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Police: PCCs: Public should have power of recall, suggests May

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Lizzie Dripping… errmmm, I mean the Wicked Witch… seems to have lost the plot completely (again!) over PCCs. Having dreamed up this farcical and appallingly expensive replacement for police authorities in England and Wales, and brazened out the public fury over the hilarious and shambolic elections for PCCs, during which polling figures set new record lows and at least one polling station dealt with no voters AT ALL, she now seems to see no problem with having to enact new legislation to remedy the consequences of her first attempt, now that it doesn’t suit her political whims. And given that such proposed legislation would irrefutably be nothing but a legislative vehicle to get rid of Shaun Wright, then – bearing in mind that Wright was elected to this post by virtue of legislation that specified unambiguously the sole circumstances under which a PCC could be dismissed – I don’t think that the Courts would need much convincing that it would be wholly unlawful if she tried to make new...

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Police: Gay police officers dealt with ‘discriminatory enforcement’

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The Police Service has in the past been institutionally prejudiced against gay officers wanting to come out, a senior officer has argued.

Sussex Chief Constable Giles York said that historically those from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities were “singled out” and discriminated against by officers via “discriminatory enforcement”.

For example, officers targeted public lavatories and “public sex environments” to catch individuals who were trying to keep that part of their life secret.

Addressing delegates at the 61st Police Superintendents’ Association’s annual conference in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CC York also said the Police Service must adopt a different approach in order to attract people from all sections of the community to the job.

He added: “We have got to be different. There are some fantastic people out there who can make our work a lot easier and we have to become an employer of choice for those sorts of people.

“We are not...

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Police: Police who died in line of duty honoured

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Not forgetting our colleagues from Scotland

Tenth anniversary of Scottish Police Memorial at Tulliallan Police College marked by visit from Princess Anne and Chief Constable Sir Stephen House.

Police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the public have been honoured at a memorial event in Scotland.

The Princess Royal and Police Scotland’s Chief Constable Sir Stephen House marked the tenth anniversary of the Scottish Police Memorial on September 3, which carries the names of all 255 Scottish police officers who have died in the line of duty and includes the names of officers dating back to 1812.

Names added this year include those of four officers who have died in the last 12 months – Constable Mark Murtagh, Constable Tony Collins, Constable Kirsty Nelis and Captain David Traill.

Christine Fulton, Co-Founder of the Scottish Police Memorial Trust, said: “The memorial is a tangible reminder to the families that their loved ones’ names will never be forgotten and will live on not just for...

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Police: Home Sec: ‘Integrate police, fire and ambulance services’

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Home Secretary calls for closer working across emergency services during speech in which she also pledges renewed efforts to ‘sort out’ police procurement.

Integration of the police, fire and ambulance services alongside extensive use of body worn video will be integral to a future, cash-strapped policing landscape outlined by the Home Secretary.

Theresa May (pictured) gave scant detail on the proposal in a speech in London to members of think-tank Reform, but reinstated her intention to use the Police Innovation Fund to reward endeavours to merge some functions of the blue light services.

She said police and crime commissioners (PCCs) had “shown their reforming power by sharing core services with other forces, other emergency services and other parts of the public sector.” She added: “In policing in the future, I believe we will need to work towards the integration of the three emergency services.”

Mrs May also pressed the case for in-depth research into what she...

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Police: Police workload and welfare: Officers must take responsibility

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Senior officers must take some individual responsibility for their own welfare and workloads – it has been suggested – as a survey reveals forces have a varied approach to managing these issues.

A poll of more than 1,000 superintendents and chief superintendents has highlighted that in some cases, senior operational officers are suffering from unmanageable working hours, high stress levels and anxiety.

Of those that took part in the survey, 77 per cent reported regularly working in excess of 50 hours per week while some regularly work more than 70 hours per week.

The full survey results will be revealed and discussed in a dedicated session at the Police Superintendents’ Association’s annual conference in Warwickshire from September 8-10 called Command Resilience: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

However, Merseyside Chief Superintendent Stephen Richards, who leads on command resilience for the Association, said the survey showed some forces are working hard to improve the way they take...

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Police: CSOs ‘replacing officers in crime investigation’

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PCSOs are being used to carry out the duties of warranted police officers and pressed into action to investigate crimes such as assaults and burglaries – resulting in no further action being taken.

A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found that in 17 of the 43 forces in England and Wales, PCSOs were being used “inappropriately” for response and investigative policing.

In these forces, the staff were being used daily to not only respond to the initial report of a crime but take on the case and, in effect, investigate it.

In addition to being asked to deal with “volume” crime, HMIs found evidence that PCSOs are being asked to deal with house burglaries and assaults – which should be dealt with by warranted officers.

In an interview with HMI Roger Baker said PCSOs were being inappropriately used because leaders do not have a basic understanding of their demand and the capability of their staff in terms of ability and their physical output.

He said:...

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Police: Victims ‘are being told to investigate crimes’

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Some crimes are on the verge of being “decriminalised” – it has emerged – after an inspection report revealed that call handlers are encouraging victims to carry out initial investigations themselves.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s report into crime prevention, police attendance and the use of police time found that when crimes such as house burglaries and robberies were reported there was clear evidence of police investigative activity and supervision.

But crimes reported over the phone in some force areas showed little evidence of investigation, the report stated.

Some call handling staff were observed by HMIs encouraging victims to conduct their own initial investigations – including suggesting they ask their neighbours if they had seen anything, that they check CCTV in the area and research second hand shops to see if their stolen property was being sold on.

Victims were given a crime reference number and asked to contact the force again if they discovered new...

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Police: PCC’s Being Scapegoated

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Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are being allowed to be used as scapegoats by national politicians to deflect failings in their own actions, it has been claimed.

Jeffrey Harris, the deputy PCC for Surrey, has hit out at the negative headlines around the position – claiming they are “missing the point”.

Mr Harris, a former chief superintendent in the Metropolitan Police, who serves under PCC Kevin Hurley, responded to’s story on August 29 in which analysts called for reform of the newly created roles.

Legislation surrounding the office has been called into question, most recently in light of two cases where PCCs have left or been suspended from their political parties.

The Prime Minister, Home Secretary and many members of the public have called on South Yorkshire’s Shaun Wright to stand down in light of his previous responsibility for children’s services in Rotherham for five years, during a longer period which was heavily criticised in the Rotherham report last week.

Mr Harris would not...

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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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