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Posted by Black Rat on 11 December 2011 - 10:42 AM

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#572792 Updates from @MPSMerton @GMPBlackley and @MPSBrownswood

Posted by kenworthy on 29 November 2013 - 04:37 PM

Dear Friends,

l hope that you have all had a good week. I have deliberately delayed my weekly message as I have been doing nights this weekend and I felt sure something would happen that I could write about.

Merton Borough has come a huge distance in a really short time since the implementation of the Local Policing Model. The required spending & efficiency savings provided a real opportunity for us to look at what we do and ask ourselves what needed to change. However, they simply would not have been possible without the willingness of our teams and individuals to accept the need for change and then the commitment to push through the pain barrier to make them happen.

LPM has been a once in a generation opportunity for us to change the face of policing and put the focus back into Boroughs. We have increased the number of Police Constables and strengthened our Safer Neighbourhood Teams by reducing the number of managers we have, realigning supervision ratios to those seen in other forces across the country.

 

I am not going to pretend that it hasn't been tough and that we still have some way to go to embed this as the way we do business at Merton but on Friday night, just after I started nights, there was a serious assault in Mitcham. A man was bottled in the neck and it looked initially as if it would become a murder. What I witnessed over the next few hours reinforced how privileged I am to be the Borough Commander here at Merton.

The teamwork, leadership, quick thinking and resilience shown by every officer involved was exemplary. Not only this but the injured man's life was saved by the actions of the officers and two members of the public who gave him first aid. One of members of public even took of his own jumper to use as a temporary bandage and stemmed the flow of the bleeding.

What I witnessed during this incident and over the weekend makes me believe that I could put our team here at Merton up against any team on any borough on any day.

It's not just my personal view either;

  • We have the best response times anywhere in South London
  • We have the highest public satisfaction anywhere in London
  • We have the best satisfaction rates for BAME victims of crime anywhere - improving 7% - the biggest rise in MPS.
  • We have the lowest fear of ASB anywhere in London
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I didn't do these things - the officers, police staff, PCSO's, special constables and volunteers did in whatever role they perform on this borough.

 

Of course we still make mistakes and very occasionally we get things wrong. We still need to get better at getting back to victims of crime when we say we will and as you may have seen or read in the news recently, across the MPS there are some challenges around our primary detection rates.

However, what is clear here in Merton is that we get most things right, most of the time. I am very proud to be Borough Commander at such a pivotal time for the MPS

Part of my role is to go to events celebrating the amazing partnership activity that goes on in Merton. On Thursday I went to an event at the House of Commons to recognise the positive impact that "Fight for Change" has had here. Fight for Change are a sporting charity that involves the Rio Ferdinand Foundation to access funding through the London Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund. They have been delivering training and accreditations to young people from Mitcham and it was heart warming to hear our young men describe how this project has helped them make positive changes to their lives.

Later on Thursday evening, I went to the awesome "Merton Messiah". It really was an amazing evening specially put together to help raise money to provide Christmas meals for at most in need families this Christmas. Thank you those who came along and special thank you to Stephen Hammond MP, Siobhain McDonagh MP, Councillor Stephen Alambritis and Richard Lewis from AELTC for donating items for the auction. The biggest thanks go to Ioannis Dekas and his team. They must have worked incredibly hard to organise and produce such a brilliant event and it was a huge honour for me to be a part of it.

  
I have two important events to tell you about for this week. The first is Tuesday (26th November) and is the funeral of my dear friend and MVSC Chief Executive, Chris Frost. The service starts at 12 noon and will be held at St. Andrew's Church, Herbert Road, South Wimbledon, SW19 3SH. St. Andrew's is just 2 minutes walk from Wimbledon Station and 1 minute walk from bus stops on Sir Cyril Black Way (163 164 93 200 219 156 131 and 57) There is no on street car parking, so if you do need to drive, please use nearby town centre car parks.

The service will be followed by a family only cremation but everyone is invited to join the family after the funeral service to 'Celebrate Christine' at The Charles Holden Pub. In memory of Chris' vibrant personality, her family have said anyone who wants to wear bright colours should do so. They have also asked that instead of flowers, those who would like to make a charitable contribution should donate to The Merton Community Fund. If you need any more information please contact Sophie Matthews on 020 8685 2276 or sophie@mvsc.co.uk.

Secondly, the next meeting of the Merton Community and Policing Engagement Group (CPEG) takes place on Thursday (28th November) at 1pm in the Council Chamber at Merton Civic Centre. Merton CPEG provides a mechanism for local police accountability and for sharing information between the police and the wider community. It provides me a chance to meet with those of you that I don't see very often and update you on my plans to cut crime, catch criminals and be more available to you. Based on your feedback, the meeting on Thursday is taking place during the day to accommodate those who have been unable to attend the usual evening meetings.

 

That is almost it for this week but finally, I cannot let this week pass without thanking Inspector Jim Corbett for what he has done for this Borough and wishing him all the best for his new role at Islington Borough.

Jim did his last Late Turn on Saturday and you may have expected him to take it easy. Not Jim, when I saw him on Saturday night he had the biggest grin on his face as he told me he had just arrested a suspect for armed robbery - good luck Jim, you are a one off and will be missed.

That really is it - I hope that you all have a good week - you now get 2 week off from my messages but I will write to you all again on Friday 13th Dec - I hope that is not an omen !

Take care

Darren

Darren Williams 
Chief Superintendent 
Borough Commander 
Merton Borough 
Wimbledon Police Station

 

We thank  Chief Superintendent  Darren Williams   for allowing us to place @MPSMerton `s weekly updates onto UKPO! 

 

 

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Operation ‘Christmas Hamper’ got off to a great start on Saturday 16th November! The Christmas elves PC Michelle Gee and PCSO Phil Austin set up a stall at ASDA, Harpurhey and collected an amazing donation of groceries to help the elderly residents in Greater Manchester this Christmas. They would like to send a huge “thank you” to all that kindly donated and to Asda for supporting this cause. Due to the great success they will be setting up shop again on Thursday 28th November at Asda, Harpurhey from 11.00am onwards. Please feel free to bring any unwanted tins, biscuits, chocolates, dried pasta, rice - basically anything that is in date and non-perishable that you may have in your cupboards.

HARPURHEY
 
 
 
On the 20th November officers from the North
Manchester Policing Team carried out a search
warrant in the Reather Walk area of Collyhurst.
During the search, officers located a cannabis
farm in a back bedroom in the property.
Subsequently, Kevin Byrne, aged 51 of Collyhurst
was arrested and has been charged with the
offence 'Produce Cannabis'. Byrne is due to
appear in Court on 03.12.13 to face these
charges.
COLLYHURST
 
This week on the Fairy Lane estate in Cheetham
Hill the Neighbourhood Policing Team, Council
and active residents have all worked in
partnership conducting door knocking,
delivering community update feedback sheets,
giving out crime prevention advice and
speaking to residents regarding environmental
issues.
 
A big ‘thank you’ to May and Phil for giving up
their free time to assist us.
PCSO 65173 Townsend and PC 14332 Colin
Barnes spent the day at Cheetwood Primary
School in Cheetham Hill talking to pupils on
Stranger Danger, Bullying and Cyber Crime. The
kids really enjoyed the sessions and it was a
good opportunity for the Neighbourhood
Policing Team to build relationships with the
youngsters.
FAIRY LANE
 
Blackley Community Centre hold a ‘table top’ sale on the first Sunday of every month. The next table top sale will be this Sunday 1st December between 10am and 2pm. The centre is located on Victoria Ave.
Everybody is welcome to attend.
 
 
 
A man from Moston is wanted for offences of kidnap and assault. Martin Joyce (born 02/09/89) from the Moston area is wanted for kidnapping and assaulting a 21-year-old man on 28 September 2013. Joyce has connections to the Openshaw, Moston and Gorton areas in North Manchester. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
 
 
This week Greater Manchester Police began a week-long operation to tackle the predicted rise in domestic abuse incidents in the run up to Christmas.
The operation will see officers from across the Force target the most prolific offenders and, with partner agencies, be visiting victims who have frequently called police to ensure they are aware of the help and support that is available to them.
Its important to break the silence and talk to someone. If domestic abuse is happening to you, or someone you know, please call the Police on 101 or the Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0161 636 7525 for help and advice.

 

 

Greater Manchester Police has unveiled the latest recruits that have been drafted in to help keep people safe during the festive period.

 

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Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy with pupils from St Edmund's RC Primary School

Pupils from St Edmund’s RC Primary School, in Miles Platting, Manchester have joined officers to give vital crime prevention advice to people across Greater Manchester.

 

Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy has been working with the children aged four to 10 to make sure people know how to protect themselves, their family, their home and possessions during Christmas and New Year.

He said: “Staying safe during Christmas really is child’s play if you remember the key advice and the pupils have helped to keep things simple.”

 

The daily video messages will be circulated as part of GMP’s Operation Advent to target criminals and provide crime prevention advice. A special advent calendar will be in place from 1 December on the GMP website and the children’s advice will be circulated on the Force’s social network sites.

 
 
We thank  Inspector RBH  for allowing us GMPBlackley`s  weekly updates onto UKPO! 

 

 

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#553248 Big Fish Little Pond - New Book Worth A Read !

Posted by Black Rat on 28 March 2013 - 06:18 PM

Folks

 

Show your support for this project. I have read a short sample of the book on Amazon and it looks like an extremely interesting storyline, which you may find appealing.

 

Thanks

 

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The Book is called "Big Fish Little Pond" and is under my author name A J Daniels.
 
Available on Amazon it has the ISBN 9781478356189
 
Project Summary

 

Big Fish Little Pond: Brought together by a government Cell as a result of serious crime the characters are passionate about issues at the heart of British society. The debates are supported with true historical research. Emotion and tragedy intensify with an ironic twist
 
Authored by Mr A J Daniels
 
Here is the entire Description on Amazon:
 
Big Fish Little Pond is a fiction based crime novel with supporting historical research. The story is centred on a serious criminal event which brings together 5 prominent characters carefully selected by a British governmental intelligence cell who rigorously debate current social and topical issues in a week long project called Operation Chestnut which is set in a small town in Southern England. The issues they debate relate to crime and disorder, human rights, race and immigration, religion and economics. The group are formed as a Mini Cabinet, and each character is tasked with a debating point and must conclude with a Motion to be carried forward into mainstream society. 

The theme behind the book is an explosion at industrial premises which initially implicates the main subject who is a British born, mixed race West Indian male called Paul Grimshaw. Grimshaw has lived with his grandfather since childhood, following a turbulent start to his family life. The grandfather is a proud and dignified West Indian immigrant, and the book also explores prejudice and attitude in British life leading to an emotional conclusion. This exposes a poignant relevance to the selection of the 5 prominent characters for the Operation. As the book develops, the debates deepen and the personalities expose themselves with a meaningful summary from an independent representative of the town where the Operation takes place. 

The book features fact based current and historical research to support the debates and will be informative to the reader. Elements of this research expose subtle irony in social attitudes, and also reveal some painful but relevant facts about certain beliefs, still prevalent today.
 
The Book is currently priced at £8.99 for the actual hard copy and about £3.90 for Kindle Version.
 
From The Author:
 
"I have already had a good number of people read from manuscript and pre published 'Proof copies' it and I am really pleased to say that the feedback has been genuinely extremely positive. I have asked people to be entirely honest (and this had included people in different professions including 2 Solicitors) and one said that she read it on holiday and.... "Couldn't put it down." As you can imagine I was extremely flattered and humbled by this.
 
I must stress that this book is not Aimed at Police Officers however the debates are certainly thought provoking and emotive ( certainly without being contentious) which is something that Police Officers would identify with. Equally, the book very sensitively tackles the current criminal climate and penalty with arguments from all sides and even more carefully discusses the tragedy around the killing of our colleague Sharon Beshenivsky and the ironies around how the offender Mustaf Jama was able to flee the country and seek asylum in a country he claimed to be 'Too scared' to return to prior to this vile act."
 
 



#544172 NEWS:Wanted: detectives

Posted by kenworthy on 08 January 2013 - 10:53 AM

Despite shows like Prime Suspect and The Bill glamorising the job, there is a shortage of detectives in this country. What is putting police officers off?Despite shows like Prime Suspect and The Bill glamorising the job, there is a shortage of detectives in this country. What is putting police officers off?
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Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect. Photograph: ITV
Ever since the plain clothes Criminal Investigation Department (CID) came into existence in the 19th century, detective work has been the most glamorous side of policing – to the outside world, anyway. High-profile detectives wrote their memoirs and were mythologised in the press. There was Fabian of the Yard and the Old Grey Fox, Slipper and Nipper and Cherrill and Leach.
 
In front of me as I write is Detective Days, published in 1931 (and stolen, by the look of things, from Clacton-on-Sea library about half a century ago). It is the memoir of Frederick Wensley, former head of the CID at Scotland Yard.
 
"Official hours meant nothing to me," Wensley writes of his work, recounting how he had pursued a suspect for "highway robbery". He also recalls the great day he made the transition from one side of the service to the other. "I was a detective at last. I doffed my uniform that night. The next time I wore one was 34 years later."
 
Such accounts of detectives' derring-do were common back then, and a sign of a simpler time in policing life. Now detectives are under greater pressure than ever before, few are known to the public by name and fewer still write their memoirs.
 
There is, according to the National Detectives Forum which advises the Police Federation on the issue, currently a shortage of around 5,000 detectives across England and Wales. The trend is worrying, says Dennis Weeks of the Met police, who runs the forum, and it is one that appears to be growing.
 
To become a detective, you must have spent at least two years in uniform, and then pass the necessary exams. Further training and exams lead further up the ranks through detective sergeant, inspector, chief inspector, superintendent and so on.
 
Whether it's Inspector Morse or DCIs Taggart, Tennison or Barnaby, the television detective is never short of a gripping crime to solve or a grubby collar to feel. So why is there such a shortage of real-life detectives in the police; why are some leaving never to return, and others not being replaced by their uniformed brothers and sisters?
 
When the subject was discussed at the Police Federation conference earlier this year, a variety of explanations were offered. Detective sergeant Alicia Moore of Hertfordshire constabulary suggested that lots of paperwork, a lack of teamwork and no clothing allowance were three key reasons for the shortage.
 
"Throughout the country," she told the conference, "detectives are starting to retire, cuts are being made and policing pledges [to the public] are flavour of the month." Other detectives have noted that their chief constables are responding to political and media pressure to have lots of "bobbies on the beat", which means that there is less incentive at the top of the service to encourage officers into detective work.
 
"There'll always be some villains getting away with it, that's the nature of the beast," Weeks told the Today programme yesterday, "but to catch the optimum amount, there needs to be a good investment in detective officers, in police officers. The level of investigation, the degree of evidence that's required, the nuances of that evidence that need to be met, have all increased, and I don't think that police numbers have increased with that pace."
 
"[Detective work] has never been more complex, never higher risk and never more subject to critique from lawyers, the criminal justice system, politicians and the media," says John Grieve, one of Britain's most respected detectives and a former director of counter-terrorism who retired from the police seven years ago.
 
"The legislation is much more complex, too. I have great doubt whether I could hold down the job now. I have enormous admiration for the people who do and I think they do an incredible job. It's not like on TV. It's much more physically and emotionally draining than that, and it all takes much more time."
 
The stress factor was noted last year by Dr Michael Chatterton, who conducted a survey for the Police Federation entitled Losing the Detectives. The report quoted one officer who said he had been ill for months but did not take time off because he did not want to let his team down: "Last November I was virtually at saturation point and I almost had a panic attack because on my desk I had a couple of murders, a couple of violent disorders, a paedophile job and I thought – where the hell do we go with all this? You work through it because you've got your team around you, but you are so close to breaking down . . . You don't think you're getting stressed because you're working to that stress level all the time."
 
Another detective said they could point to a handful of people in their office who were "on the borderline of becoming ill due to workloads and stress". And others blamed the new police culture and its "rigid and bureaucratic approach to targets and performance management" and an oft-expressed frustration when cases were discontinued.
 
In the past, of course, some officers had their own reasons for not wanting to become a detective. The former commissioner of the Metropolitan police, Paul Condon, has said that many officers in the 60s declined because, at that time, the CID at Scotland Yard was so riddled with corruption that it was hard as a young officer to avoid being tainted. Life on Mars wasn't the half of it.
 
Those days have largely gone, but while police in uniform have their own pressures to deal with, their hours and shifts are more clearly defined and the high-tension, stressful events usually balanced by the mundane and routine. Overtime is also more available than to detectives, who are encouraged to take time off in lieu instead. (A detective's hours may be dictated by the nature of a crime – they can hardly clock off in the midst of a murder investigation.) Some officers also say they prefer the camaraderie and teamwork of uniformed life.
 
And yet, many young officers still very much fancy their chances at being a detective. Even if the jobs cannot be solved quite as swiftly as Morse, Taggart and Barnaby (three murders an episode and home for tea and scones with the wife) somehow manage, it can still be, as one detective I spoke to described it, "the best job in the world".
 
'The job can be very disheartening' A detective speaks
 
Morale is quite low at the moment and there can be a lot of frustrations. If you have an emotional investment in the job, and you know that the public see you as the frontline of the judicial system, it can be very disheartening when cases you have been working on don't end up in court. I could tell plenty of horror stories about cases that should result in charges but don't.
 
One of the problems with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is that their performance indicators – what they are judged on – are how many of their cases result in a conviction. This means that a lot of the cases that should go in front of a jury and have a fair crack of the whip in court are dropped because there is that possibility of failure. That can be very demoralising.
 
There is also a general feeling that if you want to advance your career, you are more likely to do that in uniform. In the past, you could move faster up the ranks that way. You could be seven or eight years becoming a detective constable but you could be a sergeant in uniform much quicker than that. Also, if you are in uniform, you can have 12-hour shifts and four days on, four days off, whereas detectives work eight-hour days.
 
I don't think that the way detectives are portrayed on television has much to do with it one way or the other. The last time I saw The Bill, I thought, "Bloody hell!" It was laughable. There are a lot of very bright people doing the job but it is hard work. You'll never get rich but there are so many different sides to the work. I would 1,000% rather be a detective than in uniform.
 
The detective requested to remain anonymous.
 
 
Interesting article. 

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#568373 Arktis Avenger Winter Coat

Posted by mikenovember on 28 September 2013 - 12:57 PM

hey guys

 

I have for sale my Arktis Avenger coat.

 

Worn on a couple of occasions, bought new, no marks, tears, rips or STAINS!

 

A fab coat which I no longer need.

 

Currently for sale on a well known auction site ;)

 

However if it does not sell or if anyone wishes to buy it please let me know.

 

ta

 

 

 

 

Mike

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#564352 Mountain Rescue?

Posted by Dahinchl on 07 August 2013 - 06:15 PM

I was wandering if many people on here are part of any Mountain Rescue teams around the UK?

 

Asking as I am applying for SRMRT (Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team) in October and was wandering on how people find it alongside Police work. Has anyone had any time clashs between the two? Have they enjoyed working for MR? Any advice?

 

Dave




#540050 NEWS:New York Good Cop's

Posted by kenworthy on 30 November 2012 - 05:28 PM

New York Good Cop's Boots Gift Is Web HitThe moment a police officer buys a barefooted homeless man a pair of boots is captured on camera and becomes an internet hit.
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The image was posted on the NYPD's Facebook page
 
 
On a cold night in early November a New York policeman came across a homeless man with nothing on his feet - and bought him a pair of boots.
The moment of kindness would have gone quietly unnoticed had it not been snapped by a passing tourist who then posted the photograph to the NYPD's Facebook page.
It has since been viewed almost two million times and attracted more than 20,000 comments.
The hero officer was later named as Lawrence DePrimo, who told the New York Times: "It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the man's feet. I had two pairs of socks and I was still cold."
He found out the unidentified man's shoe size, went into a nearby store and emerged moments later with a pair of all-weather boots worth $100 (£62). The store gave him a discount of $25 (£15).
The officer helped the man put the boots on and watched him go on his way.
Mr DePrimo has kept the receipt in his jacket since then "to remind me that sometimes people have it worse".
The photograph was taken by Jennifer Foster, who works in an Arizona sheriff's office.
"I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life," she wrote on the social networking page.
"It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work."




Great Officer out there, highly impressive.


BTW I need new TV :)
 
 

Click here to view the article


#534356 Western Australia Police are Recruiting (Closing Date: 22/5/13)

Posted by P365 on 17 September 2012 - 01:04 PM

Western Australia Police are coming to London to recruit UK and Irish Police http://www.stepforwa...ernational.html




#572121 Police Dog Survey

Posted by kenworthy on 23 November 2013 - 03:36 PM

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With Police Force’s around the country cutting costs wherever possible to save money, some have already reduced Police Dog and Handlers numbers by large amounts, and other forces are talking about further, even greater cuts to dog numbers.

On Monday evening (25/11/13) on Twitter, there will be an attempt to highlight the risks associated with reducing dog numbers even further than they are at now (and many would say that’s already too few !!) – there’s talk in some areas of up to a 50% reduction, and forces where at night there is just ONE dog on duty to cover everything.

What do you think; do we have enough police dogs ? not enough ? or too many ? – take the survey below and share your thoughts.

To add a comment, click the ‘Leave a Comment’ or ‘XX Comments’ link just below the page title.

 

http://constablechao...ice-dog-survey/

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tweethathon on Monday evening!

 

An attempt is being made Monday evening on Twitter to highlight proposals by some forces for large reductions in Police Dog numbers around the UK.


Join us if you can and support your Land Sharks !!

Please share this post to your timeline

 

 




#530814 Well since the question is asked

Posted by trevthesparky on 08 August 2012 - 07:55 PM

You're going to think I'm a right grovelling git but my experiences of the force have always been positive even when I was once a tiny little bit naughty (while an apprentice I got fined for buying another apprentice a beer, I swear I didn't know he was 17) I got laughed at by my brother (a traffic officer) and most of his mates.
A few years back we were having serious neighbour problems and every one of the Northumbria officers we came into contact with during what was quite a dark time was without fail helpful and supportive of us and the other recipients of the woman's bile (a lot of whom were children) especially when she was eventually dragged in front of a court. I could name names but I'd guess it could be frowned upon by admin/the men and women involved.


#571825 ** AWARDS SYSTEM ** Important Update

Posted by Black Rat on 19 November 2013 - 06:47 PM

Folks

 

We have recently been inundated with support emails regarding the issues you are experiencing with "server busy" error messages together with sluggish forum performance amongst others.

 

Despite a number of tweaks and close monitoring the issues do not appear to be resolving themselves and so I have taken the decision to remove certain modules from the forum, which create queries to the database in their own right.

 

One such module is the awards system. I know what you are thinking, where's my award gone, I liked it etc etc and I do as well but I have to be realistic about what is important at this moment in time and that is ensuring that the forum software runs efficiently and without further hassle to you the member.

 

The awards system for instance sends a query to the database everytiime a post in displayed or a topic is displayed, whether a member profile is looked and each time a PM is viewed as they display on your profile at the side.

 

This is a huge demand on the server and on checking the awards system not just on here but at PS.Com as well, I see that there are database errors with it which will not auto fix using the tools to do so. It is also no longer supported and consequently is likely to out of date since the forums upgrade to the latest version.

 

There are other modules as well which will be disabled and removed at some point but for now the awards system is the largest of all of them and the issues identified need to be resolved in the first place before we reinstall or re-enable modules.

 

If it turns out that the awards system is at fault I will seek to replace it with an alternative one from elsewhere.

 

I hope you can appreciate why this action has been taken. The decision is not one that was made lightly as I know how popular it is on here and on other forums.

 

Kind Regards

 

Black Rat

Admin




#571706 Swimming whilst at Tulliallan

Posted by Garystewart84 on 18 November 2013 - 09:52 AM

Hi folks,

 

Just wondering what the requirements are to swim whilst on your 12 week training?

 

I cant really swim so slightly worried about this part....

 

Thanks in advance

G

 

 




#555811 Scottish Police Federation Annual Conference

Posted by kenworthy on 17 April 2013 - 04:57 PM

Police Scotland was established on April 1. It is neither a force nor a business – but a service rooted in our communities.

I know it’s been a challenging time – but your dedication and professionalism has delivered the most significant police and, indeed, public sector reform in generations.

Scotland will be a better place for it, and the Scottish Government and the communities we serve are truly grateful for all your efforts.

We’ve got a 37 year low in recorded crime. A reduction in violent crime. Detection rates better than ever. And faith in the police high and rising.

Policing in Scotland is going from strength to strength, but it seems there are some people who are still begrudging of the great job you do.

Police have been getting some criticism recently, whether it’s the Miners’ Strike or football. Many police officers were brother or sisters of miners or are the sons and daughters of miners.

Equally, many police officers are football fans. Indeed, the Chairman’s a former professional player and the General Secretary is an armchair radio pundit.

I rest my case, M’Lord.

Reform has happened, and I am truly grateful for your efforts.

It was an incredibly smooth transition, and I suspect most people in Scotland don’t notice any difference. We all knew there wouldn’t be a Millennium Moment at midnight on April the 1st.

Local policing will remain fundamental to the new service, shaped and delivered in communities – as we always said.

But already we are seeing the benefits of a single service, with specialist expertise and equipment deployed whenever and wherever it is needed, including a national Trunk Roads Patrol Unit; the Specialist Crime Division; improved firearms cover; a national initiative to improve rape investigation and a new single non-emergency number.

Many might legitimately question why we didn’t have them before: because we didn’t have a single service and we couldn’t reach agreement.

We’re reforming from strong foundations. The reputation of our police service is excellent – world-renowned, and deservedly so.

That’s how we intend to remain. It is, as you say, a job like no other. You face stresses and strains like no other occupation. You’re constrained and restricted in many ways like no other. And you’re responsible on or off duty like few others. But still you serve, and I thank you once again.

The excellent performance of policing is supported by the 1000 extra officers this Government has delivered since 2007. We’ll maintain that strong police presence in communities – there is no doubt a visible police presence reassures good citizens and deter those who would do ill.

When I addressed this conference last year, I agreed wholeheartedly with your Chairman that the number of assaults on officers is a disgrace. 

That is why I introduced the Victims and Witnesses Bill to Parliament in February. It contains proposals for a new financial penalty - the restitution order. 

This will allow the court to make those who assault police officers pay towards the specialist non-NHS services required, such as the excellent work carried out by victim treatment centres at Castlebrae, or the Police Benevolent Fund.

I’m sorry your pay packets are lighter this month because of the UK Government pension grab. The problem wasn’t caused by you. Police pensions are fully funded – paid for from your pocket and those of your predecessors. And yet you and your families have to pay bills when the cost of living is rising and fuel bills are increasing.

I don’t think that’s right or fair. But I’m constrained in what I can do about it until myself and my Cabinet colleagues are in charge of all the appropriate economic levers.

This Government has protected Scottish officers from the ravages of the Winsor cuts imposed by Westminster – this means we will contribute at least £50,000 more to your career pension than your peers down South.

But I appreciate the significant financial issues your members still face. I’m happy to enter into negotiations with your representatives on how we mitigate the harm.

I can’t increase the budget I have. But we’ll work with the Federation, within the current budget constraints, to minimise disadvantage and maximise benefit.

I recognise the importance of police officers being able to retire early without severe penalties for their pension. As I’ve said before – and I’ve said to fire fighters and prison officers – there are some jobs that are age restricted. Those who need to retire early should not be prejudiced by their age.

That is what I can do at the moment. I am limited because of a budget set in London, and that is being cut year on year. If we were in control of the financial levers, it would not be without its challenges, but we know what needs to be done and who need to be protected.

I said we would not implement Winsor. And we will not implement Winsor. This Scottish Government will not now – or ever – implement Winsor.

We only need to look South of the Border to see why.

Police Commissioners imposed. Police pay cut. Fast track promotion, but police numbers plummeting. A banker or a supermarket manager rather than an experienced officer to do the boss work, and fewer experienced officers to do the hard work.

Winsor was wrong. Winsor was insulting. Winsor won’t happen here under my tenure or this Government’s.

And we won’t cut starting salaries, which means a police officer here in Scotland will now earn more than £250,000 more over the course of their career than a colleague in England or Wales.

Last week, the PNB agreed a pay rise for officers of one per cent. Police officers are not paid a King’s ransom and I’m grateful for your forbearance in recent years.

It’s not been easy in these difficult financial times.

Our room for manoeuvre is limited because we’re not in charge of our own budget. Indeed, the budget we have is being slashed. But, police officers need a pay rise.

We set up the PNB Scotland Standing Committee to ensure important decisions for officers in Scotland could be discussed within Scotland and this is the right place for these decisions to be agreed.

But the Scottish Government’s Public Sector Pay Policy permits a basic pay rise of up to one per cent and I can’t see why the Scottish Standing Committee would not see this just as necessary but as appropriate.

It will be on the agenda for formal agreement at next month’s Scotland Standing Committee meeting and I’ll be happy to sign it off.

South of the Border, Teresa May is replacing the Police Negotiating Board with a Pay Review Body, removing collective pay bargaining for police in England and Wales.

We will not do that in Scotland. I will bring forward proposals to establish a Police Negotiating Board for Scotland to maintain collective bargaining. I will consult fully with all interested parties – including the Federation and its members, of course – on the details and bring forward legislation as soon as possible. 

This isn’t about copying the UK PNB. I want to improve on it, and I genuinely believe we can create a PNB for Scotland where agreement and consensus are the norm.

As I said earlier, there is good reason why we say this is a job like no other. You cannot withdraw your labour or take industrial action.

I believe that is quite right. But there has to be some give to compensate those rights not being there. Where you do not have the right to strike, there has to be some mechanism available where consensus cannot be reached.

We cannot allow a re-run of what played out South of the Border in 2007, when the PNB made a recommendation on pay and then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith refused to implement it for England and Wales. I said at the time that was morally wrong – and it remains my view.

However, it should be more than a moral wrong – it should be legally wrong.

That is why when we establish the Scottish PNB, it is my intention to make arbitration on pay legally binding on the Government I serve and any future administrations.

We will work with your office bearers to devise this legislation. Arbitration should be used sparingly, preferably restricted to pay, and only used when all other options are exhausted .

But we can work the details out together. There will be no poisoning of the well as there was down South under the old regime – the arbitration decided will be legally binding.

I’ve highlighted the excellent performance of Scottish policing. From strong foundations – and thanks to the hard work of officers and staff – we have delivered a single police service.

As well as sustaining local policing, it will deliver all the benefits of a single service. And it will also cut duplication to safeguard the service from Westminster cuts.

We’ve demonstrated we can deliver with the powers we have.

As you will be aware, we are working towards winning a referendum on independence next year. 

I can assure you an independent Scotland would continue the close cooperation between our police services, including mutual aid, we enjoy now.

An independent Scotland will continue to co-operate across the border in tackling crime wherever it may be.

Mutual aid will continue to be given by Scottish police as with supporting the Olympic Games or tackling rioting in English cities.

Mutual aid will continue to be offered here by English and Welsh officers, including for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

In an independent Scotland, we will move away from the outdated and profoundly undemocratic Westminster system, which in addition regularly delivers governments with no popular mandate in Scotland.

In doing so, we will make Scotland’s constitution an early signal of how the people of Scotland will use the powers of independence – to take our place as a good global citizen, to protect and affirm the values we hold dear, and to create a fairer and more prosperous nation.

Thank you again to all of you for your dedication and professionalism, day in day out. Thank you for giving us a police service to be proud of – I value enormously the enormous contribution you may.

Scottish policing is already world-class and cherished by communities – and I have no doubt you will ensure that continues in the future.

Kenny MacAskill, Justice Secretary

 

http://www.scotland....Police-Scotland




#539968 Special Constable round two!

Posted by Futures on 29 November 2012 - 05:05 PM

Application pack sent off yesterday so fingers crossed I'll be okay this time!

I applied a few years back when I was 17 and I didn't pass the interview which was pretty gutting but also understandable. Hopefully with a few years of working behind me and a bit more life experience I'll be okay this time!

Anyone else out there applying to Wiltshire?


#500437 Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club

Posted by Kirkie on 08 December 2011 - 05:58 AM


The Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club is one of 4 Police Sports Club associated with the Metropolitan Police Service. Built in 1967, Bushey is a purpose built members sports club offering sporting, leisure and social facilities for family and friends of serving police personnel, retired officers and staff. Our sports club was constructed on land bought from the Royal Masonic School for Boys, currently the American University building, which unfortunately closed in 1977 due to declining numbers. In the early days of the sports club, the Police Cadets were used to hunt for and remove flints by hand from the playing fields. This was done to avoid injuries to players of both rugby and football.

Today The Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club has some of the best sporting facilities and grounds in the county, hosting a wide variety of individuals and sports teams from across Hertfordshire and North London, including cricket, football, and bowls. The club also hosts a number of social events from Cabaret to Comedy Nights, Quiz Nights to Boxing Evenings, and Wedding Functions to Specialist Dine Nights.

For 41 years the club has entertained members of the Police Service, their friends and family and with the highly regarded reputation it has gained, will continue for another 41 years.

http://www.metpolicebushey.co.uk/




#571468 Reporting of Police Corruption

Posted by HenroPlod on 12 November 2013 - 10:17 AM

Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

University of Portsmouth

Room 5.32 St George's Building

141 High Street

Portsmouth

PO1 2HY

 

The Reporting of Police Corruption & Misconduct

I would like to invite you to take part in my research study by completing an online survey  questionnaire. The study is an exploration of the "Blue Code of Silence", which is the theory that police personnel are reluctant to report their colleagues' corruption or misconduct.

 

This research study forms part of my MSc Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption Studies degree. You have been identified as a potential respondent through social and professional networks. I am contacting you in the capacity of a student researcher. It is entirely up to you whether you participate, your choice will have no impact, either positive or negative, on any working relationship we might have, but your response would be valued. All parts of the questionnaire are optional.

 

Please click here to access the questionnaire.

 

Thank you for your interest.

Researcher: Stuart Morishita Dubois

Academic Supervisor: Dr Martin Tunley Tel: 02392 843986




#569240 Fellow AFOs

Posted by monks85 on 09 October 2013 - 04:05 PM

How much actual shooting/range time do you currently get?


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#567468 Pensions/Commuting

Posted by EmmaW on 14 September 2013 - 03:50 PM

Help needed please…

 

The facts/figures;

 

My partner is 49…..

He will retire when 55…

I am guessing a final salary of say 45,000

At 55 it will also be 35 years service in the police…

 

I keep finding all sorts of information on the web…..they make his annual pension at between 23,000 and 30,000…

 

For examples sake…lets say 25,000 (but if anyone can help me work out the correct amount that would be great)

 

What I cannot seem to find out is the lump sum amounts….

 

1. If he commutes a quarter…what is the lump sum and what is the annual pension?

2. If he commutes half….what is the lump sum and what is the annual pension?

3. If he commutes 100%…what is the lump sum?

 

Any help appreciated..

 

Thank you




#565896 The Limerick Thread

Posted by Arthur ASCII on 28 August 2013 - 08:50 PM

Rules

 

  • Each poster adds one line to the limerick
  • The poster that adds the last line of the limerick starts the first line of the next limerick
  • Simple....

 

 


There was a young Copper named Dan




#541951 Can I cancel or delete my user name or account from the forum?

Posted by Black Rat on 21 December 2012 - 11:11 PM

Can I cancel or delete my user name or account from the forum?

This is probably one of the most often asked questions by members after they have registered with us on the forum.

 

No is the simple answer so please do not ask !

 

If you no longer wish to use the site, participate in any of the discussions, then simply stop using it! We cannot delete every trace of your existence on here as it is extremely time consuming, so please don't ask us to!

Your user name will remain registered, so if at some time in the future you wish to use the site again you will be able to log back in.

This will also stop someone registering on the site with your old user name, and their new comments getting confused with the ones you have previously made.

 

We do not hold any personal information in our records about you other than your email address which is stored in the database along with your username.

 

However we can add your account to the "banned" group if you request it, which will effectively mean the account can no longer be used by anyone, including yourself and no emails will be delivered to the account from our site.