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Digital Futures…

Written by RSS Poster Superintendent Mark Payne on the 19th January 2012 at 21:43 - Posted in Police Blogs

I attended a conference today with some senior police leaders to discuss how we take police use of social media forwards. Following on from the riots, there is a real impetus behind this work, and the genie is now well and truly out of the bottle. It was really refreshing to see a room full of senior officers with an understanding of the key issues and a desire to improve the current situation. There is an emerging consensus of the big business areas where we need to integrate social media into our...
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Social media, Police and Riots

Written by RSS Poster Superintendent Mark Payne on the 01st September 2011 at 21:30 - Posted in Police Blogs

I decided to wait for a little while before writing a post to discuss the use of social media during the recent riots that took place across England. Over a period of two weeks we have seen a move away from the initial knee jerk calls for social media to be turned off during disorder to a much more sensible position, of the industry working with the authorities to start to understand the social media world better from both sides. Over this period, I have seen the Police attacked for their lack of...
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Post Riot Thoughts…

Written by RSS Poster Superintendent Mark Payne on the 25th August 2011 at 22:54 - Posted in Police Blogs

It is now two weeks since the riots. On the day that significant disorder broke out in Wolverhampton, I was out on the ground, witnessing at first hand the damage being caused, the violence being used towards officers and the looting of the shops that were deliberately targeted for the goods that were on display. We were able to bring the situation under control due to some heroic actions from our officers, relatively quickly, and with thankfully little injury to the public or police. As is always...
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Rooney’s example

Written by RSS Poster Superintendent Mark Payne on the 05th April 2011 at 9:42 - Posted in Police Blogs

At the weekend I watched Wayne Rooney score a hat trick for Man Utd, rescuing them from certain defeat. He celebrated this achievement by walking over to the nearest camera and indulging in a juvenile rant using a series of four letter words, his face screwed up in rage. This all happened in the middle of the day, when the match would have been watched by thousands of impressionable youngsters. Why is this worthy of comment? I have seen a thousand Rooney’s, and I am sure most police officers...
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Making progress….

Written by RSS Poster Superintendent Mark Payne on the 01st April 2011 at 22:15 - Posted in Police Blogs

In November 2009 I posted about Police using Social media, or rather not using social media.  At the time I wrote it you were more likely to see Gordon Brown performing a stand up comedy routine than you were to see a police officer on twitter. Since that time, we have made some good progress. There are many more forces now engaged and actively participating, and lights seem to be coming on all over the place. I am regularly e-mailed by officers asking for advice on Social Media use, and encourage...
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The Invisible Police

Written by RSS Poster Superintendent Mark Payne on the 15th March 2011 at 16:44 - Posted in Police Blogs

You do not have to look very far at present to find a small group of people having a regular knock at the Police. At the top of the list of issues that they frequently repeat is the lack of visibility from Police officers. The issue is then picked up and repeated by the media, in places like Twitter and quickly becomes accepted as fact. Next year we will have the election campaigns running for the new Police and Crime Commissioners. I predict that all of the candidates will be telling the public...
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Money, money, money

Written by RSS Poster Superintendent Mark Payne on the 14th March 2011 at 22:18 - Posted in Police Blogs

We are currently in an era where money or lack of it is having a huge impact upon the policing landscape. Last week saw the publication of two reports which will have a very significant effect on police officers terms and conditions for years to come. On Tuesday, Tom Winsor, the former rail regulator published his report into Police pay and conditions. This was followed by the Hutton report into public sector pensions. In the space of a week, many officers have seen a future which is looking significantly...
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From Hard times to Hyperlocal

Written by RSS Poster Superintendent Mark Payne on the 07th February 2011 at 16:06 - Posted in Police Blogs

It will not have escaped your attention that the country is experiencing some financial turmoil at present. The news in the last 24 hours has been dominated by a claim that 10,000 police officers will be lost over the coming year. I have no idea if these numbers are true (I’m not sure anybody knows yet), but it is safe to say that in years to come there will be less police officers, less fire officers, less local authority employees , in fact less of lots of people employed to look after us. I...
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It’s a great life really……

Written by RSS Poster Superintendent Mark Payne on the 01st February 2011 at 21:21 - Posted in Police Blogs

On my second ever day in the police, I was called to a ‘sudden death.’ As the probationer on the team I was taken by my Sergeant to the scene to make sure there were no suspicious circumstances. Once in the house I was told I would have to search the body, to make sure there were no knives sticking out of their back or anything else that might have prompted my inexperienced 23 year old mind to suspect foul play. Nothing in my life to date had prepared me for this experience, but...
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Policing:Further adventures on Twitter

Written by RSS Poster Superintendent Mark Payne on the 28th January 2011 at 9:37 - Posted in Police Blogs

Over the past 24 hours, the Local Policing Unit from Birmingham South have been tweeting live incidents and their officers’ responses to them. Armed only with a hashtag (#bsp24) and a new twitter account, they have ventured out into the world of social media. Judging by the excellent feedback they have received, I am sure they will be  extremely pleased with the results. Two weeks ago, I spoke to the Commander from Birmingham South, Phil Kay, and discussed the idea with him. He is really...
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