Suffolk Police officer Panicos Monk 'dismissed'
A detective who harassed his colleague after their relationship broke down has been “dismissed” from Suffolk Police.
Det Sgt Panicos Monk, 44, of Bedfield, Suffolk, received a two-year community order in July after sending abusive text, email and Facebook messages.
Suffolk Police said following a gross misconduct hearing last week, a 44-year-old man had been “dismissed with three months' notice”.
Norwich magistrates heard Monk sent 200 messages before being reported.
They were also told that Monk had left his wife and children for the female detective and when the new relationship faltered, on one occasion he pulled his car in front of hers and forced her to stop on a busy road.
The “highly-commended” officer, who served in Suffolk Police's investigation management unit, received the community order after admitting harassment without violence and was given a three-year restraining order.
He was also told to pay his victim £500 compensation and ordered to attend a programme aimed at improving his behaviour in relationships.
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Norfolk police officer Kelly Jones drops kerb fall compensation claim
A police officer in Norfolk who was seeking compensation from a garage after she tripped on a kerb has withdrawn her claim for injuries.
Kelly Jones was claiming payment from a petrol station in Thetford after she fell while investigating a break-in.
PC Jones had filed a compensation claim against Nuns' Bridges garage owner Steve Jones for failing to ensure she was “reasonably safe”.
Mr Jones said: “It is welcome news. I am glad common sense has prevailed.”
Norfolk's temporary chief constable Simon Bailey has said it is the “right decision”.
PC Jones attended a suspected break-in at the site on 25 August last year.
Her solicitors said she tripped on a kerb and fell while walking towards a gap in the fencing in a poorly lit area, while trying to access the back of the premises.
The firm said PC Jones injured her left leg and right wrist and had to go to hospital.
She also took six weeks' sick leave from work.
Mr Bailey said: “Policing, by its nature, can put officers and staff in hazardous situations.
“The constabulary has a responsibility to seek to manage these risks, but nevertheless officers will at times be exposed to some risks in the interests of protecting the public.
“The constabulary has no direct influence over such litigation brought privately by a member of our staff, however, we do believe the right decision has now been made in this case to withdraw this particular claim.”
The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) said PC Jones had “withdrawn her civil claim for injuries sustained on duty”.
The federation said in a statement: “Contrary to media reports at the time, PC Jones was not seeking a vast compensation payment, rather she was seeking monies that covered the income she had lost as a result of her injury.
“She will bear the financial loss with a hope that the wider concerns the public might have can be resolved by government and the police service for the future.
“All members are guaranteed a legal service provision by the federation when the criterion is met, and the PFEW will always do whatever we can to support officers injured on duty.
“This case raised a very real issue in that police officers find themselves financially disadvantaged when injured at work, with no other option other than to seek financial redress just as any other employee in any other industry would in the same circumstances.”
Top Afghanistan female police officer dies
The most senior woman police officer in Afghanistan's troubled Helmand province has died in hospital, a day after being shot by unidentified gunmen.
Lieutenant Negar was shot in the neck near police headquarters in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.
She is the third senior policewoman to be killed in recent months. Her predecessor in Helmand, Islam Bibi, was killed on her way to work in July.
Police in Helmand face the twin threats of Taliban insurgents and drug traders.
No group has said it carried out the latest attack. A spokesman for the governor of Helmand described Lt Negar's assailants as “enemies of Afghanistan”.
The BBC's David Loyn in Kabul says Afghan troops and police are increasingly bearing the load as British and American troops draw down their forces.
Women make up just under 1% of Afghanistan's police, with nearly 1,600 policewomen serving and about 200 more in training.
Lt Negar, known only by her surname, was walking near police headquarters when she was shot by a gunman on a motorbike, officials say.
Helmand Provincial governor's spokesman Omar Zawak told the Associated Press news agency that the 38-year-old suffered a bullet wound to the neck.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Lt Negar said she loved her job, and felt it was important that women came forward to work for the police.
After her two female colleagues were killed in July, she said her role was to give courage to the 30 or so other women police officers in Helmand and boost their morale.
Lt Negar served as a sub-inspector in the police criminal investigation department in Helmand.
She took over when 37-year-old Islam Bibi was shot dead in July. Lt Bibi had been hailed as a role model for other women in the conservative province.
Several prominent Afghan women have been attacked or kidnapped in recent months.
Earlier this month the Taliban released a female member of parliament who they had held hostage for a month.
In August, insurgents ambushed the convoy of a female Afghan senator, seriously wounding her and killing her nine-year-old daughter.
In 2008 gunmen in Kandahar killed Lt-Col Malalai Kakar, the country's most prominent policewoman and head of Kandahar's department of crimes against women.
Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission says general violence against women has increased sharply over the last two years, and donor nations have expressed fears that advances in women's rights could be at risk when Nato-led troops withdraw next year.
Plan considered for first complete London police museum
Evidence from Jack the Ripper's murders, death masks, the first truncheons and vintage police cars could be brought together for the first time under plans to create a Metropolitan Police exhibition.
With New Scotland Yard being sold and its private collection from crime scenes needing a new home, the Mayor of London is championing the idea of a new Met Police museum.
At the moment, artefacts from the Met's 184-year history are in a warehouse, and small, scattered pockets across London largely closed to the public or only viewable by appointment.
Talks are underway between The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime and the Museum of London to create a new exhibit.
A permanent museum could also be created, possibly at the former Bow Street Magistrates' Court site.
Mayor Boris Johnson has said he supports the idea if it is commercially viable.
Items would come from the crime scene exhibits at the both secret and macabre Crime Museum in New Scotland Yard, but also from the Thames River Police Museum in Wapping; the Mounted Branch Museum in Thames Ditton; the Metropolitan Police Historical Vehicle Collection in Hampton; and the Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre in Fulham.
• Claws of a tiger that ate the arm of a commissioner in the 1860s
• Transmission of the declaration of WWII sent from the commissioner to the BBC
• Policing arrangements for Queen Victoria's garden parties
• Plans for the first police box which cost £42 and included a heater and dustpan and brush
• Cap badge issued for the coronation of King Edward VII and then withdrawn
Neil Paterson, a retired police officer, runs the heritage centre which opened four years ago with National Lottery money.
He said the vast majority of material was in a warehouse in south London in 100 pallets which contain 100 cubic metres worth of artefacts – a “hidden treasure trove”.
Mr Paterson said: “For years I've thought there was a real need for a police museum.
“We've played such an important part in the development of London. It would be amazingly fascinating to Londoners. We've got the stuff. It's just that they can't see it. I think it's a terrible shame.”
The Crime Museum has been of curiosity to many Londoners since it opened in 1874.
There is a two-month waiting list to visit it, and only approaches from police officers, staff or people in crime investigation are considered.
There are two rooms with cabinets which bear such labels as “Jack the Ripper” and “Notorious Poisoners”, and a collection of weapons and death masks.
Paul Bickley, who curates the Crime Museum, said a Met police museum would be “fantastic”, but he would want people to come with an “academic mind” and not as if they were going to Madame Tussauds or The London Dungeon.
Robert Jeffries, who runs the Thames Police Museum, is doubtful the idea will get off the ground as the Met has to save £500m by 2015.
He said: “I don't think it's ever going to happen.
“There's long been a thought the Met should have some sort of historic collection. The Met is facing huge restrictions in its funding. Where's the money going to come from?”
Home Secretary hits out at senior officers using targets dubbing them a ‘security blanket’
Senior officers need to drop the ‘security blanket ‘ of targets and become the main drivers of change in the police service, according to the Home Secretary.
At the Superintendents’ Association Conference this week, Ms May said that despite government moves to free officers up from bureaucracy and targets, some senior officers were still clinging on to them in forces.
“We have cut the useless bureaucracy that turned police officers into form-fillers rather than crime fighters. We have given you the freedom to make your own decisions and to follow your own crime-fighting policies.
“It is essential that you pass this down the chain of command. You need to trust your junior officers to use their own judgement, just as I trust you. Having freedom means taking responsibility. It's down to you to decide what crime-fighting policies you're going to follow,” Ms May told around 250 senior officers at the conference in Warwickshire.
The government has cut the amount of targets for police forces but Ms May said that targets were making a ‘come-back’ so senior officers could ‘avoid responsibility for making decisions’.
She added that superintendents would be the main drivers of change in a period of police reform and could no longer ‘tick boxes’ to prove they were doing the right thing.
Irene Curtis, president of the Superintendents’ Association, in her keynote address to the conference, said that senior leaders and the police service in general were being asked to do more for less.
Forces have seen cuts of 14,000 police officers since April 2010 and 400 fewer in the superintendent ranks, The Superintendents’ Association has found evidence of officers going off sick with stress related illness.
She told the conference: “For all of the people that are left behind, your jobs have got bigger, your workloads have increased. We know from our resilience survey what an impact that has on people like you and our members.”
Neighbourhood policing was also suffering, said Ms Curtis, and added some teams were now virtually exclusively staffed by PCSOs. A report by police watchdog, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), published in July, also highlighted that budget cuts were ‘eroding’ neighbourhood policing as officers were pulled off to bolster response and other areas.
Deputy Chair Deborah Glass comments on the publication of police Taser use data
Responding to the publication of data by the Office for National Statistics concerning the use of Tasers by police oficers, IPCC Deputy Chair Deborah Glass said: “The IPCC recognises that there is public concern over the considerable increase in Taser use )– not only in the number of officers using it but also in circumstances where it would not have been used previously – and a rise in complaints that has accompanied that.
“From the review we have carried out of Taser complaints and our own investigations we do have concerns about some of the ways and circumstances in which the Taser is used, bearing in mind that each use must be justified as being necessary and proportionate to the perceived threat. In particular we have previously expressed concerns to ACPO about the use of Taser in 'drive stun' mode, directly against the body.
“We have been monitoring Taser complaints since 2009. We recognise that Taser can be a valuable tool when used appropriately, and our report will look at specific areas of concern such as use of Taser in 'drive stun' mode, its use in custody suites and other confined spaces, and where it has been used when dealing with vulnerable people. We also have a number of ongoing investigations which are looking at the justification and proportionality of Taser use. Today’s Taser statistics represent just part of the emerging picture on Taser use. We await publication of the data for 2012, following which we will be in a position to publish our review and findings.
“Alongside the review of Taser use, the IPCC is currently independently investigating 12 cases and supervising police investigations into a further seven cases involving the use of Taser. The IPCC, through its investigations and casework reports, also identifies learning and training issues where problems have been identified from Taser use, and raises these either locally with the police force concerned or nationally through the ACPO lead as appropriate.”