David J. Farley of Plympton, Plymouth, United Kingdom

David J. Farley of Plympton, Plymouth, United Kingdom

Monday, April 24, 2017

Drones flying into prisons to be examined by new Police team




The Prison Service and police are to pool intelligence to stop drones flying drugs and mobile phones to prison inmates in England and Wales.
They will forensically examine captured drones to try to find out who was flying them.
The invention of easy-to-fly, remote-controlled aircraft has caused a huge security headache for prisons.
But critics have called the plan a "red herring" to distract people from "chaos and crisis" in prisons.
The national initiative will see police and prison officers share information about the quadcopters and methods used.
Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said: "We are absolutely determined to tackle the illegal flow of drugs and mobile phones into our prisons and turn them into places of safety and reform.
"The threat posed by drones is clear but our dedicated staff are committed to winning the fight against those who are attempting to thwart progress by wreaking havoc in establishments all over the country.
"My message to those who involve themselves in this type of criminal activity is clear: we will find you and put you behind bars."

Staff corruption

The Prison Service could not give details about how many officers would be involved, but reports suggested £3m would be spent on the new task force.
John Podmore, former head of the service's anti-corruption unit, said whilst there was an issue with contraband in prisons, targeting this money at drones was a "PR stunt".
"I have seen no evidence that there is a real problem with drones," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "I think the number of incidents last year was 33.
"There are some 10,000 mobile phones found every year in prisons. My question to the Prison Service would be, how many of those were found hanging from drones?"
Instead, Mr Podmore thought the service should be looking the wider issue of contraband smuggling, including the "main route [of] staff corruption".
Mike Rolfe, national chair of the Prison Officers Association, said prisoners had told him that they had seen two or three drones a night delivering packages over the walls.
However, he said he agreed with Mr Podmore that the initiative was an attempt to distract people from "the real issue [of] jails in complete chaos, in a crisis and flooded with drugs, mobile phones and weapons".

Recent successes

BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford says prison walls are now not much of a barrier for those wanting to smuggle contraband into jails.
There have been some recent successes in finding and punishing those who are behind the drone flights, says the Ministry of Justice.
In December, Dean Rawley-Bell, 21, was jailed for four years and eight months after he used a drone in attempts to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into Manchester Prison.
Renelle Carlisle, 23, was sentenced to three years and four months in October after he was caught outside Risley Prison in Warrington with a drone in his bag, trying to smuggle drugs inside.
In July, 37-year-old Daniel Kelly was jailed for 14 months for trying to supply contraband to offenders in Elmley and Swaleside Prison in Sheppey, Wandsworth Prison in London and the Mount Prison in Hemel Hempstead.


Article courtesy of BBC News


Friday, February 17, 2017

Queen's Police Medal Awards


Over half of the Queen’s Police Medals
have been awarded to officers below the rank of superintendent.
Nine rank and file police officers have been 
awarded the prestigious Queen’s Police Medal
by Her Majesty The Queen as part of her 
New Year’s Honours – 3 times the number 
honoured in the 2016 Birthday Honours.
In one of her final actions as Home Secretary,
Prime MinisterTheresa May recommended 
that more officers below senior 
ranks should receive the Queen’s Police Medal, 
to recognise the vital role they play in protecting 
the public and address an imbalance over to 
whom the medal is awarded.
Police leaders responded by putting forward 
a number officers from junior ranks from 
across England and Wales who have shown 
outstanding courage and distinguished 
service in the line of duty. More than half 
of the 17 Queen’s Police Medals announced 
today have been awarded to officers below 
the rank of superintendent.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
These deserving recipients of Queen’s Police
Medals have gone above and beyond 
the call of their duties and it is absolutely 
right that we recognise all of those who serve 
our communities and keep us safe.

I am especially pleased by the response 
from policing leaders, who have made sure 
that a shift in nominations has led to a much 
more representative group of officers
receiving the medal. I look forward to seeing 
many more brave and talented individuals 
at every rank of our police forces being 
honoured in this way in the future.
The Queen’s Police Medal was instituted 
by its royal warrant in 1954 and is awarded 
to officers of any rank for acts of courage 
and/or conspicuous devotion to duty. 
It superseded the King’s Police Medal, 
which was originally created in 1909.
Minister for Policing and the Fire Service 
Brandon Lewis said: There are exceptionally 
skilled, dedicated and professional 
officers in all areas of our police forces, 
from frontline constables to senior leaders. 
Honours such as the Queen’s Police Medal 
have been awarded for over 100 years to 
recognise some of their exceptional individual 
contributions.
I am delighted that more rank and file 
officers have been awarded the medal 
this year, for dedication to their duties and 
acts of exceptional courage. I hope
the example they have set continues to 
inspire the very best from officers and 
police staff in 2017.
The recipients of the Queen’s Police Medal 
are:
  • PC Ifor Williams 
  • (Avon and Somerset Police)
  • Sergeant Timothy Slade 
  • (City of London Police)
  • PC Jacqueline Oliver
  • (Metropolitan Police Service)
  • Chief Superintendent Martin Lloyd Fry
  • (British Transport Police)
  • PC Leslie Roger Eke 
  • (Thames Valley Police)
  • PC Christopher Smith 
  • (Dorset Police)
  • PC Louise Pye 
  • (Sussex Police)
  • PC Shirley Vivienne Lindsay 
  • (Avon and Somerset Police)
  • Inspector Ian David Hanson 
  • (Greater Manchester Police)
  • Detective Inspector Carol Ellwood 
  • (Humberside Police)
  • Chief Superintendent Gordon Briggs
  •  (Metropolitan Police Service)
  • Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa 
  • (Metropolitan Police Service)
  • Chief Superintendent Jagdev Singh Atwal 
  • (Derbyshire Constabulary)
  • Assistant Chief Constable David John Allard 
  • (Ministry of Defence Police)
  • Temporary Assistant Chief Constable
  •  Angela Williams (West Yorkshire Police)
  • Commander Simon Martin Letchford 
  • (Metropolitan Police Service)
  • Chief Constable David Graham Jones 
  • (North Yorkshire Police)