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Police: The Good Life: Policing and Virtue Ethics.

Written by RSS Poster Catemoore's Blog

virtue ethicsThis Summer saw the first Policing Governance Summit from CoPaCC and Policing Insight. I am not one for the Conference circuit but I was honoured to be asked to present at this one as it was an opportunity to be heard by a range of PCCs and OPCC staff. I have reproduced my speech in full here, in the hope to continue the conversation. The book I refer to is Policing and Public Management: Governance, Vices and Virtues. Whilst it is an academic offering, I found it engaging and inspiring enough to recommend it to everyone with an interest in future Policing. Professors Kevin Morrell and Ben Bradshaw have taken modern examples of UK Policing and managed to discuss them around a Virtue Ethics approach – no easy task, but a wonderful springboard for my mind – perhaps for yours too?

I should add, the thoughts around HMIC, tick box...

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Police: The Thankless Task

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Have you ever been given a piece of work to do or faced some decision in your life where no matter what you do, you’ll be criticised? More than that: the vast majority of people will look at your decision and either criticise or comment that things could have been done differently?!

I’ve spent many hours this year, especially over the Summer, in various meetings associated with the Mental Health Act review. In particular, I was recently in the Advisory Group to the Review, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Regious Professor of Psychological Medicine at King’s College, London. Whilst there, whilst listening to various people talking about the sensitive and important issues which may feature in the report the Professor must submit to the Prime Minister, two things ocurred to me:

  • Because of my general effort to blog a bit less often during 2018 than I did in 2017, I have managed to say precisely nothing on here about the review – and I should correct that as...

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Police: Park Life

Written by RSS Poster McNoddy
Over on the Twitters a debate has opened about the upcoming #AUOB march in Edinburgh and the 'use' of Holyrood Park.

I'd quite like to add my two penny worth. 

Firstly, it's clear by my political party membership that I endorse the general theme of promoting self-determination and independence for Scotland.

Secondly, marches, demonstrations, and meetings are the life blood of political movements and a part of open democracy, even if the participants are in your view a collection of.... (add your own epithets). 

But, some observations. 

Whilst the anticipated attendance may be considerable, it is unlikely that the marchers will constitute in themselves any challenge to the authorities other than traffic management and the monitoring of those undemocratic few who vehemently oppose these marches. If previous city marches are anything to go by, it will be the content of the banners at the front of the parade that will upset some and I get it. Calling Tories 'scum' is almost as bad as Ian Lavery calling for all 'Nationalists' to be killed off. It does...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I have a great liking for calvados so for the next week or so I will be in my element at the home of all drinks apple; no doubt I will also sample un demi de cidre in Normandy over the next week or so. 

Police: Victims report losing more than £21 million in one year to Computer Software Service fraud

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog
  • Action Fraud campaign warns people about Computer Software Service fraud.~
  • 22,000 victims reported losing £21 million in 2017/18.
  • Action Fraud figures show that Computer Software Service fraud is in the top five most reported fraud types.

Today (24 September 2018), Action Fraud launches a campaign to warn people about the threat of Computer Software Service fraud, one of the country’s most reported top five frauds.

What is Computer Software Service Fraud?

Computer Software Service fraud can start with either a phone call, an email or a pop-up message appearing on your computer, stating there is something wrong with your computer or internet connection and that it needs to be fixed. However, there will either be a demand for payment to fix it, or they will install software on the computer which will allow the criminals to access personal and financial details.

New intelligence

In 2017/18, Action Fraud received 22,609 reports of Computer Software Service...

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Police: Not Enough of Something …

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

We don’t have enough inpatient mental health beds in this country – but I might be very wrong about this, though! It is my opinion, that when we take account of the capacity and capability of the community, crisis and social care which is currently available, we don’t have enough beds. Solve that by increasing the community and crisis care by all means, so that there are alternative services for people who don’t inherently need admission, but who need more or different support as an alternative to admission; increase social care by all means so that people currently in hospital who are medically fit for discharge from hospital can actually be discharged in circumstances where their housing, substance use, education or employment needs have adequate support to help them lead independent lives in the community.

But my underlying point is: the balance is not right and it is perhaps we, in the police service, who see this most obviously when patients need beds after a statutory Mental Health Act assessment....

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Police: ABD and the Ambulance Service

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

I haven’t blogged for almost two months!  Various reasons – busy, on holiday, bored of saying the same thing over and over again … there are a few in the pipeline but I decided to put them all to one side to write this one, because the story animated me.   It concerns the concept of Acute Behavioural Disturbance, or ABD – it’s sometimes referred to as ‘acute behavioural disorder’, but the ‘disorder’ word tends to send certain doctors in to an intractable debate because of the lack of research around the concept and the fact that ABD is not recognised in the main medical manuals as a ‘disorder’, implying a greater level of medical certainty about cause and effect. All this has led the ambulance service to be in a bit of a state about it where some refuse to recognise the term and others are all over this issue like a rash.

The wider debate around ABD has been going on for years, albeit conducted under another name. Some of you may be more familiar with the term ‘excited delirium’ and any...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

On 14th June I posted on the MOJ`s search for a "national leadership magistrate". Since then all but one regional leadership toads have been appointed. 

If there are any doubters that the end of the magistracy as it has been known for over 600 years is on the horizon they should re-examine the political history of the organisation and its ancillary duties over the last twenty years.  I made my first of many comments on the demise of an independent magistracy almost as soon as I began blogging as Justice of the Peace in 2009 (at a now defunct site). This total potential control by HMCTS surely points to the eventual wiping out of the Magistrates Association as a point of influence. But what kind of person signs up to be a government lackey?  I can only assert that those with the attributes to be politicians or regional leadership magistrates are the very people whose personalities indicate that they should not actually do those jobs. I term this the paradox of personality.


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
It is becoming increasingly irrefutable that the disastrous cuts in police numbers instigated when she was home secretary by arguably the worst prime minister in modern times are resulting in a crime wave of horrendous proportions where daily killings in London are common place and drug dealers are extending their empires to every town and village in the country.  In the light of such activity one would have thought that police up and down the country would maximise their limited resources for public protection and prevention of breaches of the peace. One would have thought wrongly at least in the case of the thin blue line attempting to patrol the county of Leicester`s many streets and byways. This is the constabulary which in 2015 announced with the bravado of a  teenage Lothario who had made his first conquest that in future investigations of alleged burglary it would investigate only those addresses with even numbers. Not satisfied with the derision that that decision heaped upon those officers at the...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I`m a collector or perhaps hoarder is a more accurate description the result being that I never have enough space to put away all my bits and pieces. It was whilst I was searching this morning for some documents from the 1990s that I stumbled across the learning log supplied when I attended the weekend induction course to the magistracy. The third entry written on December 31st at the end of my first year on the bench describes my thoughts and I copy it word for word below.

“Legally two cases stand out. The first at the beginning of the year; a case of two black defendants being accused of causing harassment, alarm and distress to two police officers with three other officers as witnesses. We decided there was no case to answer. This was my first trial. It was a rude awakening to how the police can operate against “short tempered” innocent blacks and how the rules governing the threat to use CS gas were disregarded. I wonder if the defendants considered that a white, middle class middle aged bench believed their story...

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