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Police: Treatment and Care

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Six years ago, Nicola Edgington attacked Kerry Clark and Sally Hodkin in south London, seriously injuring Kerry, a 22yr old woman and killing Sally, a 58yr old mother and grandmother. She was prosecuted for murder and attempted murder, convicted in March 2013 and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum recommendation she serves 37yrs. She appealed against this outcome, but it failed. Four hours before the attacks, the Metropolitan Police had contact with Nicola, having been called to a taxi rank in Greenwich and they assisted her to the Emergency Department at Woolwich Hospital where she was seen by a mental health nurse and admitted on a voluntary basis to a nearby mental health unit. She absconded from the unit thirty minutes or so later, and attacked the two victims shortly afterwards as they made their way to work. If you prefer not to read a pile of material, there is a simple, but useful audio / visual summary of this on the BBC news website.

This week, a report has been published by NHS England in to the care and...

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Fire: Two Bootle high-rise residences identified as not meeting cladding test criteria

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Two Bootle high-rise buildings identified as not meeting cladding test criteria


Police: IMAGE ANALYSTS & FALSE DECLARATIONS ON s.172 FORMS

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

Perverting the course of justice by persuading somebody other than the driver to take penalty points is now an offence well known to the British public including, it is estimated, over a quarter of million who have done exactly that. The fall out from the Huhne and Pryce case with Constance Briscoe QC found guilty of intending to pervert the course of justice spotlights a ramification of reliance upon visual imagery to secure convictions as opposed to the old fashioned method of police patrol cars stopping suspected errant drivers. 

When I was appointed nobody had heard of image analysts outside of John le Carre novels or opinions of planetary...

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Police: Updating the Blog

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

I’m after your views on something!  The blog is now approaching 675 posts, as well as various other pages and resources and when the Policing and Crime Act 2017 eventually takes effect, it will render many posts instantly out of date. On previous occasions when I’ve attempted to go through the blog updating every single post on something or changing appearance to make it fit a new ‘theme’ that I’ve used on WordPress, it has taken me a week of effort – and that was when the BLOG was nowhere near as large as it now is.

The BLOG always was intended to help police officers navigate their way through incidents and I’m still getting feedback that it continues to be valued for this. I therefore feel I have to make it clear that pre-PaCA stuff is now potentially out of date so that no-one attempting to use the posts as information falls foul of the update. I’ve been thinking of a few options and I thought it was probably better to ask those of you who are good enough to read, use and circulate this how you’d prefer me...

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Police: Stepping up to protect the public

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

_DSC6451The events in Manchester I talked about in the last blog have sadly been proven not to be unprecedented. The London Bridge attack and the terror attack on those coming from prayers at Finsbury Mosque in London have shocked the nation and saw the force act through Operation Decisive.  Everyone in West Midlands Police wants to prevent an attack in our region.

Once again you have all stepped up to offer the protection the public have needed and been embraced by the public. You have also kept normal business going. This is a huge strain and do not think that I am not aware of the impact on you and your families. This is also a sustained and determined threat that is not going away anytime soon. We are and must remain in a heightened state of readiness.

A different issue emerged from London Bridge; policing became at last a serious political issue. It arose from incredible bravery from BTP and Met officers who stood between attackers and the public. Their actions have been humbling and like me I am sure you count...

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Fire: Fire Chief to be rescued from the Tyne

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Chris Lowther, Chief Fire Officer from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), will be rescued from the River Tyne in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of open water. On Sunday 25th June, TWFRS together with Northumbria Police, RNLI and NE1 are hosting a water safety event aimed at highlighting the dangers of open water and the effects of cold water shock. The event will take place between 11am and 3pm on the River Tyne and Newcastle Quayside. Water Rescue Crews from Newcastle East Fire Station will be on hand to provide advice, guidance and education near to the Millenium Bridge on the quayside. TWFRS and the RNLI will perform a number of live demonstrations, including the safe rescue of live casualties from the river, one of which will be the Chief. Fire service and RNLI vehicles and stalls will be set up on the quayside, showcasing the water rescue equipment, providing water safety advice and distributing water safety education leaflets. TWFRS volunteer and guest speaker Beckie...

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Ambulance: Fentanyl: A Briefing Guide for First Responders

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

Carfentanil (which had previously been seen in neighboring states) has now been officially identified in Connecticut.  The discovery of this drug 100 times stronger than Fentanyl poses questions: How much danger does Carfentanil (or Fentanyl for that matter) pose to EMS?  How can we in EMS protect ourselves from exposure to these drugs? What should an EMS responder do if they believe they are exposed or one of their coworkers has been exposed?

Every EMS responder should ask these questions and seek answers from both their medical control and from their services.  Unfortunately, I have had a hard time finding a one-stop source of good information on this question.  What follows is my attempt to share what I believe based on what I have read and people I have talked to.  It should not replace the information you get from your service.

Can Fentanyl or Carfentanil kill you?  Yes, they can.  If you inhale a certain amount of powder, you can go into respiratory arrest.  If no one gives you...

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Fire: Top tips for festival goers to stay carbon monoxide safe

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Top tips for festival goers to stay carbon monoxide safe


Fire: Wigan firefighters move into brand new station

Written by RSS Poster News

LESS than a year after the first brick was laid in Robin Park Road, firefighters have moved into a brand new station and are turning out to incidents from there. 

The announcement follows a steel signing event at the site in October 2016, when local schoolchildren joined staff members from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) for the celebration. 

Yesterday (June 21) firefighters from Blue Watch at GMFRS were first to work from the station, who are pleased to move into the new building which they will share with NWAS colleagues later in the year. 

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Crew Manager Jon Roscoe said: “After around 15 months working from the temporary location it is great that we are now moving into the brand new station. I am looking forward to using the new facilities, including the gym, which will soon be available to members of the community. Fitness is paramount and it is nice that this has been factored into the project. 

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Police: Dear Scotland

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Dear Scotland,

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Your Mental Welfare Commission has recently published a snapshot report about Police Scotland’s use of ‘place of safety orders’ under the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act (Scotland) 2003 – the MHA(S), if you prefer.  Section 297 MHA(S) is the equivalent power to section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, the MHA(EW), if we’re being consistent. The report is just a three-month snap shot but it raises several questions which the Commission themselves are openly asking.  It is precisely because they have made a direct comparison and reference to the use of Place of Safety orders under English and Welsh law that I thought a short blog may be helpful, flagging some learning we’ve gone through in England, but also contrasting certain parts of England to help think through how culture and evolved practice affect the police’s use of powers.

It’s worth reading the report – it’s only 13 pages long and that includes the cover and a blank page as well as plenty of tables and white...

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