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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6.   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?
  7. 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!
  8. 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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