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									                                                                                                                                                                                          Issue number 106
 The newspaper of Hampshire Constabulary                                                                                                                      August 2004

           FACING THE PRESS – Detective Superintendent Alan Betts and Hannah’s par-
           ents, Trevor and Hilary, at a press conference which followed the arrest of Kohli.
                                                                                 Picture: The Daily Echo
                                                                                                            Hannah suspect arrested
                                                                                                                          By Lucy Dibdin                         within a short time which led police to trace
                                                                                                                                                                 Kohli to the town of Kalimpong, in West
                                                                                                            THE QUEST to find justice for murdered
                                                                                                            Southampton teenager Hannah Foster has
                                                                                                                                                                    He was immediately taken into custody. He
                                                                                                            taken a major step forward after the man
                                                                                                                                                                 has since been transferred into federal judicial
                                                                                                            police were seeking in connection with her
                                                                                                                                                                 custody and awaits an extradition hearing.
                                                                                                            death was arrested in the West Bengal region
                                                                                                                                                                    The Operation Springfield team is hopeful
                                                                                                            of India.
                                                                                                                                                                 that this will be successful and that they will
                                                                                                              The news of the arrest of Maninder Pal
                                                                                                                                                                 be able to return Kohli to the UK to stand
                                                                                                            Singh Kohli was called through to the Major
                                                                                                                                                                 trial before a British court, although the
                                                                                                            Incident Room at Hulse Road at around
                                                                                                                                                                 timescale for this is undetermined at this
                                                                                                            lunchtime on July 15 by Detective
                                                                                                            Superintendent Alan Betts, the officer leading
                                                                                                                                                                    In a press conference staged at Support &
                                                                                                            the inquiry, who was in India at the time
                                                                                                                                                                 Training Headquarters, Netley, on their
                                                                                                            accompanying Hannah’s parents on a trip to
                                                                                                                                                                 return to the UK, Hannah’s parents Trevor
                                                                                                            raise publicity in the search for the suspect.
                                                                                                                                                                 and Hilary Foster spoke of the overwhelming
                                                                                                              Following two days of intense press confer-
                                                                                                            ences in the Punjab several calls were received                                  turn to page 10

 by Janet Malcolmson
JUST a few months after the
Creating Safer Communities
                                        Safer campaigns proving highly effective                                                                                                     crime across Hampshire and the
                                                                                                                                                                                     Isle of Wight has been almost
                                                                                                                                                                                     halved – dropping from 37,510
                                                                                                                                                                                     in 1993/04 to 20,561 in
programme was launched by            fewer victims.                         “I have been extremely          14,652 in 1993/04 to 7,030 in       the great strides made in driving    2003/04.
the constabulary, crime lev-            Assistant Chief Constable        impressed by the enthusiasm        2003/04.                            down vehicle crime.                     “Through Safer Vehicles, we
els are already falling.             Simon Cole is confident this fall   and professionalism which staff       “By adopting the best practice      “If the current downward          are employing force-wide the
   A total of 1,391 house bur-       is in no small part due to the      have shown in meeting the chal-    identified in the Safer Homes       trend continues, recorded vehi-      kind of tactics which helped
glaries were recorded by the         launch of the Creating Safer        lenges of the safer campaigns.     strategy, I have no doubt we will   cle crime is likely to be lower at   Portsmouth achieve a 28.9 per
constabulary between April and       Communities programme and           The Silver Commanders have         make domestic break-ins an          the end of this financial year       cent reduction in vehicle crime
June this year, compared to          the four campaigns which            worked extremely hard to pull      even rarer occurrence over the      than at any time since 1980,” he     during the last financial year
1,897 for the same period last       underpin it – Safer Homes,          together the expertise that the    coming months.”                     pointed out.                                      turn to page 4
year – meaning 500 fewer vic-        Safer Vehicles, Safer Streets and   Force possesses.                      He was also delighted with          “Over the past decade, vehicle
tims of crime – a fall of 26.7 per   Safer Roads.                           “If the current downward
cent.                                   “The launch of the safer cam-    trend continues, the number of
   Vehicle crime has also plum-      paigns has served to focus our      house burglaries recorded this
meted from 5,443 offences dur-       attention to an even greater        year looks like being the lowest
ing the first three months of        degree on the issues identified     since 1974.
2003 to 4,139 during the same        in the Force Control Strategy as       “House burglaries have
period this year – a drop of 13.8    being particular challenges for     already been more than halved
percent which means 1,300            the constabulary.                   in the past 10 years, from

  q Chief Constable’s annual report – four-page special – inside

          HORSE POWER – Crime involving the equestrian community is a constant cause of
   concern for the Force in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. But a team of Equine Liaison
Officers is meeting the problem head-on with initiatives aimed at reducing criminal activity in
rural areas. Horsewatch seeks to keep those with stables and farms informed about what to
be aware of and what precautions to take. They are being supported by a leading car distrib-
  utor with a particular interest in equestrian events. Pictured in the New Forest is a Ssang
 Yong 4x4 vehicle loaned by SYUK Cars of Fleet which is being used to highlight the work.
                                      Story on page 15.                      Picture Jan Brayley
                                                                                                 Frontline n e w s

                                                                                                                                                                                                  New scheme
Pay deal agreed
                                                                                                               by Steve Price, JBB Chairman

  By now you will be aware             allowance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    to make
that the Home Secretary has
agreed our pay settlement.
  From September 1, a three
                                          We will publish the new
                                       pay scales on our intranet
                                       site shortly.
                                                                                    New policy on annual leave                                                                                      buying a
per cent pay increase will
come into effect and will
also apply to competency
                                          Details of most of our spe-
                                       cial offers, discounts and
                                       general information are
                                                                                 NOW we are into the main
                                                                                 annual leave period, I hope you
                                                                                 all obtain some quality time
                                                                                                                      noticed on Routine Orders the
                                                                                                                      amendment to the new policy
                                                                                                                      regarding the extra day of annu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  home more
related threshold payment as
well as dog handler’s
                                       already available, with fur-
                                       ther pages planned.
                                                                                 away from work.
                                                                                    You will probably have
                                                                                                                      al leave recently negotiated.
                                                                                                                         It is now being granted retro-
                                                                                                                      spectively from January 1 2004,
Advice on what to do with a complaint                                                                                 which may assist in the work:
                                                                                                                      life balance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  HUNDREDS of police offi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  cers and police staff in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  south east can now receive a
THE SERVICE of a Regulation 9 Notice, on form                 We will enter the basic details on the Federation
                                                                                                                                                                                                  helping ‘leg up’ on to the
CD 16 can be a traumatic time for any officer, (or         database and if appropriate nominate a “friend” to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  property ladder thanks to a
member of police staff or special constable.)              contact the officer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  new scheme developed by
   For police officers who are subscribing members                 If it is decided to organise legal representa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Police Mutual Assurance
of the Police Federation, help is at hand in many          tion, we will ask you to complete a Form C2 avail-
                                                                                                                      THANK YOU all those offi-              meetings have already taken          Society (PMAS).
ways.                                                      able from our office. This must be completed and
                                                                                                                      cers who attended the recent           place to try to alleviate prob-         Forces have long been con-
   Whatever the circumstances, whether the allega-         returned as soon as possible.
                                                                                                                      open forum at Aldershot.               lems of staff shortages and to       cerned about the increasing
tion is criminal or misconduct or both, speed is of           PSD have to work to certain guidelines and, in
                                                                                                                        The well-made points have            try and reduce the bureaucra-        cost of housing and the impact
the essence.                                               some cases, interviews may be arranged within a
                                                                                                                      obviously had an effect already        cy of the ACR reporting.             it is having on attracting and
   If you decide that you need advice or are consid-       three-week period of the complaint being served.
                                                                                                                      and I am aware that several                                                 retaining officers.
ering any form of legal representation, we need to            Accounting for rest days, the internal post and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Existing schemes tend to be
know in good time. Take notice of the forms which          other potential delays that does not leave us with
accompany the CD16.
   You can always approach your own representative
                                                           much time to prepare.
                                                                 For those who have been through the procedure
                                                                                                                        Beware unauthorised e-mails                                               oversubscribed and available
                                                                                                                                                                                                  only to police officers, not
                                                                                                                                                                                                  police staff.
for immediate “first aid” advice, (shame on you if         before, remember that things have changed since             A SMALL dose of preventative medicine, concerning unau-                       Meanwhile, housing associ-
you don’t know who they are ), or contact the              April 1 this year.                                         thorised e-mails.                                                           ation properties are not always
Federation office 79 3418.                                    The IPPC now supervises complaints against the             If you receive any such matter on the force system, please               in the most convenient loca-
   There are several trained discipline friends who, if    police and other incidents. The criminal caution now       delete it and DO NOT forward it to anyone else.                             tions and there is a lack of
need be, can offer more detailed information and           also applies to misconduct interviews, so inferences          That way you will comply with force policy and will not be               choice.
arrange legal representation, or assist and attend any     may be drawn where no comment is made.                     liable to misconduct proceedings.
interview required by Professional Standards.                                                                                                                                                              Project
                   WHAT WE NEED                                                                                                                    Diary dates                                       After discussions with a
                                                                   IF YOU ARE IN ANY DOUBT AS TO                      Thursday September 30, IOW Open Forum; Tuesday, October
TO PROCESS requests, we need a copy of the CD                            WHAT TO DO, RING US.                                                                                                     number of chief constables,
16, and later, if appropriate, copies of any relevant                                                                 12 annual open meeting, Winchester.                                         Graham Berville, Chief
                                                             A current list of discipline friends is available in       Hope to see you there. This year’s gift is a very nice x-x-x              Executive of PMAS, set up a
paperwork, – PNB/ MG11/ Duty Report/ Custody               the office 79 3418.
Record/ CCTV tape or PPF1 Use of Force Form.                                                                          wait and see!                                                               project to look for an alterna-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  tive solution.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     The result involving PMAS
HAVE YOU ever had one of those times when you find yourself up to
your armpits in alligators, and all you wanted to do in the first place was to                                                                                                                    and most forces in the south
                                                                                                                                                                                                  east, is a new shared equity

                                                                                                                                              n ews
drain the swamp?
                                                                                                                                                                                                  scheme which allows police

   Well, I’m having one at present having moved from Winchester. We
now have what I hope is a permanent base at Netley, and with no thanks                                                                                                                            employees to buy a property
to BT who ‘stole’ the internal line cabling when they fitted some new lines                                                                                                                       of his or her choice.
for the branch, leaving me without an internal line for over a week. We                                                                                                                              The officer – or member of
now have internal (711151)and DDI (02380 745021) contact, and a dedi-                                                                                                                             civilian police staff – buys at
cated fax line (02380 456560). Or e-mail:                                      by Kathy Symonds                                                                    least 51 per cent of the equity
                                                                                                                                                                                                  in a house using a traditional
Conference 2004                                     “A further discussion
                                                                                                   branch submitted a paper to the May JNCC        and will discuss details of the recommen-      mortgage and any savings they
                                                 on members who work a 24-hour shift pat-
THE National Delegate conference was, I
                                                 tern and how when they near retirement, by        meeting in which we called for staff and        dations later.                                 may have, and the remainder
have to say, a little tamer than usual, pos-                                                       officers to be treated alike, via the Deputy                                                   is funded by an equity loan.
                                                 continuing to work this pattern it can have
sibly because some of the usual rousing
                                                 a detrimental effect on their health.             Chief Constable’s office as is the norm.        Farnborough Air Show                              So, if the house costs
speakers have been elected to the NEC, the                                                            The DCC refused to allow it onto the         UNISON was invited to send a representa-       £150,000 but the police
                                                    “I drove home feeling like I had made a
union’s governing body.                                                                            agenda stating that it had not previously       tive to Farnborough Air Show this year to      employee can afford a mort-
                                                 contribution to the day on behalf of mem-
   I hope they continue to speak freely                                                            been discussed with the Director of             report on arrangements for police staff on     gage of only £100,000, he or
                                                 bers, and hope to continue to do so in the
within the executive though, for it’s the                                                          Personnel (even though it had been in           duty there.                                    she applies for an equity loan
members’ votes that put them there to do                                                           Routine Orders).                                   Colin Sandom from TWUN reports:             of £50,000 (one third of the
just that.                                       Pay 2004                                             Your chair and secretary duly met the           “My main object was to check on health      purchase price) to make up the
   One of the key debates was one that           AT THE time of writing I’m assuming that          Director of Personnel who said that she         and safety issues and to see if police staff
called for the resignation of the prime min-                                                                                                                                                      shortfall.
                                                 the next edition of Frontline will be pub-        would not agree to police staff being           had any particular gripes.                        The buyer then pays the
ister – that motion was lost.                    lished and distributed before August 20,          allowed to enjoy six bank holiday dates in         “I found that the staff were being well
   We did manage to get a composite                                                                                                                                                               mortgage on £100,000 and
                                                 which is that deadline for branch returns on      the period .                                    provided for by the logistics team and there
motion on the south east weighting claim                                                                                                                                                          also two per cent on the por-
                                                 the pay 2004 consultations.                          We then resubmitted the paper for the        was plenty of food and drink available for
heard during the final session on the Friday                                                       July JNCC, where the Chief Constable,           officers and police staff, supplied by         tion owned by the fund –
                                                    Again, very disappointingly, the employ-
afternoon, and that was carried. I’ll update                                                       having first asked us to bring it back six      Quadrant catering.                             although this can be deferred
                                                 ers’ side refused to discuss parts of the pay
you with developments on that.                   claim that dealt with annual leave or the SE      months hence, said he wanted it brought            “The show was well organised from the       for up to three years and will
A copy of the survey of police staff pay         weighting allowance – preferring to               back to the September JNCC, by which            point of view of control room staff who        be rebated if house prices
and conditions document that I referred to       address these matters within the Pay and          time the HMIC would have reported back          had to work long tiring days.                  increase by more than 10 per
last time will be distributed to each station    Reward review.                                    after its thematic inspection in relation to       “The new IRV (mobile control room)          cent a year.
as soon as possible.                                The offer on the table is for three per        civilianisation in the service, and its find-   would have been deployed as a fall-back           Assuming the property is
                                                 cent on all pay grades and on stand-by            ings might assist.                              control during flying at the show in the       eventually sold for £200,000,
Police staff conference                          allowance. Details have been circulated              Surrey, Kent and Sussex Police, among        event of the main control room on site         the mortgage company will
LINDA ROACH, a first time delegate and           electronically to members asking them to          others, will be paying their police staff for   becoming unusable.                             receive the original £100,000
Pat Cole, branch chair were two of the del-      vote on this.                                     six bank holidays over this period.                “The IRV is equipped to cope with any       (assuming it was an interest-
egates at the police staff conference.                                                             JNCC meeting                                    incident and can be set up very quickly.       only mortgage).
   Linda writes: “ I was very unsure as to
                                                 Bank holiday pay                                                                                     “Although very small it is air condi-
                                                 AS I write I wonder how many people will          NEW STEWARD Colin Sandom attended                                                                 The equity loan repayment
what the day ahead had in store. It turned                                                         the JNCC for the first time, and reports:       tioned and comfortable and easy to use by      will be one third of the
                                                 actually read this article.                                                                       the controllers with the able assistance of
out to be both a busy but interesting day.                                                            “There is a vast gulf between police offi-                                                  remaining equity, plus any
                                                    My doubts were reinforced this week                                                            Simon Moase from CRSU.
   “There were a total of 42 motions put                                                           cers and police staff which our ACPO team
                                                 when I received an e-mail about the 2004/5                                                           “My thanks to the logistics officers who
                                                                                                                                                                                                  deferred interest. The home
forward to discuss and vote upon.                                                                  seems reluctant to bridge. It was made
                                                 Christmas and New Year bank holidays                                                              worked tirelessly all week to provide for      owner will receive the remain-
   “Some were highly sensitive, and even                                                           painfully obvious that the force manage-
                                                 from a shift worker who felt we worked                                                            the operational officers, both police and      ing balance.
emotional. I was interested to hear views of                                                       ment is aware that Unison represents only
                                                 only for the benefit of Monday to Friday 9-                                                       police staff.”                                    An initial pilot, with funds
employees of other police forces, and how                                                          less than 50 per cent of the police staff
                                                 5 staff in the organisation.                                                                                                                     of £10m, will run in Kent,
the motions affected them in their county.                                                         employed by the constabulary and they are
                                                    I had to point out that this certainly was                                                                                                    Essex and the Met to help
   “It was also good to hear that the motion                                                       using this as justification for not formally
                                                 not the case and that I had included an                                                                                                          establish both the demand in
to get equal pay for bank holiday for both                                                         advising the union of staff who are
                                                 update in my previous column.
police staff and officers was well support-
                                                    The bank holiday issue is one that             approaching half and nil pay.                   Gender Agenda 2005                             forces and the appetite from
ed; pushing the executive to show that                                                                “I can assure staff that Unison officers     I AM STILL keen to hear from staff with        investors to provide the funds
                                                 affects only shift workers and those on
action is being taken with the management
                                                 call-out for the period.                          were extremely forceful in their arguments      suggestions for suitable speakers and sub-     to support the scheme.
to correct this imbalance.                                                                         but comments seemed to fall on deaf ears.                                                         A new company established
                                                    This is what we have done so far, to try                                                       ject matter for the 2005 Gender Agenda
   “The Bradford Score was discussed and                                                              “I urge any member of police staff who                                                      by PMAS, Police Housing
                                                 to achieve parity between staff and officers.                                                     day.
I was surprised to hear that in some areas                                                         may be thinking of joining Unison to con-                                                      Fund Limited, will handle the
                                                    Early in the year the force published its                                                         Some who attended last year’s event said
this is set as low as 108.                                                                         tact his or her rep as soon as possible.”                                                      applications and liaise with
                                                 intentions with regard to payments for                                                            there was too much focus on the interests
   “We discussed and voted on the policing                                                                                                                                                        Britannia Building Society
                                                 Christmas and New Year bank holidays for                                                          of officers and not enough of interest to
of employment equality and had an excel-
                                                 police officers and police staff.
                                                                                                   HMIC Thematic                                   staff. I would welcome some feedback           who is providing the mortgage
lent emotional speech from somebody who                                                            I HAVE a copy of the report of the findings
has felt badly treated in this area.
                                                    It was not good news for staff. The                                                            from you please.                               for this scheme.
                                                                                              Frontline n e w s

                                       Getting priorities in order HP                                                                                                                                             source

                                       in a new crime strategy
                                              by Janet Malcolmson                                                                             Inspector Rachel Farrell, who was tasked with
                                                                                                                                              drafting the strategy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  A SENIOR Hampshire police
                                                                                                                                                                                                  officer, currently seconded to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Centrex, has been awarded
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chartered Manager status.
                                     WORK is now well advanced on a strate-                                                                      “Each development plan lays out owner-              Chief Superintendent
                                     gy which will provide a framework for a                                                                  ship, accountability and performance mea-           Stephen Leach who is a tutor
                                     consistent and more integrated approach                                                                  sures. It will also link to relevant policy, pro-   on the Senior Leadership
                                     to the management and investigation of                                                                   cedures, minimum standards and best practice        Development Programme at the
                                     crime within Hampshire Constabulary.                                                                     guidance where applicable.                          National Police Leadership
                                        The new crime strategy expands upon the                                                                  “The central tenet of the crime strategy is      Centre, is one of only 100 peo-
                                     work already done as part of the Creating                                                                that greater success will be achieved by apply-     ple around the world to have
                                     Safer Communities programme to develop                                                                   ing each of the underpinning principles across      received the award from the
                                     strategies for tackling priority areas such as                                                           all of the key crime areas.                         Chartered Management
  BRAVERY AWARD – Sgt                domestic burglary, vehicle crime, community                                                                 “This in effect joins up much of the work        Institute.
     Jason Holford.                                                                                                                                                                                  Before taking up his current
                                     reassurance, anti-social behaviour, drugs, ter-                                                          we do and illustrates how our different roles or
                                                                                                                                                                                                  role in December 2003,
 National                            rorism and road casualty reduction.
                                        The strategy, which will be owned by the
                                     Chief Constable and co-ordinated by Assistant
                                                                                                                                              areas of work support each other and impact
                                                                                                                                              on our overall ability to achieve successful
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stephen was Superintendent
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Special Operations in

 honour                              Chief Constables Colin Smith and Simon
                                     Cole, identifies three specific objectives – pre-
                                     venting and reducing crime; increasing the
                                                                                                                                                 The strategy, when completed, will be avail-
                                                                                                                                              able on the constabulary’s intranet site.
                                                                                                                                                 “It is designed as an interactive document
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Southampton and before that
                                                                                                                                                                                                  head of training for Hampshire.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     In his current role he leads

for brave                            number of offenders brought to justice and
                                     increasing public reassurance.
                                                                                           STRATEGY AUTHOR – Detective Chief
                                                                                                Inspector Rachel Farrell
                                                                                                                                              and will have hyperlinks to give the user the
                                                                                                                                              ability to access any aspect from strategic con-
                                                                                                                                              siderations to tactical implementation,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                                  on modules focussed on perfor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  mance and organisational
                                                                                                                                                                                                  development aimed at chief
                                                  Best practice
  Jason                                 It represents a first attempt to bring together
                                     all the priorities identified in the National
                                                                                          domestic violence, child abuse and vulnerable
                                                                                          adult abuse;
                                                                                          q Anti-social behaviour, looking specifically
                                                                                                                                                 “It will hopefully be of use to staff at all
                                                                                                                                              levels in identifying their responsibilities and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  superintendents and superinten-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Chief Superintendent Leach
NORTH EAST Hampshire                 Policing Plan, the constabulary’s Strategic          at alcohol related offending, youth crime and       accountabilities and the minimum standards          said: “The Institute’s approach
Sergeant Jason Holford was           Plan, the Police Authority Strategic Plan, the       football related disorder, and                      they must apply.”                                   appealed to me as it clearly
honoured at the prestigious          Annual Policing Plan and the Force Control           q Terrorism, primarily international and Irish-                                                         challenged me to demonstrate
Police Bravery Awards for mak-       Strategy in one document.                            related.                                                         For adoption                           capabilities in several dimen-
ing an arrest during which he           The strategy identifies six ‘key crime areas’,       In addition to the key crime areas, the strat-      Rachel is now in the process of identifying      sions, rather than the exam
was stabbed several times.           each with its own set of priorities. A delivery      egy identifies eight ‘underpinning principles’ –    individuals within the constabulary to take         environment.
   Jason, 31, was attempting to      plan is being developed for each key crime           fundamental values and processes on which           ownership of the various elements of the strat-        “The scheme’s biggest
detain a man who was threaten-       area which sets out how performance will be          the strategy is built.                              egy, which is soon to go before senior man-         strength is its flexibility over a
ing a woman and her children.        monitored and achieved.                                 These are the principles of working in part-     agers and the ACPO team for adoption.               reasonable period of time; it
   Now based at Hartley                 It also details responsibility, accountability,   nership; using the National Intelligence Model         Although considerable consultation has           allows you to take a break due
Wintney, Jason was nominated         minimum standards and best practice.                 (NIM) to determine strategic direction, make        already gone into drafting the strategy, she is     to other commitments and can
by Hampshire’s Federation               The key crime areas identified are:               tactical resourcing decisions and manage risk;      also keen to encourage others within the            easily be returned to.
members for the annual event                                                              delivering a citizen focused service to the pub-    organisation to consider the strategy and give         “This is essential when man-
which recognises unsung heroes       q Volume crime, which includes domestic
                                                                                          lic; ensuring the highest standards of profes-      their views.                                        aging in an operational envi-
of the service.                      burglary, vehicle crime, robbery, offences of
                                                                                          sionalism and integrity within the organisation        “This is a really important document which       ronment.”
   The occasion was held at the      violence and drug-related crime;
Dorchester Hotel in London and       q Major crime, incorporating homicide, kid-
                                                                                          and throughout the criminal investigation           will provide a framework for the way we tack-       Charity night
                                                                                          process; operating a sector policing style;         le crime over the next three years, so it is
was attended by Home Secretary       nap/abduction, blackmail and ‘stranger’ rape;
                                                                                          increasing the effectiveness of the criminal        important that as wide a cross-section of views     for Peter
David Blunkett.                      q Serious and organised crime, focusing on           justice system with partner agencies; making        on it are sought as possible,” she said. “I         PETE FORD served at
   The star-studded occasion fol-    Class A drug trafficking, gun crime, human           best use of resources and exploiting science        would ask anyone interested to contact me.”         Aldershot, then as a Crondall
lowed a reception at Downing         trafficking, rape and serious sexual assaults        and technology.                                        The third draft of the Crime Strategy frame-     Beat Officer and Traffic at
Street with the Prime Minister,      and paedophile crime;                                   “Each of these principles will have its own      work is now posted on the Intranet at ACC           Aldershot before leaving
Jason was among 45 of the                                                                                                                                                                         Hampshire and joining Surrey
                                     q Special priority crime, such as hate crime,        development plan,” explained Detective Chief        Specialist Ops > CID > CID Homepage.
bravest officers in England and                                                                                                                                                                   Police. Sadly, Pete was diag-
Wales to meet Tony Blair.                                                                                                                                                                         nosed with leukaemia in 2002
   Jason made the most of the                                                                                                                                                                     and died in 2003.

                                     Mystery of the ashes
occasion: “It was a fantastic day                                                                                                                                                                    His wife Emma has organ-
and it was a once in a lifetime                                                                                                                                                                   ised a charity night in his hon-
experience. I met Tony and                                                                                                                                                                        our, to be held at Imber Court,
Cherie Blair and they presented                                                                                                                                                                   Esher on Saturday, September
me with a large glass award
that’s now sitting on my mantel-
   At the Dorchester he found
                                       of Babs Bowyer                                                                                                                                             25. Tickets are £45. For further
                                                                                                                                                                                                  details contact Bob Hall at
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whitehill RPU by email or call
                                                                                                                                                                                                  07876 131854.
himself sitting opposite model            by Debbie Denis                    band was called Mac.
Nell McAndrew.                       IT’S A mystery that could one
                                                                                “I managed to trace an                                                                                            Looking for
   The drama happened on the         day make a television drama.
                                                                             address for her son David in
                                                                             Yorkshire but he has since
                                                                                                                                                                                                  an officer
Mayfield Housing Estate in           Police in Winchester are trying                                                                                                                              DC PETER MILLER of
Farnborough.                         to trace a widow’s family after a       moved on.”                                                                                                           Bitterne would like to trace a
   Police were called following      casket containing her ashes was            It was also discovered that                                                                                       PC 230 Poole. It is thought PC
reports of a drunken man hold-       found floating in the River             she died at Bridlington hospital                                                                                     Poole was based at Portswood
ing a woman and her three chil-      Itchen.                                 and was cremated in                                                                                                  in August 1980, although she
dren hostage.                           A member of the public hand-         Scarborough at the Woodlands                                                                                         may have since married and
   During the incident, Jason        ed the pristine box into                Crematorium on May 28, 1990.                                                                                         changed her name.
who is married and has a child,      Winchester Cathedral, and said             PC Wieczorek added: “It’s
was knifed in the shoulder, arm      it was found floating through           been a strange case, and certain-                                                                                    Players
and back. He had to have 20                                                  ly something I’ve not come
stitches to his injuries.
                                     the city.
                                                                             across before.
                                        The clue to its identity was a                                                                                                                            A FIVE-A-SIDE football club
   Jason, who has served for         shiny plaque on the casket lid             “I’ve made appeals in the                                                                                         sponsored by Central Hants
nine years with Hampshire, was       bearing the name Babs Bowyer.           press both here in Winchester                                                                                        and Havant and Cosham
commended by the Chief                  Winchester PC Nick                   and in Yorkshire and I am dis-                                                                                       Sports and Social Clubs,
Constable and the trial judge for    Wieczorek set about tracing her         appointed that I haven’t been                                                                                        which has been running for 20
his bravery.                         relatives – but the mystery             able to reunite the casket with                                                                                      years is looking for new play-
   Richard Matthews, Secretary       deepened.                               the family.                                                                                                          ers. Matches take place most
of the Hampshire Police                 “I found out that her real              “It will remain with the cathe-                                                                                   Mondays from 9.40 until 11
Federation, said: “Sergeant          name was Florence Bowyer and            dral for some time, but unfortu-                                                                                     am, in the main gym at the
Holford acted above and beyond       that she died peacefully on May         nately it looks as though the                                                                                        Taro Leisure Centre in
the call of duty in arresting an     23, 1990, aged 86,” said PC             cathedral authorities will proba-                                                                                    Petersfield. The match fee is
armed man.                           Wieczorek.                              bly end up disposing of it as                                                                                        only £2.50. Interested? Then
   “He deserves this recognition        “I also found out that at some       they see fit rather than how the                                                                                     please contact Will Schofield
for his courage whilst arresting     point she lived in West End,            family may wish, which is                                                                                            at Central Hants BCU or call
the assailant. His nomination in     Southampton, that she was               unfortunate.                                                                                                         07818 012971 who would like
the Bravery Award recognises         raised in Flamborough, North               “However, I am still hopeful         RIVER MYSTERY – PC Nick Wieczorek with the casket con-                       to hear from you.
his dedication to duty in this act   Yorkshire, that she had a son           that someone will come for-             taining Babs Bowyer’s ashes. He hopes to find her family.
of courage.”                         called David and her late hus-          ward.”                                                                                      Picture: Daily Echo.
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Crackdown on distraction burglaries
    by Janet Malcolmson               lem along with the other south-       ground and undertake live time            As part of Operation Wren, a        but no entry has been gained.
A CRACKDOWN on criminals
                                      east forces of Thames Valley,         research, extracting whatever          guide is being produced to aid            “These are attempted offences       Fact
                                      Kent, Sussex and Surrey.              information I can from the crime       officers with their investigation of   and need to be investigated to the
who con their way into the homes
                                         Critical to the success of         report and circulating that not        distraction burglaries.                same extent as the full offence.       File
of elderly and vulnerable people
                                      Operation Wren is the creation of     only to local Neighbourhood               “Distraction burglaries are dif-       “Every repelled attempt is a         A SURVEY carried out by the
and steal their possessions will be
                                      a distraction burglary focus desk     Watch schemes and other forces         ferent to ordinary domestic bur-       golden opportunity for us to gain       charity Help the Aged found
launched by the constabulary this
                                      within the Force Intelligence         in the region, but also nationwide,    glary,” DC Nicholas stressed.          valuable evidence and intelligence      the following:
                                      Bureau (FIB).                         particularly utilising the extensive      “They generally involve people      and should be made the subject of       q Only 39 per cent of victims
   Through Operation Wren, part
                                         This will be staffed by DC Bob     Operation Liberate database.           who are elderly and vulnerable         a crime report and appropriate          reported incidents to the police;
of the Safer Homes campaign, the
                                      Nicholas, who has already carried        “We can then start to establish     and we need to make sure we are        deployment. Sadly, that has not
constabulary is committed to
                                      out extensive research into the       any similarities to other reported     asking the right questions, in the     been happening, although training       q 180,000 entries were made
reducing the number of such                                                                                                                                                                       to property by means of dis-
                                      problem of distraction burglary in    incidents, whether it be in the        right way, to gain maximum             has been commenced to address
offences which occur and to                                                                                                                                                                       traction;
                                      Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.      type of vehicle used; description      information about the offence          this issue”.
ensuring those responsible are                                                                                                                                                                    q On 122,000 occasions, prop-
                                         “When a call comes into the        of the offender or the MO used,        which has been committed.                 DC Nicholas stressed the
brought to justice.                                                                                                                                                                               erty was stolen, totalling about
                                      control room reporting a distrac-     which can help us identify those          “The booklet which will be          impact of a distraction burglary
   A total of 212 distraction bur-                                                                                                                                                                £45m;
                                      tion burglary,” DC Nicholas           responsible.                           issued to officers contains a step-    on an elderly victim could not be
glaries occurred in Hampshire                                                                                                                                                                     q Allowing for the under-
                                      explained, “an incident log is cre-                                          by-step guide to investigating a       over-estimated.
and the Isle of Wight last year – a
                                      ated; it is made the subject of a           Better chance                    distraction burglary.                     “The impact of this crime on         reporting identified by the sur-
figure which, while well below                                                                                                                                                                    vey, the true national figure for
                                      crime report and an officer is           “Distraction burglars who              “It highlights, for example, the    the victims and the quality of their
the number of such offences                                                                                                                                                                       the number of distraction bur-
                                      deployed to the scene.                offend in Hampshire and the Isle       importance of recording not only       life can be devastating,” he said.
occurring in neighbouring forces,                                                                                                                                                                 glary offences carried out in
                                         “In future, control room will      of Wight will also be committing       those occasions where entry is         “That is why it is vital that we
is still 212 too many.                                                                                                                                                                            2003 should be 238,000 – yet
                                      then contact the distraction bur-     crimes elsewhere and by working        made to the dwelling but just as       adopt a concerted and co-ordinat-
   Now Hampshire has taken the                                                                                                                                                                    Home Office figures show
                                      glary focus desk and I will link in   with other forces we have a much       crucially, those where a distrac-      ed approach to tackling this type
regional lead in tackling the prob-                                                                                                                                                               only 18,664.
                                      to the investigating officer on the   better chance of catching them.”       tion type approach has been made       of offence.”

Keeping Basingstoke streets safe
UNDER THE banner of Safer             social behaviour does exist in the       Urban Acting Inspector Julie
Streets – police at Basingstoke       borough but working in partner-       Young said: “We are looking for
have been stepping up their cam-      ship with the various agencies        the support of the parents of a
paign against anti-social behav-      including Basingstoke and Deane       small handful of youths who
iour.                                 Borough Council we are commit-        cause the problems across the
   One initiative, in partnership     ted to ensure people can enjoy a      borough.
with Basingstoke and Deane            peaceful way of life.                    “All we are asking is for par-
Borough Council, has been the            “We believe this new yellow        ents to take responsibility and
launch of a yellow card scheme        warning card will help in some        show an interest in what their
borrowed from the world of foot-      way to achieve this.”                 children are up to during the day-
ball.                                    A second initiative aimed at       time and particularly in the
   Officers can issue an instant      tackling anti-social behaviour has    evenings.
written warning and record the        recently been launched which             “It’s not just an issue about
incident and the offender’s details   aims to make parents think more       anti-social behaviour but also
in an anti-social behaviour regis-    about where their children are this   about their personal safety and we
ter.                                  summer.                               hope that all parents will want to           WORKING TOGETHER – Giving advice to residents in their homes, Sergeant Rhona
   Repeated misbehaviour could           Posters have been designed         know that their children are safe.”          Anderson, Fay Watton, and Janice Howard, IAG members and Alison Gauld, chair of
then result in prosecution or an      which urge parents to get a better       This year Basingstoke police                             Petersfield area Neighbourhood Watch Association
anti-social behaviour order appli-    knowledge of their children’s         has introduced a number of mea-
cation being made.
   The cards will be issued for a
number of offences:
                                      whereabouts when they are not at
                                      home and were launched to coin-
                                      cide with the start of the summer
                                                                            sures to tackle anti-social behav-
                                                                            iour including the introduction of
                                                                            exclusion zones at two shopping
                                                                                                                    Team calls on homes with safety tips
                                                                                                                   PETERSFIELD police joined forces with repre-               er great example of the community, police and
q Using obscene or foul language      holidays for schools and colleges.    centres in Brighton Hill and
                                                                                                                   sentatives of the community to launch a scheme             Neighbourhood Watch joining forces to reduce
in the street;                           Cllr David Potter, Cabinet         Kempshott in April under section
                                                                                                                   designed to help beat burglars and con men.                crime, in Petersfield.
                                      Member for Communities and            30 (4) of the Anti-Social
q throwing objects such as bot-       Regeneration, said: “The most         Behaviour Act 2003.
                                                                                                                     As part of the ‘Safer Homes’ initiative police              “I was also delighted to have the help of the
tles, cans, bins and other items;                                                                                  officers, special constables, Neighbourhood                Independent Advisory Group (IAG) which was
                                      important influences in a child’s        Most youths who gather in
q throwing litter;                                                                                                 Watch Co-ordinators and members of the new                 formed in Petersfield to help boost communica-
                                      life are their family and friends,    these areas and others within the
                                                                                                                   Independent Advisory Group (IAG) knocked on                tion between the police and the community.”
q alcohol, drug or solvent mis-       but teachers, the police and other    borough do not cause trouble but
                                                                                                                   doors in Liss giving safety advice to residents.              Faye Watton, a 15-year-old member of the IAG
use;                                  professionals have a role to play     there is a small minority who
                                                                                                                     Teams spent two hours canvassing the                     took part in the scheme. She said: “It was a good
q threatening or abusive words or     in the early prevention of anti-      engage in anti-social behaviour
                                                                                                                   Greenfields Estate and 12 other roads nearby.              response and as a young person, I enjoyed meet-
behaviour;                            social behaviour.                     such as underage drinking, van-
                                                                                                                     They gave advice on a number of issues from              ing so many people.”
                                         “Our community wardens are         dalism, noise disturbance and lit-
q urinating in the street;                                                                                         general home security to special advice for the               Janice Harwood, also from the IAG, said: “The
                                      building a programme of summer        tering.
                                                                                                                   elderly or infirm in relation to distraction bur-          event went really well and we seemed to be very
q threatening or intimidating         holiday events aimed at engaging         Throughout the summer period
                                                                                                                   glars and bogus callers.                                   well received by the householders.”
behaviour in large groups;            and entertaining young people in      police will be involved in nightly
                                                                                                                     Leaflets were handed out and stickers placed in             Sgt Anderson added: “I’d like to thank all the
q causing noise nuisance..            positive ways, and the council is     high-visibility patrols in those
                                                                                                                   door windows warning con men away.                         volunteers who gave up their time to help us keep
                                      also setting up a service for mem-    areas which suffer most from
   Anti-social behaviour co-ordi-                                                                                    A number of homes will also be visited by the            the elderly and vulnerable residents of the
                                      bers of the public to be able to      anti-social behaviour and also will
nator PC Dave Woods said:                                                                                          housing department of East Hampshire District              Greenfields estate safe.
                                      report incidents of anti-social       be working closely with the local
“Thankfully the streets of                                                                                         Council so arrangements can be made to fit                    “Policing is no longer a job solely for the police
                                      behaviour as part of the              schools and colleges in a bid to
Basingstoke and Deane are a very                                                                                   secure locks, bolts, chains and spy holes to those         and it’s great to see so many people getting
                                      ‘Together’ campaign.”                 prevent vandalism.
safe place to live and work. Anti-                                                                                 over 60, disabled or on benefits who don’t have            involved with this crime fighting initiative.
                                                                                                                   them at the moment.                                           “We hope this scheme will be repeated in other
                                                         YELLOW CARD – PC Dave Woods, the Anti-                      Sergeant Rhona Anderson said: “This is anoth-            parts of the Petersfield area, in the future.”
                                                        Social Behaviour Co-ordinator for Basingstoke
                                                         police, and Paul Hayes the co-ordinator for
                                                          Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
                                                                         Picture: Basingstoke Gazette
                                                                                                                    IMPACT ON CRIME
                                                                                                                     Continued from page one.             only at the end of May, but            and adopting best practice
                                                                                                                     through Operation Cobra.             already a host of initiatives          from across the country. A
                                                                                                                   This approach has already              have been launched under this          major crackdown on drug
                                                                                                                   helped us drive vehicle crime          banner and these are having            dealers across the force is
                                                                                                                   down over 13 per cent                  an impact,” he said. “The              planned and we are going to
                                                                                                                   between April and June, but            number of robberies reported           be increasing our efforts to
                                                                                                                   we must keep the momentum              between April and June is              tackle drink-related offending
                                                                                                                   going.”                                down three per cent on the             in our towns and cities.
                                                                                                                     While the picture on violent         same period last year and the            “Our performance on
                                                                                                                   crime is not as rosy – the             use of fixed penalty notices to        domestic burglary and vehicle
                                                                                                                   11,407 offences reported               tackle disorder is proving a           crime has shown what we can
                                                                                                                   between April and June                 success.                               achieve when we focus on a
                                                                                                                   means the constabulary is                “I have no doubt we can              problem and the Safer Streets
                                                                                                                   currently 14.2 per cent above          and will achieve reductions in         campaign allows us an oppor-
                                                                                                                   target – Mr Cole said progress         violent crime over the course          tunity to achieve similar
                                                                                                                   was being made.                        of this year, working in part-         results with regard to violent
                                                                                                                     “Safer Streets was launched          nership with other agencies            crime.”
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    How case was solved without body
      by Lucy Dibdin                  force,” he said.                                                                                                                                that she went to the Itchen
                                         “This case clearly demon-                                                                                                                    Bridge and considered suicide.
NO BODY, no forensic evi-
                                      strates the benefit of a number                                                                                                                 She then spoke about it with
dence and no confessions - three
                                      of different agencies working                                                                                                                   medical staff - so David knew
reasons why the conviction of
                                      closely together as a team, to                                                                                                                  that he would have independent
David and Leslie Gibson for the
                                      ensure that the best possible evi-                                                                                                              witnesses. It presented him with
murder of David’s wife Belinda
                                      dence was assembled and pre-                                                                                                                    the ideal opportunity.”
is one of the most remarkable
                                      sented to the court. The jury                                                                                                                      It was then that David, with
cases in the history of
                                      were able to consider all the                                                                                                                   the help of his father, smothered
Hampshire Constabulary.
                                      facts to enable them to reach                                                                                                                   Belinda and the men are
   Just after 2.30pm on Friday,
                                      their verdict of guilty.”                                                                                                                       believed to have taken her body
July 23, a jury at Winchester
                                         Proving a murder without a                                                                                                                   out in David’s boat to the mid-
Crown Court returned a unani-
                                      body is not easy, and DI Hogg                                                                                                                   dle of the Solent and dumped
mous verdict of guilty on the
                                      says the crucial factor that                                                                                                                    her in the sea.
father and son pair, who had
                                      pushed this case home was the                                                                                                                      DI Hogg pinpoints the case as
constantly maintained they were
                                      outstanding bravery of the wit-                                                                                                                 a perfect example of why offi-
innocent of killing mother-of-
                                      nesses.                                                                                                                                         cers should seek a career inves-
five Belinda.
                                         “A lot of our investigations                                                                                                                 tigating major crime.
   In one of the very few cases
                                      are easy - it is clear who has                                                                                                                     “We’ve gained a lot of exper-
of its kind for the force, murder
                                      killed who and arrests are often                                                                                                                tise and the confidence to run a
was proved without a body ever
                                      swiftly made, but this was chal-                                                                                                                job without a body and we’ve
being recovered. Crucial wit-
                                      lenging. No forensics, no physi-                                                                                                                already been visited by other
ness accounts and substantial
                                      cal evidence.                                                                                                                                   forces which are considering
circumstantial evidence proved
                                         “What made a difference                                                                                                                      doing the same to learn from
overwhelming and David, 33,                                                  THE ASGARD TEAM – Tina Speake, DC Gary Platt, DC Stephen White, DC Tom Ford, DI
                                      were the witnesses. These peo-                                                                                                                  our example.
and 66-year-old Leslie were                                                                         Jason Hogg, DS Howard Kiley
                                      ple were willing to take a stand                                                                                                                   “Basically, it was like a dot-
sentenced to life imprisonment.
                                      to find justice for Belinda.                                                                                                                    to-dot book. If you join the dots
   Still clearly buoyed by the                                             closure for Belinda’s family.”       more despicable because it was     justice for all.”
                                         “The bravery of Annamari                                                                                                                     up in the right order, you get a
success of his team’s inquiry,                                                During the course of              quite evidently planned in            “It is just a very sad set of
                                      Weeks, David’s former girl-                                                                                                                     clear picture.
Detective Inspector Jason Hogg                                             Operation Asgard, the team set       advance over a number of           circumstances,” agrees DI
                                      friend, in taking to the stand                                                                                                                     “This was a truly remarkable
reflected on the two-and-a-half                                            new investigative standards in       months.                            Hogg.
                                      cannot be underestimated. She                                                                                                                   job to investigate and a privi-
year roller-coaster ride of an                                             telephone investigation and their      “A vulnerable young mother          “Belinda was a mother of five
                                      was clearly deeply involved and                                                                                                                 lege to work on a case of this
inquiry that was Operation                                                 work has been hailed as best         was deliberately targeted in a     who wasn’t coping very well.
                                      it was not possible for us to give                                                                                                              complexity over this period of
Asgard.                                                                    practice.                            pre-meditated act of pure          She had mental health issues,
                                      her immunity against prosecu-                                                                                                                   time.
                                                                              “This case clearly identified     wickedness. There was no obvi-     she needed help, but David
       Dedication                     tion and she would not know
                                                                           best practice through the            ous motive, no financial gain to   decided to kill her instead.
                                                                                                                                                                                         “This is why you join the
                                      until the end of the trial whether                                                                                                              police, and why working in the
   “What made this case differ-       she would face charges or not.       demonstrated benefits of writing     be made, David and Leslie             “His choice of timing demon-    Major Crime Department is an
ent was the length of time it            “It was difficult getting her     off a very small team to work        Gibson simply wanted rid of        strates how calculating he was.    amazing job. I would urge all
took to get to court,” he said,       on board, but her testimony was      on it dedicatedly throughout the     her.                               He had planned it over a num-      DCs and DSs of all levels and
speaking from the Major               vital.”                              process - and it was a long jour-      “These men thought they          ber of months, clearly doing his   backgrounds to look at this case
Incident Room at Hulse Road              With that vital statement in      ney from beginning to end,”          could get away with the perfect    research including into forensic   and consider a career in major
that was home to the investiga-       hand, the hard work began.           said DI Hogg.                        murder, but they were wrong.       evidence and police lines of       crime. You will never get a
tion for two years after its status      “We had to build a case, bit         “We really pushed the bound-      This conviction proves that        inquiry.                           chance to work on a case such
was raised from a missing per-        by bit. We started off by taking     aries of using telephone evi-        Hampshire Constabulary is res-        “But then one day, Belinda      as this anywhere else.”
son inquiry to suspected murder       it all apart - the statement David   dence, especially call-site evi-     olutely committed to seeking       was in such a low mental state
barely a month after Belinda          gave when he reported Belinda        dence.
disappeared from her Sholing          missing, we literally took it
home in February 2002.                apart line by line, word by
   “This was a victory of persis-     word.                                   “We worked in close liaison
tence. We submitted two advice           “We looked at every word,         with telephone companies,
files to the CPS and it didn’t get    tested the account, compared it      which paid huge dividends
through - it was judged that          with Annamari’s account.             when we located Belinda’s
there wasn’t enough evidence          Everything that we uncovered         mobile phone which David had
for a realistic prospect of con-      corroborated what she had said,      insisted she had taken with her
viction.                              and everything disproved his         when she ‘went missing’.
   “At that stage, I think it         word.”                                  “We proved that, in fact, he
would be fair to say that we had         The two-year battle to bring it   had sold it to a neighbour who
issues with the CPS, but we           to court was full of highs and       had then sold it to another man
both had different agendas. One       lows for the inquiry team.           who we recovered it from. This
of the most remarkable things            While David Gibson courted        was a major breakthrough.
about this case is that by the end    the media, even after his arrest,       “Very often when we get a
our partnership with the CPS          bringing the cameras into his        case together for court, the work
really came together and we had       home to appeal for the return of     is done and dusted by the time
a fantastic working relation-         his “blue eyed baby”, the            the trial begins. This was differ-
ship.”                                inquiry team focussed on find-       ent. We took witness accounts
   Indeed, in his statement to the    ing Belinda’s body.                  and fresh information right up
media post-verdict, CPS case             “We did everything we could       to and during the trial and that
manager David Renwick paid            and at one stage we thought we       is extraordinary.”
tribute to the work of the police     might have found it only to             Ultimately for the whole
and the close working ties.           have our hopes dashed, which         team, the most sickening aspect
   “I would like to pay tribute to    was a high point and a low           to it was the fact the murder
the tenacity, dedication and pro-     point,” said DI Hogg.                was so calculated.
fessionalism of the team of              “We have since received fur-         Speaking after the trial,
police officers who have been         ther information as to a poten-      Detective Chief Inspector Bob
involved in this investigation.       tial body deposition site, and       Duncan, the senior investigating
The people of Hampshire can be        will continue to search so that      officer, said: “This case was
rightly proud of their police         we can finally bring ultimate        made more unusual and all the

                                            CASE– convict-
                                            ed of the mur-
                                            der of mother-
                                            of-five Belinda
                                            Left David
                                            Gibson, 33, and
                                            right Leslie
                                            Gibson, 66.
                                            On Friday, July
                                            23, a jury at
                                            Crown Court
                                            returned a
                                            unanimous ver-
                                            dict of guilty.
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 MAPPA work makes its mark
VIGILANCE AND careful super-           time when these offenders would      to the public. The majority were    able risk. They are living legally    who do pose the higher risk are
                                                                                                                                                                                             How man
vision over the past year have
ensured that no more crime has
been committed by 44 people in
                                       have disappeared into the commu-
                                       nity after leaving prison. Not any
                                       more. All the agencies work tire-
                                                                            on the Sex Offender Register that
                                                                            keeps long-term account of all
                                                                            offenders (999 in Hampshire and
                                                                                                                in the community after being pun-
                                                                                                                ished for their crimes. This regis-
                                                                                                                ter enables us to know where they
                                                                                                                                                      ‘on licence’ after leaving prison.
                                                                                                                                                      They are watched, often tagged. If
                                                                                                                                                      they breech their licence in any
                                                                                                                                                                                              got cold
                                                                                                                                                                                             feet after
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight        lessly to share information, moni-   the Isle of Wight) who have any     are and the police can go back to     way they are immediately sent
considered to be ‘potentially dan-     tor and manage their behaviour.”     sexual offence recorded against     them when investigating any new       back to prison.”
gerous’. They have been effec-            The 44 were in the top category   them.                               crime. Of more concern are the           Liz Ashton, chair of the
tively managed by panels set up        of more than 300 offenders on the       David Scott stresses: “The       people we do not yet know about       MAPPA Strategic Board and a
through Multi Agency Public
Protection Arrangements
                                       books of the Hampshire Area
                                       MAPPA during the year. Most
                                       were assessed as being of low risk
                                                                            numbers should not be seen as
                                                                            alarming. These people have all
                                                                            been assessed and are a manage-
                                                                                                                because they have not been
                                                                                                                   “The very small proportion
                                                                                                                                                      Director of Case Management
                                                                                                                                                      with the National Probation
                                                                                                                                                      Service in the Hampshire area,
                                                                                                                                                      said credit for the effective over-
                                                                                                                                                                                             ordeal in
   The encouraging news comes
in the annual MAPPA report from
Chief Constable, Paul Kernaghan,
and Chief Officer of Probation,
                                                                                                                                                      sight of people on MAPPA lists
                                                                                                                                                      was shared in no small measure
                                                                                                                                                      by two mothers of young children
                                                                                                                                                                                               a bin
                                                                                                                                                      who represented the public as lay
David Scott who, together with                                                                                                                                                                 by Julie Gosling
                                                                                                                                                      advisors on the Board. She said
the Prison Service, head up the
                                                                                                                                                      their contribution has proved so       YOU COME across some
Hampshire Area MAPPA.
                                                                                                                                                      worthwhile that, earlier this year,    strange happenings when
   The 44 (referred to as the criti-
                                                                                                                                                      the area helped launch the recruit-    on night patrol.
cal few) had been released from
                                                                                                                                                      ment of lay advisors across the           Take the call that PC
prison after finishing sentences
                                                                                                                                                      whole of England and Wales.            Anna Morris and PC
for violent and/or sexual offences.
                                                                                                                                                         Rachel McKernan, one of the         Alison Nowosielski
As they adjusted to their new start
                                                                                                                                                      lay advisors, says:                    answered.
in the community, their actions
                                                                                                                                                         “When you have young chil-             There was a request
were overseen by a panel of
                                                                                                                                                      dren you are naturally fearful of      from force control to
experts, including representatives
                                                                                                                                                      the risks posed to them from           attend a clothes bin behind
from the police, probation, prison,
                                                                                                                                                      potentially dangerous offenders.       Waitrose late one evening.
social services, health and hous-
                                                                                                                                                      My experience as a lay advisor         TWUN’s comment was:
ing providers. Of the 44, three
                                                                                                                                                      has re-assured me that there are       “We’re not sure what we
were then found to be about to re-
                                                                                                                                                      many dedicated professionals           have but can you have a
offend, so they were returned to
                                                                                                                                                      working together to prevent these      look. A male in a clothes
                                                                                                                                                      people from re-offending. My job       bank was mentioned but at
    “This is effective joined-up
                                                                                                                                                      is to ask questions of these profes-   this time it is not known
action so that we do not have any
                                                                                                                                                      sionals, as a mother and member        whether he is actually
more victims,” says David Scott,
                                                                                                                                                      of the community, to ensure that       clothed.”
who is also Chair of the Local
                                                                                                                                                      these arrangements are the best           On arrival at the
Criminal Justice Board which is
                                                                                                                                                      they can be and work as well as        Salvation Army Clothes
committed to helping the public
                                        MULTI AGENCY PROTECTION – MAPPA provides a system of effective ‘joined up’ action to                          they possibly can”.                    bin a passer-by
understand how the criminal jus-        ensure the safety of the public. The programme allows the monitoring of offenders released                       The report can be found on the      approached and, pointing
tice system works. “There was a              from prison and is administered by a dedicated team, including Joanne Rogers.                            Hampshire Constabulary website.        to a green clothes bank,
                                                                                                                                                                                             said: “He’s still in there.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                The two officers
                                                                                                                                                                                             approached the bin and

‘Outstanding’ work by apprentices
                                                                                                                                                                                             could hear movement
                                                                                                                                                                                             inside. They opened the
                                                                                                                                                                                             chute and shouted inside.
                                                                                                                                                                                                A voice from the bin
                                                                                                                                                                                             spoke back saying that he
                                                                                                                                                                                             was all right and would be
TWO APPRENTICES from                   Leoni and Anthony Spanner                                                                                                                             out shortly as he was look-
Fareham’s vehicle workshop             ensured they were closely mon-                                                                                                                        ing for his trainer.
have received ‘Outstanding             itored throughout by the depart-
Achievement Awards’.                   ment’s highly experienced tech-                                                                                                                             Homeless
   Ali Amor and Leigh Monks,           nical staff, to ensure quality of                                                                                                                        This was highly amusing
who both studied for a National        work and the right level of                                                                                                                           to members of the public
Diploma Level 2 Motor Sport,           training was achieved.                                                                                                                                as they walked by.
received their awards at the              They then both enrolled at                                                                                                                            The man inside stated he
                                                                                                                                                                                             was homeless and decided
Milestones Museum in                   Basingstoke College of
                                                                                                                                                                                             to climb inside to sleep as
Basingstoke. They earned them          Technology in 2003 to under-                                                                                                                          it was dry and warm there.
for the enthusiasm, commitment         take the specialist National                                                                                                                          In the process he said he
and responsibility they had            Diploma Level 2 Motor Sport                                                                                                                           lost a trainer and was
shown towards their learning           course that encompasses four                                                                                                                          looking for it.
achievements.                          modules, including diesel fuel                                                                                                                           He was passed a torch to
   The pair received their             injection, vehicle ancillary and                                                                                                                      assist.
awards from Mr Mike Dunning,           information systems, ignition                                                                                                                            A telephone number on
Head of Occupational Training          systems and electrical systems.                                                                                                                       the bin was rung to try to
AWE Aldermaston, who com-              During the period of their stud-                                                                                                                      get the owner to come out
                                                                                                                                                                                             to unlock it.
plemented them on their out-           ies, Cyril Fellows (Transport
                                                                                                                                                                                                TWUN tried the num-
standing performance, as well          Department Technical                                                                                                                                  ber but there was a
as commending the force for            Coordinator) and John Bradley                                                                                                                         recorded message which
the support it gave them.              (Fleet Manager) had regular                                                                                                                           said: “Press 2 if you have
   Ali and Leigh joined the con-       meetings with their tutors who                                                                                                                        deposited something in the
stabulary’s transport department       confirmed the efforts and quali-                                                                                                                      bin you shouldn’t have!”
as apprentice vehicle techni-          ty of work that the pair had                                                                                                                          At this point more laugh-
cians in July 2001 and both            achieved.                                                                                                                                             ter!
were studying for NVQs in                 Ali said: “In September 2003                                                                                                                          After the man made
motor vehicle repair.                  I started a National Diploma                                                                                                                          many attempts to free
                                                                                                                                                                                             himself, the Fire and
   Ali was attending Fareham           Level 2 course one day a week           OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT- Ali Amor (left) and Leigh Monks have been presented                                  Rescue Service was sum-
Technical College and Leigh            completing four modules at              ‘outstanding achievement awards’ for the enthusiasm and commitment they have dis-                             moned and managed to
was at Eastleigh Technical             Basingstoke College of                           played in working towards a National Diploma Level Two in motor sport.                               bolt crop the padlock and
College.                               Technology.                          when I was told that I would be                                                                                  release him. He was
                                                                                                                                           John Loveder
   They both excelled in their
studies and gained significant
                                          “I have enjoyed the course
                                       and will be returning in
                                                                            getting it. I wanted to do the
                                                                            four modules I chose because I
                                                                                                                   Obituaries              JOHN LOVEDER, who
                                                                                                                                                                                             adamant he had lost a
                                                                                                                                                                                             trainer inside. With the
knowledge while working with-          September to complete another                                                                       served in the Portsmouth City                     amount of clothing in the
                                                                            thought it would help me gain     Donald Forsey                Police from 1954 to 1967, has
in the constabulary workshops,         four modules, which may                                                SERGEANT Donald Alan                                                           bin it was not deemed fea-
                                                                            more advanced knowledge of                                     died.
where they were involved in a          include health and safety,                                             Forsey who served in the                                                       sible to search.
                                                                            modern motor vehicles.                                            He retired in 1979, after a                       So the man threw his
variety of disciplines involving       engine management systems                                              Hampshire Constabulary for
                                                                               “I am really looking forward   30 years, has died.          total of 25 years service with                    other trainer into the bin
the repair and maintenance of          and petrol fuel injection”.
                                                                            to the next year when, hopeful-     He retired in 1978, having the police, and became a local                    and walked off with just
various vehicles and model                Leigh said: “I am very                                                                                                                             socks on his feet.
types, as well as motorcycles          pleased with the certificate of      ly, I can pass the next four      served at Farnborough,       government officer.
                                                                                                              Christchurch, Fawley and        John was widowed in                            q See John’s Frontline
and plant.                             outstanding achievement that I       units and receive a National
                                                                                                              Andover.                     October 2002.                                     View – page 12.
   Their line supervisers Peter        received and was very shocked        Diploma Level 2.”
                                                                                          Frontline n e w s

                                                                          Bob blows whistle
                              by Caroline Vagg

FORMER chair of the European         issues nationally and internation-
                                                                          on inequality
                                                                          led in the police service.            guist Honey, 31, who lives in
Monitoring Centre on Racism          ally and is a principal consultant       His theory is ‘don’t talk about   Twyford with her husband Mike
and Xenophobia (EUMC), based         at Focus Consultancy, which is       it, do it’ and he felt, on seeing     and daughter Leilani, aged two
in Vienna, Bob Purkiss MBE is        said to be the leading multi-eth-    photos last year of the member-       and a half; and Melanie, 25,
the authority’s newest member.       nic and inter-disciplinary consul-   ship of the authority and its         who runs for England and Great
   Established by the European       tancy in Europe, and the             statement on diversity and            Britain and is coached by cham-
Union, the EUMC works to             Different Realities partnership.     equality, it was appropriate that     pion 400 metre runner Todd
build a diverse and inclusive           Bob has also been advising        it had a member that was not          Bennett.
Europe, in which racism is erad-     the national Police Federation on    white.                                   Melanie is first reserve for the
icated and people are treated        diversity issues since 1996.                      Elected                  Great Britain Olympic squad,
equally regardless of race, ethnic      While he was chair of the                                               having been placed seventh
or national origin or religion.      EUMC, he presented an award             Bob has been an independent
                                                                          member of the authority since         fastest at the 400 metres in the
   Diverse is an accurate descrip-   to FARE (Football Against                                                  Team GB trials.
tion of Bob’s work history.          Racism in Europe), which             December 2003, is lead authori-
                                                                          ty member for the Special                Athletics ‘runs’ in the family
   Between 1993 and 2001, Bob        encompasses another area of
                                                                          Constabulary and has recently         for Bob. He is a former hurdler
was a senior commissioner at         Bob’s life.
                                                                          been elected as chair of the          and his wife was a sprinter for
the Commission for Racial               Since 1971, Bob has followed
                                                                          Association of Police                 Jamaica.
Equality (CRE) and his back-         Arsenal FC. He is also a mem-
ground is in trade unions; he        ber of the Panel League              Authorities’ Black and Minority          Bob was born in Winchester,
spent 10 years as chair of the       Referees Association, is a con-      Ethnic Network.                       grew up in North Baddesley,
TUC Race Relations Committee         sultant adviser to Hampshire            He says he can identify with       although he has also spent much
and worked closely with the          Football Association, sits on the    officers, regular and Special         time in Jamaica and South
European TUC on race equality        management board of the              alike, in making decisions on         Africa, and he and his family
initiatives throughout Europe.
   Bob was for 11 years National
Secretary for Equalities at the
Transport and General Workers
                                     Wessex League and is a Football
                                     Association Referees’ assessor.
                                        He supports the Kick Racism
                                     Out of Football campaign and
                                                                          the hoof because of both his ref-
                                                                          ereeing experience and the time
                                                                          he spent in South Africa and
                                                                          America in the early 1960s.
                                                                                                                have lived in Otterbourne for
                                                                                                                almost three years.
                                                                                                                   However, his links to the
                                                                                                                force area do not stop there as
                                                                                                                                                       Chair elected
Union (TGWU), with responsi-
bilities for race, youth and sexu-
ality issues.
   In addition, Bob is an inde-
                                     sponsors Speak Out Against
                                     Racism, which defends asylum
                                        Bob believes a degree of dis-
                                                                             Bob, 58, is married to
                                                                          Monica, 56, senior sister in
                                                                          charge of maternity at
                                                                          Southampton General Hospital.
                                                                                                                the family name of Purkiss is
                                                                                                                linked to the Rufus Stone, in the
                                                                                                                New Forest, commemorating
                                                                                                                the death of the king in
                                                                                                                                                       for third year
                                                                                                                                                      MEMBERS of Hampshire               Community Affairs Panel.
pendent adviser on equality          crimination remains to be tack-         They have two daughters: lin-      1100AD.                               Police Authority have unani-         Jean Snowsill was welcomed
                                                                                                                                                      mously elected Simon Hayes         to the authority’s staff as
                                                                                                                                                      as chair for a third consecu-

A close look at personnel via intranet
PERSONNEL was the first              and employment law, and time         q Personnel planning - useful         q The true value of the police
                                                                                                                                                      tive year.
                                                                                                                                                         Other changes noted at the
                                                                                                                                                      authority’s annual meeting, at
                                                                                                                                                      County Hall, Newport, Isle of
                                                                                                                                                                                         senior admin officer to enable
                                                                                                                                                                                         Marion Boyes to take a year’s
                                                                                                                                                                                         career break. Marion was
                                                                                                                                                                                         thanked for her service so far.
                                                                                                                                                      Wight, were the election of a         Simon Hayes congratulated
department to launch its             saving template letters and          facts and figures including           and local government pension
                                                                                                                                                      new vice-chairman, Mike            Superintendent David
intranet site and its pages are      contracts.                           staffing and establishment lev-       schemes.
                                                                                                                                                      Attenborough-Cox, following        Kilbride on his success in his
now a mine of information            q Equality and diversity –           els, location lists and Delphi        q Staff support services, asso-       Richard Gully’s decision to        two years in charge of the
about personnel matters.             updates on Gender Agenda,            tips.                                 ciations and sports and social        stand down, and independent        Island BCU and welcomed
   The site will be key to           disability, positive action and         The department’s latest            clubs                                 member Ray Palmer being            new Commander Stephanie
improving communication              work-life balance.                   intranet splash is a page about                                             elected to serve as chair of the   Morgan.
with staff.                                                               staff benefits.                         The personnel site is there
   As well as the department’s       q Childcare and eldercare -
                                     information about childcare             Make sure you know what’s          for you!
strategy, service plan and min-                                           out there for you.                      The personnel department is
utes of main meetings, each          options and how to save
                                     money on childcare, as well as          You can find out via the           committed to keeping its infor-
team within the department                                                Personnel Site/Employee               mation up-to-date and relevant
has its own pages.                   information and useful con-
                                     tacts for other carers.              Relations link about:                 to the needs of everyone in the
   This is a taster of what you                                                                                 organisation.
can find:                            q Personnel admin – a                q Career and development
                                                                          opportunities such as the new           Let the department know if
q Recruitment – the latest           reminder of the most common                                                you have any views about its
                                     personnel admin processes and        mentoring scheme or how to
specialist post and police staff                                          apply for funding for external        pages or would like to suggest
vacancies and information            the forms you need to use.                                                 ways to improve it.
                                                                          study or research.
about postings or joining CID.       q Occupational health, wel-                                                  Remember to visit it regular-
                                     fare and safety – who to con-        q Employee allowances and             ly to see the latest personnel
q Employee relations –                                                    financial benefits.
answers to frequently asked          tact for support and how to                                                news.
questions, quick links to all        apply for private medical treat-     q How we can help you
personnel policies, procedures       ment as well as model risk           achieve a balance between                        NATALIE CRATES              NEW IOW COMMANDER –                RE-ELECTED CHAIRMAN –
                                     assessments.                         work and home life.                                                           Supt Stephanie Morgan                   Simon Hayes

 Message is: ‘Think before you drink’
PORTSMOUTH police are                                                                 “If you see anything
warning of the dangers of spiked                                                   suspicious in a pub or
drinks in a new campaign, and                                                      club, such as someone
asking pub and club goers to                                                       tampering with some-
think when they drink.                                                             one else’s drink, then
   Officers in Southsea are                                                        contact us too.
attempting to prevent people                                                          “In addition, if you
becoming victims of drink spik-                                                    suddenly feel ill or
ing.                                                                               disorientated then tell
   The campaign involves dis-                                                      a friend or seek help
tinctive posters and flyers which                                                  immediately.
warn people not to leave drinks                                                       “Keep a close
unattended, and to contact the                                                     watch on your drink,
police if they feel they have                                                      and do not accept
been a victim.                                                                     drinks from
   Sergeant Anna Whithead is                                                       strangers.”
leading the campaign: “We don’t                                                       There are 500
want to scare people but we do                                                     posters and 5,000 fly-
want to make them aware that                                                       ers being distributed to
drink spiking can happen.                                                          Southsea’s main clubs,
   “If you think you’ve been a                                                     and the campaign is
victim, then I would urge you to     your report sympathetically and      being backed by the Time and
contact police, who will treat       in confidence.                       Envy nightclub.
                                                                                           Frontline n e w s

Learning by
 the tutor
  unit way
     by Meline Burke                   consist of one sergeant and11 PCs
                                       (Professional Development            NEW APPROACH – A team of experienced officers at Fratton is helping to train probationers. Southampton is also using the
PORTSMOUTH’S Professional
                                       Officers).                                                        same approach and soon all BCUs will follow the lead.
Development Unit (PDU), was
                                          Each Professional
set up in April this year and is one                                       ing a two-week course at Netley.         “Tutor units are at the core of     first batch of six student officers    on the new recruitment process
                                       Development Officer (PDO) who
of the first in the county to be up                                           There officers are required to     the new model – it is intended         started in May, and there is at        and the hard work put in by the
                                       works in the PDU has to pass a
and running.                                                               pass an assessed teaching lesson      that in due course they should         least one being tutored at every       PDRO department in Portsmouth.
                                       selection board and knowledge
   The unit, based at Fratton                                              and knowledge check, before           have an expanded role and also         station in the BCU.                      “We have good links with the
                                       check on division, before attend-
Police Station, will eventually                                            qualifying to work on the unit full   provide development training to           “Generally the response has         probationer training and PDRO
                                                                           time.                                 experienced officers, hence the        been very good, most of the offi-      departments and maintain regular
                                                                               The aim of the unit is to tutor   revised title of Professional          cers of all ranks, I’ve spoken to      contact with the Southampton

     Contact                                                               student officers through their ini-
                                                                           tial ten weeks on Basic Command
                                                                           Unit, ensuring they are allowed
                                                                           time away from the demands of
                                                                                                                 Development Units.
                                                                                                                    “Research has shown that pro-
                                                                                                                 bationary officers learn better in a
                                                                                                                 controlled environment.
                                                                                                                                                        have said what a positive step set-
                                                                                                                                                        ting up a tutor unit is.
                                                                                                                                                           “A number of probationers
                                                                                                                                                        have said they wished there had
                                                                                                                                                                                               PDU to exchange ideas and news.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 “We are also starting to inte-
                                                                                                                                                                                               grate probationer development
                                                                                                                                                                                               with the activities of other BCU

                                                                           the radio to experience a variety        “The objective is to provide a      been one in place during their first   departments such as Operation
                                                                           of incidents.                         unit that can be effectively tasked    ten weeks.                             Planning, the Tasking Unit and
                                                                              Chief Inspector Nigel              by local management whilst pro-            “We are lucky to have been         Community Safety, which should
                                                                           Szymanski said: “There are two        viding a protected learning envi-      able to recruit a number of very       have benefits for everyone con-
        q This newspaper, produced for Hampshire                           main drivers for change: the          ronment for tutors and students.”      competent officers as tutors, most     cerned.”
    Constabulary, is sent to more than 6,000 addresses                     desire to move away from resi-           The first of these units has        of whom have now passed the              For further information about
                                                                           dential training and the concern      already been established in            new style tutor course being run       the unit or the PDO role, please
        – to serving officers and civilian support staff,                  that the current system no longer     Portsmouth and Southampton.            at Netley,” Jamie said.                contact: Sgt Jamie Hughes, (PDU
     Specials and pensioners in Hampshire and the Isle                     prepares recruits for modern day         The proposed roll-out pro-             “We are still actively trying to    Sgt), PCs Matt Bavin, Dean
     of Wight. It is also read by members of the public                    policing.                             gramme will lead to units being        recruit a further five tutors to       Gawthorpe, Nicola O’Leary and
                                                                              “The Initial Police Learning       established in all BCUs by April       work full time on the unit.”           Brian Swallow (PDU Officers),
          through libraries and information centres.                       Development Programme team,           2005.”                                    He added: “The quality of the       Sgt Debbie Evans (Eastern PDRO
          Copies go to local newspapers and local                          based in London, is developing a         Sergeant Jamie Hughes of            recruits currently coming through      Sgt), or Chief Inspector John
      authorities. That means that more than 20,000                        new model.                            Portsmouth’s PDU said: “Our            the unit is high and reflects well     Happel (Operations Portsmouth).
    people are likely to see Frontline, which is normally
                 published every six weeks.
        The paper also appears in its entirety on the
              Hampshire Constabulary website.
    For news and views                                                     Top flight policing at airshow
                                                                                by Ian Sainsbury
    q If you have any news you would like to see included
                                                                           THIS YEAR’S Farnborough
      in the newspaper or if you have an opinion that you                  Airshow has been declared a
    would like to express on police or general matters write               resounding success not only for
    to us at Frontline, Media Services, Hampshire Police HQ,               the show’s organisers the
      Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5DB or e-mail the                      Society of British Aerospace
                Frontline In-box, or from outside                          Companies (SBAC) but also
                                                                           from the policing point of view.
                              Public safety was the top pri-
                                                                           ority for the hundreds of offi-
            Mailing list enquiries to:                                     cers who worked on the show
                                                                           which took place from July
                  Paula Sacree                                             19th-25th. Months and months
                                                                           of planning went into the opera-
                 01962 871058                                              tion and it certainly paid off.
                                                                              More than a 280,000 people
                                                                           attended - the highest number
                                                                           yet - but a large police presence
           For advertising                                                 meant there were few problems
                                                                           of note.
           q To advertise in this newspaper contact                           The show had the potential
                                                                                                                    ON THE LOOKOUT- PC Ian Dunne and PC Steve Payne guarding American aircraft at the
     Media 3, PO Box 46, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 4YH.                     for a major incident with the
                                                                           possibility of plane crashes,                  Farnborough Airshow, an F16 fighter, C130 transport and a stealth drone.
            Tel 023 9235 1920; Fax 023 9235 1925;                          attention from terrorist groups       of a bus heading for the event         tigation is ongoing as to              They have to pay for the polic- or                        and the known interest of anti-       at a roundabout in                     whether it was a deliberate            ing of the event which runs into
                  also                              arms protestors.                      Farnborough. They were                 hoax or not.                           hundreds of thousands of
                                                                              Some of the demonstrators          charged with wilful obstruction           Things went well from a traf-       pounds,
      q FRONTLINE On Tape – the talking version of the                     were aiming for a day of ‘direct      and at Aldershot Magistrates’          fic point of view as well. The            Event Commander
      Force newspaper – brings all the latest Hampshire                    action’ on the final day.             Court were given 12 month              new improved temporary one-            Superintendent Joe Apps was
      Constabulary news to subscribers who are blind or                    However it looks like they            conditional discharges.                way system from the Roads              also happy at with how things
                        visually impaired.                                 realised the policing was top            The one other policing event        Policing Unit for this year went       went. “This year’s show has
      The paper is produced on tape by volunteers from                     notch with specialist teams           that got media attention was the       well with fewer hold-ups. The          been a major success, the new
     Winchester Talking Newspapers for the Blind using                     from the Met helping our pub-         evacuation of Boeing’s inflat-         man behind the traffic plan PC         traffic plan worked well. The
     the recording equipment in the studios at the Royal                   lic order teams keep any prob-        able dome after white powder           Rob Griffiths was pleased and          police operation went very well
          Hampshire County Hospital at Winchester.                         lems at bay. The eight protes-        was discovered. The area cor-          puts part of its success down to       with limited protests most of
      It is edited into a speech-friendly format by group                  tors who did arrive settled for a     doned off and some staff and           some tinkering with the scheme         which were peaceful and law-
        volunteer retired superintendent Keith Vincent.                    peaceful protest outside.             the first officers on the scene        after a trial run earlier in July.     ful. I’d like to thank all the offi-
     If you would like to subscribe to Frontline On Tape,                     The demonstrators managed          kept inside the cordon until it           SBAC whose event it was             cers and police staff who made
      please contact Keith on 01962 884088 or by e-mail                    to make one statement earlier in      was discovered what the pow-           said it was the smoothest air-         the event so successful. This
                at                             the week when four out of             der was. A special piece of kit        show they have ever had and            was down to team work, pro-
                                                                           seven were arrested after some        was flown in to test it and it         have congratulated the police          fessionalism, enthusiasm and
                                                                           chained themselves to the axle        turned out to be talc! An inves-       for their help in making it so.        hard work”.
                                                                                          Frontline n e w s

Central hitting the drugs dealers hard
     by Debbie Denis                concerned with the supply of a       ones are being planned, based        determination to continue to         drug taking on our streets and    community concerns, and will
                                    class A drug.                        on intelligence gathered from        tackle this type of crime.           we will identify those dealers    act on information received to
CENTRAL Hampshire’s                   In Alton three people were         the original operation.                 “Our work and investigations      who are operating in the area     proactively target career crimi-
new detective inspector is          arrested for drugs offences fol-        “I had no problem taking the      are ongoing to reduce the drug       and take action against them.     nals and rid the streets of drug
making his presence felt tar-       lowing the execution of war-         press along, although having         trafficking that goes on across        “We will continue to react to   dealers.”
geting those involved with          rants at four properties in the      limited experience with them I       Central Hampshire and the
the supply and distribution         town. Meridian TV, the Alton         did have some operational con-       associated crime that is so often
of illegal drugs.                   Herald and the Alton Gazette         cerns beforehand, but all in all     linked to drug taking such as
   A series of raids has taken      were invited along as part of the    it went well and we had some         burglary, robbery and vehicle
place across the BCU over the       Force’s Safer Streets campaign.      great coverage which reassured       crime.
past month and more are being         Acting Inspector Steve             the community and sent a                “While there is not a huge
planned.                            Collins said: “Operation Quad        strong message to those              drugs problem in this area, it
   In Winchester, officers exe-     involved a coordinated               involved with the supply of ille-    does exist and we will continue
cuted warrants at two properties    response, which sent a clear         gal drugs in Alton.”                 to do all we can to disrupt the
in the Stanmore and Winnall         message to residents and deal-          Central Hampshire’s new           supply of illegal drugs.
areas of the city and seized        ers. It was a great team effort      Detective Inspector, David              “This should also act as a
what is thought to be heroine       and I’d like to thank everyone       Smith said: “We hope the raids       warning to others intent on
and cannabis.                       involved.                            will have a significant impact       breaking the law. There is no
   A 23-year-old woman and a          “Following on from that            on drug dealing in the Central       safe hiding place in Central
28-year-old man were arrested       operation we have carried out        Hampshire area and demon-            Hampshire.
and later charged with being        another warrant and further          strate our commitment and               “We will disrupt and reduce

 ViSOR to store sex case data
                                                in a much more structured, focused way.
            by Susan Rolling                       “We will be able to deal with incidents        New database to be
THE MANAGEMENT OF violent and sex               and offenders far more robustly,” Det Insp
offenders is to be enhanced by a new nation-    Chilton said.                                     in place by end of
al database before the end of the year.            “ViSOR will provide an important nation-
   ViSOR (Violent/Sex Offender Register) is     al database, allowing people to be tracked        the current year
a joint police and probation project, devel-    when they move around the country.
oped by the Police Information Technology          “It also will be a vital investigative tool,   forces, Public Protection Unit staff will
Organisation (PITO), to provide a one-stop      allowing potential suspects to be identified      input data onto ViSOR via the normal sub-
database for Multi-Agency Public Protection     by the type of crime they commit, the vehi-       mission of intelligence format.
Arrangement (MAPPA) category one, two           cles they use or their MO.”                         There will be a strong information flow
and three sex and dangerous offenders.                                                            between the new Resource Management
   Heading the project team of 14 is Force                       Search                           System and ViSOR.
Intelligence Detective Inspector Scott             Now, officers have to search the                 Deputy Chief Constable Ian Readhead
Chilton.                                        Hampshire intelligence database and request       hailed the new system.
   “ViSOR is an exciting development for        similar searches from other police forces.          “As an organisation, knowing where sex
the management and investigation of some           ViSOR will provide up-to-date informa-         offenders are and, with partners, assuring all
of our most serious offenders in Hampshire      tion in ‘fast time’, input by people who deal     necessary controls are put in place, is at the
and the Isle of Wight.                          with dangerous and sexual offenders.              centre of reassuring our communities.
   “This national system considerably              Since March 2003, full-time administra-          “I work on the clear assumption that I’d
improves the force’s ability to respond to      tion officers have been inputting data for        much rather be aware of our policing chal-
incidents involving MAPPA offenders. In a       ViSOR.                                            lenges. This system helps us achieve that,”
critical incident, we will be able to respond      When the new system is rolled out to           Mr Readhead said.

Arrested for ‘supporting Watford FC’!                                                                                                                YOU’RE NICKED – A man is arrested as part of Operation
                                                                                                                                                                       Quad in Alton.

A JOB well done! That’s the
message to seven Hampshire
Specials who helped arrest
some of Winchester’s best
                                                                                                                                                    TALBOT WALKER
known VIPs.
   The officers were accompa-
nied by Inspector Steve Sargent                                                                                                                                        (established 1726)
to arrest around 10 ‘felons’ for                                                                                                                                     Andover – Basingstoke
various crimes such as support-
ing Watford Football Club and                                                                                                                        With many years experience in dealing with
‘wearing offensive clothing’, as                                                                                                                        officers’ personal business as well as
part of a charity jail and bail
event.                                                                                                                                                            Federation matters.
   The event aimed to raise cash
for the Pinder Centre; a regis-
tered charity in Avington that                                                                                                                        q Friendly realistic advice
provides physiotherapy and
hydrotherapy for children and                                                                                                                         q Complaints/discipline
adults with a range of mobility
problems ranging from short-                                                                                                                          q Clinical negligence
term post operative mobility
issues to more chronic condi-                                                                                                                         q Personal injury
tions like cerebral palsy.
   The centre provides care for
                                                                                                                                                      q Conveyancing – private and commercial
more than 100 patients every                                                                                                                          q Wills/estates/settlements/trusts
week from all over Hampshire
and is undergoing a fundraising                                                                                                                       Appointments to suit you (and if urgent and
campaign to help fund a much-
needed extension, equipment
                                      MP NICKED – Mark Oaten ‘arrested’ by Special Constables, James Wilson (left), Jeremy                           you are unable to come and see us, we will
                                      Brewster (right) and Chris Savage (back) in their charity effort that raised £3,000 for the
and also a patient sponsorship                                            Pinder Centre.                                                                        come and see you)
fund.                               tody and charged by the              Constabulary for all the hard        opportunity to assist a local
   The charity receives no fund-    Specials at the Wessex Hotel         work that they have put into         charity, and have some fun at
ing from any government body        where they were kept until they      this fundraising event.              the same time.
and relies solely on charity        raised at least £150 each in bail       “We rely so much on local            “Events like these help us         CONTACT DETAILS
fundraising.                        money using their mobile             fundraising to help keep ser-        greatly to build up better rela-
   The 10 ‘felons’, including       phones.                              vices running that every single      tionships with the local commu-       q Telephone – 01264 721700/363354
Winchester City Council Leader         Wendy Bailey, administrator       event is crucial.”                   nity.”
Sheila Campbell and                 at the Pinder Centre, said: “We         Section Officer for the              The event raised more than
                                                                                                                                                    q Fax – 01264 721718
Winchester MP Mark Oaten,
were arrested, taken into cus-
                                    are extremely grateful to            Winchester Specials Beryl            £3,000 pounds for the Pinder          q E-mail –
                                    Hampshire Special                    Hodgson said: “It was a great        Centre.
                                                                                           Frontline n e w s

Science used to jail offenders years after crimes
         by Claire Vranch                   and identified 57 offences where DNA          where DNA evidence had been used.              individuals. The database also holds pro-      offence. I cannot emphasise enough how
                                            evidence exists which could now be used          “Today DNA evidence is one of our           files of unidentified DNA found at crime       important it is that this power is used at all
SCIENTIFIC techniques developed in the
                                            to take those investigations forward. Two     most important tools. DNA profiling not        scenes.                                        times. Those who have been arrested and
past six years are helping detectives to
                                            men have already pleaded guilty to sex        only helps us to connect a suspect to the         Detective Sergeant Utting explained:        charged as part of Operation Alveston
identify sex offenders who committed
                                            offences after being identified through the   scene or eliminate them from our               “Where DNA profiles are raised from            have been identified because at some
crimes as far back as the 1980s.
                                            operation, another three have been            enquiries, it can also help us to identify     crime scenes they are added to the data-       stage they have been arrested for another
   Hampshire Constabulary is one of four
                                            charged and are currently awaiting trial      suspects that we might never have other-       base and searched against other crime          offence, such as theft, excess alcohol or
forces leading the way in the use of DNA
                                            and there are expected to soon be break-      wise considered.”                              scenes and individuals already on there.       possession of cannabis.”
technology to review cold cases.
                                            throughs in several other cases.                 In 1995, the Forensic Science Service       Often people who are responsible for such
   Operation Alveston was set up in 1998
                                               Detective Sergeant Doug Utting, who is     set up the World’s first national DNA          serious crimes will also commit minor            FINDING OFFENDERS
to review hundreds of unsolved sex
                                            coordinating the operation, said: In the      database. Police officers can now take a       crime and road traffic offences which lead       THROUGH THEIR FAMILIES
offences committed after 1986. The team
                                            1980s the use of DNA in criminal investi-     DNA sample from anyone who is arrested         to their arrest.
of detectives working on Operation
                                            gations was really in its infancy and there   for a recordable offence and the database         “We now have the power to take a              THE LATEST advances in DNA
Alveston has so far reviewed 883 cases
                                            were perhaps only a handful of cases          holds some 2.1million DNA profiles from        DNA sample from anyone arrested for any          technology, which have been pio-
                                                                                                                                                                                          neered by the Forensic Science
                                                                                            CASE STUDY 2:                                 received a caution and provided a DNA           Service, now mean that the family of
 CASE STUDY 1:                                 The tissue samples stored at the time        ROBERT SARGENT                                sample, which was added to the DNA
 KENNETH CROUCH                             of the offence were used to produce a                                                                                                         an offender can inadvertently help to
                                                                                            IN November 1987 a 17-year-old girl           database. Scientists immediately found          identify them.
 ON THE evening of March 23, 1996 a         DNA profile, which was checked                  was attacked whilewalking along the A3        a match with the DNA that was found at             The DNA profiles of people who
 19-year-old woman was attacked and         against the database.                           at Liphook to meet friends at a local         the scene of the indecent assault in            are related have similar patterns and
 raped as she walked to a friend’s house       It showed that the DNA matched the           pub. She was dragged into undergrowth         Liphook.                                        scientists are now able to run familial
 in Hythe.                                  profile of Kenneth Sidney Crouch, who           and seriously indecently assaulted. Once         Fourteen years after the offence,            searches, which look for DNA pro-
    The woman provided a good descrip-      had had his DNA added to the database           the offender left, the victim flagged         detectives from the Operation Alveston          files of people who could be related
 tion of her attacker, but he was a                                                         down a car and reported the incident to       team began the process of reviewing all         to the offender.
                                            when he was arrested elsewhere in the
 stranger and had not already come to                                                       police. Samples of semen found on the         the other evidence and putting the case            If a familiar match is found, it can
                                            county on suspicion of making a mali-           victim’s clothes were frozen and pre-         together. Due to the passage of time
 the attention of police in the area, so                                                                                                                                                  allow detectives to concentrate their
                                            cious phonecall.                                served in a freezer at the laboratory, but    some of the paperwork had been mis-
 there were few leads.                                                                                                                                                                    enquiries on a handful of family
                                              The detectives were then able to con-         no suspects were identified at the time.      laid, but officers managed to trace the         members.
    The case was not solved at the time,                                                       In 2000, officers working on               victim to ask her if she still wanted the
 but some physical evidence was pre-        centrate their investigation on Crouch                                                                                                           The technology is so advanced that
                                            and were able to put a case together.           Operation Alveston asked for the sam-         matter to go to court.                          scientists can even workout how the
 served and in 2001 the Operation                                                           ples to be examined and the DNA pro-             With the full support of the victim, the     two are related, for instance, they can
 Alveston team decided that the case           Crouch pleaded guilty to raping the          file added to the database.                   case was brought to court and Robert            say whether the offender is likely to
 should be reviewed to see if any of that   teenager and in February 2002 hewas                In September 2001, Robert Sargent          Sargent immediately pleaded guilty. In          be the father, son or brother of the
 evidence could be used to provide new      sentenced to six years imprisonment for         was arrested in Surrey for allowing his       June 2003 he was sentenced to four              person whose profile is on the data-
 leads.                                     this offence.                                   house to be used to smoke cannabis. He        years imprisonment.                             base.

     Crackdown on                                                          Hannah murder case suspect arrested
                                                                                                                  expect from members of a                   cers will continue to work           “This inquiry should send
                                                                            from page 1
     fine defaulters
A NEW COURT warrant system           weeks alone the system identified
                                                                            emotion of their visit to India
                                                                            and the developments in the
                                                                                                                  major crime team,” he said.
                                                                                                                    Det Supt Betts said his offi-
                                                                                                                  cers are prepared for many
                                                                                                                                                             tirelessly on the case for
                                                                                                                                                             prosecution in conjunction
                                                                                                                                                             with colleagues from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                a message that, with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                power of 24-hour internation-
                                                                                                                                                                                                al media and police forces
                                                                            inquiry.                              more months of hard work to                Crown Prosecution Service.         working together in close
is being rolled out to all force     42 outstanding warrants.                                                     bring the suspect home to                     “The media both here and        cooperation, no-one should
custody centres to help identify        Custody Project Manager,              “It was total confusion for
                                                                            us,” said Mrs Foster.                 face trial.                                in India have been of tremen-      think that by fleeing the
people with some of the 8,000        Solent East’s Inspector Phil                                                   “We know that it may be                  dous assistance in helping us      police and the country they
unpaid fines that Hampshire and      Boswell, said: “This is truly            “We were locked in our              many months until the extra-               raise awareness of the search      can escape the justice sys-
the Isle of Wight normally has at    joined up justice and narrowing        hotel room with journalists           dition hearing, and my offi-               for the suspect.                   tem.”
any one time.                        the justice gap, two of the            banging on our door and the
   As part of a joint venture        Government’s key strategies for        police an hour’s drive away.
between the force and the
Hampshire and Isle of Wight
courts service, an interface
                                     making offenders pay and reduc-
                                     ing crime.
                                        “It takes a lot of time, effort
                                                                              “But my overwhelming
                                                                            emotion was one of pure
                                                                                                                   New home needed for Boxer
                                                                                                                  BOXER and the staff of the Air
between the court enforcement        and taxpayers money to bring                                                 Support Unit at HMS Daedalus, Lee-
database and the force’s Prisoner    somebody to court and for them           “We would now like to dis-
                                                                            tance ourselves quickly and           on-Solent are looking for a new home
Management System (PMS) has          to believe that they can just                                                following an announcement from the
been set up to automatically         ignore the penalty imposed by the      completely from the investi-
                                                                            gation and publicity sur-             Ministry of Defence that it is dispos-
check every police detainee          court and hence ‘get away with it’                                           ing of the site.
against the court system.            is no longer an option.                rounding it, and get back to
                                                                            our private lives and private            The MoD is to keep the part of the
   If a warrant is identified, the      “The early success rate of the                                            site that falls within Gosport, for
custody officer telephones the       project has exceeded all our           memories of Hannah.”
                                                                                                                  which they have planning permission
court enforcement office to action   expectations.”                           Mr Foster also paid tribute
                                                                                                                  for new quarters for service families.
the warrant and in the event that       The project team consists of        to the work of the constabu-
                                                                                                                     But the remainder within
the detainee is charged with an      Inspector Phil Boswell (Park           lary, in particular Det Supt
                                                                                                                  Fareham’s borders - including the
offence, the system e-mails the      Gate), Mark Thomas (CJU),              Betts and family liaison offi-
                                                                                                                  part that homes Boxer, the coastguard
court with the appearance date so    Sergeant Julie Poynter                 cer DC Morag Scott.
                                                                                                                  helicopters and a gliding school - is to
that the unpaid fine can be dealt    (Eastleigh), along with Audrey           “They worked tirelessly
                                                                                                                  be sold.
with at the same time.               Glass and Linda Waterfield of          and professionally through-
                                                                                                                     Fareham Borough Council chiefs
   The system was test piloted in    Hampshire and Isle of Wight            out the trip and epitomised
                                                                                                                  are said to have called for a block to
Waterlooville and in the first two   court service.                         everything we could want or
                                                                                                                  the site being used for new homes
                                                                                                                  and Council Leader Sean
     Don’t take time off work                                                                                     Woodward is trying to rally sup-

           – this solicitor
           can see you at
                                                     POLSONS                                                      port from police and council
                                                                                                                  chiefs to help buy the former
                                                                                                                  naval base.
                                                                                                                     When asked about the potential
     7 o’clock in the morning
     or in the early evenings
                                                      SOLICITORS                                                  for the joint purchase of the site
                                                                                                                  Simon Hayes, Chairman of
                                                                                                                                                               ❐ Crimestoppers provides the public with an
                                                                                                                                                               opportunity to help the police.
                                                                                                                  Hampshire Police Authority, said:
                                                                                                                                                                ❐ Calls are free and information can be given
       for your convenience                                                                                       “We will look into the possibility
                                                                                                                                                               anonymously. Cash rewards are available.
                                                          FREE QUOTATIONS GIVEN                                   of purchasing or jointly purchas-
   q Domestic and                                                                                                 ing the site, however considering             ❐ Don’t forget to give the number when making
   commercial conveyancing                          If you need assistance then                                   the massive constraints there cur-           appeals for information.
                                                                                                                  rently are on the police budget, it
                                                      we have an experienced
   q Matrimonial                                     team of solicitors ready to
                                                                                                                  remains to be seen if this is a
                                                                                                                  viable option.”
                                                                                                                                                             Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, 635 actionable calls
                                                                                                                                                             have been made to Crimestoppers in the first six months of
   q Personal injury                                         help you.                                               Chief Inspector David Thomas            this year. Information is mainly regarding drug dealing, drink
                                                                                                                                                             driving and emotive crimes such as murder, rape and pae-
                                                                                                                  of Operational Support
   q Wills and Probate                                                                                            added:“Together with the Police
                                                                                                                                                              There is always a good response to press appeals through
   q Partnerships and                                   Winchester House, 7                                       Authority we will be considering
                                                                                                                  our options for the future location
                                                                                                                                                             Crimestoppers. Since the time when the public could ring
                                                                                                                                                             their local police station with information without going
   company                                            Winchester Street, Botley,                                  of our Air Support Unit.”                  through a switchboard, Crimestoppers has become the most
   q Business start-up                                      Southampton                                              Planning Minister Keith Hill
                                                                                                                  has said that local agencies will
                                                                                                                                                             convenient way of contacting the police.
                                                                                                                                                              Please remember to notify FIB of Crimestoppers results –
   q Sports agency                                    Freephone 0800 298 6474                                     have a role in shaping the future          many suspects are dealt with that we never get to know
                                                                                                                  of the site.

                                                               REPOR T
                              Making a way

                               for wardens
                              to play a part
                            by Paul R Kernaghan                our Most Similar Force [MSF]          recent development deserves            police officers.                   ited finding.
                                    QPM                        grouping.                             comment now, while it is fresh           I am also conscious that, at a      I hope that innovative coun-
                                                                  I am delighted to reproduce        in everyone’s mind.                    time of great pressure on bud-     cils such as Southampton City
                               Chief Constable                 the accompanying objective              The Police Reform Act 2002           gets, Hampshire Police             will continue to employ
                                                               data which enables the public         made provision for the                 Authority was anxious not to       ACSOs, as they are a real

                                          henever I pre-       to judge our performance in           employment of Community                fund additional new initiatives    example of partnership work-
                                          pare to draft my     context (see chart below).            Support Officers [CSOs].               at the expense of council tax      ing and enable councils to
                                          covering remarks        Naturally, the force is con-         It also provided for accredi-        payers.                            impact on local problems as
                                          for the annual       stantly seeking to improve, but       tation by police forces of com-          However, the publication in      highlighted by local communi-
                          report, I review the year in         the current levels of perfor-         munity support officers                July of the Home Office            ties.
                          question and seek to apply two       mance are worthy of note.             employed by others, such as            Strategic Plan heralded a             However, the apparent move
                          rules.                                  Detailed figures for 2003/04       local councils.                        change in policy.                  to provide secured funding will
                             Firstly, have any of my com-      form the core of this annual                                                   The Prime Minister has           result in Hampshire
                          ments last year resulted in          report but this analysis ranks              Full support                     pledged to ‘quadruple the num-     Constabulary employing CSOs,
                          action nationally or has the sit-    the force against the seven             Not much publicity has been          ber of Police Community            and I look forward to the part
                          uation changed?                      other forces in our MSF group         accorded to these Accredited           Support Officers to 24,000 by      they can play in boosting our
                             Secondly, I seek to confine       and against the other 42 forces       Community Support Officers             2008, backed up by more local      overall performance.
                          my remarks to the period under       nationally.                           [ACSOs].                               authority wardens’.                   The force has continued to
                          review, namely April 2003 to            In this context the lower the        Hampshire Constabulary,                ‘Wardens’ is but one name        be at the forefront of innova-
                          March 2004.                          number the better the compara-        with the full support of               for ACSOs.                         tion and, whether it is impos-
                             Last year I highlighted the       tive performance [i.e. ‘1’            Hampshire Police Authority,              Additional funding was           ing restrictions on groups of
                          issue of ‘travellers’ and the        means we are recording the            has, to date, not employed             announced to enable this mas-      youths who pose a threat to
                          impact their presence can            best performance.]                    CSOs.                                  sive increase in CSOs to take      public tranquility in specific
                          sometimes have on settled               A ranking of ‘8’ in terms of         “Why not?” you might ask.            place.                             locations, or, internally, ban-
                          communities.                         our MSF group would be a                The answer is straightfor-             I see this government            ning British National Party
                             In recent weeks there have        comparatively poor perfor-            ward. Funding provided for             announcement as vindication        membership well in advance of
                          been a plethora of media             mance, whereas ‘8’ in national        CSOs was always short term in          of Hampshire’s stance. We will     the service generally, we have
                          reports, and the fundamental         terms would be an excellent           nature, and I took the view that       never embark on open-ended         remained true to our values.
                          question I raised has been           result.                               I would not employ CSOs, if in         policies which we cannot fund
                          rehashed in various publica-                                               the medium term it might force
                                                                                                                                                                                     Body armour
                                                                  I said at the outset that I seek                                          for the foreseeable future.           Shortly, the two counties will
                          tions.                               to confine my comments to the         me to decide between retaining           Equally, we will always seek
                             No group should de facto be                                                                                                                       start to be patrolled by officers
                                                               year under review, but one            CSOs or recruiting regular             to maximise the impact of lim-
                          above the law and everyone                                                                                                                           wearing personal issue body
                          has not only rights but also                                                                                                                         armour.
                          responsibilities to the wider                                                                    Most Similar Force               Nationally            The issue of body armour is
                          community.                                                                                                                                           a reflection of the contempo-
                                                                Total recorded crime per 1000 population                                3                   10                 rary threat nationally to
                                Better balance                  % Total recorded crime detected                                         1                   10                 patrolling officers and also
                             Sadly, I have noted little real                                                                                                                   takes cognizance of the health
                          progress over the past year, but                                                                                                                     and safety regime.
                                                                Dwelling burglary per 1000 households                                   1                   3
                          it appears that a wider audi-                                                                                                                           It does not signify any major
                                                                % Dwelling burglary detected                                            1                   8                  increase in the threat locally.
                          ence has woken up to the
                          necessity of ensuring a legal                                                                                                                           However, in the light of
                          framework, and sites, which           Robberies per 1000 population                                           1                   9                  tragedies elsewhere in the
                          enable a better balance to be         % Robberies detected                                                    1                   6                  United Kingdom, I think it is
                          struck between the rights of                                                                                                                         appropriate that we all reflect
                          ‘travellers’ and those of others.     Vehicle crimes per 1000 population                                      1                   10                 on the commitment, dedication
                             Recently, the performance of       % Vehicle crimes detected                                               4                   16                 and courage regularly dis-
                          Hampshire Constabulary up to                                                                                                                         played by the men and women
                          December 2003 was compared            Violent crime per 1000 population                                       3                   16                 of Hampshire Constabulary –
                          against that of every other           Violent crime detected                                                  1                   7                  regular, special and police staff
                          force in England and Wales,                                                                                                                          alike.
                          with particular emphasis on

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                                                                            Equality policies paying off
                                                                            AS THE Force Race Equality Scheme enters its           meetings, I receive positive feedback about our                Burglary levels in
                                                                            third year, the constabulary is building on its suc-   HCCG from other BPA representatives. Many of
                                                                            cessful approach to the promotion of race equali-      those colleagues are envious of the fact that we
                                                                               A ‘root and branch’ examination of policies and
                                                                            procedures will be carried out to make any neces-
                                                                            sary changes to promote race equality and to com-
                                                                            ply with the requirements of the Race Relations
                                                                            (Amendment) Act 2000.
                                                                               Chief Superintendent Matthew Greening, Head
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hampshire among
                                                                            of the force Community Safety Department, said:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  lowest in country
                                                                               “Our current scheme gives us a very sound
                                                                            basis on which to develop our work on race
                                                                            equality. The issue, for me, is not about race or
                                                                            certain ethnic minority issues. It is about funda-
                                                                            mental ways in which we operate as an organisa-
                                                                            tion and how we, individually, give our service to                                                           BURGLARY LEVELS in                    performance in the critical areas         “We had fewer murders - 22 in
                                                                            the public and each other.                                                                                   Hampshire and the Isle of Wight       of domestic burglary and vehicle       2003/04 as opposed to 36 the
                                                                                                                                                                                         are among the lowest in the           crime.                                 previous year. Offences we
                                                                                                                                                                                         country.                                 Safer Streets, the third of the     would categorise as more serious
                                                                                                                                                                                            Statistics contained in the        Creating Safer Communities             violent crimes - such as homi-
                                                                                                                                                                                         Home Office Statistical Bulletin      campaigns, focuses on reducing         cide, attempted murder, threat or
                                                                                                                                      Chief Inspector Andrew Mallett –                   show Hampshire Constabulary           the significant increase in violent    conspiracy to murder, causing
                                                                                                                                         Implementing the scheme                         had 9.4 domestic burglaries per       crime experienced during               death by driving, causing death
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NIGHT DUTY – Special Constables patrol
                                                                                                                                                                                         1,000 households in 2003/04,          2003/04.                               by aggravated vehicle taking and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alongside regular officers
                                                                                                                                   have such a valuable resource with which to work      eighth lowest among the 43               The rise of just more than 53       more serious wounding - actually
                                                                                                                                   in partnership.”                                      forces in England and Wales.          percent in this category was a         rose by only two per cent. More
                                       TOP DECK – The con-                                                                            Implementation of the Race Equality Scheme is         There was good news, too, on       major contributory factor to the       violence against the person
                                          stabulary choir                                                                          being managed by temporary Chief Inspector            vehicle crime. With 12 thefts of      17 per cent increase in overall        offences were also detected than

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A Special kind of duty
                                       onboard HMS Warrior.                                                                        Andrew Mallett, of the Community Safety                                                     crime recorded by the force dur-
                                                                                                                                                                                         and from vehicles per 1,000 pop-                                             in 2002/03 - 17,781 compared to
                                                                                                                                   Department. He said:                                                                        ing 2003/04, from a total of
                                                                                                                                      “Race equality and diversity are not just words    ulation, Hampshire was the            152,664 offences to 178,543.           15,489.
                                                                                                                                                                                         eleventh lowest in England and                                                  “Nationally, the figures show

     Ambassadors in tune
     HMS WARRIOR was just one of about a dozen venues for the                   Chief Superintendant Matthew
                                                                                                                                   that will go away in the fullness of time. In order
                                                                                                                                   to perform their roles effectively, every member
                                                                                                                                   of Hampshire Constabulary will have to place
                                                                                                                                   these issues on their personal agenda.”
                                                                                                                                                                                         Wales for this category of crime,
                                                                                                                                                                                         achieving a reduction of more
                                                                                                                                                                                         than six percent in thefts of and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A large proportion of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               increase in violent crime was in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the less serious offences grouped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               under this heading, a predicted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that more than 50 per cent of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      violent crime offences do not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      involve any injury and our statis-    HAMPSHIRE’S SPECIAL                           officers who gave us so much support              At Havant, Divisional Officer Jeff Day
     Hampshire Constabulary Choir. In its 63-year-history, the choir has        Greening – Head of department                                                                            from vehicles in the year ending      result of the introduction of the      tics mirror that finding.”            Constables have been at the                   throughout the year,” said DO Johns.           and Inspector Lucy Hutson came up with
     raised thousands of pounds for local charities and promoted the                                                                                                                     March 31.                             National Crime Recording                  While robberies are up, the rise   forefront of a recruiting drive to               Divisional Officer Ivor Chambers led the    the unique idea of approaching parents of
     constabulary. Although most of its concerts are in Hampshire, the                                                                                                                      Hampshire Constabulary             Standard (NCRS) across all             is small - from 966 to 1,040 -        swell their ranks in a year of                station takeover at Andover, assisted by six   youngsters attending a SNAP disco. As
     choir also has performed in Cornwall, North Wales, France,                “It is about helping to deliver, and show that                                                            Deputy Chief Constable Ian            forces in April, 2002.                 and the signs for this year are so    outstanding performance from                  Specials. Specials and regulars paired up,     they dropped off and collected their chil-
     Germany, Jersey, Croatia and Malta. Appearances with massed            we deliver, a police service that gives an equal-
                                                                                                                                                                                         Readhead said the statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mr Readhead explained, “The         far encouraging with over three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the volunteer force.                          and the Specials dealt with two burglaries     dren, parents were given recruitment litera-
                                                                            ity of outcome to everyone. No political cor-                                                                                                      NCRS was introduced nationally                                                 The Home Office’s second national           which brought three arrests, stop checks       ture by Special Constables.
     choirs include the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park and Cardiff Arms                                                                                                                    reflected a long-term downward                                               per cent fewer offences recorded                                                    and a sudden death, where the paperwork           During a Farnborough recruiting event,
     Park.                                                                  rectness, no unreasonable expectations on peo-                                                                                                     to promote greater accuracy and                                              Special Constabulary recruiting drive
                                                                            ple; just good professional practice, based on                                                               trend in numbers of burglaries        consistency within and across          between April and June this year      on February 28 and 29 saw a large             was completed entirely by Specials.            Divisional Officer Mick Martin was called
     Under the new chairmanship of retired Hampshire policeman Brian                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         A similar takeover at Lymington was         to arrest a man who was armed with a
     Wareham, the group now is seeking new members, particularly            integrity, respect and highest quality service to                                                            and vehicle crime across the          police forces in the way crime is      than during the same period in        number of events throughout
                                                                            all our diverse communities.”                                                                                force.                                recorded and to take a more vic-       2003/04.                              Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, all of       organised by Divisional Officer Dave           knife.
     first tenors, from police and support staff or their male relatives,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Cutting and Inspector Gerry Hutching,
     friends or neighbours. Deputy Chief Constable Ian Readhead, who           A cornerstone of the constabulary’s imple-                                                                   “Burglary levels are less than     tim-orientated approach to crime          “Hampshire and the Isle of         them designed to tempt members of
                                                                            mentation of the scheme is the involvement of                                                                half what they were 10 years          recording. Reports of crime,           Wight remain among the safest         the public to join.                           assisted by ten Specials.
     has just been appointed the choir’s first-ever President, said:
                                                                            the community through the Hampshire                                                                                                                from victims or their representa-                                               At Alresford, Alton, Andover and              Winchester residents and visitors were                 Recruitment
     ‘The police choir is a wonderful ambassador for Hampshire                                                                                                                           ago,” he said, “and vehicle crime                                            places in the country to live in,”
                                                                            Constabulary Consultative Group (HCCG).                                                                                                            tives, will be recorded if, on the                                           Lymington, Specials took over the stations    attracted to a mobile police office in the
     Constabulary. It helps forge closer links with local communities,                                                                                                                   is almost half what it was a                                                 said Mr Readhead. “We have                                                          High Street, where Section Officer Martin         Recruitment events in Southampton and
     while raising funds for charity. I would encourage anyone who is       This group has met successfully for 18-months                                                                                                      balance of probabilities, it is                                              for most of the weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                                         decade ago.                                                                  seen increases in some categories                                                   Kitt and Special Constables managed to         Portsmouth saw Specials in action at the
     interested in singing or supporting the choir to join”.                and was recently identified in Her Majesty’s                                                                                                       apparent that a crime has                                                       At Alresford, Station Officer Dave
                                                                            Inspectorate of Constabulary baseline assess-
                                                                                                                                                                                            “In the first three months of      occurred and there is no credible      of crime - particularly violent       Boxall, assisted by eight Specials, ran the   sign up seven possible new recruits.           West Quay and Gunwharf Quay shopping
                                                                            ment as being a “flagship”.                                                                                  2004/05, we have seen further         evidence to the contrary.              crime - but we have also seen         station for 36 hours. The volunteers                                                         centres, giving out more than 50 applica-
                                         CHAIN REACTION –                                                                                                                                falls in these categories of crime.                                          significant improvements in           worked eight-hour shifts, with back-up                                                       tion packs.
                                                                               Ahmed Sasso, the Force Diverse
                                                                                                                                                                                         If the current trend continues, we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “An example might involve a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      other areas.                          from the area car driver. The BBC record-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Events                           Specials on the Isle of Wight staged a
                                         Simon Richards and                 Communities Officer and National Black Police                                                                                                      victim reporting, and confirming,
                                          PC Julia Marinelli                Association (BPA) representative, said:                                                                      will be looking at the lowest                                                   “Through the Safer campaigns       ed their work for broadcast on the Saturday                                                  recruitment evening at St George’s Park
                                                                                                                                          PC Ahmed Sasso – Diverse                                                             that they have been assaulted but,                                                                                           Eastleigh staged six events, where they      football club, Newport, led by the Island’s
                                         helped bring bicycle                  “I am the Hampshire BPA secretary and a                                                                   level of domestic burglaries since                                           and our increased focus on work-      night news.
                                                                                                                                             Communities Officer                                                               for whatever reason, they do not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               At Alton, where Divisional Officer Dave    handed out more than 160 application           longest serving Special Constable, Bob
                                         patrols to the Isle of             national representative. Often at national                                                                   1974, by the end of this financial                                           ing in partnership with our com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               wish to give more details or help                                            Johns organised the takeover, Specials        packs and used the mobile police offices       Damp. Specials, regular officers and
                                                Wight                                                                                                                                    year, and the biggest drop in         a police investigation. In the past    munities and other organisations                                                    and the Sprinter marked vans, equipped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            served a warrant, dealt with a report of                                                     recruitment personnel combined to give
                                                                                                                                                                                         vehicle crime since 1980.”            this may not have been recorded        we are confident we can build on                                                    with laptops, playing the new Specials         talks and explain the expanding role of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            criminal damage to property, responded to

                                                                               Bikes on the beat
                                                                                                                                                                                            There were 7,030 house bur-        as a crime whereas, since the          our strengths and achieve signifi-                                                  DVD recruitment film. The events were          Special Constables.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a 999 call, washed all the station vehicles
                                                                                                                                                                                         glaries in Hampshire and the Isle     introduction of the NCRS, the          cant improvements in those areas      and still had time to cook breakfast for 16   organised by Divisional Officer Nick              Specials on the Island are hoping to add
                                                                                                                                                                                         of Wight between April 1, 2003,       police will now record the matter      where we are weaker over the          police officers.                              Burroughs and Sergeant Gerry Keaney at         20 Special Constables to the existing vol-
                                                                                                                                                                                         and March 31 this year, and                                                  coming months.”                          “It was a way of saying thank you to       Eastleigh, Chandlers Ford and Romsey.          unteer force of 26.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and thereby obtain a truer pic-
                                                                                                                                                                                         10,984 non-dwelling break-ins -       ture of crime.
                                                                                                                                                                                         a total of 18,014 offences. This          “It was widely recognised

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Four into two does go
                                                                            MOUNTAIN BIKES are becoming a firm                     make the bike comfortable to ride over rough          marked a reduction on last year’s
                                                                            favourite with the constabulary’s beat officers.       terrain.                                                                                    that the implementation of
                                                                                                                                                                                         figures, when 18,217 burglaries       NCRS would have an infla-
                                                                              Allowing officers to cut through traffic                Southsea Inspector Steve Baxter, himself a         were recorded.
                                                                            which would stop a car, and to patrol more of          keen cyclist, formulated policy on the purchase                                             tionary effect on the crime
                                                                                                                                                                                            There were 1,460 fewer vehi-       count, and it has. Hampshire
                                                                            the beat quickly, the cycles also provide high         of bikes and training in their tactical use.          cles stolen and broken into in                                              PLANS FOR the restructuring of         Superintendent Graham Haycock.                the structure of the force.                    fewer, but larger, BCUs.
                                                                            gearing for a quick response.                             “It has been agreed by the Transport                                                     was one of the last forces to
                                                                                                                                                                                         Hampshire and the Isle of Wight       fully introduce NCRS, so we           four basic command units (BCU)           Neither of the mergers resulted in            “After these changes, there will               “The project will consult widely
                                                                              The bikes reassure the public, because offi-         Management Group that mountain bikes are a            in 2003/04 than in the previous                                             into two were announced in July.       the closure of any police station.            be nothing further until at least              and take into account best profes-
                                                                            cers are seen more often all over their beats.         useful tool for the police. Funding, however,                                               have been one of the last to
                                                                                                                                                                                         year. Vehicle crime levels fell                                               The decision was taken by senior       “This means the end of some                 April, 2006.                                   sional practice elsewhere and rele-
                                                                            When a team of five police cyclists were on            is up to each basic command unit (BCU), and                                                 feel the full impact of the           officers in the Force who recognised   duplication of effort and allows                “Major projects affecting the                vant external factors, such as the
                                                                                                                                                                                         from 22,263 to 20,769, a reduc-       change.
                                                                            duty at a Portsmouth football match earlier this       each BCU is arranging funding in its own              tion of 6.7 per cent.                                                       that the basic command units at        greater resources to be directed              whole of the force - Oberon (the               local government structure.
                                                                            year, feedback from the public showed they             way,” Insp Baxter said.                                                                        “The violence against the          Eastleigh, Andover, Fareham and        towards serving the people of those           project to replace the Criminal                  “The project has no predeter-
                                                                                                                                                                                            While detection rates remained     person category of crime
                                                                            thought there were 20 police cyclists.                    In addition to the bikes, cycling officers also                                                                                Gosport were too small to run          areas,” said Chief Constable Paul             Intelligence System and Automated              mined outcome, but it will present
                                                                                                                                                                                         steady at 27 percent overall - the    experienced the largest NCRS          effective and efficient initiatives,   Kernaghan.                                    Crime Reporting computer sys-                  an opportunity for the force to
                                                                              The force now has about 50 mountain bikes            need specialist uniform: cycle helmets,               highest of the five forces which      impact nationally and our fig-        such as the National Intelligence        In addition, operational policing           tems) and the Airwave radio system             establish the optimum structure for
                                                                            in use, and the number is growing every week.          gloves, light-weight and quick-drying trousers,       make up the South East Region -                                             Model.                                 strength in each area remained the            - will place significant demands on            the environment we then operate
                                                                              PC Julia Marinelli, who patrols Carisbrooke          light-weight shirts and jackets with longer                                                 ures reflect that. However, the
                                                                                                                                                                                         the constabulary is refusing to       biggest increase has been in            By April, 2004, Eastleigh and        same, but the mergers meant that              all our staff, and I don’t want to             in.
                                                                            in Newport - the largest beat on the Isle of           sleeves and longer backs.                             rest on its laurels. The launch of                                          Andover combined to form the new       the deployment of officers could be           add to those burdens.                            “No organisation can stand still,
                                                                            Wight - was the first officer in the force to take        To date, officers on mountain bikes have                                                 offences on the lower end of
                                                                                                                                                                                         Safer Homes and Safer Vehicles -      the violent crime scale - such        Western Hampshire BCU, led by          managed more efficiently, offering              “However, in 2005, I will create a           and I know we are collectively com-
                                                                            possession of a Smith & Wesson high visibility         been involved in some spectacular arrests,            two of four campaigns which                                                 Superintendent Ann Wakefield.          greater duty time on patrol.                  project to consider the BCU struc-             mitted to change which promotes
                                                                            police bike.                                           including a drink-driver, shoplifters and even                                              as harassment offences, which         Fareham and Gosport joined to            The Chief Constable also                    ture of the force as a whole.                  our service to the communities we
                                                                                                                                                                                         make up the Creating Safer            showed a rise of almost 135
                                                                              It has 27 gears, giving her speed in pursuit,        armed robbers.                                        Communities programme - is                                                  form the Solent East BCU, led by       announced a long-term vision for                “The national trend is towards               serve.”
                                                                            powerful lights and suspension forks which                                                                                                         per cent.
                                                                                                                                                                                         designed to further improve force

            Annual report of the Chief Constable of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

 The facts and figures for the year                      1999/00     2000/01     2001/02     2002/03     2003/04     SATISFACTION SURVEYS                                   1999/00     2000/01   2001/02   2002/03   2003/04
                                                         £m          £m          £m          £m          £m          Satisfaction survey – 999 callers                      78%         77%       79%       73%       77%
Employees                                                145.4       150.7       158.8       171.6       186.7*      Satisfaction survey – Road traffic accidents           95%         94%       90%       90%       89%
Police pensions                                          22.3        24.3        26.1        29.4        33.2*       Satisfaction survey – House burglary                   95%         93%       93%       92%       86%
Premises                                                 4.6         5.8         6.4         7.1         6.1         Satisfaction survey – Violent crime                    82%         84%       77%       73%       71%
Transport                                                5.4         5.4         3.3         3.8         4
Other running costs                                      22.4        27.8        32.1        32.8        35.8        ARRES FIGURES                                          1999/00     2000/01   2001/02   2002/03   2003/04
Capital financing                                        0.7         0.8         0.8         0.9         0.8         % persons arrested who were charged/
Transfer to reserves                                     -0.7        -2.0        -0.8        0.3         9.8         summonsed/cautioned                                    81%         80%       84%       80%       80%
Service income                                           -2.5        -7.2        -6.5        -17.7       -22.7       % of reported domestic violence incidents
Interest on balances                                     -1.3        -1.0        -0.7        -0.5        -0.8        with an arrest made                                    N/A         N/A       N/A       N/A       N/A
Pension adjustment                                                                                       -5.3*
TOTAL                                                    196.4       204.6       219.5       227.7       247.6       ON THE ROAD TO SAFER DRIVING                           1999/00     2000/01   2001/02   2002/03   2003/04
                                                                                                                     Total number road traffic incidents (RTIs)             7,236       7,398     6,811     6,675     6,381
Annual cost per 1,000 population                         £111,427    £115,515 £122,107 £128,139          £137,555    Total number RTIs involving death or serious injury    1,098       1,142     1,019     1,079     939
Cost per person per day in pence                         £0.31       £0.32    £0.33     £0.35            £0.38       Number RTIs involving death
                                                                                                                     or serious injury per 1000 pop.                        0.62        0.64      0.56      0.60      0.53
KEY CRIMES and DETECTIONS                                1999/00     2000/01     2001/02     2002/03     2003/04     Number of breath tests conducted                       32,398      35,868    35,273    31,630    37,326
Number of crimes per 1000 population                     76.7        74.3        75.7        85.0        100.5       Breath tests positive or refused                       11.8%       10.3%     11.2%     12.7%     11.03%
% of total crimes detected                               31.8%       29.0%       29.5%       29.8%       26.9%
House burglary crimes per 1000 households                10.0        9.1         9.6         9.1         9.4         GUNS IN PRIVATE OWNERSHIP                              1999/00     2000/01   2001/02   2002/03   2003/04
% of house burglary crimes detected                      14.6%       16.0%       19.5%       20.6%       20.1%       Privately owned                                        60,330      59,925    61,084    61,032    63,248
Violent crimes per 1000 population                       9.9         10.7        10.4        13.9        21.5        Firearms certificates                                  4,930       4,419     4,455     4,350     4,495
% of violent crimes detected                             81.1%       67.0%       73.3%       67.3%       49.4%       Firearms                                               11,752      11,440    12,072    12,552    13,200
Number of vehicle crimes per 1000 population             13.3        12.2        12.0        12.3        11.6        Shotgun certificates                                   21,880      21,196    21,335    20,607    21,073
% of vehicle crimes detected                             8.5%        9.0%        8.8%        11.4%       11.3%       Shotguns                                               48,578      48,485    49,012    48,480    50,048

POPULATION AND STAFFING                                  1999/00     2000/01     2001/02     2002/03     2003/04     RECORDED CRIME                                         1999/00     2000/01   2001/02   2002/03   2003/04
Population (based on data from office for                                                                            Violence against the person                            15,453      17,016    16,428    22,171    35,148
national statistics)                                     1,762,500   1,771,375   1,797,600   1,776,980   1,776,980   Sexual offences                                        1,429       1,454     1,445     1,810     2,034
Officers at 31 March                                     3,419        3,437       3,480      3,745       3,776       Robbery                                                534         797       872       966       1,040
Officers per 1000 population                             1.94         1.94        1.94       2.11        2.12        House burglary                                         7,378       6,805     7,122     6,793     7,030
Female officers                                          590          602         667        795         837         Other burglary                                         11,402      11,165    10,781    11,424    10,984
% of police officer strength which is female             17.2%        18.0%       19.2%      21.2%       22.2%       Vehicle crime (taking of and theft from vehicles)      22,581      21,906    21,590    22,021    20,561
Number of minority ethnic police officers                29           39          40         49          52          Other theft & handling                                 35,546      34,445    34,667    39,408    42,68c
Ethnic minority as % of Force                            0.85%        1.13%       1.15%      1.31%       1.38%       Arson & criminal damage                                28,125      28,697    31,624    34,736    43,557
Number of support staff at 31 March                      1496         1481        1628       1877        2041        Fraud and forgery                                      6,393       5,829     6,008     6,982     8,557
Number of special contables at 31 March                  615          462         444        373         346         Other                                                  5,927       5,367     5,424     6,353     6,943
                                                                                                                     TOTAL RECORDED CRIMES                                  134,768     133,481   135,961   152,664   178,543
SICKNESS ABSENCE                                         1999/00     2000/01     2001/02     2002/03     2003/04
Sickness days per officer                                10.2        12.2        11.1        9.5         8.9         DETECTED CRIMES                                        1999/00     2000/01   2001/02   2002/03   2003/04
Sickness days per civilian                               8.6         10.1        11.3        9.8         8.8
Total assaults on police                                 385         374         177         467         543         Violence against the person                            12,504      11,655    12,607    15,489    17,781
Serious assaults on police                               29          1           5           10          25          Sexual offences                                        711         934       874       1,005     841
                                                                                                                     Robbery                                                268         255       262       298       269
999 CALLS AND OTHER CALLS FOR SERVICE                    1999/00     2000/01     2001/02     2002/03     2003/04     House burglary                                         1,089       1,116     1,391     1,398     1,414
Total 999 calls                                          269,027     308,727     330,605     273,648     288,830     Other burglary                                         1,107       1,127     1,231     1,424     1,205
Target response time                                     10 secs     10 secs     10 secs     10 secs     10 secs     Vehicle crime (taking of and theft from vehicles)      2,024       2,016     1,895     2,520     2,315
% of calls answered within target time                   80.4%       74.0%       73.0%       91.1%       90.3%       Other theft & handling                                 10,811      9,114     9,192     9,545     9,442
Total calls for service                                  540,997     514,005     470,326     482,817     483,818     Arson & criminal damage                                5,263       4,763     4,906     5,478     6,218
Immediate response calls                                 19,637      15,403      16,317      15,165      14,298      Fraud and forgery                                      2,928       2,571     2,765     2,761     2,874
Target to attend 90% in 15 mins                          80%         80%         90%         90%         90%         Other                                                  6,173       4,706     4,929     5,566     5,626
% of immediate response calls attended in target         95.4%       95.0%       92.4%       94.0%       94.0%       TOTAL DETECTED CRIMES                                  42,878      38,257    40,052    45,484    47,985
Calls for service defined as Public Disorder incidents   110,272     112,040     93,234      93,520      83,301
Public disorder incidents per 1000 population            62.6        62.4        51.9        52.6        46.9        THE POLICE AND CRIMINAL EVIDENCE ACT 1984

HATE CRIME (Racist and homophobic incidents)       1999/00           2000/01     2001/02     2002/03     2003/04     ROAD CHECKS                                            1999/00     2000/01   2001/02   2002/03   2003/04
Number of racist incidents reported                654               845         888         864         1409
Incidents subject to further investigation         100%              98%         99%         99%         99%         Authorised to find persons who have committed
Number of crimes classified as racially aggravated 331               612         454         369         541         a serious offence                                      5           1         2         2         0
% of recorded racially aggravated crimes detected55%                 48%         52%         61%         45%         Vehicles stopped                                       1434        751       0         432       0
Number of homophobic incidents recorded            71                116         84          128         232         Authorised to find persons who have
                                                                                                                     witnessed a serious offence                            2           2         2         7         2
REPEAT VICTIMS                                           1999/00     2000/01     2001/02     2002/03     2003/04     Vehicles stopped                                       89          337       825       10,801    159
Number of house burglaries                               7,372       6,805       7,122       6,793       7,030       Authorised to find persons who intend to
% where property was burgled in previous 12 months       3.5%        3.5%        3.2%        3.9%        5.1%        commit a serious offence                               1           0         0         0         0
Number of recorded domestic violence incidents           9,861       10,513      10,527      13,470      19,281      Vehicles stopped                                       36          0         0         0         0
% domstic violence victims rported as repeat victims     n/a         26.0%       25.0%       28.0%       24.5%       Arrests made                                           0           0         0         1         0

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS                                   1999/00     2000/01     2001/02     2002/03     2003/04     DETENTION                                             1999/00      2000/01   2001/02   2002/03   2003/04
Formal complaints received                               594         523         634         741         1,038       Persons detained for >24 hours and
Number of complaints per 1000 officers                   172         152         182         213         298         released without charge                               3            24        16        21        21
Complaints closed                                        575         661         549         680         1,076       Number applications for warrants of further detention 2            6         15        14        6
Number of closed complaints that were substantiated      23          20          23          30          49          Number charged                                        2            6         14        12        4
% of closed complaints that were substantiated           4.0%        3.0%        4.2%        4.4%        4.6%        Number released without charge                        0            0         1         2         2

STOP AND SEARCH                                          1999/00     2000/01     2001/02     2002/03     2003/04     INTIMATE SEARCHES                                      1999/00     2000/01   2001/02   2002/03   2003/04
Stop searches of white persons                           20,325      15,626      15,357      18,548      21,439      The number of intimate searches conducted              6           4         12        7         1
No. of stop/searches per 1000 white population           11.8        8.9         8.7         10.8        12.5        The number of drug offence searches conducted          5           4         12        7         1
% of white stop searches resulting in arrest             13.6%       14.0%       13.5%       11.6%       11.4%       The result of these searches                           3neg 2pos   4neg      12neg     7neg      1neg
Stop searches of minority ethnic persons                 1,068       933         948         1,165       1,597       The number of searches to prevent injury               1           0         0         0         0
Stop searches per 1000 minority ethnic persons           32.9        28.1        28.6        21.0        28.8        Searches conducted by a suitably qualified person      6           4         12        7         1
minority ethnic stop searches resultng in arrest         15.3%       16.0%       14.7%       16.1%       14.5%       Not conducted by but in presence of qualified person   0           0         0         0         0

PREPARING FILES FOR COURT APPEARANCES                    1999/00     2000/01     2001/02     2002/03     2003/04
                                                                                                                     * Denotes a change in accounting practices for pensions due to implementation of
% full files on time and of sufficient quality           83%         67%         68%         71%         72%         Financial Reporting Standard 17 (FRS 17) entitled ‘Retirement Benefits’ which
% expedited files on time and of sufficient quality      96%         98%         98%         98%         98%         requires authorities to charge to their accounts the net pensions liability incurred
% youth full files on time and of sufficient quality     83%         63%         66%         70%         69%         during the year, rather than the cost of pension contributions during the year (which
% youth expdited files on time and of sufficnt quality   96%         97%         97%         97%         98%         was the previous requirement)
STAFF LEAVING THE FORCE                                  1999/00     2000/01     2001/02     2002/03     2003/04
Number of officers leaving                               190         210         235         225         230
% of officers leaving                                    5.7%        6.1%        6.8%        6.0%        6.1%
Number of officers retiring                              129         112         150         132         109
% of retirements that were medical
Number of support staff leaving
                                                                                                                              q Figures shown in red are best value
% of support staff leaving
Number of support staff retiring
                                                                                                                                     performance indicators
% of support staff retirements that were medical         21%         33%         11%         11%         12%

                                                                                       Frontline n e w s

 Force signs on to                                                    Hampshire lead traps pest caller
   new national                                                                by Liz Walsh                   and Hampshire.
                                                                                                                 The suspect obtained telephone
                                                                                                                                                         The trip took five to six months
                                                                                                                                                      to organise. It involved the services
                                                                                                                                                                                              pect's consent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Brown refused to take part in

 recruiting scheme
                                                                      AN EXTENSIVE investigation by           numbers of the victims from small       of an interpreter, the Chief of         the voice ID procedure and the
                                                                      Hampshire and other forces into         advertisements in newspapers and        Police of Poltava (a region similar     standard ID parade. But new legis-
                                                                      claims by several women across          trade magazines and in particular       in size to the distance between         lation allowed officers to use his
                                                                      the UK about telephone harass-          those advertisements selling hors-      Southampton and Liverpool), two         custody photo for this procedure
                                                                      ment has resulted in the successful     es.                                     detectives from Kiev to act as          and Brown was identified by most
HAMPSHIRE Constabulary is          process used to differ from        prosecution of 31-year-old Mark            In November 2002 Mark Brown          guides, as well as two officers         of the victims.
using the new national police      force to force, the system has     Brown from Kent.                        was arrested at his home where the      from Hampshire, Det Sgt                    In May 2003 Brown was
selection and recruitment          now been standardised.                 Lead investigating officer          team found some of the numbers          Rawlings and PC Kevin Durant.           charged with one count of being a
process.                              “That means that if a candi-    Detective Sergeant Darren               of those victims, copies of the local      In the UK the investigation con-     public nuisance, three counts of
   The new system is designed      date passes the national assess-   Rawlings, from Andover, began           newspaper and trade publications,       tinued with officers from the tele-     making threats to kill and seven
to ensure that police recruit-     ment, but a job is not immedi-     the investigation in August 2002        a number of mobile telephones,          phone intelligence unit obtaining       counts of harassment with vio-
ment is consistent throughout      ately available for them in that   when he was based at Aldershot          SIM cards and top-up cards.             historic itemised bills.                lence.
England and Wales and will         area, they can apply to join       after a Hampshire-based victim             Brown tried to deny that the            Altogether 150 statements were          After three attempts to start a
allow successful applicants to     another force without having to    reported that she was being             telephones were his, claiming they      taken from victims, victims’ fami-      trial, because Brown was dissatis-
apply to another force if their    do the assessment again.           harassed on her mobile phone.           belonged to two foreign students        lies, work colleagues, employers        fied with his defence team the trial
first choice has no vacancies.        “That’s better for the appli-       The only detail at the time was     with whom he had worked on a            and police officers.                    eventually opened on May 4 this
   In March the first round of     cants and for police forces        the suspect’s mobile number.            farm, who had since returned to            The team wanted to try a voice       year. It lasted 13 days and the jury
prospective recruits to go         because it makes sure talent           An initial subscriber check iden-   the Ukraine.                            identification parade similar to a      was out for three and half hours –
through the new process attend-    isn’t wasted,” added Valerie       tified it was a pay-as-you-go phone        The investigation then required      standard ID procedure, but it has to    returning a unanimous guilty ver-
ed an assessment at Netley.        King.                              and officers obtained an itemised       a visit to the Ukraine to identify      be conducted in similar acoustic        dict on 11 indictments. On August
   During the four and a half                                         bill showing that the user had          the two students and take state-        surroundings as the original calls      13 he was sentenced to eight years
hour session the candidates             Open process                  made 10,000 calls between April         ments from them.                        and can be done only with the sus-      imprisonment.
took part in interviews, written      “The process is also much       and September 2002.                                                                                                        DS Rawlings said: "This was an
tests and role play exercises      more open, so unsuccessful             By contacting some of the num-                                                                                      extensive investigation for
and were assessed for their        candidates can find out where      bers on the bill, the investigating                                                                                     Hampshire Constabulary involving
community focus, team work-        they didn’t meet the required      team identified some details about                                                                                      450 hours overtime and extra
ing, communication skills and      standard and what they need to     the caller and discovered that he                                                                                       resources to fund the acquisition of
respect for diversity.             do to improve.                     had been in contact with an esti-                                                                                       the telephone data which was vital.
   The new system was intro-          “That means that if someone     mated 200 women across the                                                                                                 "For many of the victims their
duced in two parts; in 2003 the    only just falls short, they are    country who had experienced                                                                                             lives had been plagued by this
force started using the standard   more likely to try again and be    harassment by telephone and text                                                                                        man, and they had been let down
national application form and      successful in the future.”         messaging.                                                                                                              by other forces. Some victims
in March the new assessment                                               The caller sometimes gave                                                                                           received 500 text messages a
                                      Hampshire Constabulary
centre was introduced to                                              details such as his names, telling                                                                                      month and one Kent family
                                   encourages applications from
replace the old two-day assess-                                       some that he was called Mark and                                                                                        received 600 texts in two weeks
                                   all sections of the community,
                                                                      telling others he was called Brown.                                                                                     often using threatening language.
ment process.                      particularly women and mem-
                                                                      Some calls and texts revealed that                                                                                         “Thankfully Hampshire
   Recruitment manager Valerie     bers of ethnic minorities who      he lived in Sittingbourne.                                                                                              Constabulary has an excellent rep-
King said: “So far the new sys-    are currently under represented        Some of the victims had physi-                                                                                      utation for taking the lead on
tem seems to be working really     in the workforce.                  cal contact with him so they could
well and last month more than         For further information about                                                                                                                           investigations and there is an
                                                                      identify his vehicle.                                                                                                   excellent support network in place
three quarters of the candidates   becoming a police officer, you         The team then started taking
who took part in the new style                                                                                NUMBER BUSY – Man who made 10,000 calls in six months                           to ensure that crimes like this are
                                   can visit the Home Office          statements from 20 victims in
                                                                                                               brought to court by team led by Det Sgt Darren Rawlings                        investigated thoroughly."
assessment passed.                 recruitment website                Kent, Suffolk, Birmingham, Hull
   “Whereas the recruitment                                                                 (right) and PC Kevin Durant.
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In praise of
the work of
Flint House
WHEN I joined the job I joined             I quickly settled in and soon
the Welfare Fund for no better          began to realise that I had been
reason than, as recruits, we were       very foolish never to have taken
all told that it was something we       advantage of the facilities on
‘needed’ to belong to – and in          offer following illness or injuries
those days you didn’t question          in the past.
what you were told by the                  The building, the grounds, the
sergeant!                               facilities and the setting are all         He say’s he was looking for his white size 10 trainer and someone dumped a bundle of old clothes on top of him - can we
   I retired in the year 2000,          magnificent, the food is amazing                                                    get him out? See full story on page six.
moved to Northamptonshire and,          and the range of treatments on
by a series of unplanned events,        offer is brilliant.
                                                                                 service ought to be actively         Federation when I needed it.             The Group Life Scheme covers       are able to continue in the
ended up working for                       Having compared my recovery
                                                                                 encouraging officers to use the      Norman Bareham                        a serving officer with a death        scheme until the age of 65; the
Northamptonshire Police where I         after this surgery with my recov-
                                                                                 facilities they have paid for        Investigations Support Officer        benefit - through any - cause of      monthly cost is the same but the
am now the investigations sup-          ery from surgery two years ago I
                                                                                 because a stay at Flint House will   Western Area Headquarters,            £70,000, and includes a critical      life cover is halved and there is
port officer for the Western area       feel qualified to say that two
                                                                                 get officers back to work much       Daventry                              illness cover for certain condi-      no critical illness cover.
of the force.                           weeks at Flint House did me far
                                                                                 quicker than them sitting at home                                          tions of £17,500.                        Officers medically retired are
   In 2002 I had to undergo             more good than going to physio a
surgery for a shoulder problem -        few times a week for three
                                                                                 on sick leave for extended peri-     Benefit scheme                           The officer can apply for his or   unable to continue in the scheme.
                                                                                 ods of time.                                                               her spouse to be covered for             Any questions, please e-mail
a legacy of an injury sustained         months ever did!
                                                                                    My ‘new’ force has treated me
                                                                                                                      extended                              £35,000.                              the Federation Inbox or call
while serving in Hampshire.                My recovery programme
                                                                                 really well, they have been really                                            For those officers not already     Richard, Mary or Gary on 79-
   When I returned to duty my           entailed physiotherapy and exer-
                                                                                 understanding about my enforced      IF YOU are not in the Group Life      in the scheme applicants will         3418 for information and an
present colleagues were some-           cise therapy so I spent a lot of
                                                                                 absences following surgery and       Scheme please consider applying.      have to complete a medical ques-      application form.
what surprised to find I had not        time in the gymnasium and the
                                                                                 they have looked after me mag-         It is available for all officers    tionnaire before acceptance.
been to the Police Rehabilitation       pool, but other residents had con-
                                                                                 nificently during my recovery        and their spouses.                       The cost is £8.96 per month for    Richard Matthews
Centre at Flint House during my         ditions that required rest and
                                                                                 periods – but I am very grateful       We are also currently in the        an officer and £3.46 per month        Secretary
recovery period.                        relaxation so they enjoyed relax-
                                                                                 for the prompt and willing help I    process of having the scheme          for their spouse.                     Joint Branch Board
   They were even more surprised        ing massages, aromatherapy and
                                                                                 received from my ‘old’ force         extended to partners.                    When an officer retires they
to learn that I had not used Flint      other similar delights.

                                                                                   WORKING FOR JUSTICE
House while I was a serving offi-          Just my luck to have some-
cer and that I didn’t know I was        thing that required circuit training
still entitled to use it now I was      and hard physical exercise!
retired.                                   On some evenings I tried the
   In April this year I had to          country walks on offer in an
undergo surgery for a knee prob-        effort to avoid spending too much        IT’S A busy, tough old world out     isation or someone from a differ-     you would like to nominate.             The individual awards are:
lem – another legacy of an injury       time in the bar but, in the end, I       there. But your efforts are appre-   ent one, whose contribution you          Is there a team whose work
sustained while serving in              felt obliged to be sociable!                                                                                                                              q outstanding achievement in
                                                                                 ciated.                              feel is particularly deserving of     has particularly impressed you,       caring for victims;
Hampshire!                                 The accommodation at Flint               To show how much, the             an award.                             or an individual whose dedica-
   My Northants colleagues urged        House is equivalent to that of a                                                                                                                          q outstanding achievement in
                                                                                 Government is launching the          Who can vote?                         tion has made a real difference?
me to ensure that, on this occa-        good hotel and it has been much                                                                                                                           caring for witnesses;
                                                                                 Justice Awards designed to                                                    If so, fill in a nomination form
sion, I made use of Flint House         extended over the years.                                                      Anyone can. The awards are                                                  q outstanding contribution to
and the message was underlined             The most recent expansion has         reward those people who have                                               and send it off. Hard copies will
                                                                                                                      open to colleagues, managers –                                              tackling youth crime;
by my physiotherapist who               almost doubled its capacity.             made a special contribution to                                             be distributed throughout the
                                                                                                                      anyone working in the wider                                                 q outstanding contribution to
turned out to have been medically          Speaking to Northants Police          improving justice.                                                         CJS agencies and via your local
                                                                                                                      CJS and also members of the                                                 working with offenders;
discharged from the Metropolitan        Federation I understand that offi-          Baroness Scotland, Minister                                             criminal justice board over the
                                                                                                                      local community.                                                            q outstanding contribution to
Police following a serious injury       cers are withdrawing from con-           of State for the CJS and Law                                               summer.
                                                                                                                         The Government hopes that,                                               engaging local communities.
on duty.                                tributing to the Welfare Fund and,       Reform, has commissioned the                                                  Or you can go to www.cjson-
                                                                                                                      on top of celebrating the efforts                                              Team awards are:
   He had spent extended periods        consequently, to Flint House.            awards in five individual and                                     .
                                                                                                                      and successes of staff and volun-
of time at Flint House and had             I now realise that, over the          five team categories, to be pre-                                              Alternatively, e-mail cjs-         q outstanding achievement in
                                                                                                                      teers in improving the criminal                                             engaging communities;
benefited greatly from the treat-       years, I should have gone to Flint       sented at a prestigious ceremony                                  or call 020
                                                                                                                      justice system, the awards will
ments he had received there.            House on a number of occasions           in the autumn.                                                             7273 3615 for a form.                 q outstanding achievement in
   He told me the only reason he        and it was only ignorance and                                                 also help to demystify the crimi-
                                                                                 Who is eligible?                                                              Act soon – the deadline for        caring for victims and/or wit-
was able to walk was because of         lack of awareness on my part that                                             nal justice process for the public.                                         nesses;
                                                                                                                                                            nominations is September 24.
the efforts and skill of the staff at   prevented me from doing so.              There are 400,000 people work-          They will ideally also encour-
                                                                                                                                                               The Justice Awards 2004            q CJS innovation award;
Flint House and his experiences            The police service has, in Flint      ing for the CJS in England and       age the public to become more
                                                                                                                                                            scheme is a great way to reward       q outstanding commitment to
there had been the reason for his       House, a superb facility that is         Wales.                               involved in the system.
                                                                                                                                                            the outstanding work done by          diversity;
decision to train as a physiothera-     the envy of the other emergency             This includes staff and volun-    What to do now?                       you and the people with whom          q partnership of the year: best
pist when he left the service!          services.                                teers working for the various
                                                                                                                      Take a look at the award cate-        you work. in an often challeng-       example of building up partner-
   I contacted Northants Police            In a job that is becoming             CJS bodies such as the police,
                                                                                                                      gories and think about whom           ing and demanding environment.        ship-working across the CJS.
Federation who explained that the       increasingly dangerous it is a           Crown Prosecution Service,
referral must come from the force       priceless asset that needs to be         magistrates courts, crown courts,
where you were serving when             preserved for those who are              Criminal Defence Service,
you paid your contributions.            injured, either physically or men-       Public Defence Service, Prison
   They pointed me in                   tally, by what they do or see on         Service, National Probation
Hampshire’s direction and,              duty – or who suffer the conse-          Service, National Offender
thanks to your efforts, I duly          quences of those experiences in          Management Service and youth
arrived at Flint House not quite        later life.                              offending teams.
knowing what to expect.                    It is a facility that has got to be      Voluntary sector organisations
   The first person I literally         worth contributing to - everyone         working with victims, witnesses,
‘bumped’ into was a Hampshire           is going to suffer an illness or
                                                                                 defendants and offenders are
officer who not only recognised         injury at some stage in their lives.
                                                                                 also eligible.
me but also remembered me and,             I was really surprised to learn
having been to Flint House previ-       that Flint House is now running             You can vote for someone
ously, he looked after me.              at less than full occupancy. The         working within your own organ-
                                                                                                            Frontline n e w s

      Bill is a master of
       forensic science
             by Lucy Dibdin                       of Human Identification, and CIFA, the           action you make.
                                                  Centre for International Forensic                   “As soon as you strike into a burial
   THEY SAY that you can’t teach an old
                                                  Assistance.                                      scene, you are changing it forever, so
   dog handler new tricks, but Bill Morris
                                                     His new qualification and recognised          you have to minutely record every sin-
   may just be the exception that makes
                                                  expert skills could mean he gets                 gle little thing you do.”
   the rule.
                                                  deployed by the Foreign and                         Together with Senior Crime Scene
      At the distinguished age of 57, Bill
                                                  Commonwealth Office to a potential               Investigator
   recently gained a Master of Science
                                                  grave site anywhere in the world at very         Carolyn Lovell,
   degree in Forensic Archaeology from                                                             who has also
   Bournemouth University, marking a              short notice.
                                                     “I was almost deployed to Kosovo,             attained the MSc,
   remarkable late career development                                                              the team have
   which is being used to take the force          but it is entirely possible that skills such
                                                  as mine will be called for in Iraq and           produced and are
   forward in forensic investigation.                                                              about to deliver a
      Father-of-three Bill has been with the      probably Rwanda,” he explained.
                                                     “I’ve used my skills to forensically          forensic archaeol-
   constabulary since 1965, joining the                                                            ogy awareness
   Dog Section in 1968 where he stayed            examine sites for enquiries such as
                                                  Operation Thornhill, the search for              package which
   for the full duration of his service.                                                           will be given to
      Now a member of police staff ranks,         Simon Parkes in Gibraltar, and to be
                                                  deployed overseas would be gratifying            all Scientific
   he is directly responsible for running                                                          Support Crime
   the Search Support Unit and his love of        as I would like the experience of inves-
                                                  tigating a mass grave situation.”                Scene Managers
   searching in the dirt brought him to                                                            and Coordinators,
   high academic achievement and to                  Bill also put his specialist skills to
                                                                                                   SIOs, PoLSAs
   becoming an internationally-renowned           good use while out in Gibraltar by
                                                                                                   and major crime
   expert in his field.                           teaching the local police some of his
                                                                                                   investigators so
      In simple terms, according to Bill,         techniques including the use of aerial
                                                                                                   that they can gain
   forensic archaeology is “traditional           imagery, geophysics, PoLSAs searching
                                                                                                   an understanding
   archaeological techniques combined             and excavation, and the deployment of            of the benefits of
   with forensic application.”                    human remains search dogs, flown in              the archaeological
      The culmination of his five year self-      from Germany and Holland.                        approach.
   financed part-time studies was a disser-          Part of the team which spent 18-
                                                  months searching for missing Hamble                 “It’s about rais-
   tation on a vulnerable missing person
                                                  teenager Daniel Nolan, Bill is still             ing awareness and
   behaviour profile system, which could
                                                  actively engaged on Operation                    making sure we
   be implemented in this force and
                                                  Arkholme, the search for the body                maximise the
                                                                                                   potential of all
      Bill is also now a registered member        deposition site of suspected murder vic-
                                                                                                   scenes,” Bill explained.                      – the study of pollens, seeds and spores    of benefit to all investigators of major
   of the InForce organisation, which pro-        tim Kevin John Palmer.
   vides a database of experts in disci-             Bill reckons that the secret of a good           “Staff will get a basic understanding      – which can remain buried at a scene        crime.”
   plines used to investigate instances of        forensic archaeological investigator is          of professional skills such as entomolo-      for years.                                  q Further details of this new course
   genocide worldwide. He is also a mem-          sticking to the system and being aware           gy, how the impact of insects can be             “I am convinced that these skills will   will appear in Frontline in coming
   ber of BAHID, the British Association          of the implication of every miniscule            studied to solve cases, and palyonology       be very useful in this force and will be    months.

  Search unit – a small team                                                                                                                                  Equine liaison
                                                                                                                                                               officers get a
   with big responsibilities                      estimated length of time it will take to con-
                                                                                                                                                             new stable mate
              by Liz Walsh                                                                           their family as well as the investigation.”
                                                                                                                                                        HAMPSHIRE Constabulary’s com-            Constabulary’s Equine Liaison Officer
                                                  duct the search as well as the financial cost         To date they have been heavily involved
THE HAMPSHIRE Constabulary Search                                                                                                                       mitment to tackling equine and rural     scheme and Hampshire Horsewatch.
                                                  to the investigation.                              in several major operations including
Support Unit gives the impression of a vast                                                                                                             crime was boosted in 2000 with the          “We feel the schemes reflect an
                                                     The type of work that the search wing is        Barland (search for Daniel Nolan),
unit of search specialists on hand to manage                                                                                                            launch of two schemes, the Police        intelligent alternative to the communi-
                                                  involved in includes counter-terrorist search-     Springfield (investigation into the murder of
searches of air, land and water.                                                                                                                        Equine Liaison Officer and               ty approach towards crime prevention
                                                  es, searching major crime scenes, security         Hannah Foster), Ashmeade (search for Milly
   There is no doubt that the Force Search                                                                                                              Hampshire Horsewatch.                    and should appeal to many people”.
                                                  searches and looking for missing persons.          Dowler) and Fairhills (murder of student
Support Unit is made up of specialists in                                                                                                                  Both schemes have successfully           To recognise this partnership, an
                                                     They are also called upon for high profile      Camilla Petersen) and Thornhill, a double
these areas – however they are not a vast                                                                                                               moulded themselves into a working        official handover ceremony of the
                                                  royal or prominent ministerial visits and for      murder enquiry which has seen PolSAs
unit of full-time officers waiting for the next                                                                                                         partnership covering Hampshire and       vehicle took place at the Head Office
                                                  events such as military band visits to             deloyed within the UK as well as Gibraltar.
call.                                                                                                                                                   the Isle of Wight.                       of SYUK Cars Limited in Fleet,
   In fact the team consists of the Force                                                                                                                  Since the launch, there has been      Hampshire.
Search Manager/PolSA – Bill Morris and
                                                     The team has a large collection of special-           Different departments
                                                  ist technical equipment – so much so that                                                             significant advance with strategies to      Detective Inspector David Collings,
three full-time Police Search Advisers                                                                  The Search Support Unit is also one of          assist the equine communities within     the constabulary’s Force Equine
                                                  they have outgrown their hut and three
(PolSAs) PCs Dave Walker, Colin White                                                                the only units in the force whose work             the two counties to prevent and          Liaison Officer said: “Equine Liaison
                                                  sheds in the grounds of Netley.
and Pete Crook as well as three PoLSAs in                                                            crosses over so many of the different depart-      reduce crime.                            and Hampshire Horsewatch are both
the Dog Support Unit.                                                                                ments and teams within the force – Major              The most recent of these was the      voluntary schemes that aim to get
   This team is responsible for the manage-
                                                         Extensive knowledge                         Crime, SIOs, Roads Policing Unit, Scenes           launch of the Horse Trailer Logo         horse owners to be responsible about
ment of searches, the development and                All of the team are chemical, biological,       of Crime Officers, Dog Unit, Force Support         Scheme.                                  their property, to prevent and reduce
delivery of search training for the force and     radiological and nuclear (CBRN) trained            Unit, Marine and Air Support Units.                   Highlighting the two schemes          crime not only where it affects the
policy arrangements.                              and fully trained for body searching for inci-        The experience of those on the team is          through high visibility profiling is a   equine population but in all rural
   The Search Support Unit was formed in          dents like major crashes.                          more than impressive. Bill Morris has              key issue.                               areas.
2003 to meet a growing demand and handle             They can deal with suspect packages as          recently completed an MSc in Forensic                 To meet this the constabulary now        “The support of SYUK Cars by
the full-time responsibility of searches with-    well as using the dogs for explosive search-       Archaeology (see above) and is heavily             has an arrangement with SYUK Cars        providing a SsangYong 4x4 allows
in the two counties.                              es and have an extensive knowledge of the          involved with the Forensic Service Advisory        Limited, distributor of SsangYong 4x4    the schemes to have independent free-
   The aim was also to prevent dog handlers       road death investigation manual.                   Group, a team of experts within the UK             vehicles.                                dom and be highly visible when out
being called off their duties on a regular           It is believed that Hampshire                   who offer advice to forces dealing in this            SsangYong are the title sponsors of   on patrol or visiting the equine com-
basis.                                            Constabulary is one of the first forces in the     area.                                              the International Horse Trials at        munities.”
   The team are always on call seven days a       country to have a team like this.                     As part of his studies Bill undertook a         Chatsworth. SYUK Cars Limited are           Information about Equine Liaison
week, 24-hours a day and can be called out           Bill Morris said: “Hampshire is one of the      project on the behavioural profile of vulner-      supporting the Equine Liaison            Officers and Hampshire Horsewatch,
via force control.                                most developed forces in terms of the rela-        able ‘mispers’ (missing persons) .This             Officers and Hampshire Horsewatch        as well as the latest crime prevention
   When first called to a scene – the team        tionship between PolSA and major crime.            involved collecting data on them and look-         by providing a SsangYong Rexton 4 x      and crime information, can be found
will assess and survey the search and coor-          “I believe it is second to none. We have        ing how far from their homes or last-seen          4 vehicle that will promote the work.    at
dinate and manage the search teams which          the knowledge, experience and equipment to         locations they travel.                                Tom Martin, Marketing Director of        Information about the Trailer Logo
often consist of 100 or more people.              help in all types of searches and we should           Comparing this with information like age,       SYUK Cars Limited, said:                 scheme, can be found on
   The team offers advice to senior investi-      be seen as an important management tool.           and health is useful in trying to develop a        “SsangYong has a strong connection
gating officers (SIOs) on the most appropri-         “We can help co-ordinate searches quick-        pattern for use in future searches for mispers     with the world of horses and is             An online membership form is
ate kind of search for each particular job,       ly and efficiently benefiting victims and          of a similar type.                                 delighted to support Hampshire           available and membership is free.
                                                                                               Frontline n e w s

 Detecting by degree
HAMPSHIRE Constabulary is working in
partnership with Portsmouth University on a
                                                      “Research has shown there are many rea-
                                                   sons for this, including a perception among
                                                                                                         how the role of criminal investigation fits
                                                                                                         within the wider context of society will
new Investigations and Evidence Foundation         uniformed officers that a CID career will             encourage more detectives to seek advance-
Degree.                                            mean a poor work-life balance, reduction in           ment through the ranks within CID.
   The course will be open for all trainee         rest days, and excessive workload.                       It is anticipated that the foundation degree
detectives going through the National Crime           “We have introduced a number of measures           will also appeal to more mature officers with-
Operations Faculty trainee investigator pro-       to increase recruitment into CID, including a         in the force, as it will be seen as an attractive
gramme, as well as existing detective officers     new crime skills attachment to CID for all            transferable qualification to potential employ-
within the force.                                  probationer constables, and we are currently          ers for officers in their last ten years of ser-
   Detective Superintendent Dean Jones is          looking at flexible working arrangements and          vice.
leading on the project which is intended both      shift systems.                                           The foundation degree in investigation and
to attract potential recruits to CID and to pro-      “It is hoped that the degree course will be        evidence is a two-year course, and will be eli-
fessionalise detective officers and encourage      attractive to potential recruits to CID, as it will   gible for assisted funding through the external
them to seek an academic qualification for         provide officers with a transferable academic         studies budget.
their knowledge, skill and expertise.              qualification”.                                          Any existing detective officer going
   “Hampshire like many forces throughout             In addition to attracting uniformed officers       through the trainee investigator programme
the country has found it increasingly difficult    to CID, the course will be open to existing           who may be interested in this degree should
to attract officers to a career with the CID.      detectives in the hope that a strategic study of      contact Dean Jones.

Distance graduates get their awards
SOLENT EAST’S Detective                system, ethics and human                  When asked about his                fits into the criminal justice
Inspector Geoff Crowe started          rights, penology and victimol-         achievement of recently gradu-         system and the difficulties
his BSc (Hons) Criminal                ogy, at Portsmouth University          ating, DI Crowe said: “It has          other agencies face.
Justice Studies, covering crim-        in 2001, following his promo-          definitely given me a broader             “There was a lot of scope to
inology, the criminal justice          tion to inspector.                     understanding of how policing          choose subjects that were of
                                                                                                                     interest to me.
                                                                                                                        “Distance learning is an
                                                                                                                     ideal way of studying while
                                                                                                                     holding down a day job, there
                                                                                                                     is a lot of talk within the study
                                                                                                                     literature about the loneliness
                                                                                                                     of distance learning, but I
                                                                                                                     think police officers are used
                                                                                                                     to getting on with things on
                                                                                                                     their own.
                                                                                                                        “That said the summer and
                                                                                                                     winter schools were a nice
                                                                                                                     opportunity to meet up with
                                                                                                                     other students and attend some

                                                                                                                                                             Jerry’s study
                                                                                                                     real lectures.
                                                                                                                        “I’m looking around at the
                                                                                                                     moment to see what master
                                                                                                                     degree courses are available,
                                                                                                                     so have definitely caught the
                                                                                                                     learning bug!”

                                                                                                     NEW GRADUATES – Sergeant Bob Ralph
                                                                                                                                                              stint ends
                                                                                                                                                              with a 2:1
                                                                                                      (left) and Inspector Geoff Crowe (right),
                                                                                                    have been awarded degrees in criminal jus-
                                                                                                     tice studies. They are pictured with their
                                                                                                       study tutor Professor Steven Savage .

                                                                                                                                                             and honours
  Case sorted after mail goes missing                                                                                                                        BASINGSTOKE Detective Inspector Jerry Brierley has
                                                                                                                                                             completed a MSc in Criminal Justice Studies passing
                                                                                                                                                             with a 2:1 and honours.
                                                                                                                                                               Det Insp Brierley has been studying for four years with
                                                                                                                                                             Portsmouth University, which included mainly home-
PETERSFIELD police and the Royal Mail              ered mail, discarded by a postman, was dis-              Soon after the discovery PC Michael
have been working together sorting out a           covered under bushes in the Borough Road              Pendred, PC Kevin Gatcum and Post Office            based working alone except for two study schools a year.
case after a substantial amount of undeliv-        area of the town.                                     Assistant Manager, Mark Forster began sift-         DI Brierley says that in order to achieve this he had to
                                                                                                         ing through the 500 items of mail that had          rely on early morning studying (often getting up at 5am
                                                                                                         been rifled through and discarded by postal         to study before starting his duties at Basingstoke), taking
                                                                                                         worker, Nigel Lee Smallridge, 18, of                annual leave to study or complete projects as well as the
                                                                                                         Balfour Drive, Liss.                                four days study leave given to him by the force.
                                                                                                            After questioning he was arrested and              DI Brierley applied for external studies funding and
                                                                                                         charged. In court Smallridge pleaded guilty         was given 75 per cent of the funding for the course. He
                                                                                                         to theft and was given a 70-hour community          said: “I have been very lucky that Hampshire
                                                                                                         penalty order.                                      Constabulary has been able to provide me with the
                                                                                                            Sergeant Rhona Anderson said: “This              majority of the money for this course and would like to
                                                                                                         case was conducted in partnership with the          encourage anyone thinking of studying to look into the
                                                                                                         post office and we worked extremely well            external studies funding.”
                                                                                                            “I am grateful to both Manager Graham
                                                                                                                                                                               Effort pays off
                                                                                                         Cawte and Assistant Manager Mark Forster              Studying for the MSc has given Det Insp Brierley a
                                                                                                         for their help and expert assistance in             greater understanding of how the criminal justice system
                                                                                                         detecting this crime.                               works across all aspects and not just policing.
                                                                                                            “The mail will now be returned to the              When asked how much of an achievement this has
                                                                                                         post office to be delivered as soon                 been, Det Insp Brierley said: “This course has certainly
                                                                                                         as possible.                                        broadened my horizons educationally. I haven’t studied
                                                                                                            “Solving crimes is no longer a job for the       since taking my A levels and so it was a major challenge
                                                                                                         police alone and this is a great example of         to conduct research for essays and projects. I am proud
                                                                                                         agencies and companies working with the             of what I have done and all the effort has finally paid
                                                                                                         police for the good of the community.”              off.”
                                                                                                            Graham Cawte from the Royal Mail said:             Det Insp Brierley is now looking forward to getting
                                                                                                         “We take the security of mail very seriously.       back into his hobbies – playing golf and reading a book
                                                                                                         This was an isolated incident and we co-            which isn’t about the criminal justice system.
                                                                                                         operated fully with the police to prosecute           To find out more about the external studies funding –
     LOST POST – PC Kevin Gatcum offered to help as Assistant Manager Mark                               the culprit. Our priority now is to get the         contact Kay Hogg in Training and Development on 711130.
       Forster started the task of sorting out mail at Petersfield police station.                       mail delivered.”
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   Top awards for Hampshire probationers
            by Ian Sainsbury                            Nick has a secret to his success though.          Special after being turned down for the reg-
                                                      He has been putting to good use his own             ulars first time round. Earlier this year he
FOR THE FIRST time a member of the
                                                      revision tips that he handed out for years          was also named as the force ‘Special of the
Royal family attended the passing out
                                                      while he was a teacher. He was Head of              Year’.
parade of Hampshire’s new officers.
                                                      Department at Robert May’s school in                   The ‘Kent Cup’, handed out to the best
   The probationers conducted their tradi-
                                                      Odiham.                                             all round student, went to one of the Isle of
tional parade to mark the end of their initial
                                                        Nick’s now learning the ropes out on the          Wight’s newest probationers.
training in front of the Duke of Kent and
                                                      beat with PC Kirsty Reynolds in Yateley.               PC Lawrence Grist did particularly well
their own families and friends.
                                                        PC Leigh Walker, 22, who has joined the           in his exams, fitness tests and statement
   The Duke presented several awards to
                                                      team at Southampton Central, was awarded            taking. “I wasn’t expecting it at all,” he
those who had done exceptionally well dur-
                                                      the ‘Baton of Honour’ at the occasion for           said, “I was quite surprised.”
ing training at Ashford and Bramshill.
                                                      his leadership and team work.                          He doesn’t know what the next couple of
   One of those was new North East
                                                        Leigh said: “I was very surprised and             years hold as a probationer but he’s looking
Hampshire officer, 30-year-old PC Nick
                                                      pleased to get the award. The Duke told me          forward to it.
Sexton. He picked up the trophy for ‘Best
                                                      how well I had done and that I must have               He says it’s quite different to what he did
Academic Achievement’ .
                                                      worked very hard to get it.”                        before because he is a trained assistant golf
   “It was a great shock to get the award
                                                        Leigh is especially pleased to have done          professional so if you need any help with
and nice to have it handed to me by the                                                                                                                        ACADEMIC AWARD – PC Nick Sexton receives his award
                                                      so well because he had previously been a            your handicap you know who to contact!                           from the Duke of Kent.
Duke,” he said.

   Have you thought of a career in CID?
CHIEF Constable Paul Kernaghan took              culties surrounding getting on the pathway
the opportunity presented by the CID
senior officers’ summer conference to pay
                                                 into the department, disillusionment with
                                                 attachments to CID, the existence of what
                                                                                                 Taking the challenging road to the top
tribute to the hard work and professional-       officers saw as a ‘them and us’ attitude and    DETECTIVE CHIEF INSPECTOR Rachel Farrell can                          She has worked in CID and Uniform at each rank.
ism of detective officers.                       the absence of plain clothing allowances.       remember exactly what it was that convinced here she                  She said: “It has been a big challenge working in CID
   He told delegates at Sparsholt College           Much has already been done to address        wanted to join CID.                                                as a woman, particularly higher up the ranks as I fell into
they made an immense contribution to             these problems.                                   “During my first posting as a uniform PC on attach-              more of a minority. Being promoted young in service and
helping ensure Hampshire and the Isle of            Steps taken to date include:                 ment to CID at Hythe, I remember sitting in conference             being judged not to have followed a dedicated CID career
Wight remain among the safest places in          q The payment of Special Priority               rooms on major inquiries seeing the SIO manage the                 path has perhaps been an even bigger hurdle.”
the country to live, work and visit.             Payments (SPPs) to operational detective        investigation thinking – that’s the job I want to do,” she            She admits there are times she considered taking an
   Mr Kernaghan acknowledged the diffi-          officers below detective superintendent         said.                                                              easier path, but sheer stubbornness and a desire to suc-
culties which heavy caseloads and staff          rank who perform call-out duty;                   DCI Farrell, now based at Hulse Road, is writing the             ceed and work in an area she really enjoyed made her
shortages placed on CID and welcomed                                                             Force Crime Strategy but claims she does not fit the typi-         push on.
the work which is being done through the         q The introduction of a regional postings       cal CID mould.                                                        She said: “The old culture would suggest you had to
CID Development and Diversity Group to           policy, underpinned by a ‘grow-your-own’          She said: “Since joining the service in 1995 I have              grow up through and spend a long time in CID to be a
find solutions to these problems.                policy which encourages BCU                     moved between both uniform and CID posts. This was a               part of it and earn credibility. I think it is also important
   The conference also featured speakers         Commanders and detective inspectors to          conscious decision despite the fact I knew I wanted to             to value skills and experience gained over a wider per-
including the Creating Safer Communities         ‘spot’ prospective detectives early and sup-    work in CID.”                                                      spective.”
programme champions, diversity adviser           port them in pursuing a career in CID;            On reflection Rachel feels this was definitely the right            “I would definitely encourage officers young in service
Teresa Bennett and the Crown Prosecution         q The holding of diversity focus groups in      decision and has benefited from her experience in a vari-          in uniform roles or from diverse backgrounds to apply for
Service’s Chief Crown Prosecutor for             February and March to look at ways              ety of ranks and roles.                                            CID, you should not let anything get in your way. It’s a
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Nick             women and members of minority ethnic              Rachel was promoted to sergeant in 1998, inspector in            good time to be in CID because the right people are at the
Hawkins.                                         communities could be encouraged to join         2001 and chief inspector in 2004.                                  very top pushing through lots of positive changes.”
         Stronger focus                          the department;
   There was a stronger focus than ever          q The introduction of structured compul-          A programme of engagement with pro-        he explains his biggest inspiration came    early stage in my career I am very
                                                 sory probationer Crime Skills Attachments      bationer constables has also been initiated   from tutors and attachments.                proud and delighted to state that it has
before on the need to embrace diversity
                                                 to CID;                                        to encourage interest in CID, with serving       He thinks it is absolutely crucial       never been a barrier to me performing
within the department to make a career in
                                                 q The commissioning of research by             detectives providing an insight into the      someone identifies a person’s strengths     the role of a detective, progressing in my
CID a more attractive option for officers, a
                                                 Portsmouth University PhD student, Kia         department by telling young officers about    at an early stage then steers them in the   career in CID and having an excellent
drive which has gained huge momentum
                                                 Wnuk, to look at the role of the detective     their experiences.                            right direction.                            working and social relationship with my
over the past six months.
                                                 and consider whether this needs to be             DCI Adams said: “A career in CID is           He said: “I joined Hampshire             colleagues. “
   “The mood was very upbeat,” said DCI
                                                 redefined.                                     challenging, interesting and can be           Constabulary in 1992, and during my            Most recently Richard took up a uni-
Tony Adams, who has been to the fore-
                                                    A huge amount of work has gone into         extremely satisfying, providing officers      probationary period I had a brilliant       form inspector’s post to become the
front of the constabulary’s efforts to identi-
                                                 looking at how flexible working – and          with a great opportunity to specialise.       tutor who was very crime-focused.           ACC (SO) staff officer, but after passing
fy the blockages which prevent people
                                                 even possibly term-time working – can be          “We need to do all we can to address          “My CID attachments consisted of         the detective inspector boards the post
from pursuing a career in CID and to
                                                 successfully managed within the depart-        the problems which are preventing officers    one for a day and one of a further three    was converted.
introduce innovative new ways of working
                                                 ment.                                          from taking advantage of the variety and      days and I swear by them. It was those         He said: “I’d worked very hard dur-
to help overcome these barriers.
                                                    DCI Adams and Teresa Bennett are cur-       opportunity which CID offers.”                opportunities that convinced me joining     ing my career to earn that detective sta-
   “There was a general recognition that
                                                 rently preparing training for detective                                                      CID was what I wanted to do.                tus and I am very proud of it so it was
things need to change and the CID senior
                                                 sergeants across the force to help them bet-                                                    “I also encountered line managers all    important to me to have the post con-
management have responded positively in
                                                 ter assist staff achieve a more healthy        DETECTIVE INSPECTOR Richard                   along the way that allowed me to do         verted.”
their commitment to address our resourc-
                                                 work/life balance.                             John, currently staff officer to ACC          crime work and when the opportunities          He admits it required a great deal of
ing problems and our approach to diversi-
                                                    DCI Rachel Farrell is also working with     (SO), is one of the firmest advocates of      were there I took them.                     commitment to achieve his rank but
                                                 Corporate Services to conduct a survey of      the ‘grow-your-own’ policy, encouraging          “As a member of a visibly ethnic         says he did not encounter any barriers
   Research has revealed that the main
                                                 CID supervisers in an attempt to identify      BCU Commanders and detective                  minority group, I am aware of the chal-     within the force.
deterrents to prospective CID applicants
                                                 training needs and the Institute of Criminal   inspectors to spot prospective detectives     lenges which face Hampshire
were lack of a work/home balance caused                                                                                                                                                      He said: “Irrespective of your race or
                                                 Studies at Portsmouth University is work-      early and support them in pursuing a          Constabulary, in particular CID, to
by long and unpredictable hours, heavy                                                                                                                                                    gender it’s hard work, but if you put the
                                                 ing with the constabulary to develop a         career in CID.                                encourage visible minority ethnic offi-
workloads and inflexible and antiquated                                                                                                                                                   effort in you’ll reap the rewards.”
                                                 degree course specifically targeted towards       The bulk of his 12 years with the con-     cers.
working practices.
                                                 detective officers. (See page opposite).       stabulary has been spent with CID and            “However, having entered CID at a
   Other barriers included perceived diffi-

 New powers paying off in Portsmouth Centre giving young
                by Meline Burke                       also return under 16s unsupervised in the           cers, has led to a positive effect on anti-

PORTSMOUTH police and the city council
                                                      designated areas after 9 pm to their homes.
                                                         Now two more areas of the city, in North
                                                      End and Buckland, have been given the
                                                                                                          social behaviour in the areas.
                                                                                                             “We will continue these efforts in a con-
                                                                                                          certed drive to tackle anti-social behaviour
                                                                                                                                                             children a Sure Start
say new powers to tackle anti-social behav-                                                                                                                  PORTSMOUTH community                new facilities at the centre are
iour in the city have so far been a success.          same status                                         in the city. I hope that the two new areas
                                                                                                                                                             beat officer Richard Thomp-         great – they include a health
   On June 1, five parts of the city were                Acting Superintendent Julie Earle said:          will see much the same results.”
                                                                                                                                                             son has been impressed by a         clinic, toy library, as well as
designated as dispersal areas by police and           “We have had a tremendous response from
the city council following consultation with          the communities in the areas where these                           Dispersal                           new centre aimed at giving          classes for parents.
                                                                                                                                                             children a better start in life.       “As a beat officer, I’m hop-
partner agencies. These are areas where               powers are already in place. The areas were            Head of the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit,            The purpose of the Sure          ing that the centre will be a
police can use powers under the Anti-Social           chosen as a result of communication from            Roy Goulding, said: “These two areas are           Start Centre in Omega House         positive influence on Omega
Behaviour Act 2003.                                   residents suffering anti-social behaviour.          particularly suited to the introduction of         is to promote the health and        House.
   This provided officers with the power to              “To date, the powers have been used just         dispersal area notices.                            development of children up to          “We’ve recently had two clo-
disperse groups of two or more people if              a dozen times which is encouraging. It                 “Residents who lived there had experi-          the age of four, so they are con-   sure orders served on flats
they are causing or likely to cause anti              would appear that a great deal has been             enced particular problems with anti-social         fident about learning when          there, which we believe were
social behaviour.                                     achieved just by giving these areas desig-          behaviour.                                         they go to school.                  being used for drug dealing.
   In the areas designated anti-social behav-         nated status.                                          “Working with the police, through the              The centre was officially           “So we are working hard to
iour is a significant and persistent problem             “The support from the community has              Safer Portsmouth partnership to introduce          opened by Margaret Hodge            improve the community.
and members of the public have suffered               been instrumental in the success so far.            the dispersal areas, means we can ensure a         MP, the Minister for children,         “This centre is just what is
intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress.             This, coupled with the dedicated work by         quieter and more pleasant life for people          young people and families.          needed to provide a boost and
   When appropriate, police officers can              community beat and patrolling police offi-          living in these neighbourhoods.”                      PC Thompson said: “The           incentive.”
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  Specialist support
    adds weight to
   Bikesafe scheme
  by Emma Drackford                 sions, has been backed by the          John Reynolds, who was 2001
                                    locally-based Rizla Crescent        British Superbike champion
EDGE 44, Hampshire’s                Suzuki Team.                        said: “The latest road bikes offer
Bikesafe initiative, has               Manager Paul Denning, who        more performance than race
gained major support across         is strongly behind the education-   bikes of five years ago.
                                    al initiative, has displayed the       “If you’re new to bikes or
the county this year.
                                    Bikesafe logo on the bikes of       haven’t ridden for some years
   The scheme, which aims to
                                    Superbike racers John Reynolds      extra training is a must, and will
give motorcyclists more skill
                                    and Yukio Kagayama in a bid to      enhance the enjoyment your bike
and the knowledge to become
                                    heighten awareness of the initia-   will give.
better riders by cutting down
                                    tive and help reduce casualties        “I try to improve my skills all
risks of being involved in colli-
                                    on the roads.                       the time, and so should other
                                                                        people. Remember, the throttle
                                                                        works both ways.”
                                                                           Sky Sports has also helped
                                                                        promote Bikesafe. In the
                                                                        Superbikes round seven at
                                                                        Brands Hatch commentators
                                                                        Jonathon Green and Keith
                                                                                                               Fleet in
                                                                        Huewen spoke positively about
                                                                        the scheme and outlined what
                                                                        Bikesafe is all about.
                                                                           They also highlighted the sup-
                                                                        port the Rizla Crescent Suzuki
                                                                        team has given to the initiative.
                                                                           But the support from the
                                                                        industry doesn’t end there –
                                                                        Suzuki GB PLC has loaned the
                                                                        Roads Policing Unit a Suzuki
                                                                        DL65 V Strom, branded with the

                                                                        Bikesafe logo, to help raise
                                                                        awareness of Bikesafe and the
                                                                        importance of educating riders to
                                                                        help reduce their risk of being
                                                                        involved in a collision.
                                                                           Local dealer KGT Superbikes
                                                                        is also backing Bikesafe.
                                                                           Owner Kevin Thomas also
                                                                        owns a haulage company and is           by Emma Drackford
                                                                        using a 40ft articulated trailer to
                                                                        display road safety messages and      FLEET MANAGER John                CLOSE TIES – The strong relationship which the Hampshire
                                                                        the bikesafe logo.                    Bradley has been presented        Police Federation has with the force’s transport department
                                                                           Two further Volvo                  with five special vehicles.       was marked by the gift of a set of fleet tie pins presented to
                                                                        Globetrotter trucks will also be         John Apter, on behalf of the               John Bradley, right, by John Apter.
                                                                        involved with the Hawk                Hampshire Police Federation,
                                                                        Kawasaki British Superbike            has had force fleet vehicles      better way to preserve the         “My view has always been
  ROAD SENSE – Team manager Paul Denning and former                     team drawing the trailer to           made into limited edition tie     fleet.                           that it’s frontline first. It’s
 Superbike champion John Reynolds ensuring the Bikesafe                 motorcycle events.                    pins to preserve the current          “John and his team have      taking note of frontline offi-
                  message gets across.                                                                        livery.                           been true friends to the         cers’ views of vehicles and
                                                                                                                 The livery, which was          Federation and he’s always       equipment that has culminat-
                                                                                                              designed by John Bradley          there for anyone knocking at     ed in the fleet we have now.
                                                                          Stepping                            may soon be replaced by the
                                                                                                              new “Battenburg” style in line
                                                                                                                                                his door. It’s only right that
                                                                                                                                                he should be presented with
                                                                                                                                                                                    “I’m really touched by this
                                                                                                                                                                                 gesture from the Federation

                                                                           up the                             with other Forces across the
                                                                                                                 John Apter explained: “At
                                                                                                                                                the first set.”
                                                                                                                                                   John Bradley was over-
                                                                                                                                                whelmed by the gift. “I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                 and the relationship I have
                                                                                                                                                                                 with them.”
                                                                                                                                                                                   The limited edition tie pins
                                                                           pedal                              the moment we have a fleet to
                                                                                                              be proud of. The new livery
                                                                                                                                                honoured and delighted to
                                                                                                                                                receive these pins.
                                                                                                                                                                                 are now for sale from the
                                                                                                                                                                                 Federation office for £1.50
                                                                           power                              could possibly replace the
                                                                                                              current one that John
                                                                                                                                                   “I’ve had the pleasure of
                                                                                                                                                working with so many officers
                                                                                                                                                                                 each or £6 for a complete set.
                                                                                                                                                                                 All proceeds go to the welfare
                                                                                                              (Bradley) designed, so what       over my service.                 fund.
                                                                         FARNBOROUGH has joined
                                                                         the force’s ever-increasing
                                                                         bicycle brigade.
                                                                           Two police mountain
                                                                         bikes have hit the roads in
                                                                         the town and are proving a
                                                                         great asset to PC Mike                                                                                             Power
                                                                         Taylor and PC Mick Martin.
                                                                           They have the largest                                                                                              A big push for
                                                                         beat in the area and one of                                                                                          Basingstoke’s
                                                                         the busiest.                                                                                                      Green and Healthy
                                                                                                                                                                                             Travel Week, as
                                                                           Mike said: “We find them
                                                                         excellent for getting around                                                                                         Paul Netherton
                                                                         quickly and help us to                                                                                            tries to master the
                                                                         sneak up on those up to no                                                                                          art of riding tan-
                                                                         good!                                                                                                              dem with vehicle
                                                                           “It also helps us get to                                                                                              crime unit
                                                                         know the youngsters on the                                                                                           Sergeant Rob
                                                                         estates we cover because                                                                                                  Bunch.
                                                                         they are interested in the                                                                                            The initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                           encouraged coun-
                                                                         bikes and come up to talk
                                                                                                                                                                                              cil and partner
                                                                         to us about them.”                                                                                                  agencies to use
                                                                           Elsewhere in North East                                                                                         more environmen-
                                                                         Hampshire pedal patrols                                                                                           tally friendly meth-
                                                                         are planned with 15 bikes                                                                                          ods of transport,
                                                                         soon to come into use.                                                                                             including cycling
                                                                                                                                                                                               and walking.

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                                                                                                                                                   Prize crossw ord no. 106
    All under one roof
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, Welfare               BEFORE 2000 Hampshire              child care co-ordinator and PC (Personnel);
and Safety are now all under one roof      Constabulary had a Joint           Nik Shah, the positive action  q General medical questions;
in a building at Netley that has an        Occupational Health and Safety     officer.                       q Home Office Healthy Police
interesting history.                       Unit (JOSHU) which it shared          Their role includes: advis- Strategy projects.
   Hollyleigh House, situated at the       with Hampshire Fire and            ingthe force on diversity mat-    The team carries out an aver-
                                           Rescue Service. Welfare was a      ters relating to employment;                                         THINKING OF a new outfit for a special end-of-summer treat?
back of Victoria House near the new                                                                          age of 35 face-to-face consulta-
                                           stand-alone unit.                  writing and revising force                                           Well here Frontline offers a chance to win some extra cash.
Fingerprints building, has now been                                                                          tions per week.
                                              In 2001 it was decided a        employment policies and pro-                                            Once again we have teamed up with Marks and Spencer to
officially opened and becomes the                                                                               There are three force safety
                                           dedicated Occupational Health      cedures, and researching best                                        offer the sender of the first all-correct entry to be drawn from
domain for OHWST as well as the                                                                              advisers, led by Dave Leverett,
                                           and Safety team was required.      practice.                                                            the hat a £25 gift voucher to spend at any of the stores across
Equality and Diversity team.                                                                                 providing advice, ensuring
                                           New staff were recruited or           Nik Shah’s priority is to                                         the region and the rest of the country.
   OHWST has moved from the tempo-                                                                           policies and procedures con-
                                           carried over and while             increase the number of ethnic                                           In fact Frontline has teamed up with Marks and Spencer to
rary accommodation that was located                                                                          form to legal requirements and
                                           Occupational Health and Safety     minority staff in the force.                                         offer this prize in every issue throughout the rest of this year –
behind Scientific Services to its new                                                                        advising on changes in legisla-
                                           was relocated to portacabins at       The team recently gained                                          so if you are not lucky this time then keep on trying or you may
home.                                                                                                        tion that will affect the force
                                           Netley the Welfare team            national recognition for its                                         never know your luck.
   This marks the latest chapter in the                                                                      like generic risk assessments;
                                           remained at Winchester.            work, receiving a finalist award                                        The winner of the prize from edition 105 was Margaret Pipe
history of Hollyleigh House, that                                                                            health and safety training, acci-
                                              In 2002, the director of per-   from the Chartered Institute of                                      from the PNC Bureau at HQ.
stretches back 100 years.                                                                                    dents statistic collation and pre-
                                           sonnel decided to merge the        Personnel and Development                                               Send completed entries for this competition to Frontline,
   With the building of The Royal                                                                            sentation, and reporting on inci-
                                           occupational health, safety and    Police Forum.                  dents to the Health and Safety        Media Services, Police Headquarters, Winchester, SO22 5DB
Victoria Military Hospital and Victoria
                                           welfare teams under a single          The Occupational Health     Executive.                            by mid-September to be in with a chance of the £25 shopping
House came a need for accommodation
                                           manager and in March 2004,         team, led by Steve Beards, has    The Welfare role, carried out      voucher.
for the staff who would service the two
                                           this team, with the Equality and   five full and part time medicalby Anne McCulloch, the force
establishments and Hollyleigh House
and its stables became home for the
                                           Diversity team, moved into
                                           Hollyleigh House.
                                                                              staff and its role includes:
                                                                              q Paper and face to face
                                                                                                             welfare officer and Tom Johns,        July’s solution
Commanding officer of Victoria House.                                                                        the force chaplain, involves
                                              The Equality and Diversity      screening police recruits;     looking at the welfare needs of       Across: 1 Toad; 8 Of Toad Hall; 9 November; 10 Noel; 12
   Hollyleigh was so named because of      team, consisting of five mem-                                                                           Thomas; 14 Splash; 15 Agassi; 17 Basalt; 18 Esau; 19 Olazábal;
the holly trees nearby and the sur-                                           q Paper screening police staff officers and staff at work and
                                           bers of staff, is led by Teresa                                                                         21 Rottweiler; 22 Aire.
rounding open space, known as a leigh.                                        recruits;                      off sick, providing a listening
                                           Bennett and Peta Holt and                                                                               Down: 2 Oesophagus; 3 Dove; 4 Stubbs; 5 Harris; 6 Shingles; 7
   The stables of Hollyleigh eventually                                       q Health surveillance;         ear and supporting 2,300 pen-         El Al; 11 El Salvador; 13 Mosquito; 16 Isohel; 17 Beagle; 18 Earl;
                                           includes Julie Fisher, the force                                  sioners.
became home to the headquarters of                                            q Management referral;                                               20 Agra.
the constabulary’s dog section and                                                q Self referral (psychologi-  Also included in its responsi-
Hollyleigh House became occupied by                                               cal only);                 bilities are: welfare fund appli-
a branch of National Crime Squad                                                  q Private Medical          cations; police charity applica-
who were tenants of the Force.                                                    Treatment fund (PMT);      tions; and death of retired offi-
   Converting the house for its latest                                                                       cers pension/widower benefits.
                                                                                  q Medical retirements and     To make sure the department
purpose was a somewhat protracted                                                 injury awards in conjunc-  runs as smoothly as possible,
task, with negotiations for the reloca-                                           tion with Graham Love      there is a team of admin staff,
tion of NCS beginning in early 2003
and finally being achieved in December                                             OPENING TIME – Richard Gully cuts the ribbon to
the same year.                                                                      open Hollyleigh House officially. Below in the
                                                                                  administration office are Steve Beards and Deborah
   Consultants, HSB Architects of
Chepstow, and contractors, Wessex
Property Services of Chandlers Ford,
then set to work on the refurbishment
of the house and the work was com-
pleted last March.
   Most of the stripping out of the
building was done by the force’s facili-
ties team at Netley who also did most
of the lifting and shifting.
   The project team included members
of the force’s Business and Property
Services Team and IT departments and
OHWST themselves.
   At a cost of just under £28,000,                                                                                                                          ACROSS                                      DOWN
Hollyleigh House now provides the                                                                                                                 7 European principality                     1 The seed-producing struc-
force with a much improved one-stop                                                                                                               whose capital is Vaduz (13)                 ture of a pine tree (4,4)
health, safety and welfare facility                                                                                                               8 and 20 “The —-”,                          2 Mimosaceous genus of
which can operate in a self-contained                                                                                                             Shakespeare play featuring                  trees with compound leaves
environment.                                                                                                                                      Shylock (8,2,6)                             and small yellow or white
                                                                                                                                                  9 Large brown seaweed                       flowers (6)
                                                                                                                                                  whose ash is used as a                      3 Active volcano in Sicily (4)
                                                                                                                                                  source of iodine (4)                        4 and 18 Across. Cole Porter
                                                                                                                                                  10 Terry, 1989-90 Bradford                  stage hit filmed in 1956 with
                                                                                           by Jeff Hunter                                         City manager (6)                            Bing Crosby (8,4)
                                    WE ARE indebted to Detective Chief Inspector Tony Adams, HQ,                                                  12 Country whose elected                    5 Bram, author of Dracula

       Past                         for sending in this photograph of a St George’s Day Parade by
                                    Southampton City Police around 1965. Tony’s father, who served
                                    at Southampton from 1951 until amalgamation in 1967 and then
                                                                                                                                                  governmental assembly is
                                                                                                                                                  the Knesset (6)
                                                                                                                                                  14 Stadium in Brussels
                                                                                                                                                                                              6 Sir Rowland, originator of
                                                                                                                                                                                              the penny postage (4)

      Times                         at Eastleigh and Shirley until 1977 when he retired, is on the
                                    extreme right. Any information about these parades and any other
                                    pictures for use in this section would be gratefully received.
                                                                                                                                                  where 38 people died prior
                                                                                                                                                  to the 1985 football
                                                                                                                                                  European Cup Final (6)
                                                                                                                                                                                              11 North London women’s
                                                                                                                                                                                              prison (8)
                                                                                                                                                                                              13 “The —-”, novel by
                                                                                                                  q For those who like to         16 British general killed in                William Peter Blatty (8)
                                    There’s a prize for identifying the back markers in this parade!
                                                                                                                  use new technology to           the siege of Khartoum in                    15 Tropical plant of the East
                                                                                                                                                  1885 (6)                                    Indies cultivated for its small
                                                                                                                  access information, the
                                                                                                                                                  18 See 4 Down.                              oval seeds (6)
                                                                                                                  force History Society           20 See 8.                                   17 Michael, actor who
                                                                                                                  has its own web site.           22 Detective creation of P.D.               played the space traveller in
                                                                                                                  The address is:                 James (4,9)                                 the 1951 film The Day the
                                                                                                                                                            Earth Stood Still (6)
                                                                                                                  hchs/                                                                       19 “—- Against”, novel by
                                                                                                                                                                                              Dick Francis (4)
                                                                                                                                                                                              21 Brightest star in the con-
                                                                                                                      In memory                                                               stellation Lyra (4)
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                                                   M A R B E L L A: Time-share for sale near            M I D W A L E S: Two bedroom cottage in pic-        from beach 40mins from St Malo ferry port,        repairs, advice, tuition, upgrades etc. Home            T I O N:Support and encouragement for men
                                                   Marbella on Costa Del Sol. 2 bed, 2 bath             turesque location ideal for walking, motor-         ideal for exploring Brittany. From £160pw.        networks installed, hard drives restored to             and women of faith. Steve Jennings, New

       For sale
                                                   sleeps 6, ideal for golf enthusiasts. £800 well      bikes or getting away from it all. Many visitor     Steve & Trish – 07971 601370.                     your preferences, competitive rates. Mark on            Milton for news letter — 01425 615101. Also
                                                   maintained. Roy White 02380 268036                   attractions close by. Pete – 01264 782242.          ISLE        OF    W I G H T: Rew Valley B&B       07740565491.                                            on
                                                   C L O W A N C E C O R N W A L L: Timeshare           S C O T L A N D: Grantown on Spey. Dunallan         rooms. En-suite. TV, tea & coffee making                                                                  TIE       PINS: Hampshire Constabulary
                                                   for sale week 30. Lodge sleeps 4. Luxury 5-          House is a splendid example of Victorian ele-       facilities. Animals welcome Swimming pool.        HAMBLE           SQUASH          C L U B: Now           Marine Unit tie pins for sale. £1.50 each.
                                                   star accommodation. Current new price                gance boosting several beautiful rooms all          Rural views, close to beaches, footpaths,         accepting members for coming season.                    Proceeds to Force Welfare fund. John
                                                   £9,090, will accept £5,500. Alison Gauld             en-suite to higest standards. Wine and dine         cycle routes and golf course. £20 pp pn.          Court is at the main gate at Netley Training.           Gledhill, Marine Unit, Gosport (751 180)
                                                   01730 268 917.                                       enjoying superb food from an imaginative            Jacqui – 01983 853 424.                           Cost to individual members £25 a year.                  02392 891769.
                                                   I S L E O F S K Y E:100-year-old croft house         menu that uses local produce such as game,          D E V O N C L I F F S: Sandy Bay. 6 & 8 berth     Graham Stamton on 02380 745450 or                       WEDDING            S T A T I O N E R Y: Hand-
                                                   set in the village of Airo with spectacular          and of course some excellent malt whisky.           caravans, large rooms, microwave, TV etc.         Internal 71 1161.                                       made invitations to suit your requirements.
                                                   views of Knoydart and the Islands of Rhum            Area offers fishing, golfing, hiking, bird          All Haven facilities included, entertainment      B I O F L O W M A G N E T I C T H E R A P Y:            Richard Sharkey, Alton — 771-124 or 01730
* MAGNUMS canvas UK10 VGC £25 mobile                                                                                                                        free. Tracey — 02380 325764.                      Tired? Headaches? Backache? Pain? Many
                                                   and Eigg. Sleeps 4-6, strictly no smoking,           watching/wildlife, skiing, sailing, pony                                                                                                                      894430.
07815 012040                                       dogs welcome. 5 mins from secluded rocky             trekking, surfing, canoeing, shooting, bowling      GULF          C O A S T: Luxury villa. Port       men, women and animals find wearing
T68i MOBILE PHONE: Carcass for sale,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  G A Y P O L I C E A S S O C I A T I O N: G.P.A
                                                   beach, 3 miles from shop and bar.                    and many more. Harry or Marjorie Garside –          Charlotte, Cape Haze Peninsula. Situated on       Bioflow eases symptoms. 90 day refund pol-              Tel. 07092 700000 - voicemail.
including a car charger. Colour screen and         £250.£450. Kim 01983 755153.                         01749 872140 or Tony Ilic – ext 605 124 for         3 golf courses. Sleeps 2-8, A/C, fully            icy. Sharon Cummins on 01329 231738.
compatible with a Sony Ericsson camera.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                   G R E E C E: Kefalonia apartments for rent in        leaflet. Or e-mail: or           equipped with own pool. Ideal for water           V I D E O P R O D U C T I O N S: By Big Blue            BM GPA,London,WC1N 3XX
VGC, hardly been used. Ex contract phone           July and August 200 Euros per week, rest of          visit                       sports, close to all facilities. For a brochure   Bubble. Wedding, anniversaries, and special
can be used with ANY sim card – £60. Kevin                                                                                                                                                                                                                            P E R S O N A L I S E D T - S H I R T S: White or
                                                   year 150 Euros per week. Horse riding holi-          F R E N C H H O L I D A Y S: In fully equipped      and photos Nick Pugh — 683 147 / 02392            events. Affordable, professional VHS or                 natural colour. Full colour transfer up to A4
on     01962     871059      or    79-1422         days also available. Karen Price at Fareham          Normandy homes or mobile homes in the               891821.                                           DVD. Steve Hooker on talktous@bigblue-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 size. Fun or business. Richard Sharky –
                                                   Traffic, 642-212 or 07831 262319.                    Vendee or Charante Maritime regions on four         L A M A R I N A , S P A I N: 2 bedroom bun- or 02392 233153.                           01730 894430.
                                                   P O R T U G A L: Ground floor luxury apart-          star luxury sites. Prices from £160 per week.       galow to rent. Summer £50 per person, win-        UPRIGHT         IRON     FRAMED         PIANO:          LESBIAN, GAY AND BISEXUAL
                                                   ment, large living room, kitchen, 2 bath-            Also greatly discounted ferry travel services       ter £40. One mile from beach, close to swim-      mahogany colour. Suitable child beginner                RESOURCE             G R O U P: Offering advice

                 Holidays                          rooms, 3 bedrooms (sleeps six) and has a
                                                   shared pool. Looks out over golf course,
                                                   close to beach and fantastic restaurant. Ideal
                                                   for golf breaks and family holiday. 02392
                                                                                                        available. Tony Cluskey on 0161 787 9493.
                                                                                                        C A I R N S , A U S T R A L I A: 5 bed Queens
                                                                                                        Lander House, sleeps 10. Located in 9 acres
                                                                                                        of tropical gardens with own pool. Gateway
                                                                                                                                                            ming pools, restaurants, banks, shops etc.
                                                                                                                                                            Long lets available. Glenis Croucher 79-
                                                                                                                                                            T E N E R I F E: Playa de las Americas. One
                                                                                                                                                            bed apartment, prime position close to
                                                                                                                                                                                                              free to good home. Call Nigel Szymanski on
                                                                                                                                                                                                              * INTRODUCING THE WINCHESTER DIET:
                                                                                                                                                                                                              into your daily routine and achieve a healthy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              trimmer figure! So Simple! So Effective!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and support to L, G & B members of staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      within the force.Voice mail. Ext.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      599941, Int.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *    AMAZING
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                                                   389639.                                              to Great Barrier Reef. Excellent rates, for                                                                                                                   R E P O R T S: Check out your friend, lover or
                                                   COSTA          B L A N C A: New 3 bedroom            more details contact Dave Jones 023 8067            beach. Superb amenities, large balcon-ies,        Discover the real you! Emailed by return                boss! Are you compatible? 25 page report
                                                   house, nr Torrevieja. Close all amenities.           4453.                                               pools, panoramic views of bay and moun-           when you pay by credit card. www.winches-               reveals all. Online now at www.simply-des-
                                                   10mins to beaches and under 1/2 hour to 5            SAINT            BENOIST,           VENDEE,         tains. Photos and video available. Stuart                                
                                                   golf courses. Martin Edgeller, 683-127.              F R A N C E: near miles of lovely beaches.          Young — 683-187.                                  * DISCOVER YOUR DESTINY: in 25 amaz-                    * WIGHTWIZARD                     COMPUTER
                                                   S P A I N: Costa del Sol, near Nerja.                Detached house, 2 bedrooms plus mezza-              FRENCH           FARMHOUSE:            For rent   ing pages! Horoscopes reveal your destiny               C O M P A N Y – Comprehensive Mobile
PAIR AXLE STANDS: Never used. Suit trail-          Beachside apartment, fully equipped. One             nine, sleeps 6, fully equipped. Ben Hanson          Charente region near La Rochelle. Sleeps 8.       with a level of accuracy that will astonish you.
er or caravan. Jeff Hunter, 01489 584545.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Computer Service.              Troubleshooting,
                                                   double bedroom and sofa bed. Balcony over-           ext 71-3064.                                        W/machine. BBQ. 31/2 acres of gardens             An ideal present! Your unique reading is sent           Repairs, Upgrades, Supply Hardware and
*FRANCE- LOT/DORDOGNE: Border                      looking the sea.         C A R M A R T H E N B A Y: Caravan holiday.         Circular swimming pool. 8km from beach.           to you within 48 hours when you pay by cred-
Charming 19th century barn conversion,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Software, New and Quality used Machines,
                                                   delmar or phone 023 9235 1098                        3 bedroom fully equipped caravan (sleeps 6),        From £275 pw all inc. Graham Haycock —            it card.                       Tuition, Anti-virus protection, Networking and
original features, sleeps 6-8 (+ baby). 3 bed-     NORTHERN             C Y P R U S: To let Villa       facilities and entertainment on site included,      07768 980715, or 02392 891698
rooms. Terrace, garden and BBQ. 2km from                                                                                                                                                                      * L A N D S C A P I N G: All aspects of land-           are happy to set up your new machine.
                                                   Manzara set in an olive grove on edge of pic-        kids club etc. Site on a sandy beach. Great         F A R M H O U S E:Remote farmhouse retreat        scaping work undertaken. Ponds and water                Darren at WightWizard – 01983 299277 or e-
leisure lakes and local amenities 1-2 hours        turesque village of Zeytinlink. 3 double bed-        holiday for all the family. Caroline Hayward-       in Dumfriesshire. Secluded valley with no vis-
from 4 airports. From £300 weekly.                                                                                                                                                                            features, patios and paving, decking and                mail
                                                   rooms, 3 bath/shower rooms (2 en-suite) and          Evans – 07876 760002 or 023 9243 0393               ible neighbours. Well-behaved dogs wel-           fencing, soft landscaping and planting. Full            * N I G H T P O R T E R F/T. Hours 11.00 pm               balcony. Stunning views of mountains. 1.5m           L Y M I N G T O N: Bed and breakfast. Quiet         come. Sleeps six. Perfect place to unwind.
Christine      &     Phil    01257      450883                                                                                                                                                                design and construction service. Local and              – 7.30 am, 5 nights over 7, including week-
                                                   from the beach. Large shared swimming pool           location near marinas and High Street.              Tony Dymott 01983 616239 *                        experienced company with portfolio and refer-           ends and bank holidays.               Any age.                                30yards from villa. Mark Pearce 01983                Rooms have modern decor, en suite, refresh-         CYPRUS NEW VILLA:: For sale detached 2
COSTA DEL SOL: Two bedroom apartment                                                                                                                                                                          ences available on request. Fully insured.              Impeccable references requires. Own trans-
                                                   521639.                                              ment facilities and late keys. Flexible break-      bed 2 bath own pool luxuriously appointed.        Rob Sizer – 023 8060 0814 or 07813 852925.              port. Tel 01256 764881 ext 367
sleeps 4. Close to all amenities. From £150.       S I D M O U T H , D E V O N: Thimble Cottage,        fast times, special diets catered for.              Quiet village location close to beach. Quick
Long-term rents available. Heather 681-292                                                                                                                                                                                                                            * P L A S T E R I N G:All aspects of traditional
                                                   newly renovated, two bedrooms, two bath-             Reductions for children. Mr and Mrs                 sale £142,000. Full details from Tim              * C A T E R I N G: Top quality outside catering
or 02392 268601                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   solid plastering and plaster moulding under-
                                                   rooms. Five minutes walk from sea front and          Carruthers 01590 672148.                            Maycock.                     for all occasions, business or pleasure. Becky
CORNWALL: Stone-built cottage near                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    taken. Fully qualified staff and workshop
                                                   town. Parry – 01489 891130 or email                  ISLE         OF   W I G H T: Stay at a retired      REGENT COURT: Basingstoke, two bed-               – 023 8089 0565 to discuss requirements.
Newquay. Country views. Half-mile from                                                                                                                                                                                                                                facilities for off site moulding work.
                                                                     Victorian railway station converted into two        room, ground floor apartment, fully furnished,    *M E D A L    F R A M E: Handcrafted dark               Proprietor: Chris Crosby, former controller
Porth beach. Newly refurbished. Private                                                                 enchanting cottages. The station is set in 2                                                          wood and gold double frame. Blue velveteen              02380 552180 or 07753 729767
parking. One-bedroomed. Accommodates
2+2. Some dates left this summer. From
£195pw. Ian or Jill Sainsbury 02380 221107
F L O R I D A L U X U R Y V I L L A: 5 bed-
                                                   COSTA           B L A N C A: Villamartin, nr
                                                   Torrevieja. 2 bed apartment sleeps up to 5.
                                                   Ground floor corner plot with own garden
                                                   area. Set in quad around communal pool
                                                   7mtrs from gate. Close beach, local shops
                                                                                                        acres of garden in an area of outstanding
                                                                                                        natural beauty. Each cottage sleeps 5 and is
                                                                                                        fully equipped for short winter breaks. Pets
                                                                                                        are welcome, Tourist Board recommended.
                                                                                                        Julia Carter 01983 730 667
                                                                                                                                                              Property :                                      backing for long service medal or Queen’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Golden Jubilee medal, green velveteen back-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ing for RUC service medals. Full money back
                                                                                                                                                                                                              guarantee offer. £39 (incl P&P) or £45 for
                                                                                                                                                                                                              double frame. Cheques to ‘Blue Ribbon’ at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *F O O T W E A R:Police footwear at low low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      prices. Example Magnum Classic £49.00,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Police Tactical boots £34.00. Call for free
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Police equipment catalogue 01708 750 795
rooms/3 bathrooms, sleeps 2-10 people,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                9am-9pm
large screened pool and deck, located in a
gated community with clubhouse overlooking
the lake. 10 minutes from Disney attractions.
Too many goodies to mention. 10% discount
                                                   and restaurants.
                                                   Rates from £140pw. John Anderson – 01489
                                                   F R E N C H H O L I D A Y G I T E S: Two gites
                                                   available no a former dairy farm near
                                                                                                        E X M O U T H: Devon Cliffs Holiday Park,
                                                                                                        Sandy Bay. 8-berth caravan overlooking sea
                                                                                                        on Haven’s premier site. Well equipped, 3
                                                                                                        bedrooms, cooker, microwave, fridge with
                                                                                                                                                             sale or rent
                                                                                                                                                            bathroom and on-suite. £750 per month.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              P.O. box 6435,Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6
                                                                                                                                                                                                              * F L A T R O O F I N G: Free prompt esti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              mates. All work guaranteed. Local, quality
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      * C O N S E R V A T O R I E S: by Discount
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Windows Centre Ltd in U-PVC, 10 year guar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      antee, own building company and fitters, built
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to your design free quote and drawings. No
for police/support staff through 2004. A video                                                                                                                                                                tradesman. High performance felt roofing.               pressure selling call Jeremy Bromley 02380
                                                   Garnache in the Vendee region of France.             freezer compartment. Gas fire, colour TV,           Non smoking and No pets. Two can share.                                                                   470390
is available to view. From £450 per week.                                                                                                                   Phone 01256 381331                                Domestic and commercial. Telephone Steve
                                                   30km from beach, St Jean De Monts, which             radio cassette and ample seating in lounge.                                                                                                                   * D I E T S:Achieve a Slimmer Figure in 2004
Ian Freeston at KF on 684 166 or 02392                                                                                                                      D O U B L E R O O M to let, fully furnished in    Batten on 023 8086 4991 or mobile 07715
                                                   has 18h golf course. ‘Le Grenier’ sleeps 8           The park has a heated indoor pool with                                                                                                                        (No pills, potions or gimmicks) “buy with con-
798614                                                                                                                            three bedroomed house in Whitely, to share        446009.
                                                   and ‘Buddleia’ sleeps 4/6. Rental variable.          flume, arcade, crazy golf plus outdoor sports,                                                                                                                fidence” money back guarantee. Lifestyle
K E F A L O N I A , G R E E C E: various accom-                                                                                                             with WPC and two cats, all facilities, great      B A D G E S: Hants PAA sea angling enamel
                                                   Cliff Standen – ext 731 324.                         full facilities and great entertainment every                                                                                                                 2004 and Newsletters available at
modation 2-8 persons, visit website                                                                                                                         garden, £300 pm inc bills (no phone) 07976        badges. Shield design with scroll in gold,
                                                   F L O R I D A , K I S S I M M E E: Two executive     night. Miriam Lane 023 8060 0256.                                                                                                                               please                                                                                                             378993                                            blue and red enamel, 2cm x 2cm.Help to sup-
                                                   style villas on sought-after development.            S O U T H D E V O N: Kingsbridge, 2-bed cot-
quote ref PRI/FRL. Karen on 07831 262319.                                                                                                                   4 - B E D detached house in Southbourne,          port the teams efforts to compete within the
                                                   Minutes from Disney. 4 bedrooms, 3 bath-             tage. Secluded sunny garden, GCH, sleeps
* O R L A N D O / F L O R I D A:       Privately                                                                                                            Dorset, fully fitted kitchen, separate dining     SE Division and National League. £1.50
                                                   rooms, 2 living areas, dining area, open plan        4, close to all amenities, available all year.
owned luxury 4 bedroom executive villa                                                                                                                      room, lounge, and study. Ideal location near      each. Andy Cleeve – 023 9289 9018.
                                                   kitchen with breakfast area etc. Homes fully         Richard Swain ext 734-124.
which sleeps 8/10. Located on a quiet resi-
dential development with its own golf course
and 10 minutes from Disney and all other
attractions. Private heated swimming pool,
                                                   equipped and beautifully furnished. 30ft
                                                   swimming pool, spa and large patio area.
                                                   Keith Murphy – 01482 872837 (serving offi-
                                                                                                        F L O R I D A: 4-bedroom luxury villa, large
                                                                                                        private pool, situated with gated community,
                                                                                                        brand new, privately owned. Decorated and
                                                                                                        furnished to high standard. Close to Disney
                                                                                                                                                            Christchurch £289,950
                                                                                                                                                            * SINGLE ROOM: to let Near Farnham rail-
                                                                                                                                                            way station. Share facilities. £275pm. 01252
                                                                                                                                                                                                              N O V E L T Y C A K E S: Quality handmade
                                                                                                                                                                                                              cakes personalised to your own specifica-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              tion. For all ages and occasions. 023 8069
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3966 or or call
air conditioned and double garage. Fully                                                                                                                    3 B E D:Park Gate area, 3 bed semi, large         T A L K S: Illustrated with photographic
                                                   I S L E O F W I G H T: Niton Cottage Circa           and other attractions. Amongst Remington
equipped and furnished to the highest stan-                                                                                                                 rooms, re-fitted 5 piece bathroom and mod-        slides. Arranged for clubs, charities and
                                                   1761. Two bedrooms, sleeps 4. Fully                  Golf Club grounds. Package includes
dard. Restaurants and shops close-by. Ray                                                                                                                   ern kitchen, nice ex-council cul-de-sac in        meetings. Includes: Pennine Way, Everest
                                                   equipped, courtyard garden, near shops and           reduced green fees at the club. Joy or Keith                                                                                                                  *MINI MOT: Failures removed free. Minis
Harling 07979 700 443 or                                                                                                                                    popular location £159,950 offers welcome.         Explored, Inca Trail, selected national parks
                                                   pub. No pets. £230pw. Stewart Hall – ext 671         – 01983 614818.
e-mail RBH@NTLWORLD.COM                                                                                                                                                                                       of North West USA. Anne McKinney – ext                  and Parts purchased.          National Race
                                                   221.                                                                                                     Call Maria on 07769 647150 for more details
GITE        N O R M A N D Y: Mayenne boader.                                                            * F L O R I D A: Luxurious 4 bedroom holiday                                                          775-236.                                                Champions 2003 in a 1.3i mini cooper. Rex
                                                                                                                                                            5YR      O L D: 3 bedroom semi detached
Sleeps 4-8 in barn conversion. Country loca-       * COSTA        BLANCA       –    A P A R T-          home on private gated estate, set amongst                                                             QUALITY          F U R N I T U R E: To fit your         on 02392 554330.
                                                                                                                                                            house in Fareham. Ensuite to master bed-
tion with easy access to channel, ports and        M E N T: La Zenia nr Torrevieja. Two bed-            orange groves and only 15mins from Disney                                                             design. Furniture made to your needs in the             SAMMY MILLER Hi-boy motorcycle, frame
                                                                                                                                                            room, integral garage, good size garden,
loire valley, high standard. Kerry Bedford,        rooms, sleeps six, fully-equipped kitchen,           and other major attractions. 2 bathrooms, air                                                         size, wood and style that will fit in with your         required and/or Whitlock ‘Ossa’ frame OAP
                                                                                                                                                            parking for 4 cars on drive. £695 p/m.
02392 891663 or int 641 129                        lounge, dining area and large sun terrace            conditioning and a beautiful private pool.                                                            decor. You do not have to make do with the              project. Log books not necessary. Call 0033
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                                                    Paul gets set for winter action
                                                    IT SEEMS atrange to be talking               Constabulary at the National Police      gate.                                       Booking is now open for the event
                                                    skiing in high summer but the new            Snow Sport competition.                    However his second run was              in Salbach, Austria on January 22
                                                    season is just around the corner               The event covers both Alpine and       much more successful and although         next year.
                                                    and it will soon be time to dust off         cross-country events and has races       not on the leader board Paul upheld
                                                    the skis and dig out the cold weath-         for skiers, boarders and even ‘snow      Hampshire’s honour.                       q If anyone is interested in compet-
                                                    er gear.                                     bladders’ who use half-length skis.        Paul will be entering next year’s       ing in skiing or boarding races take
                                                      In January Basingstoke                       It was Paul’s first attempt at an      event and hopes that other keen           a look at
                                                    Superintendent Paul Netherton                International level Giant Slalom         skiers from within the force will for
                                                    went to Salbach in Austria as the            race and his first run found him         want to compete on behalf of              more information.
                                                    sole representative of Hampshire             face down in the snow at the sixth       Hampshire Constabulary.

     Motor racing legend                                                                                          Up to triple challenge
   gives Bill a charity boost                                                                                         by Meline Burke
                                                                                                                  ANDY GEORGE from Fratton
                                                                                                                                                      into the breach, when Sarah
                                                                                                                                                      Simpson was forced to pull out
                                                                                                                                                         “We then set off at a faster
                                                                                                                                                                                             “We then travelled to
                                                                                                                                                                                          Snowdon and upon reaching
                                                                                                                                                                                          Llanberis we started up the Pyg
                by Alan Smith                            many previously unpublished photographs and              was one of a group to tackle this   pace, but unfortunately lost two    track which, to my amazement
                                                         comes 35 years after his first autobiography. This       year’s Three Peaks Challenge –
THREE-TIMES Formula1world motor racing                                                                                                                more people on the way. This        was fairly easy! We reached the
                                                         latest book provides a much more detailed account        climbing the three highest peaks
champion Sir Jack Brabham OBE – he was the first                                                                                                      meant we fell outside of the        top in one hour and 28 minutes
                                                         of his career unlike the first publication.              in Scotland, England and Wales,
racing driver to be knighted for his contribution to                                                                                                  event rules and suffered a tech-    which gave us a finish time of
                                                            One of the most widely talked about stories to        in 24 hours. He has now suffi-
the sport – drove in to Andover for a flying pit-stop                                                                                                 nical disqualification because      21 hours and 42 minutes.
                                                         roll off the proud legend’s tongue was the fact that     ciently recovered to write about
to help Weyhill-based PC Bill Williams raise                                                                                                          we had to finish the challenge         “It was truly a fantastic time
                                                         his grandson Matthew had just become New South           his experiences!
money for the children’s charity,                                                                                                                     with four people!                   and the team I went with were
                                                         Wales go-cart racing champion at the tender age of          “We started the event at the                                                                                                                                    “Nevertheless, we pressed on     excellent. Even though we had
                                                         10. Matthew who started racing when he was just          base of Ben Nevis. Our intrepid
    Bill formed the charity with the help and support                                                                                                 and reached the foggy and wet       about one hour’s sleep, Andy
                                                         eight, now follows a long line of Brabhams to take       team of six set off into the
of Sir Jack’s son David who is the charity’s patron,                                                                                                  top of Sca Fell. The downhill       Holt’s humour kept the whole
                                                         up motor racing behind his grand-father, father          slightly drizzly weather, and we
with CLIC and BLISS being the principal benefi-                                                                                                       section of the Fell was interest-   team going. Does anyone fancy
                                                         Geoffrey and his two uncles, Gary and David.             completed the first peak in five
ciaries. The charity raises most of its donations by                                                                                                  ing - slippery and painful and      next year?”
                                                            Sir Jack also spoke affectionately of his life-long   hours, suffering one casualty in
auctioning racing memorabilia – most of which is                                                                                                      we engaged in repeating all the
                                                         friendship with Sir Stirling Moss with whom he           the process.
autographed – on the internet.                                                                                                                        known lines to Monty Python’s
                                                         fought many a fierce battle on the world’s race             “We then made the night-                                              PEAK PERFORMANCE: The
    Sir Jack brought with him copies of his latest                                                                                                    ‘Life of Brian’ and “The Holy
                                                         tracks and of another racing legend, Sir Jackie          mare, five-hour, night-time jour-                                       team – (from left) Paul Davy,
book – The Jack Brabham Story – which he sold to                                                                                                      Grail” to keep us going! We fin-
                                                         Stewart, who battled almost single-handedly to           ney through winding Scottish                                              Alex Anderson, driver and
eager purchasers at a special autograph signing ses-                                                                                                  ished in a flourish running in       participant, Sarah Simpson,
                                                         improve motor racing safety.                             and English roads to Sca Fell
sion which Bill had organised in the W H Smith                                                                                                        the last mile or so to complete      Dave Phillips, Tim Blanche,
                                                            This was somewhat poignant given the fact that        Pike.
bookstore.                                                                                                                                            in a respectable three hours and      Andy George, Stu Ainsley,
                                                         Sir Jack was most fortunate to survive more than            “Here Alec Anderson stepped
    Sir Jack Brabham remains one of the most popu-                                                                                                    27 minutes.                             and driver Andy Holt.
                                                         one crash during his celebrated career. He spoke of
lar figures in motor sport. In 1955 he made his
                                                         the time he was catapulted out of his car after being
Grand Prix debut at Aintree and four years later
                                                         clipped by a car he was lapping. Leaving the track
became Formula One World Drivers Champion, a
                                                         at high speed, his car hit a telegraph pole before
title he retained the following year.
                                                         launching skywards prior to plummeting back to
    Driving for Cooper, with whom he won the first
                                                         earth where it exploded into a ball of flames.
of his two world championships in 1959 and 1960,
Sir Jack began building a racing car for a friend
when he hit upon the idea to develop his own car.
    Work as a constructor continued and in 1962 the
Brabham BT-3 debuted in the German Grand Prix.
                                                         Win a signed copy of
    He made history in 1966 when he became the
Formula One World Drivers Champion driving his
                                                         Sir Jack’s book
own car – the BT19 .
                                                         YOU CAN WIN a signed copy of Sir Jack
    He won the World Constructors title too. This
                                                         Brabham’s book.
was a phenomenal feat which has never since been
                                                            He has given us a copy as a competition prize
repeated, although he did retain the Constructors
                                                         exclusively for Frontline readers.
title again in 1967.
                                                            If you would like the chance to win it simply
    He ended his illustrious racing career at the age
                                                         answer the following question:
of 44 with a victory in the 1970 South Africa Grand
                                                            On the website, David
Prix. He has never lost contact with the motor rac-
                                                         Brabham refers to some of his racing colleagues.
ing world and still competes in many different
                                                         All we want you to do is name just one of them.
                                                            Send your answer on a postcard or sealed
    Still very agile, the 78-year old found time to
speak to each one of the racing enthusiasts who
patiently queued to buy his book from which he
                                                         down envelope with your name, collar no. and
                                                         police station or by e-mail to Alan Smith (11715)
                                                         at WE or Bill Williams (1039) at WT by the clos-
                                                                                                                   Dive team puts safety first
donated 40 per cent of each sale to the charity.                                                                  NINE OF the force’s Sub Aqua Club members             Towers, and to Chris Loynes, Nick Rust, Lee
                                                         ing date of September 15.                                have received life saving awards after six weeks      Mander, who are not in the picture.
    A total of 62 books were sold at £30 each, raising
                                                            The sender of the first correct entry drawn           of intense training.
almost £750.
                                                         from the postbag will win the prize.                       Congratulations to, from left: Graham                For more information about the Police Sub
    The book embraces Sir Jack’s racing career using
                                                                                                                  Russell, John Campbell, Andy Palmer, Heather          Aqua Club visit the Sports and Social, Sub
                                                                                                                  Foster, Paul Hemming and, behind them, John           Aqua Club intranet site.
                                                                            Help wanted for
                                                                            kart race day
                                                                            BILL WILLIAMS is organis-
                                                                            ing a televised Celebrity Kart
                                                                            Racing event at Thruxton on
                                                                            Saturday October 2.
                                                                               Teams will include pop stars
                                                                            and celebrities from the motor
                                                                            racing world including Damon
                                                                            Hill and Robbie Williams (sub-
                                                                            ject to personal commitments)
                                                                            and other top celebs.
                                                                               He needs about 20 volun-
                                                                            teers to help him on the day
                                                                            collecting gate money, looking
                                                                            after the stars and race mar-
    HONOURED GUEST – Bill Williams meets motor racing                          Anyone interested in assist-
   hero Sir Jack Brabham. A signed copy of Sir Jack’s book                  ing Bill should contact him by
        is the prize in a special Frontline competition.                    e-mail at Weyhill.
                                                                                              Frontline s p o r t

     Sheer Bliss taking world title again
              by Claire Vranch                        Italy next year to defend our title,” she         Championships in Finland, where she is
                                                      said.                                             playing for the British women’s team in
                                                          Frisbee is a team sport, where the            the world championships.
   KATIE GOULD, from Probationer
                                                      object is to pass the frisbee from player           As well as playing for Bliss and the
   Training, is always glad to get on the
                                                      to player and catch it in a designated            Great Britain team, Katie trains twice a
   beach when it’s hot and sunny – not for
                                                      area at the end of the pitch.                     week with Southampton side, Limited
   the sun bathing though.
                                                         Katie said: “Frisbee seems to be get-          Release.
     Katie enjoys a fling in the sport of fris-
                                                      ting really popular in this country                 Anyone who would like to find out
   bee and she has helped her team mates
                                                      because it’s one of the few sports where          more about the sport, or who would like
   to achieve world honours.
                                                      men and women can play together on the            to join a beginners’ training session, can
     She turns out for London-based club
                                                      same team.                                        email
   Bliss, and travelled to Rimini in Italy
                                                         “It’s also a great sport for beginners,
   and for the fifth time they won the
                                                      because you don’t need a lot of expensive
   World Beach Ultimate Club                                                                              FINAL FLING – Katie Gould in orange
                                                      equipment, you just need enthusiasm.”
   Championships.                                                                                             challenges an opponent from an
                                                         Now international honours are on the
     “We’re all absolutely delighted to have                                                               Australian team in the tournament in
                                                      way as Katie heads for the World                                                    Italy.
   won again and can’t wait to return to

                                                                                   Cross Solent swim a
                                                                                   strong current affair
                                                                                      by Jeff Hunter                the Hampshire Autistic Society.        alert giving them protec-
                                                                                                                       It was a deceptively pleasant       tion.
                                                                              IT WAS probably the most              day for swimming starting bright          It soon became clear
                                                                              demanding swim in the histo-          and sunny with a breeze. But as        that times were going to
                                                                              ry of the Hampshire                   the 23 swimmers, staggered in          be a lot slower than last
                                                                              Police/Gosport and Fareham            two groups, left Ryde in mid-          year.
                                                                              Inshore Rescue Service cross-         morning the wind became strong            In the end eight swim-
                                                                              Solent event, according to            and as they progressed they soon       mers had to concede to
                                                                              organiser John Anderson.              became aware of a strong current       the conditions. Of the 16
                                                                                 Each year police swimming          and a strong tide sweeping them        who finished several
                                                                              section members and GAFIRS            to the west down the Solent.           were swept well off
                                                                              organise a group of swimmers to          The water was exceptionally         course, finishing on the
                                                                              tackle the cross-Solent swim from     busy with small craft bustling         beach well down towards
                                                                              Ryde to Stokes Bay, raising funds     around practising for Cowes            Lee-on-Solent.
                                                                              for GAFIRS and a police- nomi-        Week, and the safety team of              To have finished at all
                                                                              nated charity.                        canoeists who accompanied each         was highly commendable
                                                                                 This year the police charity was   swimmer were kept particularly         - particularly Gemma
                                                                                                                                                           Green (Shirley) who was

Stepping out for victims’ aid                                                                                                                              the only woman to com-
                                                                                                                                                           plete the swim and took
                                                                                                                                                           a trophy for her effort of
EASTLEIGH’S Domestic Violence Co-ordinators, WPCs Eileen                                                                                                   2 hours 55minutes. She
Speck and Mary-Ann Attard-Charrett put on their walking                                                                                                    suffered from the cold
shoes and joined Sue Middleton – mother of murder victim                                                                                                   particularly badly
Joanna Guy – and hundreds of other charity walkers to help                                                                                                 because she was in the      FIRST LADY – Gemma Green suffered
raise funds for the Women’s Aid charity in Southampton.                                                                                                    water for so long,            from cold but went on to finish the
   The event raised more than £8,000 as supporters assembled                                                                                               despite being well kit-                       course.
for the walk around the Royal Victoria Country Park at Netley.                                                                                             ted out in her wet suit. Some        key organiser of the whole event
   The Southampton-based charity runs a variety of projects to                                                                                             swimmers did not take the pre-       since it started.
help victims of domestic violence.                                                                                                                         caution and suffered even worse         He was followed 15 minutes
   Eileen said: “Jo’s life ended in very tragic circumstances and                                                                                          as a consequence.                    later by Mark Little (Gosport)
Mac and I were only too pleased to support Sue in this high pro-                                                                                              First police swimmer home         who was three minutes before
file walk which did much to raise the awareness of domestic vio-                                                                                           was Eastleigh detective Mike         Jason Osmond (Southampton
lence and its consequences.                                                                                                                                Sizer in 2 hours 16 minutes and      Central).
   “Many members of the public are unaware of what we have                                                                                                 five seconds, 35 minutes after the      The remaining police swim-
to deal with on a daily basis and the publicity generated from                 THREE’S COMPANY – Jason Osmond, Mark Little and Mike                        first swimmer overall.               mers Steve Howell (Netley) and
the walk will hopefully encourage more victims to report acts of               Sizer after completing the gruelling cross-Solent swim take                    John Anderson, Aldershot,         Howard Povey (Shirley) put up a
domestic violence.”                                                                          time to recover from their efforts.                           competing yet again after being a    gallant fight but could not finish.

      by Janet Malcolmson
A MEMBER of police staff is riding the
crest of a wave after two yachting suc-
cesses. First honour for Dermod
O’Malley, who works in career and learn-
                                               Winner Dermod on crest of wave
                                               the sport until 1972, when he transferred                                                                                                 Race was our major target.”
ing development at Netley, was fourth          from the Met to Hampshire.                                                                                                                    He got his best crew together – Phil
overall in the Round the Island Race.             “I lived in Totton, near Eling Creek,”                                                                                                 Hagen and Keith Bridges – who both
   Two weeks later, he and crew Kim            he said. “I met people from the local sail-                                                                                               belong to the same club as Dermod, the
Vasey guided his boat Nordic Bear, a           ing club who introduced me to the sport                                                                                                   Royal Southern Yacht Club.
Nordic Folkboat, to first place in the         and that is how I got started. In 1973, I                                                                                                     “We did lots of preparatory work on
Double Handed Round the Island race,           built a Mirror dinghy and a year later                                                                                                    tides and weather because if you know
overcoming some tough competition.             sold that and bought a small cruiser.                                                                                                     that the wind is likely to shift, it pays to
   Dermod’s achievement is remarkable             “I then got into bigger boat sailing and                                                                                               be in the right place to take advantage of
because it is just two and a half years        used to sail in numerous off shore races.                                                                                                 that. It certainly worked on the day. It
since he was diagnosed with cancer.            That started to conflict with policing and                                                                                                was a good race with brisk wind and we
   The same determination which led to         family life so I had to make a decision as                                                                                                rounded in eight hours 22 minutes.”
his racing successes helped Dermod, a          to which way I went.                                                                                                                          The Double-Handed Round the Island
former police officer, to fight the disease.      “I turned back to dinghies and sailed a                                                                                                Race took place in even rougher weather.
                                               Laser for many years from Weston                                                                                                              “I helmed for all but 20 minutes of that
   “I am absolutely delighted with the
                                                                                                                                                                                         race, which was tiring. Yacht racing is
race results,” he said. “There were 1,662      Sailing Club. I am a past Hampshire
                                                                                                PLAIN SAILING – Dermot O’Malley pictured receiving the Royal London                      physically demanding and you have to be
boats in the Round the Island Race, so to      Police regatta winner and raced regularly       Challenge Cup for finishing 4th overall in the Round the Island yacht race.               quite fit. For me, having suffered from
finish fourth overall is a big result. We      summer and winter.
                                                                                                                                                                                         cancer, it is particularly satisfying to be
were awarded the Royal London                     “It was far easier to manage sailing a        In the late 90s, Dermod bought a cruis-       “My life expectancy looked poor,” he       back to the levels of fitness required.
Challenge Cup and it was a very proud          dinghy and duty commitments, although         er. Next year, he, his wife Marion and        said. “But after recuperating from major          “Surviving cancer has taught me how
moment for me when I stepped up to             I do remember swopping a late turn duty       two sailing friends finished tenth overall    surgery, my wife and I bought a ten metre     to positively reframe events and get
accept it.”                                    for somebody’s night duty on a number         in the Round the Island Race.                 sailing yacht. Later, we downsized to the     through - although I have to admit that a
   Despite a lifelong interest in sailing,     of occasions so I could be free in the day       But when Dermod’s cancer was diag-         Nordic Bear and decided to focus on           little bit of luck is needed too!”
Dermod did not get actively involved in        for sailing.”                                 nosed, he put the boat on the market.         local racing events. The Round the Island
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