Southern Update w/c 22 July

By DPF Admin29th July 2013August 6th, 2019Area Updates, Latest News, Southern Updates

Kent Police opens recruitment for new officers

Kent Police started recruitment for new officers this morning. (Monday, July 29)

Applicants have less than a week to submit their entries, which close at 4pm on Friday, August 2.

Successful candidates will have a starting salary of £21,000 and will be provided with training and development opportunities.

It is planned for intakes to start work next year.

Chief Constable Ian Learmonth said: “I am pleased to announce that Kent Police is opening a recruitment campaign for police constables.

“The role of police constable is demanding, but very rewarding. You will work in the heart of communities and be responsible for protecting life and property, as well as bringing offenders to justice.

“If you have a passion for helping to protect people living across Kent then I would welcome your application. 

Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner said: “We have already lost 500 officers through natural wastage so it's fantastic news that Kent Police is now able to open the doors and bring in new blood to the organisation.

“It's especially important that our young people in society have an opportunity to join the Force and play their part in keeping our communities safe.”

For more information on the role and to find out if you're eligible to apply, visit the Kent Police website and read becoming a Police Constable in Kent.

Original source Kent Online.

Surrey police officer questioned over Horsham crash

A Surrey police officer has been interviewed after a crash which left a woman with serious injuries.

The woman's car collided with an unmarked Surrey Police van on Friday, 28 June.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the 45-year-old man had been interviewed on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving or careless driving.

The IPCC said it would be overseeing an external investigation by Sussex Police into the incident near Horsham.

Surrey Police referred the incident to the police watchdog because it involved one of the force's officers, the IPCC said.

Commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone said the investigation was examining the circumstances surrounding the collision and the actions of the officer driving the van.

“The investigation will focus on the circumstances leading up to the collision to consider whether all relevant policies and procedures were adhered to,” he said.

He said the collision occurred at about 13:00 BST on the A29 at Warnham, in Sussex.

The 34-year-old woman, who was in a Ford Fiesta, was airlifted to hospital where she remains in a serious condition.

Original source BBC News.

Met Police officer suffered broken arm in A12 crash

A police officer injured when the police car he was driving overturned on the A12 in Essex suffered a broken arm, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

All three lanes of the southbound stretch were closed for several hours after the accident at 07:30 BST on Thursday, 25 July at Margaretting near Chelmsford.

The Met Police's Silver Hyundai i30 was the only vehicle involved.

The male passenger, also a Met Police officer, suffered minor injuries.

At the time of the crash, the officer was reported to have suffered serious injuries. Both have now been discharged from hospital.

A Met Police spokesman said the marked car was not answering an emergency call when the crash occurred.

Original source BBC News.

Fees for employment tribunals begin

People bringing employment tribunals must now pay a fee for the first time since they were created in the 1960s.

Under the new UK rules, they will have to pay £160 or £250 to lodge a claim, with a further charge of either £230 or £950 if the case goes ahead.

The higher charges will cover cases like unfair dismissal, the lower ones cover issues such as unpaid invoices.

Employers welcomed the fees as a way of “weeding out” weak claims, but one union said the move was “draconian”.

The Unite union said the measures would make British workers “some of the worst protected in the EU”.

Original source BBC News.

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