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Don’t stop…

Written by RSS Poster PC Richard Stanley on the 04th January 2015 at 17:10 - Posted in Police Blogs

The NYPD have recently undertaken a form of industrial action – is this ever something that’s acceptable for police officers to do? (Image from NYPD Drills)   There are lots and lots of things that us police can do. We can arrest folk, we get to go on stakeouts and drive our squad cars down alleys through piles of cardboard boxes. On the flip side, there are also things that we cannot do either because there are rules or laws that advise us certain things are not permissible. One...
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Make it right…

Written by RSS Poster PC Richard Stanley on the 04th November 2014 at 18:21 - Posted in Police Blogs

Scrapping police cautions could mean a greater focus on ‘restorative’ remedies such as cleaning graffiti. So then, police cautions may well soon be heading for the scrap heap. If all goes to plan during an upcoming trial by three English police forces, we will be making room for cautions next to rainproof macs, whistles and moustaches – items gradually retired as the police service moves forward. The proposal is that rather than the police issue cautions, effectively official warnings...
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I won’t share you…

Written by RSS Poster PC Richard Stanley on the 02nd September 2014 at 18:33 - Posted in Police Blogs

Want to avoid compromising photos of yourself popping up on the interweb? Tips below! There are lots of things that us normal people don’t have in common with Hollywood celebrities. We don’t have pet tigers, we can’t charter a private jet to deliver us a takeaway and we tend not to sign million pound deals with glossy magazines to photograph our weddings. Whilst it’s true that we’re unlikely to bump into Queen B whilst we’re at Aldi, this isn’t to say that...
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Election day…

Written by RSS Poster PC Richard Stanley on the 22nd August 2014 at 18:39 - Posted in Police Blogs

Welcome to David Jamieson, our new Police and Crime Commissioner. A quick post this one to congratulate Labour’s David Jamieson on his success in the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election and to welcome him to the new role. David fills the vacancy left by the late Bob Jones and will work alongside our Chief Constable, Chris Sims, acting to oversee how the force is run. As you may have noticed from the press coverage following the announcement of the results, voter turnout was...
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There goes my gun…

Written by RSS Poster PC Richard Stanley on the 18th July 2014 at 13:42 - Posted in Police Blogs

We’re holding a firearms amnesty between July 19th and August 2nd 2014 during which people can turn over weapons without fear of being prosecuted for gun possession. In Britain, one of the tightest areas of the law concerns the control of firearms. Without a licence, you can barely so much as look at a gun without getting into trouble. Even if you don’t break any of the laws concerning discharging them, merely having possession of a component from a gun is likely to attract a hefty sentence...
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Losing my favourite game…

Written by RSS Poster PC Richard Stanley on the 03rd June 2014 at 10:48 - Posted in Police Blogs

The ‘Gameover Zeus’ malware is threatening computers. Unlike with real Zeus though, you can protect yourself by following some simple internet safety steps. I imagine there’s a fair chance you’re sitting reading this thinking ‘As this isn’t ancient Greece, there’s little-to-no chance that Zeus will descend from Mount Olympus and attack me today’. This is usually quite a safe assumption. Sitting in Bloxwich, or Aldridge, or maybe even Dudley, there’s...
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She’s a waterfall…

Written by RSS Poster PC Richard Stanley on the 24th May 2014 at 17:00 - Posted in Police Blogs

What do the burglary team do all day? Sometimes we fight foes on top of waterfalls. We do other stuff too though… What do the burglary team at Local CID do all day? The obvious answer would be that we look for clues with our magnifying glasses, try on deerstalkers and place pins on large wall maps. To be fair, this is pretty accurate. Without magnifying glasses, we’d miss the vital piece in the jigsaw that cracks the case. No deerstalkers and nobody would know we’re from CID, no...
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On your own…

Written by RSS Poster PC Richard Stanley on the 10th April 2014 at 11:22 - Posted in Police Blogs

Time to update your operating system? Support for Windows 3.1 ended years ago, XP has now gone the same way. Anticipating the mood swings, messy bedrooms and questionable hygiene to come, this week Microsoft did what most parents can’t and cut loose support for their thirteen year old ‘child’, Windows XP, before the troublesome teenage years really kicked in. This means that they’ll no longer be releasing security updates and bug fixes for the still popular operating system...
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How low are you willing to go?

Written by RSS Poster PC Richard Stanley on the 04th April 2014 at 13:48 - Posted in Police Blogs

Stolen in a recent charity shop burglary, can you help with enquiries? The below press release was issued by our Corporate Communications department recently following a burglary at the St Giles Hospice Shop in Walsall Town Centre, I’m republishing it here too in case anyone missed it. I’m in charge of the case and with the victim being a cancer charity, I’m obviously keen to do all I can to find out who was responsible. Please feel free to forward on this appeal and as per the...
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He’s going to take me to that little room…

Written by RSS Poster PC Richard Stanley on the 03rd April 2014 at 18:53 - Posted in Police Blogs

As Wiley will tell you, previous arrests might see you turned away from the USA or Canada if you’re not prepared (Image from Clozone) Unlike three hundred years ago when to get to the USA or Canada would require a six month sea voyage during which you’d probably have to eat half the crew, things are much easier these days. You buy a ticket, hop on a plane and you’re there by the time you’ve watched Meet The Fockers twice over. The exception to things being this simple, as...
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