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#500725 Forum Guidelines / Disclaimer / Legal Notices

Posted by Dragonfly on 11 December 2011 - 10:42 am

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This policy was last updated on 14th November 2014.
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#553248 Big Fish Little Pond - New Book Worth A Read !

Posted by Dragonfly 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."
 
 

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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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#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


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#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.
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#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


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#571174 Champions League: BT Sport wins £897m football rights deal

Posted by Fedster on 09 November 2013 - 10:12 pm

UEFA has made a bad move imo, yes they have gone for the Money, however less people will watch BT Sport compared to ITV, Sky are in shock though, the begging of the end, in terms of Sport Rights domination for Sky?

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...otball/24879138


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#571914 Hello

Posted by Captain Murphy on 20 November 2013 - 06:16 pm

Hi, 

 

PC from BTP here... not sure what else to say really, but I like my job and I like computers so here I am!

 

Cheers,

 

Captain Murphy


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#562653 Forum Spam Posts

Posted by Anna32 on 05 July 2013 - 08:32 pm

OK everyone,

 

As you all know, spam posts are not allowed on the forum. The staff have measures in place to block spammers, but every so often some of them get through and need to be removed. It's not something you need to just ignore or live with- once we know it's there we will get rid of it immediately and you can get back to the forum in peace.

 

What do spam posts look like?

 

Spam posts range from odd-sounding posts made by what sounds like a real person promoting a business, to bot-generated adverts full of keywords that don't make sense in context, to posts full of unintelligible gibberish that contain links to the site they're trying to promote. They frequently appear as replies to existing topics.

 

What should I do if I see spam?

 

Firstly, if you see a post that sounds anything like the above descriptions do not click on any links! Please don't just ignore it, as dealing with one spammer helps reduce future spamming, and there is a risk that spam posts could get lost in the history of a thread if they're not picked up quickly. It's best if you bring the spam to the attention of the forum staff as soon as possible. These posts are not allowed, and we do take action.

 

What is the best way to report spam?

 

The most efficient way to report spam posts is by clicking on the 'Report' button at the bottom of the post in question. (This allows you to report a post and give a brief explanation of the problem.) This method means that any available member of staff can take action at the earliest possible opportunity, and it's generally the quickest way to resolve issues with particular posts.

 

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(For other forum issues such as account queries please use the support area as normal.) This also allows the discussion to continue without swallowing up the spam post and it resolves the issue more quickly than, for example, private messaging one member of staff.

 

What will the staff do with spam posts and the rest of the thread?

 

The staff will remove the post and block the spam account. Sometimes, we will also remove following posts from members (e.g., where people have quoted the spam, or where members have been discussing the spam post to the extent that the thread has veered off topic. This can happen at any point, as it depends when the spam was brought to our attention.) Sometimes we will leave a note explaining that a spam post has been removed as well as or instead of doing this, and sometimes we might just remove the spam post with no follow-up (especially if we were the first to notice the spam). It depends on the post context and the direction of the thread.

 

I have seen a post that might be spam, but I'm not completely sure. What should I do?

 

Please report it anyway. The staff can check it over, and if it's found to be legitimate no action will be taken.

 

 

Thanks for your continued support,

 

UKPO Staff


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#526183 Single Issue Posters

Posted by Dragonfly on 01 July 2012 - 08:53 pm

UKPoliceOnline is becoming increasingly busy with a wide range of topics being discussed, which is absolutely fantastic wink.png

We are and continue to be a public forum, and anyone can read, register and post. However, this website and forum is primarily aimed at police officers - both regular and specials and our policing family Highways Traffic Officer's who are interested to discuss issues relating to UK policing and crime and road saftey issues. In addition, we provide an "off duty" area for off topic discussions.

Visitors who are not police officers are very welcome to participate. In the UK we police "by consent" of the public. We welcome the viewpoints and opinions of people from outside of the police - this helps us keep the wider view (otherwise we all just end up talking police stuff to each other the whole time whistling.gif).

Having said that, we've recently seen quite a few forum members who are really only interested in propagating their views on a "single issue" - for example, freemen type topics, rather than participating in the wider policing/crime debate which is the spirit of the forum.

Whilst the Administrators and Moderators are willing to let discussions continue, we won't let the forum get hijacked by those with single-issue agendas.

Your moderating team are all powerful wink.png and will close or remove posts and threads which are a) repetitive b) anti-police or c) not in the spirit of the forum. We reserve the right to ban anyone who continues to breach these guidelines, or any of the long-standing forum rules.

If everyone follows these guidelines, then UKPoliceOnline will continue to be the great place it always has been - thank you for your co-operation


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#551972 Complaints against the police

Posted by Anna32 on 17 March 2013 - 03:05 pm

Complaints against the police
 
As a forum we welcome differing points of view and constructive criticism. Our members come from all walks of life and from all over the
world, and hold a wide range of views on all sorts of issues. You are welcome to make ‘critical’ posts; however before you do so a few points should be borne in mind:
 
Personal and specific complaints

If you want to make a complaint against the police, you should contact the Professional Standards Department of that Force directly with an official complaint (this will be explained on the Force website). UK Police Online is a recreational forum used by police members and non police members alike- our members are not aware of the full facts of any such incident, and in any case this forum is unable to offer any practical help. The members may be able to shed light on peripheral policing details, but- much as you would not report a crime on this website- this is not the place to try and hold people responsible or to make your complaint known.
 
General policy and procedure complaints
 
If you would like to discuss the actions of the police in a news story or video clip, or the implications of a particular law or policy, then please do so- this creates excellent discussion topics. However, please be mindful of how you conduct yourself, as we expect our members to display a high standard of behaviour. Posts which discuss a topic calmly and engage with other points of view are welcome, posts which are hectoring and offensive are not.
 
Please also take time to read the guidance on single issue posters and new members, as well as the forum rules, topic banning and sanctions policies.
 
EDIT 30/05/2013: To build on the above points about complaints and assistance: If you or someone you know has been the subject of a police investigation, you acknowledge that it has proceeded correctly according to law and policy, and you are nevertheless upset or dissatisfied- please consider what you hope to gain from posting about it on this forum. Our members may be able to offer reassurance, explain some confusing details, or enter into a debate about the wider legal issues. However, once again we are unable to offer any practical assistance and we cannot change the investigation or personally update the law.
 
Regards,
 

UKPO Staff
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#573214 Heya :-)

Posted by Gafs on 01 December 2013 - 11:19 pm

Hi Everyone,

 

Im new to the forum with just a few posts, thought id say hi! Im currently a special for Lancashire constabulary and hope to one day join the regs! Ill be scouring the recruitment pages in the hope for some nearby vacancies!

 

Hopefully theres some people out there in the same position?

 

Gafs


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#558813 ABC - Destinations with a twist

Posted by Bart on 13 May 2013 - 06:30 pm

This one is courtesy of angie101 

 

Alphabetical place names (i.e. Countries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Suburbs.)

 

The first place name starts with the letter A but the next place name starts with the letter the first one ends with:-

 

e.g. Acapulco    The next player will reply with Ontario. the next player will reply with Ottowand so on. It's as simple as that. :thumbsup:

 

So to get us started:-

 

Aberdeen.


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#558258 How to Moderate "Trolls"? (Members Opinions)

Posted by snafu on 09 May 2013 - 11:39 pm

In terms of posts being hidden, moved, merged, altered etc this is as per the moderators discretion, always has been and always will and is in the forum rules that you all signed up to when you joined this forum.
 
In terms of justification regarding the actions of other members and the moderation team justifying decisions, they only have to do that to BR or I and I would not expect any of the moderation team to have to justify their decisions to anyone else.

OK so I might upset a few people but the above is basically it.

Yes a forum is only as good as its members but it is also only as good as its staff.

I moderate on other forums and have been accused of many things....treating people like children, being power crazed, an idiot etc. etc. and those are just the clean ones!

What people don't see is what goes on behind the scenes. Every forum has a staff area and believe me there is plenty of discussion that goes on there. Was this right? Should we do this? Should we allow this? What are the members saying? Are they all saying that?

Simple fact of the matter is that as soon as you try to take moderation into your own hands then you will either get moderated yourself or the forum will descend into chaos.

Yes sometimes things don't move as quick as you like, particularly with professional trolls, but the staff have to take action on balance. If they stamp on someone too quickly then that can be off putting to new members who happen to have a differing view. Where you get a troll that has an axe to grind, this perhaps being particularly true of a Police forum, then apparent harsh action will only mean that their warped view will be, in their minds, validated?

They have to be given enough time, to use an old phrase, to get enough rope to hang themselves. Yes I know that can be frustrating but things have to be balanced between someone having an opinion and someone being a knob! And to be perfectly honest, members lowering themselves below their perfectly reasoned argument to any kind of personal comment does not really help.
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#547445 Boots or shoes?

Posted by Yorkypud on 31 January 2013 - 02:43 pm

Can anyone advise on me on foot wear. I start CNC trainig in a couple weeks and was given a good tip on buying an extra pair of boots as the issued pair may get a bit of a hammering through the course. I assume boots are more appropriate than shoes? I know they need a toe cap.

 

Cheers

 

Pud


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#500727 Mass Deletion of Posts

Posted by Dragonfly on 11 December 2011 - 10:44 am

From time to time we get emails, PMs or Support requests from people saying "delete my account and/or all my posts". The answer to this is that we do not delete posts en masse as a matter of policy.
There are several reasons for this policy:

  • Mass deleting posts like this will probably leave holes in threads which may make those threads difficult to understand
  • Even if we did delete every single post, your comments would remain wherever they were quoted by someone else
  • If you have abided by our forum rules, then there shouldn't be any reason to delete your posts
  • Notwithstanding all the above, once you post something - anything - on the internet, it's out there somewhere forever in perpetuity, because of caches, mirrors and backups. So not much point asking for us to remove it from one site.

As for deleting accounts, we don't do this either - it tends to leave nasty looking gaps in threads. If you do not wish to use the forum any more then simply stop visiting. Your account will remain dormant.

 

However, If you want to have your email address and other personal information removed from your profile, just ask one of the moderating team and it will be done and your account closed (but not deleted).

 

Any questions or comments please feel free to use the Contact The Staff area to discuss further.


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#244012 One Word Association

Posted by heather87 on 07 February 2008 - 09:51 am

I thought I would post some games on the forum, Hope you all don't mind!! -_-


This game is the word association game.
For anyone who doesn't know how this works..just simply follow ONE word with a word associated with the previous word.


Ready to play?..Ok I'll begin..

Wet..
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#563072 Tapatalk and spam

Posted by techie1 on 14 July 2013 - 08:13 am

Can you make it possible to report spam from tapatalk?

I tried to report some spam today but have given up.

I have to click the post, select open in browser, wait for the page to load, click view full version, wait for that page to load, login (if not already) and finally report the spam...

Its way too much of a hassle, especially when I couldn't remember my password as well!
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#524444 Topic Banning Facility

Posted by Dragonfly on 19 June 2012 - 12:32 pm

Folks,

Just so you are all aware, the UKPO staff now have the capacity to temporarily block an individual member from posting in a particular thread. This will be carried out at the discretion of the moderators for one of the following reasons:

1. Your post(s) have been deemed to be disruptive to the flow of the topic
2. You have posted severe or persistent personal insults/abuse against another member (including bickering) which is disrupting the topic flow
3. Your post(s) have breached forum rules (In this case you will have also been issued with a warning)

In the event that you are blocked from posting in a thread, you will immediately be notified of the fact by a message on your screen. The ban will be left in place for as long as the issuing moderator/ administrator deems necessary. If you wish to discuss the ban or any related issues, please raise a new topic in the contact the staff area and that moderator will discuss the matter with you further.

The topic ban function is designed as a flexible, targeted tool to prevent threads being taken off course by persistently disruptive or combative comments. It allows the member/s in question to calm down, step back, and reflect on their behaviour in a particular thread while other users continue the discussion as normal. This will improve the forum experience for all, and it should not be viewed as an attack on any member.

As noted above, the thread ban function may be used in the event of a breach of forum rules and may operate alongside the existing warning system. However, it operates independently of the formal sanctions policy and it does not alter your warning level or affect your posting ability in other threads.

If you have any queries, please start a topic in the contact the staff area to discuss this issue with a member of the UKPO team.

Thanks :smile:
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#507601 Power User Refunds Policy

Posted by Dragonfly on 05 February 2012 - 08:56 pm

UKPoliceOnline Refunds Policy

All subscriptions to the power user access levels will only be processed by PayPal.

In order for PayPal to process the payment they will require the customer to fully authorise the payment.

Due to the above it is to be accepted that no payments will be refunded except in the instance where the customer has made a duplicate payment.

If a member has a query regarding the Power User access levels they should raise a query prior to signing up to the power user groups.

If a member has any part of their account restricted or withdrawn as a result of a decision made by a moderator or an administrator for a breach of forum rules then no refund will be offered under these circumstances.
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