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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I doubt that any magistrate who made a similar remark as this judge would be exempt from criticism from his/her politically correct colleagues or legal advisor. 

David Cameron`s attempt to further his socially awareness agenda by considering the establishment of a modern version of what used to be called approved schools must have brought tears to the backwoodsmen in his party including former leader Michael (prison works) Howard. 

It seems that the Bench in Cambridgeshire [this blog Friday February 5th] is not alone in using the media to seek new J.P.s.  The Chairman of the North Staffordshire Bench has a gone a step further by exploiting digital technology. His six minute question and answer session available here is to be lauded.  However I find his statement that there is effectively a target to appoint one third of applicants with a maximum number of the latter limited to 75 somewhat optimistic. I would ask readers to consider their own friends, family and work colleagues who have a spectator`s interest in the...

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Police: Do We Have Enough Beds?

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

The Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care has published its final report! – and the publication was headline news on BBC Breakfast this morning with a range of people welcoming its findings.  I have been very interested to be a Commissioner in this inquiry, not least because I’ve never done anything like that before but also because the subject matter is something that many would imagine is not immediately linked to policing or criminal justice.  And yet at every stage of the Commission’s work, I found myself with things to think about and say, relevant to policing, mental health and criminal justice. I have learned a lot, quite honestly!

So here are the resources –

This has been a major piece of work and I know the staff within the RCPsych policy unit who did a lot of research and...

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Police: Action Fraud is supporting Safer Internet Day 2016

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Today Action Fraud will be supporting Safer Internet Day- an annual event set-up by the UK Safer Internet Centre to encourage young people to use the internet safely and responsibly.

The celebration will see hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, using the slogan ‘Play your part for a better internet’. 

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies and policymakers, to join together in helping to create a better internet. 

Action Fraud will be supporting Safer Internet Day 2016 publicising the following top tips to help young people protect themselves from online fraud:

Police: Working together to stay safe online

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

It’s Safer Internet Day! Celebrated across the world, it’s an opportunity for everyone to think about how they can play their part to help make a better, safer internet. We’ve asked Will Gardner, director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet, to talk about the event.

Safer Internet Day: Keeping safe online

It’s Safer Internet Day! Join the conversation about how to keep safe online.

The message today is ‘Play your part for a better internet’.

The aim is to get young people to learn about how they can be safe online and how they can support others. It is also a chance for parents to start thinking about talking to their children about what they’re doing online.

Above all, we want to encourage everyone to #shareaheart by focusing on kindness, respect and inclusion online.

Follow the campaign on Twitter with #SID2016 and #shareaheart. For more information visit the UK Safer Internet Centre.

Keeping Young People Safe Online

We have seen huge changes in the past 20 years both in technology and in how young people are using...

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Police: Reforming the Mental Health Act

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

A parliamentary bill containing proposals to amend the Mental Health Act 1983 will be brought by the Home Office to Parliament in the next few months. Specifically, this bill will seek to amend sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act and the proposals seem more or less in line with the recommendations from the consultation document that was published in December 2014 –

  • The scope of s136 will be widened – this will allow the power to be used anywhere ‘other than a dwelling’, thus bringing in to play private workplaces, railways lines and any other kind of private place.
  • Detention time will be reduced – from 72hrs in a Place of Safety to 24hrs overall, thus matching the maximum time for similar detention in Scotland. We may need to look north!
  • The ‘Place of Safety’ definition will be restricted – to prevent children (u18s) from being removed to police custody in any circumstances; and to prevent adults being removed to custody other than in ‘exceptional circumstances’.

Police: Police hit back at unsafe Selly Oak claims

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice – UK Crime News

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Police hit back at unsafe Selly Oak claims

February 8, 2016, 6:27 pm

Police hit back at unsafe Selly Oak claims
Birmingham Police have branded claims that they are not tackling crimes in Selly Oak as “unfair”.

Officers have spoken out following inaccurate reports that crime in the area has rocketed over recent weeks.

Figures for robberies, burglaries and all crimes spanning six years paint a different picture.

View full article on Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

“I understand people’s crime concerns and while one crime is clearly one too many, the figures speak for themselves,” said Superintendent Paul Minor from Birmingham Police.

“All crimes across Selly Oak are down since modern crime recording methods were introduced in 2010. What we’ve seen over the past three months is a slight rise − a rise often seen across the UK in winter − but a rise that we’re tackling robustly.”

There were 26 burglaries...

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Police: 3 Men jailed after over the killing of 14yr old Jordan Watson

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice – UK Crime News

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3 Men jailed after over the killing of 14yr old Jordan Watson

February 8, 2016, 4:55 pm

Daniel Johnston
Daniel Johnston
George Thomson
George Thomson
Brahnn Finley
Brahnn Finley

Three Carlisle men have been sentenced to 51 years in prison for their role in the killing of 14-year-old Jordan Watson last June.

The following two men were found guilty of murder:

– George Thomson, 19, of Upperby Road, Carlisle, was sentenced to life in prison, and will serve a minimum of 27 years;
– Brahnn Finley, 19, of Furze Street, Carlisle, was sentenced to life in prison, and will serve a minimum of 14 years;

View full article on Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

The following was found guilty of manslaughter:

– Daniel Johnston, 20, of Petterill Bank Road, Carlisle, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

On June 16th 2015, police were called to the cemetery on Manor Road, Carlisle, by a member of the public who had found a male body. The body was later identified as 14-year-old Jordan...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Last Friday [the post beneath this one] I posted on the content of the Cambridge Times where it was reported that the local Appointments Committee was seeking to double the number of magistrates in its area by seeking 200 new appointees.  Today the local print media rival the Cambridge News has a report based on the same story except this time the number sought was not mentioned. Whether this was by accident or design of course I do not know. Perhaps my post had been read by a member of that Committee who didn`t enjoy the content.  In any event  there is quoted a member of the Cambridge Bench and presumably also a member of the Appointments Committee describing the type of applicant they were looking for. "We are particularly keen to broaden the diversity of the Bench to reflect our community by encouraging applications from young people, those from Eastern Europe, those from Black and Asian Minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities."  Now diversity and disability by themselves should not be criteria...

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Police: I Seem To Be Errrrm……..Confused

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

It only seems like a moment ago that the Police were being criticised for the manner in which they investigated and recorded crimes and how they treated or regarded the victims of those crimes.

There are any manner of ‘anti’ articles in the press, disclosures by officers, dodgy recording practices, unrealistic targets.  The whole thing was a mess.

A review was conducted by our good friends at HMIC, which led to Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Uncle Tom Cobblers,  telling the BBC that the under-recording of sexual offences was of particular concern and more sex crimes would be reported if victims felt they could trust the police.

“The police need to institutionalise a culture of believing the victim. Every time,” he said.

Believe the victim

So we did, our Police Forces did what (sarcasm alert) the nice man in the fancy uniform told them and believed the victims.  This led to an immense number of fresh and historical allegations, mainly in relation to sexual abuse, being reported.  The man...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

It is a well known fact that Justices of the Peace are hardly spring chickens.  In fact taking the analogy a bit further a large number is but one slippery foot from the slaughter house.  The members of the bench in Cambridgeshire are no exception.  At the last count in April 2015 there were 206 worthy members of whom 126 were aged over 60.  It is not unlikely that in the ten months since then many more will have retired. It seems therefore that approval has been given for the recruitment of 200 additional  civic minded citizens to join the bench.  This seems to be ludicrous.  What business or organisation would wish to double its number of specialists in one fell swoop of recruitment?  No doubt those clever people in the Ministry of Justice who have been so pre occupied in closing courts and decimating the CPS over the last five years were too busy to consider the effects of a rapidly ageing work force.  My opinion and that of most J.P.s is that it takes about five years to consider a magistrate "experienced".  Those...

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