Officers who fail fitness tests this year will not face sanctions


Source: Police Publication   Officers who fail the new fitness tests that come into the police service next month will not face sanctions for the first year, according to the Police Federation’s equality advisor. Police officers nervous about not being able to pass the new compulsory annual tests will not face unsatisfactory performance procedures if [...]

Police Federation comment re on-the-spot fines for poor lane discipline and tailgating


Responding to the introduction of on-the-spot fines for poor lane discipline and tailgating, Steve White, Vice Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales said: “We are broadly supportive of this and welcome any new measures that seek to improve public safety and inhibits people from breaking the law.  In theory this is a positive initiative, [...]

Police inquiry clears officer over Taser incident in Brighton

Brighton seafront

A police investigation into video footage that appeared to show an officer kicking a man moments after he was shot with a Taser gun has found no evidence of misconduct. The film, which was taken by a member of the public, was drawn to the attention of Sussex police on 8 July following the incident [...]

Mortar launchers in South Armagh ‘were being prepared to kill police’

South Armagh mortar

Source: The Guardian   Two mortar launchers found in South Armagh were being readied to kill police officers, a senior commander in the Police Service of Northern Ireland has said . The PSNI confirmed that it recovered the weapons during a major security operation over the past 72 hours in the border region that forced [...]

Tac vest or tac-less


With the introduction of the tac vest across our forces what do we think of it? The belt which happily housed our PPE for such a long time now has become the unfavourable relation relegated to the bottom of our locker. Surveys and alleged studies show that the prolonged use of the utility belt causes [...]

Police chief challenges social media firms to tackle online abuse


Source: The Guardian A senior police chief has said that people have the right to use Twitter and Facebook without being subjected to harassment and abuse, as he challenged social media companies to crack down on rape threats and other offences committed using their services. Andy Trotter, who leads on social media for Britain’s police [...]

Police ‘should face action’ over woman’s strip search


Source: The Guardian Police officers who strip searched a young woman after arresting her outside a nightclub should face disciplinary charges, the independent police complaints commission has said. The 22-year-old woman was taken into custody at Chelsea police station, where five officers, including one female police constable, removed her clothes by force. The young woman, [...]

Serious Organised Crime Agency chairman resigns


Source: The Guardian The chairman of the Serious Organised Crime Agency has resigned amid controversy over the police unit’s decision not to publish a list of companies who have used rogue private investigators for possible illegal activity. Sir Ian Andrews announced his resignation after it emerged he had failed to declare a directorship with the [...]

Police watchdog submits evidence to CPS over death of man in custody


Source: The Guardian The police watchdog has sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service over the actions of seven police officers and detention staff following the death of a man while in custody. Thomas Orchard, 32, was restrained by officers and arrested on suspicion of a public order offence after a disturbance in Exeter [...]

Body in suitcase: man charged with woman’s murder


Source: The Guardian A man has been charged with the murder of a Hungarian woman whose body was found in a suitcase. The body of 25-year-old Alexandra Kovacs was discovered near a sports ground in Hendon, north London, on Sunday. Laszlo Gyarmati, 29, of Finchley, north London, has been charged with her murder and will [...]

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