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  1. Yesterday
  2. Shocking footage and I hope the officers involved are OK. However, I do feel as though the officers should not have been at the front of the vehicle whilst the driver, who clearly wanted to get away was still behind the driver seat in full control of the vehicle.
  3. This was the shocking moment a teenage driver rammed a stolen car into police officers following a high speed chase in Surrey. Dashcam footage shows Ramone Kidd attempting to slam Sergeant Chris Schultze against a roadside barrier as other officers try to break into the vehicle and arrest him. The 19-year-old, who was high on cannabis, had been chased by police down the A22 near Godstone after they linked his car to a burglary eight days earlier. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/shocking-moment-teenage-driver-attempts-to-crush-police-officer-after-high-speed-chase-in-surrey-a3887531.html
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    MSN NEWS.Grenfell fraudsters face jail after claiming £125k

    UPDATE FROM MSN NEWS. 'Parasitic' Grenfell fraudsters who cost taxpayers £120,000 in hotel bills and living costs are jailed for total of more than six years Two 'parasitic' fraudsters who pretended to be Grenfell Tower survivors have been jailed for a total of more than six years. Elaine Douglas, 51, and Tommy Brooks, 52, who have been living in the UK illegally since 2002, spent more than £120,000 of taxpayers' money after being granted pre-paid credit cards and stays at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/parasitic-grenfell-fraudsters-who-cost-taxpayers-£120000-in-hotel-bills-and-living-costs-are-jailed-for-total-of-more-than-six-years/ar-AAA2LzX?ocid=spartanntp
  6. Police have warned of a crackdown as Donald Trump and Tommy Robinson supporters prepare to link-up for a mass march in central London. Activists attending a 'Welcome Trump’ protest on Saturday will march from the US Embassy in Nine Elms to Whitehall, where organisers say they intend to join a ‘free Tommy Robinson’ rally. Scotland Yard says the protests will be subject to a series of restrictions “due to concerns of serious public disorder and disruption to the community”. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/donald-trump-and-tommy-robinson-protests-met-police-crack-down-on-weekend-demonstrations-a3886286.html
  7. 13 July 2018 Left-right: PC Shaun Cartwright, who collected PC Keith Palmer's posthumous award on his behalf, Home Secretary Sajid Savid and fellow winner PC Charlie Guenigault Two officers from the Metropolitan Police have been named joint overall winners at this year’s national Police Bravery Awards, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales. PC Keith Palmer GM and PC Charlie Guenigault were named joint overall winners at the 23rd national Police Bravery Awards in London. The awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, took place on 12 July to honour and recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery. PC Palmer was awarded posthumously, after he was tragically killed in a terror attack. He was on duty at Westminster Palace when a terrorist drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, injuring and killing innocent people. He then crashed the vehicle and ran into terrified crowds. Petrified members of the public were running away, passing where PC Palmer was on duty. Hearing the screaming coming from Westminster Bridge, unarmed PC Palmer immediately ran towards the noise. He began closing the gates, intent on protecting those within Parliament. But as he was doing his job he was set upon by the terrorist and attacked with a knife. Tragically PC Palmer died of his injuries. His brave actions gave armed police critical time to react, potentially saving countless lives. PC Guenigault was on his way home from relaxing with friends after finishing his shift, when three knife-wielding terrorists attacked the public at London Bridge. Unarmed PC Guenigault was determined to protect the innocent people around him and ran towards the terrorists, fighting them with his bare hands. The terrorists stabbed him repeatedly, leaving him in a critical condition. He suffered serious injuries to his head, back and stomach, with his life hanging in the balance. During the course of the terrorist attack, Wayne Marques, a British Transport Police (BTP) officer, received significant injuries, eight people were killed and 48 were injured. On the evening of the awards, Shaun Cartwright, who accepted the award on behalf of PC Keith Palmer, said: "I think it has been an amazing evening. Keith truly deserves all the recognition that he has been given. I am here on behalf of Keith and his family to represent them, and I feel so proud. Keith gave his life for this job, which is the most amazing thing anyone can do, and I am proud he was my best friend." PC Charlie Guenigault, said: "I’m a bit shocked to be honest. When you experience your own traumatic activity you don’t understand the full scale of what you’ve been through. Keith Palmer made the ultimate sacrifice – I’ve got an award but I’m alive and that’s the biggest award you can get. It’s nice to be here and be recognised, but at the end of the day I’m alive, I still get to see my friends and my family get to see me. To me that’s the biggest thing.” Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We are deeply indebted and immensely proud of the courageous policemen and women who regularly risk their own safety to protect the people of Britain. “The last couple of years have put the bravery of all police forces in England and Wales to the test and I would like to pay special tribute to PC Keith Palmer who paid the ultimate price defending our Parliament. “The Police Bravery Awards celebrate the commitment, dedication and resilience of the entire police service – and all officers nominated stand as an example to us all.” Calum Macleod, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “These awards are a chance to showcase the exceptional bravery that officers protecting our country show day in, day out. The heroic deeds we have heard about today did not happen by accident; they were borne of dedication, selflessness and an overwhelming commitment to keeping the public safe. “Today we commemorate true heroes. PC Keith Palmer GM paid the ultimate sacrifice for his bravery, but thanks to him many, many more deaths were prevented that day. For PC Charlie Guenigault, there was no such thing as ‘off duty’. He ran towards a situation that most of us can’t even imagine, putting himself in grave danger and thinking only of helping others. “As Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, I am immensely proud to have shared this day with such well deserving nominees and winners. Congratulations to you all.” Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: “Over the last 10 years, Police Mutual has been proud to have sponsored such an inspirational event in the policing calendar and for my colleagues and I to be able to show our respect for the exceptional courage shown by police officers who risk their lives every day to protect the public and keep us safe." View the full article
  8. The UVF has threatened to “orchestrate and participate in serious disorder”, police have said, following a day of tensions where two bonfire sites in east Belfast were cleared. Contractors escorted by police officers were dispatched to dismantle pyres at Bloomfield Walkway and Cluan Place on Wednesday evening following an order from a High Court judge. Police moved into the area at around 5.30am on Wednesday morning, but loyalists set the Bloomfield Walkway bonfire alight before the material could be seized. http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/vehicles-hijacked-and-torched-following-police-clearing-of-loyalist-bonfires-in-northern-ireland/ar-AAzWRZ0?ocid=iehp
  9. 12 July 2018 On the day the Police Federation celebrates the bravery of our heroic cops, vice chair Ché Donald queries why hard-working officers are being forced to slum it during the Presidential visit. Three hundred to a room, sweltering temperatures, five toilets and five showers but no hot water for women officers – those are the uncomfortable conditions some officers have had to endure while they cover President Trump’s visit. Some officers have been sleeping on the floor on gym mattresses, others have dragged their ‘cots’ outside to sleep in the open because it’s too hot and uncomfortable inside. No lighting, so those on late shifts have to get dressed in the dark. And that’s before they start their 12-hour shift. Thousands of officers are being deployed away from their home forces in what is being called the biggest police mobilisation since the 2011 riots. The vast majority have been put up in suitable accommodation, but in one location in Essex the conditions are doing nothing for the morale of hard-pressed officers. As the Federation’s welfare lead, I am very concerned about what we are asking our troops to do. Yes, the police service is a ‘can-do’ organisation – we pride ourselves in rising to the challenge. But going to work shouldn’t be an endurance test, and I have to wonder about the physical and mental state of someone who has had two or three hours sleep at best, in awful conditions. We are expecting them to exercise their usual judgement in what threatens to be a very high-profile and incendiary visit. But lack of sleep – and in one example, no food for breakfast – is a dangerous scenario, the perfect breeding ground for a lapse in concentration. As a staff association, our members’ welfare is paramount and I would hate to witness an officer further down the line facing an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Complaints because they had been billeted in challenging conditions… We need to ask how the majority of forces got it spot on, but a small number did not. There needs to be a level playing field. Having fought for an overnight allowance to be paid to eligible officers for the Trump trip, the Federation has serious questions about the lack of consistency across the 43 forces of England and Wales. This is what we have raised with Chief Constables and MPs. I also took the opportunity of raising the matter with Policing Minister Nick Hurd at the Downing Street reception for our Bravery Awards. Mr Hurd is acutely aware of the living conditions and had seen photos of the accommodation. As the Minister driving change in relation to police welfare, he sympathised with the officers’ plight. We have had some success - Essex Police have just announced that they have found alternative accommodation. But as the mercury rises again, other issues are being reported, such as a shortage of drinking water for officers involved in the huge operation. Our members are already facing several days away from their homes and their loved ones. The least they deserve is a good night’s sleep, decent meals, water and a hot shower. View the full article
  10. 12 July 2018 National Chair candidates John Apter (left) and Phill Matthews (right) Rank and file police officers from across England and Wales are being invited to vote for their National Federation Chair between 12-30 July. Two candidates have put themselves forward to stand as the national chair for the Police Federation of England and Wales: John Apter and Phill Matthews. Find out more about them in on our ‘National Chair candidates’ page. Information on how to vote is currently being sent directly to our members’ PNN email addresses - any Police Federation member (officers up to and including the rank of Chief Inspector), subscribing or non-subscribing, is eligible to vote. The National Chair plays a key role in the national Federation, ensuring the welfare and interests of members are at the heart of the services we provide, acting as principal spokesperson, and representing the organisation on a national level - read the role description in full. On election, the National Chair automatically becomes part of the National Board, which runs and leads the organisation - find out more about the structure of the Police Federation. The closing date for voting is 11.59pm on Monday 30 July. The individual elected to the role will take up the post from 1 August, taking over from current National Chair Calum Macleod, who announced his decision not to stand for re-election earlier this month. Further information Find out more about the voting process and the elections timetable on our elections page. If you are a member and you have any questions about the elections, please contact your local Branch. Follow @PFEW_HQ and #YourFederation on Twitter. View the full article
  11. Disguised

    Merged BOCU's

    Would be very interested to hear from officers on the boroughs already merged (CN, EA, SW) As most of us have no idea what's to come. Ours is coming together this September and I suspect most others will be around then. Thanks in advance guys.😎
  12. Police in Canada are reminding drivers not to leave electronic key fobs sitting in unattended vehicles, after a woman in Ontario accidentally stole a car for two weeks having mistaken it for her rental car. The woman rented a black Nissan Sentra in late June, according to police in Cornwall, a city of some 47,000 people in eastern Ontario. From there she headed to Walmart, where she did a little shopping before tracking down a black vehicle in the sea of cars parked outside. She climbed in the unlocked car, pushed the start button and drove home. http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/fobbed-off-woman-accidentally-steals-car-for-two-weeks-after-key-mix-up/ar-AAzTvyu?li=BBoPWjQ&ocid=iehp
  13. 11 July 2018 Police officers who have demonstrated outstanding acts of bravery – including confronting terrorists, tackling killers and rescuing people from freezing waters – will be honoured tomorrow at the 23rd annual Police Bravery Awards. During the event, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales and sponsored by Police Mutual, winners from each of the eight police regions will be unveiled along with the overall winner/s. Some of the remarkable feats of bravery exhibited by this year’s nominees include officers who: • Rushed towards danger to help and protect others during the Westminster Bridge and Borough Market terrorist attacks • Battled through a burning building to rescue the people inside • Pushed a suicidal woman out of the path of an oncoming train with seconds to spare • While off duty, confronted a knife-wielding killer in a busy city street • Prevented a suicidal man from jumping from a motorway bridge • Disarmed a man who had pointed a double-barrelled shot gun at them Federation Chair Calum Macleod said: “The Police Bravery Awards is one of the highlights of the year for me. It is always an honour and a privilege to highlight the extraordinary actions of these officers and to pass on the thanks of the whole police family, and members of the public, for their incredible bravery. The nominees exemplify the very best of British policing. “On the eve of the event I am struck by how especially poignant this year’s ceremony will be as we reflect on two of the terrorist attacks which our country has suffered in the past year. Hundreds of officers from the Metropolitan and City of London forces ran – along with their colleagues from British Transport Police - towards the unknown dangers they presented. “Several of these officers are included in our nominees, and one PC Keith Palmer GM - who is of course also nominated - tragically paid the ultimate price protecting others. I am truly humbled and proud to be able to reflect and recognise their actions. “We are only able to showcase the actions of a small number of officers at this event but I must stress that they represent a tiny proportion of the thousands of amazing acts of bravery police officers undertake day in day out serving their communities. “Each nominee is a credit to their force, their family, the police service, and society as a whole and I am pleased to be able to pay them the tribute they deserve.” Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual said: “Police Mutual is very proud to be supporting the Police Bravery Awards for the 10th consecutive year. “All those who have been nominated should be proud of themselves and their achievements. When it mattered most, they stepped up. They proved that their commitment to keeping the public safe did not waver, even when tested in the most trying of circumstances. “At Police Mutual, my colleagues and I are deeply honoured to be able to show our appreciation for their bravery in keeping us safe. And I look forward to meeting these heroic officers tomorrow.” Full details of the nominees and their remarkable stories can be found on our Bravery Awards page. View the full article
  14. Blakey

    Merged BOCU's

    thought i will start another topic. I want to know how has it affected you as as a special, maybe it has not, Thoughts ? he names of the new BCUs is yet to be confirmed, however the 12 BCUs would consist of the following boroughs: Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth Bromley, Croydon, Sutton Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow Lambeth, Southwark Enfield, Haringey Hackney, Tower Hamlets Camden, Islington Barnet, Brent, Harrow Newham, Waltham Forest
  15. A former head of counter-terrorism policing has urged the Government to inject more resources into the “bedrock” of neighbourhood policing. Sir Mark Rowley, who retired from Scotland Yard in March, said it was right to cut police funding during the austerity drive as crime rates were falling, but said forces now needed extra cash to combat rising threats such as knife and gun offences . https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/police-need-cash-to-tackle-rise-in-knife-crime-says-former-met-antiterror-chief-a3883426.html
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  17. The Police Federation of England and Wales has warned of the "unquestionable pressure" that the Presidential visit is placing on "a service already creaking at its knees." Simon Kempton, Operational Policing Lead for PFEW said while Donald Trump’s visit had been in the planning for some time, the impact it was having on forces and routine policing was being felt keenly at local level in parts of the country. "I, and my colleagues at the Federation, have been involved since Mr Trump confirmed his plans to visit working to ensure that the welfare of our officers who will be working away from home, covering additional hours and over periods when they have had their days off cancelled; and that they are paid for what they do. "Thousands of officers will be deployed from their home forces as part of mutual aid agreements, which are an important element of policing in this country to allow our resources to be flexibly and where they are needed most. "However the fact cannot be ignored that while the officers on mutual aid are deployed elsewhere thousands more of their colleagues left behind in their home force will be expected to pick up the slack leaving them even more stretched. There was a time when we could do it all but now choices have to be made – we cannot do it all and this type of event puts a service which is already creaking at its knees under unquestionable pressure. "During this time we are likely to become a merely reactive service - and we may struggle to even be that - and that is all before you throw into the mix that the Football World Cup is also happening over the same time period. "Events this week in Amesbury, which have added to the increasing Mutual Aid demand, demonstrate how important it is that British policing remains able to adequately respond to protect the public when major incidents occur. "You have to ask what would happen if were unable to resource incidents like these. Would we see the situation where the military were drafted in place of police officers? Green uniforms instead of the blue ones people would – and should - expect to see? It’s a worrying prospect." View the full article
  18. Nearly 300 children under the age of 12 were arrested for carrying a weapon in London over the last three years, figures show. Metropolitan Police figures from 2015 to 2017 reveal children as young as ten being arrested in London - including arrests over serious violent crimes including rape and drug trafficking. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/nearly-300-children-under-12-have-been-arrested-for-carrying-a-weapon-in-london-a3878371.html
  19. A man in his 30s has died after being arrested and taken to a police station. Greater Manchester Police has referred itself to the police watchdog over the incident late last night at Ashton-under-Lyne and the Independent Office for Police Conduct has decided to launch an investigation. http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/newsmanchester/man-dies-after-being-arrested-and-taken-to-police-station/ar-AAzHGWw?ocid=iehp
  20. Stephen Lawrence killer David Norris has been given a £10,000 payout after he sued justice chiefs over an attack on him in jail. The 41-year-old racist thug had claimed not enough was done to protect him from fellow inmates. Justice campaigners last night spoke of their fury at the compensation after he sued the Ministry of Justice. http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/crime/stephen-lawrence-killer-david-norris-gets-%c2%a310000-compensation-payout-after-he-is-beaten-up-in-prison/ar-AAzDLTt?li=BBoPRmx&ocid=iehp
  21. 06 July 2018 National Chair candidates John Apter and Phill Matthews Two candidates have put themselves forward to stand as the national chair for the Police Federation of England and Wales: John Apter and Phill Matthews Details of each candidate can be found on our elections page. All police officers up to the rank of Chief Inspector are eligible to vote and voting will begin on 12 July and close on 30 July. Information on how to vote will be sent directly to all members via their PNN email address and further details of the voting process and the elections timetable can be found on our elections page. The 2018 elections will be the first to take place using a new process recommended by the Federation’s 2014 Independent Review. The new process has allowed our members to vote for their workplace reps, local Branch Chairs and now their National chair via an electronic voting system. The new chair will take up their post from 1 August and take over from current incumbent Calum Macleod. If you are a member and you have any questions about the elections, please contact your local Branch. Follow @PFEW_HQ and #YourFederation on Twitter. View the full article
  22. 06 July 2018 PFEW Chair Calum Macleod Chair Calum Macleod looks forward to one of his favour dates in the Policing calendar. Next week we, along with Police Mutual, we will be hosting the 23rd annual Police Bravery Awards. I can honestly say that being involved in this event is one of the best parts of my job. It is an opportunity for me to meet and chat with officers from throughout England and Wales who have demonstrated some of the most amazing acts of bravery – ordinary police officers (their description not mine) who have done extraordinary things. The nominees for this year’s awards - which take place next Thursday (12 July) - have performed some truly humbling feats. To highlight just a few - A/PS Karen Jarman and PC Iesha Martin from Bedfordshire who entered a burning building to rescue those inside, Cleveland officer PC Dan Smythe, who faced down a gang of thugs wielding a machete, PC Frances Peters from Norfolk who, armed with only Pava and persuasion, managed to disarm and man who came at her with two huge swords; and Northumbria PCs Vicky Threadgold and Gary Sharpe who wrestled a gun from an attacker intent on shooting them. These are just a small selection of the amazing acts of bravery undertaken. This year we are also recognising the heroism of those officers who ran towards the unknown danger of the terror attacks on Westminster Bridge and at Borough Market. And of course PC Keith Palmer GM who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect others when confronted by a terrorist armed with a knife intent on attacking the very heart of our democracy. It certainly has been a humbling and grounding experience. It brings home the reality of the selfless acts officers undertake every day. Obviously the officers who have been nominated have performed extraordinary acts. But day in day out, officers perform hundreds and thousands of small acts of kindness, compassion, service and bravery. And as someone once said “not all heroes wear capes”. On the day of the awards the nominees will attend a reception in central London followed by an awards dinner in the evening. It is a chance for their actions to be recognised and rewarded. So while some in society seem intent on defaming and deriding police officers, remember that each day they are the ones who run towards danger, put themselves in harm’s way and deal with the most traumatic events – and consider it ‘all in a day’s work’. I look forward to sharing a special day with them and their loved ones and thanking them for their incredible service. The full list of this year’s nominees can be found here and I urge you to read them all. It’s truly inspiring stuff. View the full article
  23. XA84

    Best Pictures Of Police Cars

    Ah like this you mean?
  24. Techie1

    Best Pictures Of Police Cars

    I’d rather have something unmarked with concealed blues. But I’m not important enough for that. 😁
  25. PCW

    Best Pictures Of Police Cars

    See now, it’s my dream for the Kawasaki 1400 GTR The F-type is lovely, doubt I’ll ever see one in my home force though Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  26. XA84

    Best Pictures Of Police Cars

    I'm a big fan of the Jaguar F-Pace at the minute although we don't yet have it in my force which is a little disappointing. I also love the BMW RT1200 police bikes and it's my dream to one day ride one.
  27. 05 July 2018 Members are being urged to send in their views on draft new guidance concerning deaths and serious injuries (DSI) following police contact on non-firearms incidents. The College of Policing has opened a consultation on the proposed post-incident procedures (PiPs) following a lengthy campaign by the Federation. Federation vice chair Che Donald said: “This is great news for our members. We have been calling for this new guidance for several years now to give officers greater protections if they are involved in any non-firearms related incidents involving a death or serious injury. The issue has also been highlighted at our PiPs seminars. “Unfortunately, what tends to happen at the moment is that the firearms guidance is adapted for other incidents. It is not designed for this purpose and the failure to provide appropriate guidance for non-firearms-related DSI’s puts our members at risk. “I appreciate that this is only the start of the process but it shows the College has been listening to our concerns. The door is open and we are one step closer to getting what we want.” Historically the number of non-firearms fatalities involving police by far outweigh the numbers for police shootings. In 2016/17 there were six fatal police shootings but in the same period there were: • 32 road traffic fatalities • 14 deaths in or following police custody • 55 apparent suicides following police custody • 124 other deaths following police contact that were independently investigated by the then Independent Police Complaints Commission Mr Donald said: “The ratio of firearms to non-firearms related deaths and serious incidents demonstrates the urgent need for this new guidance.” He said the consultation is open to all members and urged everybody to get involved. The Federation is currently reviewing the draft guidance and will make its own submission. The new DSI Authorised Professional Practice (APP) will provide guidance on post-incident procedures, management, welfare and legal issues. It outlines the provision of accounts by officers and staff in a broadly chronological manner, provides responsibilities for key roles and sets out approaches to organisational learning and debriefing. The consultation on the draft DSI APP runs until 14 August 2018. View the full article
  28. 05 July 2018 The Federation’s Professional Development lead Dave Bamber takes a look at the latest findings on direct entry- a controversial topic at best – and we also talk to a top academic in the field, Emma Williams from Canterbury Christ Church University’s Centre for Policing Research (CCPR). Ask any detective what is the single most important factor in any investigation, and they'll always say it's the evidence. And yet that’s precisely what detractors of direct-entry (DE) schemes have been complaining they have not had, ever since the College of Policing first introduced rank-based schemes a couple of years ago. Since then some forces have adapted the concept to apply to detective-only schemes. Only last month the Home Office announced it was launching a new national accelerated scheme, which would take a raw recruit to detective in just 12 weeks, to plug the national detective crisis. Aside from the belief that good coppers should be multi-skilled or omni-competent – not just versed in one specialism or discipline – there is a growing clamour of people asking exactly where is the concrete proof that direct entry works. And that noise is coming from an unusual source. (For the record, the omni-competent approach is championed by Durham chief Mike Barton whose force is the only one to have just been awarded ‘Outstanding’ ranking by HMICFRS for the third year in a row and it also has the best detection rates in the UK. CC Barton puts special pressure on senior officers to catch burglars and car thieves, seeing these crimes as a litmus test of the force’s investigational efficiency. Nor are these crimes the sole responsibility of detectives - in Durham, everyone is encouraged to play their part.) But now a growing group of police academics have been adding their voices to the clamour, applying their thoughts to this issue and suggesting more research be done to understand outcomes of such schemes. One university at the forefront of these conversations is the CCPR, experts in the field of policing research and practitioner engagement. They have taken a deeper look at the issues. This new external research, which has just been published, is an in-depth analysis of the qualitative data produced by PFEW’s most recent annual Pay & Morale Survey. It highlights the concerns our members have about the vulnerability of those direct entry candidates as well as the position it puts our more experienced members in. When asked in the survey about their views on College of Policing initiatives, overall the Direct Entry scheme was the most commented on. Emma Williams, Deputy Director of the CCPR, says: “The research threw up some very worrying concerns. Officers clearly do not feel that there is a sufficient evidence base to justify the DE scheme but one of their chief concerns is the lack of operational experience of the DE candidates and the service’s ability to be operationally resilient as a result. “You see comments like: ‘You cannot learn policing from a book’ and ‘You cannot beat experience, it is not like managing Tesco’s’ and no wonder there is strong negativity and a lack of support towards the scheme.” Ms Williams said there had been a noticeable perceived lack of engagement and communication about DE from the CoP towards the frontline, which had damaged the perception of DE and impacted on officers’ morale and sense of self-worth. She said: “Respondents felt that it is not currently a level playing field. Officers are confused about what it means for their own continuous professional development when they see recruits sweeping in with no relevant experience at all. They are left querying what it means for their own career progression and resentful about the lack of recognition that they are having to support these candidates in the workplace. Consequently they do not feel valued or treated fairly. “If DE is going to continue then the College needs to reconsider the current methods to communicate with the frontline.” Dave Bamber adds: “Whatever the contention, we have to remember that these Direct Entry recruits are still our members. So whatever concerns we are highlighting about the various schemes, we will still support those members, no matter what.” View the full article
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