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Police: EQUALITY FOR WOMEN

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
A Scottish case but principle is universal........at least pre Brexit. Would the same logic have been provided if offender were male. And after Brexit and assuming Scotland in U.K. it would be British courts that would have the final jurisdiction; a situation with which I wholeheartedly agree. 


Police: DRIVING THE POLICE JOB MARKET

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Another wonderful expression in our modern English language from Police Professional.  Note the use of apostrophe.  Oh to be so politically correct and literally incorrect simultaneously. 
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Police: FAKE NEWS, RULES AND REALITY

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There are times when individuals in authority or institutions behave in such a cack handed manner in an all seeing world of smart phones that one can only marvel at their stupidity. The P.R. debacle at United Airlines is a prime example.  But such examples are all around us every day.  A housing association has its rules and as such it expects compliance. Whoever contacted the media in this case it seems only the association has a reputation that can be tarnished.  The justice system encompassing everything from police, prisons, probation, courts and a whole lot more  is perhaps the single area where impressions are as important as the reality; at least as far as the numbers employed in projecting and manipulating those impressions.  Those responsible in Scotland for the probation service have only themselves to blame for stories like this

The disaster that was Chris Grayling`s time as Justice Secretary was predicted by those, who unlike him, realised what the reality of his changes would mean.  But the weasels in Petty France...

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Police: THE VIRUS OF PAEDOPHILIA

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I have to admit that perhaps coming from a loving and extended family and having a normal happy schooling experience the term paedophilia rarely if ever entered my lexicon of language until perhaps I became a father and laterally with the revelations of the Savile case. At my boys only grammar school we all acknowledged the senior maths teacher was effeminate but as far as I know he never at any time allowed any underlying thoughts to interfere with us or his duties.  How a situation came about in the 1970s in Rotherham where a teacher could indulge his fantasies in measuring the penises of boys in his charge and that abuse remaining secret for 40+ years is beyond the imagination of this adult. Not surprisingly the perpetrator has been struck off.  I wonder just how widespread is the virus of paedophilia?
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Mr Denis Hays:
Professional conduct
panel outcome
Panel decision and reasons on behalf of the
Secretary of State for Education
March...

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Police: A BENCH`S NOSE FOR A POTENTIAL BAIL JUMPER

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A frequent and most important function at Magistrates` Courts is the question of bail. The starting point for most bail decisions is that a defendant has a right to unconditional bail. Like many of life`s choices sometimes these decisions are more difficult than others. A conversation with a former colleague recently reminded me of a particularly interesting case. 

The defendant from West Africa was making his first appearance in court and was represented by the duty solicitor. He was charged with possession of a false identity document with the intention of using it [a...

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Police: COURT SALES: A LESSON FOR BREXIT

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As  a long time Brexiteer I welcomed last year`s result.  Having read of various members of the trio charged with negotiating our exit and Theresa May`s approach to the situation generally I`m beginning to wonder if we need to import a dealmaker to advise these politicians: after all being an elected M.P. requires many different skills but being able to make £2 from a £1 pound investment isn`t one of them. Take the sale of hundreds of magistrates` court buildings in the last five or six years.  Under various pieces of legislation about which I had no knowledge prior to today empty buildings are required to be sold within three years of closure. Parliamentary Written question - 208529 in 2014 provides this information. I suppose the time limit is to ensure that such matters are not left on the back burner but on the other hand it can mean that property is being sold into a buyer`s market.  Inheritors coming into possession of a deceased relative`s house often have to decide, assuming they don`t need immediate cash, if and...

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Police: IRREGULAR EVIDENCE QUESTIONED

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It`s not every day that a magistrate`s bench is accused in open court by a lawyer for the defence that irregularities had occurred in the conviction of a client: namely that information (evidence) not produced at the hearing had been instrumental in the conviction of that client.  The reasonably detailed newspaper report is available here.  No doubt this will be one to watch.


Police: A SPECIAL KIND OF BLAH

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The ad below is taken from this week`s Police Professional.  I suppose somebody somewhere must know what the job entails. 

JOB VACANCY OF THE WEEK Senior Policy Manager - Specialist Capabilities
 

London
 
Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Salary:
£45000 to £50000 (Depending on experience)

The post holder will be expected to ensure that PCCs contribute to the strategic direction of this important work - enabling all PCCs to exercise their executive decision making responsibilities.

In addition, they will ensure that PCCs have robust governance of any resulting proposals and that they can articulate the benefits that are being delivered to the public. As such, this role will involve working closely with a range of key individuals and Boards. This includes the Specialist Capabilities Board and its supporting Programme Team.


Police: SEX AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR ORDERS

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I`m more than ever convinced that our justice system; a term which denotes some degree of clarity and precision and is perhaps misplaced in this instance, depends on expediency over function.  Criminal Behaviour Orders are a case in point: a civil order with criminal sanctions.  It has taken a long time for the legal world to catch up with "domestic violence".  Indeed it is still some way behind.

The case of Kylle Godfrey is disturbing.  It wreaks of  the thought processes used by the likes of the Stasi; gleaning information from neighbourhood informers and the like.  In a coherent justice continuum such individuals as the above mentioned would be locked away from society for a time thought applicable to his offending.  But where the basis of the Sentencing  Council on government instruction is to avoid incarceration where humanly possible Godfrey and his ilk will be a danger to the public.  Evil exists in this society.  No amount of wishful thinking will remove it from our daily lives.


Police: A DRAGON OR A RECEPTIONIST?

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Most of us at some time or other have attended an A&E department for ourselves or having accompanied another to await treatment.  As with attendance at a G.P.`s surgery it is the receptionist with whom a patient must first make contact and that contact can set the tone for the complete experience.  It is unusual that this scenario reaches the Court of Appeal.  Last month it did.  This report in the Law Society Gazette makes an interesting read.




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