WHY ARE WE PRESSING GOVERNMENT
A ROYAL COMMISSION?
This is why!
YOUR Police Service is at RISK which means YOUR safety
20% Cuts and 3 reports are in wide circulation
WINSOR, HUTTON & NEYROUD they all seek to change the structure of todays Police Service but at what cost to YOU?
Policing organisations: ACPO The Association of Chief Police Officers, APA Association of Police Authorities, NPIA National Policing Improvement Agency, The UK Government and these 3 report writers have had little or no consultation with YOU the General Public over this restructure.
A Royal Commission will rectify this YOU will have a say and create stability and security for the future.
Sign it TODAY and register YOUR SAY
This week Protect Our Police invited Nick Keane to tell us about the ever increasing use of Social Media in the Police World. Here he explains about twitter and how it can improve communication in the Policing World.
Nick Keane: – Is the Digital Engagement Business Advisor for the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and the view expressed in this blog is his own and not that of the Agency.
On Wednesday 13th April the Policy Exchange in London held a Police leadership event where Peter Neyroud, Nick Gargan CEO of the NPIA, Chief Constable Andy Trotter, Lord Bichard and Derek Barnett of the Superintendent’s Association discussed the Neyroud Report on Police Training and Leadership
I attended the event and, with other attendees, reported on the event using the micro blogging site twitter.com. Protect Our Police have kindly invited me to blog about tweeting events and what it means and what issues to bear in mind.
Whether because of people’s changing perceptions about social media or in response to the ongoing national debate around policing, it is evident that police officers in a number of different capacities are starting to use twitter as a tool to engage and discuss policing issues. The Police Federation, Superintendent’s Association and ACPO now have active twitter accounts. Perhaps as a sign of the times two of Wednesday’s panellists Mr Neyroud and Mr Gargan also have accounts. In addition and people who follow me on twitter (@nickkeane) will be aware that over four hundred police officers are using twitter as part of their community engagement processes .
For the full list of UK Cops who tweet go here
As part of this growing appetite for using twitter is the growth in people tweeting significant events, in this case the Policy Exchange meeting, here are a few guidelines of what to think about.
1) Obviously do people at the event want the discussions tweeted? In the Policy Exchange event this was made evident at the start because the event had a twitter hashtag, this is a word which when preceded by the # sign signifies content. I.e. #police or #leadership or in this case #polfuture this indicates that the organisers of the event are comfortable with people tweeting in the event. In the absence of a hashtag I would speak with the organisers and check that they are happy with the event being reported on twitter, this probably results in an announcement at the commencement of the event that the event will be being tweeted. Finally (and this is the exception rather than the rule) not everything said in a meeting or event is for public dissemination, it could be an issue of privacy or confidentiality, at one event I spoke with a concerned speaker who wanted to be less inhibited in what she said and we agreed that at any time she could signal to me to say “don’t tweet this”. Twitter runs on trust and we complied with that system. Going back to Wednesday’s event, I tweeted using my laptop, it was evident to all attendees that this was going on and being open and ethical about this goes a long way. I spent a small part of my time talking through this with attendees and people from the panel. Access and consent are so important and that is why this is probably the longest of the guidelines
2) Who should tweet? What was good about Wednesday was that there was more than one person tweeting, this to me is preferable, the more people tweeting gives the person following from home or work a wider spectrum of opinions about what’s going on. No one tweeting an event is poor, one person tweeting is passable (but asking a lot of that one person), more than one person tweeting “good”
3) If you’re on twitter and you become aware of a relevant event being live tweeted, notify your followers, or simply RT (Retweet) and posting with the hashtag on.
4) What to tweet. By and large I avoid commentary and try and capture what was said, not obviously verbatim, but sufficient to capture the intent of the speaker. In my mind, the person quoted can come up to me afterwards and be content with that I have been as accurate as possible in capturing what they said. Commentary can be either helpful or frustrating “Person A is disagreeing with person B” doesn’t tell the listener what that’s about. “Person A says I take a different because of …” Again if the speaker is on twitter (i.e. @pwneyroud) it’s additionally ethical that they can see what you said they said. So as a rule, content first, commentary later.
5) Questions. Be prepared for this, at the Wednesday event, when the question and answer session took place I tweeted for people following on twitter if they had a question I would try and raise it. I think this caught people unawares but be prepared for these opportunities in the future. From my point of view I will not ask rude or impertinent questions, e.g. “what planet does person A think he lives on?” It won’t get asked and if it did it would devalue the process.
6) Finally how to follow. These events should have a hashtag, if not someone tweeting will create a hashtag on the spot; good form for other people tweeting the event is to follow this convention, i.e. use the same hashtag. So I’m at “Speak to your managers event,” I’ll be tweeting it as #STYME2011. For the person following on twitter when you see that tweet you can either click on the hashtag, it should be blue and therefore a link, that will take you to a page marked “real results for #styme2011” or you can type the hashtag into the search section on your twitter page, this will alert you as other mentions of the hashtag take place so you can keep up. Alternatively there are applications such as twitterfall which allow you to follow hashtags; this is especially useful when a number of people are tweeting at the same time.
Finally we’ve produced a user friendly guide to police engagement called Engage which people will find useful.
Thank you Nick, whether Member of the Public or Police Officer please enage with us or any debate you see on twitter. It is YOUR opportunity to get involved!
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There were further calls for a Royal Commission into Policing today at the London Police Reform Conference. Simon Reed Vice Chair PFEW and Baroness Harris of Richmond both called for the Commission to look at the future of Policing but what does a Royal Commission mean for YOU?
YOU can read an explanation here on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Commission
But in a nut shell a Royal Commission is a body set up by the Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister to gather information about the operation of existing laws or to investigate any social, educational, or other matter. The commission has prescribed terms of reference and reports to the government on how any change might be achieved.
Do we need one? YOU bet we do
Whilst Winsor, Hutton and Neyroud sit balanced on the top of the wall the interested parties have begun to debate to pull them off on their side.
Nick Herbert has begun to silence his critics with the use of disingenuous comments in his speech today engineering his words around support for Chief Officers who keep quiet and carry on!
The Association of Chief Police Officers is attempting to introduce an Institute charging pay frozen Rank & File Police Officers £50 for the pleasure of registering as a members.
The National Police Improvement Agency has for now beaten off the wolf from the door for another few months
The Association of Police Authorities is facing redundancy in the wake of the rocket introduction of Police Commissioners.
UTTER CONFUSION REIGNS . . .
OUR Police Service looks set to change in record time BUT still with LITTLE or NO Public Consultation.
Remember the Police Service provides their service with consent so where is the consent for change? Are the Governments ideas, and let’s face it the Police Federation have proven that some proposals have been found to be completely unresearched based now falling on deaf ears?
The Police Federation appear to be the only Police related organisation who are forging ahead professionaly debating proper research based arguement!
**WE NEED A ROYAL COMMISSION**
Have YOUR say and sign our Petition for a Royal Commission today.
Just click on this link: http://www.protectourpolice.co.uk/?page_id=97 and following the instructions, it’s as simple as that!
What are the Police Federation of England & Wales doing for Rank & File Police Officers?
Well HERE is what they are doing . . .
Winsor Review: Statement by Ian Rennie to the Police Negotiating Board – 14th April 2011
Simon Reed, Vice Chairman, speech to the Policing Reform Conference – 14th April 2011
Chairman says ‘No Minister’ to planned changes – Police Review – 15th April 2011
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QE2 Conference Centre todays host of the Police Reform Conference
Baroness Harris calls for a Royal Commission into Policing
It appears that there were mixed messages coming from ACPO and Government at the Police Reform Conference held in the QE2 Centre in London today.
Several sources were tweeting from the event as speakers including Sir Hugh Orde, Simon Reed and Nick Herbert gave their views on the reforms.
Nick Herbert repeated claims that the Metropolitan Police were the only force recruiting praising his Tory friend and London Mayor Boris but was quickly corrected by a Surrey Councillor who stated that they were too!
However it was also widely felt that Nick Herbert criticised ACPO ranks when he said “The thing that I am increasingly doing is noting the Chief Constables from forces who are delivering these savings, all requiring difficult decisions I accept, but delivering decisions in a way which actually is protecting the frontline service, these are often the quieter chief constables, those who are not bursting out into the national media to give us the benefit of their latest opinion, but actually are getting on with the job along with their workers”.
He was of course referring to Chief Officers like Chief Chris Sims who spoke out earlier this week in the Times.
Following his speech there were several calls for an apology one of note was the Shadow Policing Minister Vernon Coker who said “This is a disgraceful attack. Oon chief constables who are understandably concerned about having to lose over 12,500 police officers because of the Tory-led government’s 20% cuts to policing,”
One tweeter even suggested he should be removed from his post!
John Shaw from G4S then as one tweeter explained ‘Exploded the myths and received wisdom about back office savings.’
Nick Gargan from the NPIA pointed out that ‘It is “facile & simplistic” to think you can save billions from procurement collaboration’
This was the press statement on the NPIA website: NPIA Chief Executive Nick Gargan today urged police colleagues not to be distracted from their central job of protecting vulnerable people by the large number of changes facing the service.
‘Speaking at the Police Reform Conference today in central London he said that the new Police Commissioners and National Crime Agency together with the impact of the Winsor and Neyroud Reviews would mean fundamental changes to the police.
He reminded the audience that police spending on IT was higher than in comparable industries. He also outlined how the NPIA’s ISIS strategy could help forces reduce IT costs and improve their service to the public. He added that every pound saved on IT could help maintain front-line policing.
He urged delegates wanting to reduce bureaucracy to fundamentally examine which services had become unaffordable rather than just trying to reduce paperwork’.
Sir Hugh Orde then spoke and said “The notion that police are the last unreformed public service is a complete nonsense” He continued to attack the Government mantra that “All we do is crime” In respect of the reform of ACPO Sir Hugh insisted that ‘The idea of the Institute of policing was not an attempt to have ACPO funded by rank & file’ He then referred to press coverage of Police reform and cuts Sir Hugh stating ‘There is a certain element of the British media that are out to discredit the work of the police … to justify pay cuts’
Simon Reed the Vice Chair Police Federation England & Wales was on the stage next. Here is a slice of his speech taken from the Police Federation website:
“If we are going to have such wide scale, but piecemeal, reform of policing then let’s do it properly.
Let’s review our role in this complex society – and
Let’s ask the public – what works and what doesn’t
Let’s find out what are their wants and needs from their police service?
Let’s ask them what they expect from their criminal justice system?
Let’s ensure we have the ability to identify and plan for future threats and challenges
Let’s ensure we are able to effectively allocate resources in time. We agree with the Police Minister that resources are precious.
This is the only way to ensure efficient and effective use of resources and reduce bureaucracy accordingly
The piecemeal and haphazard approach to reform has failed
Police officers are not resistant to change
The Police Federation of England and Wales is not resistant to change
In fact, we have been calling for considered change for over a decade now.
But change that must have the public interest at its heart
Not change for change sake; based on a whim by those merely seeking re-election
Ladies and gentlemen, what we urgently need is a Royal Commission on Policing
That way we can ensure we have a police service that is fit for purpose
A police service that delivers what the public wants
A police service that takes account of the huge changes we have seen in society
Our police service is the envy of the world
I can assure you that we are not going to roll over and the let the government destroyed it and jeopardise public safety without a fight”
Rob Garnham – Chair, Association of Police Authorities also spoke at the conference. This is a snippet of what he had to say:
‘We’re still here and fighting in the public interest both on today’s challenges and future reviews’
‘Police reforms pose a danger of infecting the police service with partiality and politicisation’
‘There is a danger of severe cuts being wielded by new police commissioners with little experience of policing’
‘There is a danger that partiality of commissioners could harm perception of each police officer’s independence’
There then followed a flood of concerns:
Police delegates raised concern of far right being elected to PCC posts with Simon Reed who was concerned that extremist PCCs were a ‘very real’ threat due to low turnout at elections and that PCCs will also be ‘too parochial’. He raised concern that PCCs will neglect issues like counter terrorism. Mr Reed also made mention of the fact that the precept should not rise when it has risen over the past 10yrs and that the public should not be paying more when they will have fewer Police Officers.
On Nick Herbert’s earlier comments suggesting silencing of some Chief Officers the Association Police Authorities later put out a press statement as follows:
“As Chief Constables’ employers, police authorities entirely agree with the Coalition Government’s programme for Government (May 2010) where it states that
“We need police forces that have greater freedom from Ministerial control”
- and are confident that the Minister would not wish his comments to be interpreted as an attempt to gag Chief Constables; not least as Chief Constables’ views and those of the Home Office and Police Authorities are of equal importance within the Tripartite arrangement which governs policing“.
You can catch up with the full brief by clicking on the following links:
Police Reform Conference – QE2 Centre London
Minister Nick Herbert ‘Trying to silence police concerns about cuts’
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Reserve RUC Remembered
16 members of the Reserve RUC who were murdered between 1974 and 1985 were honoured and their families awarded in a Ceremony which took place in Northern Ireland today. Medals from Chief Constable Matt Baggott and a Certificate of Service from the Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie were handed out. 52 family members and 10 serving PSNI were in attendance as well as members of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland.
This service comes just over a week after PC Ronan Kerr was murdered in Omagh and information that more Officers of the PSNI were to be targeted.
Although Police have arrested a number of people they believe involved with PC Kerr’s murder they are still looking for further information.
You can call them the PSNI Tel: 028 8225 6659
Or anonymously Crime Stoppers Tel: 0800 555 111
Well follow this link
In Summary the Judges are not happy!
Eight out of ten voters now join a judges’ revolt against lenient sentences
Mr Clarke said last night: “I have not implemented a single measure which is soft on crime….”
But we know he has debated them!
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Clicking this link you can view a map of cuts in Police Officer numbers in England & Wales:
Police related organisations now have so many fingers in the pie of reform that they are losing sight of the very people they are working for – The general Public!
3 major reports (Winsor Hutton and Neyroud); Chief Chris Sims article; The Association of Police Authorities, National Policing Improvement Agency, Association of Chief Police Officers and then Government.
Chasing their tales but now entering the Police Negotiating Board stage are the Police Federation representing 140,000 rank & file Officers.
Not entering the debate are other Criminal Justice organisations such as the Crown Prosecution Service and the Judiciary?
But, and you know what’s coming here, where are the public bodies in all of these debates? The victims?
It’s astonishing that major decisions which will affect service delivery and the Office of Constable are being debated without public consultation.
The Police Service cannot allow their guard to be broken. So much is at stake. Europe is set to go into meltdown with an ever limited bail out system of finance. This will eventually allow the likes of crime gangs to move in on the vulnerable Countries. Could the UK be one such Country?
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