decision to drive dangerously and blame should not be attached to the pursuing officer. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) response to the consultation, released on Thursday, stated: “It is inappropriate for police drivers who are involved in authorised pursuits or emergency response driving, and who are trained and have the necessary experience to do so, to be held to the driving standard of a ‘careful and competent’ motorist “We believe that the expert training and experience of police drivers undertaking pursuits or responding to emergencies should be taken into account.” The IOPC wants the legislation to specifically refer to police drivers “trained to the relevant standard” to allow the Crown Prosecution Service to take account of an officer’s skills and reinforce the important of high quality training. IOPC deputy director general Ian Todd said: “Police drivers need to pursue suspects and respond quickly to emergency calls as part of their duty – and that’s what the public want them to do. So it’s right that their training and skills are properly recognised in law. “Deaths and injuries involving police drivers are thankfully rare. However, pursuing suspects and responding to emergencies carries risks not only for the police and the driver of any pursued vehicle, but for passengers, bystanders and other road users. “Our experience investigating fatal road incidents has given us considerable insight into the traumatic impact these have on injured parties, their families and the police officers involved. “While we broadly welcome the proposals, any change to legislation must not have unintended consequences for public safety, nor must it undermine the ability to hold the police to account for their decision-making and risk-assessment during pursuits or when driving at speed.” The IOPC also supports a proposed review, and any necessary amendment, of the emergency services’ exemptions from certain aspects of road safety law (speed limits and road signs for example) to provide greater clarity and consistency. There should be a “logical approach” that takes note of current road design, the IOPC statement said. It wants the reforms to apply to both police pursuits and emergency response driving. From 97 independent investigations completed between 1 April 2012 and 30 September 2017 two officers were prosecuted for pursuit-related incidents and none convicted. Over the same period five officers were prosecuted following investigations into emergency response driving, resulting in four convictions. But the IOPC only investigates the most serious cases, giving an incomplete picture, and the watchdog wants research to be compiled into how many officers overall have been prosecuted following investigations. Last week IOPC regional director Miranda Biddle praised the efforts of West Yorkshire officers to save David Ellam from an out of control dog. The dog had been returned to Mr Ellam’s neighbour eight days before it mauled the 52-year-old to death but an IOPC investigation commended the officers who came to his aid for their quick-thinking and bravery. View On Police Oracle
  22. Three London police officers charged with perverting course of justice after Hounslow crash https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/three-london-police-officers-charged-with-perverting-course-of-justice-after-hounslow-crash-a3914566.html
  23. The Undertaker

    Rashan Charles death

    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
  24. Officers accused of acting like 'Keystone cops' as report blasts armed response tactics. Critical report: Nine firearms officers being deployed on seven separate occasions Date - 9th August 2018 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 2 Comments Policing in the aftermath of terror attacks across the UK saw armed officers engage in “completely unwarranted” actions as they pointed guns at innocent bystanders in a fast-moving response that bordered on farce. A highly-critical report has called on Police Scotland to apologise to eight individuals for 90 minutes of mayhem where highly-trained authorised firearms’ officers raced around the streets of Edinburgh acting like “Keystone cops on a wild goose chase”. Last summer, the Scottish capital witnessed one man forced out of his home in pyjamas under arrest, two women strip-searched and detained for 24 hours without legal basis – and claims of weapons aimed at eleven people on four occasions which the force denies. The force, despite facing a barrage of criticism from report authors the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner – praised its officers’ professionalism while accepting not everything was “handled well”. The operations in the early hours of July 22 saw four armed response vehicles and nine firearms officers being deployed on seven separate occasions on the basis of “uncorroborated” and most likely “bogus” information made by an unidentified man, alleges human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar. He told Police Oracle: “The PIRC investigation exposes a catalogue of failures and a horrifying disregard for the use of firearms, which could easily have resulted in the death of an innocent member of public. “What is truly shocking is that nine officers deployed their weapons despite not being authorised to do so. “There is no point in robust regulations or demands for more armed officers, if the ones we have fail to obey the rules.” PIRC’s formal report adds: “A number of these people were detained and searched on the strength principally of allegations made by an unidentifiable male and this action in a number of instances appears to have been entirely unwarranted.” Events, which began just after midnight, last under an hour-and-a-half. Armed officers police detained a man in a building before searching his flat and his car. The independent watchdog said the “balance of probabilities” indicated AFOs pointed their weapons at him and other residents in the stairwell of the building. It added there appeared to be “no legitimate basis for Police Scotland to suspect that the man had any involvement” and that officers who searched his home and car appeared to lack the lawful authority to do so. ARVs later blocked two cars – an Audi and Peugeot – with five occupants who were all deemed suspects. Three men claimed officers pointed assault weapons at them in a retail park at Seafield Road and ordered them to get out of their vehicles with their hands up. The officers later denied pointing their firearms at the men. One of the two women in the Peugeot describes how she “saw the gun's red dot on her chest". The group were all taken from the cars at gunpoint and detained. The PIRC report said: "Despite there being no evidence to connect the two women to any offence, they were kept in police custody for almost 24 hours, during which time they were strip-searched.” They were later released without charge. The PIRC report found that the only evidence at that time to connect any of the five people detained, to any of the previous incidents, was that of the unidentified man. The three men were charged with threatening and abusive behaviour but the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service ordered their release from custody, and subsequently no criminal proceedings have been brought against them.” The report recommends the force apologises for the actions of its officers and provides “a clear rationale” for the apologies, examines and investigates the individual actions of the officers named in the full PIRC report, ensures that all officers in charge of or who form part of any firearms operations apply the National Decision Model’s principles, ensures that all ‘firearms incidents’ are identified and declared, to allow the Chief Constable to comply with his duties in terms of the Police Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006, and finally it reports back to Commissioner Kate Frame within three months on actions taken. Chief Superintendent Matt Richards, the force’s head of specialist services, said the incident had precipitated “time-critical decision-making”, adding that the officers were all “acting in good faith in what was a difficult and fast-moving situation”. But he admitted: "It is clear that on this occasion it was not handled well." The force has implemented a “thorough” review following the incident and a number of measures have been put in place to address the issues that have now been identified by the PIRC. He added: "We are also writing to the individuals involved to apologise and I want to do that again publicly now." View On Police Oracle
  25. Nicholas Perry could be dismissed after incognito colleague filmed interaction. A Met Police officer thought he was saving himself hours of paperwork by letting a member of the public off the hook for drug possession - but could now be dismissed as the man was an undercover officer. PC Nicholas Perry, based at the Roads and Transport Policing Command, was carrying out a routine patrol alongside a probationer colleague when he saw a man walking towards him “brazenly” holding two small bags of cannabis in his hands. He told him to hand over the drugs then ground the contents under his boot, in north-west London in October 2016. He did not file any records or carry out name checks and even told the man “Do you want to get arrested?” when the apparent member of the public asked if he was going to be served with paperwork, a misconduct hearing heard. PC Perry accepts his action amounted to misconduct but denies gross misconduct, arguing his behaviour does not justify dismissal. Stephen Morley, representing the force, said PC Perry had been an experienced officer at the time of the incident, with seven-and-a-half years service under his belt. He had been on a routine patrol with PC Ricardo Kuronis, sweeping the area near a bus stop for knives and other weapons. An officer named at the hearing as “Simon”, was on a separate, undercover operation at the time and had just bought two bags of cannabis. “As the three officers walked towards each other as, Simon says 'Alright?' PC Perry says 'Hi, what have you got in your hand'.” Simon insisted he had “just a phone” until PC Perry lost patience, asked him to “hand over the gear”, told him “Off you go” and dropped the cannabis on the floor, Mr Morley said. Mr Morley added: “Simon turns around a bit cheekily and says don’t you give us no paperwork or anything. PC Perry says do you want us to nick you? “He grinds it on the floor with his boot and puts the plastic wrappers in the dustbin.” Because of the sensitive nature of Simon’s work, PC Perry wasn’t given his misconduct notice until June 2017 and was not interviewed until last October. Mr Morley said: “PC Perry was immediately honest about what happened and said he remembered and accepted he’d taken the drugs and destroyed them. He said it was a small amount of cannabis and decided to simply use his discretion to destroy the cannabis and apologised. “He knew in essence he should have done the checks and records. He said he’d let himself and PC Kuronis down and agreed he let the police service down as well. “It was unfortunate it was an undercover officer. It could have been someone who walked away from that incident with a very low view of the police service. “It was topped off with the threat to arrest. We say this was a serious statement.” PC Perry told the misconduct panel although he had no idea Simon was a police officer, he was “99 per cent sure” he was not a drug dealer as he did not fit the demographic and would “have to be out of his mind” to encroach on local drug dealers’ territory. He said he had mistakenly believed he had the right to use his discretion and wanted to save himself two to three hours paperwork, bypass the force’s “bureaucratic system” and prioritise searching the area for weapons instead of dealing with a tiny amount of cannabis. But he also argues his judgement at the time was clouded by work related stress and personal struggles. He claims he had been bullied by a colleague in the 18 months prior to the October 20 incident. He said his concerns about working conditions were “largely ignored and dismissed” and he was eventually referred to occupational health for depression and work related stress. PC Perry recalled that in September that year he had been working in a small team based in the Civic Centre in Harrow and was chatting with other officers and PCSOs about how the day had gone when another officer launched into a verbal attack. “He stood leaning over me as I was sat down and said 'Fuck off you fucking wanker I fucking hate you.' “I requested to move teams. That was ignored. I felt very uncomfortable working with him and I requested many more times to be moved,” he said. PC Perry had a two week residential occupational health internment later that year. His lawyer, Nicholas Yeo told the panel the PC did not have a lenient attitude towards cannabis and had seized £120,000 worth of the drug from a residential property after smelling the drug on his walk to work on the same day as the incident with the undercover officer took place. Mr Yeo said: “From a common sense point of view the decision he [PC Perry] came to was not a bad one having regards to there wasn’t much in the way of drugs [and] the time that would have been spent in dealing with the drugs. “By way of background, in 2004 the Labour government reduced cannabis from Class B to C. In 2009 Gordon Brown put it back to B. Research shows 190,000 [of police] hours were saved by having it as Class C. “It was a rather unusual set of circumstances. Simon deliberately brought himself to the attention of the police, he passed one would think deliberately close to the officer. “This officer has given evidence saying he met his eye. He was the first to speak to him and had the drugs in his hands. “Ordinarily people who don’t want to be arrested wouldn’t be acting in that way.” PC Kuronis was initially investigated alongside by PC Perry but dealt with via management action as it was decided although he should have challenged PC Perry, he was a junior officer and was not the perpetrator. The hearing continues. View On Police Oracle

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