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Free as a bird
Devon and Cornwall Police has launched the first dedicated police drone unit in the UK. It appears, as we go to print, not to have crashed into anything, yet.
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This digital age
Detectives in London are trying to find the owner of a human finger ‘found by a dog’ near Euston station almost seven years ago. DNA was obtained but it matches neither missing person nor crime reports.
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Taking the biscuit
A beat officer based at Kingston, south west London has been on restricted duties since last June for allegedly eating and distributing a colleague’s biscuits without permission. Such acts are, within the police canteen culture, approaching sacrilege.
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Clunk click
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been reported for not wearing her seatbelt while travelling to Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament.
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Resourcing by numbers
The British police service is relieved to hear that Diane Abbott has returned to work as shadow home secretary, after stepping aside because her Type 2 diabetes got out of control during her busy election campaign, when she repeatedly struggled when challenged on figures and statistics.
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Judgments of errors
The High Court has ruled that the decision of South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) Dr Alan Billings to first suspend and then ask Chief Constable David Crompton to resign for the novel offence of ‘eroding public confidence’ was unlawful.
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Professionalising internment
The Metropolitan Police Service has decided to reduce the number of detective vacancies (600) by recruiting people who will go straight into the role without first, or perhaps ever, working as beat officers in uniform. Why these vacancies exist is uncertain, although high workloads, a lack of support, intense scrutiny, more complex and arduous work for less pay than their uniformed colleagues could be having a slight impact.
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You can look but...
Could the deployment of troops as part of Operation Temperer be the latest phase of the Government’s plan to decimate the British police service?
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In need of a check-up
It is alleged that thousands of British police officers have not had up-to-date background checks, and may not be suitable to serve.
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Ner ner ner ner ner ner...
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has found out that some police forces are putting the public at risk by rationing their response as they struggle with cutbacks, “downgrading” 999 calls so that they can answer them more slowly, reducing numbers of detectives, arresting fewer people, assessing incidents of domestic violence over the phone, avoiding classifying violent gangs and organised crime, shelving crimes without proper investigation and failing to enter 67,000 people suspected of crimes onto the police national computer. Other than that, things are going as well as is to be expected.
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