I have opined in the past that the Prison Officers Association is one of the last bastions of union power in the public service sector. In addition to what is gleaned in the public arena my own experiences whilst an active J.P. did nothing to dissuade me of this opinion; indeed they confirmed it. Therefore it was with little surprise but some dismay that I read of a newly incarcerated racist murderer in Glasgow`s Barlinnie Prison being able to propagate his hateful agenda on You Tube only a few weeks after entering Scotland`s biggest jail. 4.4% of the Scottish prison population consider themselves to be Muslim; a smaller proportion than in England. It is therefore not unreasonable to consider the possibility (probability?) that inside help was a factor in Tanveer Ahmed`s ability to obtain a mobile phone in order to spread his vile beliefs.
Since January this year the tale of the man who was required to give police 24 hours notice prior to engaging in sexual activity has provided this blogger and many others with a story simultaneously of mirth and profound dismay. The apparent conclusion to this tale of which Kafka might have been hesitant to tell took place at York Magistrates` Court where District Judge Adrian Lower imposed twelve conditions on John O` Neill, a man acquitted of rape, and who has apparently no convictions for sexual violence. These conditions relate to Mr O`Neill`s sexual intentions.
The legal system, quite correctly, has provision to charge and if necessary take to trial those suspected of planning to commit disorder or worse. But this man is legally innocent of any such intent. By any standards it is a blot on the face of English justice that he has been made subject to such restraints in the same week that it was revealed that a Detective Superintendant was effectively sacked for allowing a murderer to incriminate...
It turns out I didn’t read the new (2015) Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 as closely as I thought I had! The @LovelyClaireyA from Twitter said something recently about the execution of warrants under section 135(1) that didn’t sound right to me and I was grateful to learn something new after she pointed me to the Code of Practice – paragraph 16.16. This paragraph has no equivalent in the preceding Code, hence it gives rise to a few new questions; and so having made a mental note to consider this a topic for the future, I got on with my weekend. Within 36hrs of speaking to Claire, I received an email from a police control room inspector seeking clarification on the execution of s135(1) warrants after an operational incident in his force area. The job had caused a disagreement with the AMHP who was accompanying the officers in executing the warrant and I therefore thought I’d prioritise getting this done, since my general rule is that two or more things new to me in the same week means it’s...
When I was a young boy, I can vaguely remember my dear Godmother once saying something about calling the police if I was naughty, saying the police would “take you away”. Without missing a beat, I remember my mother responding quickly and firmly, “Don’t say that to him!” She went on to explain that the police do not, in fact, take kids away for being naughty; that she needed me to understand that a police officer is somebody I can go to for help if I was ever stuck or in trouble; and that she should never, ever say that to me again. WOW! 😳
It is probably this incident that accounts for my hatred of hearing adults say similar things to their kids. I’ve been known to be the policeman who kneels down next to kids and says, “What you’ve just been told isn’t true – we don’t take young children away from their parents for being naughty because police officers are there to help you and protect you if you’re in trouble.” I then usually explain my reasons to the parents and ask them not to do it in future,...
Are you really the right hand men of an incompetent government, intent to bring the Police Service, and others, to their knees? Or is it just that it looks that way?
Newpaper headlines are almost always slanted to make our Police Service look incompetent, violent or corrupt. Even when the events being reported occur abroad, that fact is omitted from the banner headlines, so that the reader might reasonably assume that was in uk
Shooting of unarmed white man shown in police body camera video – CALIFORNIA
White female police officer charged with manslaughter after shooting unarmed black man – Tulsa
Death of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher, shot by police with his hands up, sparks protests and official investigation – Tulsa
The list goes on.
Even when relaying the news from this country the headlines don’t always describe the reality, or omit an alternative scenario.
Snapchat video captures moment ‘a police officer repeatedly punches a suspect in the head five times’ – when one reads the whole...
As far as I am aware no figures are published of the numbers of magistrates who resign their posts. Anectdotally it has been estimated by some that since 2012 up to 10% have resigned owing to government policy of court closures. This latest report of resignations in Wakefield adds to the litany. Further to my post of 13th September it seems that the world has really gone crazy. As if one Chief Constable`s lunatic suggestion isn`t enough the Police and Crime Commissioner in Leicestershire is considering jumping on to the equality and diversity bandwagon. Soon it will truly be Sharia law enforcement.
Well, honestly, it makes much more sense than the Crime Is Down, Reform Is Working mantra that we’re used to getting rammed down our throats doesn’t it?
On the matter of “REFORM” my view is clear, I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll have to say it again, but ‘Reform’ is simply NOT working, and it is not working on so many levels.
The Oxford Dictionary defines Reform:-
Make changes in (something, especially an institution or practice) in order to improve it.
Please tell me in which areas the Police Service has been improved because I’m struggling to think of one this morning. Which other Public Service has been improved by Tory Reforms? Again I’m struggling. NHS, Fire & Rescue Service, Coastguard, Education, Justice have all been hugely improved by the Tories since 2010. Armed Forces? Don’t get me going on that one, suffice to say I don’t believe that successive governments have invested sufficiently in the Armed Forces.
There are some things in life that the government (of any...
My criticism of police and their more than occasional thin skins does not allow failure of a bench of magistrates to offer them public protection to go unnoticed. The offender in this case has such a history of violent behaviour towards them that the words of the bench chairman do not stand up to scrutiny however truncated the report....in my humble opinion of course. She was at the earlier stage of a community sentence and had had a previous opportunity to solve her alcohol problem. This seems to be a perfect example of offering a woman a sentencing option which would not be offered to a male offender.
I recently delivered some training in Leicestershire which involved explaining the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to emergency services personnel. Quite unintendedly, I ended up explaining it in a way I previously hadn’t which struck me as a more helpful approach than my previous efforts! So, I thought I’d outline it here in case it helps others.
As quick reminder, the MCA allows others to take decisions about a person who is reasonably believed, on the balance of probabilities to lack capacity. A person lacks capacity about a specific issue if they have an impairment or disturbance of the mind or brain and cannot communicate, understand, retain or employ / evaluate information relevant to that decision. For those who like mnemonics, you may remember the “ID a CURE” approach –
and cannot …
Employ / Evaluate
One from the top two and one from the bottom four and, on the balance of probabilities, you can declare a lack of capacity. But what does...
Giving some thought to today`s post it occurred to me that quite a high proportion of my posts have been devoted to criticism of police. A few years ago that criticism was generally directed against the policies of constabularies or the unusual procedures undertaken by them. But more recent postings have been more concerned with the antics of senior police officers and the ineptitude or worse that has passed for activities more befitting those cops from Keystone were they not much more serious. The most recent such comments were posted here on August 19th. The Chief Officers` Council; formally ACPO, in its collective wisdom has tried to persuade its overseers that cases of alleged misconduct against its members be kept secret. What arrogance! From Watergate to Whitehall it has been demonstrated that the cover up when revealed (as it usually is eventually) has greater ramifications that the misdeed itself. Those whom we pay and entrust to lead the enforcement of the law should be the most open of all to scrutiny when that trust appears, rightly or wrongly, to have been misplaced.