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Pocket Sergeant wins top London Award after winning public vote

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Former Cleveland and Lincolnshire Police Officer, Paul Cooper talks about his mobile app being used by police forces and the app’s latest award win in London.

Paul Cooper left his policing career behind in October 2016 due to the spiraling success of his mobile app, Pocket Sergeant which was developed by Middlesbrough-based Sockmonkey Studios. The app is primarily aimed at police officers and staff which makes their role on the frontline easier.

Pocket Sergeant won the gold award in the Mobile App category at the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016. Winning the award meant Paul was invited to the Digital Awards Champions 2017 event at the prestigious BFI Southbank, London. Here, Pocket Sergeant faced other gold award winners from other Digital Awards schemes.

Pocket Sergeant won gold on 9 February after racking up the most public votes and was the only nominee from Cambridgeshire to take gold.

Paul who now lives in Market Deeping, Peterborough is delighted at the level of recognition his mobile app is receiving. The app has received a lot of recognition on social media too with existing police officers recommending Pocket Sergeant to their Chief Constables and key decision makers amongst their digital teams.

“There are now over 16,000 Pocket Sergeant followers on Twitter alone. Over the last month, Twitter has been going crazy with police officers bringing the app to the attention of their key decision makers. As a result, this has raised the app’s profile. There are now numerous police forces using the app on handsets issued to their front line officers. I have received inquiries from others,” Paul states.

There are many products out there who offer information or reference tools to police which are mainly web based. Paul says, “I am currently reaching out to organisations to collaborate. Often, when organisations come together, the best ideas are created. I want to continue doing good but on a larger scale.”

Pocket Sergeant has over 22,000 users and this is growing rapidly month on month.

Paul is currently offering free trials to police forces throughout the United Kingdom.

Priced as £3.99, Pocket Sergeant is currently available on the Apple and Google Play Stores. Find out more information about the app by visiting the website directly at www.pocketsergeant.co.uk.

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College appoints new non-executive members

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The College of Policing has appointed three new non-executive directors. They join the college as independent members of the college of policing’s board.

The new members who have been appointed are Clare Minchington, Ian Wylie and Jackie Smith.

All three members are independent which means they come from a non-policing background, to offer a fresh approach within the college.

Over the next few months, the College will be arranging some local force visits and meetings with national partners for Clare, Jackie and Ian as part of an induction programme introducing them to the police service.

They replace Sir Denis O’Connor and Professor Larry Sherman who stepped down in December 2017, and Millie Banerjee who was appointed the chair of the board in November 2017.

Millie Banerjee, Chair of the College of Policing, said:

“I am pleased to welcome our three new appointees and look forward to working with them. Now that the College’s board is at full strength we are well placed to work closely with the executive on our ambitious plans to better support policing.

Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, CEO of the College of Policing, said:

“Our three new appointees bring great expertise and experience from membership and regulatory bodies as well as academia. This can only be of benefit to the College, our members and the public that we serve so I look forward to working with them as we go forward.”

All three attended their first board meeting in July.

Clare Minchington is currently the Chair of BPP University and a Council Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the General Optical Council.

Ian Wylie has been Chief Executive of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists since September 2010.

Jackie Smith joins having previously been chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council for over six years.

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Man arrested on suspicion of murdering woman known to him

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A 30-year-old man has now been arrested in hartlepool on suspicion of murder in connection with an incident on Oxford Road in Hartlepool yesterday evening.

Cleveland Police had been urgently seeking to trace 30-year-old Torbjorn Kettlewell, also known as Ian Kettlewell, from Hartlepool, who they would like to speak to in connection with the murder of a woman on Oxford Road in Hartlepool.

Members of the public had been warned not to approach him, but to contact police on 999 if they see him or know of his whereabouts.

Police are unable to name the victim at this time, but can say that she is a woman believed to be aged in her late twenties and steps are ongoing to formally identify the woman later today.

Officers were called to Oxford Road near to Chaucer Avenue just after 9pm on Friday 3rd August, to a report of a woman with significant injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief Superintendent Alastair Simpson said: “Firstly, my thoughts and sympathies are with the family of the woman who was tragically killed last night. Specially trained officers are supporting the family at this extremely difficult time.

“As part of our enquiries we would urgently like to speak to Torbjorn Kettlewell, also known as Ian Kettlewell, who is from the Hartlepool area.

He is described as being 6ft tall with ginger hair and a beard. At the time he was believed to be wearing jeans and a grey checked shirt or top and it is possible that he left the area in a red Vauxhall Astra or Insignia type vehicle. I would urge people not to approach him, but to call 999 if they see him.

“Residents in the local area will naturally be shocked by what has happened and I would like to reassure them that we have a dedicated team who are working tirelessly on this case and all the necessary specialist resources are being made available to them.

“Our enquiries so far have led detectives to believe that this was a targeted attack.

“There is a visible police presence in and around the area of the murder. Anyone in the local community who has concerns can approach any of these officers and speak to them about this incident.”

Anyone with information who does not wish to speak directly can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Congratulations John Apter new police fed chair

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Rank and File officers have voted, and the winner has been announced following a respectful campaign.

The Police Federation has announced the new national federation chair as John Apter, in a historic vote which allowed federation members to vote for their new chair for the first time.

John Apter has now been announced as the Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales.

John Apter a very prolific tweeter had chaired Hampshire Police Federation was announced as the first National Chair which was voted by frontline police officers, and members of the federation.

A move which could see special constables allowed to join and benefit from Police Federation membership something which Apter has been very public about supporting.

The new voting process to elect a new national police chair was part of reforms following recommendations made within an independent review of the Federations in 2014.

Apter went head to head with Phil Matthews who currently leads on Conduct and Performance within the Police Federation. Matthews ran a respectful campaign. However, the highly profiled Apter stood out to the rank and file membership.

John started his career in policing in 1992, working in response, roads policing and as part of a specialist team investigating road deaths, before being voted in as Chair of Hampshire Police Federation in 2010.

The National Chair plays a key role in the organisation – ensuring members’ welfare and interests are voiced, acting as principal spokesperson and representing the organisation on a national level.

This was the first time members have been able to vote for their National Chair – a big step forward for the organisation.

John will take over from the current Chair Calum Macleod from Wednesday 1 August 2018.

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