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Old March 7th, 2012 #1
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Norfolk Police allays fears over “privatisation” of the force

http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/...orce_1_1229606

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Police have reassured people that the handing of powers to a Costessey security firm was not the first step towards the privatisation of Norfolk Constabulary.

The announcement that GSL Dardan had become the fifth company to be granted policing powers by the force since 2008 under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS), comes just days after it was revealed that Surrey and West Midlands police were inviting bids from private firms to carry out police work such as investigating crimes, patrolling neighbourhoods and detaining suspects.

The CSAS scheme gives security staff powers such as issuing fixed penalty notices for low-level crime, demanding personal details from members of the public, limited access to the confidential Police National Computer and controlling traffic at public events such as football matches or the Lord Mayor’s celebrations.
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Old March 22nd, 2012 #2
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Angry British police to seek right to strike

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/0...82L0Z720120322

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(Reuters) - British police officers angry with the coalition government's plans to cut jobs and freeze pay will vote on whether they want the right to strike, the body representing them said on Thursday.

The Police Federation, which represents 135,000 ordinary "bobbies" and low ranking officers in England and Wales, said the move to seek full industrial rights showed its members were infuriated by the government's austerity drive.

"Officers genuinely feel what the government is doing is decimating the best of British policing," a Federation spokesman said. "The victim of that decimation will be the British public."

Britain's Conservative-led coalition is seeking to make cuts of some 20 percent to police budgets as part of wider austerity measures designed to reduce a huge budget deficit.

Like all public sector workers, police officers are facing a pay freeze and higher pension contributions.

British police officers last went on strike in 1919 in a dispute over pay and have been barred from taking any industrial action since the 1990s.

However, even if members vote for the right to strike, the change would require the law to be amended and could be blocked by parliament.

A government-commissioned report into police pay and conditions last week recommended other wide-ranging changes which would allow officers to be sacked, cut starting salaries, raise the pension age and require staff to have better qualifications.

The Federation said the review for some officers was "the last straw," and it intended to hold a protest in central London ahead of its annual conference in May.

In 2008, about 20,000 off-duty officers marched in London in the biggest police protest ever staged in Britain in a pay row with the then Labour government of Gordon Brown.

"The mood of the membership is such anger, far greater than we saw in 2008, and so we are very conscious that what we plan needs to be able to demonstrate their strength of feeling," the spokesman said.
 
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G4S chief predicts mass police privatisation

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/ju...-privatisation



David Taylor-Smith, the head of G4S for the UK and Africa, said he expected most UK police forces to sign up to privatisation deals.



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Private companies will be running large parts of the UK's police service within five years, according to the world's biggest security firm.

David Taylor-Smith, the head of G4S for the UK and Africa, said he expected police forces across the country to sign up to similar deals to those on the table in the West Midlands and Surrey, which could result in private companies taking responsibility for duties ranging from investigating crimes to transporting suspects and managing intelligence.

The prediction comes as it emerged that 10 more police forces were considering outsourcing deals that would see services, such as running police cells and operating IT, run by private firms.

Taylor-Smith, whose company is in the running for the £1.5bn contract with West Midlands and Surrey police, said he expected forces across the country to have taken similar steps within five years . "For most members of the public what they will see is the same or better policing and they really don't care who is running the fleet, the payroll or the firearms licensing – they don't really care," he said.

G4S, which is providing security for the Olympics, has 657,000 staff operating in more than 125 countries and is one of the world's biggest private employers. It already runs six prisons in the UK and in April started work on a £200m police contract in Lincolnshire, where it will design, build and run a police station. Under the terms of the deal, 575 public sector police staff transferred to the company.

Taylor-Smith said core policing would remain a public-sector preserve but added: "We have been long-term optimistic about the police and short-to-medium-term pessimistic about the police for many years. Our view was, look, we would never try to take away core policing functions from the police but for a number of years it has been absolutely clear as day to us – and to others – that the configuration of the police in the UK is just simply not as effective and as efficient as it could be."

Concern has grown about the involvement of private firms in policing. In May more than 20,000 officers took to the streets to outline their fears about pay, conditions and police privatisation. The Police Federation has warned that the service is being undermined by creeping privatisation.

Unite, the union that represents many police staff, said the potential scale of private-sector involvement in policing was "a frightening prospect". Peter Allenson, national officer, said: "This is not the back office – we are talking about the privatisation of core parts of the police service right across the country, including crime investigation, forensics, 999 call-handling, custody and detention and a wide range of police services."

Taylor-Smith said "budgetary pressure and political will" were driving the private-sector involvement in policing but insisted that the "public sector ethos" had not been lost.

"I have always found it somewhere between patronising and insulting the notion that the public sector has an exclusive franchise on some ethos, spirit, morality – it is just nonsense," he said. "The thought that everyone in the private sector is primarily motivated by profit and that is why they come to work is just simply not accurate … we employ 675,000 people and they are primarily motivated by pretty much the same as would motivate someone in the public sector."

In the £1.5bn deal being discussed by West Midlands and Surrey police, the list of policing activities up for grabs includes investigating crimes, detaining suspects, developing cases, responding to and investigating incidents, supporting victims and witnesses, managing high-risk individuals, managing intelligence, managing engagement with the public, as well as more traditional back-office functions such as managing forensics, providing legal services, managing the vehicle fleet, finance and human resources.

Chris Sims, West Midlands chief constable, has said his force is a good testing ground for fundamental change as he battled to find £126m of savings. He said the armed forces had embraced a greater role for the private sector more fully than the police without sparking uproar.

But a home affairs select committee report said many of the policing contracts being put up for tender amounted to a "fishing expedition". MPs added that they were not convinced the forces understood what they were doing. The committee chair, Keith Vaz, said: "The Home Office must ensure it knows what services local forces wish to contract out before agreeing to allow expenditure of £5m on what is little more than a fishing expedition."

Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire police announced this month that they were considering privatising some services in an attempt to tackle a £73m funding shortfall created by government cuts. Police authority members in the three counties will be asked to consider how services including HR, finance and IT could be outsourced in line with the G4S contract in Lincolnshire as part of a joint recommendation made by the three chief constables.

It has also emerged that Thames Valley, West Mercia, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Hampshire forces have begun a tendering process to outsource the running of 30 custody suites and 600 cells.

A Home Office spokesperson said, "Policing is not being privatised — core police functions will continue to be delivered by sworn officers and no police powers will be given to private contractors beyond the limited powers allowed by the last government.

But he said there was potential for a bigger role for private companies in future. "The private sector can help to support delivery of police services better and at lower cost, for example providing staff for control rooms and custody centres, releasing officers for frontline duties."

• This article was amended on 21 June to add a quote from a Home Office spokesperson.
 
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Police budget cuts 'risk to three forces', HMIC warns

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18670282

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Three police forces may not be able to provide a "sufficiently efficient or effective service" in the future, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has said.

Its report on the impact of 20% funding cuts to police in England and Wales by 2015 said the Met Police, Devon and Cornwall and Lincolnshire were at risk.

There would be 5,800 fewer front-line officers across the 43 forces, it said.

Ministers said the "vast majority" were "rising to the challenge of reducing budgets while protecting services".
Met 'of particular concern'

Among the HMIC predictions:

The number of civilian staff doing front-line duties would fall by 2,300 by 2015 compared with five years earlier, in addition to the reductions in front-line officers.
The number of non-front-line officers would fall by 7,600, with the total police workforce expected to shrink by 32,400
Further job cuts could be needed because of a £302m shortfall in police spending plans.

Funding cuts. Yeah ok.
 
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Bill Bratton, 65, was David Cameron's preferred choice to become Metropolitan Police Commissioner when Sir Paul Stephenson resigned over the phone hacking scandal in 2011 - but the "rules" prevented it.

Home Secretary Theresa May is now ripping up the directive that says chief constable candidates must be "British" citizens.

Mr Bratton, who crushed gangs and reformed policing in America, said last night that running the Met would be one of the biggest jobs in world policing - and he wants it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-Mets-job.html
 
Old January 23rd, 2013 #6
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Bill Bratton, 65, was David Cameron's preferred choice to become Metropolitan Police Commissioner when Sir Paul Stephenson resigned over the phone hacking scandal in 2011 - but the "rules" prevented it.

Home Secretary Theresa May is now ripping up the directive that says chief constable candidates must be "British" citizens.

Mr Bratton, who crushed gangs and reformed policing in America, said last night that running the Met would be one of the biggest jobs in world policing - and he wants it.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-Mets-job.html
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Los Angeles, Alta California - December 9, 2002 - (ACN)

Just 45 days into his term as the new Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, Bill Bratton is already in Israel for 6 days of training and meetings with top Israeli "security and anti-terrorism experts."

Bratton is married to prominent Jewish attorney and co-anchor of Court TV Rikki Klieman. Chief Bratton also has very strong social and political connections to Michael Bloomberg, the new Jewish Mayor of New York City. Chief Bratton departed to Tel-Aviv on Saturday and will not be back to attend to his duties at Parker Center until Monday December 16.

Los Angeles, like New York City, has a great concentration of Jews and recently the possibility of terrorists attacks on their community has become a big worry. In June, prior to the appointment of Bratton, a top ranking "bomb expert" in the the Los Angeles Police Department as well as two others from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department spent a number of unspecified days in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to train on how to deal with "suicide bombers". Ralph Morten, an LAPD specialist on terrorism and organizer of the training mission in Israel said, "We need to be ready". Now the new chief is in Israel for the same thing.

Chief Bill Bratton said, "I think the Los Angeles Jewish community should feel comfortable knowing there is a high priority toward preventing and protecting against acts of bias and hatred and terror, in particular, in this new environment of concern," he added, "Since I've become chief, I ve been very impressed with the level of preparedness in the city, and also our ability to respond when needed."

"The city has identified 450 potential significant targets of terrorist activity," he said. "Obviously, among those would be the Israeli consul-general’s office, temples, and the Museum of Tolerance," Bratton said. "We constantly monitor the threats that are coming in. Los Angeles, along with New York City and Washington, D.C., would be the highest-profile targets of any anti-Jewish terrorism in this country."

"The LAPD participates in two anti-terrorism task forces, and we have a large contingent of officers assigned to counterterrorism," he continued. "In the months ahead as we continue to reorganize the department, we are going to focus more on this."

Bill Bratton served the Jewish community in New York City very well and they liked him very much. They particularly liked his strong clamp down on the Blacks during the riots between Chasidic Jews that erupted in the Crown Heights section of New York. New York City Jewish Councilman Noach Dear of the largely Orthodox Boro Park section, told newspapers last year that Bratton "is music to our ears."

Rabbi Mark Diamond, executive director of the Southern California Board of Rabbis, said that Bratton's service to the Jewish community was one reason they picked him for Chief of the LAPD.
Bill Bratton, in a recent press interview by the L.A. Jewish media said, "Of course I am the police chief of the whole city but having spent quite a bit of time in New York City, which has a large and similarly focused Jewish community, dealing with the ADL and being married to a Jewish woman, I have an appreciation for the fear among some, as well as the hatred and the prejudice they face. Los Angeles has certainly seen some of the hatred against Jews that has been experienced in other parts of the country and the world."

Because of the brutal Jewish occupation of Palestine and the Los Angeles Jewish community's support of Zionist Israel, the large Mexican-American population in Los Angeles might end up being the indirect victims of a massive biological and/or nuclear attack upon the city. God help us all!
http://www.aztlan.net/brattonisrael.htm
 
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Cameron seeks advice of former US ‘super-cop’

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/475dbdb0-c...#ixzz1UqZsX1YV

Memory deficients, this was re: the summer of 2011 anarchy"rioting" that just so happened to "break out" the last time Bratton 's company's offers (too good to refuse) were turned down.
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The drafting in of Mr Bratton comes after a tense 48 hours for the police and government, with both parties at loggerheads in the aftermath of the riots. Officers were angered by criticisms of their tactics made by the prime minister and Theresa May, the home secretary, during the Commons emergency debate.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/au...vice-uk-police

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