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Petition To UK Government and Parliament To Stop the Scathing Cuts To Police Budget

In the petition addressed to government and parliament of United Kingdom, Michael Kenworthy wrote:

PCSO`s soon to be gone, few if any traffic cops left, different figures showing different crime stats, I would tend to side with criminal acts are growing. I feel a riot like in 2011 Police would no longer be able to cope.

Michael is right and the petition has already attracted over 7000 signatures. At 10,000, the government will respond to this petition. Please sign and share it if you care about the future of policing in the United Kingdom.

Share the link: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/109383

Elite Police Training Centre To Be Built In Old Underground Bedford Reservoir


Britain’s elite police firearms officers are to be trained in a new state-of-the-art weapons and tactics academy based in a disused underground reservoir in Bedford.

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British Transport Police Investigate ‘Cyber-flashing’ Case

Police are investigating a “new” crime of cyber-flashing after a commuter received an indecent image on her phone as she travelled to work.

The victim received two pictures of an unknown man’s penis on her phone via Apple’s Airdrop sharing function. She explained: “I declined the image, instinctively, and another image appeared, at which [point] I realised someone nearby must be sending them, and that concerned me. I felt violated, it was a very unpleasant thing to have forced upon my screen”. She then called the British Transport Police (BTP) as she was worried about the motives of the perpetrator.

British Transport Police are running a campaign to encourage people to report unwanted sexual behaviour
British Transport Police are running a campaign to encourage people to report unwanted sexual behaviour

Supt Gill Murray said this particular crime was new to her force and urged people to report any other incidents. The force had dealt with cases involving Bluetooth but an incident via Airdrop was “new”.

“We have a dedicated Cyber Crime Unit who can analyse mobile phones and track data transfers back to suspects’ devices. By linking this to physical evidence, such as CCTV footage or witness statements, we can catch offenders and bring them to justice through the courts”, Supt Gill Murray said.

Configuring AirDrop

Related: Learn how to configure the AirDrop function (note: the linked web page automatically starts a video with sound).

Sources: BBC News, MacWorld.

Thames Valley Police Open Day 2015 Photo Gallery

Thames Valley Police opened the doors to their training centre in Sulhampstead to the public, where people could take part in a range of activities.

The Force Open Day helps to promote greater understanding of the work of the various departments and specialist roles within the Force.

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Isle of Man Police To Trek Mount Kilimanjaro for Charity


Five police officers from the Isle of Man are undertaking last minute preparations before they swap life on the beat for a gruelling trek to Africa’s highest peak.

There’s just six weeks left before the charity challenge which will see them climb 5,895 metres to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The team’s been on a training weekend in Wales where they met the trek leader and learnt about the potential pitfalls of altitude.

You can find out more about the challenge, and donate, by visiting the Cops 2 Kilimanjaro Facebook page.

The trip is being self-funded with officers aiming to raise money for two local charities – Tabitha’s Trust and Manx Miracles – team member Carl Woods says they’ve managed to hit the £2,000 mark:

Source: energy FM.

West Midlands Police Sergeant Hit By Car He Was Trying To Stop


A police sergeant was injured in Dudley after a car, which he was trying to stop, drove at him and then raced off.

The collision happened just before 3.30pm on Thursday in Wolverhampton Road as the officer attempted to stop a silver Volkswagen Golf on suspicion that the driver was involved in drugs offences.

The driver refused to stop and drove into the 40-year-old officer before driving away from the scene yesterday afternoon. He was taken to hospital with minor injuries to his hands and back and has since been discharged.

Detective Constable Pete Miller, from Force CID, said: “This was no accident and the driver knew exactly what he was doing as he collided with our officer and then drove away. Fortunately he escaped with just minor injuries and is now recovering at home.”

Read more in Express & Star.

Rural Towns and Villages Pay the Price of Police Cuts

It’s no surprise that in the recent National Rural Crime Survey nearly two-thirds of respondents thought that the police weren’t doing a good job and felt less safe as a result. Government soundbites say the police “must do more with less”. The “less” refers to less funding, but the truth is it actually means fewer police officers. More than 12,000 front-line officers in fact, with at least another 15,000 to go over the next two years. That’s on top of 35,000 departing civilian staff, whose work needs to be covered by officers.

The knock-on effect is that police have to put much smaller numbers of officers where the demand is greatest, just to cope with crime and disorder in the cities, towns and sprawling estates. The glaring consequence of this, of course, is that it makes rural areas ripe for the picking.

Read the rest of Mike Pannett’s article in Yorkshire Post.

Mike Pannett is a former North Yorkshire police officer turned best-selling author on rural life and policing. His new book Crime Squad is due to be released later this year.

Source: www.yorkshirepost.co.uk

Bedfordshire Police Obtain First FGM Protection Order

Bedfordshire Police have secured the UK’s first ever female genital mutilation protection order, which bans travel by people who are believed to be at risk of FGM.

As some schools broke up for the summer holidays on Friday, Bedfordshire police seized the passports of two young girls who it was thought could be taken to Africa to be mutilated.

Police obtained the court order under a new power which came into force on Friday. Breaching it is a criminal offence.

DCI Nick Bellingham, from Bedfordshire police’s public protection unit, said: “This legislation is a really positive step forward in the fight against this horrific, cruel crime, and we’re pleased to have been able to enforce it today by issuing a protection order.”

Separately, a Scotland Yard spokesman said that officers from the specialist crime and operations command were looking to reports that a large number of girls on a flight from Heathrow to Ethiopia on 11 July may have been at risk of FGM.

Read more in The Guardian.

Source: www.theguardian.com

Heroic Acts and Dedicated Police Officers Awarded In Bristol

The heroic acts and dedication of police officers in Bristol and beyond were celebrated at Police Awards yesterday.

Temporary Chief Constable John Long, Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, and the High Sheriff of Bristol, Ros Kennedy, presented the awards to the officers who showed bravery and commitment in their roles.

There is less than a month to nominate police officers who have done something special to help their community.

The Neighbourhood Policing Awards for Avon and Somerset Constabulary are open for submissions.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens ,said: “These awards aim to highlight the very best in neighbourhood policing, showcasing examples of officers, staff, specials and volunteers going above what is expected of them.

“The nominations received so far highlight the empathy of officers, selflessness of specials, diligence of call handlers, dedication of PCSOs, enthusiasm of cadets and commitment of volunteers.”

Read more about the brave award recipients in Bristol Post.

Source: www.bristolpost.co.uk

To nominate someone before the closing date of August 4, visit www.neighbourhoodpolicingawards.co.uk.