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Homicide rate in England and Wales highest since 2008

Written by RSS Poster Old Plod on the 19th October 2018 at 12:11 - Posted in Police Blogs

 Police at the scene of a shooting in north London in April. There were 719 homicides in the year to June. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA  The murder and manslaughter rate in England and Wales has risen to the highest in a decade, official figures show.There were 719 homicides – murder and manslaughter – in the year to June, a 14% increase from 630 in the previous year excluding exceptional incidents in 2017 such as the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, the Office
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POLICE & LAW SOCIETY IN JOINT TIRADE AGAINST GOVERNMENT

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 18th October 2018 at 14:20 - Posted in Police Blogs

It seems that the Law Society and senior police officials are getting together to spread the word that  falling numbers of crown court prosecutions are not some statistical accident or an indication that society is becoming more observant of the law. No; the numbers are indicative of fewer police to catch the miscreants in the first place and fewer police to process the cases for the CPS which is not itself directly criticised but as those in the legal world know only too well that organisation
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THIS JUDGE IS A BULLY

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 15th October 2018 at 14:07 - Posted in Police Blogs

I have opined in the past that Justices of the Peace seem to be more harshly treated for alleged transgressions than members of the professional judiciary. The recent case of a judge threatening to jail a 14 year old child if she cried in court whilst her mother was giving evidence is a case in point. HH has been criticised by the Court of Appeal. Such flagrant bullying of a minor should not be concluded with just a rap across the legal knuckles. He should be charged with misconduct. If it were
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MAGISTRATES` MINIMUM AGE ON TWITTER POLL

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 13th October 2018 at 11:50 - Posted in Police Blogs

I have recently had a dispute on Twitter on the worthiness of young magistrates cf their older counterparts. Whilst a fresh pair of eyes looking at a situation cannot be criticised, as a reason for having a minimum age of 18 it does not hold water. Barely out of school and with, according to latest science, a still not fully developed brain, it is unlikely that at such an age justice can be dispensed with maturity, wisdom and unfettered by personal considerations.  This argument can of course
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MAGISTRACY BEING KILLED OFF

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 12th October 2018 at 11:25 - Posted in Police Blogs

I am increasingly convinced that the selection process for magistrates is flawed. During my time on the bench it was common knowledge that there were perhaps 5%-10% of colleagues who were not intellectually or otherwise of a standard comparable with the job. Sanctions were rarely applied. Already this month four magistrates have been before the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office.  Of these two have been removed from the magistracy owing to their failure to commit to the minimum number of
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COURT ESCAPES

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 10th October 2018 at 11:54 - Posted in Police Blogs

During my time as an active JP I was not personally in a court from which a defendant had escaped although there were a couple of such episodes in an adjoining courtroom.  In my very early days there usually was a uniformed police officer in the remand court and others in the vicinity as witnesses to one case or another.  That level of security tailed off in the late nineties. Some docks were secure particularly in the remand courts but others presented no barrier to a determined miscreant
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SHAME ON HIM!

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 09th October 2018 at 12:50 - Posted in Police Blogs

It is extremely risky and perhaps foolhardy to describe the actions of others in life and death situations when sitting safely at a keyboard.  I will take my chances. When people sign up for the armed forces or the fire or police service they know that they are likely to be in some physical danger at some time(s) in their career.  Those who are promoted to leadership roles must have indicated to their superiors that in addition to perhaps exhibiting rare skills of management or expertise
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‘Mental Health Related’

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 08th October 2018 at 20:09 - Posted in Police Blogs

For some while, it has been suggested that the police service need to define what they mean by an incident being ‘mental health related’. You know those claims you’ve heard may times about how X percent of police demand or police time is connected to mental health related jobs? … well, it’s always been true that we’ve never been entirely consistent or sure of what we’re counting. When I first ventured the 20% figure on this BLOG many years ago, I knew what I was counting: I’d been
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Even More on ABD

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 05th October 2018 at 19:43 - Posted in Police Blogs

Today the College of Paramedics produced their position statement on Acute Behavioural Disturbance and it adds weigh to those tomes I’ve previously pushed as authorities or resources on the subject. ABD continues to be a subject of debate, arising recently in another post I did during a pre-inquest hearing in Bournemouth in to the death of Mr Douglas Oak who was 35yrs old. In that matter, Dorset Police called for support from South West Ambulance Service after believing Mr Oak was suffering from
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LADY WINDEMERE AND LORD DARLINGTON HAD IT CORRECT

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 03rd October 2018 at 12:08 - Posted in Police Blogs

It seems that it is not only in the UK where police patrols on motorways are far less common than a decade ago; after having just returned from travelling on autoroutes in Normandy and Brittany the French police appear to be equally absent. Although road casualties in France are far higher than here I felt that the French hare brained, must get there quicker than you attitude has diminished. Indeed I felt confident crossing a road by a zebra crossing that traffic would stop.......and it did. Which
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The Good Life: Policing and Virtue Ethics.

Written by RSS Poster Catemoore's Blog on the 27th September 2018 at 19:28 - Posted in Police Blogs

This Summer saw the first Policing Governance Summit from CoPaCC and Policing Insight. I am not one for the Conference circuit but I was honoured to be asked to present at this one as it was an opportunity to be heard by a range of PCCs and OPCC staff. I have reproduced my speech in full here, in the hope to continue the conversation. The book I refer to is Policing and Public Management: Governance, Vices and Virtues. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Policing-Public-Management-Governance-Virtues/dp/1138044180/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538072091&sr=1-1&keywords=Policing+and+Public+Management Whilst
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The Thankless Task

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 27th September 2018 at 13:58 - Posted in Police Blogs

Have you ever been given a piece of work to do or faced some decision in your life where no matter what you do, you’ll be criticised? More than that: the vast majority of people will look at your decision and either criticise or comment that things could have been done differently?! I’ve spent many hours this year, especially over the Summer, in various meetings associated with the Mental Health Act review. In particular, I was recently in the Advisory Group to the Review, chaired by Professor
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Park Life

Written by RSS Poster McNoddy on the 27th September 2018 at 2:15 - Posted in Police Blogs

Over on the Twitters a debate has opened about the upcoming #AUOB march in Edinburgh and the 'use' of Holyrood Park.I'd quite like to add my two penny worth. Firstly, it's clear by my political party membership that I endorse the general theme of promoting self-determination and independence for Scotland.Secondly, marches, demonstrations, and meetings are the life blood of political movements and a part of open democracy, even if the participants are in your view a collection of.... (add your
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J.P. EN VACANCES EN NORMANDIE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 24th September 2018 at 12:24 - Posted in Police Blogs

I have a great liking for calvados so for the next week or so I will be in my element at the home of all drinks apple; no doubt I will also sample un demi de cidre in Normandy over the next week or so. 

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Victims report losing more than £21 million in one year to Computer Software Service fraud

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog on the 24th September 2018 at 9:52 - Posted in Police Blogs

Action Fraud campaign warns people about Computer Software Service fraud.~ 22,000 victims reported losing £21 million in 2017/18. Action Fraud figures show that Computer Software Service fraud is in the top five most reported fraud types.Today (24 September 2018), Action Fraud launches a campaign to warn people about the threat of Computer Software Service fraud, one of the country’s most reported top five frauds.What is Computer Software Service Fraud?Computer Software Service fraud can start
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