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  1. Home Office says decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Regulations allowing medically-unfit officers to be dismissed if they don't qualify for ill health retirement have been drafted. The Home Office has highlighted its work on so-called "capability dismissal" in its submission to the police remuneration review body. This says: “We have drafted a set of new regulations to allow the dismissal of officers who are medically unfit for officer roles, but who do not meet the strict permanent disablement criteria for ill health retirement. "We have invited partners to engage with this process via a Police Advisory Board Working Group prior to producing a final draft set of regulations for formal consultation.” It is understood that the new power would be used where there is no other role the officer can undertake and if he or she does not qualify for departure through the existing process. Individuals need to be assessed as having a permanent disability following a sometimes lengthy process to qualify for ill health retirement. A Home Office spokesman said: "Capability dismissal on medical grounds will only apply in a small number of circumstances where it may become clear, after all other options have been explored and exhausted, that it is not possible or is no longer possible to identify a role where the adjustments required by an individual officer can reasonably be accommodated by the force. "This will be managed on a case-by-case basis." A version of this concept was suggested in the Winsor Review of pay and conditions in 2011. It said that those who could not continue in their roles after two years should be given a police staff job "if one is available". View On Police Oracle
  2. I have recently joined the community (see new members) but want to, on behalf of the College of Policing, engage with as many members of the SC as possible to seek your views on the design of a model to assess competence of SC officers in the workplace. The proposal arises out of the Winsor review in linking progression through the pay scales to performance and competence for regular officers. However Winsor also recommended that this also apply to the Special Constabulary but without the pay element. I would like any views or comments you may have on the any of the following - viability of all SC officers having an annual appraisal?, whether it should be the force appraisal or a slimmed down version?, if we don't use a PDR / Appraisal what should be used?, what would be the common denominator to assess competence of the core role of a constable (Independent Patrol, accompanied Patrol, something else)?, who should conduct the assessment? and how should we acknowledge and reward performance if pay is not an issue?. In doing this I also need to keep in mind that making it too detailed may lead to officers stepping back from the process or even leaving the SC because of bureaucracy which is not want I want. I will be looking at other ranks within the SC and what is suitable for those ranks but as the majority of members are at Constable rank I would prefer at this stage to concentrate comments at that rank I am happy to take your views here or via the Specials community POLKA page that is available to you all via the College of policing website. Please keep any views you want to publish here within the terms and conditions of this site remembering it is public facing. If you prefer, please leave a comment on the locker room page which is more secure.
  3. Hi everyone I'd be very interested to see the feedback on this poll, which I have kept very basic and to 6 questions so as to keep it concise . This surrounds the activities undertaken by SC's and what they most and least enjoy. The lists are non-exhaustive and would really benefit from "Others" answers being expanded upon. Ideally we'd split this by regional service, and work out what they get their SC's to do compared to others - but that can come later. PS. This is in "General Discussion" rather than "Polls" - so feel free to move this
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  5. Dear Sir   I was puzzled and disappointed to read in Jenni Russell’s comment article ‘Outdated police are swamped by cybercrime’ that the Police Federation is hampering the recruitment of ’20-something computer geeks’ as police constables because we are ‘far more interested in preserving existing jobs’.   Puzzled because of all the national police bodies it is only the Police Federation of England and Wales that has consistently called for the service to adapt better to the modern world.   And why wouldn’t we? It is our members that have to deal with the devastating effect of crime on victims. It is our members that can spend months bringing to justice those responsible. It is they, and we, who have done the most to push for the service to modernise. Ms Russell raises many issues facing the service but the solutions elude her.   • Is the fall in reported crime down to less crime taking place or because the public know police resources aren’t there to deal with it? • If police officers focus their efforts on cybercrime instead of ‘offline’ crime, what should they tell victims who ring in to report burglary, robbery and rape? • Do businesses not report online fraud because they think police will do nothing or because they do not want to admit to their own failings? • Is it the £19,000 starting salary that does the most to put 20-something computer geeks off joining the police?   I am disappointed by the article because the Police Federation has been banging the drum for many years about the same issues as Sir Tom Winsor, HM chief inspector of constabulary, including the importance of crime prevention and outdated police IT infrastructure.   The fact these are still live issues is ultimately down to successive governments who have taken a short term view of policing more focused on the electoral cycle than what our members know works.   Steve White Chairman Police Federation of England and Wales View the full article
  6. Ten coppers to catch a flipping seal! And still the police moan about cuts... Police were able to rustle up no fewer than ten officers at short notice to help rescue a stranded seal near St Helens in Merseyside. Rescue operation begins for mystery seal in Merseyside On the one hand, they were alleging that thousands of coppers are being sacked because of the cruel Coalition cuts, putting the public at risk. Yet on the other, the police were able to rustle up no fewer than ten officers at short notice to help rescue a stranded seal. Far from being stretched to breaking point, that impressive turn-out would tend to suggest that the police in that part of the world, at least, haven’t got anything better to do. Press photographs and television news footage showed officers in protective elbow and knee pads manning the barricades while half a dozen firemen in crash helmets and wildlife volunteers prodded the seal with brooms. Eventually they managed to round up the bewildered mammal, which is believed to have become disorientated after getting lost in the River Mersey and swimming through a series of brooks until it reached dry land. So we know how the seal got there, but what were ten coppers doing at the scene? Come to that, why were any police officers needed for this operation? Surely this was a job for the RSPCA, not the county constabulary. Perhaps they thought the seal was going to escape and run amok, causing havoc in the local community. Can’t be too careful, after all. As they keep telling us, our health and safety is their Number One priority. Why should anyone take their pleas of poverty seriously when an allegedly cash-strapped police force can send ten coppers to help rescue a seal? The police have got previous when it comes to taking down runaway animals. Regular readers may remember the time the North Wales Traffic Taliban Tasered a sheep which had wandered on to the A55 near Bodelwyddan. More recently, police marksmen in Powys shot dead a cow which had broken loose from a livestock market and was holed up on a nearby housing estate. So the stranded seal will probably never know how lucky he was. Eventually, they coaxed him on to a trailer with a piece of mackerel. Couldn’t they have tried that in the first place before dragging ten police officers away from their normal duties? Meanwhile, in Brighton, another drama was unfolding which also illustrates the bizarre priorities of our modern police ‘service’. Officers responded with ‘blues and twos’ flashing lights on their patrol cars to an ‘emergency’ call-out at a cinema, where staff falsely accused a party of 12-year-old girls of recording the film The Hunger Games on their mobile phones and iPads. The girls were marched out of the cinema and accused of breaking copyright laws. Officers seized their mobile devices and trawled through them for evidence. When they couldn’t find any, the terrified schoolgirls were finally released. Some of them were forced to wait outside in the dark, sobbing, until their parents collected them. George Osborne’s ‘savage cuts’ would take public spending, as a percentage of gross national product, back to almost exactly where it was in the mid-Eighties What the hell did the police think they were playing at? This was hardly the crime of the century. In fact, no crime had been committed. Even if these young girls had been filming clips from the movie, they were pre-teens doing what pre-teens do. So why treat them like hardened criminals? This is just another sad example of the way in which the modern police force is at odds with the community it is paid to ‘serve’. What’s wrong with the police is not lack of money, it’s a complete loss of proportion and a skewed set of priorities. The most laughable line in the Guardian scare story about the police being on the point of collapse was a claim from Labour’s shadow policing spokesman that the Coalition is ‘taking policing back to the 1980s’. It’s an advance on the recent ‘back to the 1930s’ drivel, but if the police really were being dragged back into the Eighties, most of us would say: Bring it on. (Coincidentally, Osborne’s ‘savage cuts’ would take public spending, as a percentage of gross national product, back to almost exactly where it was in the mid-Eighties.) Those of us who remember the Eighties recall that we had proper police stations in every town and borough, not ‘drop in’ shops open a few short hours a day and closed at night and at weekends. We also had foot patrols and ‘home beat’ officers who knew everyone on their patch, including the villains. If you were burgled, you could expect to see a copper within half an hour. They’d make some attempt to catch the culprit, not offer you counselling and a note for the insurance before writing your case off as ‘NFA’ — no further action. If you called the police, you’d be put through to someone with knowledge of the area in which you lived. Today you get transferred to a remote call centre and your nearest nick can be anything up to 30 miles away. The closest thing you ever see to an old-fashioned beat copper is a low-paid, poorly-trained ‘community support’ officer. In the Eighties, patrol officers thought it was their job to keep the traffic moving. Now the police close motorways for hours on end after even minor accidents, treating every crash as a ‘major crime scene’ and to hell with the paying public. They’re all living in their own CSI movie. Chief Constables are selected not for their thief-taking abilities, but for their willingness to enforce the new state religion of ‘diversity’. Forget about car thefts and house-breaking, what really matters is sniffing out exciting new ‘hate crimes’ and trawling Twitter for someone posting an ‘inappropriate’ remark. Police chiefs are also chosen for their political skills and are expected to dress to the Left. That’s why they are such enthusiastic and vociferous promoters of the mendacious Labour/Guardianista/BBC rolling propaganda campaign against the ‘savage cuts’. Why should anyone take their pleas of poverty seriously when an allegedly cash-strapped police force can send ten coppers to help rescue a seal? The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire claimed recently that his force would become ‘unviable’ if his budget was cut any further. Lincolnshire is a large county, but with a small population. How difficult can it be to police? Market Rasen is hardly a walk on the wild side. Is it too much to ask that over the next week, Britain’s police chiefs make a collective resolution to stop bleating about the cuts, show some common sense and start doing the job they’re paid for? Perhaps if the police spent less money on fancy new headquarters, high-speed BMWs and helicopters, they may have more to spend on front-line ‘services’. The Met Commissioner moans that he’s stretched to the limit, yet at one time had more officers investigating alleged phone-hacking by journalists than serving on the murder squad. He also diverted experienced detectives from major incident teams to round up ageing celebrities accused of ‘historic’ sex crimes, in a deranged over-reaction to police failings over Jimmy Savile. Next time the police complain they are short of ‘resources’ look how many officers they manage to find to ransack the homes of innocent entertainers such as Jimmy Tarbuck and Jim Davidson. Why should anyone take their pleas of poverty seriously when an allegedly cash-strapped police force can send ten coppers to help rescue a seal? This week, Greater Manchester Police revealed that a man had dialled 999 to report a hedgehog in his garden. They must have been short of staff that day, otherwise, if they had stayed true to form they’d have dispatched an armed response team in a helicopter to shoot it. Mind you, if they had done, the Guardian would have wheeled out a bunch of animal rights activists to demand that we spend tens of millions of pounds we haven’t got on a judge-led public inquiry into police brutality against hedgehogs. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2885806/RICHARD-LITTLEJOHN-Ten-coppers-catch-flipping-seal-police-moan-cuts.html#ixzz3NZ78ajKz I normally would not place up a story like this, but for the reply. Video on web site! An open Letter to Richard Littlejohn January 1, 2015 by Chris Hobbs On Christmas Eve, in his regular column in the Daily Mail, Richard Littlejohn wrote a story entitled ‘Ten coppers to catch a flipping seal! And still the police moan about cuts…’ With insult now added to injury by virtue of Tom Winsor being awarded a knighthood, Chris Hobbs, a retired Metropolitan Police officer, responds with an open letter to Littlejohn. Dear Richard, Like many serving and retired police officers, I assiduously read your column and thoroughly enjoy your acerbic criticism of the absurdly politically correct or ludicrous ‘elf n safety.’ You frequently criticise police yet all too often your criticisms of petty bureaucracy and appalling leadership are not only justified but applauded by rank and file officers who regard you as a champion of good policing and a friend of the frontline. So what went wrong this time? I’ll be quite honest; it looked as if you had written this in the immediate aftermath of sinking one over the eight or in the midst of the world’s worst hangover. The criticism of the Merseyside police officers who attended the scene of the rescue of Dumbledore the seal was especially hurtful. These were Merseyside police officers who, just days previously, had had a colleague brutally murdered, reportedly for simply being recognised as a police officer. Like Theresa May and the Home Office you stayed very quiet on that one Richard. Could you not, if you felt they were wasting their time, just simply put in call to the Chief Constable and had a quiet word. Was it really necessary to publically humiliate them complete with photographs? I suspect that the police who turned up were members of a Merseyside PSU who patrol in a carrier, rather like the Met’s Territorial Support Group. I’m sure you know their role Richard. They are the ones who are in the frontline of riots or other serious public disorder. They are the officers called to attend the most dangerous situations to deal with the most violent. They are the officers deputed to search for missing persons including children or those who get down on their hands and knees to search for clues after serious crimes. So what probably happened on this day Richard? It was a quiet morning just before Christmas and on hearing the call and having no calls or incidents to deal with, they probably decided to go to the scene and see if they could help. That’s what police officers join for Richard; they actually want to help, although sadly some become a little bitter and twisted not just from the danger and abuse they endure in the course of their work, but from armchair critics and politicians eager to hit on an easy target. All the time they were helping Richard, they would be listening to their radios ready to rush to any situation where they were more urgently needed. And what of Dumbledore, Richard? In addition to the police, the fire brigade were also present. Should they have been or should they have been reserving their skills for real fires or pulling people out of road accidents? And of course, as it seems Dumbledore has some unpleasant injuries as a result of his exploits, should the emergency services have even bothered to turn up? The emergency services refusing to help a stranded seal who eventually dies a slow and agonising death in a farmer’s field would be a master class of PR wouldn’t it? I can just imagine the scathing comments from your media colleagues. And let’s discuss the other incident you have decided to heap your venom upon. Are you seriously suggesting that officers listened to a call that stated that schoolgirls were illegally recording a cinema film on their mobiles and turned on their sirens and blues and twos? Let me tell you what may well have happened. The operator takes a call from the cinema and in the background can hear screaming, shouting and the sounds of a disturbance. Was that operator right to err on the side of caution and get officers to the scene as quickly as possible in case the incident was a serious one, say involving a maniac going berserk in the cinema with a machete. Should that had have been a life threatening incident of this nature, you know full well that those same officers you disparaged would have put their lives on the line to resolve the situation. Obviously you have a bee in your bonnet about traffic police Richard and you’ll be pleased to know, as will errant motorists, drunken drivers and car thieves who put other road user’s lives at risk, traffic police numbers are getting fewer and fewer because of the cuts you imply are not a problem. Traffic police are not even popular with their own colleagues who refer to them as ‘black rats’ but believe you me Richard they are a welcome sight as they arrive at the scene of the mangled wreckage of a car accident where chaos, destruction, serious injury and death are the hallmarks. Given the horrendous sights that they see and the death messages to distraught relatives they have to deliver, perhaps they could be forgiven for being a tad impatient when dealing with motorists whose antics put others at risk. Now, I’ll surprise you here Richard by agreeing with you. It does take too long for broken down vehicles or vehicles involved in minor accidents, to be removed from the scene, but that’s not the fault of the police. Have a word with the Highways Agency here, Richard, not the traffic cops. As for serious accidents, where there is a chance of death, any accident scene is to all intents and purposes a crime scene. As soon as the road is opened, that scene is lost. If it was one of your loved ones Richard, wouldn’t you want answers and any guilty party brought to justice? I rather think you would. I am aware Richard that once a year you a welcome guest at a CID dinner and that you also spent a day with the Met’s SCO19 armed police unit when you came away quite impressed with the professionalism you found. Can I respectfully suggest that you ask to ‘ride along’ with a traffic unit, perhaps for an early morning tour of duty, so you can actually attend some of the accidents we all hear about on morning radio news bulletins. Or perhaps a night duty and the joy of dealing with an accident in the pitch blackness of a busy motorway. You obviously have strong views in respect of cutbacks and indeed many rank and file officers may well agree with you on certain points. Some would dearly love to get their hands on high speed BMWs as their own clapped out vehicles are held together with little more than string but your comment on helicopters defies belief. It is course far easier and safer to control a police car chase using a helicopter than to have police vehicles actively having to maintain close contact with the ‘bandit’ vehicle and not infrequently having to let the bad guys get away on ‘elf and safety’ grounds. Searching for escaping criminals in either urban or rural conditions, it’s the helicopter every time. Looking for missing children or other missing persons, where searches need to be made of countryside, park or wooded areas, send for the helicopter. Getting an overview of rioting or other serious public disorder that still occurs in the vicinity of football grounds so that police can be directed quickly to the heart of the trouble before anyone gets seriously hurt, yes it’s that wretched helicopter again. For chief officers of police to put their knighthoods, peerages and future post retirement government linked consultancies at stake by saying the cuts are going too far surely must tell you that matters are lurching into the red danger zone. Sounded a bit like you there Richard didn’t I? Yet, to be fair, and I have to say to be rather fairer than you were, your article does contain points that the hard pressed rank and file would agree with. No they are not comfortable with the war being waged against journalists which ensures that any police contact with the media is controlled in a way that would delight North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Equally, of course the rank and file are less than happy with many journalists who delight in highlighting any police transgression whilst ignoring the dozens of acts of bravery, kindness and compassion that take place on a daily basis. Yes, the rank and file agree that suspects can be kept on bail for far too long and of course it can be the police officers themselves who are kept in limbo regarding criminal proceedings. Then if the CPS say ‘no case to answer’ officers then are likely to have to wait for more agonising months while the police disciplinary procedure takes its snail like course. Equally it must have been hell for those innocent celebrities yet of course the problem lies with the fact that many were not and police are being slammed for not investigating the likes of Jimmy Saville until it was too late. What has occurred with celebrities may well pale into insignificance when details of establishment figures involved in child abuse emerge into the public domain, if of course they ever do. You haven’t said anything about these investigations Richard; are they justified or not? Yet, Richard, life is not like you see it on the telly where detectives have the luxury of dealing with one case at a time and get their forensics dealt with the same day CSI or NCIS style. The twenty eight days maximum bail duration proposed by Theresa May falls flat on its face by virtue of the fact that forensics will normally take two to three months to come back. Experienced detectives of the sort you meet every year are a dying breed. Those that are left are being diverted from their usual investigations of burglary, serious assault and drugs dealing to cope with the increased threat of terrorism, historical abuse cases including the huge cloud that hangs over the establishment. Also requiring urgent investigation are current abuse allegations including domestic violence, elder abuse, female genital mutilation and slavery to name but a few. To make matters worse detective and other training is being cut to the bone with its inevitable consequences. Make no mistake Richard, such is the caseload of many local CID officers it is inevitable that ‘things will fall through the cracks’ and guess who will get the blame? Yes, Facebook and Twitter abuse investigation can be both irritating and trivial Richard but what do you say to the parent that finds his or her child hanging in their bedroom because police refused to deal with the abuse that their child had to endure via social media? The frontline would also agree with you Richard that community policing is being wiped out in large swathes of the country as reluctant officers are forced back into response, administration and crime investigation roles to cover shortages. Make no mistake proactive, community based patrolling will soon be consigned to history. Talking of social media, Richard, you might like to know that police chiefs loathe it simply because officers who are brave enough can expose shortcomings in policing. It is from social media we learn that 999 calls are being stacked up and frequently going unanswered as there is ‘no unit to deal.’ Some police officer tweets make horrendous reading as individuals bravely state their sheer frustration at not being able to help those who need it. As for Lincolnshire being some sort of backwater Richard, you should again perhaps request a Friday or Saturday night ‘ride along’ with officers who attempt to keep the ‘lid on’ in places like Boston, Skegness and Lincoln. If I were a schoolteacher Richard, which thank heavens I’m not, I would order you (can teachers ‘order’ these days?) to rewrite your piece leaving out the red herrings of the unfortunate Dumbledore and possible schoolgirl misdemeanours. If you concentrate on the real issues which concern both the frontline police and the public you might find officers still willing to buy you a drink at the next CID dinner. And finally Richard, please don’t stick the boot in by congratulating Tom Winsor on his knighthood in your next column. Kind regards Chris Hobbs (Metropolitan Police 1978 to 2011) Courtesy of Chris Hobbs http://www.guerillapolicy.org/policing/2015/01/01/an-open-letter-to-richard-littlejohn/
  7. Police fail to record one in five of all crimes reported to them, says HMIC report The problem is greatest for victims of violent crime, with a third going unrecorded. Of sexual offences, 26% are not recorded. An HM Inspectorate of Constabulary report looked at more than 8,000 reports of crime in England and Wales. The watchdog said the failure to record crime properly was "indefensible". Home Secretary Theresa May described the findings as "utterly unacceptable", but police representatives said the situation had improved since the study. 'Serious concern' The inspection reviewed reports of crime between November 2012 and October 2013 across all 43 forces in England and Wales. It found that: Among the sample, 37 rape allegations were not recorded as a crimeFor 3,842 reported crimes, offenders were given a caution or a penalty notice - but inspectors believe 500 of those should have been charged or given a heavier penalty3,246 of those offences that were recorded were then deemed to be "no crimes" - but inspectors believe 20% of those decisions were wrong and a crime had been committedThe incidents recorded as "no-crimes" including 200 reports of rape and 250 of violent crimeby Danny Shaw, BBC home affairs correspondent The under-recording of crime is more than a question of getting the statistics wrong. If an offence isn't officially logged, it may not be investigated. And without a police inquiry there's no hope of finding the perpetrator and preventing other crimes. Inspectors say there may well be people on the streets now, able to commit more crimes, who would have been locked up had their original offence been properly dealt with. There are indications that some forces are improving. But there's also a warning in the report that increasing workload pressures among police - who are having to do more with considerably less - will "sharpen" the incentive not to record crimes. "The position in the case of rape and other sexual offences is a matter of especially serious concern," said Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor. "It is particularly important that in cases as serious as rape, these shortcomings are put right as a matter of the greatest urgency. In some forces, action is already being taken in this respect." He said the police should "immediately institutionalise" the presumption that the victim is to be believed. "If evidence later comes to light which shows that no crime occurred, then the record should be corrected; that is how the system is supposed to work," he added. 'Lapses in leadership' Police are obliged to inform victims about their decisions, but in more than 800 of the cases examined there was no record of the victim having been told. Victims may have been under the impression that their crimes were being investigated when they were not, the report said. It said relatively little firm evidence had been found of undue pressure being put on officers to manipulate figures. Tom Winsor said the presumption should be that victims should be believed But in a survey, some officers and staff did say performance and other pressures were distorting their crime-recording decisions, "and when presented with that picture, a number of forces admitted it". Inspectors were told that pressure to hit crime reduction targets imposed by "middle managers" had the effect of limiting the number of crimes logged. The report recommended that standard training established by the College of Policing be provided by each force. 'Pressures from workload' Mrs May said: "It is never acceptable for the police to mis-record crime. Failing to do so not only lets down victims, but the wider public who expect to be able to trust the integrity of police recorded crime." There had been "utterly unacceptable failings" in the way police forces have recorded crime but matters were improving, she said. Shadow policing minister Jack Dromey said it was time for Mrs May to "get a grip on this and make urgent changes to the way the police record crime". Chief Constable Jeff Farrar, lead for crime recording at the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: "Pressures from workload and target culture, use of professional judgment in the interests of victims, lack of understanding of recording rules or inadequate supervision can all lead to inaccurate crime recording. "There have been allegations of improper practice, such as dishonest manipulation, in crime recording, however, the biggest and most in-depth inspection ever conducted by HMIC could not find anyone to come forward with any firm evidence to support this." Ch Supt Irene Curtis, president of the Police Superintendents' Association, said recorded crime was a measure of demand on police resources rather than police performance. "HMIC's report covers a period of at least 12 months ago and recognises that considerable improvements have already been made since that period," she said. Crime numbers Earlier this year an interim report by Mr Winsor, covering 13 forces, made a similar conclusion that a fifth of crimes could be going unrecorded by police. An unrecorded crime is classed as one that is reported to the police but not recorded as an offence. Last month, official figures showed the number of rapes reported to and recorded by police in England and Wales was at its highest ever level. The Office for National Statistics said there were 22,116 recorded rapes in the year to June, a rise of 29% on the year before. Separate statistics from the Crime Survey for England and Wales showed overall crime fell by 16% to 7.1 million cases. IN REALITY 1.Nu Labour introduced performance targeting in 1997 2.Before this, the recorded crime & detection rate of the 43 forces had always been as you would expect, some good and some not-so-good. 3.Performance targeting rewarded Chief Officers with 15% bonus payments on top of their salaries. 4.Within 3 years (and for the first time in history) all but one of the 43 forces reflected massive decreases in recorded crime and increases in detections. 5.The dramatic downturn in recorded crime played a major part in the Coalition decision to include policing in the comprehensive spending review plan for cuts to the service that we have witnessed. 6.Crime rates play a large part of determining the resources required to police a force area. 7.Manipulated statistics lies at the very heart of what enabled politicians to use policing as a political football. "Crime has fallen dramatically" they said "so now we can deliver more with less". 9.The Chief Officers who were responsible, constructed, oversaw, turned an blind eye or allowed to continue the pernicious deceitful processes imposed upon the rank and file and the public. 10.The rank and file officers were compelled to implement policies that compromised their professional integrity. 11.The Public Affairs Select Committee, driven by the evidence of James Patrick and others revealed that recorded crime had been fiddled mercilessly for years. Chief Officers brought before the committee presented woefully, despicably defending the strategies they had either engineered or endorsed. 12. The Office of National Statistics withdrew its approval for police recorded crime, throwing official mistrust over the numbers. 13.Theresa May and others continued to adopt the "crime is falling because of our efforts" mantra. 14.It is no surprise that HMIC have found there is an "inexcusably poor" level of police recording of crime - with more than 800,000 crimes unrecorded each year. 15.It is also no surprise that the HMIC could only ever scratch the surface of the consequence of these practices. We would hardly expect there to be a paper trail of guilt ridden evidence leading the inspectors to uncover the whole spiders web mess that has been created. 16.When pointing the finger of blame for the malaise that exists within the service, yes, Theresa May, Tom Winsor Tony Blair and other notables have been instrumental. 17. The heaviest mantle of responsibility must lie with the Chief and senior officers, who, from 1997 onward, lacked the courage, vision and moral compass to resist performance targeting and the payment of divisive corruptive incentive bonuses. Only they benefitted. Everyone else, rank and file and the general public were cheated of the police service we deserve. 18.Chief Officers represent(ed) the service. If there had been more leaders and fewer managers, we might have seen a stronger resistance and rejection of performance targeting resulting in so much corruption and malpractice and decimation of morale.
  8. On Tuesday 18 November 2014 Wiltshire Police will once again be offering opportunities for people who are seeking a career as a police officer. The last recruitment campaign took place in November 2013. The on-line application will be open for eleven days until Friday 28 November, so people can apply any time within that period. Wiltshire Police are running another recruitment process this year in their search for dedicated people with the right skills, knowledge and experience to join the devoted team of police officers who provide an excellent policing service across the county. Chief Constable Pat Geenty said; “I am delighted that we are in a position to recruit additional police officers. Although the service is facing many challenges, policing remains an excellent career choice. “It offers an exceptionally diverse career in public service, offering individuals the chance to make a real difference to local communities.” Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson said: “We are looking for people who have a clear commitment to serve the public. “We want to recruit people of high integrity who can willingly sign up to the Values and Behaviours which are now part of the DNA of Wiltshire Police. “We are looking for intelligent people who will be conscientious in carrying out their duties. “I hope that the force will select candidates who possess emotional intelligence because they will be dealing with a wide range of people and often at times of stress or personal crisis. “We are also once again encouraging applications from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police.” Applications are welcomed from both current Wiltshire Police staff and from members of the public. Applicants must be aged between 18 and 57 and be able to prove the following qualifications: Level 3 qualification (A Level Grade E) or above, in any subject or equivalent GCSEs A*- C in English Language or Literature or equivalent, CSE English Grade 1, O Level English Grade C or above GCSE Maths A* - E, or functional/numeracy skills Level 2 or equivalent. The initial salary will be £19,383 per year as specified in the Winsor recommendations. In addition, all applicants must: Be physically fit and in good health - you will be required to pass a medical examination and fitness test Have good unaided vision and must not suffer from any morbid eye conditions. Severe colour vision deficiencies would not pass the eyesight test Be a British Citizen or a member of the European Community, European Economic Area, Commonwealth Citizen or be a foreign national who is resident in the UK, free of restrictions and with unrestricted leave to remain Have lived in the UK for three years prior to the date the application is made Hold a full UK driving licence by the date of appointment (start date) Not have any outstanding County Court Judgements against them or have been registered bankrupt without the debts having been discharged. All applicants should also be aware that: There is no maximum or minimum height restriction They will have samples of their DNA and their fingerprints taken as part of the vetting process and a search against any outstanding crimes will be made before an appointment is made All police officer candidates will be subject to alcohol and drugs misuse testing before an appointment is made If you are or ever have been a member of the BNP or similar organisations (Combat 18, National Front etc.) your application will be rejected Convictions or cautions will not necessarily preclude you from appointment. It will depend on their nature and the circumstances of the offence. Failure to disclose convictions or cautions will, however, result in your application being terminated Tattoos will not necessarily preclude you from appointment. However there are limitations on the design and location of the tattoo. This will be assessed in the application process. Applicants must apply via the online pre-assessment tool which can only be hosted on the following browsers; Internet Explorer 7 or above, Firefox 3.6, Google Chrome 8, Safari 5 (Mac and PC). The online pre-assessment tool has not been developed for mobile platforms (iPads, tablets, iPhones etc.) so applicants will need to use a laptop or desktop computer. For more information please call the Recruitment Team on 01380 734132 (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm) or email recruitment@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk. Please do not call 101 for information about the recruitment process. http://www.wiltshire.police.uk/index.php/newsand-appeals/1-latest-news/6327-wiltshire-police-are-looking-for-new-recruits
  9. The sad words of a Bobby who has had enough… I suppose I’m writing this as a kind of therapy to myself. I’m a Cop in a County Constabulary not far from London. We’re a smallish force and quickly getting smaller. I’m a mid thirties guy with two small kiddies and a wife. I’m considered reasonably young in service with around three years; joining the job late in life because it took 4 yrs due to First recruitment freeze with the Met in 2008 and as a result of transferring out. I stomached the pay cut, my wife stomached me staying away as did my young boys. The family has stomached me working nights, Xmas, birthdays, rest days, called in short notice for deployment, finishing late, missing school plays, missing wife’s birthday, missing funerals, weddings and get-togethers. Despite all of this, I enjoy my job and love working with my brothers and sisters on the thinner than ever blue line; the closet friends you could ever have, the best friends you could ever ask for too. I have however, just resigned from the Office of Constable as I feel that the sacrifice that we all make as Officers doesn’t offset the return. I’ll explain what I mean. These days – due to Winsor – a Probationer Police Constable starts on £21k per annum (luckily I started before this.) This disgusts me, a Probie is exposed to the same risks, dangers, marital and health problems we all are exposed to. A Probie will probably be working harder for a result than any substantive PC who knows the quickest route round most jobs. A Probie will also be under a lot more pressure than a substantive PC because he/she will want to get it right, not let down his/her established shift that they’ve just joined. There’s a chap on my shift who works so hard with under a years service and yet he’s paid less than most regular ‘safer’ jobs. To me it’s wrong, but he’s incredibly proud to be in the Police, as we all are. We have just been made aware of another load of cuts mounting to 20% of our budget. My Constabulary has identified the partial amount, from where I don’t know. There is an outstanding deficit of approx £7 million that is yet to be realised and ascertained as to where that will come from. I am told it won’t affect the front line ? Really ? Let’s be honest here, there’s only so much fat you can skim from the top before you ruin the good stuff underneath. You can’t stretch the stretched beyond the limit otherwise it will snap. I am told that with the cuts that are made there are an army of Specials and Volunteers to take up posts. Well let me tell these people this, coming from an ex Special: Good luck! What you do is honourable within your spare time, and you should be paid something for sure. But please don’t think for one minute that what you do is anything like a regular Police Constable. The pressures of a workload, cuts, staff shortages, lack of family time, health etc etc will be spared from you. If you go on to eventually join the Job you will soon realise what I mean. Having said that, your time is really appreciated by your regular colleagues and very welcome. Despite what the media say about the Police and despite what the Public believe, we are the most amazing group of professionals. Our work ethic, morals, motivation and skills are second to none, we really are a credit to the UK. I wish that this was realised and promoted more. I’m incredibly proud to put on my uniform, pull on my stabby, kit up with my PPE, grab a set of keys and go out to patrol. I love nicking people that need to be nicked and making the problem leave in a set of cuffs. I’m not so keen on Facebook jobs and diary appointments for dogs that have barked too loud or shit on the wrong spot but never the less I am a very proud PC. I joined with a view to move up the ranks – a job for life and for amazing experiences. I have had amazing experiences and I’ve had awful, awful ones. Why am I going? Simply put, there’s no incentive for me to stay. I worry about the cuts to us all, I worry the Goverment isn’t straight with is and does not support us enough. The Government doesn’t understand the role and they don’t understand us. There is no opportunity for promotion any time soon. Our workloads will be increasing with ever more station closures and natural wastage. The Job will become more dangerous due to lack of staff and supporting skilled specialists. To give you an example, we share our helicopter with another 4 or 5 forces now and often there is only one dog unit in the county. This is incredibly frustrating when these are two of the most useful tools on a night shift when there’s a burglary in progress or an escaping dangerous offender. The pension, although still fairly decent, I don’t pay into anymore – because I can’t afford to. I need the £300+ a week that it costs me now rather than later. My Children miss me, as does my wife (sometimes) and I really miss them all. The sacrifices i make for the job don’t outweigh the fact I miss their development and special moments. It’s just not worth doing. The Job is not designed for a chap/chapess at my stage of life, with my aspirations anymore. Shame really because we add some good life experience to the pot. I’m going back to Private Sector. I have luckily got a really good job – Monday to Friday – with some really good benefits and a far better basic wage. I’m so sorry that it’s come to this, it’s the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. Leaving a job I love because I know that it’s going to be a long time before any real improvement and at the same time my kiddies are getting older and I’m missing out on more. I know I’ve made the right decision but it’s been bloody hard and I’m very sad about it. Take care colleagues, stay safe, you’re all brilliant. - Sadly one of many, undoubtedly committed and loyal officers we're losing because those in power just don't really care.
  10. I am a Serving Special Constable with the Metropolitan Police. My annoyance is at the MET/some other forces for making Special Constables work their absolute backsides off for Independent Patrol Status which takes 6 Months at a MINIMUM, that is if you volunteer almost full time and 18 Months on average. Whereas CKP applicants only need fork out £800 - £900 for a qualification, which from what I hear is not very difficult at all, and then pass a PC Day 1 which they get FREE support for included in their CKP package. What an absolute kick in the teeth! Please reassure me that I am not wasting my time.
  11. When is it coming out? I though it was supposed to be in Jan?...
  12. Evening, Just a quick one, I’ve had experiences of both English and Scottish forces as well as urban and rural / semi rural policing. Been at it 5 years now since I was green eyed 18 year old. Currently a regular in Scotland, however, I’m looking to transfer to the Met in the next 12 months or so. I have it on good authority they’ll be opening up periodically around every 6 months or so for transfers in the near future. I’ve always fancied the Met mainly for the apparent uniqueness of policing London. In addition I’m also starting to miss working in a purely urban / inner city environment. I know it’s going through a lot of change at the minute, but thought I’d seek some advice from people in the know (Met colleagues) prior to applying. Any advice on effects of Windsor / force organisation / force moral would be appreciated. Cheers.
  13. Just out of interest, should Winsor become implemented in full and privatisation continue it's merciless creep into the Police Service, I wonder if any PCs have given any thought to life outside the job; be it after resigning, redundancy, A19 or retirement? And how to make yourself that little bit more appealing in the private sector. Being a Police Officer we all know we have high tolerance levels, good discipline and personal responsibility, excellent communication and problem-solving skills, high levels of confidence, and a whole host of other qualities. But the problem is we don't really have anything formal that recognises these skills, and in the private sector it's all about what qualities you can evidence on the CV. No-one outside of the job will be able to understand what it is we do, so explaining it to them will prove difficult. I wonder if anyone has thought about spending some time while in the Police preparing for a life away from it, in terms of enrichment or qualifications, and whether you'd bother to try and make yourself a more attractive investment; either so that the Police will hold onto you, or to enable you to take a job with G4S when they ultimately take over the world? I have signed up to start a course in September through the University of Portsmouth, for an FdA in Police Studies. Now I've always been 'anti' these degrees for prospective Police applicants, thinking that they're too specific and pigeon-holed, and limiting your prospects should you fail to become a PC. However as someone who is already a PC, the content of the course looks quite interesting and specific, and it will allow for progression onto BScs in Crime & Criminology, Risk & Security Management, or Counter Fraud and CJS. The course itself has no examinations, relying on coursework alone, and the final project in the second year is work-based, meaning you will need to come up with and complete a project in the 'real world'. A couple of chaps in CID have completed it and speak highly of it, which ultimately made my decision for me, and they're both continuing to BSc level with another 18 months work. The course is also only available to serving PCs, PCSOs or SCs, so you won't be mingling with MOPs. My hope is that once I have my BSc or MSc in something like Criminology, Counter-Corruption or Policing, Policy & Leadership it will put me in good stead for internal moves and promotion, and hopefully make me a good investment for my Force. And equally it will give me a good qualification to evidence for work away from the Police with a host of organisations. I just wonder what others thoughts on such a thing are... I'm personally quite looking forward to studying again and developing myself further. Never thought I'd be saying I missed study mind you!
  14. Join the march – Thursday 10th of May 2012 – are you going? I haven’t seen much mention of the upcoming Police Federation march at London on Thursday the 10th of May on the website and as the most visited Police form in the UK, who is going?? I have posted this in ‘general discussion’ to reach a wider audience as the march is open to all serving and retired Police officers, Specials, staff, friends & family and members of the public. In my opinion the basis for the march concerns everyone and is not restricted to ‘regular’s only’ or ‘regular’s zone’. If you are seeking to join the service in any capacity, then you need to be aware of the issues of concern as they will affect you. For those who are unaware of what I’m posting about, thousands of police officers from across the country are to march through London to show their determination to resist the Government’s unprecedented programme of cuts to police numbers and degradation of officers’ conditions of employment. Many within the service feel that we are currently being attacked by all angles from the current government in the form of the Hutton, Windsor 1 & 2 and Neyroud reports. Not to mention the 20% cut’s to Policing budgets. There are far too many issues to be mentioned in my post, but some of the more emotive to officers are; · Reduction in Police officer pay · Pay freeze for four years (last increase Sept 2010) · Direct entry reducing promotion opportunities · Buy-out of overtime · Police officers subject to compulsory redundancy (but without any employee rights) · Officers injured in the line of duty made redundant if unable to conduct ‘front line duties’ · Privatisation of some Policing services Please see more information here; https://www.metfed.org.uk/support/uploads/1334060804Fed%20march.pdf

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