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Police: Home Secretary: Reforms ‘prove more for less is possible’

Written by RSS Poster Surrey Constabulary Blog

Theresa May claims that Coalition Government has “proved critics wrong” and that reform programme has improved policing.

The Coalition Government has proved that it is possible to deliver more for less through its radical police reform programme and has proved its critics wrong, according to the Home Secretary.

Theresa May (pictured) has said that in the face of significant criticism from the Police Federation, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Labour Party, the current government has proved that “change is possible” through its reform programme.

In a recent speech Mrs May reiterated that police reform is working and that crime continues to fall.

She said: “When I first launched my programme of police reform, many denied the need for change. When I announced that central government police budgets would be cut by 20 per cent in real terms over four years – they said it couldn’t be done.

“The Police Federation, ACPO and the Labour Party were...

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Police: Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study

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Home Office study finds no evidence that harsh sentencing curbs illegal use and documents success of Portugal’s decriminalisation
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There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the government’s first evidence-based study.

Examining international drug laws, the groundbreaking Home Office document published brings to an end 40 years of almost unbroken official political rhetoric that only harsher penalties can tackle the problem caused by the likes of heroin, cocaine or cannabis.

It is signed off by the Conservative home secretary, Theresa May, and the Liberal Democrat minister Norman Baker and will be published alongside an official expert report calling for a general ban on the sale and trade in legal highs.

Baker said the international comparisons demonstrated that “banging people up and increasing sentences...

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Police: Surrey Police apology over John Lowe double gun murders

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Dog breeder John Lowe told police officers he wanted the women put down

Surrey Police has apologised over its “flawed” decision to return guns to an 82-year-old man who went on to murder his partner and her daughter.

Christine Lee, 66, and 40-year-old Lucy Lee were shot by John Lowe at his puppy farm in Farnham in February.

His shotguns and licence had been seized by the police in March 2013 but were returned to him four months later.

After the hearing, Christine Lee’s daughter, Stacy Banner, said Surrey Police had “put the gun in his hands”.

“The shotgun was one of seven that had been returned to him by the police only months before he used it to kill,” she said.

“John Lowe pulled the trigger but it was the Surrey Police who put the gun in his hands.”
Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Cundy from Surrey Police, said two reports by other forces had found the decision to return the guns was “flawed”.

He said: “Whilst the full investigation into this matter remains ongoing, in light...

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Police: Positive discrimination employment changes branded ‘politically correct’

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The Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation has branded Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe’s remarks about positive discrimination “drivel” – accusing the Commissioner of pandering to the “politically correct brigade”.

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard has said he wants employment law altered to enable the force to practice a form of positive discrimination.

Sir Bernard wants to copy a practice in Northern Ireland designed to achieve diversity in the ranks and “create a ‘critical mass’ of black and minority ethnic officers within the service which we believe would then help encourage even more to join”.

The Met already undertakes “positive action” recruitment advertising campaigns targeted at specific communities considered underrepresented in the force, and the commissioner has in the past stated his commitment to get his force “looking like London”.

The force would now like to recruit people from minorities in equal numbers to those from the white...

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Police: Police Killer Harry Roberts to be Released

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Police killer Harry Roberts is to be released from prison after serving more than 45 years behind bars.

He was jailed for life for the murder of three policemen in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, in 1966 and told he would never be released.

Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Steve White says he is appalled at the decision.

“Let’s not forget, this menace murdered three unarmed police officers in cold blood and it is abhorrent news,” he said.

“This decision by the parole board is a slap in the face for the families of the three police officers he brutally murdered who, once again, are forced to re-live their pain and loss. It will spark fury among everyone in the police family who will feel badly let down.

The officers were shot, in what was later called the massacre of Braybrook Street, after they pulled over
a van containing Roberts and two others.

PC Geoffrey Fox, 41, Sergeant Christopher Head, 30, and Detective Constable David Wombwell, 25, had approached the van after seeing it parked...

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Police: We Don’t Have Enough Resources.

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Well done to Keith Bristow, head of the National Crime Agency, for stepping up and stating that there are insufficient resources to tackle all the online paedophiles viewing indecent images.

Mr Bristow said it was an “uncomfortable” reality that some of the 50,000 people who accessed indecent images of children each year would not end up in the criminal justice system.

Mr Bristow said the police and NCA needed to focus their efforts on apprehending the most high risk offenders who may go on to sexually abuse children.

But he admitted that this meant some lower risk offenders who only viewed images online would inevitably escape justice.

You can read a bit more here.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11174715/Thousands-of-paedophiles-will-escape-justice-crime-chief-admits.html



Police: Conservatives Cutting Crime

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I received the following email from Theresa May today. Apparently, their strategy of screwing up the police service and focussing on cutting crime is working!

‘People who work hard and do the right thing deserve to feel safe in their homes and in their communities.

Under Labour, that wasn’t the case. Police officers were wrapped in red tape, unable to do their job – and people didn’t feel safe on the streets.

So since the last election, we’ve been working through our action plan to tackle crime: freeing the police to do their job, giving them the powers they need, and protecting communities with tougher sentences for criminals.

And our plan is working, with crime down by more than a fifth since the election:

Graphic – safer, more secure communities: 2.3 million fewer crimes than 09/10; 160.000 fewer home burglaries; 290.000 fewer vehicle crimes; 413,000 fewer violent crimes.

But we need to keep going – and we need everyone to get behind our plan. So Paul – please add your name today to show you’re backing our plan.

With your support, we can keep making our streets and our communities safer. So please sign your name today

Theresa May



Police: Guildford Pub bombings – a policeman recalls the horror

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Guildford pub bombing suspect being led from court

Police officers worked through the night to secure the town centre and begin a murder investigation, but few could be prepared for what they saw.

The centre of Guildford was a busy place on a Saturday night in 1974. Stoughton Barracks was the home of the Women’s Royal Army Corps and male recruits from Aldershot and Pirbright, and even sailors from Portsmouth, would come to the town for a night out.

Robert Bartlett was a sergeant, based in Cranleigh at the time, and arrived before the second blast, but a junior colleague of his was quickly on the scene after the explosion in the Horse and Groom.

“Just around the corner was WPC Jackie Parish and she went to the pub,” said Mr Bartlett. “As she got to the front door the floor gave way and all the injured and the dead fell into the cellar.”

Other officers described medical staff among the rubble, treating the victims who were covered in dust.

Mr Bartlett himself was collected from...

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Police: Guildford pub bombings – when terrorism came to Surrey

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Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the Guildford bombings

The devastated Horse and Groom pub in North Street

On the night of Saturday October 5 1974, IRA bombs ripped through two Guildford pubs, claiming the lives of five young people and injuring more than 65 others.

Many more lives were shaped by the events that night, which became a defining moment in the history of the town.

The first blast was at 8.50pm at the Horse and Groom in North Street, with the second at the Seven Stars in Swan Lane 35 minutes later. No warning was given of either explosion.

The device in the Horse and Groom was thought to be 10lb of nitro glycerine, hidden under a bench seat in the corner of the pub. It was probably powered by a battery and a stopwatch served as a timer.

“Nothing was real,” said, one of the drinkers in the pub that night, Sammy Norris.

“One minute it was laughter and the jukebox was playing, then screams and moans.”

A member of the public made the first 999 call to Guildford ambulance...

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Police: Police building closures ‘weakening community links’

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Concern is mounting that force “interfaces with the public” are being lost forever. Nick Alatti reports.

New Scotland Yard in central London has been the home of the Met for almost 50 years – the revolving sign outside the iconic building (pictured) is instantly recognisable around the world and a place where many a TV reporter has stood in front of to talk about an important item of news.

Now it is to be consigned to history, along with around 200 other police buildings across the country to reduce running costs and raise millions of pounds for extra officers, new equipment and technology.

Not everyone is rejoicing at the news. There was uproar last year when Hampstead police station was closed due to lack of use and rising costs, with residents fearing that they would be more vulnerable and left without any contact points. The issue was reignited after an armed robbery at a local supermarket in March led campaigners to call for the police station to be re-opened.

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Home Secretary: Reforms ‘prove more for less is possible’
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Surrey Police apology over John Lowe double gun murders
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