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  1. The study analysed almost 1.5 million tweets. Corporate police twitter accounts should learn from individual officers’ use of social media, researchers say. A study of almost 1.5 million tweets from 48 corporate and 2,450 non-corporate police accounts, encouraged official social media controllers to embrace the techniques used by more personal police accounts. The Knowledge Media Institute analysis of UK Policing Engagement via Social Media, presented this week at the Evidence Based Policing conference described corporate police accounts as a “one way street.” “One of the key elements that can be observed from our manual analysis of tweets is that non-corporate accounts are more interactive than the corporate ones. “Another observation is that although non-corporate accounts may not have a large number of followers, they tend to have some key followers (e.g., local neighbours). “They know their communities better and they manage to engage their community members by participating in discussions and providing direct feedback to users. “Corporate accounts could benefit from identifying highly engaging police staff members and community leaders, and involve them more closely in their social media strategy,” the report said. The most popular tweets for both types of police accounts used sensitive and respectful humour. But researchers acknowledged the tightrope police Twitter users must walk as misjudging the tone of a comic tweet can result in irreversible reputational damage. Popular tweets were more likely to come from corporate accounts which had been established for a long time but personal account tweets were more likely to attract retweets if they followed many other accounts. This sometimes had the opposite effect for official police twitter accounts- users felt “surveyed” if they noticed a centralised police account was “following” them. For both types of accounts tweets attracting high levels of engagement were longer easy to read, avoided jargon, were highly informative and used pictures or videos. But using mentions had a negative impact on a post’s popularity, the paper said. The researchers found users were more likely to engage with tweets which talked about roads and infrastructure, events, missing people, mentioned locations or aimed to raise awareness about issues such domestic violence and modern slavery. On the other hand, tweets receiving lower engagement talked about crime updates: such as burglary, assault or driving under the influence of alcohol, following requests (#ff) and advice to stay safe. The report said previous research suggests people are more likely to retweet posts about weather conditions, missing people and road problems “since by sharing these messages users feel they are helping others.” The potential for police to engage with the public through social media is being limited as there is often no budget for staff training, the report said. “Nowadays, the public is getting used to seeing companies and organisations using social media 24/7 as communication channels, and have started to expect the same coverage and behaviour from the police. “However, social media is not the main policing communication channel, and the police social media accounts are not active 24/7. “There is therefore a mismatch between what the public expects, and what the police provides.” View on Police Oracle
  2. PoliceHopeful

    Vetting Process

    Hi, I recently changed my email address and updated all of my social media to make them private and deleted many people I didn't know properly (those from school etc). Will the change of email address affect my vetting as I've only had my new email for about a month? Thanks in advance.
  3. PoliceHopeful

    Social Media Vetting

    Hi, If you're applying for the police should you have social media accounts? I have heard its best to close them down but unsure if this is true? Thanks
  4. Scientists looked at how social media could be used as a source of information during disruptive events. Twitter could have been used to detect serious incidents such as cars being set alight and shops being looted up to an hour earlier than they were reported to police during the 2011 riots, researchers have said. Computer scientists from Cardiff University looked at how social media could be used as a source of information for police during major disruptive events, analysing data from the disturbances six years ago. They found that in all but two reported incidents, a computer system automatically scanning Twitter feeds could have alerted officers earlier. Co-author of the study Dr Pete Burnap, from Cardiff University's School of Computer Science and Informatics, said: "In this research we show that online social media are becoming the go-to place to report observations of everyday occurrences - including social disorder and terrestrial criminal activity. "We will never replace traditional policing resource on the ground but we have demonstrated that this research could augment existing intelligence-gathering and draw on new technologies to support more established policing methods." The study comes after West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson claimed on Friday that police would face "real challenges" tackling a repeat of the 2011 riots following years of budget cuts. It showed that on average the computer systems could pick up on disruptive events several minutes before officials and more than an hour in some cases. The research team, which believes the work could enable police officers to better manage and prepare for both large and small-scale disruptive events, analysed 1.6 million tweets relating to the 2011 riots in England, which were sparked by the police shooting of Mark Duggan in London and started as an isolated incident in Tottenham on August 6 but quickly spread across London and other cities in England. Vandalism and looting spread to Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester over the following few days, with more than 5,000 crimes committed. A total of 16,000 officers were deployed in London on one night alone in a bid to quell the violence. The researchers used machine-learning algorithms to look at each of the tweets, taking into account a number of key features such as the time they were posted, the location where they were posted and the content of the tweet itself. The results showed the system could have alerted police to reports of disorder in Enfield, Greater London, one hour and 23 minutes earlier, they said. Dr Nasser Alsaedi, who recently completed his PhD at Cardiff under the supervision of Dr Burnap, said: "Coming from a policing background myself, I see the need for this type of cutting-edge research every day. "I wanted to develop a thesis that could have a real impact in real-world policing. I would like to see this implemented alongside the established decision-making processes." View on Police Oracle
  5. What are your thoughts on this? I tweeted the CoP from my force twitter account and they have confirmed that this review will include the Special Constabulary.
  6. There is further information regarding other areas of the country protesting, but I've kept the quote to just the Warwick University incident. Video is also available at the link. Mainly curious as to people's reactions to this after seeing it mentioned on my Facebook feed, tried to debunk their thinking, and I think I hit most of the major points. Essentially seems like a standard arrest made more challenging by a passive-aggressive crowd with a couple of less passive members, that has been blown out of proportion because it happened to be a protest >_> http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/dec/03/warwick-university-students-police-tuition-fee-protest
  7. PoliceDoge

    Truly Awful News

    I want to keep this brief, as everything is still quite raw at the minute, but Sophie Khan has blocked me on Twitter. It all started when she tweeted: Exclusive report @DefenceHQ police spend £360k on #Tasers - but have used one just ONCE http://t.co/oU8U51cogm via @MailOnline @danbloom1 — Sophie Khan (@khan_sophie) January 17, 2015 So, of course, I shared her concerns, tweeting back: @khan_sophie That's ridiculous! As a taxpayer I demand they Tase more people. How many people do you think they should Tase? One per day? — Jackisback (@JackisbackComps) January 17, 2015 And that was it. She blocked me. I didn't even get to suggest she volunteer as Tasee to boost the numbers.
  8. Bobbie

    WMP Social Media

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  10. Fox

    Facebook page

    Am I the only one that thinks filling the Dorset Specials Facebook page with No excuses type posts (a rolling update of number of tickets issued) is becoming a bit boring? Kind of gives a public perception that all we do is pick on motorists and issue tickets. I've emailed Vol support with several noteworthy things that have gone on at my station in the past, but they don't seem to want to post them on there. (not prepared to post them myself given my name will pop up and it's an open group)
  11. Meanwhile in Britain....       (Reuters) - Mondelez International, maker of Cadbury Creme Eggs, has tweaked the recipe of the chocolate shell of its gooey treats ahead of their main Easter selling season, sparking an angry response in Cadbury's home market of Britain.   U.S. group Mondelez said on Monday the Creme Egg would now use a "standard, traditional Cadbury milk chocolate" for its shell, rather than sharing the same recipe as Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate as it has in the past.   The move prompted a furious response from some shoppers in Britain, where trade unions and some politicians were critical of the sale of the near two-centuries-old Cadbury brand to Mondelez's predecessor company, Kraft, in 2010.   "OUTRAGED!" said a woman with the Twitter handle @louise_gaul. "Leave our eggs alone!"   The change only affects Creme Eggs in Britain, since those sold in the United States are manufactured by Hershey.   Mondelez, which last year stopped selling Cadbury chocolate coins, also reduced the number of Creme Eggs sold in its multi-packs to five from six, citing "a range of economic factors".   The price of cocoa based on London futures contracts rose 13.1 percent last year, while the New York price climbed 7.4 percent.   http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/12/uk-britain-cadbury-eggs-idUKKBN0KL1WE20150112?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews&WT.tsrc=Social+Media&WT.z_smid=twtr-reuters_co_uk&WT.z_smid_dest=Twitter&dlvrit=59196
  12. Police called to a disturbance in a flat in #trowbridge. Turns out occupant was shouting at TV having lost a game of Ultimate Street Fighter — Sgt Jim Suter (@SgtJimSuter) January 18, 2015
  13. I've just come across this on twitter this morning. Seems like a really good idea given the level of MH calls the police experience! Thoughts?
  14. Delays and cancellations as Channel Tunnel services resume   Passengers at St Pancras have been told to expect delays on the Eurostar services to France   Passengers using the Channel Tunnel are still experiencing delays with 11 Eurostar train services cancelled as the network tries to deal with the effects of Saturday's lorry fire.   Eurostar said six services due to leave London have been cancelled.   Some services have resumed on Sunday but passengers have reported long delays at both ends of the tunnel. At least 12,000 passengers were affected when the tunnel was closed for most of Saturday.   Eurostar confirmed trains started moving through the tunnel again about 11:30 GMT, but at a reduced speed and only one of the two tunnels is open. The services cancelled from London are the 14.04, 15.31, 17.04 18.04 18.31 and the 20.04 (all times GMT).   The train operator is also cancelling the 16:43 and 18:43 from Paris, and from Brussels the 15.56, 17.56 and 18.56 services have also been cancelled. Passengers should expect delays of up to two hours from when they board a running service, Eurostar said.   Meanwhile, Eurotunnel, which operates car and lorry services, said there was a four-hour wait to board shuttles in France, and the tunnel affected by the fire would remain closed throughout Sunday.   Passenger Johnny Chatterton: "We were excited that we were finally going to make it, but now, who knows?"   'So agitated'   Kim Notman, who is at the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais , told the BBC: "I was loaded on to the train at 09:30 GMT with my car and have now been stuck on the train for the last three hours.   "The doors to the train have now been opened because people were getting so agitated."   Similarly Eurostar passenger Professor Urfan Khaliq, who is on a train travelling from Paris to London, also faced delays upon entering the tunnel. He told the BBC: "We've been here around, I guess, nearly three hours now. They've offered free cashew nuts and water to anyone who wants it. People are just sitting here really rather stoically and trying to get on. I do feel for the families who've got very young children."   No arrivals at London's St Pancras from Paris or Brussels are expected until after 13:00 GMT, Eurostar said.   Eurostar had advised passengers to check in as normal if they were already booked to travel on Sunday, and those who had been unable to travel on Saturday should not arrive at stations unless they had re-booked.   The Eurostar website is showing seats are still available for travel this weekend.     The departure boards at St Pancras, London, warned passengers to expect delays   BBC News correspondent Andy Moore said an extra Eurostar train from London to Paris was being laid on, with 800 seats available, in an attempt to ease the queues.   Despite the company organising re-bookings, accommodation and refunds, it could be Monday before the backlog is cleared, he added.   Eurostar - which operates passenger services between Paris, London and Brussels - said 26 of its trains were cancelled on Saturday afternoon, affecting at least 12,000 passengers.   Eurotunnel's services started running again during the night after "residue smoke" was cleared from one of the tunnels.   The company added that it expected to operate a reduced Le Shuttle timetable, with two departures every two hours from both the UK and France. Its customers have been advised to check in as normal.     The fire broke out near the French side of the Channel Tunnel     Eurostar passengers tried to rebook or get refunds on their tickets   The alarm was raised when two CO2 detectors were triggered at 11:25 GMT on Saturday at the French end of the north tunnel.   Eurotunnel said a load on a lorry on board one of its trains, en route from the UK to France, had been "smouldering".   John Keefe, Eurotunnel's public affairs director, said: "We are in the process of moving the train from the incident site. That will enable us to get our technicians in to clean up and conduct any repairs that'll be necessary."   Eurotunnel said passengers were safely evacuated from trains in the tunnel, and the fire "was quickly brought under control" by French emergency services.   Firefighters examined the site and a Eurotunnel spokesman said it did not look like there was any significant damage.   During the day, at St Pancras station and in Paris, there were long queues of passengers after services were cancelled. At Folkestone, lines of lorries built up near the Eurotunnel entrance.   Eurotunnel had anticipated resuming services on Saturday night through its south tunnel, which was unaffected by the fire.   But in a tweet the company said it was "taking slightly longer than anticipated to recommence services, we need to be sure any residue smoke cleared completely before we do so".   Empty trains were sent through the tunnel to ensure it was clear and customers were offered transfers to ferries until the service recommenced, Eurotunnel said.   Eurostar's customer care number is 03432 186 186, or +44 1777 777 878 for people outside the UK.   Eurotunnel's information line is +44 8444 63 00 00.
  15. Increased terror threat  16 January 2015   In response to recent attacks in Paris and Belgium, national counter-terrorism lead AC Mark Rowley has announced an increase in the threat level to ‘severe’ for police officers and Jewish communities.   Steve White, Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales said: “Any increase in threat for any section of the community to ‘severe’ is of grave concern.  However as a service we remain resolute and committed to keeping the public safe. “The level of extreme terrorism that we are facing on an international scale cannot be underestimated and the police service and its security partners are doing all they can. “Police officers face life-threatening risks on a daily basis and are prepared to do so fully aware of the risks involved.  As a service we are regularly assessing what we do in order to adapt to the changing and challenging issues we face. “We continue to urge police officers and staff to follow existing policies and good practice to counter terrorism and ensure their own safety. “It has always been good practice, regardless of threat level, to avoid wearing uniform and take sensible precautions when travelling to and from work. “We re-emphasise and fully support the guidance issued by Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley in his capacity as national policing lead on counter-terrorism.”   Source: Police Federation
  16. Birmingham is a “totally Muslim” place where “non-Muslims just simply don’t go”, a self-proclaimed terrorism expert told the US Fox News channel, sparking a tidal wave of mockery.   Steve Emerson’s comments saw the Twitter hashtag foxnewsfacts trend worldwide on Twitter as people made things up about Birmingham, Fox News or pretty much anything.   Mr Emerson was taking part in a television discussion about supposed Muslim-controlled areas in Europe.   “In Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in,” he said.   “Parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn't dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire.”   He said there were sharia courts in Birmingham “where Muslim density is very intense, where the police don't go in, and where it's basically a separate country almost, a country within a country”, adding that the UK government did not “exercise any sovereignty” there.   Jeanine Pirro, the host of the Judge Pirro show, replied: “You know what it sounds like to me, Steve? It sounds like a caliphate within a particular country.”   Their laughable remarks saw British politicians, leading journalists, novelists and others take part in the general derision of the news channel on Twitter.   Labour MP Tom Watson retweeted a message which said: “Birmingham is home of Black Sabbath and other terrifying Muslim musicians. #FoxNewsFacts.”   Author Mirza Waheed tweeted: “Wali Sheikh Peer was a Muslim dramatist from Englistaan.”   Fellow writer Irvine Welsh said: “I warn you, @FoxNews, I have an Ocean Colour Scene download and I'm not afraid to use it! (Well, maybe a wee bit...).”   Broadcaster Robin Lustig came up with: “Jihadi extremists have forced the city of Oxford to rename the Thames the River Isis. #foxnewsfacts”   And even ITN newsreader Alastair Stewart, joined in “If you do not clean your finger-nails regularly, potatoes will grow in your stomach, crush your lungs & suffocate you. #FoxNewsFacts,” he wrote.   He added: “There will be senior managers in Fox News who don't get what all the fuss is about, nor understand the humour.”   Sean Kelly, who describes himself as a “regular bald guy”, tweeted: “Extremist rock group Showaddywaddy have reformed and changed their name to Jihaddywaddy #foxnewsfacts.”   Mr Emerson later apologised but did not provide a full explanation of how he came to make the remarks.   He told ITV News: “I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry. My comments about Birmingham were totally in error. And I am issuing an apology and correction on my website immediately for having made this comment about the beautiful city of Birmingham.   “I do not intend to justify or mitigate my mistake by stating that I had relied on other sources because I should have been much more careful. There was no excuse for making this mistake and I owe an apology to every resident of Birmingham.   “I am not going to make any excuses. I made an inexcusable error. And I am obligated to openly acknowledge that mistake.”   He added that he planned to make a donation to “a Birmingham charity called the Birmingham Children’s Hospital”.   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/fox-news-mocked-after-expert-says-birmingham-is-totally-muslim-9971378.html
  17. For Northamptonshire’s police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds, improving the way his force tackles domestic abuse isn’t just a professional campaign - it’s also personal.   Simmonds says he has people “close to me who have for years suffered from domestic abuse”. While he prefers not to identify them, it has added a personal element to his determination that victims of domestic abuse in the county can see that “ultimately there is a PCC who is championing them”.   Facebook Twitter Pinterest expand   Northamptonshire’s police and crime commissioner, Adam Simmonds. Photograph: PR   There is much to do before victims will feel reassured: in its 2014 report on domestic violence, which found “alarming and unacceptable” weaknesses in police response to domestic violence, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary noted that Northamptonshire had the lowest domestic abuse arrest rate of the 43 forces in England and Wales. For every 100 domestic violence crimes recorded, there were only 43 arrests, compared to a force average of between 45 and 90. Only 12% of the county’s 3,685 domestic abuse-related crimes for the year to August 2013 resulted in a charge.   The inspectorate found that domestic abuse “too often remains a poor relation to acquisitive crime and serious organised crime”. Its report came in the wake of such appalling cases as that of Maria Stubbings and Christine Chambers. In both cases, Essex police were found to have failed in the events that led up to the two women’s brutal murders, and that of Chambers’s two-year-old daughter, by the women’s ex-partners.   Related: Vera Baird: domestic abuse is not just an issue for the police   In Northamptonshire, Simmonds made a controversial start as PCC, coming under fire for employing friends, but has pledged to cut violent crime by 40% and has now advised chief constable Adrian Lee on measures to tackle domestic violence, including increasing that low arrest rate.   Simmonds, now 37, who was the youngest PCC in the country when he was elected in 2012, says he is well-placed to bring together the various bodies involved in tackling domestic violence. “I felt, getting into this job, that the system is broken, and agencies siloed,” he says. “I wanted to be the person who brought the system together and patched it up. I’m in a position where I can do something about the system”.   His background will help with this. Before being elected to his present role, Simmonds held a number of senior roles at Northamptonshire county council and he is a big fan of the idea that PCCs should have more responsibility in local government more widely, not just in policing.   Related: How councils can help domestic violence victims   Simmonds is working closely with the council on a scheme to remove abuse partners from tenancies in private rented or council accommodation. It’s a voluntary scheme, still in the planning stage, but Simmonds says he wants to talk to housing providers, including mortgage lenders and housing associations, about putting rules in place that would ensure offenders have to leave the home, rather than victims and their families.   “The reality at the moment is completely perverse,” he says. “It’s the victim and sometimes children removed from the home and put into a hostel.”   Simmonds is also a big advocate of body-worn cameras. in 2007, Northants was one of the first forces in England and Wales to introduce body cameras and 350 cameras are now used on the frontline. Officers switch them on at domestic abuse incidents, filming both victim and perpetrator, and the footage is admissible in court. This is particularly important in domestic abuse cases where police want to prosecute, but the victim has withdrawn support from fear. Footage not used in a court case is discarded.   Filming is not just about gathering evidence: cameras can pick up on injuries, and the tone and fear in interactions - and not just between those involved in the incident. It also monitors “how police behave and how they treat people,” says Simmonds.   Related: Should victims of domestic violence be offered witness protection services?   Another important initiative in Northants is the county’s new victim and witness service, Voice, which was launched in October 2014. The service was set up after a large-scale consultation in 2013 across the county on support services for those affected by crime. The subsequent report, written by police and crime commission researchers, documents victims’ stories and experience of the police, included harrowing tales of domestic abuse, and was overseen by Linda Lee, a past president of the Law Society, who is now chairing the new Voice service.   From October 2014, Northants took over commissioning of victim services from Victim Support as part of a nationwide transition from Victim Support to PCCs. The PCC now commissions Victim Support to run the service.   Simmonds says his office is working through the 79 recommendations made in the Victims’ Voice report. Voice is not part of the police service and is funded mainly through the Ministry of Justice. Its board comprises representatives from the Office of the PCC, Voice, Victim Support, the police force, the Crown Prosecution Service, providers of support services and service users, but the PCC’s office says that Voice will provide an independent, specialist service for victims and witnesses.   It will also provide specialist services for children, particularly around sexual exploitation and domestic violence, following a poor report from Ofsted and HMIC on safeguarding children in Northamptonshire. Simmonds says there has been a 12-month programme to train staff.   Current consultations, such as outreach research with 10,000 children about cybercrime will feed into this approach of prioritising the victim’s voice, says Simmonds. “We want victims to be at the centre of the system and not just an add-on,” he says.   Sign up for your free weekly Guardian Public Leaders newsletter with news and analysis sent direct to you every Thursday. 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  18.   The US Central Command Twitter feed appears to have been hacked by a group claiming to be Islamic State sympathizers.   "American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back," the Centcom Twitter feed said on Monday.   "In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad."   Images were also posted showing documents containing the contact details of current and retired military officers, including home addresses and email accounts.   "ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base... we won't stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children."   Military officials have not yet commented.   http://news.sky.com/story/1406621/us-centcom-twitter-account-hacked-by-is
  19. A French police commissioner has reportedly taken his own life after meeting the relatives of a victim murdered in the Charlie Hebdo massacre.    Helric Fredou, 45, shot himself in his office on Wednesday night in Limoges, a city in central France. according to France 3.    Commissioner Fredou began his career as a police office in 1997 and had been the deputy director of the regional police since 2012. Colleagues told France 3 he was 'depressed' and overworked and said he was single and had no children. Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi shot 12 people dead at the Charlie Hebdo offices on Wednesday before seeking refuge in a print works.   They were killed on Friday afternoon during a shoot-out with police, as was their alleged accomplice, Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris.   The Union of National Police Commissioners has expressed its 'sincere condolences' over Commissioner Fredou's death and said they were thinking especially of his colleagues.   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2906808/Police-commissioner-shot-dead-office-meeting-relatives-Charlie-Hebdo-victim-claim-French-TV-news.html?ito=social-twitter_mailonline   Very sad, thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues.  
  20.  Lynne Owens, Chief Constable of Surrey, called on hospitals and care homes to tackle problems themselves rather than calling 999 Adds officers shouldn't have to spend hours with those threatening suicide And blasted shops for lax security that allows thieves to get away   A chief constable has sparked a furious debate by saying police should not have to deal with every missing person report or tackle drunk and violent patients in A&E.   Lynne Owens, Chief Constable of Surrey, called on hospitals and care homes to tackle problems themselves rather than calling 999.   She also said officers should not have to spend hours dealing with those threatening suicide simply because there is no separate emergency service for people suffering a mental health crisis.   And she blasted shops and petrol stations for lax security that allows thieves to get away.      In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Mrs Owens said the burden placed on police by other organisations prevents them fighting growing crimes such as online fraud and child abuse.   As forces struggle to cope with ongoing budget cuts, she called on the public to say what they expect of slimmed-down forces. ‘It’s inevitable that the cuts will have operational consequences,’ she said.   The police have had a 20 per cent budget reduction since the last Election in May 2010, leading to the loss of 15,000 frontline officers and the closure of stations.   But Mrs Owens – a former Met Assistant Commissioner who was in charge of security for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding – said that as the cuts bite, some types of crime are on the rise.   She said public-sector bodies and private firms must stop relying so much on the police. ‘We are going to be smaller, and there are some areas where we need to grow, such as our response to dealing with paedophiles and online fraud,’ she said. ‘We are going to have to make choices in other areas. And it does mean we need other sectors to be held accountable for their core responsibilities.’   There had been a ‘huge increase’ in missing person reports, she said. In Surrey they rose from 1,158 to 1,648 in the past year. Some involved vulnerable children or elderly people with dementia, and a few would end up as murder inquiries. She called on hospitals and care homes to tackle problems like drunks  themselves rather than calling 999   Mrs Owens said: ‘Hospitals, care homes and other agencies report people missing and there are questions about whether they should do more themselves before they call the police. She said hospitals were the most frequent callers to Surrey Police, followed by the ambulance service, usually reporting ‘violent people, drunk people or missing people’. But she said all these could be handled by in-house security.   The College of Policing, the new professional body for the service, is looking nationally at the demands placed on police by other public-sector bodies.   Its research is expected to show that some officers are spending up to eight hours with people suffering mental health problems while doctors assess them, and three-quarters of those taken to ‘places of safety’ are driven by police rather than paramedics.   Mrs Owens, who spent New Year’s Eve on the front line with her officers, said that a fifth of calls that night were either people threatening to kill themselves or from worried relatives.   She said: ‘The ambulance service is established to deal with physical health issues but there is no one agency that can respond to people with mental health issues.’   Mrs Owens is also against police locking up drunks, because it takes officers off the street to keep watch over them.   She said: ‘I think there should be some funding from the licensing community, which makes huge profits from people who drink alcohol.’   She criticised shops for not investing enough in security to ‘design out crime’. And she thinks motorists should have to pay for petrol before filling up, so police do not have to chase those who drive off.   Surrey Police have faced criticism for spending £14 million over six years developing an IT system for criminal intelligence – then scrapping it. Last week, Mrs Owens was criticised on Twitter after her force sent six vehicles to deal with hunt saboteurs.   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2904815/Missing-person-Drunks-E-busy-don-t-call-says-woman-cop.html
  21.   Ahmed Merabet, 42, was on patrol when he was killed by two of the gunmen as they left the the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Photograph: Twitter   Police across the UK are to hold ceremonies remembering the two French police officers murdered in the terrorist attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.   Ahmed Merabet, 42, and Franck Brinsolaro, 49, were among 12 people killed by gunmen on Wednesday.   The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Police Federation has called on all UK officers to commemorate the dead officers at 10.30am, 24 hours after the attack – the worst in France for half a century.   Scotland Yard amd West Midlands police said they will hold a two-minute silence.   ACPO’s vice-president, Sir Peter Fahy, said the two officers were murdered protecting free speech. “All members of the British police forces are shocked at the savagery of this attack,” he said. “In any democratic society it is the role of the police to protect basic human rights and our two French colleagues died protecting free speech.   “They knew the risks they were facing in carrying out their duty and clearly showed great bravery in trying to prevent the terrorists murdering others. We stand in solidarity and express our great sympathy for their families and friends.   “We have to stand together against this threat and we cannot be naive or complacent about how extremist ideologies seek to justify this complete disrespect for human life and for the values which ensure the freedom and welfare of all citizens.”   Merabet was working with a bicycle unit at the local police station who was on patrol when he was killed by two of the gunmen as they left the building. In a video which has now been removed from the internet, one of the attackers can be seen shooting Merabet in the head at close range as the officer lies wounded on the ground. Merabet leaves behind a partner, according to the police union.   Brinsolaro was the police bodyguard of Charlie Hebdo’s editor, Stéphane Charbonnier. The officer, who had worked for the police protection service since 2013, was in the editorial room where the attack took place. A police union spokesman said the number of death threats against Charbonnier had increased in recent days.   Fahy said that the attack would only make British police officers more determined to face up to the threat posed by extremists and called on the public to continue to cooperate and support its officers.   Thousands of people attended rallies on Wednesday night in French cities and global capitals in defence of free speech. View the full article
  22. Police are avoiding making arrests as it would take them off their beat for many hours reducing the thin blue line to dangerously low levels, it has been claimed. Officers are being forced to make “pragmatic decisions” about whether to arrest people for low-level crimes such as drunkenness and minor disorder, according to Inspector Ian Hanson, chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation. “Every weekend in Greater Manchester and round the country, we battle to keep a presence on the streets,” he told The Independent. “The reality is that police officers – out of necessity – are not making arrests because to do so will reduce the beleaguered thin blue line yet further.” Officers’ discretion is stretched “to lengths we have never seen before”, he said, because if they made arrests their colleagues and the public would be exposed to danger for up to six hours. Mr Hanson said custody suites can be up to 20 miles away, and arresting officers can be taken off their beat for between four and six hours with queues, paperwork and monitoring. He added that while officers share NHS frustrations about dealing with people who are drunk and disorderly, calls for a zero-tolerance arrest policy have not been properly thought through. Officers have to be more tolerant to behaviour that would have necessitated an arrest five years ago (Getty Images) Last month, Dr Cliff Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, argued that drunks who clog up A&E should be arrested, saying: “If more people knew that if they got drunk they were going to be arrested, they wouldn’t drink in the first place and then end up in A&E.” But Mr Hanson said officers believe this would merely shift the problem from one squeezed service to another. John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, agreed that there was a problem, saying: “Officers have to be more tolerant to behaviour that would have necessitated an arrest five years ago. Otherwise the criminal justice system would grind to a halt.” The Greater Manchester force, the third largest in England, is midway through a programme of cuts which will see its numbers diminish from 8,000 five years ago to 7,000 in 2015. A statement from Greater Manchester Police said: “The issue of arresting people for drunkenness raises many concerns that need to be addressed in a different way than placing someone in a police cell.” A Home Office spokesperson said: “The police must play their part in helping to tackle the debt crisis this Government inherited but there is no question that they will still have the resources they need to do their important work.” http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-allowing-some-alcohol-offences-because-arrests-take-them-off-the-street-for-hours-9954765.html Cannot find the reply from @DCCIanHopkins so here it is in picture!
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