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The newspaper of Essex Police       Issue 329                                                        March 2002




Calculations show 81 per cent of Essex officers would be better off under new deal


WJBRITY REJECT
PAY PROPOSALS                                          A MASS lobby in central London this month
                                                                                                       by Nishan
                                                                                                       Wijeratne




                                                       will see Essex officers standing shoulder to
                                                       shoulder with colleagues up and down the
                                                       land as they urge the Government to rethink
                                                       proposals to change their pay and working
                                                       conditions.
                                                          Nearly three quarters of             degree of clarity as to exactly
                                                        the county's officers voted            what is being offered."
                                                        in last month's ballot on                Only nine Per cent of 'ank
                                                                                               and file officers across
                                                        the Home Secretary's pay           '   England and Wales voted to
                                                        reform plans, with an                  support the measures; a
                                                        overwhelming majority                  figure which here in the
                                                        rejecting the offer which              county showed that only four
                                                        would      see    salaries             per cent of Essex officers
                                                        increase by £400 per year              chose to support David
                                                        and     overtime     rates             B1unkett.
                                                        reduced.                                 The Federation complains
                                                                                               the Home Secretary rushed
                                                          Force calculations show
                                                                                               through reform plans without
                                                        that 81 per cent of officers
                                                                                               proper           consultation,
                                                             be better off under the           highlighting a lack of trust in
                                                        proposals       and      Chief         the Government following
                                                                      David Stevens            recent climb-downs on public
                                                        insists that any pay package           service improvements and
                                                        must reflect the importance
                                                        of attracting and retaining              Joint      Branch      Board
                                                        quality staff here in Essex.           Secretary Terry Spelman is
                                                           "The                 of the         critical of the handling of the
                                                        package On offer           that        reform proposals, questioning
                                                        i t has been difficult for             the 'frenzied hurry' to mislead
                                                        individual officers to work out        both the public and police.
                                                        exactly what the new pay                 "1tjs very       clear    our
                                                                    mean
                                                        ~ r o ~ o s a l ~ for them,"           members are determined not
                                                        said Mr Stevens.                       to accept measures that are
                                                           ''The     Essex        Police       divisive," said Mr Spelman.
                                                        J?ederation      and     myself        "The Federation, Government
                                                        attempted to clarify the               and police authorities must
                                                        Government plans before the            now come together to work
                                                        ballot, but clearly concerns           out proposals that are
                                                        remain, particularly about             acceptable to the service."
                                                        the new flexible allowances. I           The       H o ~ e Secretary
                                                        believe      that       flexible       dismissed ideas of a police
                                                        allowances will provide a n            strike       as    'ridiculous',
                                                        opportunity to reward officers         following moves to overturn
                                                        who are undertaking particu-           current laws which ban
                                                        lariy demanding roles and              officers from striking.
                                                        hopefully the conciliation                For full Federation view see
                                                        process will give a greater            page 2.
                                                                         -
rMassive thumbs down for
2          THE LAW. MARCH 2002

                                                                                                                                                     Closure tests call
                                 ' .
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                                                                                                                                                    centre's procedures
   police pay proposals                                                                                                                            THE     Force Information
                                                                                                                                                   Room has closed for two
                                                                                                                                                   weeks to enable essential
                                                                                                                                                                                      training centre, which wil
                                                                                                                                                                                      also deal with main channe
                                                                                                                                                                                      radio traffic. Divisions;
    POLICE officers in
    England and Wales
                                                                                                              lobbying of MPS in London
                                                                                                              on Wednesday, March 13,
                                                                                                              which all members are
                                                                                                                                               I   work on the electrical and
                                                                                                                                                   ventilation systems be
                                                                                                                                                   carried out.
                                                                                                                                                                            to
                                                                                                                                                                                      command and major incidenl
                                                                                                                                                                                      rooms will handle local radic
                                                                                                                                                                                      communications and non-
    have     sent      a                                                                                      invited to attend.                     Plans have existed for the       emergency calls.
    stinging rebuke to                                                                                           Details will have been put        temporary closure of FIR due         Staff from FIR will work on
                                                                                                              out by your local reps by the                                           divisions and will be
    the           Home                                                                                                                             to power failures or other
                                                                                                                                                                                      supported by local personnel.
                                                                                                              time this is published and           emergencies, for many years,
    Secretary over his                                                                                        briefing notes should be             but this will be longest test of   This will have the bonus oj
    plans    for    pay                                                                                       available.                           those arrangements since its       improving       relationships
    reform by voting 10                                                                                          What I will say is, if so         move to its present building.      between HQ and divisional
    to 1 against them.                                                                                        called spin doctors stopped            The public should be             operators as faces are put tc
                                      warning, irrespective of          timetable      the     Home           mischief making and the              unaware of the closure as 999      voices, which have previously
     In an unprecedented              domestic, social or holiday       Secretary has imposed.                                                     calls will be received in the      only been heard on the radic
                                                                                                              spin was put back in the
    ballot of rank a n d file         arrangements.                       It is very clear that our           washing machine and the              stand-by control within the        or telephone.
    officers from constable             The second key reason for       members were determined               doctors used to enhance the
    t o chief inspector r a n k ,
    84,205 officers (91 per
    c e n t ) v o t e d t o reject
                                      the pay-deal rejection, which
                                      was given by nearly one in
                                      five opponents (18 per cent),
                                                                        not to accept measures that
                                                                        were divisive, would value
                                                                        some officers more than
                                                                                                              NHS, we would all be better
                                                                                                              off.
                                                                                                                 Some of the misleading
                                                                                                                                                   Crime line aids detection
                                      was insufficient detail in the    others and leave thousands of         remarks put out by the
                                                                                                                                                   ANONYMOUS calls made to Crimestoppers last year
    n e w p a y and conditions        package, while lack of trust                                                                                 helped to solve 40 murders throughout t h e UK a n d
                                                                        front-line colleagues worse           Government do nothing to
    proposals.                        that bonuses and special                                                                                     assist in t h e recovery of nearly six million pounds worth
                                                                        off.                                  enhance its reputation.
       J u s t 8,059 officers (nine   payments         would      be      At a meeting of the Police                                               of drugs.
    per cent) voted to support                                                                                   You, me and the public
                                      implemented accounted for         Negotiating Board held on                                                    This significant increase i n detections against last
                                                                                                               are not stupid and I believe
    the measures.                     nine per cent of officers who     February 25, the staff side                                                year's figures shows t h a t members of t h e public a r e
                                                                                                               can see through this grey
                                      cited this as their third main
I           Reason
      The most common reason
                                      objection.
                                         In Essex, 72 per cent of
                                                                        (ourselves) formally rejected
                                                                        the package.
                                                                                                               mist.
                                                                                                                 You only have to look at
                                                                                                                                                   willing to assist their local police force in solving crime.
                                                                                                                                                     Director of Crimestoppers Roy Clark is encouraged to
                                                                                                               the other public services to        see more people using t h e anonymous call line i n this
    cited for the no vote were        officers voted with a massive          Conciliation
    plans to reduce overtime
    pay from time-and-a-half to
                                      94 per cent rejecting the
                                      proposals.                          It was agreed the proposals
                                                                                                               see the harm that has been
                                                                                                               left behind by similar          I   day a n d age where many fear crime.
                                                                                                                                                     "It's been yet another successful year with over 61,000
    time-and-a-third.
      Over one in three who
                                         Our members have spoken
                                      forcibly.      The       Police
                                                                        would go to conciliation on
                                                                        March   *.
                                                                                                               propaganda.
                                                                                                                 If Mr Blunkett had not        I   calls leading to t h e increase in arrests for violent crime,"
                                                                                                                                                   said M r Clark. "There a r e often reasons for people not
    voted against (37 per cent),
    gave this as their prime
                                      Federation. Home Secretarv
                                      and police' authorities musk
                                                                          We                     put in Our
                                                                                  for the l2 Per cent
                                                                                                               pushed the proposals in the
                                                                                                               frenzied hurry which was        I   wishing to become directly involved, b u t our charity
                                                                                                                                                   enables t h e police to benefit from their information
    reason for rejection.
       Under              current
                                      now come together to work
                                            -           that will be
                                      out ~ r o ~ o s a l s
                                                                        ~ r o d u c t i v i tpayment which
                                                                                             ~
                                                                        Was rejected by the official
                                                                                                               apparent and spent more
                                                                                                               time     in     negotiations,   I   whilst protecting their identity."
                                                                                                                                                      Crimestoppers is t h e UK's only crime-solving charity
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    regulations, police officers      acceptable to the service.        side and, again, this will go to       officers may have been              a n d i s r u n by over 500 volunteers. Cash rewards of u p
    can be legally compelled to           As they stand they are not,   separate ~onciliation.                 prepared to give more               to £5,000 a r e offered but less t h a n four per cent of
    work overtime with no              due to the impossible               There will be a mass                             I
                                                                                                               credence to his remarks.
                                                                                                                                                   callers actually claim.

                                                                                                               Vetting service will provide added protection




/        35% Discount for Police Officers                                                                 1    keep children safe
                                                                                                              A NEW central vetting body has been                   available for all other types of employment.
                                                                                                              established to offer individuals and                     There has been significant increase in the
             Interest free instalments*                                                                       organisations a one-stop-shop for                     number of requests for police checks over the
                                                                                                              information on a person's criminal his-               past five years, with some forces facing
             Discounts for civilian staff,                                                                    tory to help prevent people, who may                  difficulties in meeting demand within agreed
                                                                                                                                                                    time scales. The police service previously
                                                                                                              be unsuitable for work with children
             retired officers and families                                                                    and vulnerable adults, from gaining                   provided this service free of charge and was
                                                                                                                                                                    not specifically resourced for this work.
                                                                                                              access to them through the workplace.
             Police Business Use included                                                                       The Criminal Records Bureau will be
                                                                                                                                                                       The cost of seeking disclosure at all three
                                                                                                                                                                    levels has been set at £12, and each police
                                                                                                              available to a broad group of people across
             FREE 90 day foreign use cover                                                                    England and Wales, with voluntary
                                                                                                                                                                    force will receive an approximate third of this
                                                                                                                                                                    sum. The CRB will only send enhanced level
                                                                                                              organisations such as youth groups and sports
                                                                                                                                                                    checks to the police who will check for locally-
             FREE courtesy car (comprehensive cover only)                                                     clubs, among those expected to make full use          held intelligence on potential employees who
                                                                                                              of the service.


                                                                    /GT]~'
                                                                                                                                                                    hold criminal records. Enhanced and standard
             Added security of a Lloyd's policy                                                                 In accordance with Part V of the Police Act         disclosures will be issued free to volunteers
                                                                                                              1997, it will issue documents (disclosures)           working with children and vulnerable adults.
                                                                                                              which give details of convictions and, in some           Further information can be obtained from
                                                                                                              cases, relevant locally-held information.             the intranet or by contacting the force's CRB
                                                                                                                Essex Police has played a key role in the           liaison officer Rosie Parks on ext 52963.
          Call now for a FREE quote                                                                           introduction of the new system as one of sev-
                                                                                                              eral pilot forces involved in the setting up of
                                                                                                                                                                     Fact-finding visit
         0800 00 4121                                                                                         administrative procedures and identifying
                                                                                                              best practice. The CRB is able to draw on
                                                                                                              several primary sources of information,
                                                                                                              including the Police National Computer and
                                                                                                                                                                    GOVERNMENT representatives and senior
                                                                                                                                                                    police officers from Nigeria visited Colchester
                                                                                                                                                                    Police Station as part of a five-day fact-finding
                                                                                                              local police force records.                           mission to Britain.
                                                                                                                 There are three different levels of criminal         The visit was in preparation for reform of
         'Subject to status                                                                                   record checks - enhanced, standard and basic          the Nigerian police and criminal justice
         quote reference 'LAW'                                                                                - and the t.ype of disclosure will depend on the      svstem and also took in the Home Office, the
                                                                                                              nature of ^the job or                  involved.      Police Complaints Authority, the crown
                                                                                                              Enhanced disclosure is the highest level of           Prosecution Service and Her Majesty's
                                                                                                              check and is available to anyone involved in          Inspector of Constabulary.
                                                                                                              regular care of children or vulnerable adults.          Chief Supt Dave Murthwaite and Chief Insp
                                                                                                              Standard disclosure does not include local            Iain Logan were hosts to the five visitors at
                                                                                                              police force intelligence and basic disclosure        Colchester, where they saw the divisional
                                                                                                              shows only current convictions and is                 intelligence unit and custody area.
                                                                                                                                                                         THE LAW, MARCH 2002            3



                                        Pilot allows for more advice before charging l
A TRAFFIC officer suffered a           OFFICERS will get more opportunity       within the review highlighted the        who previously would have charged        early involvement in this pilot,
blow to the head when a                to seek advice and guidance from the     need for structured protocols in the     offenders can now impose a five-week     positions itself at the forefront of
briefing board in the parade           Crown Prosecution Service before         area of issues relating to the           bail period whilst a file is submitted   potential change that may affect the
room parted company with               charging their suspects, thanks to a     appropriateness of charging.             to the CPS within two weeks. The         future of the criminal justice svstem."
its wall furing. That's what           new pilot scheme.                          Head of the Criminal Justice           CPS will subsequently give advice on        There      is    a      nominated
we at The Law call an                    The six-month trial hopes to           Department Superintendent Simon          any appropriate charges at least one     representative in each division with
impactive briefing!!                   enhance the way in which police          Coxall said: "The primary intention      week before the offender is due to       whom officers can liaise before
                                       receive advice from the CPS, allowing    of the new arrangements is to put the    answer his bail, upon which time he      imposing the police bail period. A
      0      0      0                  the service to play a more active role   seeking of advice from the CPS on a      or she will be processed in accordance   duty CPS lawyer is available during
ONE young man turned to                in advising police on charges at an      more structured footing. Victims,        with CPS advice and any charges          office hours at each of the criminal
the police when he got                 early stage.                             witnesses and defendants need be         then presented in the usual manner.      justice units across Essex, including
himself     into a sticky                A report compiled by Lord Justice      advised that the auestion of               Several forces have been selected      the committal unit in Chelmsford.
situation.                             Auld examined the processes and          proceedings and charges will             as pilot areas with Kent and Avon &      Rotas and contact numbers are
  Having taken his father's            procedures currently operating           continue to be a matter for the CPS      Somerset constabularies among             available in all custody suites
motorbike out on the A12 he            within the criminal justice system.      as the prosecuting authority."           others joining Essex. Supt Coxall         covering the duties for two weeks in
got lost, pulled off the road,         One recommendation contained                In certain circumstances, officers    added: "Essex Police, through its         advance.
and got stuck in the mud. Too
embarrassed to phone his




                                        Relentless fight
dad for help he contacted the
police but then promptly
hung up before telling
officers where he was!! Is he
still there now we wonder?

Forensic first
yields success
SENIOR officers are full of
praise for the county's seven
forensic vehicle examiners,
labelling the first year of the
force autocrime recoverv
policy
success.
            an     unmitigated
                                         against crime
                                   A MAJOR        offensive
   Essex Police witnessed          against burglary and car
more than a doubling in the        crime has been carried
number of items and
fingerprints analysed from         out by Essex Police.
vehicles recovered during the        As The Law went t o press,
last six months of 2001            the first four days of the
compared to the same figure        initiative - named Operation
between July and December          Relentless - had resulted in 45
in 2000. The forensic examin-
ers carried out tests on over      arrests f o r burglary, 53 for c a r
4,500        vehicles     with     c r i m e and 51 f o r other
Southend's Dave Peace              offences. A total of 516 offences
securing the first positive        were d e t e c t e d .
identification of an autocrime       At Grays, a m a n charged with
criminal in the county under       five vehicle thefts said h e would
the new scheme.
                                   be asking for 187 other offences to
   Head of Scientific Support
Detective Chief Inspector          be taken into account when h e
Tom Harper is aware the new        appeared i n court.
policy has received criticism        The one-week operation covered all
from       certain     quarters    territorial divisions except Stansted
including the media, but is        Airport.
encouraged by the reaction           It involved officers in non-
 from the        majority     of   operational posts at police HQ being
 autocrime victims.                sent into divisions, along with special
   "It may cost the owner to       constables, to provide support.
have their car recovered but         There was also analysis of
the scheme does maximise           intelligence and fingerprint and DNA
 the opportunity for stolen        identifications to match suspects with
vehicles to be forensicallv        offences.                                      High profile policing helps to ensure Essex remains one of the safest counties in England.
 examined and so drastically         Letters were sent to known                                                                                                Photo: Thurrock Gazette.
 reduces the chance of it being    criminals to advise them that police
                                   are aware of them and they should              The Essex Police Car Crime             of the law-abiding public against         200011, show the following:
 taken again," he said. 'We've                                                  Roadshow visited five locations - at     people who commit burglary and car          Domestic burglaries per 1,000
 seen detection rates in           mend their ways.
                                     Suspects subject to curfew under           Saffron Walden, Thurrock, Colchester,    crime.                                    households: Essex 8.1. National
 autocrime        substantially                                                 Harlow and Chelmsford - to advise          "Essex is one of the safest counties    average 18.4. Only one of the 39
 improve, success has been         their bail conditions were visited to
                                   ensure they were complying with the          motorists on security.                   in England and has a low crime rate       English police forces (Suffolk)
 almost instantaneous and is                                                      Det Chief Supt Steve Reynolds,         for burglaries and vehicle offences,      achieved a lower domestic burglary
 certainly      better     than    restriction.
                                      Property marker pens and crime            head of Essex Police Crime Division,     but we want to do even better."           rate.
 anything we had hoped for."                                                    said: "We chose the name Operation         Latest independent figures from           Vehicle crimes per 1,000 population:
   The force introduced the        reduction advisory leaflets were
                                   distributed in areas with higher rates       Relentless     because      of    our    Her     Majesty's     Inspector     of    Essex 12.2. National average 18.4.
 government initiative last                                                     determination to strike back on behalf   Constabulary's Annual Report for          Essex Police ranked eighth safest.
 A ~ r i re~lacing old ~olicv
         l        the              of offences.
                               .
 which required owners to
 agree for their stolen vehicle
 to be removed by the police
 for examination. The forensic
 vehicle examination team,
                                   I Suspects face up to technology
                                       ESSEX Police h a s teamed u p with two               positive results which have encouraged
                                                                                                                                                   Ten convicted for drugs
                                                                                                                                                   AN operation to disrupt drug dealing on a housing
                                                                                                                                                   estate in Braintree has led to the convictions of ten
 funded by a £1.2 million              technology firms to pilot a system which             Southend detective Steve Jones.                        individuals.
 grant from the Home Office,           automates t h e process of matching suspect            H e said: "Essex Police's database contains            Operation Padstow was mounted in 1999 following
 ensures all stolen vehicles           images from CCTV a n d E-Fits with those             more t h a n 160,000 images a n d t h e                complaints from residents and authorities covering
 found abandoned in the                                                                                                                            the Beckers Green Estate. After three months of
 county will be recovered by a         held on t h e force database.                        technology being offered will certainly
                                                                                                                                                   undercover work, ten people were arrested and a
 rota garage system within 30             Securicor Information Systems a n d               improve o u r effectiveness i n identifying
                                                                                                                                                   significant amount of drugs and property was
 minutes of a report to police.        Visionics Corporation have offered their             suspects involved i n all forms of crime."             recovered immediately impacting on crime figures.
   DC1 Harper said: "There             technical skills to help detectives speed u p          Visionics Corporation i s a worldwide                                                          ts
                                                                                                                                                     Following lengthy legal a r g u m e ~ ~ and appeals
 has been an overall success           t h e process of accurately a n d rapidly            leader i n identification technologies whilst
 rate across the force area and                                                                                                                    over two years all the individuals eventually pleaded
                                       identifying suspects to improve t h e fight          SIS is a leading specialist i n providing              guilty and have received sentences ranging from
 the entire team can be proud
 of themselves and their               against crime. The three-month trial, which          identification solutions using cutting-edge            community service to three-and-a-half years
 work."                                ends this month, h a s already h a d some            technology.                                            imprisonment.
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4             THE LAW. MARCH 20(

                                                                                                                                                                      It equates to madness
                                     Tragedy was not overlooked                                                                                                       I RECENTLY read an article in a nationa.
                                                                                                                                                                      newspaper saying that "the latest weapor
                                    ALTHOUGH                 government             January issue of The Law had           form of a short story and a pic-           against soaring crime is an equation".
                                    reforms and a new baton gun                     been completed and was sched-          ture.                                        This formula helps decide how manj
                                    may be newsworthy is it possible                uled to be printed the following         Pc Veal's funeral was given              officers are needed to fight crime in s
                                    to explain why the front page of                morning.                               prominent front-page coverage in           certain area.
                                    the January issue of The Law                      In order to record this tragic       the February issue of The Law.               The Resource Application Formula waE
                                    was not devoted to the death of                 event, I was called in on the            I hope this explains the action          shown in the article as (NDB = 60% X
                                    Pc Gary Veal?                                   Sunday night to rejig the content      taken and reassures readers that           NC/NT + 40% X DCDT) X17585.
                                          D e t S u p t Peter C o l t m a n         and to accommodate an inside           the staff of The Law take the
                                                                                                                                                                        How many hours were there wasted in
                                                       C r i m e Division           page lead story.                       death of a serving officer
                                                                                                                                                                      dreaming this one up. It must take first
                                                                                      Reference to the sad loss of Pc      extremely seriously and our
                                    P C Veal's death was confirmed on                                                                                                 prize for Gobble-De-Gook. Incidentally does
                                                                                    Veal was also made on the front-       thoughts are with Gary's family.
                                                                                                                                                                      NDB = No Darn Bobbies?




                                    Gore - what a scorcher!
                                    a Sunday afternoon, after the                   page of the January issue, in the                   Kim P e r k s , E d i t o r
                                                                                                                                                                                     J a c k Faulkner, Southend




                                   I HAVE just joined the                            protect from wind, it heavily reduces     keeping us very hot, sweaty and
                                   police force and recently                         breathability, especially under-our car
                                                                                     coats or rain jackets, which are not
                                                                                                                               eventually cold when the sweat cools         It's been a privilege
                                                                                                                               down!
                                   had my uniform fitting.                           Gore-tex.                                                                             HAVING retired from Essex Police on
                                                                           -                                                     Also, Windstopper will keep you hot       February 4 I would like to thank
                                      After being fitted f o r m y                     Gore-tex        allows      moisture    when walking around your station.           everybody who attended my farewell
                                   N a t o jumper e t c , I was                      evaporation. So you have the 'boil in       The nap of the fleece will also rise in   party at the Spring Lodge community
                                                                                     the bag' problem.                         time and look somewhat untidy and           centre, Witham.
                                   i n t r o d u c e d to the new n a t i o n a l      Or, in other words, the breathability   watch the fleece ride up when you put         Both myself and my wife have been
                                   police u n i f o r m , w h i c h will be          of a plastic bag!                         your arms above your head!                  overwhelmed by the cards, gifts and
    a Send your letters to:        issued in the near future.                          So, condensation will slowly build        Good luck.                                good wishes I have received.
     The Law, Press Office,                                                          up inside our wet weather jackets,                     W Davies, Hornchurch           Hopefully I have thanked everybody
                                     T h e issue consists of fleece
     Police Headquarters,                                                                                                                                                  personally or by card, but may have
                               I   jacket, white shirt and combat
     PO Box 2, Chelmsford,                                                           RIGHT TO REPLY: Head o f Procurement, Sandra Higgins                                  missed some of them. If I have I do
        Essex CM2 6DA
    t f l n   l                I   (type) trousers.
                                     I must confess I have my
                                   reservations regarding the fleece. Not
                                                                                    THE implementation of the
                                                                                    national uniform is the final stage
                                                                                                                               experience in the leisure clothing
                                                                                                                               market and two trials took place in
                                                                                                                                                                           apologise.
                                                                                                                                                                             I served almost 28 years in Essex
                                                                                                                                                                           Police and I can honestly say that I
Tackle it early                    only does it look out of place with a            of a seven-year project to modernise       five police forces before the final         have enjoyed every minute of it. If I
A SERVING officer recently         shirt and tie, I would like to look at           the uniform currently issued to            design was approved by ACPO.                could do it all again I would. It has
made what I considered a           the technical aspects of the fleece.             police officers and more adequately          The National Uniform Project              been a privilege to have served the
rather telling statement. HeI        Having been a mountain climber                                                            Group will continue to develop the          people of Essex.
                                                                                    meet their operational needs.                                                            During my service there have been
said that what is acceptableI      and enjoyed general outdoor activities             A great deal of research and             uniform, in line with new technology
behaviour nowadays would           for many years, my experience of                                                            and has put a formal mechanism in           many changes and I am sure there
not have been acceptable 15                                                         consultation has taken place at a                                                      are many more to come and I know
                                   fleece jackets has taught me the                                                            place to consider requests for change.
or 20 years ago.                   following.                                       national level by the National               It is hoped that the fleece will be       that everyone can adapt as they have
  It rather proves the point                                                        Uniform Project Group.                                                                 done in the past.
                                     I understand our new fleeces will be                                                      welcomed by the majority of officers          I finished my police career at
that unless bad behaviour is       constructed      from     Windstopper              This group included representation       and address the many complaints that
stopped early, the boundaries                                                       from PSBD, Health & Safety                                                             Witham Police Station and have now
                                   material.                                                                                   they are cold.                              moved down the road a few hundred
will be moved even further                                                          Executive, ergonomics experts and            Work continues to introduce a new
and who can say where that           Most common on the market is                                                                                                          yards to the town hall. If anybody
                                   Gore. Great, I hear you all cry!                 operational officers. The final designs    style of anorak to replace the existing     who knows me is ever passing I will
boundary will be 15 years on.                                                       were developed in conjunction with a
                 David Miles         However, this is a double edged                                                           one, which may not be Gore-tex, but is      be glad to see them.
             Saffron Walden        problem. Whilst Windstopper will                 consultant who has many years              breathable.                                                   Mick Hall, Witham



    Don't forget the diver                                                                                                                 TV drama Heartbeat                                                   I
FIRST of all I would like to t h a n k
T h e L a w for t h e extensive
                                             budgets. It is perhaps a time for
                                             sadness and reflection.
                                                                                             body a n d upon surfacing handed
                                                                                             him to t h e distraught parents.
                                                                                                                                            has the answers
                                                                                                                                         PC Alan White asks for advice and it was cost-effective!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                I
coverage given to t h e diving unit             I was proud to serve on t h e unit              Although t h i s w a s a tragic          on how to deal with t h e           Looking back, I remember
in t h e l a s t issue.                      from 1969-78 and although there                 incident, t h e fact t h a t everything     nuisance created by youths.       the Chief Constable, on his
  Now is not t h e time to point             a r e m a n y stories a n d l a m p             was carried out a n d accomplished             I suggest he and the Chief appointment pledging support
finger or t r y to work out sums and         swinging yarns to tell I would like             i n such a professional way m u s t          Constable sit down together for rural and community
                                             to reflect on just one.                         have assisted t h a t family to come
It's a sad day                                  A very hot summer weekend,
                                             t h e telephone rings a t home, a
                                                                                             to terms with their loss far more
                                                                                             t h a n prolonged search would have
                                                                                                                                         and watch a n episode of policing, only to see later, when
                                                                                                                                         Heartbeat. Alan will observe driving through Ingatestone,
                                                                                                                                         how policing used to be done posters reading: Save our
IT was with regret that I read in The        diving call-out, possible drowning              done.                                        and the Chief how the public police station.
Law the announcement to remove the
                                             i n Harlow. We meet a t t h e diving               This is just one of many dives           would like it done.
Essex Police Diving Unit, together                                                                                                                                           Now, gradually much of the
with a marine launch from the force.         store a t HQ a n d make our way to              carried out not only i n Essex b u t           Those were the days when network of police offices and
  Almost 50 years ago a farmer chum          Nazeing, to a gravel pit.                       also in Suffolk, Norfolk a n d              the police lived in the housing across the county have
of mine, David van Lennep, and I                O n our arrival we see t h a t t h e         Hertfordshire, where we operated.           community they served, and been dismantled, a policy that
offered our services as divers, using        local sub-aqua club is preparing to                Many of u s passed through t h e         not some remote person you has nurtured a yob culture,
David's equipment.                           leave, they h a d been unsuccessful             unit and some are no longer with            see driving a car.
  No other force had this facility a t                                                                                                                                    allowing it to go unchecked.
                                             locating t h e body of t h e missing            u s b u t those days will live on of                Vandalism
the time, but it was Suffolk Police who                                                                                                                                      Gone are the days when a
                                             child. On t h e edge of t h e pit a r e         'jobs well done'.
first called and used the Essex service                                                                                                     They witnessed a t first hand constable could influence the
                                             members of t h e -child's family.                  As t h e old Latin saying goes 'Di
in the recovery of a body.                                                                                                               the anti-social behaviour and quality of life enjoyed by the
  Throughout the years officers have            We prepared to dive a n d used a             versi veshi-tem7- 'Don't forget t h e
                                             practiced and well-tested search                                                            vandalism, the cause of so local community, mainly due to
volunteered for this work and have                                                           diver'.
                                             pattern a n d within a short space                                                          much stress to residents and centralisation of resources.
proved of great value to the service in                                                                                Ken W r i g h t   took     immediate       action,   With his demise has been
general.                                     of time recovered t h e little boy's                                          Benfleet
   Their standards today would stand                                                                                                     targeting those responsible, lost the a r t of communication,
                                                                                                                                         before the situation got out of intelligence-gathering        and
any test and it is with sadness that
we, as founder members of this               Sorry t o hear of diving demise                                                             hand.                            local knowledge, something
branch of the service now witness its        I AM sorry that the diving unit is              contain one half penny piece!                 Normal shifts were worked, that cannot be replaced by a n
passing.                                     being dismantled. My interest is that             It was a job Mike adored, being a         but in many cases where the analyst.
  I refrain from comment on the              retired officer Mike Dray, my best              keep-fit man - hunting, swimming,           policeman's authority was          Tony Martin may have found
bodies that have decided to close the        man some years ago, was a diver in              keep-fit was his life. When he left the     challenged to meet operational the final solution - but look
branch down.                                 the early days with Phi1 China.                 police he took an Outward Bound             needs, split-shifts worked to what has happened to him!
  My best wishes go to all former and          I used to hear the lovely tales of a          school in Wales and then became the         give each other back-up, often                 JC, Chelmsford
present police divers, hoping they will      day's work, for instance the safe in the        LA civil defence officer, now retired in
keep their feet dry.                                                                                                                     joined by the sergeant when                     (Full n a m e and
                                             river at Passingford Bridge which,              Brecon.
               Philip China, Suffolk         when opened by Mike was found to                             R A White, Chelmsford          extra manpower was needed -                 address supplied)
                                                                                                                                                                              THE LAW. MARCH 2002            5

                                      Decision to remove diving: facility is ratified Video to help
                                                                                                                                                                                curb crawlers
been made on shift options
following the
system trial in Southend,
Harlow
divisions.
              and
                      five-shift

                       Basildon

   Evaluation of several
                                    Budget is set
                                    THE closure of the diving                                                                   over 60 operational dives, approximately
                                                                                                                                                                                POLICE in Southend are
                                                                                                                                                                                adopting a different approach
                                                                                                                                                                                in a move to deter prostitutes
                                                                                                                                                                                from operating in the town.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Marked       police
                                                                                                                                                                                carrying uniformed officers
                                                                                                                                                                                                           cars

                                                                                                                                                                                are patrolling the town's red-
                                                                                                                                                                                light district every night and
                                                                                                                                30 each year, excluding training dives
months' data and voting by          unit and Brentwood's road                             by Helen Cook                         and those performed for the Operation           filming the prostitutes on the
officers taking part declared       policing unit were ratified                                                                 Spinnaker inquiry. The search for               streets. Officers are then
the trial a resounding                                                                                                          missing ~ a n i e l l e Jones was an            attempting to talk to the
success.                            by the Police Authority                      grants totalling £8 million for additional                                                     women, cautioning them and
                                                                                                                                exceptional case and could not be used to
   A       combination        of    this month as part of £4                     police officers funded from the
                                                                                                                                justify keeping the unit open.
                                                                                                                                                                                offering        help       with
operational benefits required       .millionbudget savings.                      Government's crime fighting fund, rural                                                        rehabilitation if appropriate.
                                                                                                                                   The     force    has    long-standing
by managers and a pattern of                                                     policing and the new national police                                                              This move has come
                                      The     police    budget    of                                                            agreements with the Metropolitan,
working which minimises the                                                      radio system. Including these elements,                                                        following      an    increased
                                                                                                                                Sussex and Thames Valley forces that
adverse affects on the health       £198,477,445 for the year was                the funding increase is 5.8 per cent. As                                                       number of complaints from
                                                                                                                                have diving sections and the force is in
and well-being of staff, is         agreed meaning a 9.4 per cent                in previous years there is a requirement       discussion with commercial divers about         local residents in the York
seen as the main advantage.                                                                                                                                                     Road and Arnbleside Drive
                                                                                 ~    ~




                                    increase in council tax and, to              for efficiency savings of 2 per cent or £4     services they could provide. Mr Stevens
   The six ordfour off, five-                                                    million.                                                                                       areas of Southend.         The
                                    raise the required precept of                                                               said that the diving unit had done a lot of
 shift system now forms part                                                       Chief Constable David Stevens told                                                           visual police presence is a
                                                                                                                                good work but the force must move on
 of a package of shift options      £46.842 million, the council tax             the authority members that it was a            and look forward.
                                                                                                                                                                                change from the previously
 available      to    divisional    for police purposes on a Band D              positive budget and the increase of 9.4                                                        adopted method of covertly
                                                                                                                                    The saving of £53,000 would be used to
commanders from April 1.                                                         per cent was low compared with other                                                           observing and approaching
                                    property will be £77.67.                                                                    put officers back on the streets, where
                                                                                                                                                                                the prostitutes. The aim is to
   Following               local                                                 areas. It will allow him to release officers   the public is demanding that they should
consultation divisions will be         As explained i n The Law i n                                                                                                             communicate better with the
                                    January, t h e Government's financial        from behind desks and back on to the           be.
able to choose from the four                                                     beat and front-line policing.                                                                  women and to put kerb-
                                                                                                                                    He concluded that the budget would
shift options in the package,       settlement for Essex Police h a s been                                                                                                      crawlers off from frequenting
                                                                                   He informed the authority that he had         allow for investment in the community
 all of which have been agreed      s e t a t £184.930 million which is an       been wrongly quoted in a local                 policing teams and rural policing, for
                                                                                                                                                                                the area, for fear of being
 centrally with the Joint           increase of 2.3 p e r cent over                                                             specialist    support, the national             seen by the police.
                                                                                 newspaper about the closure of the
 Branch Board.                      200112002.                                                                                                                                     Pc Paul Bird, who is
                                                                                 diving unit. He said that over the last        intelligence model, and the Airwave
   The two five-shift systems,         The settlement also includes specific                                                                                                    heading the York Road
                                                                                 two years the divers had performed just        communications system.
 for 24-hour operational staff,                                                                                                                                                 project, is largely dependent
 and two four-shift systems on
offer all comply with Working
Time Regulations and health
                                     Tackling vehicle crime at the touch of a button                                                                                            on the help and support of
                                                                                                                                                                                the local residents. It is
                                                                                                                                                                                hoped        that      regular
 and safety legislation.            SEVERAL stolen             cars,                                                                                                            consultation groups will soon
   Chief Constable David            including a 529,000 rung                                                                                                                    be set up, whereby the
 Stevens said: "The search for      BMW, have been recovered                                                                                                                    residents can meet and
 a shift system that balances       using only a handful of                                                                                                                     discuss any matters that
 staff needs with delivering        officers since the introduction                                                                                                             affect the street. Pc Bird
 the best possible police           of the Automatic Number                                                                                                                     said: "By concentrating police
 service for the county has         Plate Reader system last                                                                                                                    resources on this area we
beeli thorough. A previous          autumn.                                                                                                                                     managed to dramatically
 shift system trial had proved        It means that Essex Police                                                                                                                reduce the number of
 popular with officers but in       is among a number of forces                                                                                                                 burglaries in York Road last
 the light of evidence it was       efficiently tackling volume                                                                                                                 year. We hope that this new
 not shown to be operationally      crime and radically reducing                                                                                                                operation to crackdown on
 viable.                            vehicle      crime      without                                                                                                             red-light districts will have a
   "However, both five-shift        specifically taking officers                                                                                                                positive effect on prostitution
                                    away from front-line policing.                                                                                                              in the area."
 options e v e the best solution
                                      The force's mobile and fked
 available which gives a better
 quality of life to staff while
 maintaining the best possible
                                    ANPR devices each cost
                                    £11,000 with 21 officers,                                                                                                                    Law readers
                                    predominately from the
 service."
   Project Manager, Inspector
                                    county's road policing units,
                                    trained in its use. Anyone can
                                                                                                                                                                                love the news
 John Meggison, said: "I am                                                                                                                                                     THE Law's news pages have
                                    see its availability by
 certain there is no better                                                                                                                                                     been voted a hit by those who
                                    following the instructions
 alternative out there than                                                                                                                                                     responded to a questionnaire
                                    published on the intranet's                                                                                                                 - published in the January
 the five-shift system to give      ANPR homepage.
 improvements to both staff                                                                                                                                                     issue and on the intranet -
                                       The Citv of London Police                                                                                                                asking readers what they
 and management.                    became the first UK force to          The new Automatic Number Plate System allows officers to study camera images
    "Unfortunately, for those                                                                                                                                                   liked     best    about      the
                                    use the system at the height       from a small laptop computer in the car.                                                                 newspaper.
 divisions that are unable to       of the terrorist attacks on the
                                                                                                                                             The device consists of a             Of the 450-plus responses
 work five shifts the options       capital in 1997 where it             "This system can effectively   often park up at accident
                                                                                                                                           laptop computer, a small             received, more than 400
 for four shifts are limited by     continues to ensure the 'ring      carry out a vehicle check on     hotspots."
                                                                                                                                                                                chose news as their favourite
 legislation.      The      only    of steel' remains intact.          every number plate it reads        Northamptonshire Police          video camera and digitiser to
                                                                                                                                                                                section. Adverts, which often
 improvement possible has              Sergeant Justin Smith           against the Police National      saw a 17 percent reduction in      connect the two. The
                                                                                                                                                                                ranked alongside news as an
 been the abolition of quick         believes there are countless      Computer," he said. "It is the   vehicle crime in the space of      computer studies all images
                                                                                                                                                                                equal first with Law readers,
 change-overs which are             benefits from ANPR, all of         most precise tool which can      only a few months, with 42         received by the camera and
                                                                                                                                                                                also got the thumbs up,
 disliked by many staff."           which adhere to the force          identify any vehicle targeted    arrests, crack cocaine and         determines whether the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                although the majority said
    Full details of all the shift    objectives        surrounding     by police.Officers using ANPR    stolen goods valued a t            format number plate matches
                                                                                                                                                                                they wouldn't want to see any
 options can be found on the        vehicle crime and casualty         will carry out operations from   £54,500 recovered in just one      any of those held on its             more advertisements in the
 intranet.                          reduction.                         marked patrol cars which         month alone.                       database.                            paper each month.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Respondents' suggestions

 Grants available                     Team approach to community concerns                                                                                                       about what they would like to
                                                                                                                                                                                see more of included
                                                                                                                                                                                divisional news, readers'
THE        UK's       leading        PROBLEM-solving teams are beingset           community policing areas.                     is being used for crime.                        letters and stories about the
independent      centre     of       up by Essex Police to improve the              Each team will consist of police,              Sgt Paul Johnson, who is organising          lighter side of police life.
expertise on drug abuse has          quality of life in Colchester Division.      borough council and Neighbourhood             the initiative, said: "The groups will            Readers were divided over
announced a series of grants           They will meet regularly to identify       Watch representatives. Delegates from         have the benefit of working on any              whether they would be happy
totalling one million pounds         community concerns and agree action to       other agencies - such as the National         problem from different perspectives to          to see The Law posted on the
to assist co-ordinators kick-        solve problems raised.                       Health Service - will be invited in when      provide lasting solutions.                      internet,      rather       than
start or develop projects              The scheme is being launched as part       their expertise is required.                     "Offences will be investigated by            published as a newspaper.
across England.                      of the Colchester Crime Reduction              They will seek solutions for a wide         police in the normal way as a first step,       Half the serving staff who
  Individuals or small groups        Strategy. This emanates from the Crime       range of community problems -                 but the problem-solving teams will seek         responded were in favour of
can apply for grants of              and Disorder Act, which encourages           anything from nuisance youths to              to identify action which will provide           publishing +,he newspaper
between £1,000 and £15,000.          police, councils and other agencies to       clusters of burglary or drug dealing.         deterrents over the longer term."               online,        while         the
  Further information can be         work in partnership.                           The inter-agency approach will enable          Team training is taking place this           overwhelming majority of
gained        from        the          Three problem-solving teams are            the teams to instigate action such as         month and the first meetings will be            retired staff were keen to
organisation's website at            being formed in Colchester Division,         improving security with better lighting       arranged for the spring. It is likely that      continue to receive their
                                     covering its north, south and central        to evicting a council tenant whose home       each team will meet every six weeks.            postal copy of The Law.
www.drugscope.org.uk.

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6   THE LAW. MARCH 2002
                                                                                                                  The Betts Trophy, awarded to the          Basildon; Pc Brian Ganly, Basildon; Pc
ed police       Despite suffering whiplash injuries, he still                    Explosion                      traffic warden performing the most          Leslie Gibson, CPU, Harlow; Pc Steven
e, which     went. on to assist his colleagues in t h e arrest         The officers were advised that a
woman's                                                                                                         meritorious act in assisting the police,    Holgate, Central Road Policing Unit
             before attending hospital. He underwent a               woman was trapped inside. Unable to
a house.                                                                                                        has this year been won by Jackie            (RPU), MSD; Insp Peter Hood,
             two-week course of physiotherapy and still              enter the front of the house because of
entenced                                                                                                        Tyrell, based a t Colchester.               Chelmsford; Chief Supt David Hudson,
             exercises to east the discomfort. Mick h a s 27         the intense heat and flames, they            Jackie noticed a tax disc on a vehicle,   Corporate Support, HQ; Pc Richard
nent for                                                             moved to the rear of the premises and
             years' service with the force.                                                                     which had not been completed in the         Hylands, Force Support Unit, MSD;
i driving.
                I n April 2001, Douglas Johnstone pleaded            then heard an explosion inside.
  recalled                                                                                                      correct manner. She checked this out        Sgt Christopher James, Saffron
             guilty after the court heard h e had slashed              Despite this, they still attempted to
o the aid                                                                                                       and found that it was a disc from a post    Walden; Pc Andrew Lindsay, Special
             his girlfriend across the face with a broken            enter the building, a t considerable
                                                                                                                office robbery, but by this time the        Branch; Pc Ian Lodge, Seconded Staff,
                                                                     personal risk. They eventually saw the
10rt local   wine glass in a pub before driving off at high                                                     vehicle had left the scene.                 Ashford; Pc Ross Luke, Loughton; Insp
                                                                     trapped woman and managed to coax
what we      speed and into a police road block.                     her towards them and then facilitated        She kept a look-out for the vehicle in    Martin Parkin, Southend; Sgt Stephen
ir-old. "I      He had threatened to ram the vehicle into            her escape. '                              the same area, and noticed that the         Powell, Clacton; Pc Kenneth Price,
oad and      t h e house where his ex-girlfriend had                   Pc Peter Robdrup (Colchester South       same people kept going to a particular      Wickford; Pc Harry Sexton, Traffic
             subsequently taken refuge.                              CPT) has been awarded a certificate in     house and only staying for a few            Investigation Unit (TIU), MSD; Pc
                                                                     connection with the Wilson Trophy.         minutes. The driver of the vehicle with     Adrian Sharp, Major Investigation
                                                                       The Millard Trophy, awarded for          the stolen tax disc was then seen           Team (MIT1, Brentwood; Pc Mark
                                                                     the greatest contribution to social        driving another vehicle, which when         Shelley, Air Support Unit (ASU), MSD
                                                                     services in the community in the           checked was shown a s stolen.               and Pc Andrew Skillin, HQ.
                                                                 1   furtherance of police/public relations
                                                                                                                        Crack cocaine
                                                                                                                                                              The following support staff will be
                                                                     during 2001, this year goes to Pc Simon                                                receiving a certificate and badge, which
                                                                     Knightley, the Youth Initiatives Oficer,     A warrant was subsequently                also recognises 22 years' service:
                                                                     based a t Colchester.                      executed, three people arrested and a         Mr Eamonn Evans, Finance Dept,
                                                                       Pc Knightley has instigated various      substantial amount of crack cocaine         HQ; Mrs Andrea Elkington, Admin
                                                                     projects aimed a t motivating young        and heroin recovered.                       Services, HQ.
                                                                     people and improving their self-esteem.      The long service and good con-              The awards are due to be presented
                                                                       He is also involved in a number of       duct medal, commemorating 22 years'         by HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord
                                                                     other schemes, such a s the Essex          service, will be presented to the           Braybrooke, at Chelmsford Shire Hall.
                                                                     Experience, Duke of Edinburgh's            following officers:                         (on Wednesday, March 6).
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A little bit of
 knowledge
can cut crime
AN electrician, builder and
carpet layer are touring
sheltered housing units in
Harlow to help reduce the
number of elderly residents
burgled by bogus officials.
The roadshows follow on
from a concerning number of
offences in the area.
  A directory of 'approved'
traders, vetted by Age
Concern, is already in
production following work
between Age Concern's Lisa
Mahoney        and      Crime
Reduction Officer Derek
Llewellyn but it was agreed
that more needed to be done.




                                      G ant t aid
Community Policing Team
sergeant, Andy Bray came up       1                                                                                                                                                                     1
with the idea of providing
elderly residents with a little
knowledge of household
                                                                                                                                                                            Commendable
maintenance in a fun and
useful manner, which raises
                                                                                                                                                                             police work
awareness             without                                                                                                                                              A TWO-YEAR investigation
increasing the fear of crime.                                                                                                                                              into a team of sophisticated
   Sgt Bray explained: "I do                                                                                                                                               fraudsters has earned DC
not      envisage       great-                                                                                                                                             Marion Tyson a Chief
grandmothers       inspecting                                                                                                                                              Constable's Commendation.
their own rooftops, but if an                                                                                                                                                During the investigation
                                                                                                                                                                           and subsequent trial she
                                                                                                                                                                           displayed outstanding ability
stopcock or their gas cooker                                                                                                                                               and dedication ensuring that
to allow work to be done then                                                                                                                                              the case was presented in a
they will have increased                                                                                                                                                   hinhlv ~rofessionalmanner,
                                                                                                                                                                             -   "   A


conkdence in refusing cold-                                                                                                                                                and a t the conclusion of the
callers a t their door. By
                                  POLICE and local authorities                problems such as hate crime, vehicle           continue the progress made to ensure
                                                                                                                                                                           proceedings       the     four
                                  are hailing the success of the              crime and domestic violence.                   the county remains a safe place."
hearing the information from                                                    The Crime & Disorder Act 1998                  The Community Safety department, in         defendants were sentenced to
legitimate      traders     the   first three years of the crime              enforced a statutory obligation for            partnership with Essex County Council,        a total of 18 years'
roadshows also allow for          and disorder partnerships.                  certain agencies to work with their local                                                    imprisonment.
                                                                                                                             has devised a template for crime reduc-
discussion        and       the     With a £9,000 grant recently              police force in order to implement                                                             Also commended for his
opportunity to dispel any                                                                                                    tion partnerships to conform to which
                                  issued to each partnership by               strategies to reduce crime and disorder                                                      calm and professional actions
myths held by many people,                                                                                                   ensures an efficient audit process.
                                  the Essex Police Community                  in areas. Essex Police will continue                                                         was Pc Kirstan Draper from
elderly or not."                                                                                                                Head of Community Safety and
                                                                              working with the 14 partnerships across                                                      Tilbury. When a stolen car
  The cost of the project is in   Safety Department they are also                                                            Emergency Plans a t Essex County              was crashed through the
                                                                              the county to maintain the progress
the region of £1,000 which        confident that objectives laid                                                             Council Peter Pearson said: "Reducing         secure gates at the rear of the
                                                                              made since 1999.
will be covered by a grant        down in the forthcoming three-                                                             crime figures are evidence of the success     station and set on fire he
                                                                                Community Safety Inspector Jon
given to the Harlow Safer         year strategies will be equally                                                            of the joint approach now being               thought nothing of his own
                                                                              Dodman is encouraged by the work and
Partnership by the Home           productive.                                 input by all the agencies over recent          demonstrated across the county."              safety.
Office for use on a distraction     The Government's aim to ensure police     years and looks ahead to the second               In addition to continuing to improve on      As the suspects ran off Pc
burglary initiative.              forces were helped by local and county      three-year period.                             themes such as artifice burglary, road        Draper moved one police car
                                  councils to reduce crime and disorder         "It has been a steep learning curve for      safety and nuisance youths, the fear of       away from the fire but was
Special debut                     has seen varying rates of success
                                  throughout England and Wales.
                                                                              us all, but we've managed to build on the
                                                                              concept of community safety and
                                                                                                                             crime among members of public,
                                                                                                                             especially the elderly, will be examined
                                                                                                                                                                           unable to move the second
                                                                                                                                                                           one which had started to
RECRUITMENT                and      Essex has continued to remain one of      partners are working well together" he         in detail. Recent government inspections      melt. He doused it with a fire
training was top of the           the safest counties as a result of the      said. "We've come a long way in                have praised the force for their all round    extinguisher just feet from
agenda at the first conference    efficient   ways    crime    reduction      addressing a whole range of issues             policing which ensures Essex remains          the burning vehicle which
of the       Essex      Special   partnerships have tackled persistent        affecting communities and will look to         one of the safest counties to live in.        was exploding.
Constabulary. The event
entitled The Way Forward
was held over two days at
Five     Lakes     and was
                                      Property database will make hefty books a thing of the past
described by Commandant           THE days of police officers fighting      developed by Northamptonshire               the powerful search capabilities will      Southend shortly and once complete it
Atan Hill as "an excellent        over large and cumbersome property        Police which has now been adopted           be able to match property from one         is envisaged a roll out programme will
opportunity for the special       books will soon be a thing of the past    and adapted to meet Essex needs.            division with owners from another,         begin in the summer.
constabulary to set out its       thanks to a new computerised system          The programme will be accessible         ultimately reducing the number of             Property Officer Judith Bailey was
vision of the future in Essex."   which can record details from dogs to     on any intranet computer terminal by        items in storage and providing an          impressed with the new system from
  Chief Constable David           drugs and bags to bicycles.               anyone authorised to deal with              improved       public    service    and    the first presentation and agrees that
Stevens, who opened the             And not only will the Property          property. A simple electronic form will     inspection process.                        key advantages are the computer-
conference, said: "The special    Management System lead to a better        allow an officer or member of support         An additional benefit for property       generated memos, the ability for
constabulary play a vital part    service to the public in terms of         staff to list details of property, how it   officers is the ability to send memos      remote use, the reduction in
in the policing of Essex.         reuniting    owners      with     their   was found or obtained and in which          to an officer to chase up an item's        paperwork and the potential increase
Without      the     volunteer    possessions, it will also be cost- -      temporary store it has been placed.         status, ridding of the need to hand        in valuable storage space.
officers who give so much of      effective negating the need to print      The fields allow infinite items to be       type individual memos. In the near            She said: "It is an up-to-date,
their own time, policing of       books at an annual cost of over £5,000.   listed and the more details submitted       future electronic memos will be sent       simple, secure, efficient and effective
our towns and villages would        Over 100,000 items of property each     the better capability for property          across email.                              system that will make one of the
be much less effective.
                                  year have to be stored by Essex Police    searches a t a later date.                     If an officer is changing division,     problematic areas of police work more
  "Specials usually perform
                                  and a better system for managing             Police     officers     will    retain   leaving or retiring the system will        accountable and less ambiguous.
their duties in the areas
where they live or work so        these items seized in house searches,     responsibility for any property they        easily be able to identify all property    Although some changes in working
they also form a strong link      found at crash scenes or simply lost or   book in including disposal or return to     still under his or her responsibility to   practices are inevitable I am
to the wider community.           found by members of the public, was       owners, but only property officers will     be dealt with or reallocated.              convinced it will be for the better and
More officers are always          identified some years ago as being a      be able to move items into permanent           No formal classroom training will       be more manageable than the old
needed and there can be few       business benefit. Once Essex Police       stores, to HQ or another divisional         be required to use the system but a        book system."
more rewarding ways of            had completed its Y2K priorities it set   station, or dispose of them from the        computer-based training package and           For more information or questions
playing a part in making          about fmding a solution.                  computerised database.                      guidelines will be available.              about the system contact Insp Ted
Essex safer."                       The answer lay in a system                 As the database will be countywide,         A pilot of the system will begin in     Higgs in IT Developments on 51553.

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  10          THE LAW. MARCH 2002




  WELCOME to t h e NARPO
                                                  Four more hang up their hats
  mini bulletin. All t h r e e                                : attacked          with a                                                                                                 driving skills.
                                                                                                                                                                                            H e now intends t o flit
  branches i n t h e county a r e
                                                                                                                                                                                         between            Norfolk     and
  h a r d a t work fixing u p                                                                                                                                                            Lancashire, w h e r e h e h a s
  outings a n d meetings to t r y                                                                                                                                                        family links, and t o include
  a n d satisfy all tastes. Listed               to a police career but it                    will continue in h i s role as a                George Lambeth w i l l                     cyprus          i n t h e colder
  here a r e some of t h e results.
     For Colchester branch a
                                                 did not deter Dennis                         volunteer with Farleigh                     r e m a i n o n e of t h e s t a l w a r t s
                                                                                                                                          of t h e E s s e x Police Musical
                                                                                                                                                                                         months. H e will p u r s u e a
                                                                                                                                                                                         h e a l t h y lifestyle as h e a n d
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                High Constabll
                                                 Oliver from spending                         Hospice, w h i c h h e f i n d s
  number of events have been
  a r r a n g e d a n d members
                                                 the whole of his 30 years                    particularly rewarding, a n d
                                                                                              would recommend t h i s t o
                                                                                                                                          Society h a v i n g retired a f t e r
                                                                                                                                          30 years' police service. H e
                                                                                                                                                                                         his wife enjoy w a l k i n g a n d
                                                                                                                                                                                         t h e open-air life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 is honoured
  should h a v e t h e list. Any                 in front-line policing.                                                                                                                                                        ABRONZE plaque i
                                                                                                                                          has recently played t h e l e a d
  problems contact Reg Shelley
  on 01206 547739.
                                                    He         viewed        the       12
                                                 H e a r t b e a t y e a r s s p e n t as
                                                                                              anyone w h o has good 'peo-
                                                                                              ple skills' and s o m e time t o            role of Tevye in t h e society's                obituaries                            honour of a former Hig
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Constable     has    bee
                                                                                                                                          l a t e s t production of F i d d l e r        FORMER sergeant Frederick
                                                 o n e of t w o residential b e a t           s p a r e for a good cause.                                                                                                       presented to the Mayor c
      For Southend branch there                                                                                                           on the Roof:                                   Jeffrey, from Braintree, died
                                                 officers at B u r n h a m as                    Mick Hall will continue                                                                                                        Saffron Walden.
  i s a Thames River Cruise on                                                                                                               George s p e n t t h e b u l k of           on February 14, aged 85.
                                                 " r a t h e r special", before               t o b e a f a m i l i a r face i n                                                                                                  Braintree's        ne1
  Saturday, May 1 8 a n d t h e                                                                                                           his c a r e e r as both a d r i v e r            M r Jeffrey served from
                                                 s p e n d i n g t h e final 1 as a
                                                                                 1            Witham,                despite       his                                                                                          divisional    commande
  theme for t h e trip is t h e per-                                                                                                      a n d motorcyclist o n traffic,                1937 to 1967 a t Upminster,
                                                 d o g handler.                               r e t i r e m e n t a f t e r 27 years'                                                                                           Chief Superintendent Su
  formance of Showboat. The                                                                                                               before a k n e e i n j u r y m e a n t         Romford,     Harold     Hill,
                                                                                              service - h e is beginning a                                                                                                      Harrison presented th
  trip includes transport to a n d                  Dennis p l a n s a period of                                                          t h a t h e s p e n t his final t h r e e      Braintree, Rayleigh a n d
                                                                                              n e w r o l e as S e r v i c e s                                                                                                  plaque at a speck
  from London, a cruise on t h e                 reflection c a t c h i n g u p o n                                                       years          in       the        force       Rochford.
                                                                                              Supervisor a t t h e t o w n hall.                                                                                                ceremony commemorai
  T h a m e s from Westminster                   odd jobs before m a k i n g f i r m                                                      information room.                                His funeral took place a t           ing the life of Williar
  Pier, a four course meal a n d                 decisions o n t h e future. H e                 Mick s p e n t t h e majority of            H e intends to take a gap                   Colchester Crematorium.                Campling      who     wa
  cabaret entertainment.                                                                      h i s service in t h e n o r t h of         year', w h i c h will i n c l u d e
     S t a r t time is 4.30pm with
  pick-up points to be arranged
                                                  Spin a yarn                                 the           county,         with
                                                                                              s u b s t a n t i a l period o n crime
                                                                                                                                     a    visits t o A u s t r a l i a a n d New
                                                                                                                                          Z e a l a n d , before m a k i n g
                                                                                                                                                                                         All change                             murdered on duty in 184!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Several members of th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Essex Police Memoria
  a f t e r places h a v e been                   TWO Surrey police officers                  prevention,                      before     p l a n s for t h e f u t u r e .              NEW ROAD policing u n i t              Committee,      includin
                                                                                              r e t u r n i n g t o uniform patrol           H a v i n g s p e n t t h e l a s t 18      inspectors have been posted            former Assistant Chie
  booked. R e t u r n is about                    a r e collecting humorous
                                                                                                                                          y e a r s at t h e driving school              t o Rayleigh, S t a n w a y a n d      Constable        Geoffre
  10.30pm a n d t h e all inclusive               police stories for publication              as a m e m b e r of t h e W i t h a m
                                                                                                                                          m a n y s t u d e n t s will h a v e           HQ      as   part      of    the
  cost is £46. Contact Mike                       i n a book a n d want to hear               community policing t e a m .                                                                                                      Markham were also at th
                                                                                                                                                                                         restructuring within Mobile
                                                  from anyone serving or                         Looking              back,      Mick     received i n s t r u c t i o n f r o m                                                ceremony.
  Beveridge on 01702 529985                                                                                                                                                              Support Division.
                                                  retired who wants to make a                 regarded t h e time spent                   Alan Booth, w h o h a s                           Insp Simon Morgan moves               The plaque will b
  with your booking.
                                                  contribution.                                                                           retired a f t e r 2 7 y e a r s w i t h        from H Q to t a k e u p his post       displayed at the murde
     This trip is open to NARPO                                                               supporting t h e p r e s s office
                                                     The request          includes                                                        E s s e x Police.                              a s u n i t commander a t              scene on the bridge ii
  members i n other branches                                                                  throughout                           the
                                                  funny experiences on patrol,                                                               A l a n began h i s c a r e e r at          Stanway, while Insp Stephen            Bridge Street.
  i n t h e county, although there                at court or i n t h e office, b u t         Brightlingsea p r o t e s t s a n d                                                                                                 Details of the inciden
                                                                                                                                          Wickford before moving t o                     Brewer now sits alongside
  will be a slight increase i n                   also wind-ups, blunders or                  t h e S t a n s t e d h i - j a c k s as                                                                                          can be found on th
                                                                                                                                          Laindon as a traffic officer                   Chief Insp Tom Diment a t
  t h e cost for non-Southend                     a n y particularly        stupid            b e i n g s o m e of t h e m o r e          a n d t h e n t o driving school               HQ. I n s p Grahame Pinder             Memorial Trust website o
  members.                                        villains you m a y h a v e                  memorable events i n his                    w h e r e h e t a u g h t all levels of        joins Rayleigh a s u n i t             www.essex.police.uk/
      Chelmsford b r a n c h is                   encountered. Confidentiality                career.                                                                                    commander.                             memorial.
  hoping to publish its list of                   a n d anonymity a r e assured
                                                  a n d names and locations can
  events very shortly a n d
  members should refer to t h e
  newsletter s e n t out o n
                                                  be changed if needed.
                                                      If your tale is used you a r e
                                                  entitled to a free copy of t h e
                                                                                                   Terror victims benefit from reunion
  Monday, February 25. If you
                                                  book on request.
                                                                                                THE l u n c h e o n f o r those w h o served               $300, w h i c h equated t o £209.12 was                 w i v e s a n d c h i l d r e n o f the m e n
  think you have been missed                         Anyone wanting to make a                   in the old R o m f o r d division, was n o t               sent t o the New York P o l i c e                       k i l l e d on September 11.
  Out  Or         receive your                    contribution should contact                   o n l y well a t t e n d e d and e n j o y e d b y         Department.                                                 S t u a r t is arranging a n o t h e r
  newsletter contact Tony                         P c Steve Brennan a n d Pc                    a l l , but raised £192 t h r o u g h                         O r g a n i s e r of the e v e n t , Stuart          l u n c h e o n w h i c h will be a l o n g
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   berth, h/c water; warm air                                                            tions), ridden less than 100                     from £450 p.w. Video available.                further details for quick sale,        acres pine forest. Police dis
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                blue, MOT, tax and Vauxhal
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                service history, aircon, £4500
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                                                                                       I high. Folds flat, escape doors,
                                ...........................................................                                               GORE-TEX two-ply DPM two                       contained static home, 5 mins          James on 01245 443727.
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  1 Station     ............................. Home Tel           ..........................
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                                                                                       I plus kiddie pool. Tel Del or Pam
                                                                                       -
                                                                                                       own screened pool                  condition, excellent kit. With
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                                                                                                                                                                                         dates available. Fishing and
                                                                                                                                                                                         golf nearby. Contact D. Turner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                YAMAHA R6 motorcycle, yea1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2000 W-reg, blue, excellent con.
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  1 Send to The Editor, The Law, Press Office,                                         I 01268 750062.                                    Davies, tel 01708 620080.                      on 01375 846704.                       dition, 9000 miles, include?
  -
  ( Essex Police Headquarters.
    Oily athierts frcm those directly m t e d t o Essex Police (either senring or
                                                                                       I FLORIDA villa, 12 minutes                        HALESWORTH Suffolk, two-                       SCOTTISH Highlands. Self-              Harris titanium exhaust (plus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                original), Datatool EVO alarrr
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                                                                                                 sleeping up
                                                                                                                 3-bed, 2                 bed holiday cottage, lovingly
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                                                                                                                                                                                         with one large dble bdrm,              £4150 ono. Tel 01245 491491
    and r e p a t ads should be re-suhnitted on a monthly basis. The Law team reserves
        r i a t to d t or a u i t  &vert * h dcesn t mt b m i d .
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  Love in
   the air
   to help
     sick
  children
A TOUCH of romance has
helped bring a little light
to the lives of sick
children in Essex.
  A Valentine's dance was
held at HQ sports pavilion
with dancing to the
sounds of Take the Biscuit
and £400 was raised in
aid of the Harbour Unit,
Neptune        Ward      at
Southend Hospital, which
is for very sick Essex chil-
dren in need of long-term
care in hospital.
  Other events on this
year's Sports and Social
Club calendar include a
day trip to Calais and Cite
Europe on Saturday, April                                                -

13, priced £17 members
and £18 non-members.
                               renewal due                                           lottery
        Magic                                                                         .
  An evening of magic is
                               THE Clubhaus golf membership will be due
                               for renewal a t t h e end of March.
                                                                                     winner'!                       Saturday, April 27,2002
being held a t the HQ                                                            WINNER of the February lot-
                                 All existing members are being written to.
sports pavilion on May 24,
with Michael J. Fitch and
a fish and chip supper.
                               However, there are some significant changes
                               which potential members will need to be
                                                                                 tery was Emma McMahon from
                                                                                 Loughton boosting her bank
                                                                                 balance by £1500.
                                                                                                                            at 7pm
The event is adults only       aware of. The membership now relates to             Also out of the hat for cash
and tickets are £12.           Benton Hall and Three Rivers only. There is       prizes were Insp Paul Eveleigh,
  If it's a weekend away
you crave why not try
Brussels in a four star
                               no contract with The Essex. There will only be
                               one type of membership - Full Associate - and
                                                                                 Basildon with £750, Simon
                                                                                 Crane from Basildon with £375
                                                                                 and Pc Martyn Horton from
                                                                                                                              Tickets E5
                               it will be priced a t £390 per year.
hotel for two nights bed
                                  Members will be able to play a t either
                                                                                 Southend with £200.
                                                                                   Consolation prizes of £50
                                                                                                                        Available from Pc Madigan,
and breakfast with coach
and      ferry   included;     course and a t any other Clubhaus venue on
                               payment of a £10 green fee. For further details
                                                                                 went to Pc Andrew Palmer,          Chelmsford Traffic on 01245 491491,
August 16 to 18; cost: £89                                                       NCS; Chief Insp Tom Diment,
members, £99 non-mem-          contact the force sports secretary on extension   MSD; Pc Martin Kendrick,                        ext 58515
bers.                          58888.                                            MSD; DC Terry Haines-Aubert,
  If you are interested in                   IF anyone would like to take        Crime Division; Mr G. Moss,                         or
any of these events con-
tact Shirley Turner by
                                             advantage of a special offer
                                             from Airtours of up to 27 per
                                                                                 retired;    Sandra      Reeves,
                                                                                 Basildon, PC Rob O'Sullivan,               James Dace & Son,
email or by fax on 01245                                                         Rayleigh; Gillian Cuny, Clacton;
452157.
                                             cent discount for departures
                                             during April, then ring them        Debbie Roblin, Crime Division         Moulsham Street, Ghelmsford
                                             direct on 0845 603 7896.            and Pc Phi1 Brochen, Leigh.
- 12            THE LAW, MARCH 2002




                                              A F T E R
                                                                   Awesome Essex
                                                                           Ampthill           Park,       awards, there was little inter-
                                                                                                          est from the rest of the field,
                                                                                                                                            and Kevin Kirby (17th), who
                                                                                                                                            joined Bond in ensuring that
                                                                                                                                                                               completing the team.
                                                                                                                                                                                 On his return from injury
                                            three narrow                 Bedfordshire provided
                                                                                                          when Simon Morley (Sussex)        the veterans also enjoyed a        Pete Bryan (44th) battled
                                           efeats to rivals              the venue on a wet and           shot off from the start for a                                        well to finish. The only disap-
                                                                                                                                            rare win.
                                       Kent, the men from                windy day and with the           comfortable victory, leaving                                         pointment for Essex was once
                                      Essex hit back with                notorious     Heartbreak         Mick Bond to tow the main                                            again the lack of any women
                                      an awesome per-                    Hill included three times,       pack along, until he set off to     Not to be left out, the B        competitors.
                                      formance to leap to                this was the sport a t its       ensure second place.              team made it a hat-trick and         The final league fxture at
                                      the top of the                     extreme.                           The Essex captain was fol-      completed a marvellous day         Horsham, Sussex, will also
                                      regional police cross                Yet t h e current Essex        lowed by a stream of red          for Essex, led once again by       include the regional champi-
                                                                         squad seems to excel in such     Essex vests, as Russ Welch                                           onship and, as last season,
                                      country league, with                                                (3rd), Derek Walker (4th) and
                                                                                                                                            Chris Mathlin (26th1, Charles
                                      iust the final fixture             conditions.                                                        Quaey (29th), a superb second      everything rests on the
                                      "~-   -   -
                                                                                                          Vic Spain (5th) were chased
                                      to take place in                     Already out of contention                                        race by Chris Lacey (38th)         results of that race.
                                                                         for both team and individual     home by Don English (15th)        and Brian Murnaghan (40th)                            Mick Bond
                                      March.


    Croker                                                                                                                                   Poor start
    update
 SOME more Croker Cup
                                                                                                                                              but Vets'
 events have now been c-
 ompleted with the following
 results:
   S q u a s h : l Braintree, 2
 ~ a s i l d o n , 3 Thurrock; 4
                                                                                                                                             s ~ i n t rise
                                                                                                                                                       s
                                                                                                                                            THE ESSEX Police Veterans          are even finished.
 Southend, 5 Rayleigh, 6
 Harlow, 7 Tendring and 8                                                                                                                   football team are riding high         These        two       games
                                                                                                                                            in the league again with only      sandwiched              another
 Chelmsford.
                                                                                                                                            a five-point gap needing to be     whitewash, with Cricketers
    Snooker: 1 Rayleigh, 2
,qraintree, 3 Harlow and
                                                                                                                                            bridged in order to climb into
                                                                                                                                            top spot ahead of Britannia.
                                                                                                                                                                               Horndon on the receiving end
                                                                                                                                                                               of a 7-0 victory and on this
 Southend and 5 Tendring.                                                                                                                      A recent resurgence has         occasion Paul Toms chipped
 -
    Billiards: - 1-- - Rayleigh, 5                                                                                                          seen the team climb back up        in with a brace.
  Braintree, 3 Harlow and                                                                                                                   the table after a dismal start        More goals were netted at
  Southend and 5 Tendring.                                                                                                                  to the new year which saw          the start of this month with a
    Ladies'          football:   1                                                                                                          their exit from the semi-          6-0 drubbing of the title
  Tendring, 2 Chelmsford.                                                                                                                   finals of the Essex Saturday       contenders             Havering
  Losing semi-finalists were                                                                                                                Veterans Cup.                      NALGO. Jed Stopher on this
  Braintree and Colchester and                                                                                                                 Defeat to Ford Basildon         occasion netting a brace.
 losing quarter-finalists were                                                                                                              was followed up with a draw            Sadly Nigel Cockrell will
 Harlow and Basildon.                                                                                                                       in the league, before losing a t   miss the rest of the season
    These results mean that                                                                                                                 home to lowly Basildon Town.       after suffering torn ankle
 the current Croker Cup table                                                                                                                  Their poor form culminated      ligaments.
 reads: Braintree 111, Harlow                                                                                                               in a 7-0 hammering away to             The vets will battle it out
 88, Rayleigh 86, Basildon 71,                                                                                                              the top side, but the old boys     with Britannia, Havering
 Southend 58. Colchester 55,                                                                                                                will be looking for revenge        NALGO and Sporting Club
 Chelmsford 41, Tendring 41;                                                                                                                though when they meet              Henderson for the league
    TL..--nnlr i 00,UA 9~
    s r l u l r u L f Q'2 I I YV.
                               Q                                                                                                            Britannia a t home.                championship.
   The darts competition was                                                                                                                   Three successive wins               in^    second and with two
                                                                                                                                             against Hertfordshire in the      games in hand, captain Joel
 due to be played as The Law                                                                                                                National Veterans Cup and a        Henderson is looking forward
     , ,
 wenL to press.                                                                                                                              6-0 drubbing of ~uffolkhas        to a n intense, nail-biting
       m .          .
   lennis taKeS place on7                                                                                                                                                                                      -
                                                                                                                                            helped .galvanise team spirit.     finish.
 Wednesday, March 13 and
            .   -   -                                                                                                                           A couple of goals from             He said: "I'm proud the way
 organiser is Stu Bowman at                                                                                                                  Mick ~ l l e helped seal the
                                                                                                                                                          i                    we have lifted bur game and
 -HQAlarms.                                                                                                                                 win which puts the vets             spirits because a 7-0 defeat to
   The date and venue for the                                                                                                                through to the quarter-final      the hands of anybody is a
 rugby is still to be arranged.                                                                                                              stage before the group finals     body blow, let alone to your
                                                                                                                                                                               main rivals.
                                                                                                                                                                                   "It will certainly be a close


    Triathlsn double
    THE force is holding two          three-lap cycle of the park        for those not fit enough or
                                                                                                           ONCE again Southend Sub-
                                                                                                           Aqua Club is seeking keen
                                                                                                                                             ground. Families are also
                                                                                                                                             welcomed, as the club has a n
                                                                                                                                                                                call a t the end as we have to
                                                                                                                                                                                play the other two sides who
                                                                                                                                                                                are also vying for the league
                                                                                                                                                                                title."
                                                                                                                                                                                   The force's PAA side has
                                                                                                                                                                                also been action with defeat
    triathlon competitions this       and finishes with a two and a      unable to swim or cycle.          divers to join them.              active social calendar.            to the hands of Suffolk
    year for those wishing to test    half mile run.                       Organisers of both events         Divers who have already           For more information             preceding a memorable 5-5
    their stamina levels in the          Braintree's       inaugural     are looking for volunteer         qualified are invited to join     please contact Andy Barnes         draw        away      to     the
    summer sunshine.                  sprint triathlon will be staged    marshalls to help co-ordinate     and participate in organised      on the Marine Unit a t             Metropolitan Police after
       Organisers of the annual       a t the Riverside leisure          the day's activities and cheer    dive trim and holidavs.           Ravleigh on 01268 798162.          being 5-0 down.
    Basildon race are looking for                                                                            ~ h o s with CMAS 2 star,
                                                                                                                     l
    entrants to this year's compe-
    tition set for Sunday, May 19,
                                      complex in the town centre on
                                      Sunday, June 9.
                                                                         on competitors.
                                                                           Further information on the      SAA Club Diver, BSAC Sport
                                                                                                           Diver, or PAD1 AOW+Rescue
                                                                                                                                              Reporter on the run
                                         The cycling stage will be       Braintree competition can be                                                                             Helen's run is to support
    where the day's activities will                                                                        Diver are ideal, but others       One of The Law's Own
                                      conducted on the Witham            gained by contacting Kevin        who can attend Southend           reporters is running in this       friend Claire, whose husband
    be centred around Gloucester      road while the final flag for      Rowe a t Dunmow Police                                                                                 is a n Essex detective and
                                                                                                           regularly may be trained           year'^ London Marathon.
    Park Swimming Pool, with          runners will be a t Braintree      Station.                                                                      Cook is taking part      whose son had a tuniour and
                                                                                                           within the club to attain the
    the two land stages entirely      railway station.                     Entry forms for the                                               in her first ever marathon to      underwent over a year of
                                                                                                           more advanced qualification.
    gff-road.                            Both       events       offer   Basildon     triathlon     are      The club is based in            raise money for a small            intensive treatment. Dial a
       The competition, now in its                                                                                                           charity called Dial a Dream.       Dream arranged for them to
                                      encouragement to the novice        available on the intranet,        Southend and meets twice a
    third year, will feature a 400-                                                                                                          which aims to help seriously       go on a two-week Florida
                                      and a challenge for the            while further information can     week, one meeting being a
    metre swim followed by a                                                                                                                 ill children realise their         holiday. If anyone would like
                                      experienced athlete.               be gained from Pete Bryan a t     pool session. Most of the
                                                                                                                                             dream whether it be a holiday      to sponsor Helen, contact her
                                         Relay events are on offer       Chigwell Road Policing.           members have a police back-
                                                                                                                                             or meeting a TV star.              by email or on 01245 452450.

				
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