Subscribe now for just £20 per year

PoliceOracle.com

 
prev week

Yesterday

CC Anthony Bangham: We have to have an understanding that we can't simply be expected to go to more and more

Chief admits simply 'not enough officers' to respond to every crime

Force says it cannot prioritise hate offences as high-impact ones go unresourced every day. • The chief constable of a force that issued divorce proceedings from a long-term alliance partner to ensure “better value-for-money” for communities has admitted high-impact crimes are still go

Read more »
Woman to challenge decision not prosecute undercover officer

Woman to challenge decision not prosecute undercover officer

Prosecutors decided there was insufficient evidence to charge officer in 2014. • A woman who says she was deceived into a long-term intimate relationship by an undercover police officer is mounting a High Court challenge against the decision not to prosecute him. She claims former

Read more »
Special tried to use warrant card to prevent 'assault victim' calling police, misconduct hearing told

Special tried to use warrant card to prevent 'assault victim' calling police, misconduct hearing told

Special allegedly tried to steal a pair of headphones in the middle of a busy shopping centre. • A special sergeant is accused of trying to steal a set of headphones, slapping his alleged victim and showing his warrant card to frighten the man out of calling the police. Metropolitan Special

Read more »
John Apter: New law rules that 'attacks against emergency workers will not be tolerated'

CPS warned: Use 'full powers' of new laws to protect emergency workers

Federation hopes landmark legislation will change society view that it is 'okay to assault officers'. • The police service is reminding communities they should not “underestimate” the impact of attacks on officers as stiffer sentences for certain aggravated offences against emerge

Read more »

Monday, 12th November

Liz Truss. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Chiefs were told about pension payment changes, claims Treasury

The people who are going to suffer from this are police officers and the public, says analyst. • The government continues to insist that chief constables were told about imminent pension changes that the service worries could cost 10,000 officer posts. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Eliza

Read more »
City of London regulars, volunteers and specials at an attestation ceremony earlier this year

Special mission to keep cyber and fraud expertise in the service

Force is developing 'police reserve' which is hoped will make use of accountants, bankers and former officers. • If police officers with cyber and fraud knowledge leave to join the private sector, is there a way for law enforcement to retain their talents? The special constabulary at City

Read more »
A group of new special constables being welcomed to Derbyshire Constabulary earlier this year. Recruitment of specials has gone into sharp decline since 2012

Number of special constables falling towards all-time low

Decline in number of volunteer warranted officers has been increasing in last two years. • The number of special constables in England and Wales is heading towards its lowest level since records began, researchers have found. Across all forces there has been a 41 per cent fall in their nu

Read more »
Close protection officer 'grabbed photographer by windpipe', misconduct hearing told

Close protection officer 'grabbed photographer by windpipe', misconduct hearing told

PC accused of using unreasonable force against journalist. • A close protection officer could lose his job over allegations he used unreasonable force against a freelance photojournalist at a general election rally. Met Police PC Mark Dawson, based with Royalty and Specialist Command, is

Read more »

Sunday, 11th November

Ian Mason: Turned hobby into dream job

The 'tour de force' world war detective

Officer spends off-duty amassing clues on policing's battle-hardened ancestors. • A detective has found a new line of inquiry – investigating the bygone gore and glories of global conflict in the 20th century. And PC Ian Mason’s new passion for all-things policing connected with

Read more »

    Saturday, 10th November

    Mark Lindsay: Hope ruling does not 'adversely impact on the PSNI budget'

    Don't let province's policing budget foot the bill for £30m legal battle, urges rank-and-file

    PFNI plea to government to pick up tab for holiday pay ruling officers 'entitled to'. • Victorious rank-and-file officers are calling on the government to “take the strain” of a multi-million-pound claim after a landmark industrial tribunal ruled a force owes it 3,700 staff outstand

    Read more »

      Friday, 9th November

      The hearing was held at the Empress State Building

      PC allowed mother to launder £126k through bank account, panel rules

      But constable may keep his job for at least five more months. • Procedural rules in police misconduct proceedings may allow a police officer who benefitted financially from his mother’s fraud to hold onto his job until next spring, as a panel ran out of time to consider sanctions

      Read more »
      PCC Jane Kennedy

      PCCs going cold on fire service governance

      Merseyside representative says there is no 'appetite' for her to take on responsibilities for fire and rescue. • A trend for PCCs taking on fire service responsibilities caught like wildfire early in the year, but autumn winds seem to have blown in a new reluctance for politicians to join the grow

      Read more »
      Anger over watchdog investigation 'delay' to inquest

      Anger over watchdog investigation 'delay' to inquest

      Adrian McDonald died four years ago. • The family of a man who died after being tasered are blaming the police watchdog for the four-year delay of an inquest into his death. Adrian McDonald died in December 2014 in Newcastle-under-Lyme after being bitten by a police dog and hit by a taser w

      Read more »
      Addressing concerns about specials and recruitment in degree plans 'high up the agenda'

      Addressing concerns about specials and recruitment in degree plans 'high up the agenda'

      It has been more than a year since parts of the service expressed reservations about new entry routes. • Tweaks to the incoming degree-based routes into policing are still under consideration by the College of Policing. From the end of next year all new recruits will be required to alre

      Read more »

      Thursday, 8th November

      Officers outside Parliament gates (PA)

      Protection officer who shot dead terrorist 'acted swiftly and professionally'

      Watchdog concludes involved officers actions did not fall below expected standards. • The police bodyguard who shot dead Westminster Bridge terrorist Khalid Masood "acted swiftly and professionally to protect the public and fellow officers", a watchdog has said. The Independent

      Read more »
      Sajid Javid: Home Secretary says police and politicans 'must act together'

      Home Secretary says police are 'enforcers not legislators' in unity call on knife crime crisis

      Plea to Met and Mayor to use full powers to combat stabbings. • Policing must use its “full powers” and step up the response to bring the growing knife crime crisis under control, the Home Secretary has urged. A “deeply worried” Sajid Javid says the governmen

      Read more »
      Celtic Manor Resort: Staff forced to call the police

      Misconduct panel 'would have sacked drunken officer if he had not resigned'

      Off-duty PC accused of threats and racially abusing taxi driver on night out. • An officer’s night out at a plush five-star resort descended into drunken excess as he threatened hotel employees and repeatedly hurled racist insults at a taxi driver, a misconduct hearing was told. As o

      Read more »
      Judges and firefighters face MoJ in Court of Appeal pension battle

      Judges and firefighters face MoJ in Court of Appeal pension battle

      Case could have ramifications for police and prison officers. • Judges and firefighters are in court this week as the government attempts to overturn a ruling stating pension reforms were discriminatory. The Lord Chancellor and Ministry of Justice appealed a previous outcome which ruled the

      Read more »

      Wednesday, 7th November

      AC Martin Hewitt

      New head of NPCC announced

      Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt will take on position next year. • Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt has been named as the next leader of the National Police Chiefs’ Council. Chief Constable Sara Thornton, the current and only previous chairman to date, will leave the post in

      Read more »
      Force shut down 101 service due to 'resourcing issues'

      Force shut down 101 service due to 'resourcing issues'

      Officers and call handlers under strain during busy autumn nights period. • A force had to shut off its 101 line last night due to soaring levels of demand. Bedfordshire Police announced that “due to unforeseen resourcing issues” call handlers would only be answering 999 emerge

      Read more »
      Kyle Blood, pictures in 2017. Photo credit: South Beds News Service

      Sergeant sexually assaulted vulnerable woman on train, panel rules

      Kyle Blood served 16 years as police officer. • A sergeant has been dismissed for performing a sex act on a young woman he had never met before as she slept on a late night train home. Metropolitan Police Sergeant Kyle Blood, based in Enfield, was cleared of sexually assaulting the woman h

      Read more »
      CC Dave Thompson: Important to remember purpose of police misconduct regulations

      Voyeur detective dismissed after admitting sex offence

      Chief blasts experienced officer for 'undermining confidence' of force. • A chief constable has spoken of the “impossible” position for a modern-day force in retaining the services of an officer responsible for investigating child abuse after admitting sex offences involving a girl

      Read more »
      prev week