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How not to shortlist for Police and Crime Commissioner candidates.

Written by RSS Poster TopOfTheCops.com on the 18th April 2012 at 0:48 - Posted in Police Blogs

The two main political parties have both chosen multi-stage processes to select their Police and Crime Commissioner candidates. The Conservatives have gone for a centralised verification process. Candidates apply, are interviewed (I’m not yet clear whether all are interviewed or just a proportion), and a Candidates Committee verifies their suitability, whereupon their names are passed to local areas, who get to choose how they narrow down to a final candidate. More on that another time, mostly...
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My First Blue Light Camp

Written by RSS Poster TopOfTheCops.com on the 17th April 2012 at 20:45 - Posted in Police Blogs

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Candidate Statement of Jas Parmar

Written by RSS Poster TopOfTheCops.com on the 17th April 2012 at 0:09 - Posted in Police Blogs

Jas Parmar is seeking the Conservative nomination to be the Police and Crime Commissioner in Bedfordshire. If you are intending to stand to be Police and Crime Commissioner where you live, you can submit your own Candidate Statement, so get in touch at [email protected] – Others are on the way, and we are looking for 400 words, a photo (of you!) that you have rights to, and preferably an imprint, which will be needed for the formal election period later this year. Jasbir (Jas) Parmar has...
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Jon Harvey on the Blue Light Camp

Written by RSS Poster TopOfTheCops.com on the 16th April 2012 at 12:03 - Posted in Police Blogs

Jon Harvey gives his personal perspective on the Blue Light Camp. Jon hopes to be the Labour candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in the Thames Valley Police Area. If you have a perspective to share, let us know at [email protected] I was at the Blue Light Camp in Manchester yesterday with a bunch of very interesting folks exploring the application of Social Media to policing (etc.) – lots of useful comments and links to be found using #blcamp I was there wearing my professional...
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Labour shortlists two for West Midlands Police Commissioner role, as Mike Olley misses out

Written by RSS Poster TopOfTheCops.com on the 16th April 2012 at 10:17 - Posted in Police Blogs

Reblogged from The Chamberlain Files: Mike Olley West Midlands Labour Party members will be given just two names from which to choose a candidate to run for the region’s first elected Police and Crime Commissioner, raising fears that a similarly constrained shortlist might be used to select a Birmingham mayoral candidate. The party’s regional board conducted interviews over the weekend and decided to shortlist local councillor Bob Jones, from Wolverhampton, and Yvonne Mosquito, from Birmingham. ...
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Lembit Opik shown the ropes – Make up your own headline…

Written by RSS Poster TopOfTheCops.com on the 16th April 2012 at 10:14 - Posted in Police Blogs

…because you can’t make this up. Is there anything Lembit Opik won’t do for publicity?

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Weekend Update – Sunday 15 April 2012

Written by RSS Poster TopOfTheCops.com on the 16th April 2012 at 0:42 - Posted in Police Blogs

Labour Candidates Jon Harvey revealed that his rival on the shortlist for the Labour nomination for Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner is Tim Starkey. Sue Pearson has joined the ranks of the longlisted Labour hopefuls in Northumbria, and in Leicestershire, City Councillor Sarah Russell has been selected as the Labour candidate, without the need for a ballot of members. Cllr Shaun Wright has told TopOfTheCops he is on the Labour Shortlist for South Yorkshire, and as that is not the end of...
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Candidate Statement of Jon Harvey

Written by RSS Poster TopOfTheCops.com on the 15th April 2012 at 0:16 - Posted in Police Blogs

Jon Harvey is seeking the Labour nomination to be the Police and Crime Commissioner in Thames Valley. If you are intending to stand to be Police and Crime Commissioner where you live, you can submit your own Candidate Statement, so get in touch at [email protected] – Others are on the way, and we are looking for 400 words, a photo (of you!) that you have rights to, and preferably an imprint, which will be needed for the formal election period later this year.​ WHY SELECT ME AS YOUR...
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More on the Federation

Written by RSS Poster TopOfTheCops.com on the 13th April 2012 at 14:53 - Posted in Police Blogs

My last article on the Police Federation prompted a number of comments, two of which were to the effect that I’d got it wrong, and that membership of the Police Federation was not compulsory. Now, as it happens, it is clear that the Federation is the only statutory staff association for federated ranks, and therefore my points still hold – if it gets too political, or the wrong kind of political, officers are not free to take themselves elsewhere. However, whether membership is automatic,...
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Federation Politics

Written by RSS Poster TopOfTheCops.com on the 13th April 2012 at 0:24 - Posted in Police Blogs

I was once a member of the Police Federation. This was not by choice, other than that I had chosen to be a police officer, and I couldn’t do that without being in the Federation. I don’t remember feeling any huge benefit from being in the Federation, and remember colleagues who thought it was only really there to help officers seeking sickness pensions, and that this role has largely gone in the time since then. I contributed to an insurance scheme they arranged in case any of us were...
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