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Police: ‘There May be trouble ahead’

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Blue Collar Conservatism

See - Theresa May’s Alien-like struggle with the Police Federation

Plus - Theresa May to Police Federation: you don’t like me, but I don’t care

‘The hardest question came from Guru-Murthy. “Wasn’t the whole point about the boy who cried wolf,” he asked, “that there was a wolf and the boy died?” If looks could kill. May smiled wanly, making a mental note to sack her speechwriter. And to remind the new culture secretary to make life as difficult for Channel 4 as for the BBC.’

‘There May be trouble ahead’ – Let’s Face The Music And Dance



Police: Facebook ‘tracks all visitors, breaching EU law’

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FacebookGuardian Exclusive: People without Facebook accounts, logged out users, and EU users who have explicitly opted out of tracking are all being tracked, report says

Facebook tracks the web browsing of everyone who visits a page on its site even if the user does not have an account or has explicitly opted out of tracking in the EU, extensive research commissioned by the Belgian data protection agency has revealed.

The report, from researchers at the Centre of Interdisciplinary Law and ICT (ICRI) and the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography department (Cosic) at the University of Leuven, and the media, information and telecommunication department (Smit) at Vrije Universiteit Brussels, was commissioned after an original draft report revealed Facebook’s privacy policy breaches European law.

The researchers now claim that Facebook tracks computers of users without their consent, whether they are logged in to Facebook or not, and even if they are not registered users of the site or
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Police: Police and Fire Service Fairer Commutation Campaign

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As many have reminded me, Facebook is not to everyones taste, so I am placing information on here too.

I am grateful to the Police and Fire Service Fairer Commutation Campaign on Facebook for their detailed information and for the campaign they are waging to get (in our case) Police Pensioners who retired between 1998 and 2006 justice in terms of the pension they received.


In case you do not pick up on it, PO stands for Pensions Ombudsman. GAD stands for the Government Actuary’s Department. CF is commutation factor.
In a nutshell, because of changes in life expectancy the GAD should adjust the way commutation is calculated. There was an unacceptable gap between 1998 and 2006 which, the campaign is saying – and they are right, seriously affected the amount of commutation you will have received. A quick example shows that around £30,000 less for a retiring inspector compared to one who retired after 2006. The Pension Ombudsman ruled in favour of the campaign. The GAD appealed, were overruled and...

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Police: Leveson review proposes sweeping efficiency reforms for justice system

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Proposals include penalties for private security firm delays, longer court hours and more use of technology

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Private security firms that delay delivering prisoners to court should be subject to stiff financial penalties, according to a judge-led review of the justice system.

Sir Brian Leveson’s recommendations for improving efficiency of the country’s outdated criminal proceedings include proposals for extending the hours of magistrates’ courts, expanding the use of video technology and providing more body cameras for police officers. Parliament, it is suggested, may also want to consider when defendants should have the right to opt for more expensive jury trials.

The report, commissioned by the lord chief justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, will be a challenge for the Ministry of Justice given that it calls for transitional funds for transferring to new systems of...

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Police: Home Office–A Rule Unto Themselves? Surely Not

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From Retired and Angry Blog

I won’t bore you for long today.

Basically, I made an FOI request to the Home Office asking for copies of Risk Assessments and Impact Assessments in relation to the previously announced 5% cut to Police Budgets.

They were due to answer today.

This is the response I have been given;

We are considering your request. Although the Act carries a presumption in favour of disclosure, it provides exemptions which may be used to withhold information in specified circumstances. Some of these exemptions, referred to as ‘qualified exemptions’, are subject to a public interest test. This test is used to balance the public interest in disclosure against the public interest in favour of withholding information. The Act allows us to exceed the 20 working day response target where we need to consider the public interest test fully.

The information you have requested is being considered under the exemption in section 35 (1)(a) of the Act, which provides that information can be withheld if...

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Police: More PCCs want tax hike to fund policing

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Bedfordshire’s Olly Martins and North Wales’ Winston Roddick want to increase precept amount – but Dyfed Powys’ Christopher Salmon wants to reduce it.

A Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has become only the second in England to propose a referendum on increasing the chunk of council tax that goes towards funding the police.

Bedfordshire’s Labour PCC Olly Martins’ plan for a council tax precept hike of almost 16 per cent is likely to prove controversial since it goes well beyond the government imposed cap of 2 per cent – meaning a vote must be held.

He is consulting residents to find out whether they want to pay more for policing – and he says the cost of holding a referendum can only be justified if he can be “reasonably confident” the public will say yes.

A 15.8 per cent increase, amounting to an extra 48p per week for an average council tax Band D household, would fund an additional hundred police officers, Mr Martins (pictured) said.

He said it would also help fund increased management of...

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Police: Past our limit: Met Fed’s anti-cuts campaign

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Hard-hitting approach follows similar public awareness drive in Essex.


The chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation fears it will take an officer being killed or seriously injured for cuts to be halted.

Following yesterday’s launch of the Met Fed’s CutsHaveConsequences campaign, Chairman John Tully told PoliceOracle.com that something in the police service will break unless changes are made.

The three-month campaign – which includes a hard-hitting video (below) – follows on from a similar drive in Essex, aimed at informing the public of “dangerous” changes to policing.

“This is very much a London campaign but I know many other federations are thinking of doing something similar,” Mr Tully said.

“A national campaign would probably have had more impact but may lose some locality which is important in getting the message across. We are contacting all London MPs, assembly members and the Home Office to raise our concerns, and we urge the public to do the same.”

The video...

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Police: ‘Politicians stupid to claim credit for falling crime’

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Former Home Office minister Norman Baker airs outspoken views on crime rates, drugs and tackling online child abuse in an interview with PoliceOracle.com.


It is “stupid” for politicians to claim credit for falling crime, former Home Office minister Norman Baker (pictured) has said.

The Liberal Democrat, who quit his role in government amid a clash with the Home Secretary, said that since crime appeared to be falling across the world governments could not claim overall credit.

He revealed he takes a dim view of politicians who claim their interventions had prompted crime rates to fall, saying: “I thought it was a bit stupid when people did say that, whether in this government or the previous government.

“You can take steps, but for the government to say we have brought all crime down is probably over-egging it.”

Crime was falling everywhere, he said “and no one has got to the bottom of why”.

“I’m not saying governments aren’t without influence,” he added, “but...

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Police: Charlie Hebdo: Gun attack on French magazine kills 12

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Gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in an apparent militant Islamist attack.
Four of the magazine’s well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers.
A major police operation is under way to find three gunmen who fled by car.
President Francois Hollande said there was no doubt it had been a terrorist attack “of exceptional barbarity”.
The masked attackers opened fire with assault rifles in the office and exchanged shots with police in the street outside before escaping by car.
They later abandoned the car in Rue de Meaux, northern Paris, where they hijacked a second car.

Death threats
Witnesses said they heard the gunmen shouting “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” and “God is Great” in Arabic (“Allahu Akbar”).
The number of attackers was initially reported to be two, but French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve later said security services were hunting three...

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