Stigy

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  1. I agree, I wasn't being exhaustive. Railway Byelaws are irrelevant in that there's no specify Byelaw relating to filming or photographing, however a railway official could use other Byelaws to move people on if they've got no valid reason to be on the premisses etc. It is perfectly legal to film anybody on railway property, but it's when the filming becomes intrusive and anti-social that it becomes a problem.
  2. Not necessarily just public places either, but places the public have access to count. For example the railway. Railway staff get hit up all the time about being filmed, but there's nothing illegal about it. Staff can move those filming from station property if they've not got a particular reason to be there, but if they have a ticket or are even awaiting somebody from a train, you'd be on a sticky wicket to move them on for filming or photographing etc.
  3. Not sure if they still do, but the Met used to patrol buses as part of Safer Transport Teams, teaming up with RPIs etc.
  4. I'm 5'6"(ish) and weigh about 14-stone. Now although obese medically, I feel that if I weighed what the doc says I should (about 9-stone!) I'd look ill. My weight has helped before whilst restraining people....Mainly because the technique we're taught doesn't bode well with people who lack that sort of coordination
  5. I meant members of the public rather than fellow officers, although there's a fair bit of banter with them too...
  6. Bit Off Topic, but you say 'in the emergency services', but the Fire Service do still have an upper height limit.... I'm not a Police Officer, but in a similar role to that of a PCSO, and at 5'6" I'm one of the shortest....I feel people take the mick a bit more with the shorter officer, and as such this presents a challenge. Having said that, I've never had an issue with this.
  7. I'm under "other". I'm an Accredited Person under the Railway Safety Accreditation Scheme and have been for around 8-years.
  8. Local Government Byelaws often cover this more specifically, much like Railway Byelaws. Because of the nature of the music, could a s.5 POA offence have been proven as an alternative?
  9. One also needs to be careful what they 'like' and comment on using FaceBook, seems like common sense, but you'd be surprised! (For example the likes of Britain First and other groups that often border on racism on FaceBook and similar). Not sure on the exact protocol with Police Forces, but they obviously have more investigatory powers when it comes to vetting their officers etc so can check FB accounts than other employers, no matter how 'private' accounts are. I have friends who regularly comment on these groups, which I can't do anything about, but I never like or comment myself. I'm not a Police Officer but work closely with them as part of the 'wider policing family' so am just overly cautious/OCD about these things.
  10. Private security is fine as long as it's regulated, which it should be, by the SIA. unfortunately it isn't regulated nearly as well as it should be and the SIA is a joke unfortunately. I was in the security industry when the SIA came about and it looked like it was going to have a positive impact on the industry. I was promised once licenced, I'd be worth more in wages, the knuckle draggers would be out of a job and cowboy companies would cease to exist. Unfortunately the knuckle draggers and cowboy companies are still about and the wages are still largely shocking, with officers on minimum wage, now working less hours (At least pre-SIA you could happily do a 60 hour week, making the salaries easier to live off!). Then there's the other end of the spectrum. I now work for a TOC as an Accredited Person under the Railway Safety Accreditation Scheme (RSAS), and although still a controversial role, it's far better regulated than the SIA ever has been (vetting to police officer entry standard and yearly self declaration forms alone demonstrate this!). As far as the vetting goes, you could argue that we're too well vetted for the work we do. It largely stems from the salary in that minimum wage officers aren't going to be as effective as those on decent salaries with a good pension. There's a pattern emerging in that those who aren't actually security staff but carry out a role in which security is a big aspect and aren't SIA licenced, seem to be of an overall higher callibre. Much the same with local Government staff Accredited under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS).
  11. I'm also not a Police Officer but have attended my fair share of railway suicides (and some accidents). I usually just get on with it to be honest. It's always more tragic when it's an accident in my view, as that person didn't set out to kill themselves and had every intention of going home to their families that evening. When somebody commits suicide, they made the conscious effort to end their life and although they've left their families behind, it was their choice.
  12. I work for a TOC and have seen some very good staff and some very poor ones. We have RPAs and RPIs. RPIs are PACE trained whereas RPAs are not. There's a lot of RPAs that should be RPIs and vice versa. If I has my way the whole revenue grade would be disbanded and all staff PACE trained. RPAs still report people, just not under caution, meaning only questions to establish identity can be asked, therefore they'd only literally be exporting the basic facts. As Radman has said, I was referring to reporting somebody when not under arrest. Sorry, should have been clearer! This is outlined on PACE (10.1), and makes sense as you're kind of contradicting yourself otherwise as you're telling them they don't have to say anything on the one hand, yet on the other hand they MUST give their name and address!
  13. It's true that all of the people you mention can caution suspects. The rule of thumb is that a suspect should be cautioned as soon as the officer believes an offence may have been committed, after first obtaining their name and address details. Also the caution is used when the suspect is going to be questioned regarding an offence. Can you be reported for summons without first cautioning? Yes, although the evidence is obviously not as good as a full Q&A session under caution as you can't conduct an interview if the suspect isn't under caution. There's nothing wrong with reporting the facts if the matter though. This is only usually the case with non -PACE trained staff or if the suspect isn't suitable to be questioned under caution.
  14. Mersey (Sorry, won't let me quote some some reason....?), I think some officers see rail staff as a hindrance sometimes, and to be fair, some staff are. As in all walks of life, the odd one or two let the whole side down.
  15. Indeed, although not specifically trespass. Trespass on the railway is outlined specifically under s55 of the British Transport Commissions Act 1949. Not sure about the specifics of trespass on nuclear sites etc....Is it specific trespass legislation? Or legislation amounting to it to all intents and purposes (like Byelaw 13)?