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  1. Where is the issue with going to this type of call? Core responsibilities of the police are saving life and property... Ambulance are even more stretched than the police most of the time, and like Westmidscop says, police dump on them just as much! The real question is why Fire don't offer to train staff to assist with things like this. How many times do you go past a fire station and see they are all tucked up inside whilst you're blatting about here there and everywhere helping Ambo?
  2. The sad fact is privatisation is here to stay. How long will it be before each shift has x number of response cars with civilian response drivers to chauffer PC's around, as it is cheaper to train one person and have them stay on the car, then to train each PC. Response times would be better as there wouldn't be a lack of response drivers! The next step will be private prisoner vans transporting prisoners into custody blocks and booking in the prisoner rather than a PC doing it. As for non police investigators, well, they're already here. There are even private bomb disposal companies in the UK now! I was a PC for over 10 years before getting cast out on a medical pension because I suffered with PTSD from a serious assault at the start of my career, but before I went, I was able to work in a number of different roles including the local intelligence unit, and in the control room. Non warranted staff are cheaper, but they don't have the full range of skills that a warranted officer has, as they have never done the job, so they don't think outside of their role. As a PC, I could see the bigger picture and so was much more effective, and therefore better value for money. Is this the right way to go? Absolutely not, but sadly too many empires would need to be pulled down to fix the problems. In fact, the only way to fix the problems that exist now would be to rebuild a force from the ground up, and that's not going to happen. The current state of the police is down to the forces trying to evolve to meet new problems without effectively planning ahead. Police officers are paid more because they know more, are more effective, and are better value for money than their private colleague. If you pay peanuts, you get G4S!
  3. I agree, never lost a single thing myself, although I have seen others drive out of the nick with their paperwork on the roof... well, for a few minutes anyway!
  4. Good point Meditate, but don't forget they are also "tree surgeons". And by not paying taxes, they have plenty of money to pay for solicitors! As for the costs of the operation, the council was forking out about half, with central government making up the rest. If Essex had to pay for it, they'd send a PC and 2 PCSO's (oh and maybe a special or two)!
  5. The council have been trying to deal with it for 10 years. Not sure why it has taken quite so long but I'm guessing the travellers got their solicitors to stall it. As for them not living in ordinary houses, one of them said they feel trapped in them(?!) Maybe it's a bit too much like prison... :whistle2: But they are travellers in spirit! I won't say any more on that as I'll get banned from the site! As for where they could go, there are hundreds of sites in Essex alone. What I don't get is if you could live anywhere like they can, why would you want to live in Basildon, on a grotty site like that, when you could live by the sea, or somewhere equally as beautiful. Desmata, I'm shocked at your cynisism! I mean, anyone would think you've actually had dealings with travellers!
  6. So the eviction has (finally) started and has turned violent... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-15357932 Is anyone really surprised by this? Already the Travellers are claiming that the police are being heavy handed, yet police are being pelted with bricks.
  7. They may also have come from an operation nearby, so have one radio for one channel, and another for the main channel. Especially if there isn't anyone monitoring the ops channel in the control room as the use of the emergency button may not get picked up.
  8. Without doubt, Pro boots are the best you can get. I've tried all the usual Magnums, 5.11's etc but nothing was ever as good as my pro boots. They were also the only ones that never squeeked and allowed me to move about in near silence.
  9. Good point, I thought they were developing a licence with more than one catagory on it to cover this, although that would require a degree of common sense!
  10. The bit about the police accredited ID is supposition on my part. It would make sense for this to be the case and I don't think it would be in the public interest to prosecute for just having that ID on display. As for the SIA licence, technically you would only need to display the licence for the actual activity that you are undertaking. In all practicle terms, as long as you had one licence on display, I can't see why it would be in the public interest to prosecute as it would be a purely technical fail to display. I think that you need to look at this from a more practical/ common sense approach, rather than a purely technical one.
  11. For him to have an ASBO specific to two stores, would suggest to me that he is a known shoplifter, who frequents both stores on a regular basis to commit offences. Given that in order to get the convictions, and therefore the ASBO (assuming it was an ASBO on conviction), the stores would have to prosecute. They would receive notification of the outcome, which should mention the ASBO, so store management should know all about it. If you know he has an ASBO with conditions not to enter the store, I would stick a call into the control room/ town patrol unit. That way someone could attend, see him in the store and nick him for breaching the ASBO. If he's left, a quick MG11 and the CCTV would prove the breach and get him nicked. Whilst I can't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to speak to your management team about the ASBO, if you're not comfortable with it, get the local beat officer to speak to them.
  12. Only the guy in the darker shirt is commiting the offence of failing to display his SIA licence. The other chap is Community Safety Accredited. This ID is being displayed, as it is required to be. Although he is a security guard, his Essex Police issued Community Safety Accreditation ID supercedes his SIA licence. I cannot see why he would be required to wear two seperate ID cards, when they could be combined into one. The police issued card would take priority over the SIA card as it provides extra powers. In fact, Essex Police accreditation is only given when the appropriate SIA licence is held, and would be revoked if that licence were to expire or be revoked by the SIA. This would make it unneccessary for him to display the SIA licence. Like I said before though, threats to cause criminal damage is the substantial offence. There are also clear breaches of the Accreditation scheme, as they do not have any power to detain and are not employed by the police. http://www.essex.police.uk/default.aspx?page=10399 actually refers to this shopping centre, and links to the Essex Police Accreditation Scheme notes. Both of them are full of ****** though!
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  14. If memory serves me, if you are dealing with terrorist cases/ incidents, officers are only identified by their collar number, not by name. Given the increase of incidents like this, surely name badges would be a big no no. You never know what you're going to come across. Why not just save the money and use it elsewhere? The next step will be that they want us to have the Union flag on one sleeve, force badge on the other, maybe a little tin shield on our chests... Ooh, and those trousers with the yellow stripe down the outside of the leg. I wouldn't want my name on my uniform though, purely because it's very long and unusual. I would soon get fed up answering questions about my name every two minutes, having to correct the pronounciation and sending the sodding thing back because they spell it wrong!
  15. I agree with ammo, get out from under him if you can. You can always look at recourse through the grievence procedure if you want to take it further.