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THE NOT VERY CANNY FOLK AT THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 12th March 2019 at 11:59 - Posted in Police Blogs

The financial acumen of the people who service the Ministry of Justice has never been a pre - requisite for employment.  Indeed government in general of whatever department has been infamous for selling off assets at giveaway prices the most scandalous of all being Gordon Brown`s selling our gold at a time when the market was at its lowest for years. In 2010 the MOJ began the great court sell off.  Buildings deemed superfluous to need were closed and most but not all were sold to a first
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From stop and search to stop and talk and stop and think

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 08th March 2019 at 14:45 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last week I called the murder of three teenage boys in Birmingham a local emergency. This week murders in London and Manchester made this a national crisis. On Wednesday I joined other Chiefs at a meeting with the Home Secretary to discuss our response which was a very positive, energised meeting. Meanwhile you have been working incredibly hard. From the staff investigating these crimes to officers carrying out searches in often difficult circumstances. I commend you all for stepping up to the challenge
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18 IS TOO YOUNG TO BE A MAGISTRATE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 07th March 2019 at 14:39 - Posted in Police Blogs

In 2012 the minimum age for magistrates was reduced from 27 to 18. I considered that a gross error at the time and still do.  The current minimum age for voting is also 18. The Representation of the People Act 1969 lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, with effect from 1970 and remained in force until the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013 which allowed 16 year olds to vote for the first time but only in Scotland and only in that particular referendum. Soldiers cannot be sent into combat
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Naming Names

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 06th March 2019 at 10:45 - Posted in Police Blogs

Earlier this week, using a set of very carefully chosen words, Theresa May appeared to suggest that there was no connection between falling police numbers and rising violent crime. She was wrong.  Of course the rise in violence is not only about police numbers (there are a hugely complex combination of factors in play), but implying that there is no connection at all between those two things defies both common sense and the professional experience of thousands of police officers, my own included.  And
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THE COST OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AT M.O.J.

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 05th March 2019 at 11:27 - Posted in Police Blogs

From time to time I have commented, often disparagingly, on the press/public relations department of the Ministry of Justice.  Latest figures on that department are that currently there are 31 employees at a cost of..........comprising employee salary along with employer pension and National Insurance contributions........£2,354,000. This represents 0.03% of the MOJ budget.I don`t know how this compares with other central government departments but on the surface this F.O.I. answer appears
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Knife Crime – A Five Point Plan

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 04th March 2019 at 15:41 - Posted in Police Blogs

My phone has been ringing consistently in the last 24 hours – a succession of calls from journalists wanting to talk about Knife Crime, or to arrange radio and TV interviews to talk about Knife Crime. Prior commitments have meant that I’ve had to turn almost all of those requests down, but this is what I would have said given the chance: (1) A Long Term Plan We need a long term plan for dealing with knife crime – at least ten years, preferably twenty. We need to understand that,
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FAILING GRAYLING IS POLITICS TODAY

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 01st March 2019 at 13:43 - Posted in Police Blogs

Over the last five years I have not been alone in castigating the "improvements" brought about by the former Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Indeed quick use of the search box will indicate just what a catastrophe this incompetent man has been.  Reinforcing the fact that it was not a departmental failing of one sort or another today brings news of his ramshackle approach in his current job as Transport Secretary which has once more cost the taxpayers of the UK £millions.  The fact that
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A week of violence and tragedy

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 27th February 2019 at 14:17 - Posted in Police Blogs

This last week has been one of the most violent and tragic weeks I have seen in my police service. The violence and the loss of young lives has scarred families and communities across the region and specifically in parts of Birmingham. My thoughts are foremost to the families suffering this huge loss. Chief Constable David Thompson We have seen six murders over the last two weeks. It is important to say these are very varied and the offending, while having tragic results, did not in most of these
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MUSINGS ON WEDNESDAY 2

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 27th February 2019 at 11:51 - Posted in Police Blogs

I offer just a few points of reference for today.Prosecutions for road traffic offences have fallen by two thirds since 2010.  I doubt that driving standards have improved so much in that time.  The only possible explanation is that with fewer police on patrol fewer miscreants have been apprehended. The numbers are here. The government is totally to blame for the current shortage of magistrates. The number of two person benches is on the rise precisely because of the shortage. But
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TV IN OUR COURTS IS INEVITABLE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 25th February 2019 at 12:39 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last week the Guardian published a lengthy article on the demise of court reporting.  It is a fact based information piece that offers no solutions to the perceived deficit. However these facts do not tell the whole story.  As I have posted here from time to time there are regular all day as it happens magistrates courts reports countrywide.  Insert court reporting in the search box. There is no doubt in my mind that it is a matter of "when" and not "if" live TV webcasts of all
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Sadness tempered with pride

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 22nd February 2019 at 15:33 - Posted in Police Blogs

The last few weeks have seen many reasons to feel pride in the force. Some incredibly sad, some exciting. PCSO Holly Burke’s tragic death has touched a great many of us because of its sudden nature and the fact it happened during a police operation. It has been hugely tough for colleagues and those involved in the case. I was pleased to see a significant turn out at her funeral from colleagues. No less loved was PC Rakesh Sond who also sadly died. Again colleagues attending to show their love and
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THE SUN SETS ON LAY MAGISTRATES

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 18th February 2019 at 12:51 - Posted in Police Blogs

The government departments which have the greatest influence over the manner of the work that Justices of the Peace undertake are, surprise surprise, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. In May 2006 a previous Home Secretary John Reid admitted that when he was the incumbent the department was "not fit for purpose".  His honesty then has been borne out many times since.  The current prime minister oversaw so many failings when she was Reid`s successor it should have been a red light
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A 10 Point Plan for Policing

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 13th February 2019 at 11:22 - Posted in Police Blogs

I’m sitting on a train bound for Cardiff where, later today, I will have the privilege of spending a bit of time in the company officers and staff from South Wales Police. I’ll be talking to them about the day I fell seriously ill and the reasons why I think it happened. I’ll be telling them about the long, long road to recovery. I love policing with all my heart and soul – I always have and I always will. It’s a heck of a job though – placing the kinds of demands on people (body,
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DECRIMINALISE DRUG USE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 12th February 2019 at 12:43 - Posted in Police Blogs

I have long been in favour of the decriminalisation of drugs which are currently prohibited; heroin, cocaine and marijuana and the derivatives manufactured to get round current regulations which are sometimes more lethal than the originals on which they are based.  In the case of marijuana many jurisdictions have already legalised the drug in particular form.  The swinging sixties so called was an era of "weed" or "joint" or "squiff" the active ingredient of which is  tetrahydrocannabinol. However,
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ASLEEP ON THE BENCH

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 08th February 2019 at 12:25 - Posted in Police Blogs

It seems a judge, not just a HH but a High Court judge  has been caught sleeping on the job. Unlike JPs who fail similarly she was allowed to remain in post. For an entertaining recent history of such failings read my post of 14th August 2015.

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