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Hi All, Im sure most of you are aware that the home office has approved the roll out of the new Taser X2 model which allows for two shots. Ive been looking at Taser international's website (makers of the taser) to learn a bit about the x2, the taser is black in colour on their website and promo video. Does anyone know: When issued to officers here, will the taser be black in colour or will they have it cased in yellow? Just curious to know?
Fedster posted a topic in UK Policing NewsFor police officers in the UK, it's time to fight fire with fire. Some sneaky Brits have been using drones to film football matches and smuggle contraband into prisons, so now the long arm of the law is recruiting some unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of its own. The Sussex and Surrey Police force has been awarded almost £250,000 by the Home Office to buy five drones and investigate how they can assist officers in the field. UAVs are potentially faster than regular bobbies on the beat, and could be used to investigate smoky or otherwise hazardous conditions that would put officers' lives at risk. The force has suggested they could also be used to gather helpful aerial evidence, such as when a person is reported missing, or an armed incident occurs on the street. Sussex and Surrey Police have experimented with drones before at Gatwick Airport. The technology was used for perimeter patrols and the force concluded that in some instances, it was a faster, safer and cheaper alternative to regular officers. With this latest trial, the force wants to look at broader use cases and ultimately advise other divisions that are considering drones of their own. Officers will also draw up a training scheme so that colleagues can be properly approved before flying their own unmanned robots. The use of drones is bound to make some citizens uneasy, especially when the rules for recreational use are beginning to tighten. Police forces across the UK are also under pressure to cut costs, so UAVs could be an attractive option. Until they can intervene and make arrests though, they're unlikely to replace human officers anytime soon. http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/26/drones-police-uk/
Fedster posted a topic in UK Policing NewsPA/APMadeleine McCann vanished eight years ago in Portugal As 31 detectives continue to work exclusively on the disappearance of Madeleine - who vanished eight years ago in Portugal - officers in the capital are battling terrorism and a wave of murders. They have also been left facing £600 million worth of cuts, as well as the closure of 63 police stations in London. The Metropolitan Police were assigned to investigate the case of Madeleine four years ago after her parents - Kate, 47, and Gerry, 46 - appealed to Prime Minister David Cameron. The mystery has since remained unsolved with zero arrests - despite dozens of police trips from the UK to Portugal - and the original probe officer Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood having retired. B ut the inquiry - which has so far cost around £10 million - is continuing and other officers are now baffled as to why the 31 Operation Grange detectives are barred from helping to ease their workload. This is reportedly because the Madeleine McCann inquiry has been "ring-fenced" to prevent officers involved working on other cases. PA The youngster was just three years old when she disappeared from Praia da LuzPolice union chiefs have now called for the probe to be shelved, as well as for Operation Grange detectives to be deployed on other cases in the capital. Metropolitan Police Federation chairman John Tully told the Daily Star: "It is time to re-focus on what we need to do to keep London safe. "We no longer have the resources to conduct specialist inquiries all over the world which have nothing to do with London. "The Met has long been seen as the last resort for investigations others have struggled with elsewhere. "But we have made £600m of cuts. We have closed 63 police stations across London. Another £800m of cutbacks are anticipated over the next four years. "It is surprising to see an inquiry like the McCann investigation ring-fenced. I have heard a few rumblings of discontent about it from lots of sources. "When the force is facing a spike in murder investigations it is not surprising there is resentment of significant resources diverted to a case that has no apparent connection with London." Madeleine was just three years old when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007. T he McCanns, from Rothley, Leicester, appealed to Mr Cameron to get Scotland Yard to re-examine the disappearance of their daughter after the Portuguese inquiry was labelled "unsolved". A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed the 31 officers assigned to Operation Grange work solely on that investigation and are not involved with other inquiries, according to the Daily Star. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/564729/Police-urged-shelve-Madeleine-McCann-hunt Feel sorry for her parents.but surely there is only so much you can do, especially considering the current police numbers being cut back here in the UK.