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Community Policing vs Response Policing

Written by RSS Poster Met Training Officer on the 27th November 2012 at 19:56 - Posted in Police Blogs

When I was a young lad I would watch TV Programs such as The Bill where I would see Pc Tony Stamp (Twitters – @grahamcoleact) booting round Sun Hill in a marked up Ford Sierra chasing baddies. I knew at this young age that was the job I wanted to do. Like many people this is what (at the time) I thought policing was all about. The idea of fast driving, excitement, the action, and dare I say it the old fashioned way in which the Relief (shift) would all de-kit and head down the pub as a team...
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Affray – Section 3 Public Order Act 1986

Written by RSS Poster Met Training Officer on the 20th November 2012 at 19:44 - Posted in Police Blogs

Section 3 of the Public Order Act 1986 creates the offence of Affray. Having been asked many times when arresting people for this offence what it means I shall start this post with the definition which reads: “A person is guilty of Affray if he uses or threatens unlawful violence towards another and his conduct is such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety”. I will examine this definition in more detail shortly and before I...
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Stop and Search – GOWISELY

Written by RSS Poster Met Training Officer on the 16th November 2012 at 19:06 - Posted in Police Blogs

The subject of Police use of Stop and Search is a controversial one which has in the past been of national interest. The power to stop and search a person is a very very powerful tool in a Police Officer’s tool box and its correct use has resulted in some very good results. Historically stop and search was used discriminately against specific sections of the community and this along with other factors caused a breakdown in relations between the public and Police. Evidence of this can be found within...
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Policing – Are You Fit For The Role?

Written by RSS Poster Met Training Officer on the 10th November 2012 at 13:57 - Posted in Police Blogs

When I applied to join the Police I like many people were concerned that I would not pass the physical fitness test. I first took a police fitness test around the year 2002 with Thames Valley Police at their HQ. Back then the test consisted of the bleep test although I cannot recall if the pass level was higher than the current level, a test of pulling and pushing strength and a obstacle course that from memory included running through cones and climbing. I was not the fittest of people but at the...
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Special Constabulary – Here To Assist Not Replace

Written by RSS Poster Met Training Officer on the 07th November 2012 at 16:19 - Posted in Police Blogs

This morning I read with interest the Blog of fellow Tweeter @inspjulietbravo titled Special Constabulary – Enhancement Or A Replacement? It was very interesting to see the honest views of the Special Constabulary from a regular officers point of view. Having read this I started thinking about the role and other peoples views of Specials so I decided that I would write about my own experiences and opinions. The role of the Special has developed over the years. Years ago the Special would only...
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My Personal Experience Of The Fear Of Crime

Written by RSS Poster Met Training Officer on the 30th October 2012 at 22:27 - Posted in Police Blogs

Part of the Police’s role is to reduce the fear of crime and in times gone by I have been asked a number of times how Police work to do this.  I grew up on an estate in a Warwickshire town and at the time I was what many would consider to be the hooded youth who hung around with a group of friends. At this point I neither understood or cared what others thought. I was a youngster and I did not think like the adult does. In my early policing days I did not fully understand exactly what “The...
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Communities Beat Crime – Not Just The Police

Written by RSS Poster Met Training Officer on the 28th October 2012 at 15:58 - Posted in Police Blogs

Crime is an issue that each and everyone of us will come into contact with at some point in our lives. We may be a victim, a witness to a crime, or simply know someone who has been a victim of crime. Crime fighting and public safety is a primary role for the Police Service and I have experienced first hand negativity when a suspect is released without charge, walks away from court, or a reported crime cannot be progressed due to factors outside of police control such as lack of evidence. This post...
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How Much Is A Life Worth?

Written by RSS Poster Met Training Officer on the 25th October 2012 at 20:01 - Posted in Police Blogs

Look at this picture and tell me what you see. A motorist being penalised? A government money making scheme? A rat (nickname for traffic officers)? These are all things that I have heard in my career when it comes to Police and motorists. This post was decided during my usual drive home from work this morning. It was 7 am and I drove 12 miles through dual carriageways and dark, wet and twisted country roads. I witnessed some disgusting and dangerous driving that not only forced me to take avoiding...
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