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  1. Legal fight over how publicity could 'adversely affect' officer in case of Shana Grice who repeatedly reported stalker to police before she was killed. Shana Grice: Died at the hands of stalker Michael Lane Date - 10th May 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle A force has backed lawyers in protecting the full identity of an officer accused of ignoring a 19-year-old woman who repeatedly reported her stalker to police before she was murdered. Disciplinary panel chairman Chiew Yin Jones has directed the Sussex Police misconduct hearing today to only refer to the officer by his rank and surname, PC Mills. The officer's lawyers argued he would be “adversely affected” by publicity if his full name was released. The Sussex force, which has brought the proceedings against PC Mills, supported this submission. According to the Home Office, the chairman has a statutory power to make such a direction to the media under the Police (Conduct) (Amendment) Regulations 2015. However, the panel chairman’s direction will be challenged and a decision made later in the hearing after further legal submissions. Last month Sussex Police, which apologised for “not having done the very best” it could in relation to the death of Shana Grice, confirmed two officers – one of whom has retired – were to attend a disciplinary hearing with a third called to internal misconduct proceedings. Ms Grice reported her ex-boyfriend Michael Lane to the force five times in six months, but was fined for wasting police time. On August 25, 2016, Lane slit her throat before trying to burn her body. He was jailed for a minimum of 25 years for her murder in March 2017. PC Mills – who resigned from the force last week – faces two discreditable conduct allegations in proceedings at force headquarters in Lewes on Friday. The force said the officer failed to “adequately investigate allegations of harassment and stalking” just over a month before Ms Grice was killed on July 9, 2016. During Lane’s trial, the court heard during this time he stole a key and crept into her room while she slept and followed her in a car. PC Mills is also accused of failing to respond to reports made by Ms Grice days later on July 12. Between July 13 and 15, he "failed to contact Ms Grice or update her regarding the reported incident", it is said. On July 12, Ms Grice reported being followed in a car by Lane but no further action was taken, the trial heard. Just two of 14 officers investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct over Ms Grice’s death are to be made the subject of publicly held disciplinary proceedings. Both left the force before the hearings were due to take place. PC Trevor Godfrey, who retired from duty in December 2017, was due to face allegations of discreditable conduct earlier in the week but the hearing was postponed until further notice, the force said. The force claims on March 25, 2016, after interviewing Lane, PC Godfrey “concluded that Ms Grice was dishonest and failed to treat her as a victim, instead warning her about wasting police time”. Next week a misconduct meeting for another police officer will be carried out in private. Three more officers and three staff have already been handed “management advice and further training” while no further action will be taken over the other five officers investigated. Her parents Sharon Grice and Richard Green, who are considering legal action against the force, said their daughter was treated “like a criminal” rather than being protected and she “paid for the police’s lack of training, care and poor attitude with her life”. Their lawyer Andy Petherbridge, of Hudgell Solicitors, said individual officers still had “serious questions to answer about their conduct towards Shana” and her family wanted to attend the proceedings “to see what the officers themselves have got to say”. Last month an independent report found the force’s approach to investigating stalking and harassment cases was not consistent or effective. Sarah Green, co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, called on police chiefs to take action to ensure “another woman is not murdered in this way”. She added: “It’s extremely disappointing that the two police officers will not be serving officers when these proceedings go ahead. “It remains extremely important that these proceedings are open to the public and that everybody can hear exactly what went wrong and who made what decision and what lessons can be learned.” Suky Bhaker, acting chief executive of stalking charity the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, said: “When failings by police, whether individual officers or more systematically across a force, allow stalking to continue and the risk to escalate, then those responsible for failing to protect the victim must be held to account.” The force said it cannot comment ahead of the proceedings. Last month, an independent report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services found the force's approach to investigating stalking and harassment cases was not consistent or effective. Inspectors made a string of recommendations on how improvements could be made by Sussex Police, which records the second highest number of stalking offences in England and Wales – doubling its total in the last 12 months. In the last two years reports of stalking and harassment have increased by more than 40 per cent across England and Wales, HMICFRS said. Research suggests two women are killed by a former or current partner every week across the country and stalking often escalates to murder, according to charities and campaigners. View On Police Oracle
  2. A chief inspector accused of having sex with a colleague while on duty has quit the police before he was due to face disciplinary proceedings. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/sex-on-duty-sussex-police-chief-quits-force-before-facing-disciplinary-hearing-a4118476.html
  3. 'Credible line of inquiry is perpetrators had to know about the airport's operations'. Delays: Tens of thousands caught up in the disruption at Gatwick Date - 15th April 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle Forces criticised for the worst drone disruption in UK history have said that possible perpetrators could have included an airport “insider”, it emerged today. Both Sussex and Surrey had to defend the “unprecedented” incursion that saw the shutdown of Gatwick Airport with the flights of 140,000 passengers hit as 115 drone sightings were reported over a three-day period in December. And they were forced to respond to a £459,000 bill “reflecting the cost of policing a deliberate criminal act of this nature” that saw a drama turn into a crisis – leading to a national multi-agency umbrella to protect public safety. Now police say they are looking into a “credible line of inquiry” that suggests culprits behind the drone chaos had an insight into how the airport was reacting to the incident. The rogue operators could either see what was taking place on the runway or they were eavesdropping on radio or internet communications, said Chris Woodroofe, the airport's chief operating officer. A number of drone sightings forced Britain's second-busiest airport to shut down for 33 hours between December 19 and 21. The chaos continued despite a huge police operation and the Army was eventually called to bring the incident under control. Sussex Police said the likelihood that the perpetrators could have included an airport insider is a "credible line" of inquiry. Speaking to the BBC's Panorama Programme, Mr Woodroofe said the disruption wreaked by the drones was "terrible". "It was clear that the drone operators had a link into what was going on at the airport", he said. Mr Woodroofe was the ‘gold commander’ in charge of the airport's response to the incident which hit 1,000 flights. He said there was "absolutely nothing" that he would have done differently as the safety of passengers was of paramount concern. "It was terrible that 140,000 people's journeys were disrupted, but everyone was safe." Mr Woodroofe said. Military anti-drone equipment, which can detect the flying machines and disable them by jamming radio signals, remained at the airport until March. Both Gatwick and Heathrow are investing millions in their own systems to prevent future flight disruption. "We would know the drone was arriving on site and we'd know where that drone had come from, where it was going to and we'd have a much better chance of catching the perpetrator," Mr Woodroofe said. "What this incident has demonstrated is that a drone operator with malicious intent can cause serious disruption to airport operations. “And it's clear that disruption could be carried over into other industries and other environments." The disruption costs – to policing only – has seen Sussex spend £419,000 and Surrey a further £40,000, purely on overtime. Sussex’s spending has been spread across overtime and bank holiday pay (£332,000), basing police officers on the site (£52,000), accommodation and subsistence (£14,000), mutual aid from other forces in Cambridge and Essex (£12,000), transport (£5,000) and equipment (£4,000). The costs, revealed last month, were been described as “shocking” by Crawley MP Henry Smith who warned Parliament in July 2017 that drones could bring major disruption if steps were not taken. At the time of the disruption, Met Commissioner Cressida Dick came to the defence of the Sussex force by admitting that policing faces a “difficult challenge” ahead – warning that security authorities must “up their game” to prevent the criminal use of drones and bring unmanned aerial vehicles under control. BBC Panorama, The Gatwick Drone Attack, is on BBC1 tonight at 8.30pm. View On Police Oracle
  4. Jury highlights 'slow to react' response and 'inadequate' police training relating to positional asphyxia. Duncan Tomlin: Died two days after being restrained Date - 12th April 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 5 Comments Prosecutors have been asked to “reconsider” their decision over the death of an epileptic man who was restrained face down in a force vehicle five years ago after inquest jurors ruled police neglect contributed to the tragedy. Duncan Tomlin fell unconscious while being detained during a struggle in Haywards Heath in July 2014. The 32-year-old, originally from Oxfordshire, died in hospital two days later. Mr Tomlin was wrestled to the ground, sprayed with an incapacitant and arrested after punching an officer in the face. He was handcuffed behind his back, placed in leg and thigh restraints and held face down on the floor before being carried into a police van with his legs curled up behind him. Officers continued to restrain him face down on the floor in the van before they noticed he had collapsed and fallen unconscious. An ambulance was then called. The Crown Prosecution Service twice decided not to prosecute the Sussex officers involved over the death and four were cleared of allegations of gross misconduct at a force disciplinary hearing. A jury of six women and four men returned a narrative conclusion at West Sussex Coroner’s Court, finding the medical cause of his death was “cardio respiratory failure due to both restraint in a prone position and the effects of cocaine and methadone”. They said there was “no urgency” by officers to move Mr Tomlin, adding: “Duncan should have been moved on to his side earlier.” The jury found police training relating to positional asphyxia was “inadequate” and concluded: “The death was contributed to by neglect.” Following the hearing’s conclusion, Selen Cavcav, from charity Inquest, which works with families after a death in custody, said: “We would ask the CPS to reconsider the decision not to prosecute any of the officers involved. “Duncan’s family listened to almost four weeks of evidence and the police lawyers have tried to concentrate on Duncan’s drug taking in order to support their narrative that Duncan was responsible for his own death. “So this conclusion was very important for the family and we welcome it.” Relatives and friends of Mr Tomlin – who have waited nearly five years for answers over his death – hugged after the ruling was read out. Assistant coroner Elisabeth Bussey-Jones, who presided over the four-week inquest in Crawley, said she would be issuing a prevention of further deaths report. Addressing his family, she said: “Our thoughts are with you as you continue to grieve his loss and I hope this inquest, which has gone on for some time, has brought you some peace.” ?The inquest heard Mr Tomlin had been drinking and had taken drugs before the late-night disturbance and officers restrained him after he ran off. Sergeant Christopher Glasspool, one of five officers called to give evidence, told jurors Mr Tomlin had been “screaming and shouting incoherently” but then fell motionless as he lay face down on the floor with his hands cuffed behind his back. The police officer of 17 years held back tears as he said: “When I didn’t get a response I knew there was a serious problem.” In footage of the arrest played in court, the officers could be seen trying to rouse Mr Tomlin while Sgt Glasspool shouted “Dominic” - believing that was his name - in a bid to get his attention. Sgt Glasspool said: “I was getting very distressed. This lad was dying in front of me. The ambulance was too far away. “I don’t like to think about it. It was so traumatic and everything we did wasn’t working. “I still remember the day very well, if I’m honest I will never forget it.” The court heard that four minutes passed between the time Mr Tomlin appeared to fall unconscious and when he was moved out of the van. Mr Tomlin was in the van for just under seven and a half minutes before Sgt Glasspool and another officer administered CPR. An ambulance was called but stood down when it was decided it would be quicker to take him straight to hospital, before being called back again shortly afterwards and a doctor rushed to the scene. Positional asphyxia, where someone suffocates because of the position they are in, drugs and alcohol played a part in the death, pathologists said. In August Sgt Glasspool and PCs Jamie Jackson Daniel Jewell were cleared of gross misconduct allegations at a disciplinary hearing. PC Russell Watson was also cleared of all allegations at a private hearing that month while PC Alexander Bennett resigned from the force in 2017. Sgt Glasspool told the jury he was “closely and carefully monitoring” Mr Tomlin at all times, denying kneeling on his back, saying he was only using his shins to apply pressure to his shoulder blades. But he admitted some of his actions went against his training, adding: “I was panicking but I was still making rational decisions.” He dismissed suggestions that officers took too long to administer CPR after realising Mr Tomlin was not responding. Sgt Glasspool also denied knowing at the time that Mr Tomlin had epilepsy - despite claims that other officers had been informed. During questioning by Jude Bunting, the barrister for Mr Tomlin’s family, Sgt Glasspool also denied exaggerating his evidence to justify his conduct. He insisted he did not smirk or smile while restraining Mr Tomlin, after scrutiny of a facial expression captured during footage of the incident. Training to recognise the signs of positional asphyxia had been “offered centrally for consistency” following Mr Tomlin’s death, the force said. Assistant Chief Constable Nick May added. “All of our officers join the police service to protect the public and save life and it is of deep regret when anyone comes to harm. "We accept the inquest's narrative verdict and will now thoroughly consider the Coroner’s report and any recommendations within it.” View On Police Oracle
  5. Cops blew more than £400,000 on a shambolic probe into a drone alert which paralysed Gatwick. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cops-blew-400k-gatwick-drone-14177618
  6. Chief inspector also accused of intimate liaison with domestic abuse victim. Sussex Police: Under scrutiny in recent years Date - 12th February 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 2 Comments Officers and new recruits are being given specific training and guidance as a sex scandal-hit force faces renewed scrutiny over allegations of an on-duty intimate liaison between a chief inspector and a sergeant. Sussex Police is urging its workforce to adopt “appropriate professional boundaries” in the wake of a police watchdog confirming misconduct proceedings against Chief Inspector Rob Leet and Sergeant Sarah Porter will go ahead. The pair are said to have met for a romantic encounter on at least one occasion in 2017 while they were working. The chief inspector has also been accused of having sex with a victim of crime years earlier. The Independent Office for Police Conduct has just announced the findings of a two-year investigation. CI Leet was suspended from duty while the investigation continued. The married father-of-four previously said the claims regarding his liaison with Sgt Porter were unfounded. They are accused of travelling to meet each other while on duty when there was no work-related reason to do so and "repeatedly" using police systems to exchange personal messages, a police watchdog spokesman said. After the IOPC launched the investigation in March 2017 – and following publicity of the case – it is understood a victim of domestic violence came forward with the further allegations. This means CI Leet now also stands accused of being intimate with the victim in 2014 and 2016. Sgt Porter was unable to be contacted when a fatal crash happened while she was on duty and approached a witness in the IOPC investigation "inappropriately", it is also alleged. The IOPC said: "We concluded that if proven, the behaviour would be a breach of standards of authority, respect and courtesy and duties and responsibilities and could amount to gross misconduct. "Sussex Police agreed and a hearing will be scheduled in due course." The force has been embroiled in a large number of ignominious sex claims in recent years, including two that resulted in criminal convictions In October former Brighton-based PC Alexander Walsh was handed a community order for stalking and common assault after unleashing a barrage of sexual propositions on a colleague when she was held in a patrol car with him for more than an hour after dark. The former Met Police officer, who then joined the Sussex force, was spotted by fellow officers groping the woman on a work night out before badgering her with suggestive texts and taking pictures of her without her consent. That same month prosecutors dropped a case against Brighton-based Inspector Tony Lumb, who faced allegations he had sex with women he met while on duty. The former elected member of the local Police Federation branch's board was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office, interviewed under caution, released on bail and suspended from the force pending an IOPC investigation. The police watchdog said it found evidence to suggest a criminal offence may have been committed. The CPS has been asked to review its charging decision after one of the complainants, 52-year-old online abuse campaigner Nicola Brookes, called the news "shocking". Insp Lumb could still face disciplinary proceedings. In April a second officer was caught selling himself for sex while on sick leave. Detective Constable Richard Holder was sacked without notice for gross misconduct at a disciplinary hearing but had already resigned. This came after Hastings-based PC Daniel Moss was investigated and suspended from duty in December 2016 after he was caught advertising himself online as a male prostitute and offered to perform sex acts for cash. He had been on sick leave since that September for stress. He also failed to attend misconduct proceedings and was dismissed with immediate effect. In March sexual offences liaison officer and PC Martin Harris was jailed for two years for misconduct in public office, downloading and making indecent images of children. He said he found a rape victim in his care "attractive" and had hacked into her Facebook account to download pictures of her as a child. PC Mark Scruby was sacked from the force in 2017 after telling his sergeant she resembled a porn star. In 2015 Insp Lee Lyons was fired after admitting he contacted prostitutes while on duty. Officers and new recruits are now being given "specific training and guidance" so they are aware of "appropriate professional boundaries", the force said. A statement said: "Sussex Police takes any report of inappropriate behaviour extremely seriously. "We have adopted the National Police Chiefs' Council's national strategy to address the issues of police officers and staff who abuse their position for a sexual purpose or to pursue an improper emotional relationship. "The key principles are prevention, intelligence, enforcement and engagement. "We are ensuring that all staff are aware of appropriate professional boundaries and the serious consequences of any abuses of position. "Officers and staff across the organisation, including new recruits, have or are receiving specific training and guidance, enabling them to know the boundaries and stick to them, reporting any colleagues who fall short. "There is a positive duty under the College of Policing's code of ethics to challenge and to report. "Any reports will be fully investigated. "Those who are found to have committed misconduct could face dismissal and prosecution." View On Police Oracle
  7. Policing community astonished over continued use of old-fashioned kit. Officer revealed on social media some were still using Chubb and chain handcuffs Sussex Police is the only force still using dated chain and Chubb handcuffs, Police Oracle can reveal. Officers were in disbelief on social media when discovering the force opted for the “outdated” model until very recently with many saying they have been using rigid handcuffs since the 1990s. Our reporter contacted every force in England and Wales asking which type of handcuffs their officers use with all confirming rigid or hinged. Two months ago Sussex Police begun rigid cuff training with a full rollout expected to take another year. A force spokesman said the decision was taken after the benefits were realised – giving officers increased control over detainees as well as being easier and quicker to put on. However, it did not provide an answer as to why it had only just decided to introduce the new cuffs. Simon Steele, secretary of the Sussex Police Federation, told Police Oracle he thinks the force's reluctance to adopt them could be down to potential personal injury claims. He said: “I am surprised it has only just started to bring them in as so many other forces have had them for many years. “I think it is down to trying to avoid potential personal injury claims against the force and it was taking a cautious approach because rigid cuffs are perceived to involve a greater risk of injury.” He added there have been complaints previously with officers wondering why they were still being supplied with chain cuffs due to their impracticalities. “Anything that helps with officers restraining offenders is welcomed," he said. “The chain handcuffs were awkward to use at times and I think the rigid cuffs give a greater element of control over the suspect. “The changes are positive steps. We have had many rumblings with officers in the past with them asking why haven’t they got the rigid cuffs yet.” Disadvantages include the chain allowing too much movement and if not fitted properly, detainees stand a chance freeing their hands from the cuffs. A force spokesman said: “Training on rigid cuffs started in June this year and the roll-out is expected to take up to a year. “It will apply to all officers and chain cuffs will be gradually withdrawn as the training is carried out. Training is being done during routine regular personal safety training for all officers, and for all new recruits.” View On Police Oracle
  8. But spokesman says they had never held behind-closed-doors meeting before the claim made. A force has been accused of holding a misconduct hearing in private against the wishes of the independent chairman in charge of the process. An anonymous survey for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners found that legally qualified chairs (LQCs) across England and Wales are concerned about numerous issues related to publicity. Since the law was changed in May 2015 all misconduct and special case hearings must be held in in public by default. And since January 2016 they have all been overseen by independent legally qualified people, who must approve requests for private hearings. Issues raised by those LQCs in the survey include: there is no power to hold the media in contempt for publishing information they have ordered be withheld, as in criminal proceedings. there is no process or guidance for dealing with objections from the media on such rulings. Without permission Sussex Police is accused of going against the wishes of the chairman and holding a hearing in private when it had no permission to do so. A report accompanying the survey said: "Several respondents indicated that there had been issues relating to process and procedure: one respondent stated that they believed that some forces are less familiar with the independence of the chairs position, another respondent cited an instance involving Sussex Police, where the police continued to hold a meeting in private, despite the LQC not having given permission for this.” But the force, which earlier in the same document is named as being one of the best at how it treats the process, says it has no idea what the claim is about. A spokesman said: "We are not aware what the reference in the APCC report on LQC survey results refers to as we have not asked for any element, in part or full, of a gross misconduct hearing with a legally qualified chair to be heard in private. "Indeed, since the new requirement for gross misconduct hearings to be held in public was introduced, Sussex Police has only heard one special measures hearing in private and that was on January 2 this year, when an officer was dismissed in advance of a trial on January 5 where he pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office, possession of indecent images of children and making an indecent image of a child. The case is still active." That case also occurred since the survey took place, he pointed out. Following Police Oracle's inquiries, the wording in the APCC report has been changed and the organisation says, as it does not know who wrote the comment, it is trying to find out more information via an umbrella body for LQCs. The Home Office has previously told Police Oracle that there is no oversight body to make sure the legislation relating to misconduct hearings is upheld, and it does not "intend to prescribe all aspects of how each police force should administer public hearings". View On Police Oracle
  9. Hi, I have recently applied for the role of Special Constable with Sussex Police. I passed the various online "tests", and was asked to submit an online "CV". I was then, shortly afterwards, invited to book myself in for an interview on the 2nd of December. The only information I have on this interview is that it is to be on the Sussex Police code of ethics, and I was just hoping someone could offer any insight as to what form the questions are likely to take? I've been busy memorising the code of ethics etc, and also thinking of examples from my past that "cover" the various "codes", but if anyone has any idea as to how they're likely to "test" me on this, I'd be hugely appreciative. Secondly, I haven't heard anything about doing any written tests etc so far. I know that I will have to submit a medical questionnaire and vetting form, upon successfully passing the interview. Can anyone offer any insight as to what comes next after these? Thanks everybody, Jay.
  10. Fury over Sussex police anti-rape poster as campaigners claim the message suggests 'women are responsible' for becoming victims Sussex Police poster features two young women taking a selfie The message urges female friends to 'stick together' on a night out Campaigners say police should be targeting potential rapists instead But police say they have an obligation to urge women to minimise risks A police force has been slammed by anti-rape groups for publishing a poster which appears to blame women for allowing their friends to be attacked on nights out. Campaigners have criticised the 'irresponsible' message in the Sussex Police poster arguing it implies that victims are to blame for getting raped. But police argue the poster was part of a wider campaign and that they would be failing in their duty if they did not urge potential victims to take steps to minimise risks. Anti-rape campaigners have criticised the message in this Sussex Police poster arguing it implies that victims are to blame for getting raped The poster features a picture of two young women taking a selfie and urges females to stick together to avoid sexual assault. The text reads: 'Which of your mates is most vulnerable on a night out? The one you leave behind. 'Many sexual assaults could be prevented. Stick together and don't let your friend leave with a stranger or go off on their own.' But campaigners have slammed the message saying the police should be targeting potential rapists instead of suggesting women are to blame in some rape cases. Sarah Green, acting director of The End Violence Against Women Coalition, said she found the poster 'infuriating'. She said 'We need to get beyond police campaigns giving instructions to women on how to behave to be safe. 'We need to talk to those who may perpetrate rape and deter them.' Fabia Bates, director of the Survivors' Network, said 'It is a shame as Sussex Police has made great strides to encourage people to report sexual violence and there is the possibility this could damage people's confidence. 'We are also concerned this suggests those other than the perpetrator are responsible. 'We are here to support anyone who has been the victim and will not judge anyone - it is never the victim's fault.' She was also concerned the poster spoke to only a 'small proportion of society'. Campaign: The posters are due to be put up in pub and club toilets as well as bus stops in Brighton (pictured) as well as other areas of Sussex A pair of police officers watch on as University students gather on the street outside a bar in Brighton Daisy Cooper, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Mid Sussex, called for the police to withdraw the poster. 'Victim blaming is a universal phenomenon. It appears we are taking a step backwards' she said. The poster is part of a campaign to prevent rape and will be put up in pub and club toilets and at bus stops. A police spokesman said it was part of a campaign which, over the summer holiday season, will see club security staff and taxi drivers receive 'special coaching on how to spot vulnerable victims'. Chief Inspector Katy Woolford said the campaign followed research into ways to help vulnerable or at-risk people. Chief Inspector Katy Woolford said the police had a responsibility to advise potential victims on how to minimise risks 'Rape is never a victim's fault, but as with all crimes we can reduce the number of victims in several ways. 'We would be failing in our response if, as with any other crime, we did not recognise that there are victims and urge them to take steps to minimise risks and help safeguard others from becoming victims. 'It is vital to be aware of vulnerability so that steps can be taken to guard against it. 'Friends and bystanders can play a key role in this, learning to recognise where their intervention may prevent a crime taking place.' People were quick to comment on social media today. A Brighton man calling himself 'Maxwell's Ghost' wrote online: 'The posters are about reducing the risk of becoming a victim, just like any other crime poster such as the ones which tell you not to leave Christmas presents on display in your home or leave windows open in summer. 'Sadly, it's true that lone women are at risk from weirdos as are lone males under the age of 25 who are more likely to become the victims of serious violent assault than any other group. 'My wife used to cycle home after a late shift at the hospital, but stopped when a man shoved her off her bike in Edward Street and terrified her. 'She no longer cycles or uses public transport late at night. Sadly there are loons everywhere. 'Perhaps the poster should just say: Watch out, watch out there's a nutter about.' It is not the first time that a police force have been criticised for publishing posters that suggest women may be to blame for being attacked. In 2012 Hampshire Police published a poster as part of an underage drinking campaign which showed a woman being pinned down by an attacker and carried the message 'Her mum bought her the cider'. Also that year West Mercia Police were forced to apologise for posters for its Safe Night Out initiative suggested rape victims were to blame if they were drunk. One poster pictured a smiling woman above another photo of her lying barefoot and apparently unconscious with her dress riding up her thighs. In 2012 West Mercia Police were forced to apologise for posters for its Safe Night Out initiative suggesting rape victims were to blame if they were drunk Manchester Police were praised by anti-rape groups for their 2014 Christmas anti-rape campaign which carried the strapline: 'Drinking is not a Crime. Rape is' The warning reads: ‘Don’t let a night full of promise turn into a morning full of regrets.’ Beneath the woman’s prostrate figure, the poster states: ‘Don’t leave yourself more vulnerable to regretful sex or even rape. Drink sensibly and get home safely.’ A second poster aimed at men also sparked fury, for saying they ‘could’ be breaking the law and arrested if someone hasn’t given their consent for sex or touching. By Comparison Greater Manchester Police were praised by anti-rape groups for their 2014 Christmas anti-rape campaign which carried the strapline: 'Drinking is not a Crime. Rape is'. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3030062/Fury-police-anti-rape-poster-blames-women-allowing-friends-attacked.html
  11.   http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2015-02-16/police-officer-told-to-removed-union-flag-badge-from-uniform/   The press release from UK Cop Humour;     https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B9RTYhRoubfdWTNBYldqRkFKYWs&usp=sharing   So, it appears that there are issues in Sussex and North Wales regarding the wearing of these thin blue line union flag patches. Any issues in other forces to report?
  12. Victims should report crime online to help cut the number of 999 calls, the Home Secretary declared yesterday. Theresa May said using the internet would save police money and free up officers for frontline work. Already being tested at two forces, the scheme would cover non-emergency cases such as criminal damage and minor theft. Campaigners warned however that online reporting would further reduce face-to-face contact between police and public at a time when many local stations have closed. There are also fears it might give officers an excuse not to visit crime scenes or even ignore offences entirely. The Home Office stressed that victims of serious crimes, including rape, burglary and assault, should still dial 999. Mrs May said: ‘The growth in the internet has transformed other services – from shopping to banking – and it is right to give victims and witnesses greater choice over how they report issues to the police.’ She said the measure could cut police costs by £3.7million and free up an estimated 180,000 officer hours a year – potentially putting more bobbies on the beat. The Home Office, which is working on a prototype with the Surrey and Sussex police forces, says the scheme will go nationwide within months. Some forces already allow victims to report offences via the web but this initiative would create a one-size-fits-all system for England and Wales. Mrs May insisted victims of crimes such as burglaries and rapes should still call 999, but one force which has developed its own online service includes stalking, domestic abuse and sex offences in its system Ministers have not yet drawn up a definitive list of offences suitable for reporting online. The online crime reports would be studied by police staff who would decide how to respond. Before the 101 police number was launched – also to reduce 999 calls – research revealed that 80 per cent of emergency calls did not need an urgent response. But in just 12 months more than a million 101 callers failed to get through and many were left hanging on for more than an hour. David Green, director of the Civitas think-tank, said: ‘The problem with dealing with a screen rather than talking to a person is that it depersonalises the experience. ‘It feels like you are a crime statistic instead of asking the police to act in defence of the public. ‘At a time when confidence in the police is falling, it would be better if the police were advised to maximise their contact with the public and not to go in search of devices which mean they have as little contact as possible, even if it does save money.’ But Peter Cuthbertson, of the Centre for Crime Prevention think-tank, said: ‘New measures to encourage people to report crimes are very welcome. ‘Sometimes people will feel more comfortable contacting police in this way, especially if they can do so anonymously.’ But campaigners fear the move could give police an excuse to not attend crime scenes themselves, or to ignore call-outs entirely. And Mark Castle, of the charity Victim Support, said: ‘Giving victims more choice and control over their journey through the criminal justice system is something we would of course welcome.’ Policing Minister Mike Penning said: ‘Smartphones, tablets and internet devices are opening up new opportunities for the way people contact the police and forces need to be ready.’ In the past three years, an estimated 264 police station counters have closed – one in five of the national total. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2930574/Don-t-dial-999-online-report-crime-instead-Home-Secretary-tells-victims.html#ixzz3QDT3kt9c Not entirely sure this is good advice, burglar in your house when you wake up, switch on computer, find correct site to write to Police with description of the offender, of course you must hope internet hasn`t crashed. Use Tor browser so no criminal can find out who grassed them up (Tor is very slow) Thirty minutes later a well prepared letter sent off to Police. T May I still have no confidence in you! Video on web site!
  13. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2846498/Police-officers-park-double-yellow-lines-shopping-burgers-Tesco.html We can all be forgiven for craving a bite to eat from time-to-time at work. But for two police officers the urge proved too much - as they were photographed parking their car on double-yellow lines before one nipped into a Tesco Express. The pair were left red-faced when a member of the public snapped the officer returning to the vehicle armed with what appeared to be a pack of burgers from the store. Public perception boys...

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