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Police: My welcome to the Fed in Birmingham

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

This is the speech I gave welcoming members of the Police Federation at their conference in Birmingham this week.

“Welcome to the West Midlands.

“It is an honour to welcome you to Birmingham and the West Midlands. Birmingham is known as the city of one thousand trades and it is great to welcome the practitioners of the craft of policing to the city.

“Birmingham is a fantastic city nothing like the concrete jumble of the past. 1.1 million People live in Birmingham and 2.8 million in the force area. 46% population of the population is under 30 making us Europe’s youngest city and 47% of the population is from Black or ethnic minority communities making us one of the most diverse cities and regions in the UK. It is a great place.

“Policing this region is challenging for West Midlands Officers. We face a full range of policing challenges ranging from one of the busiest road systems, highly diverse communities, organised crime, and international terrorism to everyday neighbourhood issues. We are also a force that,...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
It is not very often that I have urged readers to link to another blogger but the matter under consideration requires an understanding of the legal issues before the philosophical aspect of the case can be considered.  The Secret Barrister has an outstanding reputation. The case of the knife wielding medical student.......there is no knowledge of whether she has qualified with a medical degree........poses fundamental questions.  

A few years ago Sentencing Guidelines were modified so that increased fines above the normal maxima could be imposed in place of community orders where appropriate. In simple terms those offenders who could afford it could buy their way to a sentence of lesser magnitude.  It seems to me that a similar principle has been applied in the case of the above mentioned student: substitute academic and social potential for ability to pay and the judge`s reasoning is clear.  My point is that it might be clear to him but were the argument applied wholesale the justice system would...

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Police: Shock rise in Binary Options fraud as Sir Richard Branson warns of fake investments

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

The City of London Police is warning about the growing problem of criminals using the reputation of prominent people to give investments credibility. Sir Richard Branson has spoken out after growing increasingly frustrated by fraudsters claiming that he, or his companies, are involved or invested in them.

How Binary Options fraudsters entice victims

Victims have contacted Sir Richard Branson when they have discovered that their investments are worthless or non-existent.

Fraudsters often use aggressive sales techniques or names of prominent people or business locations to entice victims to invest.

We have seen a large increase in reports of binary options fraud with the number of reports tripling in the last financial year, with the financial losses increasing from £2million to £13million during the same period.

Binary Options are not currently regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), so investments in them are not protected by the UK’s financial services...

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Police: Find out more about homophobic Hate Crime

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

Hate crimes have a devastating effect on victims, who often feel unable to speak out about what has happened to them. It can take a wide variety of forms, from verbal and physical abuse to discrimination in the workplace.

Historically, these communities have felt unable to come forward due to the stigma in society and the lack of support or empathy from those in authority. However, in the United Kingdom, things have changed. It is now illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of sexual or gender identity, and it’s a crime if someone is deliberately targeted because of their sexuality or gender.

Hate Crime generally can be defined as any illegal act that any person recognises to be motivated by hostility or prejudices towards a feature of an individual’s identity.

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic Hate Crimes are personally motivated by prejudice towards lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals. Whilst the impact can be devastating to the victim, the scars are not always visible from...

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Police: Dear #RCN17

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Earlier today, the Royal College Nursing voted at their National Congress in Liverpool “to lobby to ensure that Emergency Departments are no longer designated places of safety for the purposes of mental health legislation”. So, I’ll cut straight to the chase: that’s not a really thing – in the sense that the word ‘designated’ does not appear in the Mental Health Act, and only appears four times in the whole Code of Practice to the MHA, never in relation to sections 135 and 136 which relate to police powers and places of safety. It’s just not a thing around which to have a meaningful debate because, as a police officer, I simply don’t need to care whether somewhere is designated or not. Those who urgently need ED care because of the nature of their medical needs are going to go there under s135/6 regardless of designation; and those who are detained and don’t require ED in the strict medical sense but where no alternatives exist, may also end up there, especially after the Policing and Crime Act amends the Mental...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
The scandals involving senior police officers over the last decade have been discussed here and in many other media.  There is no doubt that there is something seriously rotten in the state of Denmark. This creeping bacterium has invaded the posts of Police and Crime Commissioner; an elected office, and appointed position.  The latest incumbent to be caught with his trousers around his ankles albeit in his past life is Andy Coles, Cambridgeshire's deputy crime commissioner.  This man would have been interviewed by senior officials around the PCC, his CV would have or should have been thoroughly investigated and his referees` opinions checked out.  It was, however, only be chance that his sordid actions as a former police officer came to light.  Is probity in all aspects of our legal, justice and police systems just a historical reference?

Police: Stop and search ...another post.

Written by RSS Poster Tales from the Metropolis
The METS figures on knife crime in recent weeks are clearly horrendous.
Daily we are informed of the latest death or serious injury on London's streets. The media are in a frenzy, politicians demand action, family's want answers and results.
Stepping back from the figures the background to this seems clear. There has been a massive drop in stop and search by the Met over recent years. This in short has been led by a significant interference by politicians and other vocal interest groups in the use of stop and search and its perceived overuse on sections of London's communities. The political and media 'furore in days gone by has left the majority of officers stepping back and saying to themselves ....hands in pockets?'s not worth it.
There was certainly never any overt pushing back on this by our upper echelons on the issue. Officers felt isolated and understandably backed off themselves.Politicians talked of discipline for 'incorrect  use ' of stop/search.
They came out with some rollout for...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Justices of the Peace hold public positions. That being so it is a fact  that not only must they have been upright in their pre J.P. lives but are held to account for their actions not necessarily just inside the confines of the courtroom.  Deviation from the straight and narrow can have devastating effects.  That being the case when this blogger signed up to  Twitter a few months ago it was with some circumspection that my keyboard did not run amok from a self imposed ten second delay for second thoughts.  Thus it is with a certain dismay I have to mention that a prominent magistrate well known for his IT skills has allowed his prejudices to become public in the aforementioned public debating forum.  Nick Harrington tweeted two days ago, 
As some readers might be aware I am the antithesis of being politically correct and a convinced Brexiteer but the above reference to gypsies is totally unacceptable. If anybody is in doubt just substitute "Muslims" or "Jews" or "homosexuals" in his Tweet.  This man should do the honourable thing and resign from the magistracy before he is subjected to the inevitable investigation.


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
The Monster Raving Loony Party regularly offered voters many improbable benefits if the electorate suddenly became part of that Mad Hatter`s Tea Party.  The Lib Dems from election to election propagate a somewhat similar line. But today they offer a change so frighteningly simple that no previous political party has had the cohones to dare even suggest such an innovation; the legalisation and regulation of cannabis. Of course it will not happen this time but as an unexplored way of raising billions of pounds some chancellor sometime will persuade a prime minister and his/her colleagues that this would be a no brainer.

Police: Hajj fraud figures are just the tip of the iceberg

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

City of London Police are raising awareness to encourage people to report Hajj fraud. Law enforcement and figures within the Muslim community believe that a 86% drop in reports compared to last year does not accurately represent the full scale of the problem of Hajj fraud, with many victims feeling too embarrassed, ashamed or frightened to report what has happened to them.

Raising awareness among Muslim communities

To try and break down barriers, 11 police forces will be engaging with their local Muslim communities through meetings and via their own social and digital media channels with the assistance of the CBHUK. The City of London Police will also be holding a day of action to raise awareness with local travel agents and issue warnings around fraudulent practices in the Birmingham and London areas where this specific type of fraud is particularly prevalent.

The City of London Police will visit Gatwick, Heathrow, Birmingham and Stanstead airports for briefings in order to raise awareness of Hajj...

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