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Police: Lynne Owens Ice Bucket Challenge

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Lynne Owens

Am I the only grumpy old git who thinks this is a bit naff?

Police: Domestic abuse offence could cover emotional as well as physical harm

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Government launches consultation on strengthening law by explicitly stating that domestic abuse covers coercive behaviour

Domestic violence. A new criminal offence could protect abuse victims whose partners cause psychological harm. Photograph: Pekka Sakki/REX

A new criminal offence of domestic abuse could be introduced to include emotional and psychological harm inflicted by a partner within a relationship.

The government launched a consultation on Wednesday to look at strengthening the law by explicitly stating that domestic abuse covers coercive and controlling behaviour as well as physical harm.

The move comes after the way that police respond to domestic abuse in England and Wales was condemned as “alarming and unacceptable” in a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in March.

The consultation document says that police fail to see abuse, particularly in its nonviolent form, as a serious crime, adding: “Creating a specific offence of domestic abuse may...

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Police: Sleeping lion created for Surrey Police memorial garden

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Sculptor Tom Kenrick said the sleeping lion represents peace and tranquillity

A stone sculpture of a sleeping lion has been created as a centrepiece for Surrey Police’s memorial garden.

Somerset sculptor Tom Kenrick, 32, spent nine weeks carving the life-size artwork, which weighs about two tonnes, out of Bath stone.

The force commissioned the lion for a memorial garden being created at its Guildford headquarters, in honour of colleagues who died.

The project has been funded entirely by voluntary contributions.

Surrey Police said the garden was designed to provide a space for staff to remember colleagues who have contributed to policing in Surrey or to take a quiet moment of reflection.

The idea came from officers and staff who wanted a central place for a memorial.

Donations have come from Surrey Police Federation members, members of the union Unison, Chief Constable Lynne Owens, the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley, an external sponsor and retired staff.

Mr Kenrick, who describes...

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Police: The Tories and the Police: The End Of The Affair

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Click the picture or here – The Tories and the Police: The End Of The Affair


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Reporter who outed police blogger cautioned

What the job desperately needs now is Leaders NOT managers. The service doesn’t seem to know the difference. Sadly, Leadership is not the only element lacking at the top. Public confidence and that of the troops will never fully return until there is distinct evidence that the Chief Officer standards and qualities are beyond reproach. Over as many months, 18 Chiefs and SMT ranks either disciplined, arrested, or dismissed for unprofessional and even criminal conduct is an indictment of how so many clearly feel they are above the law they are meant to uphold.

How do you instil moral compass values in a hierarchy that doesn’t seem to know the difference between crooked and straight?

Police: Home Office ordered to pay £224m to e-Borders firm

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The Home Office has been told to pay £224m to a major US corporation it sacked for failing to deliver a controversial secure borders programme.

Ministers will pay Raytheon £50m in damages, plus other costs.

The order to make the payments comes from a binding arbitration tribunal.

The e-borders programme launched by Labour ministers in 2003 was a £1bn attempt to reform border controls. In 2007 Raytheon won a nine-year contract for the programme.

BBC story

Police: Surrey Police is one of only two forces with 100% passes in fitness tests

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Officers at North Yorkshire Police have the worst fitness levels of 32 forces surveyed in England and Wales, figures show.

The force had a 16.2% test failure rate, with Lancashire coming in second at 6.4% and South Yorkshire with 5.4%, the College of Policing said.

Overall, 352 officers failed in more than 13,000 tests that become compulsory next month.

Humberside and Surrey were the only forces that boasted 100% pass rates.

North Yorkshire’s Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, said the study did not assess results of all tests officers undertook.

“The actual pass rate for North Yorkshire Police officers who have taken the fitness test is 94.6%, with 1,153 officers passing the test out of 1,219 who have taken it so far,” he explained.

“The results issued by the college today are taken from a small snapshot in time and include the results of only 74 tests.

“Support, advice and encouragement will be provided to any officers who are struggling to reach the required fitness...

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Police: Greater Manchester police chief faces criminal investigation

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Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester police. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Sir Peter Fahy, the chief constable of Greater Manchester police, is to be interviewed under criminal caution as part of an investigation into whether his force allowed a teenager to enter the home of an alleged paedophile.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission announced on Tuesday that Fahy and other top officers from GMP had been placed under investigation over a series of allegations. The IPCC has launched three investigations into GMP after hearing claims from a whistleblower, who is a serving officer.

The allegations against GMP included that officers:

• Bugged an office at GMP and allowed armed robbers who were under surveillance to attack a pub instead of stopping them.

• Failed to intervene and detain a suspected sex offender who was under surveillance, but as police tried to gather more evidence, allowed a child to enter the suspect’s home.

• Mishandled the disposal of body parts...

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Police: Leslie Frank Curtis

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Fellow pensioners

I have received the following email from Norman Lewis. I will forward further details when known.

Tony Forward

“It is with regret that I have to notify you of the death on Monday 11th August 2014, of former Pc 757 Leslie Frank Curtis at the age of 79.

Les had been suffering with Parkinsons and Dementia for many years.

Funeral details etc will be circulated later.

His Wife Eileen has requested that any messages and condolence cards be sent to her. Details available on request.

Police: Tory Foreign Office minister quits over ‘intolerable’ expenses rules

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Africa minister Mark Simmonds says he cannot claim enough parliamentary expenses to house his family in Westminster

Proof, if proof were needed, that politicians are out of touch with many ordinary working and retired people of the UK

A Foreign Office minister who resigned on Monday has blamed “intolerable” expenses rules for forcing him to choose between his family and his parliamentary career.

Mark Simmonds, the Africa minister, said he would stand down from government immediately and would leave his Boston and Skegness seat at next year’s general election.

He said that the rental allowance of £27,875 a year plus £2,500 for each of his three children would not be enough to maintain a family home in Westminster and that he would not be prepared to live outside central London.

Simmonds earns £89,435 a year as an MP and minister and employs his wife Lizbeth with up to £25,000 of public money.

His reasons for stepping down have been heavily criticised on Twitter...

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Police: Police widows: ‘Pension rules condemn us to loneliness’

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Spouses of officers who died in service have ‘widow’s pensions’ cancelled if they remarry or live with a new partner.

Widows of murdered police officers are calling on the government to allow them to keep their spouse’s pension if they remarry or live with a new partner – claiming current rules condemn them to a future life of loneliness.

Christine Fulton (pictured), whose husband PC Lewis Fulton was stabbed to death while on duty in Glasgow in 1994, is among those forced to chose between “love or money” under rules which mean her husband’s pension is cancelled if she now marries or cohabits with her new partner.

Ms Fulton, who co-founded charity Care of Police Survivors, has been in a relationship for eight years.

She said: “Lewis paid into his pension for our future. Just because he didn’t have a future does not mean that I don’t.”

She describes the police pension she receives as “his last gift to me, and to part with it is to part with him.”


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