Shop
   

   Home > Police Blogs and Stories

Show:   All  Police  Ambulance  Fire  Military

PARLIAMENTARY JUSTICE COMMITTEE REPORT

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 18th June 2019 at 12:42 - Posted in Police Blogs

The Parliamentary Justice Committee has just published its latest report on the magistracy.  It seems that these worthy representatives of ours are once more wasting their time and effort not to mention our pounds.  Since 2010 the Conservative governments including the Coalition have steadily and painstakingly reduced the budgets of the justice system as a whole; from the curtailment of legal aid to the bare bones resulting in the impoverishment of the young lawyers seeking to secure their
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

NUMBER OF MAGISTRATES COURT SESSIONS

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 11th June 2019 at 14:04 - Posted in Police Blogs

A recent parliamentary answer by  Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice was as below:-The number of sessions sat in magistrates’ courts in England in the calendar year 2018 was 208,711. We don’t count days sat in the magistrates’ court and instead count sessions. A session is usually half a day in length.A Freedom of Information request as to how these sessions were allocated to magistrates or District Judges(MC) was unable to be answered. " I can confirm
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

On Leadership

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 11th June 2019 at 12:01 - Posted in Police Blogs

And so to the queue of people telling us that they want to be the next Prime Minister. Faced by an electorate baffled and bewildered and downright angry about the state of political leadership in this country. Here’s my list of ten things I want from the people who want me to follow them – a list against which to measure those who seek to lead: (1) Leadership is service The first responsibility of a leader is to serve. Before anything else, to serve. (2) Leadership is sacrifice The greatest
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

Chief’s blog: People deliver performance

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 10th June 2019 at 16:08 - Posted in Police Blogs

This week is Diversity and Inclusion week and brings together a number of activities. Two weeks ago we released the results of the Big Conversation, our staff survey, and indeed we released every result for every department for everyone to see. I am very pleased with the number of staff that took part. 53% of staff completing it is a very high rate of completion for any internal survey. I cannot help be pleased that 75% of those who took part say they love their job. You may have noticed we have
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

NO INNOVATIVE THINKING AT THE MOJ

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 10th June 2019 at 12:45 - Posted in Police Blogs

Main stream news unsurprisingly reports legal matters at the top of the legal tree; violent criminality, criminal suspected activity by famous persons, international infamous criminality, multi billion cases from the civil courts etc etc. These are the headline makers; the two minutes in a ten minute news bulletin. These events are not the legal stuff that affect the vast majority of the public. The million and more cases before magistrates courts every year are those which have an impact on
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

U TURN ON SENTENCING BY MAGISTRATES ASSOCIATION

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 04th June 2019 at 11:36 - Posted in Police Blogs

Shortly after my appointment as a Justice of the Peace like most of my colleagues I signed up to the Magistrates Association happy in my mind that the modest annual membership fee was a worthwhile payment for services received directly and indirectly.  I attended  not only local training sessions but more intimate brainstorming sessions.  Indeed at one such get together I suggested that with so many talented individuals with varied skills surely it would make much sense to invite such
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

BENCHES GET IT RIGHT

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 31st May 2019 at 11:41 - Posted in Police Blogs

Latest annual figures indicate there were 1,462,441 cases at the magistrates courts.  Of these 4,739 were appealed at the crown court against the verdict. 2,061 were allowed.  3,600 were appealed against sentence and 1,752 were allowed.  As a non statistician or lawyer I would suggest that this shows that benches did their job fairly well. 

Read more Go!

THE PILLAR CRACKED

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 28th May 2019 at 14:19 - Posted in Police Blogs

I really hope I`m not being repetitive but it seems that cases like this are more frequent than perhaps a decade ago.  Even if that is not the case the process of dealing with them has failed, is failing and will continue to fail until old ideas are swept away.  As with 70% of such offending alcohol and/or drugs are responsible for the recidivism.  Only by treating that underlying cause in a new and radical fashion will there be a possibility of rehabilitating such people.  The
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

WHAT A PREDICTABLE PROBLEM

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 23rd May 2019 at 12:47 - Posted in Police Blogs

Every day thousands of demands are made of those in the probation services the efficiency of which as readers will know was decimated by Grayling`s disastrous incompetence at the MOJ.  One such demand is when an offender is being considered for unpaid work as part of a community sentence. Whether or not s/he is represented the bench should make detailed inquiries as to that person`s availability for such work; eg whether a disability could be a problem, childcare duties, employment obligations 
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

US AGAINST THEM:WHEN NOT IF

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 21st May 2019 at 11:17 - Posted in Police Blogs

There is no doubt that at many levels the criminal justice system is badly damaged if indeed "broken" is too severe a description; an opinion I do not hold. The civil courts still manage to operate with a modicum of fairness to those who use it.  Its being employed by very high net worth individuals to settle their disputes and divorces lines the pockets of those lawyers who specialise in such matters where legal aid is akin to band aid for billionaire pop stars.It is unquestionable that there
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

A week can be a lifetime in policing

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 16th May 2019 at 15:04 - Posted in Police Blogs

A week is a long time in politics but it can be a lifetime in policing. There is a lot going on at the moment so I wanted to recap on a few things. HMICFRS PEEL inspection of the force 2018 This was released at the start of the month and rated the force as good overall. The only two areas that have detracted from this were a backlog in vetting and our management of vulnerability in calls. While there are areas to improve here and some very good work going on, our challenge is pretty clear. Staff
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

FAILING GRAYLING`S ROAD TO AUTHORITARIANISM

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 16th May 2019 at 14:17 - Posted in Police Blogs

The current Lord Chancellor (how long will he remain in post) announced today that the probation service will in effect be re nationalised in 2021.  Thus another "innovation" of the worst of his predecessors and least effective cabinet minister of modern times bites the dust. The probation service pre Grayling was, in my area, a service teetering on the brink of failing those in whom the courts had placed their future hopes of offenders  leading a law abiding future life.  Virtually
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

MAGISTRATES COURTS MUST RETAIN POWERS OF CUSTODY

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 13th May 2019 at 14:33 - Posted in Police Blogs

There has been a flurry of announcements on social media particularly Twitter that the MOJ is seeking to abolish "short" prison sentences.  That is a press relations department`s way of talking up a ban on any magistrates court being enabled to send offenders to custody.  Instead any outcome would be of a financial or so called rehabilitative nature overseen presumably by some sort of probation service which owing to the incompetence of failing Grayling is utterly incapable of providing
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

2007-17 FINES AND MORE FINES

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 09th May 2019 at 15:06 - Posted in Police Blogs

Today the MOJ released its latest batch of criminal justice statistics.  No doubt most major news outlets and commentators  will be giving their opinions on what they all mean and then the politicians will weigh in.  I cannot and will not compete with that but I can comment on just a snippet of information from the myriad of numbers below which can be seen more clearly with the Windows magnifier tool.  They cover the years 2007-2017The inflation rate in the £ over those ten years
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

RAPE AND DIGITAL HISTORY

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 30th April 2019 at 12:15 - Posted in Police Blogs

Not surprisingly this page is usually used to air problems, grievances, histories etc of matters  normally associated with magistrates courts and/or their users. Generally matters of law are beyond the competence of the blogger and best left to those who are more qualified to comment.  However there are from time to time matters where the principle underlying that law or decision can be open to comment to any thinking member of the public.  Such a situation arose last week with the
...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!