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  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/explainers-47475566 The powers allow officers to carry out searches without the need for "reasonable grounds". I've never really agreed with Section 60 stop and searches. Searching a person is an invasion of their privacy, and should only happen where there is demonstrable grounds to justify it and I'm worried that any expansion of Section 60 could pave the way to searches being routinely carried out without grounds.
  2. An international investigation involving the National Crime Agency has led to the takedown of DoubleVPN – the service used by cyber criminals around the world to mask their location and identities online https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/doublevpn-takedown-nca-takes-uk-server-of-criminal-network-offline
  3. Hope the officers are ok, can't find much detail at the moment.
  4. "I wouldn't feel confident reporting a crime to my own police force." These are the words of a serving Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officer who has chosen to speak to BBC Newsnight to allege serious failings within England's second largest force. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-57615346
  5. Anyone a Member of this EPIC ? its open to serving police officers and police staff who are due to retire or leave the service in the next 2 years or have retired or left the service (and can produce the relevant certificate of service). All applicants must agree to our vetting process to assure their integrity both in their professional and personal lives. Membership is also open to personnel from HM Government security and investigation services Annual membership is currently only £96 (less than the cost of a cup of coffee per week!)
  6. A graphic designer has been convicted of terrorising six women in an online abuse campaign. https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/graduate-guilty-of-terrorising-six-women-in-online-abuse-campaign
  7. Pakistani Traffic cop arrests truck driver after a hit and run incident - YouTube
  8. I know this will probably vary depending on what kind of team you're on/role etc. When I was on response I used to carry a kit bag that could fit my hat/coat etc., along with various bits of paperwork. Being cheap, I just used a £15 holdhall from JJB, which kind of worked. Unfortunately, as it was just a holdall, paperwork and things did get tatty and now the whole bag has pretty much fallen apart after 2 years of being thrown around, so I'm looking for a replacement. What do people use as a kit bag? I know people use things of niton999 and patrol store, but from looking at some colleague's they seem to be quite huge, and looking at those websites, a bit pricey. In my current role I only spend about half my time in a vehicle, so I'm looking for something cheap and that I can just quickly grab. I was looking at something along the lines of http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004LSBYV6 Anyone with any ideas?
  9. Hey all, first post! I'm currently in the 7th week of my student training, and I'm noticing I'm sort of hovering around 60% in my in class knowledge checks and was wondering from everyones experiences what they found was the best for learning the law in terms of books? thanks! jack
  10. A recent incident in France has reignited the discussion about the often shaky relationship between those with a camera, and those with arresting powers. The security apparatus can be astonishingly camera-shy. This is a worldwide problem, as is readily verified by searching for wobbly close-ups of policemen’s palms on YouTube, but it’s certainly become an issue in France in the last few days. Looking at the UK, we quickly encounter the modern authoritarian’s favourite word in the title of the Terrorism Act 2000, which prohibits, with enormous vagueness, “a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.” The Metropolitan Police’s own guidelines state that “An arrest would only be lawful if an arresting officer had a reasonable suspicion that the photographs were being taken in order to provide practical assistance to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.” It’ll be interesting to see if a blameless photographer is ever actually convicted under this law, though there are many ways to justify an arrest. Most YouTube-worthy cameraperson encounters involve “auditors,” people who film in the deliberate hope of provoking drama, which security people then obediently provide. Often both parties come off as dislikable and professional crew often take a dim view of the way it adds tension to a police-press relationship that’s already tenser than it needs to be. We could, however, also compare it to the freedom-of-navigation exercises undertaken by international navies in contested waters, which are also done, really, just to make a point. Regardless, the easiest solution is for security people to refrain from gifting the auditor the anticipated drama. It should not be too much to ask any security professional to maintain a calm and friendly demeanour in the face of provocation, and keeping a cool head will certainly result in a less embarrassing social media reaction. That being the case, let’s end with some advice for anyone with a high-visibility jacket and the imperative to ask questions of anyone with a camera. If there’s someone hanging around outside your building filming, or if private security reports someone filming the shopping centre, take a deep breath and count to ten, because in case it bears repeating yes, we are, overwhelmingly, free to shoot the police station, the private cars in the car park, people coming and going, their wives and their children and the paperwork they’ve incautiously left sticking out of a shoulder bag, and then publicise the results. And yes, if the bad guys want to do that it’s very difficult to stop them. If you’re a police officer, that’s probably quite annoying, but even the slightest degree of negativity plays directly into the hands of the person with the camera. So, smile while you’re asking your questions, because no matter how great you look in your work clothes, dayglo yellow rarely renders well on YouTube.
  11. Evening all, Just wondering if anyone has any direct experience of working for NPAS specifically as a tactical flight officer, I'm trying to view or understand the medical standards required? I figured I'd ask here before going to my own HR team to ask. Thanks in advance.
  12. I was at a crown court the other day. When going through security, the group in front (wearing suits) badged out but they still had to be searched. I though officers don't need to, or is it only while in uniform?
  13. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=srq5TnsPkd4
  14. blakey

    Another YouTuber

    Hello All, Whats your thoughts on this guy ? .
  15. Hi. I am currently 5 months into training and recently undertaken PST course. As part of the course you need to complete a use of force role play scenario to gain a pass. You get 3 goes at the role play and need to show various signs to gain that pass. I struggle with role play and haven't been used to conflict but when have had dealt with it okay in normal life. I am on the 3rd go and been told if don't pass this time will be made redundant. It is making me worry as got so far and have a family to provide for. Is this true? Thanks in advance.
  16. Police have been cleared of wrongdoing over an arrest - despite viral video footage showing an officer hit a man repeatedly over the head. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/west-midlands-police-officers-cleared-18396137.amp
  17. A mob of 100 people reportedly 'pushed and kicked' at police officers as they attempted to arrest a drugs suspect in Manchester. View On Police Oracle
  18. This is the shocking moment a police officer appears to kick and hit a 15-year-old boy in the street. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8268777/amp/Shocking-moment-police-officer-kicks-hits-15-year-old-boy-broad-daylight.html
  19. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/03/i-was-a-boy-who-wanted-nothing-so-much-as-to-join-the-police Interesting story from an ex-GMP & Metropolitan police officer, who joined in the early 2000s as a young officer, having wanted to for years, as a black and homosexual man and then discovering some racist opposition.
  20. BP98

    SEARCH Assessment

    Since applying for the role of a Police Constable with Essex Police in March 2020, I've been checking emails every day for updates and to keep an eye out for any announcements regarding my application. I recently took part in the telephone briefing in preparation to attend the SEARCH Assessment on 8th April 2020. Following from the Governments announcements of lockdown and introductions of social distancing as a result of COVID-19, I was very disappointed, but understood the reasons, to find out that my SEARCH assessment day had been cancelled until further notice.
  21. Police have been told to use “exceptional powers for exceptional circumstances only” during the coronavirus outbreak, following a miscarriage of justice. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-act-2020-police-powers-fine-marie-dinou-a9446496.html%3famp
  22. BP98

    Shortlisting & Briefing

    Today I received an update on my application to confirm that I had been successful at passing the shortlisting stage of my application. I was then invited to take part in a telephone briefing for the next stage of my application which would be the SEARCH Assessment day. I was very excited by this and felt that my application was moving at a good pace. The invite for the briefing was to take place on 2nd April 2020...so, I added it to my diary and started to conduct my own research into the SEARCH Assessment stage
  23. BP98

    Application complete

    From as young as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a Police Officer. From watching almost every Police TV programme possible to watching Police Officers at work, it has always appealed to and been the dream career of mine. After previous discussions and failing to be successful, this evening I spoke with my partner again about my thoughts of applying to Essex Police... this evening, we agreed that it was the right time to make this change!
  24. All your questions regarding torches can be found and answered here.
  25. A cop killer who mowed down a police officer is back behind the wheel while banned from driving. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-killer-who-mowed-down-19116373.amp
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