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  1. An American tourist assaulted two armed police officers outside Buckingham Palace after asking them 'Do you know any jokes?', a court has heard. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5400403/Drunk-tourist-assaulted-police-outside-Buckingham-Palace.html#article-5400403 Lucky he wasn’t shot, sentence as expected pathetic.
  2. Nick Hurd demanded forces 'tell us what you're spending it on'. Policing Minister Nick Hurd Future funding settlements will depend upon police efficiency and transparency about reserves, the policing minister said today. Labour opposition failed to prevent the England and Wales 2018/19 grant settlement, which shadow policing minister Louise Haigh said represented an eighth consecutive year of real terms cuts, getting rubber-stamped at parliament today. Policing Minister Nick Hurd was challenged repeatedly over his claims the settlement represented a £450 million increase in funding, with Ms Haigh saying it would not give police a single extra penny after inflation and other factors had been accounted for. Mr Hurd accused the police of not being open enough about how they are using police reserves and called for a massive reduction in the amount of money forces are putting away for a rainy day. “The fact is the police system is sitting on reserves of about £1.6billion,” he said. “And what we are pressing for in the interests of the taxpayer is for greater accountability and transparency about how that public money is going to be used. “To my eyes there is insufficient transparency around how that money is going to be used. "It remains an awkward fact that police have increased their reserves by over a quarter of a million pounds. That is public money that has not been used. “Tell us what you’re going to spend it on.” He said basic contingency reserves should be three to five per cent of basic revenue but the total reserves are currently about 15 per cent. “Clearly the level of police reserves go above what might be reasonably expected in terms of pure contingency revenue. That is fine as long as there is a good explanation to the public," he said. “This settlement under the very constrained finances we have is a fair and comprehensive settlement and represents an increase of a billion compared to where we were in 2015. “We are confident that the police have the resources they need to do the job.” Mr Hurd added the 2019/20 settlement will depend upon progress by police forces in improving proactivity, financial efficiency and improving transparency about financial reserves. Several MPs pointed out that police and crime commissioners across the length and breadth of the land are hiking up council tax precepts to cover funding shortfalls, meaning local taxpayers are picking up the bill. Yvette Cooper, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee said: “The real term squeeze on the core funding for the police forces from central government is a real concern for forces across the country. “Given that there are now changing patterns of crime not just a rise again in violent crime but also online fraud also different kinds of pressures on the support for vulnerable people and we have forces telling us that 95 per cent of online fraud cases were simply not being investigated at all. “Isn’t he worried in his heart of hearts that he is simply not providing enough money for police to keep people safe?” Ms Haigh said officers “are tired of warm words backed up with no action from politicians. “Today those officers are under sustained pressure the like of which the service has rarely if ever encountered and today we have heard there is not a single extra penny from central government on those local police forces,” she added. Her party she said, has “no choice” but to vote against the grant. She said: “On becoming home secretary the now prime minister told police their only mission was to cut crime, no more and no less. “But 83 per cent of calls to command centres are non- crime related “Last year on average the Met police took on average one mental health call every five minutes. “Tonight we will be voting against a completely inappropriate funding settlement that leaves our communities exposed and the public at risk.” Mr Hurd responded: “I am not going to take any messages from Labour MPs at this time continuing to distort the truth that someone else will always pay.” He said communities are happy to pay extra to support their local police and the grant settlement responded positively to feedback from officers and police and crime commissioners during his tour visiting every force in the country. But he acknowledged there is “no doubt” demand on police is rising and is changing. “The demand on the police has risen and its risen in areas of greater complexity and so resource intensity. “We are clear that we are seeing an increase in high impact violent crime which is concerning to us all. “I am not standing here pretending everything is rosy in the world of policing, they are working in a very challenging set of circumstances. What I am doing is announcing how we’re going to increase investment.” He also paid tribute to the bravery British police demonstrated during the 2017 terror attacks and the daily risks rank-and-file officers face in the line of duty. “Of course those who work in this parliament must never forget the ultimate sacrifice paid by PC Keith Palmer as he stepped forward to protect us in the line of duty. “We also know from out constituencies that on every day and in every force police officers take risks, sometimes extraordinary. ones to protect the public.” View On Police Oracle
  3. 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.
  4. Three men were yesterday convicted over the attack, pleading guilty to four counts of administering a poison or noxious substance with intent to injure. Full Story - The Sun
  5. Famous & Fighting Crime will give well-known rookies the chance to see what it’s really like on the beay, including football matches and busy Saturday nights https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/new-channel-4-show-features-11857556 I can't believe it. Who on earth authorised this?
  6. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5265409/Police-ordered-change-way-recruit-dog-handlers.html I can think of few times when any officer would be expected to run 10 miles before carrying a German Shepherd dog up a hill. I know it is an article from the Mail but it is the report of a Discrimination case. Some of the comments in the paper are interesting.
  7. A police officer was accused of “wasting tax payers’ money” while they queued to buy some food during a shift. Full Story - Leicester Mercury This story is trending on the PolComForum twitter feed, to quote the Tweeter; "Honestly the person who complained is a complete and utter buffoon" Well said!
  8. The police chief in charge of child protection says tens of thousands of British men have shown an interest in sexually abusing children. Full Story - Guardian The numbers are staggering, so many wicked sick people out there, what shocks me is we regularly here of teachers, police officers and other professionals being arrested in relation to child sex abuse. What attracts people to sexually abuse children? It seems to cross all social/cultural/religious societies. Also a throughly depressing report from Australia where they have uncovered widespread abuse of children in Catholic church institutions. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/11/why-australias-royal-commission-on-child-sexual-abuse-had-to-happen-explainer
  9. Two police officers are in a critical condition in hospital after they were hit by a white Maserati as they walked back to their vehicle Full Story - Daily Mail
  10. SC - Appeal Process/Rights On Vetting?

    Hi All, Firstly a huge thank you to all who are currently serving this Country, under any role that is currently within a police force, I truly admire what you represent. My joining this site is very recent, and a last port of call if I am completely honest. I have had to many knockbacks now over the years, but most recent is vetting. I am told as an external applicant that I have no right of appeal, & that section 6 of some type of act 1996 there is no reason to disclose the decision to myself. Added to this, I am informed that under no circumstances, in any capacity or post am I able to apply to this force again, I am stunned!. I have sought local assistance via my local MP, which at first looked promising etc, with the avenue of data protection, right of appeal, subject to access form etc.............. Sadly this concluded my MP informed me with the Chief Constable himself explaining via telephone, that the decision was final, that I am not of suitability in the role of constable and there was no right of appeal? Is there anyone out there, that can look at this ethically and explain to me where I go now. I am confused, as I currently work as a volunteer in an organisation that works from the same office as police. So I can pass a CRB but not vetting? Confused.......................? Appreciate any advice
  11. Senior police officer fined after breaching Official Secrets Act A senior West Midlands police officer today pleaded guilty to a charge under the Official Secrets Act. Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale admitted a breach of the act during an appearance before Westminster Magistrates Court. ACC Beale, who is based at force headquarters in central Birmingham, was fined £3,500. Following his guilty plea, the force will now consider misconduct proceedings. Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said: “Today ACC Beale faced grave consequences for a mistake in an otherwise exemplary police career. This is a very serious matter and to face criminal charges is devastating for any police officer. “ACC Beale’s distinguished career includes leading the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit where he oversaw a number of the UK’s most serious terrorism investigations.”
  12. Smart Thermostats

    So I've been contemplating getting a smart thermostat fitted but which one should I go for? The choices are really only between Hive and Nest and both seem to have their plus and minus points. Anyone got any advice? Anyone got either of these and if so what do you think? All opinions appreciated. Cheers
  13. 1 December 2017 From the section US & Canada President Donald Trump's ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn has been charged with making a false statement to the FBI in January. Mr Flynn was forced to resign the following month after misleading the White House about meeting the Russian ambassador before Mr Trump took office. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  14. Image copyrightMIKE ROBERTS Would you give up a job you loved to fight for a cause that you knew, in your heart of hearts, was probably lost? That's what Mike Roberts did and he is not alone. Mr Roberts was a chief inspector with Greater Manchester Police but took early retirement to campaign to keep Britain in the European Union. "I was so frustrated with the Brexit process," he says, "I had the idea of starting a political party, like Mr Farage did all those years ago, with a very simple message and a very simple brand." Nigel Farage, of course, ended up as leader of the UK Independence Party, or UKIP. Mike Roberts came up with UKRemainEU. He briefly considered changing his surname to that but, perhaps wisely, decided against it and registered the name as a political party instead. The police take a dim view of their officers taking part in political campaigns, so having racked up 30 years with the force, he decided to quit to devote his time to the anti-Brexit cause. As a senior officer he could have carried on working, but he says couldn't stay neutral any longer. "What really fired me up was when I went on holiday to Holland just after the Brexit vote and my five-year-old son said he would like to live there when he grows up. I said 'you might not be able to because of Brexit'." At the moment, UKremainEU is little more than a twitter feed but Mr Roberts wants to hook up with like-minded individuals to stand under his party's banner in upcoming elections. "In every area there will be somebody like me," he says. How the UK voted in June 2016 Leave polled the most strongly in 270 counting areas, with Remain coming first in 129. Britain is on course to leave the European Union on 29 March, 2019 - but even though both Labour and the Conservatives are committed to making Brexit happen on that date, Mr Roberts believes it can still be stopped, because he thinks Britain is unlikely to agree an exit deal by then. "I want to be ready and waiting when it all falls apart," he says. But he is realistic about his chances. Starting a successful political party from scratch in the UK is about as likely as winning the lottery. "I am probably on a right loser but I want to be able to say to my children I did everything I could - even registering my own party - so I can look myself in the mirror and say I tried to stand up for the values of this country." Role models? How UKIP got started Image captionNigel Farage, pictured at a UKIP event in 1997 UKIP began in the early 1990s as a tiny band of disaffected Conservatives and others alarmed at the prospect of Britain becoming part of a European "super state". It was initially called the Anti-Federalist League - founder, history lecturer Alan Sked, got 117 votes in the 1992 general election in Bath. A change to a more voter-friendly name, the UK Independence Party, helped them grab 150,251 votes at the 1994 European elections, still only 1% of the total vote. Nigel Farage, standing for UKIP on the same day in the Eastleigh by-election, had a close run thing with the Monster Raving Loony candidate, eventually beating him by 169 votes. Within five years Mr Farage was a member of the European Parliament. By the 2014 European elections UKIP got a table-topping 4.4 million votes and their popularity led to David Cameron to decide to promise an In-Out referendum ahead of the 2015 general election. Other anti-EU parties have come and gone over the years, with some such as the English Democrats , briefly looking like they could become contenders. Chris Coghlan is another public servant who felt he could not sit on his hands while the country took what he believed to be a disastrous turn. Image copyrightRENEW Image captionChris Coghlan: "There is huge frustration out there" A former counter-terrorism officer and diplomat, he quit his job earlier this year to join the Brexit "resistance". "I am taking a big risk for my ideals," he says, but adds: "There are several groups out there and I think that is pretty healthy because it shows we are on to something." Like Mike Roberts, he dreams of doing "a UKIP in reverse", piling pressure on sitting MPs who he believes have sold out their pro-European principles for the sake of their careers. The 36-year-old stood in June's general election in his home patch of Battersea, in South London, as an independent anti-Brexit candidate, gaining 2% of the vote (Labour ended up taking the seat from the Conservatives with a huge swing, one of the surprise results on election night). But he is also looking beyond Brexit. He aims to "transform" British politics with a new centrist party, Renew, that will marry equality of opportunity with support for free markets. He says the new party has financial backing and has already signed up about 100 potential candidates. "I don't think either of the two main parties are credible right now," says Mr Coghlan, who has been a member of both Labour and the Conservatives in his time (he tore up his Tory membership over the EU referendum). "People think if you want to create change it has got to be through the major parties - I don't think that's the case any more. "There is huge frustration out there and I think that needs to be expressed." Not every anti-Brexit campaigner has been willing, or able, to give up the day job. Journalist Jeremy Cliffe caused a minor stir on social media last month when he sent out a series of tweets announcing his plan to start a new party, the Radicals. Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image captionJeremy Cliffe: "Accidentally" founded a party on twitter The policy programme was indeed radical: stopping Brexit, joining the euro, and making a Brit - perhaps Conservative Europhile Ken Clarke - the next President of the European Commission. He said he was inundated with emails of support, though some pointed out it was odd for a "pro-EU, pro-tech" party not to have a more sophisticated system of registration than an email address. He set up a website for the party and Ladbrokes offered 500/1 odds on him being the next prime minister. But just 14 hours after his first tweet, he said "taking this forward would not be compatible with my job as Berlin Bureau Chief for The Economist… I am arranging to hand it over to a committee in Britain that might, if it opts to do so, advance the Radicals to a next stage". According to an email leaked to Buzzfeed , the Economist told staff that Mr Cliffe had "accidentally started a political movement", and urged the magazine's journalists not to endorse it. Starting a new political party is, in many ways, the last resort for people who feel their views are being ignored at Westminster. There are plenty being formed - here's a list of those registered in the past three months: Image copyrightELECTORAL COMMISSION It can be a long, lonely road, ending all too often in the early hours of the morning in a draughty sports centre with the humiliation of getting fewer votes than a man dressed as a fish finger or some other novelty candidate. It used to be mainly anti-European parties, with names like Britannica or the British Independents, and logos depicting a British lion or a union flag, that took on the challenge. Such groups are still being formed, if the Electoral Commission register of new parties is any guide . It will be interesting to see whether the parties springing up from the fledgling anti-Brexit movement will have the same staying power as their Eurosceptic rivals. Seventeen months on from the EU referendum, there is no clear evidence of a major shift in opinion . So it could be a long haul. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-politics-41678715 So after 30 years he didn't 'give up his job' but retired. Am I right in thinking that?
  15. Five killed after stolen car crashes in Meanwood, Leeds 26 November 2017 From the section England Five people, including three children, have been killed after a stolen car crashed into a tree in Leeds. The accident happened on Saturday evening on Stonegate Road in the Meanwood area of the city. Two boys are in custody. View the full article
  16. 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 .
  17. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/politics/4969204/theresa-may-slashes-413million-from-police-budget-after-vowing-to-protect-cops/ I have been staggered to read this and the budget overall. So not only is there no increase or mention of police within the budget it turns out another half a billion has been sneakily cut. This government is a disgrace and as I have said before this is ideological rather than necessary. I think we need to dig out the bonesaw now, we’ve well and truly started cutting in to the bone. This isn’t intended to be a brexit debate all over again but I find it so frustrating that 3 billion can be found to be set aside for Brexit over the next 2 years, something which is completely unnecessary in the first place and going to actually cause us more misery. Not to mention the actual settlement bill which will run in to billions. Its just so frustrating. Where is all the extra funding specifically for Mental Health services? Particularly with the changes to 136, where is the extra money desperately needed for social care? This government is a collection of jesters and fools.
  18. Transfer to Surrey Police?

    Hello all, I am looking to transfer to Surrey Police and have a number of questions. If anyone can answer some or all of them it would be a great help! If anyone has recently transferred any general comments or advice surrounding the process would be appreciated. Thanks... Is overtime easy to come by? Is this usually staying on to help the next shift or can extra days be requested etc... How soon after starting would a response driving course be given? Are these easy to get or is there a long waiting list? Do police station have parking for personal cars? What is the shift pattern like, is it the usual 6 on 4 off?
  19. The real face of British policing can be revealed today amid escalating attacks on forces across the country. Full Story - Mirror
  20. Has anyone got any experience with the Police Now Graduate Scheme? https://www.policenow.org.uk/the-programme/about-the-programme/ Looking at graduate schemes, and this one keeps popping up. What are people's opinion of the scheme, and whether it would be a worth while experience or is it a bad idea, and other graduate schemes would be a better option?
  21. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41677046 This is being reported across a lot of the papers and news programmes. Difficult reading again for chiefs and the government. Surely it is becoming harder and harder for them to keep their heads buried in the sand particularly when we are talking about rises in violent crime, knife crime and serious offences such as murders. This linked with the recent discussions on the unprecedented terrorism threat. There was a minister on the news at lunchtime regurgitating the same old lines about protecting police budgets, flat cash or slight increases in budgets etc etc. I also think they have used up the excuse now of crime rising due to better recording practices as this was used to explain rises last year. Will it make any difference though?
  22. The events held in London, Manchester and Birmingham are only open to ‘women and black or ethnic minority’ people who have applied to join the force. Full Story - Metro Daily Mail Version For once comments under a DM article about the police seem to be spot on.
  23. Your an ambulance! But seriously, the instance of ambulance calling police with a medical emergency they simply can't cover seems to be increasing. We are frequently asked to go and end up driving the person to hospital because we can't leave the person and can't wait the 4h for the next ambulance. I'm not blaming them, they are cut to the bone and worse. Does anyone have a force policy or guidance in place about this matter? We carry a huge risk doing transport, especially without proper medical assessment and should something go wrong the IPCC will be ready with their claws out.. I can't find anything on our systems that is very helpful.
  24. http://news.sky.com/story/rotherham-sex-abuse-victim-fights-for-law-change-11060231 Just noticed this article whilst browsing Sky News. I completely understand the spirit of this however it seems like it would be extremely difficult to implement. How would it be decided when someone comes forward? Are we talking about after conviction of the abusers? What if they are found not guilty later on? Are we talking about minor offences? Surely not talking about serious victim based crimes? Its a nice idea for the genuine victims of exploitation, I just think it potentially raises more concerns, questions and issues.
  25. A motorist was shot dead when armed police fired up to ten times through a car window and dragged him out on to the carriageway after being chased off the M5 by police this morning. Full Story - Daily Mail

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