The recent sunny weather means many people will be thinking about taking a quick dip in a river or lake but that could be a fatal mistake.
This Sunday (April 29th), Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), along with Northumbria Police are hosting a water safety event highlighting the dangers of swimming in open water and the devastating effects of cold water shock.
The event takes place between 11am and 3pm on the River Tyne at eastern end of Newcastle Quayside outside of the North building to support the National Fire Chief's Council's Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week (23rd to 29th April).
Our Swift Water Rescue Crews from Byker Community Fire Station, along with Prevention & Education staff and volunteers, will be on hand to provide water safety advice, guidance and education leaflets near to the Millennium Bridge.
We will perform a number of live demonstrations, including the safe rescue of live casualties from the river including that of our Assistant Chief Fire Officer...
Policing is not the problem here: the extent to which we rely upon policing – that’s the problem. This doesn’t not mean the police have no role to play, that the police are perfect and that we should never rely on them to act as society’s safety net. Sometimes it is inevitable the police will be the first point of contact for someone in mental health crisis and we are right to expect officers and their organisations to be competent in ensuring immediate safety and appropriate referral to relevant forms of assessment and support. Nor does my argument mean that what the police know about mental health issues in our society is irrelevant and uninformed: the police see things that are outside the norm and we know like no others what it’s like to be that safety net. This gives us an insight in to how mental health issues operate in society that is different. If you doubt this, look at the number of people who
Here are my thoughts, in summary: the detail is elsewhere on this BLOG across countless posts...
When sitting with colleagues appointed I occasionally reminded them that we had a duty of public protection ensconced within the formulaic information overload that they were doing their best to absorb. It was a function that was rarely if ever mentioned in any training course and one with which most new colleagues could immediately feel comfortable as they were faced for the first or second occasion when the custody threshold had been breached. For many the realisation that their decision meant that a fellow citizen`s liberty was being taken from them was a sobering moment. Such decisions and the structured approach employed to achieve them were perhaps most significant when it came to deciding if a custodial sentence could or should be suspended. The pressures on so doing were and are enormous. At all levels from Secretaries of State to L/As via PSRs and trainers, the lower courts in particular are being “asked” to employ some form of rehabilitative...
Knife Crime is very much current and on the rise, both in the capital, London, and across the country generally. For the purposes of this post I shall be relying on figures that relate to London, but I have no doubt that they will be mirrored elsewhere, just with smaller numbers. In this context Knife Crime = Any Crime enabled by use of a Knife, not just assaults and homicides etc.
Ethnicity in this context is Self Defined Ethnicity.
In 2012 there were 12,454 recorded victims of Knife Crime in London, 2,489 (20%) were female and 9,960 (80%) were male. 1,566 (12.6%) were Asian, 1,208 (9.7%) were Black (any origin), 185 (1.5%) were Mixed Race, 86 (0.01%) were Chinese, 3,123 (25.1%) were White, 181 (1.5%) were from Any Other Ethnic Group, and 6,105 (49%) were Unrecorded (including Refused) for whatever reason.
Fast Forward to 2016 and we see a slight reduction in the total number off victims of Knife Crime
Should unresponsive overdose victims receive rescue breaths or chest compressions from lay bystanders?
If a person is apneic but not in cardiac arrest, failing to give rescue breaths may lead this person to fall into cardiac arrest.
But, if the person is apneic and in cardiac arrest, failure to do quality chest compressions, will lead to their death.
This is a difficult question that we debated in our opioid overdose working group last year. We chose to follow the American Heart Association standards and tell lay rescuers to do chest compressions in apneic patients rather than attempting rescue breathing.
Chest compressions-only are simple, easy to learn, and backed by science.
I like the chest compression for the lay public because:
Chest compressions while providing some circulatory support also provide passive ventilation. *
Chest compressions are also a great stimulus to revive someone from an apneic state.
Most people don’t do rescue breathing very well.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup, which takes place from 14 June – 15 July, is an opportunity for fraudsters to take advantage of unsuspecting fans.
Between 2013 and 2015, over 600 reports were made to Action Fraud in relation to the 2014 World Cup.
Football fans should be cautious and Take Five before purchasing goods and services online.
The worldwide demand for match tickets, accommodation and flight tickets throughout the competition is expected to be high. Action Fraud is warning those planning to travel to be cautious when buying tickets or accommodation because the event is likely to be targeted by fraudsters looking to take advantage of unsuspecting fans.
Fraudsters will likely be posing as:
Official World Cup ticket vendors or private individuals attempting to sell on a match ticket via an online marketplace.
A fraudulent website or operator offering non-existent flights or other transport to host cities.
An accommodation booking service, hotel or operator, offering seemingly convenient...
I have blogged on the topic of fines a few times over the years Indeed insert fines into the search box and they can be read by anyone interested. All this came back to me on reading of the £86K fine to multi millionaire entertainer Ant McPartlin for drink driving. It would appear that he was fined at Band B [100% of weekly income admitted at £130K] with one third reduction for early guilty plea. Considering the damage done to a third party it was surprising he wasn`t also charged with careless or dangerous driving in addition. Be that as it may, the financial imposition will make absolutely no difference to his current or future life style. Surely the public humiliation of community service would have been more appropriate in his case and for others whose vast fortunes and/or incomes render financial penalties a sanction without meaning.
When I was still at school, I decided that I wanted to be a police officer. I couldn’t tell you why exactly, but it had something to do with the adventure of it all. That, and the fact it seemed to be a line of work that mattered. Ask most Coppers why they joined and they will tell you, simply, that they wanted to make a difference.
It was a heart thing for me.
It still is.
Because, when you strip away all the noise and the nonsense, it remains about as remarkable – and important – as a job can be.
Yesterday was my first day back in the real world after two happy weeks away with my family. And I woke to news of two more fatal stabbings in London. They happened within 40 minutes of one other – in two completely different parts of the Capital. Then I opened my emails to news of two more of my former police colleagues breaking under the strain. Now off sick and in urgent need of assistance.
And it struck me that these things are not somehow remote or distant. They are here and now, close to home. These are the stories of...