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Police: Nine Things I’m Learning

Written by RSS Poster policecommander



I have a birthday this week. Not an especially significant one but, nonetheless, a prompt to pause and think for just a moment or two.  About work. About life. About the things that really matter.

Almost 47 years of life. Almost 25 years of policing.

And there are some things I’ve been learning along the way.

It’s People Stupid

I won’t tire of repeating this one.

People matter more than anything else. Those we serve and those we serve alongside.

People matter more than performance charts. They matter more than meetings. They matter more than deadlines – more than yesterday’s headlines. This Job is all about people. And they simply have to matter more.

Every contact leaves a trace.

Courage is not the Absence of Fear

You come across some astonishingly brave people in this line of work: men and women who have risked everything for the sake of both friends and strangers.

Then there are those who have paid the greatest price of all.

And here’s the thing. None of them was unafraid. But they responded to...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
There is much to be commended in this country where ever fewer positions or occupations are barred to people highly qualilfied but with various disabilities. Indeed such is anti discrimination woven into our employment legislation that sometimes it appears that disability is a pre requisite for a particular job.  Often grants from charitable institutions are enhanced for those who are disabled cf candidates without such impediments. 

Having thankfully no family members or close friends with disabilities, during my time on the bench it was a privilege to sit with colleagues who were physically disabled in some form or another  and who were determined to set aside their discomfort or pain and get on with the job at hand. However there was not one sight impaired member on my bench.  Having a professional background in the care of those visually handicapped I well understood the limits of such impairment for a magistrate. It was therefore with some surprise that I read last week that a barrister, presumably registered blind,...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I suppose single issue lobbyists or groups have a purpose like anti noise campaigners or ban the bomb activists. Their use of hyperbole and doom mongering occasionally leads to a modicum of sensible reaction and the dismissal of much of the bloated misleading baggage surrounding the core argument.  "Brake" is such an organisation.  The Portsmouth News report of a local lawyer`s comments on the exceptional circumstances whereby a court can allow a driver who has accumulated 12 penalty points on his/her license within three years can argue that a ban would be inappropriate in the particular personal circumstances has brought forward a comment from the aforesaid Brake that "the news was shocking".  Whilst I am of the opinion that too many of my former colleagues lowered the bar too far too often in allowing the argument of exceptional circumstances to succeed  Brake devalues its protests when eg it argues that inter alia

"Causing death by dangerous driving – the maximum...

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Fire: Gateshead youngsters rise to Phoenix challenge

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Nine youngsters from Gateshead have completed a four-day Phoenix course run by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, in partnership with Gateshead Council. The Phoenix programme is aimed at young people aged between 12 and 17 years. The main aim of the programme is to change attitudes and behaviour, instil confidence and self-esteem, discipline and self-discipline, team working and social skills. The group of nine boys aged between 12 and 17 completed the course, which culminated in them presenting a fire drill display in front of their families at Birtley Community Fire Station on Thursday, 23 February. The group was also awarded individual course certificates in basic life support, risk assessment and work experience by the Deputy Mayor of Gateshead, Cllr Pauline Dillon. Area Manager Alan Robson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "I am really pleased that Gateshead Council decided to reinstate the Phoenix programme. "As well as educating young people about...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I recollect many years ago on returning to a rural car park and being berated by an elderly couple for parking in a disabled bay; an action that was completely accidental on my part.  I felt humiliated and told myself to be more careful in future.  Using a Blue Badge fraudulently is a different matter.  Whispers say that the price of a stolen badge is well into four figures. In addition they are not all that difficult to counterfeit.  When I was active we did not have many cases of fraudulent use as they usually were settled between the offender and the borough.  On the odd occasion when one came before us we often imposed the maximum fine of £1000 when there was little or no mitigation.  It is therefore somewhat surprising that according to a short report in the Warrington Guardian an offender was out of pocket to a derisory £69 fine for the use of an out of date badge not belonging to himself.  A lay bench is supposed to be more attune to local needs than a District Judge. Obviously this bench needs some re-education. ...

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Fire: Greater Manchester bruised after encounter with Doris

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Greater Manchester bruised after encounter with Doris

Storm Doris has been making its way across Greater Manchester, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

Since around 8am this morning (Thursday, February 23) Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has received around 150 calls and attended around 60 incidents. The majority of the calls we received were about trees falling across roads and footpaths, however some have been more dramatic.

Some of the most notable incidents that we have received calls about have included:

(12:47) The cladding on City Plaza in Piccadilly Place came lose. Firefighters used rope equipment to assess the situation and cordoned off the area.

(12:33) A large piece of cladding was hanging off the 5th floor of the Manchester Incubator Building. Crews attended the incident and ensured the area was structurally sound.

(13:34) A masonry tile fell from the 6th floor of an office building in Spring Gardens in Manchester.

The storm seems to be dying down after what has been a...

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Police: Knife Crime 2016 – Almost The Final Word

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

As promised (threatened) here is the almost final update on the scale of Knife Crime in England and Wales last year.  I am still arguing with the City of London Police and Avon & Somerset Constabulary over their Refusal Notices, if I ever get final figures from them I’ll update this post. The figure for A&S in the graphic is very much provisional and dependent upon the outcome of the arguments.

Dyfed Powys is late replying (my fault, I didn’t spot a clarification question they sent me)

Cleveland, Kent and Leicestershire are late replying – their fault, reminders sent.

So, the bottom line is that in 2016 there were almost 18,000 deaths or injuries caused by knives, swords or other pointed implements in England and Wales.  Nearly 50 a day, or 2 every single hour of the day and night across the country.

You may not think that is very much, but every single hour a family somewhere has their lives affected to a greater or lesser extent by knives.

What can be done about it?  In my view, and you...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
It seems that HMCTS is soon going to roll out its own news service re results from magistrates` courts.  West Sussex Magistrates` Court would appear to be the first area in  unannounced pilot scheme. See previous posts. This is an iniquitous step when local media for one reason or another abrogate the task of local reporting.  HMCTS will in theory  be solely responsible for public news. That in theory and practice is bad for democratic freedom of information. 

Police: Fraudsters target universities in pay rise scam

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We’re urging university staff to take preventative action following more than 100 reports from victims receiving bogus pay rise emails.

Phishing emails claiming to be from university HR departments are being used by fraudsters in a bid to gather financial details by suggesting that university staff recipients are due a pay rise.

However, when recipients click on the link, they are taken to a fake website where they are asked to enter personal information, including university log in and financial details. Police forces and governmental agencies have also been targeted by similar emails.

Password protect your accounts

We’re now urging university staff to change any passwords associated with their email accounts and IT accounts. Passwords should use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters, preferably using random words as opposed to those with personal meaning, such as children’s or pet’s names.

Additionally you should avoid clicking on links or opening attachments in unsolicited...

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Fire: Give a toss about fire safety this Pancake Day

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Give a toss about fire safety this Pancake Day

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