Issue 5 September 2008
Inspiring Arrival of Terry is
today’s handheld a real
teenagers computers lifesaver
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WORK to reduce re-
offending is being
expanded within the
Burglary addict snared
after year-long pursuit
Since its inception last
pioneering scheme has
grown and helped crime
in the county fall
“The force’s target for
Team ends spree of
reducing repeat offences
by prolific offenders in
2008-2009 is 1,155,”
thousand home raider
THE detective who led a team hunting Notts’ most
said Chief Inspector
Barry Harper of the prolific burglar believes he is responsible for more
Crime Directorate than a thousand break-ins across the county.
(Drugs). Martin Putnar spent months
“But in the first trying to catch the man who stole By Paul Coffey
quarter of the year we valuables worth more than £1m
have already cut that in a burglary spree lasting four
figure by 600 offences.” “Brookes is addicted to the
years. thrill of burglary. He liked the
Ch Insp Harper said Glyn Brookes left a trail of
the scheme – the first of challenge of a house that had an
victims in his wake and was alarm and looked secure. He
its kind in the UK - had ‘addicted to the thrill’ of
incorporated ‘tried and would see it as a puzzle to be
breaking into a house according solved.”
tested’ techniques used to the temporary Detective
by the Sherwood Inspector. But the 33-year-old Pattern
Project. It uses multi- was finally caught after his DNA It was experienced Crime
skilled, multi-agency was found on a torch he left at Scene Investigator Ian Beasley
partners to manage the scene of one of his who first spotted a pattern of
offenders involved in burglaries. break-ins that appeared to be
serious acquisitive committed by the same person.
crime. Confessing And it was his analysis that
It was set up partly in On Monday 8 September convinced D Division to set up a
response to Brookes is due to be sentenced dedicated operation, codenamed
Nottingham’s selection after confessing to almost 400 Earwig, to catch him.
as an early intervention burglaries across the county. He But it took twelve months and
city. Its partner agencies pleaded guilty to ten separate a tremendous amount of work
are working together to charges but admitted more than before he was finally
break the cycle of 360 TICs. apprehended.
intergenerational under But T/DI Putnar believes the T/DI Putnar and Ian Beasley
achievement and true extent of his offending is will be at Nottingham Crown
deprivation, focusing FORENSIC science student Vikki Hellewell has been helping drive up Court for Brookes’ sentencing.
particularly on children,
young people and detections by conducting forensic tests at the force’s car clinics. Full story He said: “I am confident he
families. - page 3. Picture courtesy of Nottingham Evening Post has committed in excess of more G On the trail of the county’s
Chief Constable Julia than one thousand burglaries. most prolific burglar – page 4
Hodson is the
Association of Chief
Police Officers’ lead on
the scheme, which is
ahead of the field in
developing a model of
Force armed with tracking device
DOZENS of tracking devices are helping company behind TRACKER, a simple to fleet of ARVs have the receivers fitted works with all police forces across the
good practice in create an invisible net across use, automatic vehicle location system along with ANPR cars, the motorway UK but the partnership with Notts is a
integrated offender Nottinghamshire to trap car thieves and designed to track and help recover stolen crews, the force helicopter and divisional first in terms of coverage.
management. recover stolen vehicles. vehicles. If a car fitted with a TRACKER ANPR cars. Officers have been given training in
Ch Insp Harper The force has fitted 30 of its marked is stolen, the device is activated and emits “The 20 additional base stations mean tracking a moving car using the onboard
added: “A number of cars with the gadgets and installed a silent radio signal. we have 95 per cent coverage across computer, which gives the vehicle’s
forces around the another 20 at locations across the county. That signal is picked up by receivers Nottinghamshire, including the A1.” location.
country are preparing to It is another weapon in the fight against and shows up on a computer giving the Sgt Warren said that was important, as Sgt Warren said: “It is a very simple
follow our lead, and we car crime and sees Nottinghamshire vehicle’s location. the road is a major arterial route used by piece of kit. We have already had some
are in the process of become the first county in the UK to be Sgt Steve Warren from Operational thieves to transport stolen cars and plant good results from using TRACKER and
sharing our experiences almost completely covered by the system. Support said: “Like ANPR, it is another machinery. we expect that to continue now we have
with them.” The force has teamed up with the very useful tool for us to have. All of our TRACKER is ACPO approved and such comprehensive coverage.”
New rules seek to
promote confidence ‘Special’ changes
NEW conduct regulations and procedures are
to be applied to police officers from 1
give bigger role to
They follow recommendations in the Taylor
Report, a review of police discipline
throughout the UK by former Met
Commissioner Bill Taylor.
Detective Inspector Steve Payne, who is
SWEEPING changes to the way Specials are used will
responsible for introducing the new measures, improve front line policing in Nottinghamshire.
said: “This is about replacing some very That’s according to Chief Specials will have to give four
cumbersome procedures with a fair, open and Inspector Kim Molloy who believes weeks notice of when they want to
proportionate way of dealing with alleged Specials should play a bigger part in work so they can be used more
misconduct and also issues of performance neighbourhood policing. effectively.
and attendance. We want to move away from The service is undergoing a shake- Officers will also be performance
up, which has seen its rank structure managed like regulars to identify gaps
being punitive and towards development and in their development.
sustained improvement. This is better for the change but, more importantly, the way
in which Special officers now work. “We have around 400 Specials, they
police service and for the public.” Ch Insp Molloy explained: are well trained and very enthusiastic.
The Performance and Conduct Regulations “Specials are a valuable resource and The problem has been we haven’t
are designed to promote the confidence of staff, play a vital role. But we haven’t been known when they are coming into
give managers greater opportunity to resolve using them as well as we should have. work and, as such, haven’t been able
issues through informal intervention in the to use them effectively,” said Ch Insp
first instance, and encourage learning and Delivering Molloy. They will now benefit from
development. “We have to move away from just improved training, an increased travel
sending them out on response. allowance which mirrors that of
Fair treatment regulars, reduced bureaucracy and a
Neighbourhood Policing is delivering
They aim to ensure: what the public want – a more visible simplified pdr process.”
• Fair treatment with, for example, the right police presence on the streets – and The new changes are based on
of appeal at each stage Specials should be fully embedded national guidance written by Specials.
• Openness, including early, local and into that.” The new structure has seen the rank
From 1 September all Special of superintendent disappear with
informal management intervention special sergeants and inspectors now
• A proportionate response with officers will now see 70 per cent of
their time devoted to neighbourhood given greater responsibility. They will
investigations based on severity assessment be divisionally based and report
• Time-limited processes. policing. That will include targeted
patrols, offender management, directly to chief inspectors.
The revised Police Conduct Regulations aim warrants, bail checks, targeting
to recognise where things have gone wrong Greater responsibility
offenders and community
and put measures in place to ensure the reassurance. Alan Marwood, one of the force’s
organisation and the people concerned learn For the remaining 30 per cent of longest-serving Specials having spent
and improve. their time they will be able to choose 38 years doing the job, welcomed the
new changes. He said: “By taking
A fundamental point within the
Performance Regulations - which include a
new concept of gross incompetence - is the
what areas they want to work in.
Ch Insp Molloy believes the public
will gain from an improved service
more of an active role in
Neighbourhood Policing and working
Force inspires teenagers
need to ensure that performance issues are while Special officers will benefit with the SNTs we are playing a bigger TEENAGER Kay-Ann Morris Room, visiting the armed
dealt with as performance and not as conduct. from increased personal development. part. It’s not just about going out on has dreamed of becoming a response unit at Riverside and
There will be four stages to the process. These She said: “They will still be able to response. My first priority is with my police officer since she was four was given an insight into the
will be: go out on response for some of their LAC and getting involved with years old. work of forensics, such as the
time if that’s what they want to do but problem solving and all the different And now, thanks to a fingerprint bureau, forensic
• Informal management action or elements of everyday policing. But for
intervention it may be there are other things such as mentoring scheme to unit and the car clinic.
CID, roads policing, custody, that some of my remaining time I choose
• Stage 1 meeting in which the first line to do other things such as going out encourage more young people Tammy Morris said: “I have
interest them and we can help them
manager initiates an improvement process and get involved with that too.” with the ANPR car.” to join the police, the 17-year- discovered that there is so
a service of improvement notice old is more determined than much more to the police than
• Stage 2 meeting involving a 2nd line ever to fulfil her dream. people think and it has made
manager and service of a final improvement
£3m cannabis seizure Kay-Ann and 14-year-old
Tammy Lock were chosen from
me more confident about
• Hearing – where no improvement is 60 applicants to spend four The two girls accompanied
maintained, the officer is required to attend a weeks with the force as part of Chief Constable Julia Hodson
hearing. the Tap the Gap programme. when she joined London
Codes of Conduct Started by Nottingham City bombings survivor Gill Hicks
Council in 2001, the on a charity walk through the
Standards of Professional Behaviour will programme aims to give young county.
replace existing Codes of Conduct and focus people the opportunity to Ron Lawrence, from the BPA
on what is expected of officers. experience career options in the and a mentor for Tap The Gap,
Welcoming the changes, Deputy Chief public sector. Working in said: “This gives young people
Constable Howard Roberts, said: “They offer partnership with the an insight into policing and a
the right balance in supporting our individual Nottinghamshire Black Police chance to speak to police
officers and responding to and protecting the Association (BPA), young officers and staff and find out
rights of the public. The overall approach is
sensible and long overdue. Staff will see a series people have also been given the about their roles.
of informative articles leading up to the same work experience with the “It also helps to dispel the
commencement, including learning materials, PICTURED above is Chief Superintendent Nick Holmes inside the force. negative images of teenagers
to ensure they understand the changes. There biggest cannabis factory ever found in Notts. Kay-Ann said: “From the age that are often portrayed in the
will also be specific training for supervisors.” of four I’ve aspired to become media.”
Around 3,000 plants worth in the region of £3m were seized during a a police officer and being on A group of more than 40
FORCE TIMES is published by raid at a former chicken factory in Jacksdale. Tap The Gap has strengthened students also spent a day at
Hydroponics and other drug making paraphernalia, including £250,000
Nottinghamshire Police Corporate worth of electrical equipment, were disconnected and seized. my drive and determination to force headquarters as part of
Communications. Thang Nguyen, 48, has been charged with producing cannabis while pursue my chosen career. It has the programme.
four Nottingham men, aged between 25 and 28, a 34-year-old Hucknall also given me a new found self-
Editorial Team: man and a 20-year-old foreign national have been released on bail until confidence.” • Pictured above: Tammy Lock,
Paul Coffey (Editor) ext 800 2083 November. She spent time in the Control left, and Kay-Ann Morris
Val Culley (Information & Publications
Manager) ext 800 2071
David Hunter (Assistant Comms
Officer) ext 800 2077
Officers help youngsters achieve youth club dream
YOUNGSTERS in the village of Shireoaks “We explained this could cause a the support of county councillor Sybil
have raised £500 to set up their own youth nuisance to residents so we set them the Fielding who donated £500 for the hire of
Contributors: club with the help of their Safer challenge of raising money for equipment the village hall for the youth club to run
Divisional Communications Officers Neighbourhood Team. in return for us finding them a location for every Friday evening.
Beat Manager PC Steve Bolstridge and a youth club.” PCSO Beverley Drabble said: “The
Email editor@ PCSOs Beverley Drabble and Stacy The 12 youngsters, aged between nine difference we have seen in these young
nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk Deakin met the children during a and 14, sold drinks at the Worksop people in a matter of months is
Next issue: October 2008 walkabout of the village earlier this year. marathon, ran a tombola and packed unbelievable.
Designed and produced by: PC Bolstridge said: “They told us they shopping bags at checkouts at a “It is excellent that they have taken
TPP Design & Print on 80 per cent played on the streets because they had supermarket. ownership of this project and are
recycled paper. nowhere else to go. The Safer Neighbourhood Team rallied committed to making it succeed.”
Car clinics help drive up detections
By Val Evans
UNIVERSITY students are helping detect vehicle
crime at the force’s drive-in forensic car clinics.
Victims of car crime are given the opportunity to bring their
vehicles to the clinics where the students examine them for
evidence such as fingerprints and traces of blood.
Scenes of crime officer Peter Sharples said: “Personal contact
with the victim allows for a much greater sharing of
information about the crime, and shows the level of service
which we are prepared to provide to the public.”
A fully equipped examination bay at force HQ has been open
to the public since November last year – around six months
after a car clinic in Mansfield opened its doors. Examinations
are carried out in a warm, well-lit, wind-proof environment
offering greater chance of extracting the evidence needed to
trace the offender.
“Since the clinics opened, there has been a significant
improvement in detections and convictions,” said Peter.
The six forensic science degree students are Mohsin Arshid,
Kern Baldeo, Emily Bright, Georgina Bond, Susanna
Dimartino and Alex Rigg. Their work at the HQ and Mansfield
clinics will soon be extended to cover two more clinics being
planned in Tollerton and
Vikki Hellewell, 21,
has just finished her
placement at the car Dr Peter Hulmston, head of the scientific support unit, said:
clinic. She is in her third
year of a four-year
“Our budgets were tight so we looked at the brightest and best
forensic science students at Nottingham Trent University. The
What officers need to do
forensic science degree students get vital and satisfying experience, which helps take
at Nottingham Trent ADVISE car theft victims they will be
auto crime offenders off our streets. In return we get committed contacted by the clinic and invited to attend.
University. and enthusiastic workers playing an important role in helping
She said: “I’ve always The vehicle should be preserved as well as
us drive up vehicle crime detection.”
wanted to do forensic possible, but allowing the vehicle to be
police work. Some Meeting that target driven safely.
people on my course One of the few forces in the UK to offer dedicated car clinics, Do not tag for CSI or recover items from
just love all the gadgets Nottinghamshire has a target of offering appointments to 100 the vehicle to book them into property store.
associated with forensic per cent of victims. “We are meeting that target, with around
science; I’ve always 1,500 people having taken up the offer so far,” said Peter. Just be sure the incident reported and
been fascinated by Before the clinics opened only six per cent of vehicles were starting as Criminal Damage/Suspicious
fingerprints.” examined. Behaviour/Rowdy Nuisance Behaviour is
A Division is serviced by Mansfield Car Clinic, closed on the incident log. The clinic’s search
G VIKKI Hellewell is pictured on the Broadway Industrial Estate opposite for work is on all untagged vehicles.
(top) conducting forensic Mansfield Police Station. C and D Divisions are
examinations and with fellow If you tag the incident, the victim will not
serviced by Force Headquarters Car Clinic.
student Kern Baldeo (left). Both clinics are open between 8am and 4pm be contacted by the car clinic and the
Pictures courtesy of Nottingham Monday to Friday. Plans for B Division are being incident criteria for a CSI visit may not be
Evening Post made. met.
CITY officer James
Bond is helping
organise a charity
Smart software leads
ball to raise money
for a hospital’s
The event, on
to speedy conviction
ONE of the country’s quickest received a tip-off from Austrian actions. This enabled us to
Friday 19 prosecutions for possession of police. charge him and quickly process
September, is being abusive and indecent images of On 5 June Triage ID found him through the court system.”
held at the children has been secured by the more than 1,000 indecent The man pleaded guilty at
G o o s e d a l e force — thanks to clever images on the man’s PC and 13 Nottingham Crown Court in
conference centre in computer software. days later he was interviewed August to 16 charges of
Bestwood village. Triage ID, featured in last and admitted the offences. Less possession of indecent images
James said: month’s Force Times, trawls than seven weeks later he was of children. He was sentenced to
“Having had two through the computers of put before the court and a three-year community
premature babies suspected paedophiles in a sentenced - a process that could supervision order with the
cared for by the matter of hours looking for previously have taken up to 18 condition to attend a community
neonatal unit at indecent images. months. sex offender’s rehabilitation
Nottingham City Nottinghamshire is the first Detective Inspector Ian programme.
Hospital, this is a force in the UK to start using it. Winton said: “Triage ID He was placed on the sex
charity close to our The programme was used to uncovered 1132 indecent offenders register for five years
heart. ” examine the hard drive of a 47- images of children under the age and had a sex offences
The ball will year-old Nottingham man’s of 18. The man was interviewed prevention order of five years
feature a drinks computer after the force and immediately admitted his imposed against him.
reception, good food,
an auction. It starts
Tax-free bikes are snapped up by hundreds of staff THEY don’t look like puppies yet Leonidis, left, and Jerry,
at 7pm and tickets HUNDREDS of staff have taken up the offer of Staff can buy a new bike and pay for it over right, are only 12 weeks old. And the brothers are our latest
are £26 for adults buying a new bike tax-free after the force signed 12 monthly instalments through their salary. recruits having been selected as future working dogs.
and £12 for under- up to the national Cycle to Work scheme. Payments are subject to tax breaks. The pair, pictured with Sgt Kay Staples from the dog
12s. Lindsey O’Hanlon, from employee relations The window for buying a bike has now closed section, are each living with an officer as they embark on their
For details email and equalities, said: “We have had 370 requests but Lindsey said further information would be first steps towards training as police dogs.
jenny@neonatal- over a six-week period which is exceptional. made available in the near future about it Kay said: “It’s early days but they are getting used to being
charityball.co.uk or Nottingham City Council only got around 60 continuing. To find out more visit around people and doing some basic obedience training.
call 07531613692. staff to sign up when it was first implemented.” www.cyclescheme.co.uk They’re both from the same litter but they don’t look alike.”
DETECTIVE Martin Putnar and Crime Scene Investigator Ian Beasley
spent more than a year on the trail of Nottinghamshire’s most prolific
burglar. Force Times Editor PAUL COFFEY spoke with both men about
the hunt to catch Glyn Brookes.
On the trail of a thief...
WHEN Ian Beasley first ignore larger electrical items. Yet he also
spotted a pattern emerging of had some strange habits as T/DI Putnar
burglaries featuring the same “He stole a parrot once and told us later
methods he could never have he took it because it seemed a good idea at
imagined what his trained eye the time. He also liked stealing food,
everything from salmon to a fruit cake. If he
had stumbled upon. didn’t steal it he would make himself
The number of offences was something to eat.
worrying and Ian rightly believed “At one house he cooked himself a bacon
that only one person was sandwich. During interview he said it was
responsible. because he was hungry. He didn’t think that
was odd behaviour.”
But what also began to emerge was It was those strange habits coupled with
the realisation that this was not a his knowledge of forensics and the lengths
typical, opportunistic burglar. • Glyn Brookes he would go to avoid detection, that made
For a start his methods were unusual. the hunt for Brookes such a long and
Unlike other burglars he didn’t look for open windows or frustrating one.
target insecure properties. Ian Beasley said: “There was evidence that he’d smoked
Instead, he chose homes where people were security inside a house but he removed the cigarette butts. He also
conscious – using timer switches on lights when they were • Map showing Brookes’ many targets
took food and drink that he’d consumed away with him. He
out, installing burglar alarms and security lights. was very committed and very focused.” home at the end of the day and then spend my time trawling
As Temporary Detective Inspector Martin Putnar would the internet looking for new things to try or if there was
find out later, Glyn Brookes relished the challenge of Forensically aware something I’d missed.
breaking into a secure house, seeing it as a puzzle to be T/DI Putnar said: “Brookes was extremely forensically “My wife told me later there had been three people in our
solved. aware. He told us he would watch TV programmes about marriage. It started to make me ill,” he added.
But once inside he was not so forgiving and would spend police techniques and forensics so he could learn what we Finally, Brookes slipped up and the nugget of information
a long time searching for things to steal. look for. On a couple of occasions he cut himself breaking T/DI Putnar and Ian Beasley had been desperately seeking,
Jewellery and cash were his favourites and he tended to into a house. So he flooded them to stop us finding any materialised.
traces of blood.” Dropped torch
He also managed to avoid using main roads because he
was worried about being captured on cctv cameras and After breaking into yet another house in Woodthorpe,
instead, would hop through gardens to get from one place to Brookes dropped a torch. He had held it in his mouth when
another. forcing his way in. When the torch was recovered his DNA
“When we began to profile him we had to consider he was was found on it and the end of a four-year burglary spree
ex-military,” said T/DI Putnar. was in sight.
“The way he would carry out reconnaissance, his agility, T/DI Putnar believes Brookes has committed more than a
the way he cut wiring to sabotage security lights and alarms. thousand burglaries over the past four years. And he is
His determination was something else.” adamant that however long he spends in prison for his
As the hunt intensified both Ian and T/DI Putnar found crimes, he will do it again when he is released.
themselves becoming completely immersed in the inquiry. “He is addicted to the thrill of burglary. If he were a drug
• Jewellery recovered from Brookes’ home “I was on his heels for three years waiting for him to slip addict he would be given help to overcome his addiction.
up and make a mistake. I was looking at pretty much every He will almost certainly re-offend unless he receives some
burglary that came in,” said Ian. professional help.”
“We were trying everything, even some
very sophisticated forensic techniques that
are normally only used in murder
For T/DI Putnar and his team – made up
of DC Geoff Brown, DC Damon Smalley,
DC Frank Hampson, DC Wendy Brown,
T/Det Sgt Marcus Oldroyd and DC Laura
Clarke – the pressure to catch Brookes was
“It begins to take over your life,” said
“All of us were desperate to find this
man because we knew hundreds of people
had seen their homes broken into and their
“It did become a passion but it also
• The interior of a house ransacked by Brookes became an obsession for me. I would go
• CSI Ian Beasley • T/DI Martin Putnar
Seatbelt enforcement campaign Drugs network dismantled TWO men have been jailed for a 2006. Last month Gavin Dawes, 30,
A TWO-week enforcement campaign to prosecute motorists at agreed sites throughout the city and
motorists who fail to wear seatbelts started on county. total of 27 years for their part in a of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, was
Monday 1 September. This will also provide the opportunity to educate major drug trafficking and money sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Drivers who also fail to use seatbelts for their motorists about the very real dangers of failing to laundering network. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy
children or drive while using mobile phones will wear a seatbelt, or in using a mobile phone Last month Force Times to supply controlled drugs and 12
also be targeted. illegally. reported how a joint investigation money laundering offences.
The ‘Break the Habit’ campaign has been A number of leaflets and posters have been by the force and the Serious Brian Peck, 31, of Ruddington,
organised and co-ordinated by HQ OSD. Lead prepared to support the campaign, and will be Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to
officers include Chief Inspector Andrew Charlton, available for officers to distribute far and wide to had led to the biggest ever drugs supply controlled drugs as well as
Inspector Ben Crane and Traffic Management the motoring public. There will be a full seizure in the county. three money laundering offences
Manager Heidi Duffy. evaluation, including numbers of motorists More than 60 kilos of heroin, and was jailed for 12 years by a
There has also been extensive partnership prosecuted, undertaken at the end. 90,000 ecstasy tablets and 10 kilos judge at Nottingham Crown
involvement and support, from both Nottingham For more details contact Traffic Management of amphetamines worth £13.6m Court. Three others will be
City and Nottingham County Councils. Officer Sean Konsek on 0115 8444021 Ext 1661 were recovered from a lock-up sentenced for their involvement at
A dedicated team of officers will talk to or 07525 233430. garage in Ruddington in December a later date.
Second pay row looming
ANGER is growing among a 2.325 per cent pay rise as an “insult”, demanding Home Secretary Jacqui
officers over the failure to reach after demanding 3.5 per cent. Smith changes the law to ensure its
But the pay negotiating board has hit decision is binding.
a new pay deal. back saying it was forced to table a one Last year the government incensed
A breakdown in talks between the year deal after the federation rejected its police officers when it failed to backdate
Government and the Police Federation three year offer, described as one of the a pay increase, recommended by the
means the threat of a second consecutive ‘most generous in the public sector.’ tribunal.
pay dispute is looming. The matter has now been referred to You’ve been telling us what you think
Federation chairman Paul McKeever the Police Arbitration Tribunal for a of this latest row and here we publish
G Jacqui Smith has described the government’s offer of second year with the federation some of your views. G Paul McKeever
Let our voices
be heard Stop ‘fobbing us off’ Relationship
I AM growing
extremely tired and
IT really is time for a firm stance
and a flat refusal to accept being
particularly good if inflation is six
per cent next spring!
angry of falling foul of THE government’s handling
‘fobbed off’ by a government It would be nice to have an of the current pay
this government’s which is treating public sector assurance from the government
constant refusal to pay negotiations risks losing the
workers like second-class citizens. that we will get our pay award this goodwill of large numbers
officers what we want Inflation is rising steeply and this autumn and not have to wait until
and deserve. of officers across the
highlights how dangerous a three- next year - and then have them tell country.
They again see fit to year deal would be. Who can us that it won’t be back dated.
offer below the Public confidence in the
accurately say where inflation may What shouldn’t be overlooked is whole criminal justice
recommended pay rise be in a year’s time? that the real rate of inflation for
in keeping with system relies heavily on the
The trend certainly seems to be day-to-day goods (fuel, food, etc) thousands of daily front end
previously agreed terms. in an upward direction. I can accept is running at more like 8-10 per
The only way forward is interactions between
the government may have a valid cent. The government will try its members of the public and
to push for full industrial argument that there has to be some hardest to give us as little as
rights and to allow each individual officers who
‘belt tightening’ and workers possible and I wish Unison and the initiate work with them or
serving officer the right cannot expect above inflation pay Police Federation every success in
to stand together and let on behalf of victims.
deals. But the counter argument to fighting what could be a difficult If this relationship is
OUR voices be heard. this is that a four per cent deal this but necessary battle on our behalf.
No officer would soured by a loss of goodwill
September isn’t going to look Mark Dean then the government may be
enjoy to having to take
these steps and wouldn’t putting at risk a whole lot
make the decision
lightly. But if we don’t
we will continue to be
A right to strike Our hands are tied more in the fabric of our
society than just 0.01 per
cent of the Home Secretary’s
I AM amazed, frustrated and increasingly angry at public sector pay budget.
ignored and walked all how little regard is shown to what officers have toWILL it really matter what we are offered? We are powerless to take any form
over year after year. The official side would do
deal with on a daily basis and the ridiculous of action and our hands are well and truly tied. well to remember the
PC Jason Wood comparisons made with other public services and In a time when morale is at an all time low, in my opinion after 12 years as an proverb – ‘Protest long
professions. officer, does the Home Secretary really think she will get the best out of her
Give us full A police officer is always on call. How does thatofficers?
enough that you are right,
industrial rights and you will be wrong.’
compare with other roles and yet our pay is being I like to think of myself as a very highly motivated officer but I am starting to The government too
WE should now eroded and why? feel my motivation reducing. It appears now we have an army of officers who just should reflect on – ‘What
continue to follow the Like many officers I’ve have always given 100 want to turn up to work for their ten hours and go home, and I believe this is breaks in a moment may
path of full industrial per cent to this job because I felt we were treatedpartly due to feeling unvalued by the powers that be, in terms of offering take years to mend.’
rights through to the about right and I would have no qualms about ridiculous pay increases. DI Ian Winton
European Court in going that extra mile for free if need be. Because of Not forgetting that inflation is tipped to go above five per cent by the end of the
tandem with the pay the specialist public service we provide I always year, and the policing climate awash with firearms and knives making our job
negotiations. It is not even more dangerous. Work to rule has been mentioned as a form of protest but
thought it was right and proper that we shouldn’t be Kick in the face
right nor has it been able to strike. Not any more! I can’t see my DCI being happy with myself or my CID colleagues working to WHEN I became a police
mentioned to any extent Sgt Deborah Hewer rule, when he is pushing for improved results. This could possibly lead to pressure officer and dressed in my
that the government being applied and the work to rule being abandoned. uniform for the first time
received four per cent Undervalued and underpaid So our hands are tied and we might as well accept what we are given. Maybe there was an acceptance of
last year! NO matter how much the individual officer and I will start to do my nine hours and go home......instead of actually trying to be a the dangers that
Who do these people the force as a whole achieves, it will never be thief taker. DC Neil Egglestone accompanied the role.
think they are? We now enough. Ultimately if the worst
need to go all the way I am hearing the phrase ‘work to rule’ from
Follow MPs’ lead Now is the circumstances arise, there is
for the future of all more and more officers. They feel undervalued, always the possibility of
police officers, whatever unappreciated and underpaid. Maybe the answer Perhaps we should follow the lead of our time for action serious injury or even death.
the current outcome, and is to remind the Home Office exactly what we do elected representatives and settle for a deal IF the government will not This is very real and
show this government and how much it would be missed. based on the PMP - Parliamentary Members play fair this year then it’s obviously something Jacqui
and future governments, Last year, we were dealt a bloody nose. This Pay index. Surely that index is fare and time we had the power to Smith either doesn’t see or
exactly what we mean. year is round two of a fight that we can possibly commensurate with the work carried out by take industrial action. chooses to ignore.
Sgt Tony Todd win, if we are prepared to fight dirty. that honest, hard working bunch? Simple as that. I am personally appalled at
PC Richard Kinsey PC Terry Poyser Insp Mike Thornewill the level of disrespect that
Total disdain has been shown to us over
WE are disappointed. tsomething so important as a
It’s dismal we are in the
same position as this
Future pay offers below inflation? small pay rise. We only ask
for what’s fair and reflective
time last year, especially HOW can we possibly trust the Labour government and Jacqui Smith after what happened at the of the important role we
when the Home end of the pay negotiations in 2007? play.
Secretary assured us The current offer of a 2.325 per cent rise falls well below the rate of inflation. The inflation figure In order to get the best out
that this year our pay used by the government is the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which is currently at 4.4 per cent after of a workforce you don’t
would be considered a rise of 0.6 per cent in July. That was the highest jump in a single month for the past ten years. The kick them in the face and
more favourably. She CPI is expected to hit five per cent in the future. The other measure of inflation, the retail Price Index whilst they are down
has treated us with (RPI), is even higher. Therefore the demand for a 3.5 per cent pay rise is a cut in real terms when continue to beat them into
disdain. pitched against the CPI. What concerns me is that if the current offer is in line with the index submission.
JBB vice chairman recommended by the independent Police Arbitration Tribunal last year, are all of our future pay A/Sgt Robert Parkin
Roy Savage offers going to be significantly below the rate of inflation? Sgt Calvin Rawson
UNISON reserves judgment over three year pay deal for police staff
UNISON negotiators met with Police But UNISON re-emphasised that any such deal annual leave to 25 days on appointment and 30 work on an offer in time for the next pay talks
Employers last month to discuss this year’s pay would have to award police staff a decent rise days after five years’ service and lead to a on 22 September.
claim for police staff. every year, contain a re-opener clause in case national pay and grading structure for all “UNISON will then make a judgment as to
Branch secretary Shannie Khan said: “Both inflation continues to rise and delete the lowest police staff in England and Wales. whether we have made sufficient progress on a
sides continued to explore the potential to reach five pay points in the national pay spine.” Shannie added: “The Employers’ side potential three year deal to continue with the
a three year deal up to 2010 on police staff pay. UNISON also wants to increase minimum listened to our case and agreed to go away and talks.”
How we can be
‘flexible and Making it easier SNTs on
to make that call
WHEN Chris Channon problems outside his home. He
NEW pages to promote our
Safer Neighbourhood Teams
(SNT) are now up and running
on the force website.
Contact details, including
needed urgent police said: “I live alone in the email addresses and phone
community, so it is vital I have numbers, local priorities and
assistance he rang 999 reliable access to the emergency the action we are taking to solve
but was almost labelled a services. Unfortunately, I have a community issues, are all
hoax caller. condition called cerebral palsy that available on the site and will be
That is because his affects my speech - especially updated regularly.
when I’m under duress or in pain - Following consultation across
disability affects his speech, the feelings one usually the force, photographs of beat
making it difficult for him to experiences when making a 999 managers are now featuring on
communicate with callers on call. the site with images of PCSOs,
the other end of the phone. New approach wardens and Community
But now he is helping the force Protection Officers to follow
lead the way in making it easier for “Although TypeTalk and SMS • Control room call handler soon.
CONTINUING our look at the Policing for people with disabilities to make Text access is available, these Michael Prince operating the The information will be
You vision statement, this month we look at 999 calls and contact police. options are unsuitable for me Pegasus system invaluable for response officers,
the phrase ‘flexible and responsive’ and ask Chris came up with Pegasus - a because I have poor dexterity. The handler can then access their detectives and other police staff
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Ackerley what database that enables people to development and piloting of details from the database. who are looking to build an
that means for the job you do. quickly identify themselves by Pegasus is a radically new It is hoped the scheme will be intelligence picture of an area,
He said: “There’s no mystique about it. It’s quoting a simple PIN code rather approach to providing 999 access taken up by the other emergency with experts in the field who can
about recognising that the service we offer than having to say their name and to people with speech impairments. services and extended nationally at help provide local knowledge
cannot be a one-size-fits-all. How can we address. Knowing that the police are willing some point in the future. Inspector and advice.
truly respond to what our users are telling First of its kind to listen helps me to live in the Tony Dennis said: “Once a PIN All the Safer Neighbourhood
us? It’s about creating a culture, with strong community with a greater degree number is quoted we will know it Teams are being asked to ensure
leadership, which gives officers and staff the Believed to be the first of its kind of confidence”. is not a hoax call if someone details are kept up-to-date, and
confidence to step outside our procedures in the country, it also gives officers The database contains details doesn’t speak straight away. It also to email any changes through
on the ground access to contact provided by people with physical means we can access personal the internal directory to ‘snt’.
and processes and use their discretion. details and other information of
“Allowing people to use their judgment and learning disabilities, or mental details and find out if there is The SNT pages can be
people registered with the scheme. health problems, who have anything we can do to make the accessed through the force
and substitute another way to resolving an Pegasus has been piloted in registered with the force because call easier. In some cases it may be
issue or problem, will improve the quality of website, by clicking on the Notts
Nottinghamshire since April and is their disability makes it difficult for asking a question in a different way Police website button on the
service we provide.” now ready to be extended to other them to give spoken details when or simply giving the person time to
Mr Ackerley said a great example of how right-hand side of the intranet
disabled people across the county. calling the police. answer more slowly.” home page, going to ‘Your Local
the force was being ‘flexible and responsive’ Around 40 people have already When a person registers with For more details of Pegasus
was the creation of the Pegasus call system, Police’ section, and visiting the
registered. Pegasus they are issued with a PIN contact Insp Dennis, Sgt Peter required beat using the links on
helping people with disabilities who need to Chris had to ring 999 after number. When they call they only Sanderson or Lynda Fagg at
ring 999. the right-hand side of the page.
several youths were causing need to quote their PIN and the call CYRR.
Paul’s BlackBerry proves fruitful
HAVING a handheld device proved Safer Neighbourhood Teams and
invaluable when PC Paul Toon was Roads Policing Officers among the
on the search for an offender. first to receive them.
The Kimberley beat manager had Officers will have access to email,
been asked to find a 21-year-old who GPS, mapping and Google Earth
had just assaulted a fellow officer. but after a day’s training will be able
While he and others scoured to access a wealth of force functions
nearby fields, cctv operators in such as PNC, Memex, POETS,
Beeston emailed a photograph of the Genie and BATS.
offender to PC Toon’s BlackBerry. Future functions being developed
Police dogs found a man hiding in include crime input, photographs,
undergrowth and PC Toon was able and DVLA DVS (Driver Validation
to correctly identify him there and System).
then. There are also proposals for
He said: “It is fantastic to be out developing other functions such as
on a job and receive up to the for Stops, Crime (ability for search,
minute information, such as photos, update and tasking), Customer
without having to go back to the Service Desk, Command and
station. Control, crime number addition,
“I can also check a person’s ability to update incidents and
history or a car’s details, on the spot, dispatch, video witness intranet
and download pieces of intelligence search facility, and prisoner • PC Paul Toon
on to Memex. Not only does this photographs search.
make me more effective, it also The force has received a share of “Having access to work emails and
means I am not calling the control more than £8m from the Home the Police National Computer means
room and using up the airwaves.” Office following a successful East I can start and end the day on my
By the end of September, 1500 Midlands collaborative bid to fund beat. In the near future police
BlackBerrys will have been the roll out of mobile data in the officers may never need to go to
• PC Paul Toon pictured on his BlackBerry distributed with response officers, region. police stations at all,” said PC Toon.
Health drive inspires new look Sue Joining forces
to cut red tape
SUE Kennedy’s not quite half the woman me losing a stone would make a real difference.
she was a year ago but thanks to a drive “I went away and seriously thought about it and it IMPROVING the way the
took me a couple of months to pluck up the courage region’s police forces work
by her boss to improve staff fitness, she’s to join my local Slimming World class. But it was the together is at the heart of a
definitely a different woman. best decision I ever made.” project to align policies and
That’s because the 38-year-old shed 36lb in After three weeks Sue had lost half a stone and procedures.
weight in just ten months after an office health never looked back. All five forces across the
check convinced her to change her lifestyle. East Midlands currently
Updating her wardrobe develop, review and revise
Sue works as a clerical assistant in the Serious and
Organised Crime Unit at Oxclose Lane, which is “When I started I never thought I’d lose two and a policies and procedures
where Detective Inspector John Reddington half stone but having the health check gave me the separately.
introduced voluntary health checks for his staff. kick I needed to do something about my weight. I This means things are
Despite some early scepticism, most took part and, feel a completely different woman,” she said. done slightly differently in
with the help of Pete Ward in Occupational Health, Derbyshire, Leicestershire,
Colleagues have certainly noticed the difference L i n c o l n s h i r e ,
underwent MoTs - cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and she’s already having fun updating her wardrobe. Northamptonshire and
weight, BMI She said: “I bought a new pair of trousers a few Nottinghamshire.
and blood days ago and couldn’t believe I got in a size ten!” But that can cause
sugar tests. DI Reddington is convinced health checks are a problems when the forces
Sue, a great way of motivating staff and saving the force work together, particularly
mother of one, money. in operational situations.
said: “I had my He said: “The health checks were very interesting The new project, managed
first health test but it prompted some people to make some lifestyle by the Regional
in July 2007 changes and improve their health and fitness, Collaboration Programme,
and though I including Sue. will help reduce duplication
knew I was “Others altered their diet because their cholesterol of work.
overweight I was too high. Strategic group the
wanted advice “We have carried on doing it every six months and Regional Policy Board
on how much I the results have been good. It’s triggered a healthier decides which policies and
realistically lifestyle for everybody and doesn’t cost anything. It procedures would benefit
needed to lose. can also save money in the long term if people stay from a regional approach.
• Sue in Cyprus last year The nurse told healthy by reducing sickness rates.” • Sue on holiday in Tenerife this summer The board, made up of
representatives from all
forces and East Midlands
Dave’s monster fish out of water Persistent offenders Special Operations Unit,
then commissions a force to
face recall to prison develop and consult on a
policy or procedure.
A regional library will be
FAST teamwork and good recently moved to new created as policies and
policing saw a prolific premises at Castle Gate House procedures go through the
offender stopped in his tracks in Castle Gate, Nottingham. system and details of those
and returned to prison – all in Made up of probation staff, commissioned will be
a matter of hours. police officers and drug published.
Thanks to streamlined workers, the PPO team is Assistant Chief Constable
working between the highly there to help officers keep Sue Fish, who is the
successful multi-agency prolific and priority offenders project’s regional lead, said:
Prolific and Priority Offender away from crime or away “This will help improve
(PPO) Unit of the Sherwood from the community. inter operational ability
Project, the man was sent The team monitors between forces, making it
SUPERINTENDENT back to prison immediately persistent burglars, robbers easier for them to work
Dave Wakelin came across rather than being bailed and and serious auto crime together.
this 400lb monster fish allowed back into the offenders who are in the “For example, standard-
while holidaying in Wales. community. community on prison licence vetting procedures across
And it caused a real stir Acting Sergeant Jim Bell (Level 1) or as part of a the region would see
with marine enthusiasts said he had been arrested on community order. Level 1 everyone security cleared to
because the fish in question suspicion of burglary. offenders are released into the same standard. This
is a marlin, normally found “When the burglary team the community under strict means you could work
in warmer waters near the took on the investigation they conditions but can be anywhere in the region
Caribbean or mid Atlantic. news in the fishing newspaper Angling immediately contacted the returned to prison without having to go
Dave and his friend Dave Auckland Times. PPO team who started the immediately if they breach through further vetting. It
came across the 9ft long fish on a beach in Dave said: “I am an avid carp angler and process of revoking the them. will also cut down on
Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire. have fished since I was a boy. offender’s licence and “This is what is known as a bureaucracy - meaning we
And, after taking a photograph to record “I knew straight away it was a marlin. recalling him to prison,” he ‘recall’ – one of the easiest only need to write a policy
the unusual find, the head of corporate We took a picture and sent it off to Angling said. arrests an officer will make!” or procedure once instead of
development found himself front page Times.” The Sherwood Project has said Jim. five times.”
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Athletics Terry judges
THE force athletics section had
a great night at the Jagermeister
10k Notts Police Champs,
hosted by Formula1 Running Lifesaving
In the Notts Police Champs, THE world’s best
Duncan Brown retained his lifesavers battled it
championship position from out at an
last year coming in at 36mins international
18sec followed by Al Seamer in tournament – and
36.36 with third place to Gareth were judged by a
Castledine in 37.26. Notts PC.
Behind the leading group Terry Draycott
Neil Langham, Paul Anderson (pictured) is a vastly
and Graham Whitt all finished experienced
within half a second of each lifesaver and is now
other. Anne Howick continued a renowned international referee. He was
her good form coming in as 1st chosen as one of the judges for the World
female for Notts Police and Lifesaving Championships in Germany.
201st overall, followed by But the city beat manager almost didn’t
Rebecca Minson as 2nd female get there after he turned up at Stansted
and 295th overall. Notts Police Airport for a flight to Berlin only to find
also took the team prize beating his passport was out of date.
defending champions Long “I couldn’t believe it. Fortunately I was
Eaton Running Club. able to get a new passport and headed out
Graham Whitt said: “We won to join the team two days later but I
the team prize easily which became the subject of some severe mickey- to become a teacher, assessor and now incidents. Teams from 26 nations took part. G COMPETITORS
clearly shows what can be taking,” said Terry. international referee. As a police officer of 33-years, Terry is now in action at the
achieved by dedicated runners.” It was as a 12-year-old schoolboy that he The 52-year-old, from Bulwell, was a lane hoping to judge at the ACPO Championship lifesaving event in
Full results: took up lifesaving and in 1972 he won his first judge at the World Championships, assessing in Dublin in 2009. Germany
1st (6th overall) Duncan bronze medallion. Progressing through contestants’ techniques in several events, He said: “At least I know now that my
Brown 36.18 various courses and examinations, he went on including line throw, swim and tow and passport will be in date for a few more years!”
2nd (10th overall) Al Seamer
3rd (16th overall)
4th (39th overall)
5th (40th overall)
Notts on the verge of cup glory ended. Team spokesman Derek Pickering said: “It was a splendid victory
Anderson 40.24 Cricket and our most convincing of the campaign so far. We are really excited
6th (44th overall) Graham about the final. It is an opportunity to play at one of the prettiest county Angling
Whitt 40.41 A TRIUMPHANT Notts side are now hot favourites to win championship grounds – Worcestershire’s New Road.”
7th (60th overall) Steve this year’s Police Sport UK cup after a resounding semi-final Holders Dyfed-Powys had been expected to overcome The Met in B R I A N
Craner 41.54 victory against West Midlands. their semi-final but torrential rain dashed any hopes of play. Instead, Peatfield won
8th (95th overall) Jody both sides had to settle for the lottery of a bowl out – and The Met won the match at
Leonardi 44.28 The team go into next week’s final against The Met full of confidence
after their most convincing display of the season. 2-1. The final is due to be played on Tuesday 9 September. Sherwood Lake
9th (132nd overall) Phil Hogg
46.34 A sparkling 63 not out from Nolan McKenzie was the highlight of a with a catch of
10th (139th overall) Matt Notts run chase after West Midlands were dismissed on their own ground 15lb 4oz. He
Butler 46.53 for 166. McKenzie hit three sixes and seven fours and shared a match- was more than
11th (142nd overall) Julian winning partnership of more than 60 with David Fraser-Darling. three pounds
Bramley 47.02 It continues a great run of form with the bat for McKenzie, a ahead of
12th (161st overall) Neil community protection officer in the city, who has now scored more than Marcus Tierney
Hallam 48.08 230 runs in the competition so far and only been out once. who returned a
13th (163rd overall) Simon In a rain-affected game Notts were 128-3 when the match was catch of 11lb
Henrys 48.22 abandoned but won thanks to a far superior run rate. 14oz. Nat
14th (178th overall) Michael Respectable score Attenborough,
Drury 49.12 Earlier, Mark Haseman took three early wickets as West Mids, who who took third
15th/1st female (208th overall) were put into bat by Notts skipper Pete Crawley, collapsed to 29-4. And place with 10lb
Anne Howick 50.45 though they rallied to post a respectable score, the rest of the wickets 12oz, also
16th (208th overall) Stuart were shared among the Notts bowlers. caught the
McHattie 51.13 As dark clouds gathered, the Notts batsmen had to keep one eye on the biggest fish – a
17th (243rd overall) Pete weather and ensure their run rate was higher than West Mids. bream weighing
Boddy 55.02 Despite losing Chris Miller early, out to a dubious LBW decision, 4lb. Steve
18th (285th overall) Liam Fraser-Darling took the score on to 44 with Karl Thomas before
Hennessy 58.51 Draper was
McKenzie came to the wicket. fourth with 8lb
19th/2nd female (295th overall) With the score on 107 Fraser-Darling chopped a ball on to his stumps G A WEST Midlands batsman fends off a delivery from Nolan
Rebecca Minson 59.54 8oz.
and McKenzie and Jason Caunt were in the middle when the match McKenzie as Notts wicket keeper Derek Pickering looks on.
Winning start against double winners
TWO wins from their opening two games With key players due to return from
gave Notts a great start to their new league Football injury there will be some healthy
campaign. competition for places in the coming
The force began the season with a weeks.
daunting trip to last year’s double winners – their chance to shine and it was two of Jeff added: “We are a new side and there
Caribbean Cavaliers but stole the points them who combined to win the game. were many promising signs. But it is
thanks to a last minute winner from With only seconds remaining Dan important we keep up the good work
debutant Ben James. Sloane fed Ben James who fired a stinging otherwise our efforts will count for
They followed that victory with a 3-1 shot, which the unfortunate Cavs keeper nothing.”
win against Clifton FC three days later but could only parry into his own net.
were held to a 1-1 draw by Gedling Jeff admitted his team were fortunate to
come away with all three points but was Forthcoming fixtures:
Southbank in their third fixture.
Manager Jeff Gubbins is delighted with impressed with the way his players stood Wed Sep 3 - Hucknall Rolls Leisure
his side’s start, especially the 1-0 victory firm and never gave up. (a) Rolls Royce Sports Ground KO TBA
against the Cavaliers. Three days Notts enjoyed a comfortable Sat Sep 6 - Wollaton (h) - Bestwood
The force went into that fixture without victory over a Clifton side who had Workshops 3pm KO
G NOTTS striker Dan Sloane, right, once on the books seven first-team players because of injuries thrashed them 7-3 in the corresponding Sat Sep 13 - Keyworth Utd (h) -
with Sheffield United, lunges into a tackle during the and unavailability. fixture last year. Bestwood Workshops 3pm KO
match against Clifton as teammate Neil Smith looks on. But it gave four debutants - Ben James, Goals from James Walker, Dan Sloane Sat Sep 20 - Basford Utd (a) -
Picture by James Goss Dan Sloane, Steve Corry and Andy Wilson and Chris Mercer secured the points. Greenwich Avenue, Basford 3pm KO