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  1. Police have come under attack in the New Lodge area of north Belfast, after being sent to support contractors ordered to remove a bonfire. https://www.itv.com/news/utv/2019-08-08/psni-attend-new-lodge-bonfire-as-contractors-tasked-with-removal/
  2. Colleagues, I have about 12 months service as a Constable with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. In the PSNI, when you pass out from the training college, everyone is sent to response. No one likes being in response for reasons why I will go on to outline in a moment. The coveted roles, available only to Con's outside of probation are the Neighbourhood teams, road policing teams, various crime/pro active teams, investigative departments, Firearms etc. One of the most stressful things about working response is the investigation of the crimes you pick up, all the way to court. I don't know what your experience in response has been like, but I go from emergency call to emergency call. In between times, I am supposed to conduct my enquires, process them at custody interview suspects, prepare the file for the public prosecution service and go to court. This is what I signed up too. It's been very stressful however I thought that was the only way to do things. I've had the benefit of working alongside Con's who where formerly attached to Merseyside and the Met. They've advised me that in their previous forces, they arrested suspects, wrote up a statement and notebook entry then passed the investigation on to dedicated case progression/investigative teams to follow up. I couldn't believe this. It makes so much sense. Rather than a half baked investigation from a Constable who his running pillar to post they have a team of people 9-5 dedicated to investigative follow ups. In short, I'm wondering is this standard throughout GB police forces? Do you carry out your own investigations from start to finish or what mechanisms do you have in your force to complete investigations?
  3. Bobbies on the beat accounted for one in seven axed police posts over the past five years, analysis suggests. At the same time, one in three police community support officer (PCSO) posts - originally intended to be the "eyes and ears" of the community - have gone. Critics say a visible police presence in communities deters criminals and helps gather intelligence. The Home Office said "overall traditional crime" had fallen by almost 40% since 2010. The BBC's Shared Data Unit compared workforce figures for 43 police forces in England and Wales, Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Police Scotland over a five-year period from 2012 to 2017. Click here for full story - BBC
  4. The Police Service of Northern Ireland reportedly hired a private cybersecurity firm to unmask anonymous Twitter accounts of officers and staff allegedly involved in online racist abuse. Full Story - The Register Unless Twitter are providing the cybersecurity firm with IP addresses, email addresses and other data associated with suspect accounts, how else is this cyber security firm going to unmask these Twitter users? Another option is to go through thousands of tweets looking for clues, but is that really proportionate? Should Police Officers not be allowed to let off steam on Twitter? I can see the justification to identify racist officers but where would you draw the line?
  5. The PSNI has received more than 120 complaints from officers about its ongoing promotions procedure. Full Story - Belfast Telegraph
  6. A device which exploded in Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland has been described as an attempt to kill police. A device exploded Tuesday at around 2030hrs in close proximity to officers on patrol. "They" have not gone away unfortunately. BBC News NI: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39350435
  7. Aware there is already another topic on here in relation to Martin Finney of the NCA being awarded the George Medal but two other officers are also to receive the Queen's Gallantry Medal. Well done to all involved!
  8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-38712776
  9. Something I'm sure UK Cop Humour will pick up on in the coming days. Belfast Telegraph headline: Caught short on camera? Northern Ireland police officer filmed appearing to relieve himself in the bushes Full link containing footage: http://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/caught-short-on-camera-northern-ireland-police-officer-filmed-appearing-to-relieve-himself-in-the-bushes-34845975.html Basically, a cop on a point for some pointless band parade needed a wee. No doubt supervision had not detailed any comfort breaks, bit of a non event. Disappointing comments from senior PSNI officers, but we can expect nothing less from them in their ivory towers. What do you lot make of it? I imagine most gents, and maybe some of the ladies have done something similar......I know I have!
  10. IrateShrike

    Man thanks police for tasering him

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/psni-justified-in-using-tasers-and-baton-rounds-against-man-armed-with-machete-swords-in-antrim-34562852.html
  11. Over the past few days there have been a number of security alerts and finds. DR activity is expected to continue with the 100yr anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising. See links regarding incidents: http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/08/Teen-arrested-over-bomb-alert-at-PSNI-station-55396 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-35769229 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-35742838 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/08/PSNI-relentless-in-pursuit-of-dissident-attackers-55377 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/08/Vigilance-warning-after-Lurgan-device-reports-55406 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/07/Discovery-of-terrorist-hide-may-have-saved-lives-55333 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/05/Explosive-devices-found-in-separate-alerts-55190 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/04/Dissident-threat-severe-after-booby-trap-bomb-55135 There are many more, these are just a few of the incidents.
  12. Last night (24/1/16) following a security alert in Lurgan, Co. Armagh, police came under attack with over 100 petrol bombs and were fired upon by a masked gunman. I don't imagine this made the news across the way. http://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/dissident-republicans-blamed-for-lurgan-disorder-where-police-came-under-fire-34393613.html
  13. Belfast Telegraph reporting that one 16th (413) of PSNI officers were sick due to mental health issues in a 12 month period. http://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/mental-health-issues-sideline-413-psni-officers-sixteenth-of-total-force-took-time-off-because-of-stress-34329674.html From my experience, it's easy to get swamped in the PSNI. There aren't enough civvi staff to perform essential roles, investigations all fall to attending officers with a real reluctance for other departments to get involved (far worse than just the CID "not in my remit mate") and appauling senior officers who have very little interest in officer welfare or making the job any easier.
  14. A woman police officer has been reprimanded for using a swear word during her tea break. Full story: Belfast Telegraph
  15. There are some rumours going round in relation to the car incident, namely that the driver was from one side of the road and deliberately drove into a crowd of people from the other...
  16. I'm still here

    Loyalists target Police

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/14/new-loyalist-terror-group-threatens-police-and-parades-commission Madness!! as if the dissident republicans aren't bad enough we now have the loyalist version!
  17. Belfast police to install armed checkpoints to stop Christmas attacks Police presence in Belfast will be increased as they launch their Christmas policing p[an amid concerns dissident republicans may again target the area. Photograph: PA Armed police checkpoints are to be deployed around Belfast to prevent a Christmas bombing campaign by republican dissident terror groups, it has been announced. The police service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed vehicle checkpoints will be mounted and plain clothes officers will be on the streets to thwart attacks on the city during the festive period. PSNI Ch Supt Nigel Grimshaw, the district commander of Belfast city policing district, said stopping high profile bomb attacks is one of the police’s priorities in the run up to Christmas. He said: “As of this moment we’ve stopped something in the order of 1,000 vehicles coming in and out of the city centre. We want to do this in a balanced way so people feel safe but as well as that we want to ensure that people with a more sinister intent don’t get to bring something into the city centre.” Referring to several dissident republican bomb attacks last December, Grimshaw added: “I think Christmas is a very busy period and clearly the instances that happened last year around Christmas were significant and certainly grabbed the attention of the public. We take that on board, we have also seen the attacks that have happened just outside the city centre but in Belfast city over the last few weeks, so we constantly review our security profile.” He added that as well as being used to watch out for car bombs and arsonists linked to hardline anti-ceasefire republican groups, the presence of plain clothes officers would also deter normal street crime in the city centre. The PSNI has been active over the last few weeks in deterring dissident republicans from staging bombings and shootings in Greater Belfast. A 29 year old man appeared in court in Belfast earlier on Monday charged with possessing a rifle in the city last week. There were cheers in court in support of west Belfast man Vincent Kelly, who also faced charges of possessing 50 rounds of ammunition. Kelly was among four people arrested in a police operation in Belfast last Thursday night. They recovered what was believed to have been an AK47 and ammunition in a holdall bag inside a white taxi close to Grosvenor Road police station in the west of the city. Three others all aged in their late 20s were arrested as part of a follow-up operation but have since been released without charge. The case is expected to be heard again on 22 December. View the full article

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