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  1. david.adams05

    Post your utility belt

    I am making this post cuz i am curious as what diffrent police forces and organizations carry (court custody staff , prison officer etc) Post pics a you would , i will post mine , its not the actual thing , its a impression of it i made
  2. Manslaughter charges will be brought against three Exeter police officers after the death of a 32-year-old city man in police custody. Thomas Orchard, who worked at St Thomas Church in Exeter, died in October 2012 after being restrained at Heavitree Road police station. He had been arrested in the city centre on October 3 on suspicion of a public order offence. Mr Orchard, who suffered from schizophrenia, had been bound in handcuffs and leg restraints while in a cell and lost consciousness half an hour later, eventually slipping into a coma. He died at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on October 10. It later emerged that an emergency restraint belt had been used as a “spit hood” on Mr Orchard while he was being detained. His death has been investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which submitted a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) last year. The commission asked the CPS to consider charging four police officers, two custody staff and an agency nurse. The CPS announced today: “A police sergeant and two custody detention officers have been charged with manslaughter and misconduct in public office following the death of Thomas Orchard in Exeter in October 2012. “Mr Orchard was a 32-year-old who was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and in a condition of relapse. He was arrested and restrained on the morning on 3 October 2012. He was taken to Heavitree Police Station Custody Unit and removed from the police van into the holding area and then a cell. Emergency medical assistance was rendered and he was taken to hospital, where he later died. “A full file of evidence was submitted by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in October 2014 following their investigation into the way police officers are alleged to have conducted themselves during their contact with Mr Orchard.” Malcolm McHaffie, CPS deputy head of special crime, added: “Sergeant Jan Kingshott and custody detention officers Simon Tansley and Michael Marsden, all of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, have been charged with the manslaughter of Thomas Orchard and with misconduct in public office. “As part of our review of this case we have also decided that there is insufficient evidence to bring charges against three Devon and Cornwall Police constables and an on-site custody nurse employed by Serco. “The decision to prosecute was reached after careful consideration of the evidence and was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence to give rise to a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest. “All three individuals will appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court on 29 January 2015. “Criminal proceedings have now commenced and the defendants have the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.” In a statement responding to the news Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall Tony Hogg said: “In the coming months much is going to be written and said about this tragic case but it is important that we don’t lose sight of the fact that, at its heart, is the death of a young man and I feel a great sadness that his family have to deal with that every day. “There will be relief that, today, we have reached another stage in the process of finding out what actually happened to Thomas Orchard, but the case has already gone on far too long, for all concerned. “Police officers and staff like any other member of the public are not above the law and today’s announcement means that, at last, a case will be put to those accused, they will be given the opportunity to state their defence and for a court of law to make a judgement. “The Crown Prosecution Service, the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Health and Safety Executive all have serious questions to answer about the time it has taken them to reach this point. It is a scandal that it has taken 26 months to decide on criminal charges. “I am disappointed that the matters relating to any corporate charges remain unresolved. This helps no-one and I would urge both the HSE and the CPS to conclude matters as quickly as possible. “It should be said that the latest HMIC report into the Force custody process found it to be a ‘good’ and ‘improving’ standard. “This is supported by reports my office receives from the independent custody visitors. ICVs are volunteers from the local community who visit all police custody centres unannounced to check on the welfare of detainees, the conditions in which they are being held and to ensure that their rights and entitlements are being observed. “These reports indicate that the people who work in custody are dedicated and work hard in incredibly stressful situations. This aligns with my daily experience of dealing with police officers and staff, which is that they have the safety of the public at heart and go about their duty in a caring and diligent manner. “I believe the chief constable has decided it is right to suspend from duty the three accused and I support him in this action. Suspension is a neutral act, it is not an indicator of guilt but I feel it is being used appropriately in this case.” http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Breaking-Exeter-police-officers-face-manslaughter/story-25727743-detail/story.html

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