Tag Archives: UK Police

First Arrest Following Launch of Facewatch Software In Warwickshire And West Mercia Area

The first arrest in Hereford was made this week due to information provided by a new new website called Facewatch.

The online portal allows communities and businesses across the Warwickshire and West Mercia Police areas to share information about possible troublemakers and low-level criminals.

It was launched this week for Hereford and Malvern.

Information can be shared instantly; for example, night club owners and staff can share images and details with other licensed premises of customers with bans trying to gain entry to a certain club.

Read more in Hereford Times.

Source: www.herefordtimes.com

Met Police Spent £11m Guarding Julian Assange

Julian Assange’s years cooped up inside the Ecuadorian embassy could have cost the country as much as £11m in additional policing costs, it has emerged.

Today marks the three-year anniversary of the controversial figure’s political asylum inside the embassy in Knightsbridge, London.

Scotland Yard has revealed the amount it has cost to constantly station police following a request by ITV News.

Read more on ITV News.

Source: www.itv.com

Lincolnshire Police Crack Down On ‘Legal Highs’

Extra police have been on patrol in Lincoln since yesterday as officers launch a crackdown on legal highs in the city.

Lincoln was the first city in the country to ban the drugs, and in the space of two months police have stopped 120 people, with over a hundred having substances confiscated, but there are still concerns people do not realise how dangerous they can be or what the new rules actually are.

Legal highs killed 120 people in 2013, and so while previously police could only stop and search those suspected of taking illegal drugs, earlier this year the City of Lincoln Council extended those powers to include those suspected of taking legal highs, too.

Source: www.itv.com

Met Police Taking More Time Off Work With Stress-Related Illnesses

The number of days taken off work by Met police officers owing to stress-related illness has increased by 43% over the last five years, according to figures released by the London force.

The number of resignations has also increased dramatically from 289 officers in 2009-10 to 506 in 2013-14, although the figures do not record the reasons for quitting.

John Tully, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation (MPF), which represents rank and file officers, said the figures reflected the “human cost” of government cuts and increased workloads. The data showed “a workforce on their knees whilst upholding the finest traditions of the Metropolitan police and maintaining a professional service to the public”, he said.


Read more in The Guardian.

Source: www.theguardian.com

Consequences of Cuts: Police Cars Taking Patients To Hospital ‘Twice Per Day’

Savage cuts have today been blamed for leaving public services “stretched” as new figures show hundreds of patients were taken to A&E by police in just six months.

Lancashire Police has lost more than 700 officers since 2010 – with a further 800 jobs under threat – after having its budget slashed by central Government.

Yet new figures show officers used police vehicles to take people to hospital on 382 occasions between November and April – more than twice a day.

It comes after we revealed unprecedented demand led to the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) missing waiting times targets in serious cases across the North West – and that fire crews were also being called on to ferry patients to hospital.

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This is another indication of how public services are being stretched and the Government needs to address the situation we are facing.”

Read more in Lancashire Evening Post.

Source: www.lep.co.uk

Queen’s Birthday Honours: Surrey Police’s Chief Constable Lynne Owens appointed CBE

The chief constable of Surrey Police has said she is “gobsmacked” at being appointed CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Chief Constable Lynne Owens began her policing career in 1989 with the Metropolitan Police Service, moving to Kent Police to become a sergeant and then being posted to the force’s major crime department.

In 2002 she transferred to Surrey before progressing to deputy chief constable for the Metropolitan Police in April 2009.

The full list of members of the police service included in this year’s honours is:

CBE (Commanders of the Order of the British Empire)

Lynne Owens, Chief Constable, Surrey Police and NPCC Lead for Operations


OBE (Officers of the Order of the British Empire) 

Irene Curtis, Chief Superintendent, Lancashire Constabulary and President of Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales

Gareth Madge, Director of Legal Services, South Wales Police

Howard Way, Detective Inspector, UK Disaster Victim Identification, National Police Coordination Centre

Richard Stones, Inspector, Nottinghamshire Police

Ian Readhead, Chief Executive, ACRO Criminal Records Office


MBE (Members of the Order of the British Empire) 

Colin Lewis, Inspector, Merseyside Police

Alice Walters, Lead Scientist for Firearms, Metropolitan Police

Hayley Sherwen, Police Constable, Merseyside Police

Umar Hussain, Chief Financial Officer, South Wales Police

Caroline Peters, Chief Superintendent, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Keith Asman, Head of the South East Counter Terrorism Unit

Deborah Potter, Chief Officer, Dorset Constabulary 


BEM (British Empire Medal)

Robert Sewell, Police Cadet, Metropolitan Police

Karen Evans, Domestic Violence Forum Chair, Hampshire Constabulary

Linden Riley, Special Constable, Greater Manchester Police

Ann Barlow, Home Watch Coordinator, Greater Manchester Police


QPM (Queen’s Police Medal)

Alan Pughsley, Chief Constable, Kent Police

Andrew Adams, Deputy Chief Constable, Hertfordshire Constabulary and NPCC Lead for Sporting and Planned Events and Fox Hunting and Badgers

Christine Jones, Commander, Metropolitan Police and the NPCC Lead for Mental Health

Christopher Armitt, Assistant Chief Constable, Merseyside Police and the NPCC Lead for Prostitution and Sexual Exploitation

Dawn Copley, Assistant Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police

John Campbell, Deputy Chief Constable,  Thames Valley Police and the NPCC Lead for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN)

Simon Prince, Chief Constable, Dyfed-Powys Police and NPCC Lead for Wildlife and Rural Crime

Jonathan Boutcher, Deputy Chief Constable, Bedfordshire Police and NPCC Lead for National Undercover and National Source

Nadeem Fazil Mir, Detective Superintendent (Retired), Greater Manchester Police

Hywel Griffiths, Detective Constable, Gwent Police

Steven Hibbitt, Detective Chief Inspector, Humberside Police 

Sunita Gamblin, Chief Superintendent, Derbyshire Constabulary

Stephen Swani, Chief Superintendent, Devon and Cornwall Police

Andrew Murray, Detective Superintendent, Thames Valley Police

Karl Rathbone, Inspector (Retired), North Wales Police

Steven Simmons, Detective Sergeant, British Transport Police

Francis Flood, Detective Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Service

Stephen Williams, Inspector (Retired)

Read more in GetSurrey and NPCC.

Source: www.getsurrey.co.uk

Britain’s Dumbest Criminals Try To Hide Stolen Vehicle In Police Station Car Park

Two crooks have been branded ‘Britain’s dumbest criminals’ after they tried to hide a stolen Mercedes in a police station car park.

Officers watched as the bungling pair drove the vehicle into the entrance of an underground compound at Middleton Police Station in the early hours of the morning.

The offenders fled when they pulled up at the security gates and couldn’t get inside.

The comic caper unfolded shortly before 2am on Friday morning, June 12.

Two men have since been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

After the incident, GMP Heywood and Middleton posted a ‘Britain’s Dumbest Criminal Alert’ on their Facebook page: “In the early hours of Friday 12th June 2015 a burglary occurred in the Eccles area of Salford, during the course of which a motor vehicle was stolen.

Read more in Manchester Evening News.

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

Sharp Drop In Number of Mentally Ill People Kept In Devon and Cornwall Police Cells

There has been a sharp reduction in the use of prison cells as a place of safety for people with mental health issues – but police chiefs admit there is still “much to be done”.

Newly-published statistics, released exclusively to The Herald by Devon and Cornwall Police, show the number of people being held in cells in Plymouth under the Mental Health Act every month is now down into single figures.

Read more in Plymouth Herald.

Source: www.plymouthherald.co.uk

Volunteer Job Creep Debate Likely To Continue Due To Austerity

Retiring deputy chief constable says he has a great sense of pride in the structure of voluntary involvement in the police service.

Tensions over volunteers doing the work of formerly paid personnel will continue, an outgoing national lead has said. Durham Deputy Chief Constable Michael Banks (pictured) is standing down after 30 years with the force in July.

Since 2010 he has been the national lead for specials – a role which developed into covering police support volunteers and he renamed “citizens in policing”.

Read more in Police Oracle.

Source: www.policeoracle.com

Thousands of Police Miss Work Every Day Due To Stress or Depression

More than 1,500 police officers a day miss work because they are too stressed or depressed to do their jobs. Forces lost 600,000 sick days last year to stress, anxiety or depression and 78 officers were off for a year.

And some 78 officers nationwide spent the entire year away from work because of such problems. The Police Federation, which represents the rank and file, described the figures as “alarming in the extreme”.

Read the full story in the Mirror.

Source: www.mirror.co.uk