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Six police forces in England placed in special measures
at06 + posted a topic in UK Policing NewsSix police forces in England are under special measures, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said. The Metropolitan Police, the UK's largest police force, was placed under special measures this week after a series of failures. The watchdog said there are now six police forces in special measures. The forces are the Met, Greater Manchester, Cleveland, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire and Wiltshire. Inspectors have raised "systemic concerns" about the Met, including its substandard response to emergency calls, "barely adequate" crime recording and a backlog of child abuse referrals. A watchdog letter to the Met said failures have been exacerbated by the number of young and inexperienced recruits brought in as part of the national drive to replace thousands of officers cut during austerity measures. Matt Parr, from HMICFRS, wrote to acting Met Commissioner Sir Stephen House, saying the organisation has had "substantial and persistent concerns" about the force "for a considerable time". These included the findings of a damning report in March which said the force's approach to tackling corruption was "fundamentally flawed" and "not fit for purpose". Wiltshire Police was the latest to confirm it will move into special measures. PCC Philip Wilkinson told BBC Radio Wiltshire's Dan O'Brien that a report into the force, due to be released next week, will show the change. He said: "My role as PCC is clear: to be the public's voice on policing, to scrutinise, challenge and support Wiltshire Police to provide an effective, efficient, policing service which meets the needs of its communities and to hold Wiltshire Police to account for the service it provides to the public. "I am aware of, and welcome, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) intention to provide closer scrutiny to Wiltshire Police further to their recent PEEL (Police Efficiency, Effectiveness and Legitimacy) inspection, and their intention to move Wiltshire Police to the 'engage' phase of scrutiny. "We remain in close contact with the Inspectorate and I will be able to make a more detailed statement once the inspection report has been published in full." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-61993621
Failed Wiltshire PCC candidate has second historic criminal offence, ITV investigation finds
Wikicop20 + posted a topic in UK Policing NewsITV News link Looks like Mr Seed has more than one offence under his belt. We are having a re-election at a £1.5 million bill and months of wasted work all because on individual and party thought it was OK to let a convicted (drink driving) person run.
Prison Officer jailed; smuggled drugs in her underwear (BBC)
Wikicop20 + posted a topic in UK Policing Newshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-53950052#:~:text=A former prison guard who,at Erlestoke Prison near Devizes.
Police raise concerns after letting vulnerable patient sleep in patrol car
Remmy + posted a topic in UK Policing NewsKatie Simpkins sleeping in the back of a police car Katie Simpkins had to sleep in the back of a police car in a hospital car park, because there were no beds available. Photograph: Tristan Simpkins/PA Steven Morris A chief constable has expressed deep concern that a patient with serious mental health problems had to sleep in the back of a police car in a hospital car park because there was no bed available for her. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/02/wiltshire-police-hospital-bed-mental-health?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard What would you or your forve have done?
Wiltshire Police and Avon and Somerset Constabulary agree strategic alliance to hit savings targets
sparkydale posted a topic in UK Policing NewsAnd so it begins (well continues...) NEIGHBOURING FORCES AGREE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO HIT SAVINGS TARGETS Discussions have begun which will see specialist police resources and support functions in the Wiltshire and Avon and Somerset forces being shared under a new strategic alliance, or ‘collaboration’ as both forces seek to secure significant savings over the next five years. The two forces already collaborate on Brunel, a shared Major Crime Investigation Team, and Special Branch. Building on these successful foundations, the forces expect a wider collaboration will deliver a more efficient and cost effective police service for local communities. Over the past four years each of the forces has had to find substantial savings and, although this has not been easy, these have been achieved. We anticipate that further significant savings will have to be found by 2018/19 and hope that by collaborating where we can, the impact on the delivery of frontline services will be lessened. Discussions between the Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables about a strategic alliance began in December 2014. These discussions are still at an early stage but it has been agreed that specialist police resources, protective services as well as corporate services will be included in the alliance. It has been agreed that both forces will retain their Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables, and that neighbourhood and response policing will continue to be delivered and overseen locally. Speaking about the proposals, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “We're very optimistic about finding ways of working more closely together in the future. We have a good track record with existing collaborations and there are clear benefits for both forces in pursuing further opportunities." Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson added: “It’s important to stress that Wiltshire Police and Avon and Somerset Police are not merging; both will retain their own leadership and identity. This strategic alliance would look at how we could share more of our resources, such as specialist police resources and office functions. Local policing – which we know is so important to our communities – would continue to be delivered locally in response to communities’ needs. “Police budgets are in a very challenging state and in the coming years this collaboration would help find the savings that both forces need to make.” Posted on Monday 26th January 2015 http://www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk/Events-and-Engagement/News-Archive/2015/Jan/Strategicalliance.aspx