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Why all Police Officers should be issued with ‘Spit Hoods’?

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Spit Hoods - Should spit hoods be banned

Police Forces that have issued police constables with spit hoods are taking officer safety very seriously and frankly, when it comes down to it, it could actually be a matter of life or death for the constables.

With blood borne viruses officers could have months of agony ahead as they have to undertake blood tests and a lengthy wait to see if they have contracted any infections. This can be a painful process for the officers and their family.

Recently a policewoman died after contracting tuberculosis, she was spat in the face handing her a death sentence. Something that could have been avoided. That is one death too many. Although it didn’t happen in the UK it was a member of the police family who tragically died.

The Ukrainian policewoman named Arina Koltsova was simply doing her job when a thug spat at her and robbed her and her family of life.

Koltsova collapsed at work then colleagues released the serious consequences of being spat at. That one tragic case is strong enough case for all police officers here in the UK to be issued with Spit Hoods.

No officer should have to go to work and do their job to be faced with being spat at. It is a common fact a police officer once told Police Hour ‘They’d rather be punched in the face than be spat at’ The agonising wait to find out if they have contracted blood-borne viruses.

The BBC argued that it is degrading for an offender to have to have a hood placed over their head. Let’s just go back a couple of steps here! what is actually degrading is that someone is having spit flung at their face within a confined environment.

Sadly our cops are having to face being spat at and chunks taken out of their skin every time they face a drunk, drugged and disorderly customer. and a simple hood can prevent all of that from happening.

Some forces have been brave enough to stand up for officers rights and say yes we are issuing spit hoods. We need to spot sitting on the fence here and issue our officers with the safe tools to do the job we expect them to do.

Che Donald of the Police Federation and he said that “There can be serious health implications of being spat at, including uncertainty of infection from bodily fluids and the need to go on to anti-virals causing nausea and impacting on personal life.

“It is important that officers are given the right tools to ensure the public’s and their own safety when managing incidents.

“Spitting is a form of assault and officers have a right to go to work and expect to stay safe.”

Police Officers have told Police Hour that “They are degrading and you should have one placed upon you if spitting. They work well and prevent blood borne viruses and i think every officer should be able to use them if they deem suitable and justified”

Another told Police Hour simply saying “Don’t spit at the police and you won’t get a spit hood on” while another added “One person commenting believing that every force should be able to use them saying “Every force should be able to use spit hoods, nothing more disgusting than being spat at, the scumbags don’t give a s&@t about what they do.”

Police Forces that are taking officer safety seriously are as follows. 

  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Sussex Police
  • Northamptonshire Police
  • North Wales Police
  • Cheshire Police
  • British Transport Police
  • Hertfordshire Constabulary
  • West Yorkshire Police
  • Norfolk Police
  • Bedfordshire Police
  • Suffolk Police
  • Derbyshire Constabulary
  • West Mercia Police
  • Staffordshire Police
  • Surrey Police
  • Police Scotland
  • Hampshire Constabulary

We need to see more police forces taking officer safety more seriously. After all, if you did not spit at a police officer you would not have a hood placed over your head.

Let’s start taking our officer safety seriously and look past the BBC headlines of degrading spit hoods and put ourselves in the shoes of that police officer who has just been spat at and can not doing anything to prevent it from happening again.

Because it is important to remember that when someone has a spit hood on it’s because that officer has already been spat at or had a chunk taken out of their hand.

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The Greasy Pole Police Promotion by Steve Cooper

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The aim of a promotion selection process is to fill positions in the police service and to promote the best available people. These are usually individuals whose depth and breadth of preparation underpins hard-won success.

The Free Dictionary describes the ‘greasy pole’ as being used to talk about someone’s attempts to reach a more successful position in their career. You don’t hear the term so much today but economic and political drivers acting on the police service are constantly changing the landscape, not least in the field of promotions.

A mix and match approach with selection processes across various forces currently includes supervisor recommendations, applications, psychometric tests, presentations and interviews.

Whichever system is in place some people will always be dissatisfied. There is no one best system, but achieving a promotion is a significant challenge. It should be. It’s a competition, with many more qualified individuals than vacancies.

Preparing for nine months leading up to a competitive Sergeants selection process (involving an application stage, a situational judgment test and an interview) was the approach taken by one of my successful clients.

“It’s a very hard process, but so worth it if you are willing and able to put the time and work in”.

Entering a promotion selection process can be like purchasing a ticket for a roller coaster ride, with highs of elation and lows of dejection. The experience of many who embark on this aspect of career progression is that there are no guarantees. Not everyone succeeds. Resilience and perseverance are called for. Some individuals repeat the same things whilst expecting a different outcome. The right support at the right time can make a significant difference to how you approach a promotion as this client discovered.

“I’ve tried for 9 years and sat 7 boards. This year I fully embraced your masterclass and passed”

Different routes exist and promotion is not referred to as the greasy pole for nothing. Some people believe the promotion is owed to them, a reward for past performance. This is a mistake. Promotion is awarded to those offering the best future for the organisation and you may need an overwhelming appetite to advance in what is a highly competitive environment.

Despite all this, promotions still tick over as does policing. With some hard smart work, you too can achieve promotion success. A continuous professional development plan, taking responsibility for your learning and a positive attitude are vital considerations if you want to be ‘match fit’ for opportunities that may arise. A clear focus on working towards your goal is required and solid preparation is the key to success.

If you choose promotion as your future it’s wise to be prepared today.

To download a free guide for Promotion Frameworks and 7 Things Promotion Interview Boards also look for click here now or to download Steve Coopers Sergeant Promotion Toolkit please click here!.

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PC Edward Walker is loving life at West Yorkshire Police

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Not so long ago Police Constable Edward Walker aka Eddy set off on his travels with the support of Durham Constabulary.

Since then there has been no stopping him as he managed to stop off at Northumbria Police, Cleveland Police & now he is taking West Yorkshire Police by storm.

Eddy is the one teddy everyone wants to get their hands on within the social media world of policing. He is causing so much excitement within the world of Twitter and it is truly fantastic.

Best of all Eddy set off on his travels for the sole purpose of raising awareness and donations for COPS a UK charity.

Eddy has already made a name for himself after getting a Tweet from non-other than Newcastle United Football Club wishing him luck after he arrived at ST James Park.

https://twitter.com/NUFC/status/912614181291139072

While Eddy was at ST James Park he managed to spend some valuable days with the Northumbria Police Central engagement team when he attended a disability, diversity and inclusion. While here they took great care of him and taught him the importance of Equality and being you is not a crime.

He spent some time with a lovely ex-police officer named June who shared her policing photo from 1964. Eddy found this such a great honour to learn from the best and took with him valuable lifelong skills from his visit.

https://twitter.com/NPCENGTEAM/status/913039119789543424

Since Eddy left Northumbria Police he has been lucky to spend some time shadowing Chief Constable Dee Collins. Spending lots of time with the senior team, he watched lots of important presentations before passing his message to fellow teds.

Since then he has been lucky to spend some time shadowing Chief Constable Dee Collins, spending lots of time with the senior team, he watched lots of important presentations before passing his message to fellow teds.

From there he headed to the West York Police Force control room and even went out on patrol with a certain well-known PCSO who features in the Police Twitter Awards, Maybe Ted has his eyes on the awards after spending all that time with the Best Tweeting Chief Constable of the Year.

Leg Three West Yorkshire Police

After a long journey from Northumbria Police Eddy arrived at West Yorkshire Police HQ, as he arrived he was very excited and looking forward to meeting many officers. His first port of call was @WYP_BAWP.

Eddy was quick to get noticed within West Yorkshire and wanted to meet with the Best Tweeting Chief Constable Dee Collins, seeking advice on how he should tweet because he couldn’t really work it out knowing that this was one of the CC strengths he leapt at the chance or did he just have his eyes set on those awards?

He was quick to jump at the chance to shadow one of the most inspirational women within British policing. Together they went off to brief Eddy on the Police and Crime plan.

Eddy really enjoyed the meeting and was able to take a lot away with him. He had lots to think about before he headed off.

But Eddy spotted a camera, The last time he did this he stole a slot on the Police Interceptors, this could be his chance to get noticed and swoop the best tweeting police bear award at this year’s Police Twitter Awards…. Come on Eddy he was thinking.

After all those pictures Eddy decided to hunt out the snacks, he was starting to get hungry after all that work.

All of a sudden he bumped into one of the Police Twitter Awards Finalists he was star struck as he filled his paws.

It was only Police Community Support Officer Sarah Barberini. He knew he only had one chance to make sure PCSO Barberini would work with him, maybe later.

After making arrangements to go out another day Eddy was back with Dee talking about the importance of Force Accountability with Meg Ininns. He really enjoyed the company of Meg, such a wonderful lady he thought.

Next Eddy wanted to learn some leadership skills he was so excited that he grabbed one of the front seats.

Eddy told Angela Williams that he was very impressed with their 999 performance. He decided he must visit the contact centre.

https://twitter.com/WYPAngelaWill/status/918247052341071872

999 whats your emergency, Eddy was now on his first emergency call, he jumped straight in there he just wanted to do his bit to make a difference and help another.

Following his call Eddy was supported by another member of the Forces Contact Centre to guide him in the right direction.

After a 12 hour night shift in the West Yorkshire Contact Centre Eddy was raring to go and decided he wanted to pay a little visit to some four-legged friends.

https://twitter.com/WYPHorses/status/918441245328007169

Marley was not having any of it, Eddy get a suitable riding hat on or you’re not coming out with me.

Next Eddy was off to promote diversity and difference within West Yorkshire Police with some fellow friends.

Yes, the day has finally come that Eddy gets to work with one of the Police Twitter Award Finalists, he wants to learn from the best here. He was delighted to be announced as a new starter. That award must be within his sights now.

Dedicated to the job and eager to make some good first impressions with PCSO Barberini he decided he would help fill out the digital record for a section 59 warning. Phew thinking Eddy i managed to get out of making the brews.

A quick check of PCSO Barberini boots and they are off out on patrol. Very shiney indeed he added.

Next, he decided he would visit Cohort 6… All at the ready line up for inspection… Come on now.

PSCO Barberini was soon onto his plans to take the best tweeting bear at the police twitter awards and chucked him in the cells, before releasing him and thanking him for his time.

Yes another camera, I have time to reclaim my fame and take to the big screen move over police interceptors I’ve got my own show now West Yorkshire 999.

Next Eddy was off to see Police Sergeant Chirs Dibbs to learn about leadership and professional development.

https://twitter.com/WYP_PSDibbs/status/919937783137005568

He quickly took the opportunity for another photo with Sarah Baker and Andy From the West Yorkshire Police media team.

https://twitter.com/WYP_PSDibbs/status/919915574393737218

Eddy was then introduced to the West Yorkshire Police Training Centre and meet with Cohort 13A/B. Wishing them all good luck.

Next, he took the opportunity to give some advice to members of the performance, conduct and welfare class for first line managers.

And then he was off to meet some new officers on their second day with West Yorkshire Police

And decided to help Cohort 12 A/B with their IT instruction.

Next, it was a lesson in first aid, one of the most important aspects of police training when responding to a critical situation.

After a fantastic couple of days at Carr Gate Eddy was eager to show off everything he had been shown to Ossett Brownies.

However he had his sights on NPAS Carr Gate, Maybe he will be the eye in the sky next?

For now, it’s a sleepover with PC Sally Baines…. Goodnight Eddy. Don’t be making too much noise.

https://twitter.com/WYP_SallyB/status/920750119045206017

Why the tour?

Eddy was sent on his travels by Durham Police so that we could raise further awareness and funds for COPS Charity, We wanted a creative way to have some fun and along the way raise some money for a good cause.

UK Cops are dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives in relation to their duty, to rebuild their lives and we wanted to do our little bit.

Julia Berry has been doing running lately and wanted to use her running to raise money for her chosen charity.

She has already taken on the Cops 30 Miler, The Great North Run, ending at the Birmingham International Marathon.

You can keep track Jules runs and where Eddy is at on his tour by following @PCEdwardWalker #PCWalkerTours

About COPS

COPS is the UK charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives in relation to their duty, to rebuild their lives.

Since being founded in 2003, they have helped hundreds of families shattered by the loss of their police officer. They aim to ensure that surviving family members have all the help they need

to cope with such a tragedy and they remain part of the police family.

What COPS do

COPS is a peer support charity, enabling Survivors from around the UK to support other Survivors in practical ways. They arrange local and national events that enable Survivors to build friendships and bonds that support them through the good times and bad.

Families are rightly proud of their officer and COPS to help ensure that they remain part of the police family.

Please Donate

If you are wanting to make a donation to UK Cops please donate via Jules Just Giving Page.

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Armed Policing…

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Armed Police are just regular cops with guns, they volunteer to carry the gun and do not get paid extra for the risk they face when they pull the trigger.

They are the ones that run into danger with the risk that they won’t return home to their own families all because they want to save and protect others from death.

Armed officers are there at terrorist incidents and have killed active terrorists within seconds of jumping out the ARV.

They’ve risk everything to protect their own lives while protecting others. When I say they risk it all they put their own life at risk and then their own job and their own liberty at the hands of the criminal justice system.

Armed officers have just one second to decide if they are going to take a life or not, because one second later that armed officer could be the one who has his or her life taken.

Officers press their finger on the trigger, point the red dot on the torso hoping they won’t have to pull the trigger and begin shouting demands. At the moment that armed cop is hoping the weapon is thrown to one side,

They don’t want to have to shoot suspects or kill them. They are simply there to remove the risk and lock up the bad guy. They never want to be in that situation but it happens.

Sometimes and very rarely that weapon isn’t thrown aside despite the officers wish and what goes through his or her mind will be the hardest thing they’ve ever had to do that officer has one second to decide, to let the trigger.

A simple choice that the offender has made in which he was very much in control of has changed both lives forever instead of jail there is now a funeral and the officer that let go of that trigger will face a grilling in the press & face investigation with the possibility of criminal charges for simply doing a job.

Within hours of not knowing the true circumstances, the armchair police and keyboard warriors will have set in and completed investigation for the police. something we simply need to wait until the investigation is complete before we judge.

Police will only shoot at offenders in a very limited number of circumstances and that would be a terrorist or someone who is shot by officers to prevent a further loss of life.

That officer and armed response team did not leave the house this morning thinking I’m going to kill someone tonight.

That officer will have a number of sleepless nights and flashbacks knowing they have taken a life. something that isn’t easy to live with even in the circumstances faced.

Imagine the sad feeling that firearms officers face when they are faced with that split-second choice to pull the trigger.

Sometimes after hours of negotiations to reduce the risk and encourage the offender to give it up and not escalate things further, no one goes out to kill someone. Cops go out to help people after shooting they then offer life support in attempts to save the offenders life.

Those officers who pull the trigger are forced into that choice because within that second they knew they would have lost their lives and that will stay with them for the rest of theirs.

After that moment the officer will face investigation, interviews the IPCC and then inquests and possible legal action.

We must support our armed officers and not criticise the brilliant work they are doing day and night to keep us safe.

They are incredibly skilled and talented officers. Tweet your views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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