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Mike Pannett i believe policing and politics should be kept separate 

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Mike Pannett I believe that Policing and Politics should be kept separate. Policing should serve and protect all people, regardless of their political stance, and the PCC should represent those people and challenge the policing of the County from an independent position unencumbered by party politics.

In policing we often hear about the ‘Multi-Agency’ approach, where various agencies such as the Local Authority, Health and Social Care work together, but we have yet to see this implemented in a true working model. Our most vulnerable in society often become ‘part of the system’ when an early intervention and identification could have prevented it. Competing demands and budgets within partner agencies mean that the police often become the agency of last resort, plugging the gaps when people are in crisis and in desperate need of help. We want to establish an in-depth multi-agency solution to ensure that people who need help get the right help at the right time and from the right people.

The impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review has seen the Police becoming more of a reactive service, with targets and measurements all being made in response to reported crime rather than prevention. We want a force that by virtue of ‘boots on the ground’ is visible, accessible and engaging with our communities to deter and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour rather than merely responding to it. We want our police to be available to residents and offer reassurance and a familiar face they can have confidence and confide in.

North Yorkshire is one of the safest places in the whole country, yet that doesn’t mean we can be complacent. It’s a simple age-old truth that criminals will seek to exploit nice places and are only deterred by the risk of getting caught. I am also aware of the under-reporting of rural crime. We will all be aware of someone who has not reported a crime to the police – this was highlighted in the Rural Crime Survey and the main reasons were lack of confidence in the police and insurance premiums. The reported crime picture is therefore the tip of the iceberg. I want to know the true picture so that the police can properly plan and resource a response. Our first line of defence is our police who must be focused on what concerns the communities they protect.

It’s a fact that some of the threats that face us have changed. Only a few years ago the terms Cybercrime, Child Sex Exploitation and Internet Fraud were not on the radar, yet they are a real threat to ordinary people. We also cannot be complacent about the national threat of terrorism. We need to be reassured that North Yorkshire has the capability and capacity to protect its people and our vulnerable sites.  
Although our police force needs to develop to meet modern issues, my concern is that the police also need to keep up the pressure on the everyday issues that affect our quality of life. I’m deeply disappointed to see crime rising in North Yorkshire and anti-social behaviour blighting people’s lives. Rural communities are feeling vulnerable and isolated and their confidence in the police is falling because people just do not see them. Residents in our urban communities are also suffering anti-social behaviour from a minority who think laws and social responsibilities don’t apply to them.

Reported crime is rising and this not only affects residents and businesses but also the visitors to our county.
I am also deeply saddened by the number of fatal and serious collisions on our vast road network. Speed camera vans are not the solution; they are a limited part in a bigger picture. We need to do more to make our roads safer.
As an independent Police and Crime Commissioner I would want to set out some basics – up and down the country – undoing over a decade of building trust and visibility.
I don’t think the people want to see this in North Yorkshire and my belief and experience is that community policing should be the FOUNDATION of everything the Police does – without strong foundations and legitimacy everything else is shaky.

Independence and Appropriate Funding

The role of a Police Crime Commissioner as I see it is to represent the whole of our County and not the views or agenda of a particular political party. Simply sitting as local representative of a Westminster Government is something I fundamentally oppose.
This has happened up and down the country – not just here, and when the role of PCC was introduced I think most people generally saw this coming. I certainly did.
Pitiful voter turnouts last time saw deft manoeuvres by the main political parties to slide in their own people. North Yorkshire had no independent stand at the last PCC election. This was obviously not popular as we had more spoilt ballot papers than anywhere else in the country.
I am adamant that a Police Crime Commissioner should be fiercely and fearlessly independent and be free to challenge. We’ve seen major cuts already inflicted on North Yorkshire police and the results are being seen in our communities, as I’ve already described, and all presided over by a party-affiliated PCC. Up and down the country PCC’s and police chiefs have been vociferous about cuts – but not here.

I was appalled to see the Conservative PCC on television on the eve of the Budget announcement saying that NYP was inefficient and there were still cuts to be achieved. This was in direct contradiction of the HMIC inspection, which found the force to be ‘good’. Embarrassingly for our PCC, the Chancellor disagreed and announced that the police budgets needed protection.
I will fight to see that the policing of North Yorkshire is properly funded. In these times of austerity, where there are tough choices to be made, then they should be made in full consultation with the public not behind closed doors.
Working together to tackle root causes
Problem families, burglary, night violence, sexual exploitation and cybercrime are all very, very different and all require a diverse police response – but they’re not the sole responsibility of the police. Other public agencies and businesses need to tackle the root causes and strive for early intervention before they impact on the broader community.  
It simply makes sense that it’s better all round to prevent crime rather than consent to be a victim. This means intervening with problem families, ensuring they make the right choices and do not adversely affect those around them. It means effective early intervention to safeguard those at risk and deal robustly with criminals who seek to harm and exploit. It means effectively identifying, managing and halting re-offending. Safeguarding our police numbers is also critical in delivering an effective police service.
If you want real change and someone that will stand up and speak up for North Yorkshire Police and its people, then please make sure you come out and vote for Mike in May.  
Your ‘Independent Police Crime Commissioner’
Mike Pannett was born in York and served 6 years in the Territorial Army specialising in communications, before joining the police service where he spent 20 years policing some of London’s toughest boroughs before coming home to police North Yorkshires towns and villages. He has worked on murder and robbery squads; served on the riot police, and worked in community policing both urban and rural and was a wildlife officer. Mike is now a professional author and has penned several worldwide bestselling books about growing up and policing his home county. Mike is also co-owner of ‘Twiggy’s children’s play centre’ in Thirsk and Director of a communications and media company. He’s a Patron of Yorkshire and is one of the leading commentators on policing issues for the national media in the UK. Mike is married to Ann who is due to retire from the police service following over 31 years dedicated service and have 3 children. Mike spends his free time with family, enjoys walking in North Yorkshire and drinking Yorkshire Tea.

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Awww Cleveland Police have just recruited these four legged friends

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Put your paws up for our two new recruits, Maggie and Skye who are the newest and youngest additions to the Force. At just 12 weeks old, the two English Springer Spaniels will soon begin their training to become Specialist Search Dogs.

Dog Trainer Constable Darren Gobie and Police Constable Chris Lambert are the lucky handlers of the pups. PC Lambert teamed up with a year 4 class at Myton Park School in Ingleby Barwick and allowed them to choose Skye’s name.

Chris and Skye will regularly visit the school over the next 18 months to allow them to follow her training process.

Speaking of the collaboration with the school, PC Lambert said: “I thought it would be a great idea to tie in with a school in the local community.

Recruiting new dogs is a huge deal and it’s an exciting and educational opportunity for the pupils to meet a police dog, choose her name collectively as a team and to better understand the training process for police dogs, and police roles in general.

The children were delighted to participate in this and I am sure they will all build a lovely bond with Skye over the coming months.”

PC Lambert, along with partner agencies will also be using the visits to the school to deliver lessons on internet safety and safety around animals.

The officers and the dogs will need to work very closely as team throughout the training process to build a special bond together.

Training is both mentally and physically challenging for both the dogs and handlers, as every programme must be passed to qualify.

Specialist dogs are used to detect a range of things with their highly developed sense of smell such as money, explosives, drugs and firearms.

They are also trained to work in public places including licenses premises to search for people in possession of narcotics.

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Storm Hector is on the way bringing severe gales

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Another strom is set to hit parts of the UK going by the name of Hector.

People are being warned that severe gales are on the way which will impact those travelling tomorrow.

A yellow warning has been issued as severe gales will hit parts of the UK.

The Met Office say Strom Hector is heading for rhe UK and will bring strong winds during Thursday.

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning meaning ‘be aware’ as winds are set to come between 3am until 3pm which is likely to cause disruption to roads, rail and cause powercuts.

A Met Office spokesman said: “The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards during the day.

“Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50 and 60mph in many areas and possibly around 70mph in some exposed locations.

“Winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon.”There may be a chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected.”

“People have also been warned that buildings could be damaged and to take care near the coastline due to large waves and material potentially being thrown onto sea fronts.”

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My Story It is time to say goodbye to the RNLI after 15 years

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The Story Of Ben Laws who served 15 years at Whitby RNLI.

After 15 years Ben was one of two dismissed from the RLNI following what is described as a bit if banter with the lads.

He wrote “I’m Sad to say goodbye to the rnli today, it’s been a great 15 years ive met and served with some awesome lads and lasses. And there wives girlfriends family’s fowls etc.

“you’ve all been great and one time we were a great big happy family down there. We’ve had some s**t horrendous jobs,

“some mint jobs saved loads of lives ,dogs ,deers sinking trawlers cut offs plane crashes tow ins wound up boats injured people steamed 40 mile in the fog for a guy with toothe ache,

“recovered too many unfortunate people who didn’t make it, but we always did it with pride respect and dignity. 3 words the rnli could do with looking up in the dictionary.

“Me and joe have been the brunt of a witch hunt and massive cover up our stations regional management have hung us out to dry and just disposed of us without a care in the world.

“our coxwain wouldn’t even speak to us through this horrible time or show us any support or guidance when we were getting hounded by the national press 24/7 which is very hard to swallow after being at sea for 15 years together and supposedly a friend.

“Out of all of this no good has come just a massive wedge driven into the crew and 6 good crew members gone. I hope the rnli do there job properly now and get rid of all the true problems at Whitby rnli now from management down to the snakes on the crew who keep leaking everything to the press.

“Hopefully they will see sence and wake up and see the real problems at Whitby and try and make it better for the good of the public who we are supposed to be keeping safe.

“All the best and stay safe on the boat all you good ones as we all no there are bad ones among you and thanks for everything and all the good times Il miss you all.”

Following the incident a number of crew members have resigned their role within the RNLI

Steve Boocock wrote “Well today it is confirmed, along with Joe, Ben, Martyn, and Neil, my time on Whitby Lifeboat crew has come to an end!

“I have enjoyed the last 18 years of service, worked with some great lads and lasses and served under some legendary coxswains.

“I really wanted to reach my 20 years but sadly recent events and some disgraceful decisions by the RNLI has put that ambition to bed.

“Thanks to all those who i have served with for all those years and also to those who passed their wealth of knowledge on to me, and Although ive seen some horrendous stuff during my time, the vast majority of the time its been a right ord scream.

“Finally, a massive thanks to Mike Russell for being the best coxswain ever and someone we all looked upto. Your boots will never ever be filled.

“Thanks all, and good night!”

The RNLI have released a statement to Police Hour RNLI Statement

“Following a fair and robust investigation and appeal process, we have upheld our decision to stand down two crew members from Whitby RNLI.

“Volunteers are entitled to appeal against our decisions and each case is considered on an individual basis. In this case, no new evidence was presented to us and we stand by our original decision.

“We recognise the years of dedication it takes to become a crew member and do not stand volunteers down lightly. But, like any emergency service, the RNLI sets high standards and expects all its volunteers and staff to set an example, not just in terms of their maritime expertise but also in their behaviour and respect for others.

“One volunteer was stood down for social media activity which targeted a member of RNLI staff without their knowledge and produced graphic sexual images which went far beyond banter.

“The other volunteer produced a hardcore pornographic image of a fellow crew member on a mug. Some newspapers created their own image of a mug, but the actual image produced by the volunteer was so graphic that no newspaper would be able to print it without breaking the law.

“We will continue to challenge any inappropriate behaviours and practices by staff or volunteers, and we do this for the thousands of volunteers who are committed to doing the right thing as they operate our 238 lifeboat stations 24/7.

“The remaining volunteer crew at Whitby are working closely with the RNLI to operate an effective lifesaving operation at Whitby lifeboat station. We would ask the local community to continue to support our volunteers, in what has been a challenging time, as they remain dedicated to saving lives on the Yorkshire coast.”

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