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Police: Mental Health & International Law

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

When I woke up this morning, I was greated with a familiar message on Twitter from a duty inspector: “We have a male who has been sectioned under 2 MHA but they say there’s no bed.  He’s been here all night and no word of any bed today.  Can they do this and just expect us to lock him up?”  I sent back the hyperlink to a BLOG I wrote three years ago and sent some advice on escalating the incident to senior police officers and trying to do so to senior health managers.  The duty inspector then added that he’d been told there were “no mental health beds in England” and that they were having to try and ensure this guy’s wellbeing whilst knowing perfectly well he should be in hospital. A lot of NHS telephones seemed to be turned off during office hours, from what he reported back and he was told by one nurse during the process that “the other inspectors turn a blind eye.”  That’s almost an incitement to corruption and false imprisonment – right there, folks!

So off we go again: this...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Over the last few days I`ve noticed that an increasing number of page views of this blog originate from Russia.  Yesterday there were close on one thousand.  This is puzzling.  Is a certain V. Putin putting his watch dogs on the blog?  Does it pose a threat to the Kremlin?  How can the occasional rants by a somewhat cynical perhaps confused capitalist with libertarian leanings and memories of a council house upbringing attract such observers?  Maybe this is just a flash in the proverbial pan and my Russian readers will find somewhere else to augment their English language lessons.  I say hurrah for blogspot translator.


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
The Police Federation of Northern Ireland is a unique organisation in the U.K.  Its members are permanently armed and 18 years after the Good Friday Agreement still face threats rare in the rest of the country. Whilst the degree of misconduct amongst PSNI is probably no better or worse than on the mainland inquiries into shootings resulting in death seem rare.  Assault on police  on the other hand are not  uncommon.  According to a FOI request "in the financial year 2014/2015 there were 2,866 assault offences where the victim was a police officer on duty."  The Police Federation of Northern Ireland is arguing that a custodial sentence should be mandatory for every offender convicted of an assault on their members.  Their request to Stormont makes clear that even those convicted of common assault where no harm occurs should suffer that mandatory jail sentence.  There cannot be a single J.P. or criminal lawyer who is unaware and/or has no experience of the most perfunctory...

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Police: Fake holding accounts target car buyers online

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Shoppers in the market for a new car are being warned to keep an eye out for fraudulent emails when looking to buy vehicles online.

Victims have received emails claiming to be from ‘Amazon Payments’ or ‘Amazon Flexible Payment Services’ after agreeing to buy. These claim to be bank accounts that hold the buyer’s money for one week before releasing it to the seller.

Fake holding accounts

The emails are designed to get victims of the scam to pay upfront before visiting the seller to collect the vehicle, claiming they have a one-week cooling off period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind. This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by a trustworthy third party.
In reality, Amazon do not provide ‘escrow’ accounts to look after payments; they have been set up by the fraudsters to trick the buyer into handing money over without having to show them the vehicle they think they’re buying.

Protection advice

When making a big purchase online such...

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Police: The Independent Police Complaints Commission

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Or are they?  Independent I mean.

Yesterday they casually released three tweets to the world which ignited a pure shitstorm on Twitter and Facebook.

We have issued an apology regarding the Edric Kennedy-Macfoy case. Our full statement:

— IPCC (@IPCCNews) July 27, 2016

Edric Kennedy-Macfoy statement: Following shortfalls being identified we have withdrawn misconduct recommendations

— IPCC (@IPCCNews) July 27, 2016

We recognise the effect this will have on Mr Kennedy-Macfoy and the officers and apologise for this. An in depth review will now take place

— IPCC (@IPCCNews) July 27, 2016

So after FIVE years of investigation, and all that involves for both complainant and officers, they simply issued a statement announcing the withdrawal of proceedings and apologising to all those involved.

Having been most insistent that proceedings for Gross Misconduct were warranted against the officers, meaning that the officers were at risk of being...

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Police: At the End of the Day

Written by RSS Poster policecommander

At the end of the day… I will pause for a moment or two.

And I will remember the places I’ve been and the faces I’ve seen.

I will think of all the lives I’ve encountered – strangers and old friends, the lost and the used, the homeless and helpless, the scared and abused.

I will think of crime scenes and turmoil and broken homes, troubled streets and carnage and broken bones.

At the end of the day, I will explain that there are some things that stay with you forever.

At the end of the day, I will smile as I remember the people I serve alongside – as I think about their everyday humanity and heroism.

And I will remember the lives of those who have gone before – the brilliant and brave ones who paid the greatest price of all.

At the end of the day, I will count my blessings.

At the end of the day, I will head home to my family. Or head to work for the next night shift.

At the end of the day, I will work all the hours to get the job done.

I will remind myself that duty still matters – that what I do still matters.

At the end...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

On July 14th I posted on Nottingham Constabulary`s zealous new approach to "hate" crime.  After all what better way is there for a police force to demonstrate its intentions and abilities to protect the citizens of "Robin Hood Country"  than grabbing hold and clinging on to the current policing bandwagon and making jingoistic sounds of catching outlaws emanate loud and clear from its press department?   Now, after one headline,  all the world can see the true ineptness, incompetence and simple bullying that lie just beneath the smooth exterior of its temporary chief constable who, in the coming days or weeks, will no doubt endeavour to justify her position whilst her boss who left last month gets a sun tan in Cyprus whilst policing that notoriously crime ridden area known as the British Sovereign Base Area, Akrotiri and Dhekelia.  

A 16 year old pupil living within the compass of Notts Police was wrongly accused of bullying, dragged from her classroom and imprisoned in cells at Mansfield police...

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Police: Fake text messages targeting parents

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Fraudsters are sending out distressing messages to parents in the hope that they will reply and send mobile phone top-up voucher codes.

Victims initially receive a text message from a loved-one which says they are in hospital and that the only way that they can make contact is via text message. 

One example message reads: “Mum i did try and phone from some else phone signal is really bad, there has been a terrible car accident. I’m in the ICU ward in hospital my phone ain’t switching on and needs charging. I’m on this mobile number please make sure you reply to this number, my friend didn’t make it he died before we got to hospital and his sister’s fighting for her life. Mum i had my seatbelt on, i’ve got a head injury but i’m ok. Going into Xray to be seen, please make sure you message me back and don’t phone cause mobile phones aren’t allowed here so please text in case I’m in there. I will go outside and phone you mum its really bad i need you to do me favour before it’s too late, as...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I have no doubt that Michael Gove`s dismissal from his post at Justice is viewed with disappointment by many, including this observer, notwithstanding the short lived Shakespearean history that preceded it.  It is to be hoped that his successor will lend her mind to the truly awful state of our prisons.  

Custodial sentences are of course the result of sentencing policies signed into law by parliament.  When magistrates` courts were empowered to impose custody suspended that disposal became increasingly common.  In 2005 about 6,000 offenders were subjected to suspended custody orders in the courts of England and Wales.  By 2015 that number had risen to over 49,000.  No figures are available for disposals subsequent to breaches of such orders. Thus sentencers at magistrates` courts in some matters have a choice whether or not to fine offenders, impose community service orders, to impose immediate custody or custody suspended (SSO) or a combination. In the case of this man the disposal was a SSO. There...

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Police: Be careful of last minute Rio scams, victims already lost £300k

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Action Fraud is warning members of the public about potential scams, as we fast approach the start of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. 

So far, Action Fraud has received 47 reports of fraud relating to the Rio Olympics with a total reported victim loss of £299,935. Most of the reports relate to ticketing fraud and lottery scams

Fraudsters have told people that they are going to be receiving tickets for the games, only to find that these promised tickets do not exist. People should be wary about buying tickets at the last minute and should always check the authorised sellers list, which is published for the Rio Olympics along with the legal ticket guide.

Fraudsters have also exploited people via lottery scams; sending letters and emails informing victims that they are the winner of a cash prize and trip to the Olympics in Rio courtesy of the event organisers in Brazil or the International Olympic Committee.

Members of the public should protect themselves by never...

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