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Police: Alert: Fraudsters that claim to be your CEO

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Action Fraud has seen an increase in reports from businesses that have fallen victim to fraudsters who are purporting to be CEO’s, resulting in huge financial losses.  

How does CEO fraud work?

A company, often with multiple offices, is targeted by a fraudster who purports to be the CEO of the company and often claims to be based in another country. 

The fraudster contacts someone within the finance department and requests payments to be made into bank accounts, saying it is part of a highly sensitive acquisition, merger or property purchase.

Initial contact appears to primarily be made via email from an address similar to the one the CEO would use, although there are some reported instances where fraudsters have called up to make themselves appear legitimate. In addition, a second fraudster may be introduced, who poses as a lawyer or regulator.

With a strong social engineering element, the fraudster often requests that they, as the CEO, are not contacted further by the financial officer as they are...

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Police: Answer the Question!

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

You may have noticed in the BLOG published yesterday, I didn’t really address the question of what ‘correct’ use of s136 actually is, despite criticising throughout the lack of precision by others who raise the topic of correct use, or over-use of this provision.  This was deliberate – I’ve covered the topic elsewhere on this BLOG for many years and I was forced to think really hard about it earlier in 2016 when a Coroner wrote to the College of Policing following an incident in Hampshire where officers arrested a vulnerable woman for an offence, rather than detain her under s136.  It gave rise to the debate I’ve had many times, about when should officer detain under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) and when should they arrest for an offence, if both options are available?

In yesterday’s BLOG, I argued that it would be necessary to look at data from police forces that is generally not available, when trying to reach any kind of assessment about ‘correct’ usage of section 136 – especially if various...

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Police: Correct Use of Section 136

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

You may have been following the progress of the Policing and Crime Bill 2016 through the parliamentary process – this is the Bill which will amend various bits of legislation on various issues in policing, but for our purposes, it is most notable that it will amend police powers under the Mental Health Act 1983.  The Government undertook a consultation in 2014 about what such amendments should look like and there have been various debates in the House of Commons as the Bill completed its journey through the lower house.  It will shortly commence it’s passage through the Lords and various topics are still up for debate.

Members of Parliament like Normal LAMB, Charles WALKER and Kevan JONES have introduced proposals to further amend the Act in ways the Government hadn’t originally planned – on topics like, the use of Taser by the police on inpatient mental health wards; training for police officers on mental health and seeking to define in the Act itself what the exceptional circumstances would be where An adult...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

From time to time I have opined that those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol who habitually are the cause of social disharmony or worse have entered that interface where they should be considered as requiring medical treatment and thus avoiding the courts` system. Compulsorily confining such individuals would be politically very difficult to say the least but sooner or later it will be recognised as the lessor of two evils. Almost every other day in every other magistrates` court an example will present itself of an individual where there is simply no sensible solution to this problem of totally unacceptable behaviour where members of the public  are in real or perceived danger. Such a person totally out of control appeared recently before magistrates in Cornwall and was, inter alia, made subject to a criminal behaviour order (CBO) specifying that, "he must not use swear words, make threats, use physical gestures, use visual representation, cause nuisance or obstruction that would cause any person...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
One doesn`t need an economics degree to understand that the greater supply or use of an item tends to cause a devaluation when there is no corresponding demand for such use.  Language is no exception.  Basic words with basic or essential meanings are widely used.  For more focussed, nuanced or subtle variations new or imported words are employed to convey the depth of meaning required by the author or talker. 

Take the word "hate".  It is an old English word related to proto Germanic Dutch and Swedish words from the same origin. It can therefore be assumed to have in its use a universal meaning. The word "crime" as used in its ancient form by the Greeks described an offence against the community as opposed to a personal or moral wrong. The term "hate crime" was unknown prior to the mid 1980s when it appeared in the USA.  It is generally now described as a prejudice-motivated crime, often violent, which occurs when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her membership (or perceived...

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Police: If I can have a hand in crime prevention, maybe I can achieve my goals

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

AshleighMy name’s Ashleigh and this July I was fortunate enough to receive work experience at the headquarters of Crimestoppers Trust.

I personally sought out this position due to my great interest in careers that work to prevent and reduce crime. I have been interested in the crime solving and prevention area of work from a young age, ever since I was old enough to understand the plotline of an episode of NCIS. I also want to work in crime prevention because I have a strong opinion on how crime is negatively affecting society in the present day. These factors prompted me to seek a career in the areas of Forensic Science, which is what I want to study at University.

I became more determined to show people how passionate my generation could be about important issues

Two years ago, before I started Sixth Form, I participated in a summer programme that required me to campaign in my local area on behalf of a topic I felt passionate about. My group’s campaign aimed to change the public’s...

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Police: Drop the Knife: Your Only Live Once – The Story from the Liverpool Event

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

Figures released by Merseyside Police show that the number of knife crimes reported in the area increased by 3% from 644 in 2013/14 to 667 in 2014/15, although the figure for January 2016 (63) was 18% (77) lower than the same month last year.

Crimestoppers, alongside the Sunday Mirror, held its third and final ‘Drop the Knife’ summit in Liverpool at the Joseph Lappin Centre last month, following on from the first two events that were held in London and Birmingham.

Again, the panel was made up of representatives from Crimestoppers, government, law enforcement and campaigners, with an invited audience gathered to voice their views on knife crime and how to tackle it.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside Jane Kennedy, spoke about the role she was playing in trying to support the community over this issue, and highlighted the challenges that were being faced.

“We’ve had five stabbings in Merseyside in the last weekend, which is a pretty horrifying...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
As recently as last Tuesday July 5th  I pointed out that if a government department does not want to supply statistics or answer any questions on a particular topic it has a very simple get out; it does not collect any statistics on that topic thus allowing the minister or secretary of state to be in a situation of plausible deniability. The same situation happens in the legal sphere where a lawyer will refuse to hear certain utterances from a client.

The issue of custody suspended has been a bone of contention since such powers were expanded dramatically in the magistrates` court.  In 2014 there were over 30,000 disposals of custody suspended; more than ten times the numbers of a decade earlier.  What is not in the public domain is the number of breaches of suspended sentences.  According to the MOJ it indeed holds this information but its retrieval would exceed the financial limits imposed by the Freedom of Information Act.  There is a similar inability to produce the outcomes of these breaches.  Today the
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Police: Nepotism Or Not Nepotism?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

That is the question……

Some of you will know that I was going to stand for the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia until Call Me Dave and the Cabinet Office tilted the playing field against Independent candidates.

Many of you will know that I subsequently applied for the position of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia but was unsuccessful.

For these reasons I feel that I am entitled to hold an opinion and comment on the outcomes.

First off, the position of Police and Crime Commissioner went to a Conservative Councillor from Wyre Forest District Council, John-Paul Campion, who, bizarrely, follows me on Twitter so will doubtless see this post.  The previous post-holder had been an Independent and his, then, Deputy, entered the fray as an Independent this time round and finished 4th.  The Independents relegated from 1st to 4th.

Possibly the intervention of Theresa May had something to do with it, with her unsolicited emails supporting the Conservative candidate.  Where did she get...

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