Connect with us

News

Beds Police prepared to tackle terrorism, serious cyber crime and child sexual abuse. #Police #Effectiveness

Published

on

Bedfordshire Police has welcomed a report which praises the force for its preparedness to tackle national threats such as terrorism, serious cyber crime and child sexual abuse. 
The report, by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) into ‘Effectiveness’ found Bedfordshire Police ‘Required Improvement’ overall in keeping people safe and reducing crime. 
However, the force was graded as ‘Good’ for how effective it is at investigating crime and managing offenders. 
HMIC also made reference to the ‘funding challenge’ faced by the force, commenting: ‘Bedfordshire Police deals with a range of complex policing challenges and serious criminality on a scale not normally experienced by a force of its size’. 
The report follows a ‘Good’ grading last week by HMIC following a ‘Legitimacy’ inspection. HMIC assessed the culture within Bedfordshire Police and how this is reflected in the force’s public engagement, use of Taser and compliance with the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme. 
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “While it is disappointing to be graded as ‘Requires Improvement’, protecting people and improving our service to victims remains a priority for Bedfordshire Police and we have already made changes to address the concerns raised in the recent HMIC ‘Vulnerability’ report. 
“The report does praise a lot of the work being done across the force – in particular around the readiness to deal with national threats and investigating crime. We are confident that our new policing model will address many of the concerns raised in this report – for example tackling low-level anti-social behaviour and improving preventative work at community level. 
“We are always looking at ways to improve the way we work and we are pleased that HMI Zoe Billingham highlighted Bedfordshire Police for the work we are doing to increase our presence and engagement in our communities.” 
Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins said: “The report highlights, once again, the paucity of our funding position. If like Bedfordshire you can only afford 169 officers per 100,000 population, when the average in England and Wales average is 232, but you face the type of serious crime challenges more commonly found within the larger urban police forces, it’s obvious that some areas of work will be seriously over-stretched. The report recognises that. 
“‘Requires Improvement’ should read ‘Funding Requires Improvement’. If our funding was on par with the challenges we face the report would inevitably have different conclusions. Even with the current level of funding, it references much of the good work being delivered, reinforcing the positive news in last week’s report on police legitimacy. 
“HMIC finds Bedfordshire Police is ethical and well-led. There just aren’t enough of them and we would need at least 300 more officers to have the same resources as forces facing comparable challenges.” 

Let us know your views by tweeting @PoliceHour We'll feature the best tweets within the article.

Comments

comments

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

3 year old attacked by three men with acid at retail park

Published

on

A three-year old boy has been seriously injured in what police have described as a deliberate targeted attack at Hone Bargains on Shrub Hill Retail Park at around 2.15pm on Saturday.

The boy suffered serious burns to his arms and face

He is being treated for his injuries in hospital.

West Mercia Police have released images of three men they would like to speak to about the incident

Chief Superintendent Mark Travis said: “At this time we are treating this as a deliberate attack on a three-year-old boy.

“The incident will rightly shock the local community and I would like to reassure local people that we are carrying out a thorough investigation to identify those responsible.

“At this time, the motive for the attack is unclear. Officers are working hard to establish exactly what happened and what the substance involved was.”

He said that the three men pictured in the images from the store “may have information vital to our investigation.

“I am sure someone will recognise them and I would urge anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

A 39-year-old man from Wolverhampton has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.

West Mercia Police said anyone with information should call 999 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Let us know your views by tweeting @PoliceHour We'll feature the best tweets within the article.

Comments

comments

Continue Reading

News

Families warned to drain paddling pools to stop vampire horseflies breeding after heatwave

Published

on

Vampire like horseflies are breeding like never before as Britain enjoys the longest heatwave in 40 years.

They are breeding like never before with the aide of garden pools and the heatwave.

The NHS is now advising members of the public to drain standing water to stop insects multiplying.

These insects love water and the heat will only help them increase in numbers.

The problem comes when they bite you, more that 9000 people have called the NHS helpline 111 to report these insects bites.

They leave a painful bite which often requires antibiotics if they become infected.

According to Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, bites from vampire horseflies can be especially sore.

He told the BBC: “They actually give one of the nastier bites, because they take a chunk out of you.”

“They can be very painful, and can take a while to heal, and as result can get infected and need antibiotics.”

Paddling pools are prime breeding grounds for these bugs.

Let us know your views by tweeting @PoliceHour We'll feature the best tweets within the article.

Comments

comments

Continue Reading

News

Thug attempted to kill cop jailed for less than 2 years… It should be life

Published

on

We know you should have faced attempted murder charges, we know your laughing at your sentence. Because you attempted to kill a cop to avoid arrest because you are an idiot.

But be assured when that day comes that you need the police to save your life they won’t hold it against you.

In the early hours of Wednesday, 13 June officers chased a suspected stolen vehicle along the A22 Godstone Bypass, after it had been linked to a burglary in Oxted eight days before.

Officers managed to box the vehicle in (using a manoeuvre known as Tactical Pursuit and Containment TPAC).

During the TPAC, the vehicle swerved into one of the police cars, trying to force it off of the road. Officers managed to box the vehicle in, and it then tried to reverse away from officers, so officers got out of their vehicles and tried to remove the driver (Kidd), this included smashing the windows of the vehicle.

In car video footage shows Sergeant Chris Schultze, of the Area Patrol Team, was on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, but then started to go towards the driver’s side to assist officers.

As Sergeant Schultze was making his way to the driver’s side, Kidd drove forward in what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to knock the officers over the barrier, as seen in the footage.

Sergeant Schultze was initially treated at hospital for his injuries, and was later discharged and is now back on duty

The three occupants (two 19-year-old men from Sutton and a 17-year-old man) were arrested for various offences including burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop.

Ramone Kidd, 19-years-old, of Prince of Wales Road in Sutton, South London appeared at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (12 July), and pleaded guilty to the following:

Dangerous driving

Driving whilst disqualified

Driving whilst unfit through drink / drugs

Actual bodily harm (ABH)

Kidd was sentenced to 23 months in prison, and has had his licence disqualified for three years.

In court, His Honour Judge Moss commended all the officers involved in the initial pursuit and the investigation team.

Detective Sergeant Kerry Akehurst, from the Criminal Investigation Department said: “I would firstly like to echo what His Honour Judge Moss said around the professionalism of the officers involved in the incident.

“The role of a police officer is to protect the public, and each day officers put their lives at risk to apprehend suspects and protect the public. During this particular incident, officers attempted to stop the vehicle, and in doing so, three officers received injuries and four police vehicles sustained damage.”

The 19 and 17 year-old men have been released under investigation for the burglary offences whilst enquiries continue.

Let us know your views by tweeting @PoliceHour We'll feature the best tweets within the article.

Comments

comments

Continue Reading

Facebook

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Trending