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Let’s Do The Maths

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 17th June 2018 at 16:31 - Posted in Police Blogs

Look back to when I joined the police are you’ll see that crime levels, measured either by police recorded crime or by the British Crime Survey, were much higher – but if you look at statistics on use of s136 of the Mental Health Act, the quality of them has not always been great, but what we do know, is they’ve mainly just increased year on year, from the first proper attempt at detailed stats in 2007, by the IPCC (as they were then called). 2007 = 18,500 detentions under s136, of which 65%
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Sir Tom Winsor

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry on the 15th June 2018 at 9:40 - Posted in Police Blogs

Who is Sir Tom Winsor? Well, most people know by now that he was the lead author of the infamous Independent Review of Police Officers’ & Staff Remuneration and Conditions, first published in 2011. The ‘highlights’ include Tom Winsor provided the government with recommendations as to how a modern police pay structure could be achieved. Changes to pay that would lower police officer starting salaries but allow officers to progress more quickly to higher pay. A stronger link between pay
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THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE IS SEEKING A TOAD

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 14th June 2018 at 13:53 - Posted in Police Blogs

I consider the following announcement earlier today of considerable significance so I`ve stopped packing the sun cream for a minute or two to copy it below. The toady who is appointed will no more be representative of JPs than a pig is representative of farmers.  The person selected will be an arrogant bore seeking another post to justify his/her future CBE. This is just another milestone in the road to the total elimination of JPs from our court systemExpression of Interest:
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Capacity for What?!

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 13th June 2018 at 14:49 - Posted in Police Blogs

It’s rearing its head again: whether or not somebody has the ‘capacity’ to be a victim or ‘capacity’ to be a suspect. One thing that promotes a blog post is a conversation with someone who is noticing a particular problem and today’s post is an example of that: an inspector who has been reviewing crime reports and crime recording standards, wondering if sometimes the police are too quick to try to latch on to misunderstood ideas of ‘capacity’, as a quick proxy for whether to record
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More than £3 million lost to ticket fraud in one year prompts a warning from Action Fraud

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog on the 13th June 2018 at 13:48 - Posted in Police Blogs

Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, Action Fraud received 6,486 reports of ticket fraud.  In the same period, the total reported losses to victims were £3,344,835; an average of £568 per victim.  With lots of music concerts and sporting events taking place in summer, it is an opportunity for fraudsters to take advantage of unsuspecting fans.How is this happening?Earlier this year, Action Fraud warned football fans planning to travel to the World Cup to be cautious when buying tickets or
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THIS J.P.`s OUT OF THE OFFICE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 13th June 2018 at 13:44 - Posted in Police Blogs

Unless there is momentous news concerning magistrates and their courts this blogger will be on holiday for a couple of weeks exchanging the keyboard for the finest humous and kleftiko that Crete can provide. And no doubt a shot or three of Ouzo might come his way.Τα λέμε σύντομα

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CANADA AND DRUG USE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 11th June 2018 at 13:02 - Posted in Police Blogs

The decriminalisation of hard drugs has been debated here and elsewhere for decades.  My personal view is that the current so called "war on drugs" has failed and that the current legal situation has no long term future.  Various small countries and US states have legalised the use of marijuana.  It is likely that the first G7 nation, Canada, will follow suit.  An interesting article was published last week in the Guardian a newspaper whose "liberal progressive" opinions are well
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The Forensic Route

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 10th June 2018 at 20:01 - Posted in Police Blogs

When we hear mental health professionals talking about someone going ‘down the forensic route’, they mean a patient with healthcare needs being managed under Part III of the Mental Health Act 1983. This Part of the Act includes all those sections from 35 to 55 and it covers a range of provisions for the criminal courts and the Ministry of Justice to manage those offenders who are thought to be seriously mentally ill and in need of treatment, whilst their case progresses through the criminal justice
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My first year as an ACC but my core values have remained unchanged

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 08th June 2018 at 9:53 - Posted in Police Blogs

When I joined 27 years ago, I had no family link to policing but like so many people I have met along the way I was attracted to α career in policing as it looked exciting, there was variety and I wanted to make α positive difference to people’s lives.  As I have grown (much!) older, and I hope (a little) wiser, my core values have remained unchanged; a strong desire to protect vulnerable people, bringing a focus on intervention and to deliver through the talented teams I have the privilege
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Nine people to be sentenced following Action Fraud reports

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog on the 06th June 2018 at 13:52 - Posted in Police Blogs

Nine people are to be sentenced after an investigation by Essex Police for ticket fraud involving 309 victims who were conned out of high profile sporting tickets. In 2014 and 2015 there were over 550 complaints to Action Fraud from people who had purchased tickets to events but never received them or a refund. In total the 309 victims lost in excess of £360,000 trying to buy tickets to the Rugby World Cup 2015, Formula One and the Mayweather versus Pacquiao fight.Analysing reports The Action
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Aim to be the best and to prepare for the worst

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 06th June 2018 at 11:21 - Posted in Police Blogs

I’m going to talk about two key aspects of my development plan for 2018-19 and I hope you will be able to see there is an operational focus to what I’m trying to achieve. I’ve tried not to just consider a year’s worth of activity but to try and embed some practices that will take us beyond this period. Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Cann 2017 was an incredibly difficult year for the CT network; five terror attacks left behind numerous victims of these appalling crimes. It is with this in
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COURT CLOSURES 2010- 2017

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 05th June 2018 at 14:01 - Posted in Police Blogs

Short and simple but NOT very sweet: court closures listed today which shame the MOJ

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THE WHOLE SORRY TALE OF MOJ CUTS

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 05th June 2018 at 12:56 - Posted in Police Blogs

From time to time there are, in every walk of life, unheralded events which often are a more accurate indicator of the underlying situations behind those events  than any number of statistical analyses or television interviews by those in authority.  The closure of a third of magistrates courts in the last decade was justified by the Ministry of Justice on cost saving.  But that`s not the message that the dozens of weasels in the MOJ press and PR department  distributed. 
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HMRC has saved the public over £2.4M by stopping fraudsters

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog on the 05th June 2018 at 10:15 - Posted in Police Blogs

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has saved the public over £2.4m by taking down websites that trick people into calling premium rate phone numbers for services that HMRC provide for free.Fraudsters had been creating replica versions of HMRC’s website and directing the public to call premium rate numbers advertised on them. These numbers were simply call forwarding services that connect callers to HMRC, but at a significant price.HMRC said that specific tactics and costs on each website varied,
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We will get the basics right and we will support the force in driving improvement

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 04th June 2018 at 7:51 - Posted in Police Blogs

2018/19 will be a significant year for Commercial Services. My team are leading, delivering or supporting lots of large WMP2020 projects as well as maintaining their commitment to business as usual. WMP can only continue to operate effectively and efficiently if my team make sure all of our ‘assets’ are to the right standard, in the right place at the right time. Assets are our physical resources, be that vehicles, budget, equipment, buildings, systems, etc. That’s what my team do. Neil Chamberlain,
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