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  1. Police Drone Pilots

    Just wondering if there are any Specials who are authorised to fly their police force drones? Hopefully just about to be authorised to do so myself and wondered if there are any others? Also - anyone know what training your force pilots go through if they have the capability? Surrey Police use the Aeryon Skyranger https://www.aeryon.com/aeryon-skyranger. Any other hardware in use out there?
  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-33394079 Surrey Police body camera pledge by PCC4 July 2015 From the sectionSurrey Surrey's Chief Constable has launched a consultation about body camerasFrontline police officers in Surrey should be wearing body cameras, the county's police and crime commissioner has said. Kevin Hurley said he was committed to providing the devices to officers. He said the cameras offered "unprecedented advantages" in gathering evidence. Surrey Police Chief Constable Lynne Owens has launched a public consultation on the issue. Mr Hurley said: "These cameras will provide unprecedented advantages in gathering evidence, deterring suspects from abusive or violent behaviour, recording all conversation between the officer and the suspect, and protecting the officer from baseless complaints. "They will mean that officers can stay on the beat instead of wasting time returning to base to write up notes. "By providing incontrovertible evidence to juries, they will also save time and costs in the courts." He added the cameras would be purchased as soon as the chief constable has made recommendations on procurement.
  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-33108924 Surrey 'too expensive' for police officers, says PCC Surrey PCC Kevin Hurley wants a pay increase for police officersSurrey Police has lost experienced officers because the area is too expensive, the county's police and crime commissioner has said. Kevin Hurley said the force had the highest rate of officers leaving in England. He wants the introduction of a "Surrey weighting", where police are paid more than the national rate. The Home Office said it would consider any recommendations made by the Police Remuneration Review Body. Speaking to BBC Surrey, Mr Hurley said: "We need to recruit 140 people this year and we've manage to recruit 32. "Additionally, our unplanned attrition has been 72 - it's therefore absolutely clear we are losing people quicker than we can recruit them. "All emergency services... are paid on national rates, but the cost of living is very different to Lincolnshire." 'Police officers' pay'There are currently 1,889 police officers in the force and 1,917 members of staff. Mr Hurley added: "You've got absolutely no chance whatsoever of buying a house in the county on police officers' pay." A Home Office spokesman said: "The Home Secretary will receive the first report of the Police Remuneration Review Body later this month and she will consider any recommendations it makes, including on regional pay. "Surrey Police officers can already be paid an extra £2,000 per year, at the discretion of the chief constable, as a south east allowance."
  4. Latest Youtube video of police

    http://road.cc/content/news/137218-video-cyclist-and-police-panto-chat-about-pedestrian-zone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SetkfgXFd8U
  5. Express: Police use chainsaw to smash into drug den

    Over the top? Not even close according to the 'mericans... http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/john-geer-shot-by-police/ Police shot unarmed man, drove armored truck through door when he didn’t exit on command A Virginia man loses his family and then his life thanks to the swift justice of the local police department. Posted on October 30, 2013 by O.D. in News
  6. Yup, Surrey. Not the Christmas car for much longer though, it's about to go off for re-branding in accordance with new guidelines for Search & Rescue (Orange & White battenburg)
  7. Yup... that is the exact type we are looking at, except you can get WAY cheaper on ebay and amazon.
  8. Thanks TrafficRat, that is exactly what I'm after, and AnthonyB, also great information. BlueBob, sorry, but I just don't understand the point you are tying to get at. We are fully trained in this area, so how does adding warning lighting to a scene not constitute adding safety to our working practices?! And yes Ipoolalan, we are an ALSAR team, which if others aren't aware is the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue. We are 100% self and donation funded so have to buy all the kit ourselves which is why I was looking at getting some warning beacons. They may not even be used on a road but better to have a bit of kit and not need it rather than need something and not have it. In terms of why we might need to warn traffic of our presence, just one example is statistically there is a very high chance that a dementia sufferer - which is one of or main call out types - will follow a road or path rather than head off into the woods (other misper types do this as well). We may find this person at 3 am on a road with no pavement in the middle of nowhere (My team covers a lot of rural areas) when the roads are quiet but traffic could be moving very fast. If that person is in need of urgent medical assistance then the team finding the misper will have their hands full dealing with that situation to possibly save their life and we may be at that scene for a length of time before Police/Ambulance back up arrives, let alone any other vehicle (bear in mind we are foot searching normally). Having small led warning beacons with us would provide excellent warning to oncoming traffic, thus thinking blue would be more noticeable and warn traffic of a genuine emergency rather than orange which could just suggest roadworks and not slow down as much as we'd perhaps hope they would, or even just around a blind corner.
  9. I'd rather they bumped into each other at 20mph than me at 60mph! In all seriousness though they would be used with due diligence since we've all had enough experience around scenes to know what is appropriate and what isn't. So is there a law about that or just force policy?
  10. Blue or red has a greater impact on drivers and are likely to slow down more. Amber people just continue to speed by. Plus it was just a question that I didn't know the answer to!
  11. Does any one know if there is a specific law relating to use of red or blue flashing lights on the road when not attached to a vehicle? I'm talking about those flashing LED warning beacons that you can buy (normally in amber, red or blue) and thinking specifically of placing them on the ground (possibly a road if required) when working with the Search & Rescue organisation that I'm a part of to warn oncoming traffic of a possible scene, so only for genuine purposes - not just for the hell of it. I know there is no problem with amber, but how about the blue and red? And yes, I know all about the law with vehicle mounted lights, this is a question specifically about use as a separate warning beacon.
  12. For those in Surrey, we've only been waiting for this for about 5 years! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-22089263
  13. Do you care about your shoes/boots?

    I like to keep mine well shined, and has even paid off when dealing with squaddies once who were being a pain in the a**e with other officers but actually said that they'd talk to me because I knew how to look after my kit and they respected that... The power of drunken reasoning eh?! I've never once had any one say I was a newbie because my boots were nicely bulled.
  14. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-21040410 Hope all our colleagues stay safe on the ground and well done for dealing with what must be a very tough incident to respond to.