Its simple really, your asked to leave, then arrested. Still wont leave so how else shall we “justify” pulling you away!

Its simple really, your asked to leave, then arrested. Still wont leave so how else shall we “justify” pulling you away!

Police have been called on to justify using a painful tactic known as the “mandibular angle” technique to break up a protest in the West Sussex village of Balcombe against the possible use of fracking.

Keith Taylor, the Green Party’s MEP for the South East, has written to Sussex Police to complain about the use of “excessive force” against the protestors – especially the mandibular technique, which involves pressing against the pressure point behind the ear. Police use the technique to forcibly remove people because it can cause considerable pain but no injury.

Mr Taylor’s staff witnessed the use of the technique on Friday as 90 police officers descended on the village and removed protestors blocking the gate to the proposed oil and gas site.

“Given the peaceful nature of the protest I was concerned to hear reports from both my own staff and others that your officers seemed to be using excessive force against protestors last week,” Mr Taylor wrote in a letter to the chief constable of the Sussex police, Martin Richards.”Specifically I was concerned to see video and photographic evidence showing officers apparently using pressure point techniques against some protestors… Could you explain the rationale behind using pressure point techniques against protestors who were simply sitting down peacefully and locking hands?,” he added.

A spokeswoman for the Sussex Police confirmed that the tactic had been used in Balcombe. “It is a technique that we use in public order situations. Police officers will use the minimum use of force in circumstances to effect the arrest of people and this technique is commensurate with minimum force. It is only used after repeated requests are ignored,” she said.Fourteen people were arrested on Friday and at least nine more arrests have been made since, as the protest moved into its sixth day yesterday.

What are your views on response driving? Still drive as trained or slower in fear of repercussions?

What are your views on response driving? Still drive as trained or slower in fear of repercussions?

Two police officers and an elderly woman were injured in a crash involving a police van on its way to deal with a disturbance in a west Norfolk town.

The collision happened on the A10 at West Winch, near King’s Lynn, last night.A Norfolk police spokesman said: “The incident happened shortly before 8.20pm when a police van responding to an emergency call was involved in a collision with a Volvo on the A10.”

The spokesman said the police van had been on its way to Downham Market where armed police were called to reports of a disturbance involving a number of men shortly before 8pm. The incident in Downham Market led to one man in his 20s being arrested and another man in his 20s being taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Meanwhile, paramedics and firefighters were called to the scene of the crash at the A10, and the road was closed at the junction with the A47 Hardwick roundabout.The police spokesman said the elderly female driver of the Volvo and two male police officers suffered minor injuries and received treatment. The female driver was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.The spokesman added that, as is standard procedure, the crash has been referred to the Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department.

Two fire crews from King’s Lynn attended the crash scene and firefighters released two casualties using hydraulic rescue equipment. They also assisted the ambulance and police with scene safety and casualty care.About the disturbance in Downham Market, a police spokesman said: “Officers were called to the Railway Road area shortly before 8pm following reports of a disturbance in the street involving a number of men.“Armed officers were dispatched to the area following reports that people were in possession of weapons and arrived on scene to find a man with neck injuries in nearby Brickfields Lane.“Enquiries led officers to arrest a man in his 20s who was detained at the train station.”The spokesman said the man who was arrested was taken into custody at King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre to be questioned.
He said the injured man had been taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and that his injuries were thought to be serious but “non-life threatening”.

He added: “Police believe those involved in the disturbance were known to each other and that there was no threat to the wider community.”Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact officers at King’s Lynn CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Not police related but…anyone here had to dial 111 (non emergency NHS line)? A provider is already talking of pulling out of contracts. Does this mean more time wasters will dial 999 when they stub their toe just because the providers are not making enough money?!

Not police related but…anyone here had to dial 111 (non emergency NHS line)? A provider is already talking of pulling out of contracts. Does this mean more time wasters will dial 999 when they stub their toe just because the providers are not making enough money?!

Taken from BBC: ‘A major provider of the NHS non-emergency telephone service in England is seeking to pull out of its contracts due to severe problems.

NHS Direct initially won 11 of the 46 regional contracts for the service, covering 34% of the population.

It has already pulled out of two services, but now says the remaining nine are “financially unsustainable”.

The whole NHS 111 service itself has been plagued with problems, including reports of patients facing long waits.

The regional services are run by a range of organisations including private companies, ambulance trusts and NHS Direct – which ran the old telephone advice line.

Discussions are already taking place with other providers, particularly the ambulance trusts, to see who could take over from NHS Direct.’

I would go on but it’s a massive amount of text to copy an paste. Go and read the whole story and come back. 🙂 – AP

The bit that caught my attention was the last paragraph from Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. He comes across very well indeed and is always speaking of HIS Officers. I like to hear that. What are your thoughts?

The bit that caught my attention was the last paragraph from Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. He comes across very well indeed and is always speaking of HIS Officers. I like to hear that. What are your thoughts?

Police Facing ‘Serious Drag’ On Morale

A string of scandals and budget cuts have left police morale and public confidence at an “all time low”, says the Police Minister.
12:30pm UK, Sunday 07 July 2013

By Clare Fallon, Sky News Reporter
Police morale has been significantly undermined not just by cuts but by scandals such as the alleged smear campaign of Stephen Lawrence’s family and the Hillsborough cover-up, the Police Minister has suggested.

Damien Green said recent allegations involving the improper behaviour of the police have had a “really serious drag” on serving officers as well as harming public confidence in them.

In an exclusive interview with Sky News, the minister said that despite complaints by the Police Federation that cuts are harming frontline officers, crime is falling.

He added that the historic actions of some members of the police have significantly contributed to discontent among the ranks.

“Morale is always difficult at a time when you’ve got difficult spending decisions to be made but also I think recently the various allegations we’ve seen about the way the police behaved in the past are a really serious drag not just on morale but on public confidence,” he said.

“So we will take steps to make sure the police are more transparent, to make sure that there’s a proper code of ethics that everyone knows about and everyone knows the detail of how they should be behaving … so we can carry on changing the culture so again like a modern public service the police are self-confident and open and transparent.”

But the Chairman of the Police Federation – which represents rank and file officers – insists cuts are having a major impact.

Steve Williams told Sky News the police service has shouldered more than its fair share.

“Bobbies are feeling aggrieved at what they perceive to be attacks by the Government on the service. We’re facing the comprehensive spending review second round of cuts and we feel that they’ve been too deep, too fast – and they’ve affected service delivery.”

Mr Williams concedes though that negative headlines about the conduct of police have also had an impact.

“It doesn’t help when things are reported in the media about some misdemeanours … that (are) police officers in the minority and it’s right and proper that we get rid of those. But that said, the media tend to suggest that it’s the whole of the police service and that does tend to affect morale. That in conjunction with the attacks on pay, terms and conditions of police officers clearly does have an effect on morale up and down the country.”

But Mr Green hit back at the Police Federation claims, saying it has resisted Government cuts and changes to working practices.

“It’s a quasi-trade union so you would expect it to say those sorts of things. But actually individual officers going about their day to day business are reforming, are doing things differently.

“We’ve seen, for instance, forces taking up cameras worn on the body so they can record evidence much more efficiently. It’s that kind of willing adoption of new technology that helps to make the police more efficient and that’s why crime is falling.”

According to figures released by the Home Office earlier this year, the number of police officers in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level in 11 years.

Since the coalition came to power in 2010 there has been a decrease of more than 12,500 police officers.

Speaking ahead of a major conference this week on the future of the policing, Mr Green said the service needs to be brought into the 21st century.

“We’ve been doing hugely radical reform to the police for the past three years and it’s working – crime has fallen by more than 10%. And doing that at a time when we all know the squeeze is on public spending and the police have had to bear their share of that – that’s huge credit to everyone involved. But that reform needs to carry on. We can’t stand still.

“Obviously any change is difficult. Change at a time of austerity is going to be difficult. But the fact is crime has continued to fall despite all the reforms. Some of them have involved painful decisions but nevertheless if you can release the police to do their job by cutting bureaucracy, by organising them better so they can get out on the streets, then what you see is more effective policing. And that’s what we’ve been seeing.”

Speaking on Sky’s Murnaghan programme, Home Secretary Theresa May, said: “The vast majority of police officers are out there and they are working with integrity and honesty, and doing the job that the public wants them to do.

“Sadly, of course, the police as a whole get a bad reputation if there are some who are not doing that.

“It is important that where there have been criminal offences, there has been criminal corruption that has taken place, that that is found and that justice is done and that people are brought to justice.”

Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, added: “They (police officers) are affected by what feels like a constant stream of negative stories at the moment. But you’ve got to bear in mind that some of my officers weren’t even born at the time of Hillsborough. And things like undercover policing are carried out by a tiny number of officers. But of course the impact of all the negative publicity does affect the whole force.

“I talk to my officers and they’ll say absolutely, morale is low. But on the other hand I love my job and I’m really passionate about what I do. And what I see, day in day out, is officers going to extraordinary lengths, working ridiculous hours, taking personal risks to try and serve the public.”

(From BBC news)

(From BBC news)
Police number plate camera scheme broke law in Royston

A police force must stop using number plate recognition technology after a warning from the UK’s data watchdog.

The Information Commissioner’s Office said Hertfordshire Constabulary’s use of cameras in and around the town of Royston was in breach of the law.

It said the force had failed to carry out required privacy impact checks.

The ICO’s ruling may have wider significance for the gathering of number plate data in the UK.

“It is difficult to see why a small, rural town such as Royston requires cameras monitoring all traffic in and out of the town 24 hours a day,” said Stephen Eckersley, the ICO’s head of enforcement.

“The use of ANPR [automatic number plate recognition] cameras and other forms of surveillance must be proportionate to the problem it is trying to address.

“After detailed inquiries, including consideration of the information Hertfordshire Constabulary provided, we found that this simply wasn’t the case in Royston.”

Hertfordshire Constabulary has yet to comment.

Nice to hear some positivity for a change!

Nice to hear some positivity for a change!

From a fan via Geezer Garage (who I can’t tag for some reason):

I got pulled by the 5-0 a few days back and thought I’d share the experience. To cut a long story short I got stopped by a patrol questioning my wide wheels, arch clearance and exhaust height.

After half an hour, a second traffic unit, the traffic chief on his BMW and reading through the VOSA guidebook they said I was good to go. I love cars, I love modifying cars but this can all be done within the rules, for my safety, that of others and maybe to save some potential embarrassment I try to do things as clean and by the book as possible.

The officer’s conduct, and professionalism was commendable, they truly destroyed any negative clixe reputations that I’ve heard many people don them with. I would almost say that it was a pleasurable experience.

[One for our Firefighter colleagues – from a fan:]

[One for our Firefighter colleagues – from a fan:]

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The ashes of Sean Misner, one of the 19 firefighters who died last week in Arizona, were being transported a few days ago by his wife back to their hometown. She was in his truck and is pregnant with their unborn child.

On every overpass for nearly 500 miles there was a tribute similar to this.

Touching, pretty damn remarkable and worthy of far more media coverage, as the American media seems to have overlooked it.

A 44-year-old man has been accused of murdering PC Keith Blakelock, who died during riots in Tottenham, London, in 1985.

A 44-year-old man has been accused of murdering PC Keith Blakelock, who died during riots in Tottenham, London, in 1985.

Nicholas Jacobs is due to appear in court on Wednesday after being charged on Tuesday.PC Blakelock was stabbed dozens of times while trying to protect firefighters as they tackled a blaze at a supermarket during the height of the unrest.

Alison Saunders, chief crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service London, said: “Following a thorough investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service, we have decided that Nicholas Jacobs should be charged with the murder of PC Keith Blakelock during the disorder at Broadwater Farm in October 1985.

Police officers on the Broadwater Farm estate following the 1985 riots”We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute.”We have also concluded that no further action should be taken against five other individuals suspected of taking part in the death of PC Blakelock as there is insufficient evidence to warrant a prosecution.”Three men – Winston Silcott, Mark Braithwaite and Engin Raghip – were convicted in March 1987 of PC Blakelock’s murder but all three convictions were quashed four-and-a-half years later after forensic tests on pages of key interview records suggested they had been fabricated.

In 2003, Scotland Yard reopened the murder investigation after a review indicated there were possible new lines of inquiry and in 2010 14 men were arrested in connection with his death and the attempted murder of his colleague PC Richard Coombes.Nine were told in August 2011 that they would face no further action and Scotland Yard said on Tuesday that another four had also been released from bail.Prosecutors have advised that a fifth person should also face no further action.

A statement on behalf of PC Blakelock’s family said: “The family of PC Keith Blakelock have never given up hope in getting justice for him.”We welcome this news, and extend our eternal gratitude to the Metropolitan Police Service.”