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  1. Head to South Yorkshire where an £8,000 transfer fee awaits and house prices are a third less than national average. The Good Life: The beautiful Yorkshire countryside is one of the many attractions Date - 22nd March 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle A force still recovering from a legacy of two of the biggest stains in policing history has gone on a charm offensive in a “quest to be best”. South Yorkshire Police is out to woo fresh blood with a direct appeal to the rest of the UK for “compassionate, resilient and professional” officers. Its avowed mission is to attract uniform and plain clothes constables to transfer to its ranks in 2019 and make a “real difference to people’s lives”. And the force, constantly reminded of its failings over the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and the estimated £90 million cost of the Operation Stovewood inquiry into the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, is pulling no punches with its “God’s country” approach to joining Team SYP. The recruitment campaign goes straight to the pocket of officers considering a switch with a tempting offer of relocation expenses up to £8,000 and the promise of house prices a third lower than the national average. The accompanying publicity material throws in blandishments including a treasure-trove of shopping opportunities, award-winning museums, parks and green spaces, the largest theatre complex outside London – and a sporting inducement of “home to champion football teams”. For many serving officers, this could provide a great new challenge in a great new location, the force enthuses. Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham offer the challenges of urban policing and the attractions of city life, while the Peak District on the doorstep presents rural duties, alongside recreational activities while off duty. A force statement added: “This is your opportunity to join talented, committed colleagues at our forward-thinking police force, and to use your skills and knowledge to help us achieve our ambitions.” Chief Constable Stephen Watson gets straight to the point, telling Police Oracle: “If you are a serving officer who has the energy and enthusiasm to help with South Yorkshire Police’s mission to be the best force in the country, we are eager to hear from you.” “We are seeking compassionate people who are resilient and can readily adapt to quickly changing circumstances. “In return, we offer a stimulating environment and broad opportunities for career progression.” The force already has a ‘convert’ candidate who has made a successful switch from a long career in a neighbouring constabulary. Chief Superintendent Stuart Barton transferred to the force last year after 27 years spent at Greater Manchester Police. He said of his switch: “Many years ago, it was rare to move from one force to another, but it’s totally changed and the world of policing has totally changed with it. “From Day One, I could see a real passion at South Yorkshire Police to get the force up the rankings to where it needs to be. “The police foundation is built on people, we do not make robots, we don’t all stand on production lines; you have to be a people-focused person. “And the people in south Yorkshire are great people. From the officers to police staff, everyone is really passionate about this place, it has a really great feel. “For any bobby who goes along to a job, it’s all about doing what they can for the victim. Policing is really quite a simple thing if you get it right. And here, I think people get it right. “I think there is a strong drive to help out South Yorkshire, and this service, absolutely does care 100 per cent. The chief cares, the deputy cares, and it permeates all the way down the line.” Coming into the new roles, he said it was never about individuals – but “all about the team”. View On Police Oracle
  2. Breaking now from the BBC... Police officer and woman killed in Sheffield crash A police officer and a 61-year-old woman have died in a crash on Christmas Day. The 46-year-old officer was responding to an incident when the marked vehicle he was driving was in collision with a car on the A57 in Sheffield. South Yorkshire Police said the officer died at the scene and the woman, who was a passenger in the second vehicle, died in hospital. The collision happened at about 20:15 GMT near to Coisley Hill. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42486033 There are number of other articles that given more information, including:- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5212917/Woman-police-officer-die-Sheffield-Christmas-crash.html http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/crash-killed-police-officer-woman-citroen-sheffield-a8128701.html
  3. Footage showing a police officer appearing to repeatedly punch a suspect in the head has been shared on Snapchat. Despite one witness calling the incident an example of 'police brutality', the force's standards unit have investigated and ruled 'reasonable force' was used. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3800763/Snapchat-video-captures-moment-police-officer-repeatedly-punches-suspect-head-five-times.html Really informed witnesses who think it was police brutality, despite it being ruled as reasonable force, why are the papers trying to whip up a frenzy, even though the officers have been cleared?
  4. I had my inforce interview yesterday. I don't normally feel confident after an interview but I came away think I had done pretty well. I was told it would be next week before I hear anything as the interviews were ongoing all week. I was even asked on my way out if I would have a preference of posting area. But at 9am today I got an email saying I failed. Has anyone else heard back already or just me?
  5. Driver jailed after video shows him ramming cop car sending it cartwheeling across motorway VIDEO and news source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/driver-jailed-after-video-shows-5868943 This video really does bring home the dangers of TPAC.
  6.   Commemoration at Anfield stadium marking 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 people died. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian   Senior South Yorkshire police officers who were freemasons orchestrated a “masonic conspiracy” to “shift the blame” after the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, the inquests into the deaths of the 96 victims have been told.   Maxwell Groome, a police constable at the time, said that after the disaster, at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s football ground, “the word” inside the force was that freemason officers held a meeting to blame superintendent Roger Marshall. Groome said he heard that the meeting took place in portable cabins at South Yorkshire police’s area office, and was attended by Chief superintendent David Duckenfield, who had commanded the match.   Questioned by Michael Mansfield QC, representing 75 families whose relatives were killed at Hillsborough, Groome said he believed Duckenfield was “a grandmaster of a particularly influential lodge” – the Dore lodge in Sheffield.   Groome also told the inquest that senior officers pressurised junior officers to change their statements after the disaster, because they were “terrified” of criticism of the force’s command. He said he was “duped” into agreeing to the changes, because he believed if he did not, he would never be called to give evidence to Lord Justice Taylor’s official inquiry or to the first inquest, and his statement would be “magicked away, dumped in a box, never to see the light of day again.”   A colleague, PC Brookes – whose first name was not given in court – called the inquiry team at West Midlands police, Groome said, to complain it was “a masonic conspiracy”.   Groome said that Brookes told him West Midlands police asked if he could prove the conspiracy. Brookes told them he couldn’t, and Groome said they concluded that it would not be investigated. Asked why in his earlier accounts about the events of the day he did not include the rumoured meeting of freemason officers, Groome replied: “Basically, I’d have been committing professional suicide.”   Marshall, who was in command outside the Leppings Lane turnstiles at Hillsborough, had requested a large exit gate to be opened, to alleviate a crush of Liverpool supporters outside the ground, and allow a large number in. The jury has heard that police did not close off a tunnel inside, which led to the Leppings Lane terrace’s crowded central “pens”. that many of the incoming fans headed down it, and the lethal crush happened in those pens.   Groome said he subsequently heard of the meeting between senior officers, said to have included Duckenfield, superintendents Roger Greenwood and Bernard Murray, Inspector Steven Sewell and Chief inspector David Beal.   “Being unable to prove it, I believe that most of them were masons,” he said.   The coroner, Lord Justice Goldring, sent out the jury of seven women and four men to allow legal discussions after Groome gave his evidence about the freemasons’ meeting. At the end of the day, the coroner referred the jury to “evidence of a meeting said by Mr Groome, on the basis of rumour, to have taken place on the morning of April 16”.   Goldring told them: “I should say this quite clearly to you: we have no other evidence than this rumour, said to emanate from the [south Yorkshire police] area office. It amounts to no more than what the witness described as ‘scuttlebutt’.’”   Groome, who on the day helped other Liverpool supporters carry one of the 96 victims, Colin Wafer, 19, on an advertising hoarding being used as a makeshift stretcher, said the police operation as the disaster unfolded was “chaotic”. The inquest was shown Groome’s original statement – typed “recollections” made on plain paper after the event. He said officers were told not to write their accounts in their official police pocketbooks. Groome’s criticisms, which were removed in handwritten amendments after he submitted the statement, included a comment that “certain supervisory officers were conspicuous by their absence”.   Asked by Jonathan Hough, counsel for the coroner, to whom that comment was referring, Groome replied: “Duckenfield”.   Groome had also written: “The control room [where Duckenfield was in command] seemed to have been hit by some sort of paralysis.”   Other criticisms he made in his statement, which were also deleted, included the decision not to delay the match’s 3pm kick-off; reductions in police manpower; staffing of the control room; that “too many officers were sitting around in the gymnasium” and pointed to the removal from command at Hillsborough of the experienced officer, Chief superintendant Brian Mole. The jury has heard that Mole was replaced on March 27 1989, 19 days before the semi-final which 54,000 people would attend, by Duckenfield, who had never commanded a match at Hillsborough before.   Groome subsequently signed a typed up version of his amended statement, he says, because he feared that it would not see the light of day otherwise.   The “main thrust” of the pressure to change his statement was, Groome said: “They were terrified of junior officers criticising senior officers and therefore, in their eyes, undermining the command structure of South Yorkshire police.”   The inquests continue.   View the full article

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