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Police: #CutsHaveConsequences – Not Just A Slogan

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

The rugby is over, unless I change sides and pretend to be interested in things like leeks, daffodils, dragons and women in strange pointy hats.  This has given me time to reflect on some of the more lurid headlines of the last week, not least of which was somebody tweeting that the NHS was being deliberately destroyed by the government.  I couldn’t agree more, and not just the NHS, I’m sure the same is true of many of our public services.

The #NHS deliberately being starved of money & run down to further Private interests.No amount of tinkering will resolve this @StephenNolan

— R S (@Raymi111) October 2, 2015

.@Rex_Oper @mhairigrealis Agree, NHS could be properly funded if the Tories wished. The mayhem cause by deliberate underfunding is shocking.

— Keep Our NHS Public (@keepnhspublic) October 3, 2015

That’s just a few from recent days, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of tweets in a similar vein.  Personally, I am convinced that the government are setting out to destroy...

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Police: Clinical Commissioning Groups

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were introduced by the Health & Social Care Act 2012 – they are now the bodies in England which are responsible, ultimately, for healthcare. They are, in principle, led by GPs in the area they cover and, as the name suggests, they are responsible for ‘commissioning’ the medical care that is provided for their areas, having taken over this legal responsiblity from the Primary Care Trusts which they replaced. During this time, the structures in Wales remained unchanged: they had Local Health Boards (LHBs) in Wales prior to 2012 and they still do – health provision being a constitutionally devolved responsibility in Wales.  Both CCGs and LHBs have certain specific responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983 and it these responsibilities I want to touch upon here.

The health professionals should try hard to accommodate my blatant over-simplification in this paragraph, bearing in mind it’s for a police audience, in the main! — the idea behind commissioning is that the...

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Police: Compassion? What's That?

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
This is the disturbing tale of an experienced magistrate whose sympathy for a down-and-out defendant got him into hot water.

The report speaks for itself, I can see the logic behind the official response, but it seems to have been a little heavy-handed.

I am reminded of a case well over a decade ago when a poor deserted woman was prosecuted for a car-related offence that was basically down to her ratbag boyfriend. Nevertheless, the bench was obliged to impose a fine and costs, totalling, as was the case in those days, about £40. One magistrate, who had better remain nameless, found this preying on his mind, and at the lunch break sought out a respected probation officer and asked her, on conditions of total secrecy, to take the cash to the court office, describing it as an anonymous  donation from a well-wisher. As far as I an aware, that was the end of it, Probation officers can be trusted to keep their mouths shut, and that avoided the flat feet of the authorities getting involved.


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I have mentioned here from time to time that IMHO the apparent failings of senior judiciary to  speak out on the undermining of our justice system since 2010 whilst perhaps paying lip service to constitutional niceties does nothing to protect individual liberties from the overwhelming power of government in the form of justice for all in the courts. That justice for all ranges from treatment of unrepresented defendants in magistrates` courts to limits on judicial review. 

Lord Chief Justice Thomas in a speech on September 15th has entered the public arena with some force.  The latter part of his remarks, it is to be hoped, will be noted carefully and thoughtfully by those currently in control who espouse "free at the point of use" for the NHS but "users must pay" as far as justice is concerned.

Police: No Warrant Required!

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

I pen this BLOG post on behalf of AMHPs in England and Wales! – they seem a touch ground down by the Old Bill and I offered to write this as I am rather bored in a London hotel room whilst working down here for a couple of days. 

I logged on to the Masked AMHP Facebook group earlier to see what’s happening in the AMHP world. If you haven’t read the Masked AMHP’s BLOG, it’s a multiple award winning insight in to the world of Approved Mental Health Professionals – the elusive Masked AMHP also set up a closed Facebook group which is primarily a discussion forum for AMHP issues but it does include several non-AMHPs who are interested in the interface they have with these under-recognised mental health professionals. I try to “skool them in pleecing(!)” on behalf of police officers but it’s fair to say they have some really embarrassing stories about how the police service have really left them with it. 

I often say in presentations I do to AMHP events (like the Yorkshire AMHP event in Leeds in December, if...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Joined up government is a well used phrase.  It is simple and self explanatory and more often than not it isn`t achieved.  Smoke gets in your eyes and more significantly although less lyrically it gets in your lungs.  There is no doubt at all that children can be seriously affected by second hand smoke whether in cars or the living room.  Living rooms are private. Cars drive on public roads so today the government announces with pride that it will be illegal for a smoker to light up in a vehicle where there is also sitting an under eighteen year old.  A laudable attempt one might think to protect these juveniles until it comes to policing the miscreants.  Police have said they won`t be doing so because, not unreasonably they argue,  they have more important matters to pursue eg burglars and other assorted individuals intent on doing harm to people or property and the resources to satisfy these priorities have been cut to the bone and often through the bone.  

"Yes Prime Minister" should have been viewed by the new...

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Police: Turning the tide on scams

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

Our campaign with Post Office Limited in Southend to tackle scams against the elderly and vulnerable is supported by Turning Tides, a community project run by Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS).

The team have been visiting the homes of more than 800 people over the age of 65 to talk about scams and they’ve made some shocking discoveries along the way. Hear more from manager Anthony Quinn…

Anthony Quinn from Turning Tides with scam letters

We’ve been working with members of the elderly community in Southend for a number of years, providing support and advice for those who are isolated and lonely.

We do home visits and encourage those we meet to come along to our hub where they can have a coffee as well as talk about their concerns and issues.

As part of this work we have begun to focus on scams that specifically target the elderly community – mostly those that come through the post. These are false letters that promise huge handouts from lottery wins and prize draws if the individual hands over cash or bank details.

How to spot potential scams


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Police: Moses Fadairo murder investigation male charged with murder

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

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Moses Fadairo murder investigation male charged with murder

October 1, 2015, 9:30 am

A man has been charged with fatally shooting Moses Fadairo in Hackney.

He is Christopher Erunse, 27, (21.10.87) from Greenwich. He appears in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 1 October, charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm.

He was arrested on the morning of Tuesday, 29 September, in Birmingham.

View full article on Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

+ A 23-year-old man [B] arrested on 27 September on suspicion of murder has been bailed to a date in early December.

A 25-year-old man [A] arrested on 26 September on suspicion of murder was released with no further action being taken against him in relation to the murder. He was further arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and has been bailed.e Command (HMCC).

Source: Metropolitan Police Service

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Victim, Moses Fadairo

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Police: Policing By Degrees

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

I see that the thorny subject of ‘Degrees’ has risen to the surface again over the last few days.

I realise that Sir Tom Winsor thinks that Police a Officers generally are a ‘blue collar’ bunch of ‘thicko’s’ who can’t wait to clock on and clock off again, but ‘Hooe The Front Pages’ we’re not all like that.

Unlike Nursing, where I can see the benefits, I really don’t think that it’s vital to hold a Degree in the world of Policing.  Some of the best coppers I ever met didn’t have more than a couple of O Levels.  One or two of them could hardly string a sentence together but we’re very good at what they did.

Copper get is a funny old world, and you can have as many pretty pieces of paper as you want but they are no guarantee that you will be a good Copper.

However, I wouldn’t really want to totally rule Degrees out, I can see where there is a place for them.

I wouldn’t object if Uncle Tom or The College brought in a requirement to hold a Policing Degree of some kind before one could be promoted...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I recollect many years ago taking a tourist trip in a minibus around Beverly Hills.  The houses of the movie stars were, to use my  teenage son`s description; awesome.  But my J.P.`s eye alighted as much on the number of "ordinary" houses where a signboard was centrally placed with the words "ARMED RESPONSE PATROLS".  My innocent mind metaphorically sighed inwardly at what I perceived was the lowly state American law enforcement must have reached in inverse proportion to the paranoia of rich Californians. Today I read about the rich residents of Hampstead in London contemplating renting their very own dedicated police officers to do what the Metropolitan Police apparently fails to do: namely patrol to a degree which gives confidence to  the local population  that life and property are to some degree protected from a breach of the peace which is, after all, the prime purpose of any police  force.  

Politically and philosophically I am off the Corbynista spectrum but there...

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