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MARCH 2010 The newspaper for the City of London Police

ACTION PLAN LEADS TO PLEDGE UPGRADE

HMIC’S FORCE REVIEW FORMS BASIS OF IMPROVEMENT TO DELIVERY OF POLICING PLEDGE

FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS in the way the force delivers the Policing Pledge and its promise to put communities at the heart of everything it does will be rolled out in the coming months. The aim is to build on the good work identified in the recent force review carried out by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). As a result of HMIC’s inspection in January, the City’s Pledge points on responding to emergencies and handling dissatisfaction have been upgraded from ‘poor’ to ‘fair’.

Delivering on the Pledge is a key priority for the force. There is still a great deal we need to do to move to the next level

On answering 999 calls, HMIC found ‘a high success rate’. The week in January when the HMIC visit took place, 96 per cent of emergency calls were responded to in six minutes or less. The ‘high level of professional pride ‘among Control Room staff in meeting Policing Pledge standards was recognised as a strength by HMIC along with the work of the Performance Team, led by Ch Insp Dave McGinley. Improvement opportunities highlighted in the HMIC 2010 Progress Check include capturing data on the time taken to answer calls – currently the responsibility of the Metropolitan Police who answer City calls – and introducing an automated system, such as a push of a radio button, to confirm arrival times. Ch Insp McGinley said: “We are looking at

how officers and PCSOs can use the Airwave facility to update Control automatically when they arrive on the scene. We are also in the process of formalising our working arrangements with the Metropolitan Police Service and Met Call.” On handling dissatisfaction, HMIC noted the force was ‘better at responding to people about dissatisfaction’ and had improved the way it gathered reports. What HMIC are now looking for is a clear policy covering the way dissatisfaction is captured and more detailed analysis in order to identify trends and patterns – and learn from them. A new centre within PSD will become the co-ordinating point for dealing with complaints, dissatisfaction and service recovery.

BARONESS BOOST FOR NFIB ATTORNEY General Baroness Scotland dropped in at the New Street offices of the force’s Economic Crime Directorate at the end of last month to officially launch the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). The National Bureau is a key component in the Government’s strategy to tackle financial crime, which the National Fraud Authority (NFA) estimates is costing the UK economy £30 billion-a-year. When fully functional this summer, the NFIB will provide police officers nationwide with criminal intelligence on serial fraud offending within their authority, giving them the option of launching their own fraud investigations. Speaking after unveiling a special NFIB plaque, Baroness Scotland congratulated Commissioner Mike Bowron for his drive and vision and everyone involved in the project for their dedication. She said: “It is a huge pleasure to be asked here and I’m thrilled

It is a huge pleasure to be asked here and I’m thrilled to see the startling and tangible benefits that the NFIB are already accruing

Baroness Scotland shares a joke with the Commissioner and, from left, DCI Paul Barnard, DI Ian Grey, and DI Dave Clark

to see the startling and tangible benefits that the NFIB are already accruing. “Economic fraud is already costing at least £30 billion a year and the damaging effects on the UK economy cannot be

overstated. The NFIB is starting to make a quantum leap in the fight against fraud, marking an exciting future and opportunities together. “I have always believed we can do this. There’s an uphill battle to

climb, but we can do it.” The Commissioner, Mike Bowron, said: “The NFIB will help police officers across the country catch criminals and provide intelligence that will give forces an improved picture of the nature of fraud offending. This will lead to the UK becoming a much more difficult place for fraudsters to ply their trade. “Forces will be receiving quality criminal intelligence that will alert them to serial fraudsters and give them the material to carry out a quick and successful investigation.”

Ch Insp Andy Willmer, who has moved to PSD with a remit to manage dissatisfaction said: “We are working towards the creation of new processes to ensure we capture and learn from dissatisfaction wherever it is identified. “Overall I feel we are moving in the right direction and getting to grips with how we assess trends and feed that into our learning programmes.” Supt Rob Bastable, who chairs the Citizen Focus Programme Board, said: “Delivering on the Pledge is a key priority for the force. There is still a great deal we need to do to move to the next level. “We have a plan of action, a framework and a determination to make things happen.”

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Striking a balance on Health and Safety, pages 4 & 5

MIT shows its mettle with minicab rape conviction THE TEN-YEAR jail sentence of an unlicensed minicab driver for rape and sexual assault has underlined the benefits of the force’s decision to set up a Major Investigation Team (MIT). The conviction of Mohamed Caid at Woolwich Crown Court was the successful conclusion of Operation Mustard – MIT’s first case to go to a jury trial. Since its launch last year MIT has had responsibility for overseeing all stranger rape investigations. Det Ch Insp Steve Chandler, Head of MIT, is quick to acknowledge the tremendous teamworking effort with colleagues from Public Protection Unit (PPU) throughout the investigation. The recent report by the Independent Com-

plaints Commission (IPCC) into the handling by the Metropolitan Police Service of the John Worboys case has highlighted the pitfalls and complexities of dealing with rape enquiries. “It would be fair to say that over the past two to three years City of London Police struggled when it came to rape convictions, “said DCI Chandler. “Now we are in a much stronger position to be able to respond with the right people and the right mix of skills.” MIT officers have completed a range of training courses, including skills training on how to build trust with vulnerable victims at the interview stage and achieve ‘best evidence’. Another significant advance has been the

New fairer system in place to deal with police collisions A new, fairer, system for dealing with police collisions (POLCOL) has come into force following a successful trial. Penalty points will be awarded, depending on the severity of the collision. A cooling off period will apply to all drivers involved in a POLCOL. Drivers will be relieved from response driving and revert to basic driving authority for up to 48 hours. Insp Dave Aspinall and PC John Jones-Gill from Roads Policing Unit (RPU) were responsible for drawing up the new POLCOL code. While the number of police collisions have

fallen, year-on-year, the new approach has been introduced to ensure consistency in the way each incident is dealt with. The categories for different types of police collision have been expanded from three to four. The new, fourth, category has been introduced to include incidents where damage is found on a vehicle. Damage must be recorded on a new form and written up in the vehicle log book. For the most serious (Category 1) POLCOL, a RPU supervisor will attend the scene and complete the reports. For less serious incidents (Categories 2 and 3), an officer above the rank of the driver will attend and complete the collision report. In most cases this will be a sergeant from Territorial Policing. The penalty points system ranges from three to a maximum 10 points. Drivers with 10 points will be suspended from police driving for six months. Drivers who tot up seven points will be restricted from applying for posts that require driving as a skill. To find out more about the Tariff Table and how the new POLCOL system works, go to the Roads Policing pages in the Specialist Support section of Citynet

Now we are in a much stronger position to be able to respond with the right people and the right mix of skills decision taken within CT&SCD to set up a rape steering group to provide additional support throughout the investigation. DCI Chandler said: “The steering group provides senior management oversight in rape cases, in order to maintain standards. DI Dave Carter, who led Operation Mustard, must take a lot of the credit for getting this case to court and securing a conviction.”

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After the case, the teenage victim praised the officers working on the case, in particular the support received from DS Clinton Blackburn and DC Deborah O’Loughlin-Whitby from PPU. The 18-year-old male victim said: “The two City of London police officers dealing with my welfare, Clinton and Debs, have been there to support me. On one occasion, they rushed to my home when I told them how distressed I was.”

Domestic abuse policing is “top of the agenda”

POLICING domestic abuse is “one of the most important things we do”, according to a leading police officer. DS Sharon Stratton, the national lead on domestic violence, made the comment during a training event at CH Rolph Hall, going on to highlight statistics that show a victim of domestic abuse suffers on average 35 incidents of abuse before the police become involved. The PPU event was providing NPIA training on the force’s ‘DASH risk assessment model’, explaining how to deal with domestic abuse, stalking, harassment and honour-based violence.

scribblers New drive to hit criminals in the pocket sought THE drive is on to get tough in the City when it comes to using powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to hit criminals where it hurts – in their pockets. A six-month pilot scheme is being launched this month (March) which will ensure the POCA Review Form, MG17, is used far more widely and more regularly by officers. All investigating officers working in Economic Crime Directorate, Counter Terrorism and Serious Crime Directorate and Territorial Policing CID must complete a Form MG17 in all cases of acquisitive crime where the suspect has benefited. The completed form must be emailed to the

Operation Mus tard helped ja il rapist Moham ed Caid

MG17 inbox within 24 hours of a charging decision. T/Det Ch Inspector Richard Waight from Economic Crime Directorate said: “Identifying criminal assets at an early stage is critical to the investigation process. “In this respect we’re looking to up our game by hitting the criminals where it hurts and removing their benefit from crime. “The Asset Recovery Team in ECD are here to provide any guidance and welcome calls to discuss any POCA-related issues.” The POCA pilot will be reviewed in six months when a decision will be taken on whether or not the use of the MG17 will roll out across all areas of the force. Go to Citynet for more information on the POCA pilot. Email queries to: MG17@cityoflondon.pnn. police.uk or phone the Asset Recovery team on 020 7601 6999

Proper use of the model is crucial if the force is to meet the strict targets it is set with regard to correctly reporting domestic violence incidents. DI Steve Jackson, PPU, is responsible for ensuring the force is aware of its domestic violence commitments: “The force has made a real step forward over the past 12 months with regard to how we handle domestic abuse, and we are on course to more than meet the stretch targets set out last April. That success reflects the change in education, awareness, culture and attitude towards domestic violence within our force. “But we can do even better. This event is about kicking on from here: improving awareness and making sure we’re using the DASH risk assessment model. The training also included a focus on the issue of honour-based violence, with the broadcast of a national awareness DVD highlighting some of the difficulties that such cases can pose. The event will be repeated on March 18, 2 – 4pm, at CH Rolph Hall.

Domestic violence DOs and DON’Ts DO recognise and record the victim’s wishes DO take positive action DO see the victim on their own in a secure, safe and private place DO agree a means of discreet future contact DON’T send the victim away believing that it is not a police matter DON’T approach the family, community or faith leaders DON’T share information without the individual’s consent DON’T attempt any form of mediation DO complete a DASH risk assessment and risk management plan

Word is spreading on benefits of PNC Bureau THE benefits of a centralised Police National Computer (PNC) Bureau are beginning to be recognised across the force. That’s the view of Head of PNC, Kathy Hearn, as she looks back on the past six months since the bureau was launched. The PNC Bureau is made up of a team of specially-trained PNC analysts based at Wood Street. Kathy Hearn said: “We’re delighted with the success of the Bureau and the links forged with teams across the force to improve performance and processes. A good example is our collaboration with ECD.” In the run-up to Operation Soundwave, a major boiler room investigation involving

multiple arrests in Britain and abroad, ECD Fraud Case Support Unit Manager, Colin Jemide contacted PNC Bureau and made them aware of the forthcoming arrests. Kathy said: “Colin asked that guidance be issued to officers before the day to ensure that PNC was updated correctly and DNA samples would not be lost. “Officers followed the guidance given to them and the net result was a significant improvement on past operations in terms of timeliness and data quality. “The message to officers making out-of-force arrests is to contact myself or Liz Newns for a copy of the relevant, draft SOP during the planning stage of their operation,” said Kathy.


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Online overtime comes into force AN ONLINE revolution is underway to improve the way overtime claims are recorded and processed. Since December, officers working in Central Detective Unit (CDU) have been recording their overtime online in a pilot scheme run by the HR Professionals team responsible for the Self Service section on Citynet. Support Group will be the next unit to use the new overtime system as, step-by-step, the whole force switches from using the paper-based method of filling out weekly duty sheets to the new, electronic, overtime system. The time management system automatically recognises the planned duty for the officer or member of staff who has logged on to Self-Service and triggers an overtime request claim form as required. Checking and authorising the claim is completed online by the authoriser, and Shared Services admin then processes the payment. Project leader Simon Newton-Smith said: “Handling your overtime claim online is a lot quicker and a lot more reliable. One of the benefits is that officers can keep track of where their overtime claim is in the system. You can also call up various personal reports and see, at a glance, a history of your overtime payments.” Feedback from CDU officers taking part in the pilot has helped shape the project. Duty Planning have also been heavily involved in making sure the switch to electronic overtime claims is as seamless as possible.

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Crime figures show some Xmas cheer

Nick and Nina fill their boots THE recent recruitment drive to find the next intake of City police officers included a creative marketing campaign with the strapline; “Can you fill these boots?” Posters and flyers were designed showing a line-up of boots and a colourful array of socks. Now in force can reveal the identity of the two officers who agreed to act as models and fill the boots for the photoshoot. Step forward T/Sgt Nina Houghton and PC

Women’s Day still strong a century on GUILDHALL will again be the focus for the City’s International Women’s Day celebration – 100 years after the idea for the day was first put forward. The plan for a global awareness day was proposed in Copenhagen in 1910, amid growing demands for the universal vote. City of London Police Women’s Network is one of the main supporters and organisers of the Guildhall Champagne breakfast being held to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday March 5. Three hundred and fifty guests – men and women – will be attending the sell-out event. Comedian Jo Brand will again be chairing the breakfast, returning to the building where she received her Freedom of the City award in November.

Nick Ralph from Roads Policing (pictured below). PR manager Tracey Woods said: “The aim of the campaign was to attract as broad and diverse an audience as possible to log on to our website to find out more about the jobs on offer. Nick and Nina were good sports to step in at short notice and be our models. ” The campaign was planned by HR recruitment manager Jen Mitchell, Diane Gill from the Diversity Team and Tracey Woods from Corporate Communications. On the day the recruitment drive went ’live’ there were 88,000 calls in just six hours to the job hotlines set up at Snow Hill and managed by a team of call-handlers from Shared Services. Five hundred application packs were sent out. The next phase in the recruitment process starts this month (March) when the completed applications come back in for checking and processing.

Volunteers wanted for City fire walk LONDON’S Victim Support is looking for volunteers to take part in the hottest charity fundraising event held in the City – the Fire and Glass Walk. “We’re sure teams from our good friends at City of London Police are itching to take part and raise money for a worthy cause,” said Claudine Piggott from Victim Support. There’s a fear-busting session called Nothing’s Impossible, to prepare all entrants before they take the walk across 15-feet of red hot embers. The Fire and Glass Walk takes place in Broadgate on Tuesday, March 23 at 6.45pm. To find out more, go to Citynet.

TRAINING DAY UNDERLINES CITY’S ROLE IN COUNTER TERRORISM ARMED TERRORISTS storming a conference centre and taking hostages was the nightmare scenario senior officers were asked to consider at a recent training event. The tabletop exercise was designed to prepare City officers and staff for responding to a terrorist incident, and was supported by counter terrorism experts. The training day, held at CH Rolph Hall, was introduced by Commissioner, Mike Bowron, who highlighted how crucial the learning from a training exercise carried out in the spring of 2005 proved during the attacks in the July of that year. Assistant Commissioner Frank Armstrong underlined the relevance to City of London of the training day in his closing remarks. “We know the City has been a target for terrorists,” he said. It was a target for Irish terrorists; Aldgate was targeted on the July 7 bombings; we know the Tiger Tiger bombers travelled through the City and carried out reconnaissance work here, and more recently Op Langley showed that Liverpool St could be a target for future attacks. “It is clear that we are on the front line in countering terrorism, and the only preparation for an

attack – the only way we can ensure that we are at our very best if something happens in the future – is by preparing, by making sure we know what our roles are and by taking the advice of experts like we have heard from today.” Liam O’Brien, from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, gave a series of lectures, offering a history of counter terrorism in the UK and explaining the current structure of CTUs. Other speakers covered the work of the security services, the role of the armed forces in any incident and the importance of communications in responding to terrorism. In the afternoon, former Met Assistant Commissioner Peter Clark facilitated a desktop exercise. Delegates were shown news clips and given information from officers ‘at the scene’ charting the progression of a terrorist incident, before being asked to consider what steps they would take at each stage. The event was organised by Det Supt Chris Greany, Head of Counter Terrorism and Special Branch, and was overseen by Assistant Commissioner Frank Armstrong and Simon Duckworth, Chair of the Police Committee.

There were few Silent Nights in the City at Christmas – but crime figures out in February showed that ‘all was calm’ in the pubs and bars. Alcohol-related crimes were again down, continuing a three-year trend. The fall follows hard work from the force’s licensing team and an awareness campaign by Safer City Partnership to remind people to look after their possessions. Drunk and disorderly offences also remained historically low, with 21 arrests – three more than last year, but down on figures of 55 in 2007 and 53 in 2006. But there was cause for concern with the number of violent crimes, which was up on 2008, with 97 reported.

PSD ask for written cuff-link Officers are being reminded that they must have a written note of their justification when using handcuffs. PSD has completed a series of training lectures, giving clear instructions on the use of handcuffs to all officers who are entitled to carry them, from TFG to fraud squad. The training was prompted by an ACPO decision to restrict the use of handcuffs to when prisoners are not being compliant. PSD Director, Supt Phil Carson said: “Officers need to write up exactly what situation they were in, and why it was necessary to use handcuffs. “We understand that what is considered a dangerous situation varies from officer to officer. “That is not a problem, and the use of handcuffs certainly isn’t being banned. What we are asking, though, is that their use is justified, in writing.”

Join our City tour Hurry – there are still some places left on in force’s free tour of the City in the company of Blue Badge guide and author Warren Grynberg. The tour takes place on Thursday, April 29 starting from Wood Street at 2.30pm. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about the history and sights of the City of London. To reserve your place on the walking tour, email in force editor Mick Kelly.

Weekend special

Liam O’Brien, West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit speaking at the conference

City of London Special Constabulary staged a general traffic blitz using the automated number plate recognition (ANPR) camera system as part of National Specials Weekend. The aim of the weekend is to highlight the work of Specials among local communities and encourage new recruits.


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Striking the balance on health and safety In this special report for in force, Judith Hackitt, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive explains how a new partnership aims to ensure health and safety rules do NOT prevent police officers from getting on with their jobs THE tragic death of PC Bill Barker in the Cumbrian floods before Christmas, brought the issue of the safety of police officers into sharp focus. Reports indicate that PC Barker died while directing members of the public to safety. Without the professionalism of the emergency services the recent flooding would have resulted in a far higher death toll.

Individual officers must always be able to make a judgment in the circumstances about what must be done to prevent crime or protect the public. For senior officers, however, there is a balance to be struck between ensuring that officers can act dynamically and making sure that they are not put at senseless risk. Contrary to its treatment at the hands of the media, health and safety has brought real

benefits for the police service. The widespread use of body armour vests was a health and safety-led initiative, as was the use of ear defenders during firearms training. These are small things which taken together, ensure real risks in the workplace are sensibly controlled. This is what real health and safety is about, not blocking operational decisions. However, the realities of operational policing require the management of complex, challenging situations. Not all risks are foreseeable, and decisions often have to be made in dangerous and fast-moving situations, often with limited information available. So, it is not surprising that there has been some uncertainty within the police service about what health and safety at work legislation means in terms of operational policing. Some senior officers have expressed concerns that their staff might be prevented from doing what they signed up for because of concerns about health and safety and possible subsequent prosecution. There have even been some calls for the ‘disapplication’ of parts of the Health and Safety

PC Dan Hurrell from Support Group Planning and Training Support Group displays the kit worn by officers on duty at serious disorder incidents

at Work Act from the police service. But police staff deserve protection at work like everyone else. Forces across Great Britain need to protect staff, and control risks to the public – as far as is reasonably practicable – while performing their unique, indispensible role.

Police staff deserve protection at work like everyone else This phrase – as far as is reasonably practicable – is at the heart of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Risks cannot, and should not, be eliminated from policing operations – whether to officers, PCSOs or members of the public. However, it is important that people are not put at unreasonable risk. Clearly, some actions that the police take to apprehend dangerous criminals might put individual officers or members of the public at a degree of risk. In these cases, however, the decision is

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email the editor, Mick Kelly, or call him on extension 2598 justified because the benefit to society outweighs the risk. The challenge then is to build a common understanding of what reasonable practicability means in the context of the work of the police service. To help address this, the HSE has published a statement in collaboration with police organisations, outlining shared principles – ‘Striking the balance between operational and health and safety duties in the Police Service’. The statement was developed jointly with the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Police Federation, the National Policing Improvement Agency, the Association of Police Authorities, the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and the Police Superintendents’ Association. The statement reflects the shared purpose that health and safety rules should not prevent people from carrying out operational duties. The statement shows how the police can comply with health and safety duties without compromising operational work. We all recognise the dynamic situations in which decisions are made. Sometimes, information is not available or information relied upon at the time may subsequently turn out to be wrong. In such situations, where operational decisions are taken in good faith and have adverse consequences, it is not appropriate for others to later re-evaluate the choices made with the benefit of hindsight. HSE is currently working with ACPO and ACPOS to ensure that future operational guidance reflects this delicate balance. The principles of the policy statement will guide our work. We are working with the police to identify current guidance which supports the principles and to review and revise other guidance. We do not want to produce separate guidance on health and safety, but want to ensure that guidance reflects the principles of the statement. Working jointly with the police service, we will ensure that health and safety rules do not prevent police officers and staff from doing their jobs. To view the policy statement, go to the Occupational Health section of Citynet, www.hse.gov.uk/services/police/duties.pdf

HEAD-TO-TOE PROTECTION The use of body armour vests was a Health & Safetyled initiative. Here’s the key to the items of policing kit displayed left: 01 Public order helmet 02 Shoulder and upper arm guards 03 Forearm guards 04 Ballistic body armour 05 Public order gloves 06 Belt 07 Protective box 08 Thigh guards 09 Leg guards 10 26-inch Arnold baton 11 Flameproof head-over 12 Flameproof overalls

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Sponsoring £4k ‘super bike’

– priceless You do get attached to the kids and it can be emotionally draining at times. But it’s part of the job that’s a privilege to do

Above left: PCSO Sarah Pringle (seated centre), PC Chris Everett, PC Stuart Ford and PCSO Mat Merenda at the Cloudesley School presentation. Right: Mat Merenda takes Bailey for a spin on the new bike.

THE SMILE on the faces of the youngsters said it all when a specially adapted ‘super bike’ was presented to Cloudesley School earlier this month. The bike means children with severe disabilities can take an active part in monthly cycle training sessions run by officers from the force at the school, which is part of the Golden Lane campus. City of London Police Children’s Charity and the Crime Prevention Association joined forces to pay for the £4,200 Tandem Duet bike. Presenting the bike to the school on behalf of the force’s Children’s Charity, Det Ch Insp Paul Barnard said: “We are delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile cause.” Stuart Ford and PCSO Mat Merenda are keen to increase the number training classes at the school

and have plans to train more officers to run the sessions and find more funding to purchase extra bikes. Stuart Ford said: “You do get attached to the kids and it can be emotionally draining at times. But it’s part of the job that’s a privilege to do.” A number of pupils at Cloudesley School use a form of sign language called Makaton. “I’ve learnt some basic words and I’m now looking into getting a few of us on a Makaton training course so we can communicate more effectively with the children.”

Iza’s exhibition is Special CITY SPECIAL and keen photographer Iza Przybylska is staging an exhibition of her work at St Clement Danes on the Strand, the Central Church of the Royal Air Force. The exhibition, titled Travellers’ Seasons, opens on Thursday April 8, and is a fund-raiser for St Clement Danes where Iza works. City of London Special Constabulary is sponsoring the exhibition. Polish-born Iza said: “The title of the exhibition, and its location, have a special meaning for me. My surname roughly translates into ‘someone who travels’. The photographs in the exhibition are my best-loved images from recent travels. Poles have a great sympathy for the RAF as nearly 150 Polish pilots fought in the Battle of Britain and the famous 303 Squadron claimed 126 kills, the highest number of any Squadron engaged in that Battle. Iza is looking forward to welcoming colleagues from the force to the exhibition and showing visitors around the church and its many memorials, including the Books of Remembrance which commemorate the names of over 125,000 RAF personnel who died in service. Iza said: “We also have on display a small wooden, carved, head which was saved by a City of London Police Constable after the church was bombed during the Blitz in 1941.” For more information: Email: fund@scd-raf.org Website: www. raf.mod.uk/stclementdanes


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Force is just the job

A MORE DIRECT approach to recruitment has paid off with some 42 transferees joining the force over the winter and early spring. Twentysix of the new recruits are detectives. The recruitment campaign has provided a timely boost to overall numbers along with plugging a number of gaps in skills, in particular detective constables – a role forces up and down the country struggle to fill. Instead of using the traditional method of paid-for recruitment advertising, HR manager Jen Mitchell relied on word-of-mouth endorsements of the benefits of joining City of London Police and the network of contacts City officers have with other forces to attract suitably qualified applicants. Jen Mitchell said: “A year ago, when we were recruiting to fill posts in the Major Investigation Team, we looked to transfer in a number of specialist investigative skills that we didn’t have in-house. “The people who joined back then had a lot

First day and the latest intake of detectives proudly display the City Crest. They are (from second left) DC Andy Jackman, DC Steve Casey, DC Stephen Puddifoot, DC Sukina Turner and DC Mary Jones. Welcoming them on board: (far left) DCI Steve Chandler, (behind) DCI Danny Medlycott and (far right) DCI Dave Clark

of good things to say about the City and, in turn, this has encouraged more officers to join us. Details of the new job vacancies were posted on the external website. DCIs Danny Medlycott, from Territorial Policing, Dave Clark, from Economic Crime Directorate and Steve Chandler from Serious Crime and Counter Terrorism co-ordinated the effort of getting the word out to officers in other forces and also participated in the interview process. “The commitment and involvement of the senior officers has undoubtedly contributed towards the success of this particular campaign,” said Jen Mitchell. DC Steve Casey is one of the recent intake of detectives. He spent 17 years with Essex Police and is now working in ECD as a member of the Cheque and Credit Card Unit. He said: ”I saw this as career development. As a recently-trained financial investigator there are more opportunities to specialise working here.”

Return of the Mac PATROL SERGEANT Emyr ‘Mac’ McCloskey is one of several transferees to arrive this winter – and already he is making his presence felt on the City beat. Out on patrol in Houndsditch, heading towards Bishopsgate, earlier last month (February), he spotted a man running towards him who looked suspicious. “There was something about his City suit and the way he was dressed that didn’t look quite right,” said Mac McCloskey. “He was wearing trainers with his suit and leather gloves – but no overcoat and it was a freezing day.” Sgt McCloskey stopped the man and casually asked him why he was in a rush. “Seconds later a second man appeared shouting ‘stop him, stop him’. The suspect turned and started to run. I gave chase and caught him.” The suspect was being chased by a sales assistant following a theft from a jewellery shop. A search quickly revealed a £2,600 diamond ring in the suspect’s pocket. The man was later charged and bailed to court. Mac McCloskey said later: I’m a big believer in Coppers being out on the beat on their feet. If you’re out-andabout you’re going to spot this type of thing.” For Mac it’s a case of ‘happy returns’. He originally joined City of London Police in 1995, transferred to Essex in 2008 and transferred back to the City in December.

Sergeant Must Be Excellent – Wards Officer honoured by Queen organises many letters and emails and texts. The other day PC BELINDA HARDING had a Royal appointI was at a Ward club meeting at Guildhall when ment in February – with the Queen at Buckingcharity show ham Palace to receive her MBE. the Chief Commoner revealed he’d organTHE force’s very own ‘singing sergeant’, Antony Wolfson, is organising a cabaret show and charity single to raise money to send an eight-year-old girl to America for a life-changing operation that could help her walk again. Libby Lee suffers from cerebral palsy and needs to raise £45,000 to fund her trip. Along with organising the show, Sgt Wolfson has also helped to compose a song for Libby titled Every Little Helps. The song will be launched at the show, also called Every Little Helps on Sunday, April 18, when members of Libby’s school choir will take to the stage of the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks, Kent, to sing the song. Sgt Wolfson said: “Having met with Libby’s parents I came up with the idea to do a show to raise money for Libby. It will be a cabaret-style music show with five live acts, including myself.” Sales from the CD will go towards the fund to get Libby out to America. To find out more about the fund-raising for Libby Lee and how to book tickets for the charity show, go to Citynet. Or contact Sgt Wolfson on 020 7601 2450.

Belinda, a Wards Policing officer, went with her partner Ron Richards and their 15-year-old daughter, Lauren. She said afterwards: “It was a wonderful occasion but I have to admit I was absolutely drained by the end of it. I had visions of falling over just at the moment when my name was announced.” Happily the ceremony passed without a hitch. “The Queen asked me how long I had been in the force. When I told her, ‘33-years’, she sounded surprised and said, ‘really, – well done!’,” said Belinda. Belinda, the force’s longest-serving female officer, described herself as “really chuffed” to receive the honour, given for her services to the police. She said: “It has been really nice to get so

Teenagers spend week learning about work SIXTH formers from City Academy Bermondsey had an exclusive opportunity to quiz City of London Police Commissioner Mike Bowron about career advice. The teenagers spent a week with the force as part of a work experience initiative organised by Diane Gill and the force’s Diversity Team. Speaking to the teenagers at a speciallyarranged session in the Wakefield Mess, Mr Bowron revealed he had considered careers as

ised a celebratory buffet in my honour – I hadn’t expected it at all.” Belinda began her career as a cadet in August 1975, and could have retired when she was 48, but chose to carry on working for the force. “I’m still as enthusiastic today as when I joined. I like being able to help people. It sounds like an old cliché, but it is so nice to be able to go somewhere and help and give advice,” she said. Chief Supt Rob Bastable said, “Belinda is always bright, sunny and willing to help. Her optimistic outlook makes her an asset to the force and the community.”

a fighter pilot and war correspondent before making the decision to join the Police service. He had two pieces of advice to the students when considering which career path to follow. “Do something that excites you,” he told them. “And believe in yourselves. “I’ve always been excited about going to work. When you join the police and go out in uniform on patrol, it’s a big responsibility and you don’t know what to expect – but it is also very exciting. “I know, at the moment it’s harder to get into university. Don’t be put off. You just have to believe in yourselves.” The nine sixth formers had all expressed an interest in joining the Police or pursuing a career in Law. They spent five days learning more about a variety of policing jobs.

Help at hand to deal with heel pain By Force Podiatrist, Owrang Moshtael HEEL pain can range from a mild irritation to a more serious, hobbling, tear-inducing complaint. It’s a common problem affecting the officers and, to a lesser extent, administrative staff who visit the Podiatry clinic. The heel absorbs the impact when your feet hit the ground when walking and running. When walking, the stresses put on your feet can be one-anda-quarter-times your body weight and nearly three-times your body weight when running. There are a variety of causes. The most common condition is called plantar fasciitis. The fascia is a ligament that runs from the toes to the heel. When it is stretched beyond its normal extension the fibres become inflamed, often with microtears near the heel attachment. Pain is felt under the heel usually when first bearing weight in the morning or after sitting and then eases with activity. The tightness of the calf muscles, poor foot mechanics, body weight, standing all day, systemic disease and unsupportive shoes can collectively or on their own lead to the fasciitis. In the clinic, we will need to examine your symptoms, physical activity, foot mechanics, shoes and medical history to come up with a diagnosis and prognosis. The treatment usually focuses on stretching exercises and shoe inserts and advice on weight and footwear. The good news is that for most people the prognosis for resolution is good. If you are a sufferer, please come and see me.

The Commissioner (second left) presented force commemorative coins to the sixth-formers


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Worker engagement? Let’s go to Tesco Sgt Matt Mountford with Tesco store manager David Reed

WARDS Policing officers may be used to talking to residents over a cup of tea – but a new community surgery means they’re chatting to City workers next to boxes of tea bags. Sgt Matt Mountford has arranged for officers to spend a couple of hours each lunchtime in the Bishopsgate Tesco store, talking to some of the 75,000 people who pass through it every week. As well as offering crime prevention and safety advice, officers are listening to community concerns and discussing the current area priorities. Sgt Mountford said: “Since the scheme began before Christmas we have been able to engage with hundreds of City workers who shop in Tesco on a daily basis. Our working community can be difficult to engage with, so this offers us a good way of speaking to them – and a large number have said they are happy to see the police and PCSOs within the store. “The project is changing on

Get nominating for Gala Awards double celebration

A night of double celebrations is being planned for Friday June 25. CELEBRATION No1 will see the finest talent in the force recognised at this year’s City of London Police Gala Awards and Charity Dinner. CELEBRATION No2 is all about the chosen theme for this year’s Gala Awards night – a showcase of all that’s great about Young London and a salute to the next generation who will soon be shaping the future success of our City. The dinner, dance and awards ceremony at the plush, five-star, City Grange Hotel will be raising funds for the charity Centrepoint to support their work giving homeless young Londoners a future. Nominations can now be made through

What’s special about our awards is the fact that nominations come from colleagues – not senior management

Citynet for the 2010 City Of London Police Awards. “What’s special about our awards is the fact that nominations come from colleagues – not senior management,” said Det Supt David Clarke, a member of the Gala Awards organising committee. There are eight separate categories for awards. Details can be found on Citynet along with a nominations form. In keeping with the theme of celebrating Young London, Rammone, one of the youngsters Centrepoint is helping to get back on his feet, has joined the Gala Awards organising team. Supt Olly Shaw said: “Rammone came along to our first meeting and made a really positive contribution to help us plan the event. Rammone found himself a homeless teenager when his parents were unexpectedly called back to Jamaica. Centrepoint provided accommodation for him and Rammone now has his sights firmly set on getting back into full-time education and studying for a degree in architecture. Tickets for the black-tie Gala Dinner are now on sale. Ticket prices have been held at £50 per head. Admission includes a drinks reception, fine-dining with a four-course meal, wines, and entertainment. Feedback from previous events has been extremely positive. A number of staff suggested holding the Gala event on a week night, instead of a Saturday – hence the change this year to Friday, June 25. The switch also ensures the big event doesn’t clash with any potential World Cup matches involving England.

Since the scheme began before Christmas we have been able to engage with hundreds of City workers who shop in Tesco on a daily basis

a weekly basis as we assess the best way to engage and measure our performance within the store. This can only get better as time goes on.” David Reed is Bishopsgate Tesco’s store manager: “For us this is about building a lasting partnership with the police, both to provide a safe environment for our customers and staff and to play as active role in the community” The scheme will be run in conjunction with the Safer City Partnership.

Bumper Christmas for kids charity THE good work of City of London Police Children’s Charity received a welcome Christmas ‘gift’ from Economic Crime Directorate. Guests from City businesses and organisations at the ECD Christmas reception at Wood Street helped to raise £2,500 for the kids’ charity. Bumper prizes donated for the raffle included a Harrods Hamper and England International Rugby tickets, which helped boost the fundraising activities during the evening. The money raised by the charity is used to support a variety of deserving causes. The charity recently bought a special bed chair for a teenager called Harry (pictured below) who suffered permanent injuries following a freak accident when the bough of a tree crashed on top of a group of young boys. A drive is on to get more officers and staff to support the children’s charity through payroll giving.

Harry, and pet, with his new bed chair

To find out more, go to the Children’s Charity page on the Staff Room section of Citynet

Dogs and Mounted beat big freeze THE winter ‘big freeze’ has tested the thermal underwear of officers out on patrol in the Square Mile over the past couple of months. The icy conditions also threw up a special set of challenges for the force’s Dog and Mounted Unit. Insp Chris Rowbottom said: “The stable team spent several nights sleeping in the City, to ensure there was always someone available to feed and tend to the horses. The dog handlers – who live with their animals – braved icy road conditions as they cannot travel to work on public transport.”

Name change meets with Chorus of approval CHORUS is the new name for the City of London Police staff association promoting equality on issues of sexual orientation throughout the force. “The name was chosen for its meaning – a group of people in unison” said Darren Brockwell, Chair of the group (pictured below). Chorus, previously known as the Gay Support Network (GSN), was launched in 2003 to support colleagues who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Following its relaunch in December, Chorus is promoting an environment free from homophobic attitudes and bullying for the communities we police and within the force. “Chorus is a resource offering support, advice and representation for colleagues. We can advise on policy and practice, both within the force and as part of our policing objectives.” Darren explained. “By working in partnership with other LGBT groups, we encourage greater understanding” Recent media reports highlighted an 18.3 per cent rise in homophobic crimes. This has prioritised the work and ongoing development of LGBT Liaison Officers as they engage and deal with frontline LGBT issues. ”By maintaining an environment where LGBT people feel valued and respected, the Square Mile will remain a safe, inclusive place for the LGBT community to work and socialise,”said Darren. Chorus also plans to hold social and educational events to promote their identity and presence among all CoLP staff members regardless of sexuality. For information regarding Chorus and how you can get involved, please email chorus@cityoflondon.pnn. police.uk or see the Chorus pages on Citynet

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BENEDICT BRINGS HOME SILVER FOR BRITAIN COMEBACK King Benedict Whitby flew home from the European Cross Country Championships with a well-deserved Silver medal in his Great Britain tracksuit pocket. Benedict, a constable with the Prisoner Handling Team based at Bishopsgate, scored valuable points for Great Britain by finishing a creditable 27th in the 10-kilometre race, held in Dublin. It was enough to help lift Team GB into second place, behind overall winners Spain and ahead of Italy in third spot. Benedict, aged 33, said: “I competed internationally in the past but I must admit I thought those days were over. “I then started to run again socially, so I am very pleased to reach this level again.” Back home from Dublin, among the first to congratulate Benedict was Commissioner Mike Bowron, himself a keen, competitive runner on both road and track. Mr Bowron said: “It is a fantastic effort on Benedict’s part to be able to hold down a full-time job and yet still compete at the highest level with the very best professional, elite athletes.” Benedict has been recovering from a niggling injury but has his sights set on compet-

I competed internationally in the past but I must admit I thought those days were over

Commissioner Mike Bowron congratulates Benedict

A feather in force’s cap

THE force’s strong rugby reputation grew further last month, as flanker (and response officer) James Grimes was presented with his British Police Rugby cap. He joins staff officer Paul Carroll as the second member of the force to receive the honour, presented for having completed 12 matches. The award was given at Wood Street by British Police Rugby’s new chair – who didn’t have to travel far to make the presentation. Assistant Commissioner Frank Armstrong has been appointed to the position, having served on the committee since 2001. Unfortunately, the team weren’t able to get Mr Armstrong’s stewardship off to winning ways. They took on the Army A team in February, but were beaten 18-22, leaving the new chair to look ahead to more successful times. “My role is to ensure the team has a successful season on and off the field: from or-

ing in the London Marathon in April. And what about the London Olympics in 2012? “That’s everybody’s dream,” said Benedict. “But that’s a couple of years away. I prefer to take things one step at a time.”

ganising sponsorship to bringing in new players. I want to see the best players from throughout the forces come forward, want to play for the team and then enjoy playing for the team,” said Frank Armstrong. “Historically the service has always encouraged sport amongst officers, and I do the same here in the City. Operational policing comes first, of course, but sport can play a key role in promoting fitness, teamwork and the understanding that an officer is an ambassador for the force.”

If the cap fits... Assistant Commissioner Frank Armstrong presents representative caps to Paul Carroll (left) and James Grimes

Match raises funds for Afghan heroes A WATER-LOGGED pitch failed to dampen the spirits of the organisers of a memorial charity rugby match between the City and a team from the Army bomb disposal squad. A late switch of venues from the HAC grounds in City Road to Hackney Marshes ensured the game went ahead. The men from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment ran out eventual winners, 12-26. City captain Paul Carroll said: “It was a closer match than the final score suggests. With 10 minutes to go we were just a converted try behind but they ran in another try and kicked the conversion.” This was one game when the match itself was far more important than the result. Paul Carroll said: “This was a memorial game played in a great spirit between two teams who have built a close friendship in recent years. “Both the widow and mother of the bomb disposal squad’s most recent fatality in the Afghan War were at the match and were moved by the whole day out.” The Rugby Section presented a cheque for £200 to Capt Eamonn Heakin who accepted the gift on behalf of BLESMA, the British Limbless Ex Servicemen Association. The two teams have agreed the memorial match will become an annual fixture.

Hockey team in HMP lock down THE FORCE’S hockey team has begun their year with two closely fought matches – but were unable to secure a victory. Taking part in a threeway tournament, the force began with a closely fought derby match against the Met. Mairi Moore’s excellent goal was the highlight of a tight contest, which City of London ultimately lost 3-2. Captain Jon Witt then led his side against a team from HM Prison Service, where they slipped to a 2-0 defeat despite heroics from goalkeeper Ian Havis and strong performances by debutants Julian Goodchild and Neil Geddis. The team is already looking ahead to one of the highlights of the season – a mixed hockey tour to Edinburgh in July. New players are always welcome, and anyone interested in pulling on the City of London shirt should contact Kat Woodhouse or Jo Northmore.

Force enters police football league A City police team is being lined up to enter a local police league. The side will enter a ten-team league comprising Met boroughs and BTP. The season will run from March until September, with matches usually played on a Wednesday afternoon at

the Met Police Sports Centre in Chigwell. Anyone interested in playing should contact Shaun Wraight. The team is also looking for a treasurer to work alongside newly-appointed deputy secretary Patrick Einsmann – again, please contact Shaun.

Your chance to join Hammers academy IF coaching the next generation of Wayne Rooneys is something that fires your imagination then Custody sergeant Richard Edwards is keen to hear from you. Richard recently completed a football coaching training scheme run by Thames Gateway and West Ham United’s community development scheme. Now Richard is helping youngsters in and around the Square Mile to improve their football skills – and loving every minute. Richard said: “Lots of good work is being done by West Ham and the Police in the

Lots of good work is being done by West Ham and the Police in the community community. The most important people in the equation, the kids, are benefiting from the coaching and from the mentoring.” The four-day training course run by West Ham involves some of the top London Football Association coaches. Once trained, the coaches commit to giving back 20 volunteer hours to the community. Contact Richard Edwards for more information.

Phil is now a fencing Professor SUPT Phil Carson has passed his final exam and assessment and been made a Professor of Fencing or to give him his full title, Fencing Master Prof. Carson. City Police Fencing Section has teamed up with the Met Police Fencing Club to form a joint team. The first competition, held at Wood Street ended in wins for the newly-formed police team in Epee and Foil against Streatham Fencing Club.


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