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National Police Crisis now is the time to support and protect our frontline cops



For many years Police Hour has campaigned and supported the protection of front line officers, We warned that decreasing officer number would have a significant impact we are now warning that we are within a ‘National Policing Crisis’ a claim which is backed by the findings of the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

They have reported that the state of British policing is now a ‘national crisis’ which is now leaving members of the public at an ‘unacceptable risk’.

Within the UK we have some of the best officers and most dedicated police officers, where we let them down is we overwork them and this government fails to provide them with the basic funding to do the job they are passionate about.

Which we believe has to lead to the findings of this report which showed that victims are being let down suspects are being left to walk the streets freely and unsolved cases are being shelved because of the inability to perform the basic functions of policing.

And this government has a lot to answer to with regards to those failings within policing not out police leaders who have been doing the best they can with the tools they have. For many years they have fired warning shots that policing is stretched and they don’t know how long they can continue with the tools they have been provided.

The result of the crime victims has been massive because those offenders have not been brought to justice people who have been raped have never seen their offender brought to justice.

Family members have had loved ones brutally murdered with the killer being free to walk the streets this is what our government has done to British policing.

And why have these offenders not been caught? because there is a national shortage of detectives and front-line response officers, the eyes and ears on the ground Police Community Support officers (PCSO have been cut.

Often PSCO’s are now crewed with response cops due to their not being enough coppers on the ground.

The HMIC has found that:

  • Emergency calls were being downgraded in order to justify a slower response and failings in responding to vulnerable victims
  • Details of 67,000 suspects had not been placed on the police national computer
  • Fewer arrests were being made
  • A large number of crimes were effectively “written off”
  • In too many cases “insufficient action” was being taken
  • Inexperienced officers were left to carry out complex investigations such as rape cases

For the first time in British Policing, we now face a national crisis and the HMIC has bow issued a ‘red flag’ warning.

The HMIC has said that this is the first time a national crisis of shortage of officers has occurred.

leading to excessive workloads and complex investigations being led by those who do not have the experience of such complex investigations.

HM Inspector Zoe Billingham warned: “Over the last few years, HMIC has said consistently that police forces were managing well in increasingly difficult circumstances.

“Nonetheless, today, I’m raising a red flag to warn forces of the consequences of what is, to all intents and purposes, an unconscious form of rationing of police services.”Durham was the only force judged to be “outstanding”, 28 forces were rated as “good”, 13 “require improvement”, but Bedfordshire was declared “inadequate”.

Durham Constabulary was the only force within the UK judged to be “outstanding”, 28 forces were rated as “good”, 13 “require improvement”, but Bedfordshire was declared “inadequate”.

Sir Tom Winsor reforms

During the time Theresa May was Home Secretary she appointed Tom Winsor to oversee cuts to policing or what they coined them reformed.

Forcing cuts to policing and extreme reforms that would have a significant blow to policing.  Officers on the ground warned that these would have massive impacts on policing and would result in more crime and less criminals being caught.

Winsor famously reviewed the police pay and conditions having had no previous policing experience.

He was asked to look at policing reforms having came from a rail background producing the Winsor report. Which outraged thousands of serving police officers.

Winsor failed to engage with serving police officers before pushing forward his reforms that proved damaging to British policing.

He lowered the starting rate for new recruits, he introduced policing performance payments and yearly fitness tests for officers.

Increased the police officer pension age to 60 meaning officers would have to work until they were 60 for a full pension.

Winsor made it a requirement for all police recruits to have a policing qualification before they are allowed to enter the police.

But he made suggestions of reform that had such a financially impact on policing that there would eventually be consequences to the cuts.

Warning of Cuts 

Sir Tom Winsor constantly warned that the police should be further cut and always said that policing cuts are here to stay.

He once said ‘ there is plenty of room for more cuts to policing. He suggested that these cuts could be made possible by focusing on more serious crime.’ and that his focus was that ‘Police officers should be focusing on working in a smarter way.’

For destroying policing he was knighted Sir Tom Winsor.



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Policing and Ethics Panels… are they really working?



Every Police force across the U.K. has a code of ethics and a panel to go with it.

They meet every six weeks and talk about ethics within policing. These panels expect the highest standards of behaviour and conduct from the police officers and staff within the force.

Surely these code of ethics should also be a reflection and followed by those independent people who sit on these panels.

They expect the highest standards from those officers, but we as members of the public should also expect the highest standards of behaviour from those who sit within these panels.

We should expect these standards to be adhered to within everyday life and within the online social media world. After all if the code of ethics panels cannot adhere to these basic standards how can we expect others too.

What are the code of ethics?

The Code of Ethics is a code of practice for the principles and standards of behaviour that applies to the police service in England and Wales.

The code of ethics applies to anyone working on behalf of the police service which actually also includes those members of the panels which in some cases don’t seem to follow their own ethics.

We expect from those who are working within the police service as a basic. .

  • Acting with honesty and integrity, fairness and impartiality.
  • Treating members of the public and their colleagues with respect.
  • Not abusing their powers and authority.
  • Acting in a manner that does not discredit or undermine public confidence in the police service.

Making Ethical Decisions

The Code of Ethics promotes the use of the National Decision Model (NDM) to help embed ethical reasoning in accordance with policing principles and expected standards of behaviour.

The model allows people to be more questioning of the situations confronting them, more challenging of themselves and better able to make ethical and effective decisions.

The model places the Code of Ethics at the centre of all decision making.

This reminds those in the policing profession that they should consider the principles and expected standards of behaviour set out in the Code at every stage of making decisions.

The NDM is inherently exible. It can be applied to spontaneous incidents or planned operations, by an individual or teams of people, and to operational and non-operational situations.

It can also be expanded as appropriate for specialist and other areas of policing. The NDM also works well for reviewing and debrie ng decisions and actions.

In every case the elements of the NDM stay the same, but users decide for themselves which questions and considerations they apply at

each stage.

Understanding, practising and using the NDM helps people develop the knowledge and skills necessary to make ethical, proportionate and defensible decisions in all policing situations.

In a fast-moving incident, the main priority of decision makers is to keep in mind the principles and standards set out in the Code of Ethics.

You are not expected to know the Code of Ethics word for word. What is expected is that you apply the intent of the Code to your decisions and ask yourself questions such as:

• Is my decision in line with the principles and expected behaviours outlined in the Code of Ethics?

• Will this action or decision re ect well on my professionalism and policing generally?

• Would I be comfortable explaining this action or decision to my supervisor?

• Would I be prepared to defend this action or decision in public?

Independent Ethical Panels

We understand the value that ethics panels add to all levels of the police service but do they add anything to policing? Are they just talking and achieving nothing? Some would say they are an invaluable resource.

It could be argued that some members of these independent ethical panels aren’t adhering to the values of the purpose of the ethical panels, some are publicly acting in a way to deliberately undermine public confidence in the police service to achieve and follow their own agenda publicly targeting police officers and members of the public in a way that is verging on the boundaries of Harassment and malicious communications all in the name of Ethical policing.

These members are going unchallenged because they believe they are simply above the law when it comes to Ethical Policing and we have to questions the motives for these people wanting to be on Ethical Panels.

Members of these panels are not acting honestly, with integrity, fairness and impartiality these panels.

So we would question the direct ethics of these ethical policing panels.

And ask ourselves are they worth the money spent on them?

Do they just create problems that don’t exist? Are they overthinking the whole thing?

Or are they adding value to the service, valuable change and meaningful discussions?

We know that many members of Ethical Panels are adhering to these standards and do have the right intentions but it is now your challenge to ensure other members no longer go unchecked.

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Man arrested after woman shot in East Sussex



A has been arrested after shooting a pregnant woman and one other person, through the windows of a house, in St Leonard’s in East Sussex, at around 8pm tonight.

The area around Bexhill Road was on lockdown with residents reporting on social media that they had been told to stay at home and lock their doors.

One man has been arrested and is in custody.



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Millions targeted in HMRC tax fraud scam doing the rounds #Tell2



Police are urging residents to be alert for telephone scams following reports that a number of residents have been contacted by a caller claiming to be from the tax office, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), this week.

Fraudsters are typically contacting the elderly, intimidating victims with threats of arrest for alleged outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name.

Police are thanking those who have reported the incidents and remind members of the public that HMRC will never make phone calls, use text messages or email to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty and will never ask for payment in this way.

For more information on this type of crime do visit:

Alternatively, report incidents of fraud to Action Fraud using their online reporting tool or by calling 0300 1232040.



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