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Police: What Does ‘Sectioned’ Mean?

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

This post is mainly aimed at police officers and is intended to ram home what the term ‘sectioned’ means – every police officer in England and Wales needs to understand it, so they can adjust themselves accordingly, if necessary! … and if you know a police officer, please spend 60 seconds of your life in the coming days telling them to learn this point! It is as important as knowing ‘reasonable grounds to suspect’ and other legal matter you would expect to have to learn.

This post intends to keep you out of trouble: nothing more and it’s necessary because of the sheer number of tweets, emails and other communications I get where this point has been badly misunderstood. I accept this is occasionally due to the way some mental health professionals explain the legal position that may be in play at a given moment in time and it may be we need to check more frequently the precise position in which we are placed as police officers by asking a closed question –

“Have you completed a written...

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Police: Why you should care about illegal tobacco selling

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

It it is smuggled, bootlegged or counterfeit, sold cheaply and tax-free and often linked to large-scale organised crime. Find out more about the visible AND invisible effects with our new infographic…Illegal tobacco infographic


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I took my retirement from the bench a month or so earlier than my chronology suggested owing to the simultaneous imposition of the iniquitous courts charge introduced in April.  In my mind it had become a retiring issue; the straw which would have broken this camel`s back.  The so called "victims` surcharge" imposed from 2012 caused me personally a twinge of conscience owing to its being non means tested and therefore increasing the financial burden on those least able to bear it.  It is thought that it was a resigning issue for scores if not hundreds  of colleagues as was the amalgamation of courts that same year. The courts charge is of a different dimension. In the lower court it begins at £150 for a guilty plea to a summary offence, £180 similarly for a guilty plea to an either way offence increasing to £520 after conviction at trial for a summary offence and £1,000 for conviction at trial of an either way offence. These charges are not means tested.  In his...

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Police: Canteen mythology

Written by RSS Poster McNoddy

There has been a wee bit of a kerfuffle recently over at Twitter in regards to Polis eating habits and canteens.

Ever prescient, I offer you this piece (sic) from 2008. 

BTW - Trident renewal is an anachronistic and abhorrent aberration. 

Feel free to spread the joy by joining the SNP today. 

Saor Alba. 

© McNoddy 
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Police: Did you see Crimewatch?

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

Check out our latest Storify post…


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Today a recent news item has attracted my attention and which as a former eye care professional I can comment upon with expert knowledge.  

in 2013 police were given powers to notify the DVLA to revoke a motorist`s driving license if they considered his/her vision fell below the standard required; i.e. an ability to read a number plate at 20 metres. This was one of these pieces of legislation which came into force with barely a whisper.  I will say from the outset that this innovation is akin to offering a haemophiliac a band aid when s/he cuts a wrist.  For at least forty years eye care professionals have campaigned individually and as professional bodies to have the current DVLA so called eyesight requirement reformed so that such professionals can authorise that a certain standard has been reached by an aspiring driver.  As the present vision level allows an individual who can see eg a dustbin lid  held at 20M but be unable to see the person holding it  owing to blurring of all but the central few degrees of useful vision,...

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Police: The Police Are The Public

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

And The Public Are The Police.

Except that is in danger of ceasing to be true.

The Peelian Principle that has been enshrined in Policing since 1829 is in danger of being cast aside by our illustrious Home Secretary.

It has long been mooted that the scale of cuts being recklessly  imposed upon Policing by Call Me Dave and Mrs May is simply not sustainable.  Panic ye not, salvation is at hand.

Sara Thornton, head of National Police Chiefs Council has the answer apparently.

In order to avoid putting too much stress on our already over-worked Police Officers (NOT sarcasm) they simply won’t pitch up to crimes such as vehicle crime and some burglaries.  

Not turning up to a burglary (and other serious crimes) is quite simply inconceivable.

It seems that there has been a concession by some, if not all, of the Chiefs, that the Police simply cannot continue to do their job efficiently in face of the past and future cuts, so a solution has been put forward that will surely drive a wedge between the Police and the Public.


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Police: Time to think the unthinkable……………….?

Written by RSS Poster Policeconomics

In one of my earlier posts entitled ‘People respond to Incentives’ I rehearsed this argument made in the books ‘Freakonnoics’ and ‘Superfreakonomics’ by Stephen D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner. If you haven’t read them – you should.

In the context of policing, these incentives often include being selected for a specialism, being promoted or just pleasing your boss. Home Office targets were decided upon by civil servants with no understanding of (a) what achieving those targets actually entailed, (b) what unintended consequences might result, and (c) what might be ignored in order to prioritise the activity that is designed to achieve the target.

Some of the fallout of this approach was the Public Administration Select Committee in November 2013 where the cynical manipulation of police crime statistics was laid bare. The toothless tiger that is HMIC  was engaged and still failed to deliver any meaningful narrative as to the root cause of this endemic...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I was unsurprised to note the implications of this case at the Divisional Court. Their lordships take a fairly uncompromising view of the magistrates involved and by extension magistrates in general.  There is a reference to the bench taking only 45 minutes to decide on the application. Perhaps their lordships are not familiar with the daily throughput at magistrates` courtsWarrants are considered by legal advisors as an unfortunate intrusion into the time available to get through the anticipated list which is itself often over subscribed.  It is not uncommon that their desire is to get the job done as quickly as possible without omitting to cross the "T"s when required and of course dotting the "I"s. Indeed it appears that the need to get over the rubber stamping tendency  is still there.  With warrants of entry by utility companies in this era of reducing benefits to the lower paid and unemployed  it is nothing short of misconduct if there are still magistrates out there who do not subject such...

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Police: The Great Pensions Debacle

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

The saga is almost over.

The Great Injustice is about to be put right.

It seems that FireFighters and Police Officers who retired between 2001 and 2006, and who commuted any of their pension, were diddled out of some of their lump sum. Not just a little bit either. Retired FireFighter Billy Milne whose case was used by the FBU as a Test Case has been paid out somewhere in the region of £30,000

Between now and the end of the year thousands of us will now be waiting patiently to see the size of our cheques, hopefully a little more than 3 and sixpence.

But that’s not the real issue here.

The first is that this whole saga was brought about about by a deliberate act by the government (Civil Servants not politicians) who not only failed to put it right but fought every attempt viciously through the Courts in an attempt to resist it.

Interest is now payable on the shortfall, going back to 2001 in some cases, making the whole scenario exceedingly expensive, and the Pensions Ombudsman has decreed that the Income Tax on the...

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