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Police: Pushing the Envelope

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

I’m going to start with a disclaimer! – this post is thrown together to prompt discussion. I am not (yet!) putting this forward as a position or suggestion; I’m not even saying I’ve finished thinking this stuff through or that I believe every point made below. This stuff is not settled in my mind and is written purely to prompt discussion of a couple of things we seem to be taking for granted. All views very welcome in the comments section below.

On Monday of this week, I was asked to present to the PACE Strategy Board at the Home Office – this is a regular gathering of interested parties who oversee and discuss the issues that arise from the administration and application of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. It is attended by the Police Chief’s lead on Custody, Chief Constable Nick EPHGRAVE (Surrey Police); Emeritus Professor Michael ZANDER, the UK’s top legal guru on PACE; and other representatives of bodies like the Crown Prosecution Service, the Law Society,...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I have opined in the past that the Prison Officers Association is one of the last bastions of union power in the public service sector.  In addition to what is gleaned in the public arena my own experiences whilst an active J.P. did nothing to dissuade me of this opinion; indeed they confirmed it.  Therefore it was with little surprise but some dismay that I read of a newly incarcerated racist murderer in Glasgow`s Barlinnie Prison  being able to propagate his hateful agenda on You Tube only a few weeks after entering Scotland`s biggest jail. 4.4% of the Scottish prison population consider themselves to be Muslim; a smaller proportion than in England.  It is therefore not unreasonable to consider the possibility (probability?) that inside help was a factor in  Tanveer Ahmed`s ability to obtain a mobile phone in order to spread his vile beliefs.  

Fire: Fire Service give accident rescue charity a new home

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

NARSNorfolk Fire and Rescue Service has come to the aid of a voluntary emergency service with the provision of free office space at their Whitegates site in Hethersett. Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) will operate from this location to supply essential emergency critical care for NHS East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST).

NARS’s volunteer doctors and paramedics provide cover to the most critically ill or injured patients. Despatched by the NHS East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST), the volunteers provide cover in a marked response car, and also from their own vehicles.

Although NARS has been operating for over 45 years, the charity has never had a proper base. So, with certain functions of the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service having migrated to Norfolk Constabulary’s police headquarters, space has been found to set up an operational base at the fire service’s site in Hethersett. For some time the charity had been using a member's garage as a store room and one of the team's spare...

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Fire: Hundreds of pounds raised for The Fire Fighters Charity

Written by RSS Poster News

THANKS to staff members and volunteers GMFRS hosted two great open days over the weekend.

Rochdale opened its doors to the public on Saturday, September 24, with Whitefield doing the same on Sunday, September 25.

Everyone had a great time at the events with valuable funds being raised for The Fire Fighters Charity.

And not just that, more than 80 people learnt life-saving skills at the Rochdale event, thanks to NWAS who carried out CPR training.


SM Mark Doggett said: “The open day at Rochdale was extremely successful with more than £800 being raised for The Fire Fighters Charity.

“An amazing 80 people were trained in CPR by NWAS at the event and we have had lots of positive feedback from visitors.

“I want to thank all of the firefighters who helped on duty (Rochdale, Bolton, Heywood, Oldham) along with Watch Manager McDermott and CM Doyle who helped the day run like clockwork.

“Thanks must also go to those who gave their time off-duty, our community fire cadets from Hollins, GMFRS volunteers,...

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Fire: Statement from Chairman of GMFRA, Cllr David Acton, regarding shift changes

Written by RSS Poster News

Councillor David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “Following contact with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), I have today agreed to withdraw the Section 188 letter issued to the FBU. 

“I have taken this step in order to facilitate talks through the Independent Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) on Thursday, September 29, 2016. 

“The FBU has confirmed that it will participate fully in the TAP and both parties are entering the talks constructively. This is a welcome move that will allow both parties to engage in discussions about our SDS proposals without the threat of action by either party. 

“The TAP will publish its report within 14 days. We must not forget that these changes have been proposed because of continuing cuts by the Government and the Government has imposed a further cut of £14.4m over the next four years. 

“Both GMFRA and the FBU are committed to ensuring the safety of the public.”

Fire: Don't let white goods leave a black mark

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service is urging the public to be aware of the possible dangers from kitchen appliances. The service is supporting the Chief Fire Officers Association's (CFOA) UK Home Safety Week, which runs from 26 September to 2 October. Between April 2015 and March 2016 there were 263 fires involving kitchen appliances in the Tyne and Wear area, ranging from cookers and microwave ovens to washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers. Register your appliances All appliances carry a risk of causing fires, but maintenance and correct usage can greatly reduce the risk. Registering a product is also a good way to ensure you are not using faulty goods. New and old appliances up to 12 years old should be registered so that you can be notified directly if a product is recalled by the manufacturer or a safety repair is needed. All appliances can be registered in one place at which also lists models that are subject to a product recall. ...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Since January this year the  tale of the man who was required to give police 24 hours notice prior to engaging in sexual activity has provided this blogger and many others with a story simultaneously of mirth and profound dismay.  The apparent conclusion to this tale of which Kafka might have been hesitant to tell took place at York Magistrates` Court where District Judge Adrian Lower imposed twelve conditions on John O` Neill, a man acquitted of rape, and who has apparently no convictions for sexual violence.  These conditions relate to Mr O`Neill`s sexual intentions.

The legal system, quite correctly, has provision to charge and if necessary take to trial those suspected of planning to commit disorder or worse.  But this man is legally innocent of any such intent. By any standards it is a blot on the face of English justice that he has been made subject to such restraints in the same week that it was revealed that a Detective Superintendant was effectively sacked for allowing a murderer to incriminate...

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Police: Para 16.16 to the Code of Practice

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

It turns out I didn’t read the new (2015) Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 as closely as I thought I had! The @LovelyClaireyA from Twitter said something recently about the execution of warrants under section 135(1) that didn’t sound right to me and I was grateful to learn something new after she pointed me to the Code of Practice – paragraph 16.16. This paragraph has no equivalent in the preceding Code, hence it gives rise to a few new questions; and so having made a mental note to consider this a topic for the future, I got on with my weekend. Within 36hrs of speaking to Claire, I received an email from a police control room inspector seeking clarification on the execution of s135(1) warrants after an operational incident in his force area. The job had caused a disagreement with the AMHP who was accompanying the officers in executing the warrant and I therefore thought I’d prioritise getting this done, since my general rule is that two or more things new to me in the same week means it’s...

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Ambulance: The Price is Right

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe » Medic Scribe


I have been writing much lately about heroin with the backdrop of Hartford’s Park Street which is one of many epicenters of the current heroin epidemic.  Today, I am going to briefly change the backgrounds.  Instead of Park Street with its back drop of bakeries, bodegas, Spanish restaurants,  and young tattooed men, with crooked baseball caps, standing  in the doorways minding their own business, we are going to your typical elderly housing/assisted living facility.  Imagine a room of geriatrics in the common room, with their walkers on tennis balls or canes at the side of their chairs.  Imagine perhaps also a 50 gallon aquarium, with clean bubbling water and a large lazy fish or two.

Now let us focus on our subject — a Caucasian woman of 62.  She is obese, maybe two hundred sixty pounds, her hair is grey and tied back behind her head in a pony tail.  Her clothing is threadbare and could use a laundering.  She has two canes beside her with which she walks slowly and painfully on skinny legs that can...

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Fire: CHILD RESCUE - 1956


: London Fire Brigade

London firefighters rescue Dennis Norman McGowan, 19 months old, on Feb. 25, 1956. The child's mother waits below.

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