Deploying UK officers in Northern Ireland after Brexit would be welcome: policing body
Plans to deploy police from other forces to Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit have been cautiously welcomed by the body that represents rank-and-file PSNI officers. The contingency plans by ministers are part of a policing procedure known as mutual aid, in which officers can be deployed to other parts of the UK to assist during emergency situations. Previous examples include the 2013 G8 summit in Fermanagh and the London riots. Mark Lindsay, chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland, said any support in the event of a deteriorating security situation following Brexit would be welcomed.
Brexit: Scottish police ‘first in line’ to go to NI after No Deal
Scottish police will be ‘top of the list’ to be despatched to the border in Ireland to combat IRA dissidents under a No-Deal Brexit it has emerged. Under contingency plans by the UK Government about 300 officers would be deployed ahead of colleagues from England and Wales to support members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Calum Steele, of the Scottish Police Federation, raised concerns over the welfare of officers deployed to Northern Ireland as they do not carry arms and do not have the same level of counter terrorism training. Rank and file PSNI members routinely carry guns.
Barcelona police give out ’emergency clothing kits’ as swimming tourists targeted by thieves
Cops in Barcelona are doling out “emergency clothing kits” to tourists who have their clothes pinched while enjoying a dip in the sea. The initiative is particularly appreciated by nudists visiting the beaches of Sant Sebastia or Mar Bella, according to reports. The Urban Guard of Barcelona is looking after victims of theft by giving them bags containing four practical items – flip flops, a T-shirt provided by Barcelona City Council, trousers and a one-way Barcelona Metro ticket.
BOBBY ON THE TWEET
Police force to pay someone £28k to tweet — thousands more than frontline cops get
A police force wants to pay someone £28,353-a-year to tweet about crime-fighting — thousands more than frontline cops get. They are advertising for a civilian worker to tackle their social media content. But the wage is far higher than the £18,450 starting salary for a PC in the Dorset force. It takes around 37 weeks for the pay of new starters pounding the streets to jump to £24,177.
Extra counselling for Highland police exposed to traumatic events such as suicides and car crashes
Police officers in the Highlands are to get extra counselling because they are more regularly exposed to traumatic incidents. The recommendation was presented by Chief Constable Iain Livingstone to a board meeting of the Scottish Police Authority on Wednesday. Because of the large geographical area, officers in the Highlands and Islands are more likely to be exposed to incidents such as suicides and car crashes on a more regular basis than their colleagues in more populated areas elsewhere in Scotland. Local officers are often the only available responders to deal with serious incidents, while in other parts of the country the burden is spread more evenly.
SCOTTISH SUN SAYS
Scotland’s police force has now been left facing a financial crisis
Scotland’s police force is facing a financial crisis. Police Scotland bosses have already signalled a desperate attempt to find some cash down the back of the sofa by selling off unwanted buildings. And now the thin blue line is going to be stretched even further with the news that the force will be reduced by 750 officers. Police Scotland is already facing a massive £42million overspend this year, and now force bosses have admitted there are compensation claims against it worth well over £30million.