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Police: Project Athena – Nearly There

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Apologies to those of you that aren’t affected by Athena, but I do think it’s important for the nine participating Forces and their Council Tax payers.  Apart from naughty Kent all Forces have now answered my questions, so we’ll see what I can make of it.

I asked all 9 Forces the same questions

1) Could you please tell me the total cost to date to xxxxxx Police of joining Project Athena?

2) Could you please tell me the cost for this Financial Year (alternatively the total number of hours) of overtime incurred by Police Officers in relation to file preparation etc for Project Athena?

Some were more successful than others.

In no particular order;

For West Mercia and Warwickshire Combo the response was

The implementation of Athena has resulted in West Mercia Police and
Warwickshire Police force Alliance investment costs to date of £4.423m.
This represents the one-off costs from both capital and revenue.

The overtime cost to date for this financial year 2017/18 is £127,205.

The initial cost for the original 7...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Exceptional hardship is a subject that can arouse deep differences within a bench during retiring room deliberations.Indeed it has been the subject of a few posts here over the last few years. Four years ago there was this one and in June the following year I posted this

Generally my opinion has been that those offenders who moan the most, namely professional drivers, are deserving of the least sympathy followed by obviously wealthy individuals who could easily afford to hire a driver for six months.  However the finding of exceptional hardship is one of those remaining considerations which are entirely within the bench`s discretion.  Where some difficulty might arise in the decision making is when the offender has proven worth to the community and/or perhaps a history of good deeds or valour in the case of active or former servicemen.  There is certainly a fine line to be drawn when eg a hospital doctor applies for exceptional hardship purely on the basis of his/her...

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Police: Nuts, whole hazelnuts....

Written by RSS Poster McNoddy
During a debate about the Polis hierarchy on Twitter, the High Priestess of the controversial SIU came out with a blinder, which I took a screen-shot of.

Not long afterwards, the originator of this debate tweeted this equally befuddling 'update'

But then his job description is just print/tweet anything #snpbad.

Better Together my posterior. That 'precious Union' seems to be an inconvenient state of affairs to this pair. They wish only subjugation.

BTW - Trident renewal is an anachronistic and abhorrent aberration.

Saor Alba. 

© McNoddy 
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Police: Alternative viewing

Written by RSS Poster McNoddy
I can think of 100,000 reasons not to watch the Beeb's distorted Britnat news

The problem is there's no real alternative in Scotland's media churniverse.

Or is there?

You could give this start up a try - TSTV.

BTW - Trident renewal is an anachronistic and abhorrent aberration.

Saor Alba.

© McNoddy
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Police: Condition Orange

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

On Monday in the House of Commons, questions to the Home Office occupied some of the afternoon. Mental health questions came up and I’ve re-produced two brief exchanges from Hansard for that day. The purpose of doing so is to document the lack of specific understanding that exists on these topics. The Government response is incoherent, given the questions that were asked – none of the three responses below actually address the public policy question inherent in the preceeding question. I’ll let you read the exchange and will then outline why –

Preet Kaur Gill (Birmingham, Edgbaston)

How many people have been unlawfully detained for more than 24 hours while awaiting a mental health assessment in each of the last three years. [903106]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Victoria Atkins).

Provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 ban the use of police cells as places of safety for under-18s, restrict their use for adults and reduce the maximum period of detention to 24 hours. Information on...

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Fire: Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service introduces blood pressure checks as part of 'Safe and Well' visits

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Safe and Well Blood Pressure Checks


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
On 12th August 2016 I commented on the judge who threw verbal caution to the wind and swore back at an offender who had used his basic knowledge of olde English to vent his feelings at her.  Not surprisingly the matter reached the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office which yesterday cleared her of misconduct.  Truth be told I`m a little surprised but not disappointed. Like the rest of us judges are human and have fallibilities. What did enter my mind was the recollection of apparently heavy treatment dished out to Justices of the Peace for a lot less. I suppose some are still more equal than others.

Fire: Prince's Trust Team Programme recruitment

Written by RSS Poster News

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are currently recruiting for future Prince’s Trust Courses.

The free programme gives young people the opportunity to gain qualifications, meet new people and be part of an amazing experience during the 12-week course. You’ll be part of a team of young people who will gain careers advice, work placements, and take part in a series of community based projects which often include a trip to another part of the country for a few days.

future heroes.JPG (1)

You will also have the opportunity to work towards recognised qualifications, as well as developing your skills, such as:

-          Prince's Trust Certificate in employment, teamwork and community skills

-          Health and safety training

-          Manual handling training

-          Basic food hygiene

-          First aid at work

-          Adult literacy and numeracy

-          Personal, employability, achievement and reflection for learning

Many young people who have...

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Fire: How people with cars parked at the Echo Arena car park can get regular updates

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
How people with cars parked at the Echo Arena car park can get regular updates



Photos: London Fire Brigade

On Jan. 8, 2018,  15 engines responded to a fire at a paint factory on Waterloo Road , Staples Corner, London.

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