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  1. Today
  2. A police officer has resigned after he was allegedly caught having sex with a solicitor in a police station interview room. The unnamed officer is alleged to have been found with the female lawyer at Cockett police station in John Street, Swansea, Wales Online reported. It triggered a misconduct complaint earlier this month and led to the man’s resignation. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/police-officer-sex-station-resign-south-wales-swansea-female-solicitor-a8548886.html
  3. 21 September 2018 Together with colleagues from local Police Federation boards, John Apter, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, will be telling MPs they need to stand up for policing. With the Party Conference Season about to start, this is a critical time when MPs get together on a national stage to set out their vision for the future. Policing and the security of communities must be on their agenda. I will personally ensure that the needs of the 120,000 members I represent is at the heart of these political events. As the voice of the federated ranks, my Federation colleagues and I will be clear about what needs to change. Policing must be taken seriously. The bottom line is policing has lost more than 21,300 officers since 2010 – that’s a drop of 15% - the lowest number of police officers since 1996. With officer numbers decreasing and crime rates rising, it is obvious that the police service just cannot meet the demands loaded upon it. Police officers are giving the public and the communities they serve their all, and many are becoming ill as they burn out under the increased pressures. But they continue to give their all because they care – to them it is more than just a job – it is a vocation. They don’t just clock off and leave vulnerable victims of crime alone; they go above and beyond, but they need to be met halfway. For far too long officers have been pushed to the extreme. The Police Federation of England and Wales’ (PFEW) last Welfare, Demand and Capacity survey highlighted that: 66% of officers indicated that their workload was too high 58% felt they did not have enough time to do their job to a standard of which they could be proud 80% of officers said they have suffered from stress, low mood and anxiety and of those 92 % said their psychological difficulties had been caused or made worse by work. Add to that the derisory pay increase this year, which showed how little the government values police officers and it is clear why the service is on a slippery slope. Even the country’s most senior police officer, Met Commissioner Cressida Dick, has spoken out, saying that the government’s refusal to honour the pay review body recommendation in full for the second year and therefore increase police pay by 3% in England and Wales is a ‘punch in the nose’. It is in the public interest to turn this dire situation around. And it will take a lot more than empty thanks and platitudes from those who have the power to change officers’ lot. [embedded content] Now is the time to take action. Over the coming weeks we will lobby those in power to support our police service, because we know there are many MPs out there who do value and support what we do. We will be talking about our hugely successful Protect the Protectors campaign and what still has to be done to better protect our officers. We will be talking officer safety and welfare. We will be talking demand and capacity. We will be talking about the risks taken every day and the need to recognise the unique training officers undertake for the greater good of our society. On your behalf, I will have the robust and constructive conversations needed with those who have the power to restore our faith in a government which has lost sight of the importance of policing to the British public. Our voice matters and it can make a difference. View the full article
  4. Yesterday
  5. 20 September 2018 Police Federation technology lead Simon Kempton examines the technological problems that are affecting officers' ability to do their jobs The most Rolls Royce radio in the world is no good if nobody can hear you…that’s what came to mind this week as Lancashire Police reported problems at their new £25m police HQ. Officers were unable to hear messages coming through on their radios and the glitch is apparently down to signal boosters fitted at the building. Apparently the radios work perfectly when they are plugged directly into the system. But how useful is that when the vast majority of officers using them are out and about on the streets? The issue highlights the near-farcical state of the police service’s relationship with technology, of which radios are just one component. Now a new report from consultancy giants Deloitte has unveiled police leaders’ concerns about the service’s capacity to harness technology effectively - as well as its ‘readiness’ to deal with technology-enabled crimes. In fact, they ranked their readiness to deal with such crimes as just two out of 10, whereas the challenge in fighting them was rated as nine out of ten. And they only gave three out of 10 for their ability to implement new technologies. As I have been saying for a long time, the criminals have got better technology than we have, and they know it. They are running around, building county lines drug dealing networks and child abuse rings with new generation Apple iPhones, while we are struggling with ineffective and outdated technology which is simply not fit for purpose in this digital world. Cybercrime is a field which has seen huge increases of volume over recent years – the latest data shows more than 4 million crimes are being committed annually, including computer misuse and fraud. Yet this an area where criminals seem to be perpetually ahead of the police, with new scams and cyber-attacks being announced almost daily. The current Airwave radio network, which covers all emergency services across the UK, is due to be replaced with ESN (Emergency Services Network) as part of a £1.3 billion spend by the Home Office on replacing old IT systems. But this programme is at least 15 months behind schedule, as detailed in a recent National Audit Office report on forces’ financial sustainability, requiring the Government to continue spending £330million a year from the total police budget to run the old Airwave system until at least 2020. Meanwhile already-stretched police forces are having to plough more cash into propping up their old Airwave equipment and extend its shelf life while they wait for ESN, which they are already also having to pay for. There is also supposed to be a pot of money for forces, the Police Transformation Fund (PTF), which the Home Office brought in to encourage them to transform their services to meet future challenges. But in truth, this approach has led to a piecemeal approach. To date, £220million has been awarded to 98 PTF projects but there is no overall strategic vision or accountability. Applying for the money is also complicated and there are inconsistencies in the way it is awarded. Individual forces have gone ahead and bought systems which are then found to be flawed, for example, they are incompatible with other forces’ systems and ‘do not talk’ to each other. Not only is this a shocking waste of public money, but makes the job even harder for officers who are frustrated by their shoddy equipment. I would like to see a new rule where no Police & Crime Commissioner or Chief Constable is allowed to buy “off the shelf” tech systems unless they have been tested by operational police officers first. There are also issues with forces’ capability to interrogate seized computers and mobile phones, a vital tool in today’s climate. And forces are struggling to download the footage from Body Worn Video cameras because of a chronic underinvestment in software and training. I could go on about other aspects of IT and technology policing failures but the harsh reality is simply this: there is no point ploughing millions and billions into increasingly expensive and complicated equipment without an overall strategic vision – and the means to implement it. We need computer and technology systems which are 21st century-ready and compatible for all 43 forces to use together. No wonder criminals seem to be always one step ahead of us. We need to stop ignoring the inconvenient truth and get savvy about technology now. Lives depend on it. View the full article
  6. 20 September 2018 Operational Policing Lead Simon Kempton calls upon the Government and chief officers to provide reassurance on policing landscape post March 2019. The National Police Chiefs' Council announced that a new national unit will be set up to assist police forces to use alternatives if the UK loses access to current EU data sharing and cooperation tools following Brexit. The contingency plans, agreed on September 17 by all chief constables, will see UK law enforcement revert to use of international police tools through Interpol, bilateral channels and Council of Europe conventions to enable extradition of suspects, trace missing people and share intelligence about crime and terrorism. In response, Simon Kempton, PFEW Operational Policing Lead said: “I find it highly concerning that with Brexit only six months away we still don’t know what the policing landscape will look like post 29 March, 2019. “The ‘new’ unit which was announced yesterday is a positive move – albeit late in the day – but I hope it will help officers to find post-Brexit ‘work arounds’ and alternative methods to enable them continue to be able to do the work they can do now under European Law. However my worry is that the officers used to staff this unit will need to be diverted from other already stretched areas, thus creating more capacity and back-filling issues. “The staff will also have just six months to establish themselves and get to grips with a remit which will remain undefined until the Government decide what exit deal – if any – it is going to make with the rest of Europe. “As well as this element of the process we as a Federation are also monitoring closely the planning around the UK’s departure and any domestic policing issues that may result from it. “I have been involved in various strategic meetings and am aware there have been discussions about cancelling officers’ rest days and putting a moratorium on leave in the weeks and even months immediately pre and post March 29. And while there is no evidence to suggest there will be an increase in crime and disorder when a Brexit takes place, public protest remains a possibility. “Unfortunately the planning and resourcing around such events will put further strain on a service which is already struggling from years of cuts and a lack of investment and support. “And it cannot be right that officers and their families are facing uncertainty over when they will be able to see their loved ones over this period. I call upon the Government and chief officers to provide the reassurance needed that plans will be made sufficiently early to negate the need for last-minute provisions. “The Government – as ever – needs to get its house in order to avoid Brexit being at best a bureaucratic nightmare and at worse a dangerous situation created by its inability to provide certainty on this matter, he concluded.” View the full article
  7. Last week
  8. Police have launched a £2 million unit to plan for a hard-Brexit amid warnings that it will be harder to protect the public after Britain leaves the EU. Senior officers say investigators will lose access to 40 crime fighting tools, including the European Arrest Warrant, which would hinder cross-border investigations such as the hunt for the Russian intelligence officers suspected of the Salisbury Novichok attack. The warning came from the National Police Chiefs Council chairwoman Sara Thornton, who said fall-back options would be slower and less effective. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/2m-police-unit-set-up-to-protect-brits-after-brexit-a3938941.html
  9. Motorists across the capital are being urged to ditch their vehicles for a day and reclaim the streets from traffic when nearly 50 roads close for World Car Free Day. Greenwich Town Centre and Bermondsey Street are among 49 streets across London set to be car-free on Saturday in a bid to tackle poor air quality and encourage stronger communities. By supporting London Play, a charity working to give children the freedom to play by shutting roads to traffic, the Mayor and Transport for London hope to open up the spaces to the community. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/world-car-free-day-motorists-to-be-blocked-from-nearly-50-roads-across-london-on-car-free-day-a3938651.html
  10. Drivers in Britain could soon face a £100 fine for driving too close to cyclists on the road, following plans to introduce a new law. The new law will require motorists to be at least 1.5 metres away from cyclists when passing or overtaking, with penalties incurred if drivers fail to comply. Stricter regulations If a motorist is found to be driving closer than the minimum passing distance, they could be hit with a £100 fine and three penalty points. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/motorists-could-face-£100-fine-for-driving-too-close-to-cyclists/ar-BBNuDbk?ocid=spartanntp
  11. 18 September 2018 Outgoing National Secretary Andy Fittes As he prepares to retire, National Secretary Andy Fittes reflects on his time as a Federation rep. This is a great organisation – I know some of you will read that and disagree, but I can honestly say that it is. I have been a Federation representative for 19 years and I have witnessed first-hand how hard it has been for us to get where we are today. Critics thought we could not pull off the scope of the much-needed change advised in the 2014 Independent Review – among those critics included the then Home Secretary Theresa May – but we have. I think we have shown true grit and resolve to move the organisation to a better place. I feel as though I am leaving the organisation stronger than I found it – armed with a new structure and governance that will enable it to be more effective for our members. The past four years has not just been about organisational change. We achieve many small things every day for our members, and those things add up to bigger things that make a real impact – for example, we successfully argued to keep the away from home overnight allowance, insisted that forces must adhere to the Children and Families Act 2014, and lobbied for clearer pension benefit statements and an accurate pension calculator. Alongside this, our central claims team deal with over 37,000 enquiries from our members seeking legal support and advice every year. It may surprise you to read this, but our influence in government and beyond is the envy of many unions and representative bodies – few have regular bilateral meetings with ministers anymore or enjoy the same level of attendance from senior figures at their events. Our relationship with the Home Office is important – we must nurture it to achieve real, lasting change for our members. It is this relationship that means we get invited to the table for consultations and it is also testament to the quality of our research and evidence-gathering abilities – they may not always agree with us, as the Government has its own agenda, but we are listened to. Some may feel that we should wield the strong arm of the law more readily, that we should sue over the things we do not like. But it is through dialogue and negotiation that we achieve the most useful things for our members. For example, we had a disagreement with the National Police Chiefs’ Council over President Trump’s visit in the summer and paying overnight allowance to those officers who were deployed. But we were swiftly able to argue our case and due to our established relationship it was in officers’ pay packets the following month. Legal action can take years, with no guaranteed outcome. The new election process draws to a close this month, creating new Branch Boards across the country with a significant number of new faces and fresh energy to fight for our members. I am proud of the positive action provisions that we have introduced to the process – no other organisation has such provisions. We must look like the officers we represent, and we had been struggling for some time to attract the diversity of reps that we should. The mechanisms, which are innovative and flexible, go some way to addressing this issue but our work in this area continues. I want to see more women and under-represented groups taking up roles in the PFEW. Pay will always be a big part of the organisation’s work. I do believe the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) can work if it were free of political influence. We must remember that the Government is not legally obliged to follow the PRRB’s advice – though it undermines the process if it does not. Realistically, the PRRB has been in place for four years and it is just getting to grips with its role, which is to ensure a stable level of recruitment and retention. Overall, they have supported our recommendations from the evidence that we have presented each year. The Government, however, has never provided a solid reason for ignoring them – this needs to change. The Federation can be a frustrating place to work, but is also an incredibly diverse and rewarding place to work. I am the final General Secretary of the Joint Central Committee, a role that is now gone with our new rules and regulations. I am leaving behind an organisation with the structures in place to be a flexible and agile representative body for its members. Cultural change is the next step – we are already on the road to a more united and cooperative PFEW, but we must continue to build trust with our members. View the full article
  12. 17 September 2018 New National Secretary Alex Duncan The new National Secretary of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has been announced today. Alex Duncan, National Board member from Avon & Somerset, has been confirmed. Alex was awarded the role by the National Board following a new interview process. The National Secretary has overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of PFEW, staff, departments and representatives. The National Secretary also contributes to setting and supporting the implementation of the organisation’s strategic direction, and leads on pay negotiations with the Government. Alex has been a police officer for 27 years and a rep for 19 years, taking up a role on the National Board in 2014. He was one of two candidates in the running for the position – the other candidate being John Partington, a Metropolitan officer. Alex will take over from the current National Secretary Andy Fittes on 1 October. Andy is retiring after 31 years’ service as a police officer, 19 of those as a Federation rep and over four years as National Secretary. In addition, the national roles below were elected today from among 22 of the 24 National Board members (the National Chair John Apter, who was elected by members, and outgoing National Secretary Andy Fittes did not take part). New post-holders will officially take up their roles from 1 October: National Treasurer - Tim Packham (Kent) National Vice Chair - Che Donald (Sussex) Deputy National Secretary - John Partington (Metropolitan) Deputy National Treasurer - Simon Kempton (Dorset) Head of Criminal Claims - Andy Ward (Durham) Head of Civil Claims - Craig Hewitt (Lincolnshire) Learning and Development lead - Zuleika Payne (South Yorkshire) Equality lead - Peggy Lamont (West Midlands) College of Policing lead - Dave Bamber (Cheshire) Find out more about our key areas of work and the structure of the organisation. View the full article
  13. A man has been arrested and police are looking for five others after a traffic warden was dragged off his moped and violently kicked and stamped on. West Midlands Police says the "sickening violence" happened between 5pm and 5.30pm on 14 September in the Alum Rock area of Birmingham. The victim, who was on duty, was dragged from his moped before being kicked and having his head stamped on. The gang then stole his vehicle. Currently, the men numbered one, two and three in the images released by police are being treated as suspects. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/five-men-sought-after-sickening-attack-on-traffic-warden/ar-BBNmEt3?ocid=spartandhp
  14. RossLondon

    Special Sergeants Exam

    I don't really get the issue. The title isn't Sergeant, its Special Sergeant. Its a completely different meaning, it has different 'rank' insignia (well, in the Met, anyways. Though I know some have adopted chevrons). Its good for those who want to develop their leadership skills and I think its right that there is some sort of progression in place for those that want it. It is ludicrous to suggest that a S/Sgt should sit the same exam as a Sgt, when there is absolutely not need or requirement to use that knowledge (indeed, much of it you simply can't use). There should be rigor for those promoted to S/Sgt, and it could have its own national exam to reflect overall general policing knowledge and the specific role. I have no issue referring to S/Sgt and S/Isp and Sarge, or Sir/Ma'am respectively. Often they give up significantly more of their time to ensure that things run smoothly and do the boring admin when I want to go out and volunteer my time for front line policing. All of this talk I hear about "they didn't earn the rank" seems to imply they were given Sergeant and not S/Sergeant. There is a difference. The *only* thing that bothers me is the 'wrong' people getting promoted to these roles. But then, that happens in regs just as it does the specials.
  15. Millions of travellers could be hit with a new tax to pay for more Border Force staff at airports. Cuts to the number of officers and a surge in passengers have been blamed for delays of up to two-and-a-half hours at some passport controls this summer. The Government is considering how to beef up security at the borders and reduce queues without relying on public funds. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/news/british-families-face-being-hit-with-a-new-flight-tax-to-help-government-pay-for-border-staff-at-airports/ar-BBNlRuM?ocid=spartandhp
  16. A senior Scotland Yard officer could face the sack for alleged racist language after using the phrase “whiter than white” in a briefing to colleagues. He could face an internal investigation for gross misconduct — the most serious disciplinary offence. Sources said the detective superintendent addressed colleagues about the need to be faultless and above reproach in carrying out inquiries, saying that they needed to be “whiter than white”. The Met later received a complaint about his comment and passed it to the police watchdog for investigation. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/senior-met-officer-could-face-the-sack-for-using-whiter-than-white-phrase-a3936041.html
  17. Hard to say whether this will help or not, but I'm all for trying out new strategies, since others don't seem to be working.
  18. Earlier
  19. UK driving licences may not be valid in the European Union if there is no Brexit deal, the Government has said. In the latest batch of "no-deal" papers, Brits were warned that after March 2019 “your driving licence may no longer be valid by itself” to drive in the EU. Drivers would need to obtain an international driving permit from the Post Office, which are currently £5.50. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/uk-driving-licence-may-not-be-valid-in-europe-after-nodeal-brexit-a3935256.html
  20. This amazing footage appears to capture a 'Dukes of Hazzard style' moment when a speeding van flies through the air after hitting a roundabout. The silver Citroen van is caught hurtling along a dual carriageway before failing to stop and launching into the air as it strikes the cambered edge of Stag roundabout. The silver vehicle overtakes another van before apparently being surprised by the edge of the roundabout - despite the warning signs, road markings and the huge arrow sign on the roundabout itself. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6163131/Moment-van-hurtles-straight-roundabout-flies-air-Dukes-Hazzard-style-scene.html
  21. 13 September 2018 The Police Federation of England and Wales welcomes the news today that the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill has been granted Royal Assent. The Bill makes it an aggravating factor to assault or sexually assault a police officer or any other member of the emergency services, punishable by up to 12 months in prison. While we would like to see the maximum sentence raised further, we are pleased that the Bill sends a clear signal that assaults against blue light responders will not be tolerated. John Apter, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales said: “This has come after an incredible amount of hard work and lobbying by us. Being assaulted – whether you are a police officer, firefighter, prison officer or paramedic – is unacceptable and the sentences should be harsher. “Whilst we didn’t get everything that we wanted in this Bill, it is a start and a significant improvement on what we had. We welcome it but our journey to ‘protect the protectors’ hasn’t finished – we will continue to lobby to ensure that when our members and other emergency services are assaulted, those responsible are given harsher sentences than they have in the past. “I would like to extend our sincere thanks to MPs Chris Bryant, Holly Lynch and others from all sides of the political divides, as well as the House of Lords who have supported this Bill. We will now look to the courts to use their new powers to the fullest and provide the deterrent and protection that police and emergency workers deserve.” Home Office figures show there were more than 26,000 assaults against police officers (including British Transport Police) in England and Wales during 2017/18. However the Police Federation believes the true figure to be significantly higher, due to under-reporting. John continued, “Steps have been taken to improve the quality of the data, however there is still work to be done to ensure that all incidents are accurately recorded so a true picture can be obtained. This responsibly also falls to the individual chief constables to make sure that all officers have the confidence – and support – to report every incident. “Attacks on blue light workers should never be considered ‘just part of the job’ and I hope this new law will act as a strong deterrent for those who think that it is acceptable to assault police officers or other emergency service workers and appropriately punish those who do," he concluded. Watch video response from PFEW Chair John Apter following the Bill announcement: [embedded content] Watch our 'Protect the Protectors' video which shows why this Bill is so important: [embedded content] View the full article
  22. 12 September 2018 Custody Seminar 2018 Custody is just as much a victim of policing cuts as any other area in the service, delegates at the Police Federation of England and Wales’ (PFEW) annual National Custody Seminar heard this week. Chris Bentley, chair of PFEW’s National Custody Forum, outlined some of the issues just a few days after the National Audit Office (NAO) released its damning report on the Financial Sustainability of the police forces of England and Wales. Mr Bentley said: “As the Federation has been saying for years, cuts have consequences. As the NAO is saying that the Home Office is basically clueless about the financial sustainability of policing, you can’t tell me that the loss of 22,000 officers since 2010 is not having an impact on policing. “For example, the amount of time taken for charging decisions to be made has now increased by four days, and arrests are also down by a rate of three people per 1,000. And custody is definitely one of the fields where cuts will have consequences. There cannot be any shortcuts in custody – it needs to remain robust, safe and dignified for everybody.” The NAO report revealed that: • It actually took 18 days to charge an offence for the year ending March 2018 - four days longer than for the year ending March 2016 • And, the arrest rate fell to 14 arrests per 1,000 population in 2016-17, down from 17 per 1,000 population in 2014-15 The seminar also heard from PFEW chair John Apter who said: “For many in policing, austerity feels very personal and the impact on officers is plain for all to see, not least in custody which is a very pressurised environment. “Now, we have a situation where what used to be a sought after , respected and prestigious role is no longer seen like that. Now, you cannot get people to go into custody jobs. This absolutely should not be a role that no-one wants to do. Officers should see being a custody sergeant as the high point of their career.” Mr Apter was speaking after this year’s Police Federation Pay and Morale survey revealed that custody is seen as the ‘worst job in policing’ as nearly one in four (22.5%) of custody officers wanting to be redeployed away from detention duties as soon as possible. Elsewhere at the event: • Chief Inspector Michael Brown, the College of Policing’s mental health co-ordinator, highlighted the issues of dealing with detainees with complex vulnerabilities including substance addictions and mental health issues in custody, as well as the challenges of providing Appropriate Adults. • Professor Michael Zander QC, Emeritus Professor of Law at the London School of Economics, delivered an update on PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act) code changes following the new provisions of the Policing and Crime Act. It covered the vast extension of police powers to civilian aides, cross border powers and the use of police stations as a place of safety under the Mental Health Act 1983. • Senior lawyer Tim Coolican, from Slater and Gordon, highlighted the painful length of some investigations by police watchdog the IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct), with several taking seven years to complete, or more. He added: “They ought to be focussing on learning the lessons [when things go wrong] rather than spending all this time prosecuting people.” View the full article
  23. 12 September 2018 Chief Executive of Headway, Peter McCabe Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway, the Brain Injury Association said that anecdotal evidence showed a large number of people in the criminal justice system had suffered a brain injury at some point, which can change behaviour and leave them vulnerable. Speaking at the Police Federation of England and Wales’ National Custody Seminar on 12 September, Mr McCabe said that symptoms of surviving a brain injury included swaying when walking and slurred speech, which can be mistaken for the person being drunk. He said survivors often experienced angry outbursts and had difficulty reasoning, leaving them vulnerable. Headway has launched an identity card for brain injury survivors to show when they encounter police and other agencies. The card is part of the organisation’s Justice Project, which aims to raise awareness of brain injury within the criminal justice system and ensure that people who have brain injuries are identified at the earliest possible opportunity, so they receive appropriate support. It highlights that the holder has a brain injury and lists their symptoms, to eradicate confusion and flag that the person is vulnerable. “We aim to get to the point where a person’s brain injury is taken into account by everybody in the criminal justice system,” Mr McCabe said. “We recognise that survivors committing serious crimes should face the consequences – this card isn’t a get out of jail free card. But we believe those who are dealing with them should be fully aware of their deficits when they are making key decisions.” Mr McCabe said that the information on each person’s card was clinically verified to give credibility and avoid misuse, and that Headway was working with agencies including the National Police Chiefs’ Council, NHS England and the Crown Prosecution Service to raise awareness of the effects of a brain injury. “You (the police) have such limited resources, the last thing you need is to be working out whether someone is just being difficult or awkward, or whether that person is vulnerable and needs to be treated appropriately,” he said. He added: “People are saying these cards have given them the confidence to go out. If they do run into problems they just pull their card out and it helps explain things.” Mr McCabe said the card is currently being rolled out and that there was “work to do” to ensure all forces and criminal justice agencies were aware of it. View the full article
  24. 12 September 2018 Medical Director for Met Police, Dr Meng Aw-Yong A better understanding of the dangers of Acute Behavioural Disturbance (ABD) in custody detainees is needed amongst healthcare staff, a top doctor has said. Dr Meng Aw-Yong, Medical Director for the Metropolitan Police and past member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody, spoke at the Police Federation of England and Wales’ Custody Seminar today (11 September). Dr Aw-Yong said there was a need to raise awareness of the condition amongst healthcare staff, stating that despite it being listed as a medical emergency in The Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s best practice guidelines for the management of ABD, it is often not recognised as such. The guidelines state that ABD is a medical emergency, and that affected individuals may suffer sudden cardiovascular collapse and/or cardiac arrest with little or no warning. “There’s an education issue,” he said. “Police have much more awareness of ABD than hospital staff.” Dr Aw-Yong said that a memorandum of understanding with the ambulance service was one way to help healthcare staff understand that ABD can lead to cardiac arrest and is a medical emergency. He added that how that message was conveyed to doctors and nursing staff was vital, thus the duty of care would “hit home”. Dr Aw-Yong also said that minimising the restraint time for someone with ABD was vital, and that the use of Taser could be considered to help that. He said: “When the paramedics are there you can consider using Taser to minimise restraint, so you can get in there quicker with minimal injury to the individual healthcare and police personnel and to sedate that person and deliver a medical intervention quicker and safer”. View the full article
  25. Thousands of people who bought TV licences have been urged to check their bank statements for suspicious activity. From August 29 to 5 September 2018, around 40,000 transactions made on TV Licensing's website were “not as secure as they should have been”. The company is now advising anyone who entered sort codes and bank account numbers on their website during that time to check their bank accounts for any suspicious activity. Other information such as names as well as email and home addresses may also be at risk. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/tv-licencing-urges-thousands-to-check-bank-statements-after-security-error-a3932951.html
  26. Scotland Yard is to boost the fight against violence by transferring 122 officers from traffic policing to a task force tackling gangs and knife crime. The officers will be seconded to the Violent Crime Task Force from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing for the next three months as violent offending usually surges in the autumn. Officials described the move as a temporary measure. It came as the Met tackles rocketing knife crime and violence, with more than 100 homicides in London so far this year. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/122-traffic-officers-to-join-scotland-yard-task-force-tackling-gangs-and-knife-crime-in-london-a3932931.html
  27. Looking to transfer as I've heard Lincs is looking more promising for Specials now. Any thoughts?
  28. 11 September 2018 Tony Herbert A grieving father whose son died after being restrained has issued a heartfelt plea for changes in how deaths in custody are dealt with. Tony Herbert’s son, James, sadly died in 2010 whilst in police custody in Avon and Somerset. Police were called after James, 25, was spotted running and shouting down a road in Wells, Somerset, looking “dishevelled” during a mental health crisis. The circumstances surrounding James’ death have since been subject to two IPCC investigations and an inquest. Speaking at the Police Federation of England and Wales’ Custody Seminar in Daventry today (11 September) Mr Herbert said that changes had been made since his son’s death. However, he failed to understand how deaths in custody occurred at all. “If these deaths are avoidable then the only acceptable number is zero”, he said. Mr Herbert outlined his personal “utopia” for how deaths in custody would be dealt with, including the Crown Prosecution Service being involved much later, with officers involved obligated to fully report to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) within six months of the death. In September 2017 the then Independent Police Complaints Commissioned (now IOPC) published a report into James’ death, which pinpointed how a different approach to policing people with mental health needs could have prevented James’ death in custody. You can read the report here. View the full article
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