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Three Supplemental Treatments for Recovery from a Suicide Attempt

Guest writer Steve Johnson discusses three approaches to aid in recovery from a suicide attempt and help improve mental wellness.

Recovery from a suicide attempt is a process that requires many facets of treatment. Of course, most important is a good counselor and possibly a support group. No treatment plan can replace the value of a well-trained counselor. Continue reading Three Supplemental Treatments for Recovery from a Suicide Attempt

Canadian Police Issue 1,735 High-Occupancy Vehicle Lane Tickets During Pan Am Games

Police busted drivers 1,735 times for misusing HOV lanes during the Pan Am Games.

Police also issued 2,000 tickets for other Highway Traffic Act violations on the 1,600 kilometre Games Route Network from June 29 to July 26.

“When you look at the number of charges itself, they’re not excessive,” said Staff-Sgt. Devin Kealey. “Basically just over 100 tickets per day.”

Fines for HOV violations range from $85 on Toronto’s highways to $110 on provincial roads, but Kealey could not give a total dollar amount for the fines as the data was not broken down by jurisdiction.


Read more in The Hamilton Spectator.

Source: www.thespec.com

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

Wiltshire Police Vow To Probe Burglaries Despite Budget Cuts

Wiltshire Police have said that they will still respond in person to burglaries, despite recent budget cuts.

Earlier this week, the head of the new National Police Chiefs’ Council said people should not expect an officer to necessarily turn up at burglaries.

Sara Thornton said it “could be” if an iPad was stolen from a residential property, then an officer would not come to investigate.

She said due to the changing nature of crime – with sexual offences and concern over terrorism on the increase, along with austerity cuts – police forces will have to relook at their priorities.

But T/Superintendent and Head of Crime Standards and Justice Adrian Burt says residents in Wiltshire can still expect an officer to turn up.

He said: “Preventing crime and protecting the public will always be our purpose and we recognise the impact a burglary can have on victims and their families.”

Read more in This Is Wiltshire.

Source: www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk

Budget cuts won’t prevent Wiltshire Police from responding to burglary incidents.

Northamptonshire Man Races With Knife At Police During ‘Routine’ Call, Jailed for 3.5 Years

A police body camera caught the horror which unfolded when PC Alex Prentice and PC Debbie Wishart were called to a disturbance in Corby, Northamptonshire.

The officers threatened Lee Vickers, 37, with pepper spray and told him to drop the knife – but instead he raced towards them.

Vickers swung at PC Prentice and hit his stab vest – three inches below his neck.

Prentice told the BBC’s Crimewatch on Tuesday: “It’s not the first time we have had to deal with an incident like this, but it is the first time I have been hit on the stab vest.

At one point chilling Vickers tells the cops: “Me and you now.”

Seconds later, Vickers turns his back which gives Prentice a chance to disarm him – and the arrest was made.

Read more and watch the video on Daily Star tabloid-like website.

Source: www.dailystar.co.uk

Ed – clear example of the need for more tasers

Mountie’s Widow Sues Over Husband’s Suicide

The wife of Pierre Lemaitre, the former B.C. spokesman for the RCMP, has launched a lawsuit alleging her husband was driven to commit suicide as a result of the negligence of other RCMP officers and harassment on the job.

Sheila Lemaitre, a mother of two and a former RCMP officer herself, cites several incidents including the RCMP’s demotion of Lemaitre following the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski as contributing to his suicide in Abbotsford on July 29, 2013.

“The death of Pierre Lemaitre was a result of severe psychiatric/psychological conditions which were a direct result of his service in the RCMP and the negligence of the RCMP and members of the RCMP in the province of British Columbia,” says a notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court.

The lawsuit says that after Dziekanski was Tasered by RCMP at Vancouver International Airport in October 2007, Lemaitre became aware that some of the information he’d released to the media was incorrect.

It says he requested permission from his superiors to correct the misinformation, but was ordered not to and then removed as media representative on the file.

A short time later, Lemaitre was demoted, assigned to desk work and then transferred to the Langley detachment, where there was no media function.

Read more in the National Post.

Source: news.nationalpost.com

Although still holding the rank of corporal in Chilliwack, he was assigned to constable duties and advised that the transfer was a punishment and that HQ had wanted to get rid of him”

Mount Druitt LAC Celebrates 100 Years of Women In Policing

When Lillian Armfield and Maude Rhodes were appointed as special constables in 1915, they weren’t allowed to wear uniform or carry firearms.

It was 1948 before women were allowed to wear a uniform in the NSW Police Force, 1965 before they were sworn in as constables, and 1979 before they were allowed to carry firearms as a matter of routine.

“Today, easily a quarter of the officers are women at Mount Druitt local area command,” Sergeant Julie Underwood said.

Sergeant Underwood, a cop for 18 years, was one of 33 officers from her command celebrating the centenary of women in the NSW Police Force by taking part in a baton relay on July 29.


Read more in St Marys Star.

Source: www.stmarysstar.com.au

Almost Half of Orange Drivers Test Positive To Drugs During Random Test

People who drive under the influence of drugs will eventually be caught say Orange police officers. A roadside operation conducted last month resulted in almost half the drivers tested returning a positive drug test.

The random drug test was conducted in Orange on July 22. Of the 24 drivers tested, 11 were found to be driving under the influence of drugs.

Orange outstripped Newcastle, Richmond, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Goulburn, Narrabri and Queanbeyan when it came to the percentage of drivers who returned a positive result for drugs. The majority of people who were tested in rural NSW were found to be using marijuana, followed by ice.

Read more in Central Western Daily.

Source: www.centralwesterndaily.com.au

Python Falls From Tree, Almost Lands On Brisbane Police Officers

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A Springwood police officer was given the shock of her life when an eight foot long carpet python plummeted down on her from a tree.

Local police were observing two suspicious people loitering around a van parked off Daisy Hill Forest at the time.

While speaking with the pair, Constable Lyniece Rostant said she felt something coming down from the tree above them.

“There had been a few showers around and I felt a spray from above that landed in my hair,” Constable Rostant said.

The officers then heard a noise from the branches above when something huge came crashing through the trees.

The python barely missed the officers and brushed past them as it fell to the ground at their feet.

 

Read more in Brisbane Times.

Source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au

Ipswich Standoff Ends, Officer Seriously Injured

A man has been charged following an incident in Ipswich yesterday that resulted in an emergent declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act.

Police had attended an address at Milford Street around 11.30am following reports of a disturbance.

It will be alleged a man at the address assaulted a female officer, dragging her into a room before attempting to close the door. A second officer deployed capsicum spray and was able to force open the door dragging the first officer back out into the corridor.

The man allegedly again tried to attack the first officer at which point a taser was deployed and the man locked himself into the room.

A woman who had been in the room at the time was released a short time later.

Police commenced negotiations with the man and an emergent declaration was invoked at 3pm.

Around 8.45pm the man surrendered to police without further incident. The emergent delaration was revoked around 9.50pm.

A 42-year-old Raceview man has been charged with two counts of serious assault police officer and possessing dangerous drugs, and one count each of possession of a knife and possess utensils or pipes. He is expected to appear at the Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

The female officer received treatment for injuries to her arm.

Source: mypolice.qld.gov.au