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  2. Police in Surrey have hit back after a resident left them an angry note while they were tending to a "potentially life or death" emergency. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/resident-leaves-angry-note-complaining-surrey-police-used-private-parking-when-responding-to-life-or-a3993836.html The person who left this note on a police car needs to get a life tough luck if you cant park your car when police have to do there job.
  3. This is the shocking moment a policewoman was “kung fu”-kicked in to the path of an oncoming double-decker bus as she assisted with an arrest. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/shocking-moment-policewoman-is-kungfu-kicking-into-path-of-doubledecker-bus-a3993691.html
  4. Image copyright Cumbria Police Image caption Zholia Alemi faked her medical degree when she came to the UK in the 1990s Some 3,000 foreign doctors in the UK are being urgently checked after a woman practised psychiatry for 22 years without any qualifications. Zholia Alemi falsely claimed to have a medical degree from a New Zealand university when she registered in the UK in the 1995. But she had actually dropped out of medical school in her first year. The General Medical Council (GMC) - the doctors' watchdog - has apologised for its "inadequate" checks in the 1990s. The GMC - which decides whether a doctor is qualified to practise in the UK - said it was sorry for "any risk arising to patients as a result" and that it was confident its current processes are "far stronger". Alemi was jailed for fraud in October last year after she faked a dementia patient's will in an attempt to inherit her £1.3m estate. Now, following her case, an investigation has been triggered. The licences of potentially thousands of doctors are being looked at. Who is Zholia Alemi? When registering in the UK in 1995, Alemi claimed to have a medical degree from the University of Auckland - which she did not have. But her false medical qualification was only discovered after she was convicted of fraud and theft in October 2018 after taking advantage of a vulnerable patient. Alemi, who was working as a consultant psychiatrist for a dementia service in west Cumbria at the time, redrafted the patient's will and fraudulently applied for power of attorney. Image copyright BBC/Craig McGlasson Image caption Dr Zholia Alemi was found guilty of four theft and fraud charges after a week-long trial When asked by police whether Alemi had assisted with her financial affairs, the victim said: "I think she just helped herself." The judge described her crimes as "wicked". She denied the charges but was found guilty at Carlisle Crown Court and jailed for five years. Alemi lost her job after being arrested in 2016 and was suspended by the medical tribunal service in June 2017. How did she become a NHS doctor? The GMC said Alemi was allowed to join the UK's medical register under a section of the Medical Act which has not been in force since 2003. The act meant medical school graduates from certain Commonwealth countries - like New Zealand - were allowed to join the register on the basis of the qualification they obtained at home. They did not have to sit and pass the standard two-part medical test that foreign doctors normally have to pass before they can work in the UK - the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board exam (PLAB). What is the GMC doing now? The GMC said its checks are now more "rigorous" and stronger than they were. The council said that now any similar fraudulent attempts to join the medical register would be identified. But the records of up to 3,000 doctors - who registered for a licence under the same rules as Alemi - are now being urgently reviewed. The GMC said it was not expecting to find anything untoward. Charlie Massey, the GMC's chief executive, called it a "serious" issue and said the police and other agencies including NHS England have been informed. "We are confident that, 23 years on, our systems are robust and would identify any fraudulent attempt to join the medical register." The GMC said patients place a great deal of trust in doctors, and "to exploit that trust and the respected name of the profession is abhorrent". A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said: "As the organisation responsible for regulating doctors, we expect the GMC to investigate how this criminal was able to register as a doctor and put measures in place to make sure it can't happen again." What should concerned patients do? The GMC has created a web page with advice for anyone who is concerned that they were treated by Alemi. It urges anyone who was treated by her to contact the GP surgery, hospital or clinic where they received treatment. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46258687
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  6. Transport chiefs are planning to slash the speed limit and introduce a cycle lane on a key central London road in a bid to prioritise buses and cyclists. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/transport-chiefs-plan-to-20mph-speed-limit-and-new-cycle-lane-near-london-bridge-station-in-bid-to-a3992371.html
  7. Three men were injured following a shooting in north London in the latest incident of violence in the capital. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/three-men-rushed-to-hospital-after-shooting-on-north-london-road-a3992941.html
  8. Hundreds of protesters today descended on central London sparking major disruption in a "day of rebellion" over climate change. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/extinction-rebellion-protest-hundreds-block-central-london-bridges-in-climate-change-demonstration-a3992811.html
  9. Scotland Yard is wrongly jeopardising the future of some young black Londoners because of “serious breaches” in the way that it operates its gangs database, an official watchdog ruled today. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/scotland-yards-secret-gang-matrix-breaks-law-and-puts-young-black-lives-at-risk-a3991916.html
  10. The City of London police has authorised front-line officers to use controversial spit guards during the detention of violent suspects. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/frontline-city-of-london-police-to-put-spit-guards-on-violent-suspects-a3992121.html
  11. Blakey

    MSC-PC 2018

    good luck with your training..
  12. Police have warned they may not have the resources to cope with “widescale disruption and dangers for the general public” that could result from a no-deal Brexit https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/police-may-not-be-able-to-cope-with-possible-dangers-of-nodeal-brexit-a3991611.html
  13. 16 November 2018 The Prime Minister’s selective memory during a radio interview this morning ‘did her no favours’, according to John Apter, the National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW). On LBC she appeared to dispute using the phrase ‘crying wolf’ at the 2015 PFEW Annual Conference when she was Home Secretary. But Mr Apter said: “Along with hundreds of other police officers, I was there and distinctly heard Mrs May say ‘This crying wolf has to stop’. The comments were made, everybody heard it and now her selective memory has come back to bite her.” [embedded content] He said he was deeply disappointed that Mrs May did not seize the chance to offer words of support for the UK’s over-stretched police service during the interview. Mr Apter said: “At least one force has recently had to suspend 101 calls because they just couldn’t cope and other Chief Constables are coming out publicly and talking about their lack of resources which has caused a crisis in policing. He added: “The whole tone of the interview reinforces the message that the Prime Minister has nothing but contempt for policing. It was the ideal moment for her to show her support for our hardworking dedicated officers who are working flat out to try and meet pubic demand, at a time when crime rates are rising and resources are dwindling. But instead she chose to dispute her choice of words at our conference; sadly this is what I have come to expect of her.” View the full article
  14. A police officer described as a "committed paedophile" has been found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl in the back of his car. PC Ian Naude, 30, joined Cheshire Constabulary "to gain the keys to a sweetshop" and meet his victims, his trial heard. Naude, of Shropshire, admitted 31 offences relating to grooming underage girls via a fake Facebook profile. A jury at Liverpool Crown Court found him guilty of rape and sexual assault. He was also convicted of four charges of attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence and one charge of arranging a child sex offence, relating to five complainants aged between 12 and 15. It has emerged that Naude, originally from South Africa, was already being investigated for sex offences when he became a student officer in April 2017. Cheshire Constabulary said he had passed the vetting process in October 2016 but that allegations of sex offences being investigating by two neighbouring forces in early 2017 did not get picked up. During his two-week trial, Naude denied rape and sexual assault as he claimed the sex with the 13-year-old girl was consensual. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-46208724
  15. 15 November 2018 Operational Lead Simon Kempton The Federation’s Operational Policing Lead Simon Kempton outlines the issues affecting the police service. As the great Brexit behemoth rumbles on, I wish I had more to report on what it means for policing. We keep being told that we are inching closer and closer to the finish line, but we are still waiting for clarity over the Government’s draft exit deal for ‘divorce’ with the rest of Europe. And if anything, the last 24 hours which - at the time of writing - have seen the resignation of four Ministers and two MPs from Government, make the policing position even more precarious as the Government still has to try to get the draft deal through Parliament. In a nutshell, until we know what we are planning for, we cannot plan for it. None of us has a crystal ball, so with Brexit now little over four months away, we really have no idea what the policing landscape will look like post 29 March 2019. The two organisations tasked with doing this planning – the National Police Coordination Centre (NPoCC) and the Met’s Brexit unit - are doing their best to plan for an unprecedented event, but must be given the information they need to do their job. Crime is no respecter of borders but we are still no closer to understanding what the Brexit process will mean for the current EU data sharing and co-operation tools, such as the European Arrest Warrant and Schengen Information System. We know that 70 per cent of transient organised crime groups operate in more than three different countries, but without these data sharing methods we will no longer be able to share real-time alerts for wanted persons, including serious criminals. The fight against terrorism could also be severely hampered with our ability to map and track terrorist and criminal networks across Europe reduced. It’s also difficult to gauge what the public reaction will be, with so much volatility at the heart of the Brexit negotiations. As a democracy, it is important to allow people their right to peaceful protest. But when those protests turn to disorder, it becomes problematic. Without scaremongering, immediately following the referendum we saw a marked increase in hate crimes, particularly levelled against Eastern Europeans. Social media was also rife with emotive language about ‘foreigners’ and ‘immigrants’. We saw a rise in populism – and only this week a Midlands-based couple, who named their baby son Adolf Hitler – were convicted of being members of an illegal neo-Nazi terrorist group. Although violent disorder is a worst case scenario, the police service would be mad not to consider preparations for Brexit-induced protests, remembering how 15,000 officers had to be deployed to London to quell the 2011 riots. These spread like wildfire, erupting not just in the capital but also in the metropolitan centres of Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester. With a police service that is now nearly 22,000 officers down on its 2010 headcount, a repeat of those events would challenge our severely-stretched forces. At this stage there is no intelligence to suggest there will be an increase in crime or disorder as a result of a Brexit deal or no deal. But there remains yet another threat to the ever-thinning blue line: we still have no idea either whether European citizens who are currently serving police officers will be able to continue in those roles. No-one appears to know the answer to this, but if they did lose their jobs as a result of Brexit, for the Met alone it could mean the loss of around 1,000 officers. I have asked the Home Office for clarification on this point and await their answer which will give the certainty and reassurance to my colleagues who this could affect. The safety and security of its citizens is the highest duty of any government, and I ask our own to recognise the difficult situation that the police service are in, by providing the clarity we need to ensure the transition through the Brexit process is as safe and orderly as possible for everybody. There is just too much at stake to see Brexit preparations being hatched in the last chance saloon. View the full article
  16. Sadiq Khan should spend money on “police not public servants” it was claimed today, after figures showed City Hall staffing costs have soared by £9 million under his watch. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/sadiq-khans-9m-staff-bill-increase-could-have-funded-150-police-a3989706.html I agree the police should have had the money for more officers and not for office servants or the big wage for a waste of time London mayor.
  17. Two brave security guards took on a gang of thieves who drove a Mini car into Selfridges in an early morning "smash and grab" raid, police said. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/selfridges-smash-and-grab-security-guards-take-on-knifewielding-thieves-who-ploughed-mini-into-a3988921.html
  18. Met Police officers investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have been given a further £150,000 for their investigation. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/met-police-given-further-150000-for-madeleine-mccann-investigation-a3989291.html
  19. An air ambulance landed in Trafalgar Square after an unmarked police car was involved in a crash in central London. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/the-mall-crash-air-ambulance-lands-in-trafalgar-square-after-police-car-involved-in-central-london-a3988016.html
  20. The first senior police officer to arrive at the Grenfell Tower fire was overcome with emotion today as he re-watched his body-worn camera footage of the tragic blaze. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/grenfell-tower-inquiry-police-boss-overcome-with-emotion-as-new-footage-of-fire-is-released-a3988096.html
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  22. 13 November 2018 Those who attack police, paramedics, nurses and other blue light workers will face tougher sentences thanks to a new law which takes effect from today (Tuesday 13 November). The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act creates a new aggravated offence of an assault against a member of the emergency services and doubles the maximum sentence for these cowardly and despicable acts from six to 12 months. We welcome the enhanced protections for blue light workers, which we have worked hard to achieve as part of our ‘Protect The Protectors’ campaign, while recognising there is still work to do. John Apter, National Chair, said: "This change in law is the right thing for our dedicated emergency workers – it makes clear that attacks against them will not be tolerated and that those who cross the line will be dealt with robustly. And although the legislation is now in place it means nothing unless it is used by the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts, so I call on them to make full use of these new powers. "Whilst we acknowledge that we did not get everything we wanted from this new Act – we feel sentences are still not as strong as they need to be – this is a significant step forward in the right direction and we will continue to make the case for a stronger deterrent, for a wider roll-out of Taser, body-worn video and spit and bite guards and the appropriate levels of staffing. "I hope that this legislation will also help to change a culture which has developed within society that it is acceptable to assault an emergency worker. Let me be clear, it is not. Nobody should be assaulted just because of the uniform they wear or the job they do, to assault an emergency worker is totally unacceptable and there must be consequences for those who commit such crimes." Our Protect The Protectors campaign was launched at Parliament in February 2017 in connection with a Ten Minute Rule Bill introduced by Halifax MP Holly Lynch. She had joined PC Craig Gallant on patrol in West Yorkshire in summer 2016 and had dialled 999 after witnessing the single-crewed officer being surrounded by a hostile crowd. [embedded content] The General Election brought the Bill to a premature end, but Labour MP for Rhondda, Chris Bryant, picked up the baton. His Private Members' Bill received cross-party support from MPs and the Lords to become law. The campaign also benefitted from the backing of the Prisoner Officers’ Association and British Transport Police Federation as partners. Last year there were 26,000 assaults on police officers and over 17,000 against NHS staff. Assaults on prison officers are up 70% along with an 18% increase in attacks on firefighters. This is not and should never be regarded as part of the job. Chris Bryant MP said: "The growing tide of attacks on emergency workers – including ambulance workers, NHS staff, fire officers, prison officers and police – is a national scandal. All too often attackers get away with little more than a slap on the wrist. I hope this new law will help put a stop to that attitude. An attack on an emergency worker is an attack on all of us and attackers should face the full force of the law." Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: "At a time when our brave police officers and staff are working tirelessly to crack down on violence, I find it despicable that some people think it is acceptable to assault emergency service workers. This Act ensures judges can come down hard on these cowardly individuals and makes clear that we are committed to protecting those who protect us." View the full article
  23. I recently attended a BTP Assessment Presentation and Interview (at the weekend) and was told I didn't pass the mark for PC however I did pass the mark for PCSO. Does anyone know what these are? I was told because it was the same assessment for all that .. (don't know how true this is) 50% and above for specials 55% and above for PCSO's 60% and above for PC's I guess I fell in the 55-59% Bracket as I got offered PCSO and told you've just fallen short, if anyone could clarify that would be brilliant! Also does anyone know if there is a right of appeal or anything? Thank you
  24. Sajid Javid has admitted that “a fresh look” at police resources nationwide is needed. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/government-needs-fresh-look-at-police-numbers-home-secretary-sajid-javid-admits-when-pressed-on-rise-a3987726.html This should have been done a long time ago to many cuts is wrong in my own opinion.
  25. MedicLuke

    Paramedic to PC

    Yes. I was considering keeping a bank contract with my current employer and doing the odd shift when I can. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  26. Indiana Jones

    Paramedic to PC

    Don't you need to show ongoing professional competence annually to retain HCPC registration?
  27. MedicLuke

    Paramedic to PC

    Hi All I'm considering applying to join the police. I am currently a Paramedic and have worked for the ambulance service for the last 6 years but am now considering a change. Does anyone know of any other paramedics that have done the same and kept their paramedic registration or is it a conflict of interest? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks
  28. Techie1

    NHS employee support policy

    From twitter
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