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  • wingover 8:31 am on March 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    More than 1,000 police officers have criminal records 

    More than 1,000 police officers have criminal records, Liberal Democrats reveal – Telegraph.

    The 1,063 officers were convicted for a range of offences including 59 for assault, three for burglary and 93 for dishonesty, according to statistics from 41 of 52 forces.

    A further 210 officers had resigned or been dismissed from their posts since 2004 because of their criminal convictions.

    The Liberal Democrats, who requested the data under the Freedom of Information Act, said police chiefs should “get tough on bad apples” within their forces.

    The party’s home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said: “I can’t see how an officer convicted of dishonesty can perform duties effectively. Any prosecutor would be reluctant to call them as a witness for fear of being taken apart by the defence.”

    The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said officers convicted of crimes would not automatically lose their jobs.

  • wingover 10:17 am on March 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Australia: Police will have power to secretly search homes 

    Police will have power to secretly search homes | The Daily Telegraph.

    POLICE will be allowed to secretly search suspects’ homes and remotely access their home computers for a month under the most draconian covert operation laws the state has seen.

    And no one will know, because of a provision allowing investigators to keep those being spied on in the dark for up to three years.

    The laws, which give police greater power to deal with criminals than they have to use against suspected terrorists, were introduced into Parliament without warning by the Government yesterday as part of a crackdown on criminal gangs. However, they drew immediate criticism from civil libertarians, who claimed it was an invasion of personal freedom and from the NSW Opposition, who claimed they wouldn’t work.

    Premier Nathan Rees said NSW would be the first jurisdiction in Australia to adopt the covert search warrants, modelled on Commonwealth anti-terrorism legislation.

  • wingover 12:22 pm on February 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Recession creates 50,000 police jobs as crime graph soars 

    Recession creates 50,000 police jobs as crime graph soars- Jobs-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times.

    WASHINGTON: Economic downturn has wiped off thousands of jobs from hundreds of the American companies, but the same crisis has prompted the US
    administration to announce a massive hiring of 50,000 police personnel.

    In its first budget, the Barack Obama government has proposed necessary funding to begin hiring 50,000 additional police officers.

    “Supporting the hiring of police nationwide will help States and communities prevent the growth of crime during the economic downturn,” the Office of Management and Budget said in the government’s budget proposals for FY2010.

    The additional funding to put 50,000 more police officers on the beat would be provided through expansion of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Grant, it added.

  • wingover 10:31 am on February 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Sarkozy visits town of 1,600 – accompanied by 700 policemen 

    Sarkozy visits town of 1,600 – accompanied by 700 policemen.

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy, angered by protest incidents in the past, is now paying visits to local communities with protection provided by hundreds of police and gendarmes, officials confirmed Thursday.

    A visit to the Loire valley town of Daumeray with a population of 1,600, took place with 700 police providing security, the gendarme office in Angers said.

    Sarkozy visited a farm there, where he made remarks about modernisation taking place in French agriculture.

    The French president has lately expressed his frustration at demonstrations staged during visits to the provinces.

    For example, in Saint-Lo in northern France a demonstrator hurled his shoes at Sarkozy, an incident for which he punished two high-ranking province officials by having them transferred elsewhere.

  • wingover 12:15 pm on February 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Spy chief: We risk a police state 

    Spy chief: We risk a police state – Telegraph.

    Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5, has warned that the fear of terrorism is being exploited by the Government to erode civil liberties and risks creating a police state.

    Dame Stella accused ministers of interfering with people’s privacy and playing straight into the hands of terrorists.

    “Since I have retired I feel more at liberty to be against certain decisions of the Government, especially the attempt to pass laws which interfere with people’s privacy,” Dame Stella said in an interview with a Spanish newspaper.

    “It would be better that the Government recognised that there are risks, rather than frightening people in order to be able to pass laws which restrict civil liberties, precisely one of the objects of terrorism: that we live in fear and under a police state,” she said.

    Dame Stella, 73, added: “The US has gone too far with Guantánamo and the tortures. MI5 does not do that. Furthermore it has achieved the opposite effect: there are more and more suicide terrorists finding a greater justification.” She said the British secret services were “no angels” but insisted they did not kill people.

    Dame Stella became the first woman director general of MI5 in 1992 and was head of the security agency until 1996. Since stepping down she has been a fierce critic of some of the Government’s counter-terrorism and security measures, especially those affecting civil liberties.

  • wingover 5:20 pm on February 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Britain ‘sliding into police state’ 

    Britain ‘sliding into police state’ | UK news | The Guardian.

    The home secretary, Charles Clarke, is transforming Britain into a police state, one of the country’s former leading anti-terrorist police chiefs said yesterday.

    George Churchill-Coleman, who headed Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorist squad as they worked to counter the IRA during their mainland attacks in the late 1980s and early 1990s, said Mr Clarke’s proposals to extend powers, such as indefinite house arrest, were “not practical” and threatened to further marginalise minority communities.

    Mr Churchill-Coleman told the Guardian: “I have a horrible feeling that we are sinking into a police state, and that’s not good for anybody. We live in a democracy and we should police on those standards.

    He added: “I have serious worries and concerns about these ideas on both ethical and practical terms. You cannot lock people up just because someone says they are terrorists. Internment didn’t work in Northern Ireland, it won’t work now. You need evidence.”

  • wingover 9:18 am on February 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    New Orleans on notice of upcoming ‘military police’ training! 

    Residents on notice of upcoming police training.

    NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Police Department is warning residents not to panic if they see helicopters flying around the city after dark.

    The department will be hosting military training in and around the city between Jan. 27 and Feb. 8.

    The training includes the use of military helicopters flying after dark throughout the city.

    Police say they want residents of New Orleans and outlying areas to know it’s a training event. The activities, authorities say, have been carefully planned and are safe.

  • wingover 12:36 pm on February 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Over 3,000 policemen to be deployed for ASEAN summit 

    Over 3,000 policemen to be deployed for ASEAN summit_English_Xinhua.

    BANGKOK, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) — About 3,100 policemen will be deployed to provide security during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, a police chief said Wednesday.

    Pol Lt. Gen. Thawil Surachetpong, commissioner of Provincial Police Bureau seven, who oversees the area in Phetchaburi Province’s Cha-Am district and Prachuap Khiri Khan province’s Hua Hin district where the summit takes place, told reporters after senior police officers met to discuss security preparation of ASEAN summit, according to The Nation website.

    Thawil said the police forces would come from tourist police and several agencies in nearby provinces of Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

    ASEAN summit will be held on Feb. 27 to March 1.

  • wingover 11:55 am on January 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Italy may put `10 times` more troops in cities: PM 

    Italy may put `10 times` more troops in cities: PM.

    Rome, Jan 25: Italy could increase by 10-fold the estimated 3,000 troops patrolling major cities and sensitive areas across the country since August, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Saturday.

    Berlusconi said Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa and Interior Minister, Roberto Maroni, “proposed to multiply by 10 the number of soldiers” to “fight the Army of evil” and rampant crime, according to the ANSA agency.

  • wingover 11:15 am on January 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Inauguration Day Security: Is a Police State Necessary? – TIME 

    Inauguration Day Security: Is a Police State Necessary? – TIME.

    The nation may be waging two wars, but those coming to Washington for the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama can be forgiven for wondering if we’re in the middle of a third one here at home. Roads in the capital are suddenly being blockaded. Concrete barriers are popping up overnight on sidewalks. The city is taking on a bluish cast as its police presence surges. Not surprisingly, the debate has already begun: Is the unprecedented security a wise move given the historic nature of Obama’s swearing-in and the tempting target it provides or is it overkill, an indication that the terrorists have already won?

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