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Police: Urgent Assistance

Written by RSS Poster policecommander

 

“Urgent Assistance”.

Two highly emotive words – instantly recognisable to police officers everywhere.

It’s a distress call.

It’s the distress call: the one radio transmission guaranteed to cut through the relentless background noise – to prompt any Copper within travelling distance (and some much further away) to drop whatever they’re doing and get to a colleague in trouble as fast as they can.

It’s a very powerful thing.

Earlier today, I posted a simple Tweet:

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That’s when the responses from police officers & staff – both serving and retired – started to come in. They offer an extraordinary insight into the working lives of the women & men who stand on the Thin Blue Line.

Here’s what they wrote:

@Supt_IanDS: almost 20 yrs ago, but recall it like it was yesterday!

@BriW74: 13 years ago at Charing Cross railway station. A rather large man had me on the floor and was using my head as a football.

@GrumblingCop: Man swinging sock with snooker ball in it at my head. Rather old-school weapon.

@WYP_1999HARMAN: The...

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Police: SPEEDING//A BETTER WAY TO DETER & PUNISH

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Recently penalties for use of a mobile phone whilst driving have increased. Next month those caught speeding will be subject to increased penalties for their transgressions.  These penalties for this kind of offending are a combination of financial, penalty points or disqualification.  The points system as is universally known allows in most circumstances an accumulation of twelve to activate an automatic ban of six months. The problem with this arithmetic is that many varied offences and their range of penalty points feed into a very compressed system.  Other jurisdictions operate a much more sensible system which allows for a greater degree of flexibility of punishment. An interesting study on a Demerit Points System can be downloaded from here.  In Spain there exists positive encouragement to safer driving.  Points are awarded in various amounts and unlike in the UK deductions are made from that total. It seems logical that a points system, top or bottom loaded, could operate much more...

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Ambulance: 3 EMS Models of Opiate Intervention

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

Opiate users who suffer a non-fatal overdose are at the highest risk for having a fatal overdose.

Many of these people are hard to reach by traditional substance use and health care professionals.  EMS can make a difference with this population.

Whether the patient refuses further care and transport at the scene after being resuscitated or whether they go to the ED and then check out AMA, EMS has the opportunity to intervene.  Here are three models an EMS system should consider.

Provide Treatment Information. 

If there is a toll-free number for substance use help in your state, as there is in Connecticut, give them that number, or give the number of the local harm reduction coalition.

In Connecticut call 1-800-563-4086.

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Access Line for Opioid Users

Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition

Give your patient information on where to obtain treatment, and/or if they are not ready for treatment, provide them with information on where they or their family members...

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Police: Pension scams destroy lives – don’t be next

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

By Mike Broomfield, Head of Intelligence at The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

Scammers are criminals and we’re clamping down on their activities. We’re helping to change the law regarding cold calling as well as introducing a range of measures to protect saver’s pensions. But you can protect yourself; here are five top tips to help you beat the scammers.

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If you think you’ve been scammed – act immediately

If you’ve already signed something you’re now unsure about, contact your pension provider straight away. They may be able to stop a transfer that hasn’t taken place yet. Then call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to report it.

If you have doubts about what to do, ask The Pensions Advisory Service for help. Call them on 0300 123 1047 or visit the TPAS website at www.thepensionsadvisoryservice.org.uk for free pensions advice and information.

If you’re aged 50 or over and have a defined contribution pension (a pension not based on your final salary), Pension Wise is there to help you...

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Police: LATE NIGHT PISS UP//YORK

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
There are times we have all experienced the when you gotta go, you gotta go urge.  Most town centres can satisfy this need provided it`s within normal shopping hours.  But and it`s a big but, evenings are when many people have an overwhelming desire to rid themselves of the excessive fluids they have imbibed during a night out.  If the pub or restaurant is still open....problem solved.  After hours apart from wearing incontence pants a la Billy Connelly relief must be sought wherever the opportunity presents.  In York as in most town centres all public loos are closed after 6.00pm. Two gentlemen found out to their cost at the local magistrates` court that public bladder relief is legally if not alaways socially unacceptable.  Last year I commented on the similar situation in Chester.

It is totally unacceptable to me that town councils do not provide automated secure pay as you pee public lavatories. With technology allowing homes to be monitored remotely surely a similar  provision  could be profitably established in city centres so that late night revellers are not faced with embarassing decisions.


Fire: Agencies launch community campaign across Merseyside for Arson Awareness Week

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Agencies launch community campaign across Merseyside for Arson Awareness Week


Police: PaCA – Section 140 MHA

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017. This post is one of several which relates not the amendments themselves, but to the implications arising from them.

For background to the series, see the introductory post which outlines why I’m doing this and what other specific issues will be covered concerning laws that will come in to effect in the next few months. Current Home Office estimations of timescales suggest early May – but this is subject to a number of factors and may change.


It’s now a dozen years since I first read section 140 of the Mental Health Act 1983 – and  I recently met some senior mental health professionals who never ever read or even heard of it. I came across this neglected provision because I decided to read the Mental Health Act cover to cover, as well as the Code of Practice to the Act, in lieu of being able to get any police specific training at all for my first job working properly...

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Fire: Buckets full of cash for The Fire Fighters Charity

Written by RSS Poster News

VOLUNTEERS and firefighters across Greater Manchester have been holding their annual charity car washes to raise money for the Firefighters Charity.

Firefighters from White Watch, Rochdale were joined by a group of cadets from Mossley along with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) volunteers and even the boroughs chaplain, David Sivill, got stuck in as more than £800 was raised for The Fire Fighters Charity.

As is the tradition, a number of local organisations came together on the day to support the car wash by donating various products along with cash contributions. The fire station received a variety of car cleaning products such as wash and wax as well as sponges and cloths.

The community spirit was felt across the town, with a local bakery also getting in on the action as they turned up in their delivery van and provided the firefighters and volunteers with refreshments and even threw £10 in the bucket for a van wash.

Gary Weight, White Watch Manager at Rochdale said: “We are extremely...

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Police: Identity fraud reaches record levels

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

A record 172,919 identity frauds were recorded in 2016 more than in any other previous year, according to Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service.

Identity fraud now represents over half of all fraud recorded by the UK’s not-for-profit fraud data sharing organisation (53.3% of all frauds recorded to Cifas), of which 88% was perpetrated online.

How fraudsters steal your identity

The vast majority of identity fraud happens when a fraudster pretends to be an innocent individual to buy a product or take out a loan in their name. Often victims do not even realise that they have been targeted until a bill arrives for something they did not buy or they experience problems with their credit rating.

To carry out this kind of fraud successfully, fraudsters need access to their victim’s personal information such as name, date of birth, address, their bank and who they hold accounts with. Fraudsters get hold of this in a variety of ways, from stealing mail through to hacking; obtaining data on the ‘dark...

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Fire: How many smoke alarms do you have in your home?

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
How many smoke alarms do you have in your home?



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