Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Gate has now closed

Justice done

A spat between an arrogant politician and an officer with a responsibility for Downing Street security came to this.

Good luck to PC Toby Rowland and hopefully he can  move on with his life.

SMT at NSY seem conspicuous by absence on support for the officer on this ruling.

None of the nonsense that came after had anything to do with him.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Human resources latest

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The future is here and coming our way

In my little patch of paradise I hear SLT are panicking that they will be summonsed by Central to account for the fact that the Custody block has lost its 4 star rating due to a series of complaints by its customer base.

An independent review by the site latecells .com has highlighted a number of issues.

1. Long delays in trying to book into accommodation
2. Noisy occupants of the adjacent cells
3. Pre-packed microwave all day breakfast and chilli con carne not microwaved enough
4. Delays in room service as cell buzzer remains unanswered for long periods
5. Pre requested copy of PACE codes of practice being dog eared and stained
5. No sea view  ( no view at all )
6. Footwear and shoelaces kept to prevent self harm not cleaned, laundered and ironed prior to return


Well according to Her Majesties Inspectorate of Prisons.... ( thanks to Police Oracle for this article )

Ms Maneer Afsar from HMI said a scoring system akin to that already in place for jails should be used to rate police detention facilities.

Apparently Ms Afsar, heads a team responsible for a rolling programme of inspections of custody suites carried out jointly with HMI of Constabulary.

Afterwards she told Police Oracle " Its  good for people to be able to compare and contrast

She added: “There is a correlation between a poor score and someone losing their job.”


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Caution...spin in progress.

I notice that Patrick FOSTER, a hard put upon ( according to his twitter comments)  member of Her Majesties press has been cautioned for hacking into the E mail account of NIGHTJACK a serving police officer in Lancashire. He and his newspaper subsequently 'outed' the officer, a DC Richard HORTON, causing him some considerable professional and personal dilemmas.

The TIMEs subsequently defend his actions claiming the officers identity had been uncovered via legal means. Following his arrest it was established he had illegally hacked into the officers account and committed an offence under the Computer Misuse Act.

In what seems to me to be a whining and mealy mouthed statement placed on Twitter, he bewails his fate.....saying

" The past two years of this unnecessarily heavy handed police investigation have been a nightmare. I have been unemployable, but have to bear the cost of substantial legal fees.I have cooperated with the seemingly never ending investigations at all times. In order to bring this regrettable episode to an end I have accepted the offer of a police caution for committing a technical beach of the Computer Misuse act 1990.

"I cannot say how likely it is that I would have been charged had I rejected the caution. In 2009 when I committed the technical breach, I was acting on the understanding, common across Fleet street and amongst journalist and lawyers that I would be able to rely on a public interest defence . That understanding was wrong "

A sentimental little piece and about as much as I would expect.

Let me put a little more reality into this in response

1.If you hadn't accepted the caution you would have been charged. The evidential test by CPS is the same whether the disposal offered is caution or charge. I wonder whether your legal team told you to bite their hand off when it was offered.
2. The public interest defence is NOT carte blanche to do as you like to get a story as you have now found out. The underhanded way the Press has undertaken its crusading badge of journalism has rightly been brought out for all to see in recent times.
3.You have committed a criminal offence so lets be straight up about it and lets not keep calling it a technical breach
4. The lawyers at CPS have not seemed to have taken your view  ( held by Fleet street and its legal teams ) that what you did was covered by 'public interest'

As the CPS have said in relation to this

 " In accepting a caution an individual accepts responsibility for the offending set out"

Exactly lets not try to put a spin on it.

I doubt your misery extends to the effect your actions had on Dc Richard Horton and his family.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Learning the lessons

I regularly dip into the Police Oracle site. Its content gives you a summary of what's happening police wise across the UK and beyond and has some well informed commentators.

For  instance I found out through the site that there exists a body called the Learning the Lessons Committee.

This is a multi agency committee established to disseminate and promote learning across the police service.

It consists of representatives of 

2.College of Policing
3.Home Office
5.HM Inspectorate of Constabulary
6.Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales

What a more appropriate assortment of the Great and the Good could you assemble to chew over the finer detail on the front line officers as they deal  with life's reality and our fractious customer base !

E7, the MET firearms officer has now unfortunately gone beyond the 'learning the lessons committee'   threshold and has been charged with murder.

A man has died and that is not, in any way, to be taken lightly.

This matter has been reviewed and reviewed since 2005.

And here we are , a preliminary hearing for trial in September 2014.

I wont go into the details of the case as its history is well documented on the internet

E7, I wish you the best through this process.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lords help us!

Having tiptoed their way past the meatier and grittier end of the policing business to reach the top in one piece and retire on a substantial pension, the Lords CONDON and BLAIR, in a debate, have an opinion that a whole life tariff for the killing of a police officer would be ...

'a populist tool by the coalition government'... 'unhelpful'...'totally misguided'...

I would expect such sound bites from the likes of the Howard League for Penal Reform... Liberty etc... but ex Commissioner's...?

Nah... your right... chewing it over, it doesn't really surprise me at  all.

Monday, July 14, 2014

MET HR ploughs a furrow for new growth

It seems the MET are reviewing criteria for admissions on recruit applications

1. Bit of personal baggage when you were younger? ....lets talk
2. Live outside the MET area ?.... save your breath.

Mmmmmm...  lets see how that works.