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Police: A decade later a decision....

Written by RSS Poster Tales from the Metropolis
Anthony Long the MET officer placed before the court for the murder of Azelle Rodney has been cleared by the jury.

The officer has been pursued for this tragic incident since 2005

As the officer said after the trial

'Police firearms officers do not go out intending to shoot people and, like me in this case, have to make split second life or death decisions based on the information available to them at the time'.

This should be cut and pasted and put over the office doors of the tribunals, DPS, IPCC and CPS who chewed this over for the last 10 years.

As I have said in previous posts no officer turns up on duty and goes out to take a life.

This sentiment you might think would concentrate the minds of the hindsight merchants, the purveyors of armchair acquired knowledge, the media, interest groups al.

But I doubt it....

Someone has to be blamed and pretty much its usually the  hard working soul carrying the office of Constable at the front line.

This post is not intended to be braying over the result

However it is time for everyone to let the officer Anthony Long to have his life back and to move on

I hope this can happen

Police: PC Allan Smith sacked after disciplinary hearing finds him guilty of gross misconduct.

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A Dorset Police officer who pleaded guilty to harassment and data protection offences has been dismissed from the Force following a disciplinary hearing.

Police Constable Allan Smith was dismissed without notice after being found guilty of one charge of discreditable conduct which amounts to gross misconduct.

The Special Case Hearing took place at Dorset Police Headquarters in Winfrith today, Friday 3 July 2015.

The hearing was told that on Monday 1 June 2015 PC Smith appeared at Dorchester Crown Court and pleaded guilty to one charge of harassment and two offences relating to breaches of the Data Protection Act.

PC Smith is due to be sentenced at Dorchester Crown Court on Friday 10 July 2015.

The hearing heard that PC Smith’s actions during 2013 and 2014 and his subsequent conviction breached the standards of professional behaviour and brought discredit on the police service and undermined public confidence.

PC Smith, who...

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Police: What Price A Firearms ‘Ticket’?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

PC Tony Lloyd has had his day in Court. He has been tried by 12 good men and true and found Not Guilty of Murder.

He was faced with the totally unenviable decision, pull the trigger or not?  He chose to pull the trigger and the rest, as they say, is history.  Would you?  Would I?  I don’t know, fortunately I was never an AFO so I find it difficult to put myself in Tony Long’s position on that fateful day.  I have, however, worked numerous times with Firearms Officers in attendance to bail me out and I would like to think that at least one of them would have pulled the trigger if it had been necessary, rather than fanny about with “shall I?, shan’t I?” during which delay I, or one of my colleagues, might have been shot instead.

It is a totally unenviable position we put our AFOs in.  We ask them to do something, knowing that ultimately one of them might need to pull their trigger, and then comedown on them like a ton of bricks when they do.

We have had two high-profile deaths recently at...

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Police: Statement in response to jury decision after officer found not guilty of murder

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Today, Friday, 3 July, a jury at the Old Bailey has found Tony Long, a former Metropolitan Police Service firearms officer, not guilty of the murder of Azelle Rodney, on 30 April 2005.

Assistant Commissioner Patricia Gallan, in charge of Specialist Crime and Operations, said: “Police officers are not exempt from the law, and would not wish to be.

However, standing trial for murder will have been a very stressful and difficult time for Tony Long, a police officer for over 30 years.

The impact that this will have had upon him, and his family, should not be underestimated.

“This must also have been a difficult time for Mr Rodney’s family.

The MPS regrets Mr Rodney’s death, and we express our full sympathy to his family.

“No police officer sets out to take part in an operation that results in taking someone’s life.

“The MPS asks, and indeed expects, our...

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Police: Ordeal by duty - Trial by Jury

Written by RSS Poster Hogdayafternoon
  BBC online News:

Met Police officer Anthony Long cleared of Azelle Rodney murder

I think this calls for The Bard: 

"But soft, what glint through yonder carboot breaks? It is the east, and firearm is in the sun. Arise, fair sidearm, and kill the envious perp, Who is already sick and pale with grief That I, Met Pol, art far more skilled than he."

(Hat tipped to my friend, David Kenneth Ellis, for the Shakespearean form)


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace we go again just like clockwork..........a government promising to go down hard on those carrying  knives.  We`ve been here so often before that it appears to be a right of passage for newly installed ministers at Justice to proudly announce their latest attempt to make our streets safer although no one name is associated with this latest pronouncement.  

This was just one of previous attempts to deter and/or punish those caught on the streets.  For the numbers watchers reading this a comparison between last year`s and current figures might be of interest. The arguments, however, will not go away.  The Met Commissioner recently expressed his opinion that reduction in stop and search has hampered his force`s ability to take weapons off the streets.  Before the last Holyrood election in Scotland where the SNP won a majority Scottish Labour had promised prison for all knife carriers.  That proposed policy did not go down well with police in Scotland.  I would be surprised if south of the Wall opinions differ.

Police: Learning to adapt and respond

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson

National Issues

There has been a little gap since the last blog. I have been busy writing a few others for external organisations as we try to influence the direction of the next parliament. Here is one I wrote for the Reform think tank on their report in policing.

There have actually been quite a few reports out on policing. Here are a few of the highlights:

I suspect these will all be thrown into the melting point for Police Reform as we have seen little of the next phase of the government’s change proposals yet. We have been looking at these to see how they impact on WMP2020.


I have two remaining limbs of the Blueprint to outline: Responding and Pace and Ready to Learn and Adapt. I am going to rush through these as we are now moving into a delivery phase which I want to discuss.

Responding at pace is quite simple. We are not yet quite as productive as we can be and that is not through a...

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Police: CCTV footage released after Manchester city centre attack

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A group of friends were attacked as they left a bar in Manchester city centre.

At around 4am on Tuesday 2 June 2015, the three men aged 21, 22 and 28, left Sakura on Deansgate Locks and were stood on the opposite side of the road near to Rebellion Bar and the ramp leading up to Deansgate strain station.

They were approached by a group of seven men and a woman and were attacked.

The 28-year-old was left with a broken jaw before the offenders ran off.

The group consisted of five black men, one wore a dark sleeveless top with a check pattern over a lighter coloured shirt, two white men, one wore a hooded top with a two toned coloured hood, and a white woman who had blonde pony-tailed hair.

Police have released still images of those they would like to speak to in connection with the incident....

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Yesterday I posted on the silence of the senior judiciary regarding the unequal status of unrepresented defendants owing in the main to the withdrawal of legal aid for many in the magistrates` courts. Today the Lord Chief Justice is once more making his pitch for the abolition of the dock and the adoption of the American preceedure of having the defendant sitting in the well of the court with his advocate.  I wonder why he is pursuing this line of thought? He is repeating remarks he made in January.  Is it owing to the savings he thinks could be made?  He admits to the fact of unruly defendants posing a problem.  Oh perceptive of him.  He considers how  a court would  distinguish between those who would be the benefits of this new process and those who would not.  He doesn`t actually say that a dock should be kept in reserve for such circumstances.  Over my time on the Bench there were many occasions where only the secure dock both at first hearing and trial  prevented a defendant...

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Police: Legal Aid - A Look At The Reality

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
This article goes some way to correct the continuing untruth that criminal defence lawyers are little better than their clients.

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