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  1. Today
  2. A hero police single-handedly saved seven people from a fire after their homes set alight in the middle of the night. The officer had been out walking late on Friday when he came across a block of flats on fire in Croydon. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/hero-met-police-officer-singlehandedly-saves-seven-people-from-dying-in-a-burning-building-a3846576.html
  3. Yesterday
  4. Sajid Javid pledges more funding for overstretched police 23 May 2018 comments Image copyright Reuters Sajid Javid has promised to ensure police officers have the resources they need to meet the challenges they face. The home secretary, whose brother is a chief superintendent in West Midlands, pledged in his first speech to the Police Federation to provide the "tools and powers" frontline officers need. "I've seen the impact the job has had on family life", he said. His predecessors have often been criticised by the federation for cutting police budgets. Mr Javid promised to prioritise police funding during the next Home Office spending review. Reality Check: Is police funding falling? Policing facing a 'perfect storm' New rules to protect police chase drivers He said £1bn more was already being invested in policing compared to three years ago. But he acknowledged police forces were under pressure as violent crime increased and the terror threat evolved. "I'm listening and I get it," he insisted. He leant his support to stop and search powers, saying: "Some of you don't feel comfortable using it - and that's not how it should be. "I have confidence in your professional judgment. So let me be clear - I support the use of stop and search. "You have to do your job and that means protecting everyone." He made a particular commitment to roll out protective equipment to tackle the assault of police officers - including controversial spit and bite guards. Mr Javid became home secretary in April, after Amber Rudd resigned her position amid the Windrush revelations. The federation, which represents rank and file officers across England and Wales, has previously shown home secretaries a frosty reception. As of September there were 121,929 officers across the 43 forces, a fall of nearly 20,000 people compared to 10 years ago. Police cuts have come under scrutiny after figures have shown an increase in knife and gun crime.. In London 52 people were killed in the first 100 days of 2018, which raised serious concerns about a rise in violent crime. Mr Javid insisted that he is "absolutely determined" to end the violence that is "terminating young lives far too soon". Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIn 2015 Theresa May told officers to stop "crying wolf" Referring to his brother, Mr Javid added: "He's been hurt more times than I want to know from being assaulted on duty. "I've seen the impact the job has on family life. And, as you would expect from a brother, he doesn't shield me from the truth." He said he wanted to bolster the welfare provision, saying "we need to protect the protectors". He concluded: "For those of you who stand in the front line, be in no doubt that I will be standing with you." The BBC's home affairs correspondent, Danny Shaw, says Mr Javid's speech took a different tone to those of previous home secretaries. Image Copyright @DannyShawBBC @DannyShawBBC Report Image Copyright @DannyShawBBC @DannyShawBBC Report Image Copyright @DannyShawBBC @DannyShawBBC Report Image Copyright @DannyShawBBC @DannyShawBBC Report Image Copyright @DannyShawBBC @DannyShawBBC Report Image Copyright @DannyShawBBC @DannyShawBBC Report Mr Javid said he wanted to "reset the relationship between government and the police". He made much of his relationship with his brother to emphasise a new level of understanding in the Home Office. He said that while he knows "you might be thinking 'you're not one of us', as no home secretary has ever served has a police officer", he said he was the first home secretary "with a police officer in my immediate family". View the full article
  5. 23 May 2018 Chair Calum Macleod The Home Secretary will be invited to take the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of police officers as he addresses the rank and file for the first time today. Calum Macleod, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, will welcome the Right Honourable Sajid Javid MP as he take the stage to address delegates at the PFEW annual conference - his first major appointment since being appointed Home Secretary. Among the issues Mr Macleod will raise are the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill and he will call on the Government to show support for emergency service workers and “agree that they are not society’s punch bags for those fuelled by drink and drugs, or trying to evade arrest” and to show officers that they are worth “more than an abused household pet." We are campaigning for changes to legislation and the Bill is progressing through Parliament, but Mr Macleod will urge the Home Secretary to take the opportunity for Government to make it stronger as currently “it gives nowhere near the level of protection we expected for police officers.” The maximum term for common assault is to increase to 12 months. As the Bill stands, it means offenders may face little or no additional consequences for their actions when it comes to common assault, because magistrates do not currently have 12 months’ sentencing powers and therefore six months is the maximum that can be expected. “We have argued that the sentence should be 24 months yet it was felt by some in government to be unreasonable so the Home Secretary has an opportunity to address this important issue,” Mr Macleod will say, comparing it to the Animal Welfare Bill, which increases the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty tenfold, from six months to five years - which has received Government support. “It makes a mockery of our justice system,” he will say. He will also call on the Home Secretary to implement Section 154(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, empowering the magistrates courts to hand down more appropriate sentencing. “We’re calling on the Government to send a clear message to the Crown Prosecution Service, that failing to support victims of crime – police officers who are assaulted while serving the public - is completely and totally unacceptable.” View the full article
  6. 23 May 2018 Chair Calum Macleod has cautioned the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to "learn the lessons his predecessors failed to." Mr Macleod delivered his warning today during his keynote speech at the Police Federation’s 94th annual conference entitled Protecting the Protectors – The Reality of Policing which is being held at the ICC in Birmingham. He spoke of his frustration when it came to changes in legislation in relation to assaults on emergency workers and trained police drivers – which the Federation has campaigned for over recent years and urged the Government to take the opportunity to make a difference. [embedded content] He also highlighted the issue of poor officer pay and the increasing disconnect between the demand and capacity facing the police service. A hard-hitting video (above) depicting some of the many issues faced by frontline officers day in, day out featured as part of the address. Delivering his speech to the new Home Secretary - appointed just three weeks ago - Mr Macleod emphasised the correlation between rising crime figures and falling officer numbers, something the Home Office itself denies is an issue. "Learn the lesson your predecessors failed to. Three years ago Theresa May accused us of ‘crying wolf’… Yet what have we seen? Robbery offences up 29%, knife crime up 21% and violent crime up 20%. These are not just statistics – every number is a real person – a real victim," he said. "Who’s crying now? Let me tell you who – thousands of families who became victims of crime as a result of budget cuts – that’s who." Mr Macleod, speaking at his first conference since being elected as Federation Chair in January, talked of feeling "angry" and "let down" about the approach of the Government in relation to the legislative changes but said it was an opportunity for the Government to do more. On the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill which is progressing through parliament, he said the legislation was intended to show emergency service workers that "they are not society’s punch bags for those fuelled by drink and drugs, or trying to evade arrest." He compared it to a piece of legislation which punishes animal welfare offences, which has seen an increase in the maximum sentence from six months to five years. This dichotomy, he said, added to the feeling police officers are "expendable, under-valued and worth less than an abused household pet." Mr Macleod highlighted this and asked Mr Javid to "do what is right for police officers" by implementing the necessary legislation granting magistrates the power to impose longer sentences which has laid dormant on the statute book since 2003. He also vented his frustration that the "abhorrent act" of spitting had not been implicitly mentioned in the new Bill especially as the Government had previously given assurances that it would feature. Mr Macleod also spoke about the progress that has been made regarding the Federation’s campaign for better protection for trained police drivers and highlighted the potential backlash if police drivers were constrained to driving in strict adherence to the law over fears they would be prosecuted for doing otherwise. Pay and the imbalance between demand and capacity which is increasingly evident in policing also featured and he urged the Home Secretary to "play his part" in making a "real difference" in this vitally important area. He concluded his speech by urging the Government to seize the opportunity "to make a difference for the public and for the police. To put right the wrongs of the past. The opportunity to do what is right to ensure we have sufficient numbers, sufficient resources and sufficient funding to help keep the British public safe." More information about our annual conference View the full article
  7. 23 May 2018 Around 1,000 delegates attended the Annual Conference at the ICC in Birmingham over the course of two-days to listen and debate current issues in policing, covering counter terrorism, stop and search, assaults on police, emergency response driving, conduct, performance, welfare and much more. Policing Minister Nick Hurd was put on the spot over pay, while Michael Lockwood, the Director General of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), told delegates what he is doing to improve what was formerly the IPCC and would try to establish respect from all sides. PC Laura Gargett's story was one of several powerful videos shown as part of the Protect the Protectors session. She told host – LBC presenter Ian Collins - that assault is a daily risk for a police officer, and said: "I get disheartened that the legislation isn’t in place to support us when these things happen. I think that’s because the hands of the criminal justice system are shackled by weak legislation. We need to get the message out there that the law needs changing because these assaults are becoming too commonplace." A former gang member and founder of Gangsline Ltd, Sheldon Thomas, spoke of the need for society to change and for communities to take their share of the responsibility to bring about a reduction in violent crime as part of a session on stop and search. In his first keynote address to Conference as PFEW Chair, Calum Macleod, cautioned the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid "to learn the lessons his predecessors failed to” and urged the Government to go further in it protection of officers. A hard-hitting video depicted some of the many issues faced by frontline officers, day in, day as part of his address. The new Home Secretary Sajid Javid pledged to reset the relationship between the government and the police, saying he has confidence in our professional judgement, voicing support of stop and search. He also said he would prioritise police funding in the spending review next year. Officer fatigue, the impact to the public of a reduction in neighbourhood policing and the crisis in detective policing also featured. PFEW’s outgoing General Secretary Andy Fittes spoke about the Federation’s work in reforming itself and becoming more accountable, culminating in the elections this year, and urged the Federation to keep moving forwards. In his final remarks when closing Conference, Calum Macleod thanked everyone for their contribution and said he looked forward to seeing positive action following the Home Secretary’s promises. View the full article
  8. Last week
  9. Police officers involved in high speed chases are set to receive greater legal protection if they crash under new Home Office plans. The shake-up aims to dispel the "myth" that officers cannot pursue moped riders who are not wearing helmets. Under Government proposals published on Tuesday, laws surrounding the offences will be tweaked to recognise police drivers' high level of training. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/police-officers-in-highspeed-moped-chases-to-be-better-protected-under-new-rules-a3845096.html I agree with the new rule and they put a end to moped crime.
  10. Manchester Arena attack: Anniversary to be marked in city 22 May 2018 Related TopicsManchester Arena attack Image copyright AFP A cathedral service, a minute's silence and a sing-along vigil will mark the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack. Twenty-two people were killed and hundreds injured when Salman Abedi detonated a bomb at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017. Grande tweeted on Tuesday morning to say she was "thinking of you all today and every day". The national minute's silence will start at 14:30 BST. Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince William will attend the memorial service at Manchester Cathedral at 2pm. Grande, who staged the One Love concert in Manchester less than two weeks after the attack, said on Twitter: "I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day." Skip Twitter post by @ArianaGrande Report End of Twitter post by @ArianaGrande Who will be at the memorial service? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May and the Duke of Cambridge will join families of victims and emergency workers who helped them The Duke of Cambridge and Mrs May will join families of victims and emergency workers who went to their aid. Only those with invitations can attend, but people will be able to watch the service on a big screen in the nearby cathedral gardens, and further afield at York Minster, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Glasgow Cathedral. 'I must've died 200 times in my nightmares' Arena bomb 'injured more than 800' Capturing city's spirit in song Image copyright Various Image caption Twenty-two people were killed in the blast on 22 May 2017 The Manchester Together With One Voice event takes place between 19:00 and 21:00 and will bring together choirs from the city and beyond. The final half hour will be a sing-along broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester. Families of the 22 people killed were invited to select lyrics, and members of the public were asked to make suggestions online. Attack 'could have been stopped' City finds strength in music and sport Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese said music was "in Manchester's soul", as was shown in the aftermath of the attack when "spontaneous song captured the city's spirit". A crowd sang Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis at a vigil following the attack. He said: "Coming together in song will once again demonstrate that remarkable sense of togetherness." Bells will toll in tribute Image caption The vigil and sing-along will be held at Albert Square At 22:31 bells across the city centre will ring out to mark the moment of the explosion. Bells at Manchester Town Hall, St Ann's Church and St Mary's Roman Catholic Church will sound in tribute to the victims. Shining a light on city square Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thousands of tributes were left at St Ann's Square after the attack A further event, named There Is A Light, will run between Tuesday and Saturday with song lyrics projected on to St Ann's Church and other parts of St Ann's Square. St Ann's Square became a focal point for tributes in the wake of the bombing, with many thousands of wreaths left by well-wishers. Some of the flowers were later composted and the soil used for the Trees of Hope Trail, where trees were planted around the city centre. Members of the public can write messages on special tags to be attached to the Japanese maple trees until Tuesday evening. View the full article
  11. 22 May 2018 The Federation has given a "cautious welcome" to the news that the Government is to consult on proposed changes to the law in relation totrained police drivers. Pursuits lead Tim Rogers says the development is a move in the right direction after the Home Office today (Tuesday) launched a consultation on proposals to amend proposes the legislation on careless and dangerous driving to recognise the high level of training and skill possessed by trained police drivers. It also aims to clarify the situation regarding officers who pursue motorcyclists, and will also ask for views as to whether the changes should also apply to police response driving. Mr Rogers said: "We welcome this announcement as it is unacceptable to have officers trained to drive in a way that exposes them to prosecution merely for doing the job the public expect of them. "But I stress this is a cautious welcome. This has been an issue we have been campaigning on now for seven years, and although it is a positive step that the Government have finally agreed that a legislation change is required, they must now act quickly to prevent more officers suffering unnecessary and often mendacious prosecutions. "It is crucial we protect the people who protect us and give them the confidence to be able to do their jobs and keep the public safe. "I would like to extend my thanks to Sir Henry Bellingham for his ongoing committment to this Bill." The Home Office says that the changes would send a clear message that criminals cannot escape arrest simply by driving recklessly. And that they aim to ‘smash the myth’ that officers cannot pursue riders who are not wearing helmets by making it clear that a suspect is responsible for their own decision to drive dangerously and that blame should not be attached to the pursuing officer. Under current law, the same legal test for careless and dangerous driving offences is applied to police officers and the general public. Police have expressed concern that officers have to rely on Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) discretion to avoid prosecution and face lengthy Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigations and suspension from duty, only to be cleared eventually. The Government is consulting on a separate test for police drivers that would require: · An officer to drive to the standard of a careful and competent police driver of a similar level of training and skill; and · That the driving tactics employed, including any exemptions from road traffic legislation, such as speed limits, or contact with a suspect vehicle, are authorised appropriately and are both necessary and proportionate. Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd, said: "Police officers must have the confidence to pursue suspects where it is safe to do so and criminals should be in no doubt that they will not get away with a crime by simply driving recklessly. Our proposed changes will make sure that skilled police drivers who follow their rigorous training are protected, while ensuring the minority of officers who do cross the line are robustly held to account." View the full article
  12. 22 May 2018 Winner PC Tina Newman (right), with national rep Sam Roberts (left) and Holly Lynch MP (centre) An officer, who has worked tirelessly to help women trapped in street sex work, has been recognised with the national Women in Policing Award. PC Tina Newman has helped transform attitudes towards sex workers. Twenty years ago, the attitude of the local community and police family was very different to what it is today. The women had no confidence in the police, with their vulnerabilities being misunderstood and misinterpreted. By building trust, Tina engaged with local community groups and became a role model for other police officers and staff. Prior to the introduction of Independent Sexual Violence Advisers, PC Newman helped women through the initial report of rape, and through court appearances, which was pivotal in securing convictions against very dangerous offenders. PC Newman has participated in regional and national consultations and initiatives, one of which was working on the Home Office consultation on the legislation used to manage prostitution. As well as organising two operations which have tackled both on-street and off-street sex work, Tina has also been instrumental in a regular inter-agency perpetrator programme which has had a 93% success rate. It is down to PC Newman’s encouragement and support that, many women are making changes to rebuild their self-esteem and ability to trust. On receiving her award, PC Newman said: “My role has enabled me to support some incredible women when they have had to endure giving evidence in crown court, having been subjected to horrific sexual assaults. “We help women know that they can trust the police, but also know that society will not tolerate such violence against them. “Recognising the importance of raising awareness of the issues sex workers endure, I have been able to provide training to new recruits, colleagues and partner agencies. I hope the training gives people a better understanding and tolerance towards individuals. “I am proud to have ‘played my part’ in the changes Avon and Somerset Constabulary have made to how we now police ‘on street’ prostitution in Bristol. The organisation now recognises sex workers' vulnerability and that they are victims. The standard practise of arresting women who loiter has stopped, and there is a much better understanding of all aspects of this activity and of all those involved and impacted upon. “We have a true partnership approach, which I am very proud of. "Finally, I would give a very special heartfelt thank you to the amazing support agency, ‘The One25’, who offer the most incredible support to women working on the streets of Bristol and a personal ‘thank you’ to Sgt Emma Slade who has a passion and drive that is infectious, and I am very privileged to have been able to work and be supported by." Sam Roberts, our National Women’s Reserve Chair, said: “It was tough to have to choose a winner because all nominees have achieved so much, but Tina’s story stood about because the panel felt she had gone above and beyond what would be expected of a Police Constable.She works within a very difficult and sensitive field of policing. "She is able to give a voice to those who are often overlooked. I congratulate her on winning this award and thank her for all her contribution to policing." View the full article
  13. 22 May 2018 PC Laura Gargett of West Yorkshire Police was kicked in the face and stamped on by a woman who was violently resisting arrest. She bravely finished her shift before going home to her children with her face black and blue. Despite this her attacker received a paltry 16 weeks on a tag and was ordered to pay the officer £150 compensation. PC Gargett’s story was one of several powerful videos shown as part of the Protect the Protectors session on the first day of Conference. She then stepped on to the stage along with Nick Smart, Chair of West Yorkshire Police Federation to discuss her thoughts around what had happened. She told host Ian Collins that assault is a daily risk for a police officer, and added: “I get disheartened that the legislation isn’t in place to support us when these things happen. I think that’s because the hands of the criminal justice system are shackled by weak legislation. We need to get the message out there that the law needs changing because these assaults are becoming too commonplace.” PC Gargett called on the courts to send a strong signal to members of the public that “if you are going to attack a front line worker then there are consequences”. Her message was then powerfully reiterated by Nick Smart, Chair of West Yorkshire Police Federation, who said PC Gargett had been kicked, stamped on and knocked unconscious and had been very luck to escape serious injury. He went on to say: “We then get a weak tariff from the courts – it’s offensive to police officers.” PC Vaughan Lowe, a response driver from West Midlands Police, shared his harrowing and tragic story: while responding to an emergency in 2012 he had collided with and killed a pedestrian who stepped in front of his car. PC Lowe spoke emotionally about the incident and what happened next. He was put on trial for dangerous driving and exonerated, then faced a further 18 months of uncertainty after he was subject to gross misconduct proceedings. Again he was cleared. Sergeant Tim Rogers, who is the Police Federation’s national lead on Pursuits, reminded Conference that until there is a change in the law, police officers are vulnerable. This is because if something goes wrong they are judged against the common standard of a ‘careful and competent driver’ which does not take into account their advanced police driver training. He added: “It is absolutely necessary for officers to be able to deviate from the standard of a careful and competent driver in order to do their job and protect the public.” The session also saw the first broadcast of a new video from the Federation featuring a number of police officers as well as a prison officer and ambulance paramedic sharing their harrowing experiences of being assaulted and sexually assaulted while on duty. View Vaughan Lowe and Laura Gargett's stories. View the full article
  14. 22 May 2018 Simon Kempton, PFEW Operational Policing Lead Former gang member and founder of Gangsline Ltd, Sheldon Thomas, spoke of the need for society to change and for communities to take their fair-share of the responsibility to bring about a reduction in violent crime. Sheldon spoke from personal experience of violent crime having been shot at, four times, while in a London nightclub in the late 1970s. Sheldon was addressing the attendees of the ‘Protecting our Streets – Does stop search reduce knife crime?’ breakout session at our Annual Conference today, held at the ICC in Birmingham. Other speakers during the session included PFEW’s own Simon Kempton, Operational Policing Lead, and Roger Pegram, Vice Chair of the Society of Evidence Based Policing. All of those speaking agreed that stop and search had a role to play in reducing violent crime and that it was a tactic to be deployed, if required. While the issues surrounding the rise in violent crime are complex, Mr Thomas drew attention to how both families and the communities in which they live have a fundamental role in changing current attitudes. Mr Thomas advocated the role that community policing has to play in bringing positive change, but acknowledged that a fundamental aspect of this was that those police officers involved in community policing have to understand the communities that they police. He also stated that investment in properly resourcing the police had to be made, if change was to happen. Mr Thomas said that there were many societal issues that needed to be addressed as well as properly dealing with supporting those with poor mental health. One aspect that Mr Thomas also highlighted as requiring change was the need to tackle the importation of cocaine into the country by crime families - it invariably is the drug of choice for regular white middle class users, but its supply and sale is from inner city street gang members, giving rise to the recently reported issue of county lines. Conference continues tomorrow with keynote speeches from the Home Secretary Sajid Javid and national chair Calum Macleod, as well as sessions on pay and conditions, counter-terrorism and detectives in crisis. Find out more and how to watch live on the event page. View the full article
  15. 22 May 2018 Nick Hurd has signalled the end of austerity cuts to policing, telling the Police Federation: “you’ve won the argument”. The Policing Minister was speaking at the Federation’s annual conference in Birmingham on Tuesday. He said he had taken the time to visit forces and listen to their concerns, and thanks to the improving economy future conversations could be about investment. Mr Hurd, who is Conservative MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, claimed that: “We’re putting in an extra £460m this year alone. You have won the argument about forces being stretched. The economy is in a better place now than it was in 2010 [when austerity began].” He added that he had made it his business to meet with forces after he was appointed Policing Minister following last year’s general election. He had listened to concerns and understood that many are “stretched and really struggling to match existing demand” and said he is concerned that the police service will not keep pace with emerging technology, in particular cybercrime, without an increase in police numbers and resources. However Mr Hurd also repeatedly cautioned his audience that the country was still shackled with a £50bn annual interest payment on its debts and any additional money would be found through higher council taxes and more borrowing. Mr Hurd was taking questions from delegates as part of a panel which also included his Labour opposite number, Shadow Policing Minister, Louise Haigh MP. She welcomed Mr Hurd’s admission that “police are struggling to meet demands” and lambasted the government for cutting 20,000 officers since 2010 which she said had fuelled a rise in crime. Ms Haigh, a former Special Constable, went on to point out that fewer police are facing increased demand for their time from missing persons to using police cars to transport those with mental illness. Labour’s policy in government, she said, would be to recruit 10,000 new police officers, representing an investment of £710m. Sara Thornton, who chairs the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), challenged the Federation to work with her and Police and Crime Commissioners to present the evidence to Mr Hurd that the minister needs to make the case for increasing government spending in policing. Calum Macleod, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales warned the police service is in the middle of a “perfect storm” due to years of under-funding. He said: “999 calls have been dropped, 101 calls go unanswered, neighbourhood policing is decimated and public confidence in policing has been compromised because police are no longer visible. We need politicians to put in the resources where they are needed. This needs to be addressed now.” View the full article
  16. 22 May 2018 Rt Hon Nick Hurd, Sir Thomas Winsor, Louise Haigh MP, PFEW Chair Calum Macleod and NPCC Chair Sara Thornton Policing Minister Nick Hurd has been put on the spot over police pay. Mr Hurd, who was taking part in today's Question Time at our Conference in Birmingham, was asked directly by the Chair of Sussex Police Federation Matt Webb: "Will you go on record today to say you will argue on our behalf to implement in full the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) report – no ifs, no buts, no spin, no smoke and mirrors – the recommendations in full?" The minister appeared shocked by the directness of the question and took several seconds to consider his response before saying "I haven’t seen what they are recommending." After being pressed again by Mr Webb the Minister said: “I will always argue as the Policing Minister for fair pay for the police service. I will make that assurance. "The only reason why I am sounding cautious is that any politician would sound cautious about undertaking to accept in full any recommendation that he or she hasn’t seen. The only caveat is that if what they are proposing is clearly bonkers – and I don’t expect it to be bonkers – then yes I can give you that undertaking." The same question was then put to the Shadow Policing Minister Louise Haigh who was also on the panel along with PFEW Chair Calum Macleod, Sir Thomas Winsor Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council Sara Thornton. Ms Haigh said: “I think the PRRB process has been a complete joke. You replaced the negotiating board which enabled the Federation and staff representatives to negotiate directly with the Government, with a board that you claim to be independent and then the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has written to them four years in a row to limit them to 1%. How is that independent? How can the Federation have any faith in the process?" Ms Haigh then made assurances that if Labour were in government they would look at the arrangements for negotiating pay for all public sector workers and take a different approach. "We will either return to a negotiating position or we will commit to always respect the independence of the pay review body," she said. In response to a separate question about issues surrounding officer recruitment in some forces due to the salaries on offer, Ms Thornton said there had to be scope for 'flexibility' in offering additional payments to officers in forces where recruitment is an issue. She said: "As a former Chief of Thames Valley it’s really disappointing to hear that the problems we faced 15 years ago are back. How did we solve it last time? If you remember we did a lot of research with the Home Office and we fought for a regional allowance. "There used to be the SPPs (special priority payments). I know people didn’t like those priority payments but we used them to keep a core of officers in the south eastern forces to supplement people’s salaries." Ms Thornton also spoke about previous arrangements with the old police authorities which provided officers with housing and how things have changed: "The difficulty is all that flexibility – or a lot of it – has gone. And so forces like Thames Valley and others such as Surrey are back in this difficult situation where sometimes they have got the money, they just can’t get the people through the doors." View the full article
  17. 21 May 2018 It’s less than 24 hours until our Annual Conference in Birmingham where we will be debating issues affecting policing, sharing best practice and showcasing what we do. The conference will be held at the Birmingham International Conference Centre (ICC) on Tuesday 22 May and Wednesday 23 May 2018. The theme for this year is “Protecting the Protectors – the reality of policing”, focusing on issues including better protection for officers assaulted on duty and for those who undertake emergency response and pursuit drives. Calum Macleod, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “It’s great to be here in Birmingham and I am looking forward to welcoming you all to what is going to be our most interactive conference yet. “Over the course of two days, we will be in the presence of a number of MPs – some more supportive than others. We are grateful to those who are helping to change legislation and we are optimistic of the opportunities conference brings to lobby further. It is rare to have cross-party officials under one roof, focusing solely on policing. It is my aim to make this one of the most interactive conferences yet, with much more time factored in for Q&As.” Sessions across the two days include: • The current crisis in detective policing • Issues around stop and search • The importance of neighbourhood policing in counter terrorism • Discipline and performance, with a first conference appearance by representatives from the new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). • Driving change for officer welfare, with sessions on fatigue and the demand/capacity imbalance. There will also be a session on Taking the Federation Forward which will cover highlights from our Annual Public Value Report and the Advisory Group’s Annual Report - both can be found on our website. The full agenda for the event can be found online here. For the latest updates from the two day event follow #polfed18 on Twitter. View the full article
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  19. Changes to the MOT test come into force on Sunday, which introduce new categories under which a vehicle can fail or pass. The categories include "dangerous", "major" and "minor" which determine whether a car, van or motorcycle must be taken off the road or can be driven as long as repairs are carried out. The MOT will also be tougher on diesel emissions. Vehicles with a diesel particulate filter will now have to pass new tests. What the stricter MOT test means for you That filter captures and stores exhaust soot to reduce emissions. A diesel vehicle will fail its MOT if there is smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust or there is any evidence that the diesel particulate filter has been tampered with. These faults will be classed as "major" under the new categories. Rule changes Defects found during an MOT will be categorised as: Dangerous: Fail. The vehicle is a "direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment". It must not be driven until it has been repaired. Major: Fail. The fault "may affect the vehicle's safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment". The car, van or motorcycle must be repaired immediately. Minor: Pass. A defect has "no significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment". It must be repaired as soon as possible Advisory: Pass. A defect could become more serious in the future. "Monitor and repair it if necessary." Pass: The vehicle meets the minimum legal standard. A wider range of a vehicle's parts will be tested including: the tyres, to check if they are underinflated; the brake fluid, to investigate if it has been contaminated; and fluid leaks, to make sure they do not pose an environmental risk. The full list can be found here. There is good news for drivers of classic cars - vehicles more than 40 years old, or produced before 31 May 1978, will not need an MOT. A spokesman for the RAC motoring organisation said these vehicles were often "rare classics" and well maintained by their owners so were "deemed not to be such a road risk". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44167243
  20. I am disappointed to hear of this result, she taser him in the face and refused to look at his ID.
  21. A police officer has been cleared of unlawfully tasering her force's own race relations adviser in the face after he was mistaken for a suspect. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5745325/amp/Police-officer-47-tasered-63-year-old-race-relations-adviser-face-denies-assault.html
  22. Londoners who “splash the cash” on cocaine are helping to fuel gang violence and murders on the streets, Scotland Yard chief Cressida Dick said today. The Met Commissioner warned that recreational drug-users are linked to the surge in violence which has seen 27 men aged 25 and under murdered in the capital so far this year. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/drugusers-fuel-london-killings-met-chief-warns-a3843036.html
  23. A double-decker bus offering refuge to rough sleepers in Windsor has been impounded two days before the royal wedding, a charity has said. Thames Valley Police said the The Ark Project's 10-bed bus was seized from the town centre on Thursday due to an issue with the driver's licence. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/bus-offering-refuge-to-windsors-homeless-is-seized-by-police-ahead-of-harry-and-meghans-wedding/ar-AAxrtMz?ocid=spartandhp
  24. Armed police have arrested a teenager on suspicion of terrorism, Scotland Yard said. The 18-year-old was detained at 12.10am in a north London street by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/armed-police-arrest-teenager-on-suspicion-of-terror-offences-in-north-london-a3842446.html
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  26. Key workers such as police officers and teachers are priced out of more parts of London than ever before despite the slowdown in the property market, according to a new study. The findings dash hopes that stagnant home prices might make it easier for workers in essential professions to put down roots in the capital. Only eight per cent of London homes can be afforded by a police officer on an average £44,824 salary, according to the analysis from home-moving comparison site reallymoving.com. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/teachers-and-police-officers-are-getting-priced-out-of-london-property-market-a3841441.html
  27. The family of a 96-year-old man who collapsed from a suspected stroke after a raid on his home today released this shocking picture as they begged: “Help us find the savages.” https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/bring-to-justice-teenage-savages-who-raided-my-96yearold-dad-s-home-and-left-him-like-this-a3841561.html
  28. 17 May 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fixed-odds betting machines have games similar to fruit machines, as well as roulette and blackjack The government is set to announce new the rules to govern fixed-odds betting terminals later, with the maximum stake expected to be cut to £2. Currently, people can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on electronic casino games such as roulette. A reduced limit of £2 would be welcomed by anti-gambling campaigners, who have described the games the "crack cocaine" of the betting world. But bookmakers have warned it could lead to thousands of outlets closing. Research by KPMG has estimated a £2 limit would cut revenue for the Treasury by £1.1bn over three years, an annual loss of £45m to local authorities and £50m to British racing. Betting firm William Hill, makes just over half its retail revenues from fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Chief executive Philip Bowcock told the BBC a £2 FOBT limit would have a devastating impact on the High Street betting industry, with up to half of Britain's betting shops facing threat of closure and about 20,000 jobs going". But anti-gambling campaigners have condemned them and say they let players lose money too quickly, leading to addiction and social, mental and financial problems. High stakes for fixed-odds betting machines A good bet? The fixed-odds controversy 'I lost £5K in 48 hours on fixed-odds betting machines' Matt Zarb-Cousin is now a spokesman for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling but was previously addicted to FOBTs. "It's no exaggeration to call FOBTs the crack cocaine of gambling," he has told the BBC. "If we had a gambling product classification, similar to that of drugs, FOBTs would be class A." Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTerry White lost up to £15,000 per day on fixed odd betting terminals The speed with which gamblers can lay a bet - every 20 seconds - and the maximum size of the stake - £100 - make FOBTs dangerously attractive, he said. The Gambling Commission's consultation on FOBTs for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) recommended a £30 limit. But now the government widely expected to go for a £2 limit, after reports last month that the Treasury backs the idea. View the full article
  29. 17 May 2018 Suggestions that there are now 25 per cent more firearm officers available to help protect the public don’t tell the whole picture and are “disingenuous.” That’s the response of Ché Donald, vice-chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, following the announcement by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) about an uplift in armed officers. In 2016 the NPCC announced it was to increase the number of firearms officers by 1,500 by April 2018. Figures released today (Thursday 17 May) state that there are 1351 additional firearms officers, since 2016. However this includes non-Home Office forces such as the British Transport Police, The Civil Nuclear Constabulary or the Ministry of Defence Police. And if non-Home Office force numbers are discounted, the total increase for Home Office forces still falls short of the 1,500 target at 874. Mr Donald said: “We don’t doubt that there has been investment and an increase, but Chiefs have employed smoke and mirrors by including the figures for non-Home Office forces claiming the uplift is 1,351. In real terms for the public it is less than 1000 – but either way each set of figures still falls short of the target they set two years ago. It does seem as if they are trying to pull the wool over the public’s eyes and is rather disingenuous. “Firearms officers are also not ‘additional’ officers, but officers who have taken on added responsibilities of carrying a firearms,” he said. This time last year the NPCC Lead on Firearms Simon Chesterman said that the number of armed officers in the UK would rise to more than 7,000 a figure not seen since 2010. A total figure for the number of firearms officers has not been provided, but the latest available data from March 2017 shows that the total is some 700 officers short of that. Mr Donald continued: “In the past year we have experienced a series of horrific terrorist attacks in this country and our ability to respond appropriately to these incidents is vital. We need to continue to boost the number of trained firearm officers still further and ensure the operating conditions are conducive to the retention of good officers. “You have to ask why officers seem to be reluctant to fill these roles; but when you consider that when officers discharge their firearms they often face investigations extending beyond 12 months, reducing their ability to be operational, that might may provide some insight. So there is an issue with attracting people in the first place, and then retention with trained officers questioning whether it’s worth staying in the job as a result. “This needs to be addressed as these officers provide a crucial role in protecting our society from those who wish to attack it. “We need an open and honest conversation about arming our police force not those in charge of the providing them fudging the figures,” he concluded. The Police Federation has undertaken its own research into the attitude towards Routine Arming the results of which will be published later this year. View the full article
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