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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
There are occasions when I just despair at the sentencing of lay benches when  the overriding priority of public protection is either not considered, considered and ignored or not part of the judicial sentencing process. Illegal actions against children are rightly given headlines when sentencing in the crown courts seem to bend over backwards in favour of an offender`s rehabilitation over punishment for the offences.  Only rarely do we read of punishments as a deterrent to others.  Perhaps those who have a tendency to abuse children are beyond deterrence.  

Magistrates are unlikely to deal with physical assaults concerning children but when cash strapped local councils and their Trading Standards departments make the very occasional case against sales of alcohol to under age children s.146 Licensing Act 2003 one would expect a bench to take the matter very seriously indeed. And that degree of seriousness; harm and culpability, should be reflected in the sanctions imposed upon...

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Police: #DegreeGate – Genuine Need Or Cynical Ploy?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

And so #DegreeGate rumbles on and still nobody is much clearer, with many simply remaining to be convinced.  Many, like me I suspect, are waiting to see the ‘evidence’ that this is a good idea.

Being a bit of a researcher and a fan of ‘the truth’ I went looking.

I found a video on YouTube put there by the College of Policing.  It is called PEQF: What is the evidence base? and featuress the College’s Director of Knowledge, Research and Education, Rachel Tuffin.  Rachel is clearly a well educated and well qualified woman and has the honour of having been awareded an OBE for services to policing, specifically championing evidence-based policing.

The title of the video implies that herein lies the answer, what is the ‘evidence base’?

Watch the video and see for yourselves

I have watched the video several times now, and I must be older than I thought, because I don’t see it.  To be honest, all I saw was a young lady, waving her hands around a lot, saying that it was interesting,...

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Fire: TWFRS pioneers action on emergency services mental health

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) are celebrating becoming the first emergency service in the North East to sign the Blue Light Time to Change pledge to tackle stigma around mental health. Run by mental health charity Mind, the Blue Light programme was launched following research that showed emergency services staff and volunteers in England are more likely to experience mental ill health but less likely to seek support than the general population. To mark national Time to Talk Day (4 February 2016), staff at TWFRS will be led by Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling at an event to share their understanding of mental health and the action they can take to help keep themselves and colleagues well for work. CFO Capeling said: “I'm really proud that our Service has embraced this opportunity to play its part in ending the stigma that wrongly surrounds mental health in our society. “Signing the Blue Light pledge means we are committed to a set of actions that will support...

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Ambulance: Cheerleader

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe » Medic Scribe

A Massachusetts firefighter this week went on a Facebook rant about heroin addicts.

Massachusetts Firefighter Criticizes Narcan Use and Addicts

His viewpoint, while certainly not representative of EMS, is not an isolated one. I have heard these sentiments expressed ever since I started in EMS. I have heard them from police, fire and EMS. Not from a majority by any means, but by enough responders to notice, enough for the comments to be commonplace. I am not going to blame the people who say these things, which I disagree with. The fact that the viewpoint is not a lonely one points out what a terrible job we have done in educating ourselves about addiction.

While I have always viewed drug abusers as fellow humans deserving of kindness and mercy, it is not until recently that I have come to understand that addiction is not a choice, but a terrible disease.

It is a shame that it has taken the heroin plague to get into the white upper and middle class community for the larger nation to start to take notice of...

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Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Military: MILBABE

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Fire: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service welcomes six new apprentices

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service welcomes six new apprentices

Police: For Which Relief Much Thanks

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
Those of us who were beginning to despair at the flat-footed callousness of Chris Grayling's tenure at the MoJ are starting to look with wide-eyed wonderment at the systematic dismantling of the Grayling legacy being carried out by Michael Gove. Only a couple of weeks ago I had a quiet chat with a decent, respected and hard-working defence solicitor who could see no glimmer of light in the darkness that was enveloping the defence profession. There were credible plans to remove many well-run firms from the Duty Solicitor scheme, and to pare the fees of the remainder to the unsustainable bone. Small firms had become unsaleable, their owners unable to retire with any security.

Let's take a deep breath, and survey where we are now, resolving to find a solution that will aim to restore fairness while keeping a wary eye on the costs involved.

Fire: Fire on South Lowestoft Industrial Estate

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

12655951_10153860188240629_11490527_oI know! It's been far too long since I posted anything on here about shouts.

No excuses really - work, life and couldn't be arsed all come into play.

So let's make amends now...

I was sitting chatting to the present Mrs. C, waiting the arrival of a health care professional to help us with Karen's ongoing care requirements. I won't bore you with the details suffice to say, if you don't already know, that Mrs. C broke her neck 27 years ago, uses a wheelchair to get about but leads a busy life that makes me knackered trying to keep up.

Enough of the back story.

So, with two minutes to go before the arrival of our 'guest' my little black number throws a wobbly and has me apologising profusely to The Boss before I head out the door and hot-foot it across to North Lowestoft Fire Station.

Archie, who's part of the South Lowestoft On Call crew is crossing the road with all his kit. To help keep pumps on the run, Archie has one of our alerters as his building work sees him working even closer to the fire...

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Fire: Lowestoft meeting to discuss cuts to Fire Service budget in Suffolk

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

SFRS-logoAround 80 people attended the public meeting on 1st February where the Chief Fire Officer, Mark Hardingham and Cllr Matthew Hicks sort to explain and 'sell' the proposed cuts to frontline fire engines and firefighters.

The meeting, held at the swanky new council offices at Riverside, Lowestoft was well stage-managed and largely deflected any major spats for the the Fire Service or County Council.

We sat on tables of 8, each with an officer present to answer general questions - our table was fortunate to have local Group Commander, John Tiffen.

I have to say I've never seen so many officers in one place unless you count Endeavour House...

The Chief gave a short presentation to explain the reduction and now plateau-ing of fires and RTC's and where the proposed cuts will be. We then, on each table discussed the proposals with the officer and numerous Lowestoft firefighters present able to answer questions from members of the public. Hopefully the answers given by the...

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