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City of London Police has announced that it is looking for cyber-security and financial experts to help detectives in the investigation of complex crimes.

The force, which is the lead for the Police Service on economic crime, has announced that it is holding an opening evening for those interested on September 26.

Chief officers have told reporters that they are looking for willing volunteers who can assist on a consultancy basis within the Economic Crime Directorate.

Force spokesman Cdr Ian Dyson pointed out: We investigate some of the most complex and high-value frauds in the UK cases that are being made more intricate by evolving financial markets and constantly advancing technology.

To effectively tackle this type of criminality and bring those responsible to justice we are seeking experts in these fields to work with us as volunteer consultants.

This arrangement will assist our investigators unpick the locks set up to undertake and conceal frauds and provide volunteers with the opportunity to enhance their skills.

The open evening is set to take place at 37 Wood Street, EX2P 2NQ on September 26 at 5:30pm. Further information is available from Det Insp Andrew Fyfe [email protected]

Source: Cliff Caswell Security Oracle

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Staff working on the doors of bars, clubs and pubs in Lancaster and Morecambe have joined forces with police to tackle hate crime.

A free pilot training programme has seen 40 door staff from five different companies learn how to recognise and report all forms of hate crime, with the aim of making to city and town centre safer places to be on a night out.

The staff learnt about the importance of working with police when it comes to combating crimes that are carried out because of the offender s attitude towards their victim s race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability or lifestyle and dress code.

Sylvia Lancaster was a guest speaker at the training programme. Sylvia has tirelessly campaigned to reduce hate crime following the death of her daughter Sophie in 2007.

Sophie and her boyfriend were attacked by a gang simply because they did not like the pair s Goth appearance.

The training was delivered by police in partnership with the Preston and Western Lancashire Race Equality Council and the Wyre and Lancaster District Hate Crime Project funded by the Big Lottery.

Everyone who comes into Lancaster and Morecambe for a night out wants to be able to enjoy themselves without fear of abuse or violence, said Sgt Nicki Bignell, Hate Crime officer for Lancaster and Morecambe.

On the whole, crime in these two places is low, but hate crime is a potential threat, which is why we have created a training programme that helps door staff who are often in a position to witness, or even be a victim of, hate crime and provide training on how to deal with the situation.

Divisional commender Chief Superintendent Bayly, who hosted the event, said: Lancashire Constabulary take hate crime of all descriptions very seriously indeed and we will always go the extra distance to ensure offenders of such crime are brought to justice and that victims receive the support they deserve.

Rebecca Oughton, a disabled Lancaster resident, who was a victim of a hate crime in a club, attended a special event to mark the success of the training. She said: It s an amazing thing. These door supervisors have given up a lot of their own time to learn and it s a credit to them and Lancashire Constabulary that they show so much commitment to tackling hate crime.

Source: Lancashire Constabulary

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Private security firm Steria is considering cutting around 30 staff jobs that were transferred to the company from Cleveland Police under an outsourcing deal.

The 500 staff transferred in June 2010 and the deal included a provision to avoid compulsory redundancies for the 10 years the agreement would last provided there was enough work.

But Cleveland Police Authority said some force work had not been not outsourced as originally planned.

The force has also postponed plans to civilianise some of the posts in intelligence, prisoner handling and neighbourhood safety.

The authority has shouldered the cost of keeping surplus staff in employment while Steria has encouraged voluntary redundancies and early retirement.

In a joint statement, the authority and Steria said around 30 full time roles would have to go, claiming that protecting the jobs would cost the authority up to 1m a year, jeopardising its efforts to protect front-line policing.

The statement said Steria would continue with its voluntary redundancy programme but was also looking at compulsory redundancies and 30 jobs are now at risk .

Formal consultation with the affected staff and unions has begun.

It should be stressed that this does not mean all (the jobs) will be lost but this is part of the process which has to be undertaken, the joint statement said.

The partnership between the authority and Steria has been hugely positive in protecting the position of several hundred staff.

This is in sharp contrast to the very significant job losses which have taken place within many other forces and authorities.

We do not underestimate the impact that this decision will have on those affected, some of whom have worked within the police family for many years.

This decision is not a reflection of their work or the contribution they have made to the success of Cleveland Police.

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A drug user has died after becoming infected with anthrax, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has said.

The patient died at a hospital in Blackpool, Lancashire, after injecting drugs.
The HPA said the source of the infection is presumed to be contaminated heroin.

The agency said it is unclear whether the case in Blackpool and another in Scotland which was confirmed at the end of July are linked to the European outbreak.

Since June there have been seven confirmed cases of the infection the one in Scotland, three in Germany, two in Denmark, and one in France.

These are the first cases of anthrax among drug users in Europe since an outbreak during 2009 and 2010. That outbreak saw 119 cases in Scotland, five cases in England and two cases in Germany.

Anthrax is a bacterial infection and is primarily a disease of herbivorous mammals, though other animals and some birds can also contract it.

Dr Dilys Morgan, an expert in zoonotic infections at the HPA, said: It s likely that further cases among PWID (people who inject drugs) will be identified as part of the ongoing outbreak in EU countries.

The Department of Health has alerted the NHS of the possibility of PWID presenting to emergency departments and walk-in clinics, with symptoms suggestive of anthrax.

Anthrax can be cured with antibiotics, if treatment is started early. It is therefore important for medical professionals to know the signs and symptoms to look for, so that there are no delays in providing the necessary treatment.

Drug users may become infected when heroin is contaminated with anthrax spores which can survive for years or decades.

Source: Ananova

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The way custody services are delivered by two forces is exemplary and provides a benchmark for others to follow, according to the findings of an inspection.

In their joint report, Her Majesty s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty s Inspectorate of Prisons found facilities in Norfolk and Suffolk had set a gold standard in terms of collaboration and quality management oversight.

Overall we recognise that the Norfolk and Suffolk joint custody programme now sets a benchmark for both the quality of custody provision and of thoroughly planned and executed joint working.

The unannounced inspection which was part of a national programme examined six new custody suites in Bury St Edmunds and Martlesham in Suffolk plus Wymondham, King s Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Aylsham in neighbouring Norfolk.

Previous custody investigation sites in these areas had been decommissioned, and the HMIs found the new facilities to be strikingly successful .

During the probe, the inspectors recorded that there was good communication between staff while design and facilities management arrangements were excellent.

The report also noted that staff felt a real pride and ownership in the system and there was strong and confident management, with sustained attention to detail, to quality assurance, to effective staff handovers and individual staff roles .

In addition, risk management processes were robust, provision for minority groups was adequate and health care was of a good standard with a tightly drawn contract .

In a joint statement, Her Majesty s Inspector of Constabulary Dru Harpling and Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, said the standards were exemplary.

The inspectors statement said: Overall we recognise that the Norfolk and Suffolk joint custody programme now sets a benchmark for both the quality of custody provision and of thoroughly planned and executed joint working.

The report provides a small number of recommendations to assist the forces and the police authorities to improve provision further.

We expect our findings to be considered in the wider context of priorities and resourcing and for an action plan to be provided in due course.

Source: Cliff Caswell Security Oracle

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G4S is to donate 2.5m to the armed forces as a goodwill gesture after 18,200 military personnel were drafted in for London 2012 following a massive security blunder.

The private security firm was forced to apologise after failing to meet its 284m contract to provide 10,400 staff for the Games.

It emerged just two weeks before the opening ceremony the company could not provide enough guards and military involvement was further stepped up the following week as ministers decided to leave nothing to chance in the wake of the scandal.

In total, 18,000 personnel provided support at London 2012, including army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force staff, some of whom had their leave postponed.

Defence secretary Philip Hammond said the donation would go some way to recognising the burden placed on the armed forces by the security shambles.

He added: The armed forces provided more to the security and protection of the Games than had originally been planned, but as always they have carried out their tasks with professionalism and good humour.

This contribution from G4S is welcome news for the service welfare funds and will go some way to recognising the inconvenience and extra burden that this commitment has placed upon our forces and their families.

The 2.5m donation will go towards welfare amenities including sports equipment and to sports associations which have backed serving athletes, including rowing gold medallists Heather Stanning and Pete Reed.

Chief of the defence staff General Sir David Richards said: The armed forces are pleased to accept this donation from G4S. It recognises all the hard work and commitment service personnel have displayed during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Together with G4S, the men and women of the Royal Navy, army and RAF have delivered a safe and secure Olympics.

It recognises all the hard work and commitment service personnel have displayed during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

I am glad that they are receiving the gratitude and recognition for the excellent work, not just from the public, but from those they are working alongside.

General Sir Nick Parker, standing joint commander for operation Olympics, added: The day to day working with G4S has been exceptional and I would like to pay tribute to the G4S staff and volunteers.

Working side by side I believe they are doing a very professional job in providing Olympic security.

Source: Guardian Unlimited

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A crime prediction tool has been successfully piloted by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Several years ago, it challenged a team comprising two mathematicians, a criminologist, and an anthropologist to come up with a way to prevent crime before it happens. The result is PredPol, designed to put police on the scene before crime happens. It led to a 12 per cent drop in crime in the Foothill Division of Los Angeles and a 27 per cent drop in crime in Santa Cruz.

The program is built around the same model for predicting aftershocks following an earthquake.

It shows officers what could be coming based on simple, constantly calibrated data on the location, time and type of crime. It then creates prediction boxes as small as 500 square feet on a patrol map.

The system was devised by Jeff Brantingham, an anthropology professor at the University of California in Los Angeles. It uses data is taken from repeat victims of crime.

He said that traditional mapping tools are calibrated less frequently, rely on humans to recognize patterns, and allocate resources based on past crimes rather than predicted offences.

So far, the program has been implemented in five LAPD divisions covering 130 square miles and roughly 1.3 million people. In the Foothill Division, where more than half of crimes are property-related, around 170 patrol officers are spending a total of about 70 hours a week working in the prediction boxes.

LAPD Captain Sean Malinowski said he envisions a time when the police will issue crime forecasts in the same way as the weather service issues storm alerts.

PredPol data can be accessed through any hand held mobile data device and is run on a secure, cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform.

Source: Police Product Insight

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Physical intervention training is to become mandatory for all door supervisors when they renew their SIA licence from February next year.

This training is already a compulsory part of the current nationally-recognised Award in Door Supervision introduced from June 2010. It is now to also become a requirement for those with the previous door supervision qualifications.

From 4 February 4 2013, all door supervisors with one of the older qualifications will need to pass the new Up-Skilling Door Supervisors award before they are able to renew their SIA licence.

The award includes physical intervention skills training, awareness of terrorist threats, considerations in dealing with 14 to 18 year-olds and first aid awareness.

Being trained in the appropriate techniques and how to use them will help door staff to manage difficult situations, minimising the risk of injury to members of the public and to themselves.

Any individual who currently holds a door supervisor licence but does not carry out licensable activities in this sector can, after 4 February 2013, on renewal of their licence obtain instead a security guarding licence and will not have to take the additional training.

SIA director of transition Dianne Tranmer said: I encourage door supervisors who have the older qualifications to consider taking the new award as soon as they are able.

Licence holders must have passed the training before they renew, so it is important that they allow sufficient time to complete it before their licence renewal date.

Even if their licence is not due to be renewed for some time, completing the module now will ensure that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and techniques to perform their role.

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A serving Sussex officer has been arrested as part of the ongoing probe into inappropriate payments to police by journalists, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.

In a statement, the force said that the 29-year-old had been detained at his home in Sussex around 6am on August 7 he is currently in custody at a south London police station.

He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office as part of the ongoing Op Elveden investigation.

It has been confirmed that a 37-year-old journalist arrested in north London faces the same charges.

The identities of the two men have not yet been released.

The Met statement pointed out: The arrests are the result of information provided to police by News Corporation s Management Standards Committee.

They relate to suspected payments to an officer and are not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately.

As previously reported on, Op Elveden is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and is running in conjunction with Operation Weeting, the inquiry into phone hacking.

Some 70 people have now been arrested as part of the interlinked investigations into phone hacking, computer hacking and other invasions of privacy.

Source: Security Oracle

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The private security firm G4S has been using untrained staff to screen visitors to the Olympic Park in order to relieve specialists who have been working 12-hour shifts without proper breaks, an insider has claimed.

The source, who has been writing a column for the Guardian called the secret security guard, said this had happened several times because of an apparent lack of experts on the x-ray machines.

I have seen a number of people who aren t trained x-ray screeners running the machines, the source said. I was also asked to train someone to be able to use the machine.

The screeners are the key members of the teams in charge of x-ray machines at all Olympic venues. They are on the frontline of the security operation to prevent anyone entering the park with a concealed weapon or homemade bomb.

The army took responsibility for the Rapiscan machines last week, but as the number of visitors grew, G4S had to provide extra staff to cover entrances to the main park in east London.

On Monday a spokesman for the company denied it did not have enough qualified screeners: In fact, we have more screeners than we need.

But the firm conceded there may have been isolated incidents when rosters did not go according to plan.

G4S has been plagued by problems since it emerged that it could not provide enough security staff to fulfil its contract with the Olympic organisers, Locog.

The military was forced to deploy an extra 4,200 personnel to help cover the shortfall in trained guards.
Many of those who went through the G4S training spoke of the chaos before the Games began. According to the Guardian s source, there are still problems.

There are not enough trained x-ray screeners being deployed by G4S at some of the entrances. There are supposed to be two trained screeners in every team, but very often there is only one.

In teams where there is only one qualified screener we are not getting enough breaks, which is really affecting our performance.

I have spent two hours running a machine without a break. I m meant to swap with someone every 20 minutes.

I don t think that G4S management has noticed this. The problem could be down to poor organisation on the ground.

Everything is quite chaotic.

The source said he had had to undergo specific training and exams to qualify as a screener, so I was a bit taken aback when I was asked to train someone else who didn t have any of the right qualifications .

G4S said it was now providing almost 8,000 personnel for the Olympic security operation.
We have more screeners than are needed at the Olympic Park, said a spokesman.

This has not been an issue.

The company said staff were working 12-hour shifts, but most personnel were happy to work long hours.

Source: Guardian Unlimited

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