I know, it has been more or less radio silence on these pages for a few months. I have been pursuing other ventures involving local politics and such like. The issue of policing & justice, of course, while not much mentioned during the general election, is never far from anyone's minds... With a 'continuity' Home Secretary at the helm, we can expect more of the same, it would appear.
Although, her reception at the Police Federation conference was a little less frosty than last year: a little chilly or even chilling perhaps but no longer Siberian (even if that is where Theresa May might like to send some police officer representatives..!)
There was very little in the Conservative Manifesto to really understand the drift of government policy in the realm of policing, community safety and criminal justice. I guess we are going to have to wait for a green paper or two.
The Home Secretary's speech to the Fed conference can be found in full here. She said (among other matters):
Today 33 years ago HMS COVENTRY (D118) was sunk off the Falkland Islands after being attacked by 2 Argentinian Skyhawks, she was hit by 2 bombs and lost to the Atlantic in just 20 mins with the loss of 19 souls RIP
A relaxed stay at home Bank Holiday weekend is not usually a time for profound or even not so profound thoughts but then end of season all to play for football matches are not the time for the glaring deficiencies in the game to be so rudely demonstrated. There were no debates over did it cross the line or did it not; this season cameras have seen to that. But there were debateable decisions on fouls which would and could have been beyond doubt if only the referee had had the cojones to stop play for a minute and consult a TV set on the touchline. One might say that FIFA rules do not allow for such confirmation but one day if a referee were to take such an action prior to making a decision nobody but nobody would fault him.
And so it was that I considered the doubt that exists in juries and magistrates` benches. I can recollect sitting on the wing at a DV trial with the Bench Chairman of a joining amalgamating bench in the chair. We were split as to the defendant`s guilt. The chairman...
BLOCKED? By Policy Exchange for asking a perfectly valid question? That’s just not cricket. It reminded me that I had previously written a post about Policy Exchange which I knew included where SOME of its funds come from, so I sent him the link. That inspired a series of tweets with various people joining in, and some quite useful information coming out of them. It also made me realise that it was in 2012 that I last had a prod at them. Time for an update methinks. It also got me very wound up about the ethics of Policy Exchange, and those who associate with them, but going back to who funds them; I took another, up to date, look at...
Chester of Surrey Police was crowned top dog alongside Police Constable Graham Lightfoot at the 2015 National Police Dog Trials held at Kings Park, Stirling over the holiday weekend.
In second place was Police Constable Stephen Randall of Police Scotland with Police Dog Nevis.
In third place was Police Constable Bob Foot of Metropolitan Police with Police Dog Alfie.
Competitors from 13 Police Forces across the UK and the Police Service of Northern Ireland took part in the 55th National Police Dog Trials in three days of tests at Kings Park in Stirling from May 22-24.
This was the first time Police Scotland has hosted the event since its creation in 2013.
The various phases of the trials created an opportunity to compete and share best practice in order to maintain the highest levels of service delivery.
The dogs were tested and judged in three skill sections: Trailing...