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Home Office Announces Police Pay Award (Tue, 12 Sep 2017)
A summary of the police pay and benefits, allowing you to see the pay brackets for officers, is published below: Summary of national pay and benefits (as at 1st September 2017) Police officers are eligible to receive a range of pay and benefits, including: * a basic annual starting salary of between £19,971 and £23,124 for constables, rising to £38,382 within 7 years of joining; a minimum of 22 days of annual leave, rising with service to 30 days, plus bank holidays; access to a valuable pension scheme; a flexible working schedule, including career breaks; enhanced maternity pay and leave and parental support pay (up to two weeks), as well as other additional provisions for new parents, including adoptions; paid allowances to compensate for disruption to family life and the demands of the role; sick leave on full pay for up to six months; a fair and inclusive promotion policy; and, temporary promotion opportunities which attract an enhanced salary and/or acting up allowance. Individual forces may offer a range of additional benefits such as childcare vouchers, employee assistance programmes and lifestyle discounts. Basic pay From 1 September 2017, basic rates of annual pay for police officers are: Police constables: £19,971 - £23,124 (minimum) depending on skills and experience - £38,382 (maximum) Sergeants: £39,693 (minimum) - £43,134 (maximum) Inspectors: £49,176 (minimum) - £53,340 (maximum) Inspectors (London): £51,330 (minimum) - £55,512 (maximum) Chief Inspectors: £54,432 (minimum) - £56,670 (maximum) Chief Inspectors (London): £56,601 (minimum) - £58,833 (maximum) Superintendents: £65,478 (minimum) - £77,340 (maximum) Chief Superintendents: £81,156 (minimum) - £85,614 (maximum) Assistant Chief Constables: £98,538 (minimum) - £111,249 (maximum) Deputy Chief Constables and Chief Constables pay is determined by the size of the force and level of crime demand. Additional pay allowances In addition to basic pay, police officers in London receive regional allowances of up to £6,735 per annum. Police officers in Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey or Thames Valley constabulary may receive regional allowances of up £3,000 per annum. Police officers in Bedfordshire, Hampshire or Sussex constabulary may receive regional allowances of up £2,000 per annum. Police officers meeting the relevant criteria may also receive additional allowances, for example, unsocial hours allowance, on call allowance and motor vehicle allowance. Pay progression Police officers receive annual incremental pay of between 2% or more, depending on rank and experience, in addition to any annual pay awards. This is dependent upon an officer’s performance having been graded as either ‘satisfactory’ or above in the annual appraisal. Dependent on satisfactory performance, a constable will typically reach the top of their pay scale in 5-7 years; other ranks in 3-4 years. Pension Police officers are entitled to membership of a defined benefit pension scheme. Members benefit from employer contributions of 21.3% of their pay towards their pensions on top of their own contribution. All contributing members are able to take their pension by age 60, with the majority able to take a pension sooner. The pension schemes not only provide for a pension for the member in retirement, but also an ill-health pension should the member need to be ill-health retired before their pension age, and pensions for a surviving spouse or partner, and/or children depending on the circumstances. Police pensions are amongst the best available and the benefits reflect the unique nature of police service.
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City of London Police's computer software service frauds campaign (Wed, 30 Aug 2017)
Computer software service fraud occurs when fraudsters pose as legitimate companies, and contact you, claiming there is a problem with your device. They might say that they can fix the problem for a fee, or alternatively they can compensate you for the problem you are experiencing. What these fraudsters really want is for you to unwittingly grant them remote access to your computer by installing software or visiting a particular website, and for you to give them your payment details. Protect yourself against fraudsters To help you protect yourself against fraudsters, there are some simple steps you can take. These are: Treat all unsolicited phone calls and e-mails with scepticism and don’t give out any personal information. If you receive such communication, delete the e-mail or hang up the phone. Remember, computer firms do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer or e-mails about security updates. Even if the caller is able to provide you with details such as your full name, don’t give out any personal or financial information during a cold call. Never grant the caller remote access to your computer, never go to a website they give you and never install software as a result of the call. If you think you have downloaded a virus, consider having your computer looked at by a trusted technician in order to determine if malicious software was installed on your machine during the call. If you need further assurance, you can contact the firm directly using the phone numbers obtained from their contract or other trusted sources. The Computer Software Service frauds campaign From 30 August to 1 September, the City of London Police will be tweeting from the @CyberProtectUK Twitter account about computer software service frauds, how to spot the signs, how to protect yourself against fraudsters, and the importance of reporting this fraud to Action Fraud. All tweets will use the hashtag #CSSFraud. You can find out further information about how to avoid becoming a victim of Computer Software Service frauds by visiting the Action Fraud website. If you are the victim of a computer software service fraud, you can report it to Action Fraud: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
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CPS #HateCrimeMatters campaign (Fri, 25 Aug 2017)
Hate crime impacts not only the individual victim but also the wider community - but many victims and witnesses can find it difficult to report or even speak up about it. To encourage people to come forward and report hate crime incidents, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has launched the social media #HateCrimeMatters campaign. You can support the campaign by following the CPS on Twitter and use the hashtag #HateCrimeMatters. To coincide with the social media campaign, the CPS has published new public statements on how it will prosecute hate crime and support victims in England and Wales. It is also publishing an online support guide specifically for disabled victims and witnesses of crime. In addition to the public statements, the CPS has also published revised legal guidance that sets out how prosecutors should make charging decisions and handle these cases in court. Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "Hate crime has a corrosive effect on our society and that is why it is a priority area for the CPS. It can affect entire communities, forcing people to change their way of life and live in fear. "These documents take account of the current breadth and context of offending to provide prosecutors with the best possible chance of achieving justice for victims. They also let victims and witnesses know what they should expect from us. "I hope that, along with this week's campaign, they will give people the confidence to come forward and report hate crime, in the knowledge that they will be taken seriously and given the support they need." A hate crime is an offence where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or shows hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity. Reporting hate crime Anyone can be the victim of a hate crime. If you, or someone you know, is the victim of a hate crime, or if you’ve seen happening to someone else, report it to the police by phoning 101. Alternatively, you can report it via the True Vision online or downloadable form. True Vision is a national police scheme to help victims of hate crime report the incident and get the help and advice they need. Visit report-it.org.uk to find out more.
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Nominations open for awards celebrating police volunteers (Tue, 22 Aug 2017)
The countdown to the 2017 Lord Ferrers Awards has begun - and the public are invited to nominate inspiring police volunteers. Policing and Fire Minister Nick Hurd launched the nominations for 24th annual Lord Ferrers Awards which recognise the outstanding contribution of special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets. The awards are a chance to celebrate the achievements of police volunteers across England and Wales and you can nominate a police volunteer who you feel deserves special recognition via this online form. The deadline for submitting your nomination is Sunday 17 September. This year a new category has been introduced for Technical Innovation, to encourage recognition of ‘cyber specials’ and those volunteers using technology creatively to combat the changing nature of crime. Celebrating the achievements of police volunteers Policing and Fire Minister, Nick Hurd said: “Policing has a long and proud history of volunteers and the Lord Ferrers Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate their achievements. “Every day special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets make a selfless contribution to tackling crime and supporting police forces. “I urge members of the public to nominate police volunteers who they think have made an outstanding contribution to their communities for an award.”
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How diverse are the police? (Mon, 21 Aug 2017)
These data also show how diverse individual forces are in comparison with the local force area population, allowing the public to hold Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables to account for how well the force reflects the community it serves. Bringing in new perspectives The police have made real improvements in diversity - there are a greater proportion of women and black and minority ethnic (BME) officers than ever before. However, the Government has been clear that there is more for forces to do. Innovative schemes such as Direct Entry and Police Now are making the police workforce more diverse; showing that we can attract the brightest and best into policing, whilst introducing new perspectives into policing some of the country’s most challenging neighbourhoods. Diverse police forces to meet modern crime challenges Police forces that reflect the communities they serve are crucial to tackling crime in a modern diverse society. Increasing diversity in police forces goes right to the heart of this country’s historical principle of policing by consent. The police need to understand communities if they are to tackle crimes that affect them. More than ever, diversity is an important part of operational effectiveness. The Home Office collects data on BME and female officers and staff, and we want this to be as accessible as possible. We also know that policing can be more representative and inclusive in other areas of diversity. Despite the difficultly in collecting robust data for other protected characteristics, the Government is clear that they are equally important.
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How diverse are the police? (Fri, 21 Jul 2017)
Since 2015, all forces now annually publish a diversity profile to enable chief constables to identify areas for improvement. The latest profiles (available on this site) have been published and give breakdowns by age, gender and ethnicity, compared against the local population, allowing you to see how well or not your local force reflects the community it serves. Changing the culture of policing Increasing diversity in police forces goes right to the heart of the historic principle of policing by consent. To encourage people with fresh talent and the right skills into policing, the College of Policing developed the Direct Entry and Fast Track programmes. These schemes are changing the culture of policing by opening it to people from different backgrounds, improving the diversity of the police, helping forces to be more representative of the communities they serve. Diverse police forces to meet modern crime challenges One of the key benefits of creating more diverse police forces is the range of talents and skills both men and women from a range of backgrounds can bring to policing. Having a diverse workforce of police officers adept at tackling not only traditional crimes, but many of the other emerging crime types will help police forces meet both today’s and future challenges.
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Be Cyber Aware and stay secure online (Wed, 12 Apr 2017)
More people now store valuable data – both personal and business – on devices like a smartphone, tablet or computer. If a hacker gains access to your device they could cause a lot of damage – for example, they can access sensitive data such as your email or bank details or your clients’ details if you are a business owner. To help you keep your data secure, the Cyber Aware campaign is encouraging people to take three simple steps to help stay secure online. These are: Make passwords stronger by using three random words Install security software on all devices Always download the latest software updates You can find out further information about being more secure online by visiting the Cyber Aware website, and by following Cyber Aware’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to receive ideas and advice on how you can be more secure online and thwart cyber criminals.
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Greater Manchester to elect a new mayor who will be responsible for policing (Mon, 13 Mar 2017)
The Mayor of Greater Manchester will be responsible for holding the police to account for delivering the kind of policing you want to see. Their aim will be to cut crime and to ensure your police force is effective. They are there to ensure the policing needs of the public are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled by the police. They will bring a public voice to policing and will do this by: engaging with the public and victims of crime to help set police and crime plans; ensuring the police force budget is spent where it matters most; and, appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the chief constable. Combined Authority Mayors Devolution is putting new and more power in the hands of local people. By helping communities take control of decisions that matter to them, Combined Authority Mayors will be accountable to the people they serve. Greater Manchester is one of six regions in England where people will be electing their first Combined Authority Mayors on 4 May. You can find out more about the combined authority mayoral elections in your region by visiting: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Greater Manchester Liverpool City Region Tees Valley West Midlands West of England The new Mayors will work across their regions to provide a louder voice for local people. They will act as ambassadors to bring together businesses, public service providers and communities to improve the productivity and prosperity of the area. In Greater Manchester, the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner will be merged with that of the new Mayor and have responsibilities for policing and crime. Make sure you can vote in the mayoral elections by registering by 13 April. You can do so by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
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You can play your part in helping to tackle the terrorist threat facing the UK (Mon, 06 Mar 2017)
Action Counters Terrorism Terrorism is rare in the UK; however, the police and the security and intelligence agencies depend on information from you to help defeat it. In the past, lives have been saved and terrorists have been thwarted, thanks to the public coming forward with information. New figures reveal that information from the public has assisted counter terrorism police in a third of the most ‘high-risk’ investigations, helping keep communities safe. To help the public understand what suspicious behaviour might look like, and to encourage the reporting of suspicious activity to the anti-Terrorist Hotline and to report on-line terrorist and extreme material to the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit, the police have launched the new Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) campaign. Security Minister Ben Wallace said: “Our police and security and intelligence agencies work tirelessly, often unseen, day in and day out to keep families and communities across the country safe. The public also have a vital role to play as they are ideally placed to notice activity which is unusual. “I welcome the police’s ACT campaign which raises awareness about what to look out for and provides people with easy-to-access advice. “Ultimately, this is a job for all of us. I encourage people to follow the campaign’s message to remain alert but not alarmed by the threat and report any concerns to the police.” More information on what to look out for can be found at gov.uk/ACT where you can report your concerns on-line or by calling police confidentially on 0800 789321.
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Prime Minister announces plans to transform the way we tackle domestic violence and abuse (Mon, 20 Feb 2017)
Domestic abuse is an appalling crime. It is the worst possible violation of the trust that those in close relationships place in one another. It shatters the lives of its victims, and in some cases, leads to tragic and untimely deaths. That is why tackling domestic violence and abuse has been one of this Government’s top priorities. In recent years much has been done to improve the response to domestic abuse, including the new offence of ‘Controlling and Coercive Behaviour’, Domestic Violence Protection Orders, and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme. To build on these measures and deliver a system that increases convictions, and works better for victims, the Prime Minister has announced a major new programme of work, leading towards bringing forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act. Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Domestic violence and abuse is a life shattering and absolutely abhorrent crime; tackling it is a key priority for this government – and something I have always attached a personal importance to, both as Home Secretary and now as Prime Minister. I am clear that we need to build on the measures I introduced as Home Secretary – including the new offence of ‘Controlling and Coercive Behaviour’, Domestic Violence Protection Orders, and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – and ensure that no stone will be left unturned in delivering a system that increases convictions, and works better for victims.” If you have a concern about someone you know, or someone you are in a relationship with you should contact your police force on 101. You should always dial 999 in an emergency.
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FROM LEICESTERSHIRE POLICE

 

Nigel Green MBE
ASCCO

 

Dear Nigel,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Volunteers in Policing Team at Leicestershire Police, to thank you for generously sponsoring our 2017 Awards night earlier this month.


We have more than 800 volunteers who in the last year have dedicated an astounding 114,000 hours to the force. We are very grateful for your support, which allows us to fully express our gratitude to every single one of them, and give them the formal recognition they deserve.


At Leicestershire Police, volunteers have diverse roles and this year have committed their time to events such as Leicester Pride, Remembrance Day and the annual Download music festival. They have also provided vital support to police officers in high profile investigations, and went above and beyond to help the force in the days following the Manchester and London terrorist attacks.


They also help the community in other ways, including organising crime prevention events, monitoring CCTV in public places, and always promoting positive citizenship.


I am incredibly proud of all that our volunteers achieve and I find it a great honour to be able to celebrate their efforts with them. The Awards night never fails to ignite their morale and fills them with enthusiasm for the coming year.


The evening was a spectacular success and I have been inundated with positive feedback from our volunteers, guests and sponsors.


I hope you enjoyed the evening as much as I did, and your contribution was very much appreciated by all.
I am already looking forward to next year’s Awards night, and I truly hope that we will have the pleasure of working with you again in the future.


Please let me know if you would like any photographs or editorial content from this year’s event, or if you would consider promoting Leicestershire Police’s volunteering opportunities within your organisation.


Thank you once again for your kind support.


Yours sincerely,

 

Superintendent Martyn Ball

 

 

 

Volunteer officers have been “celebrated and recognised” after lending thousands of hours in the aftermath of recent terror attacks. -Article from Police Professional



‘National Specials Weekend’ took place from June 3-4 to highlight the work of volunteer officers across the country.

The event was disrupted by the London Bridge terror attack on Saturday (June 3), but special constables were providing additional resources in London and the North West within hours.

The week following the Manchester attack, Greater Manchester Police special constables delivered more than 4,700 hours’ service – valued at over £140,000.

Chief Officer Dale Checksfield, of Durham Special Constabulary, claims the relationship between specials and full-time police officers has “never been closer” as the Special Constabulary professionalises.

He said: “National Specials Weekend is the one weekend each year where the year round efforts of the Special Constabulary, as an integrated part of policing, are celebrated and recognised.

“Special constables serve on the front line of policing, across the UK, and do so for no reward.

“They face the same risks as their paid colleagues and it is right that we highlight the value they bring to our communities and share our thanks for what they give freely.”

This year’s National Specials Weekend – which kick-started National Volunteers Week – had no theme to enable forces to determine how best to use their resources in response to high levels of demand.

Many special constables were deployed in reassurance patrols and to support events like the One Love concert in Manchester – held on Sunday (June 4) to raise money for the victims of the recent attack.

Others were delivering road traffic operations and augmenting response and neighbourhood policing.

The Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers (ASCCO) also announced over the weekend that more volunteer officers will be recruited by 2020 “to add value to policing”.

North Wales Police intends to recruit 100 more special constables over the next three years. The other three Welsh forces have not set specific targets.

ASCCO chair Ian Miller said: “I think by increasing the number of specials, it gives resilience to police forces with the security threat.

“There’s an advantage in being able to call on fully qualified people to provide an additional resource during times of need.”

 

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