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Security Industry Authority promotes safer security at Reading’s student haunts

On the evening of Saturday 8 December, the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) South East Partnerships and Interventions Team and Thames Valley Police officers called at Reading’s top student pubs and clubs to share Best Practice guidance on safer physical intervention for door supervisors as a reminder of how to keep their clients and themselves safe.

The initiative marked the Reading launch of a campaign designed to improve students’ safety during the Christmas party season. The SIA team members shared posters and leaflets on ‘Safer Physical Intervention for Door Supervisors’ with four top student pubs. The information features guidance and illustrations of Best Practice for safer restraint. This is intended as a quick reminder for door supervision licence holders and relates to the training they received in physical intervention.

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Kevin Young, the SIA’s regional investigations manager for the South Region, stated that the initiative is a positive way in which to promote safer working practices at venues where acts of violence or aggression could occur.

“We want students and young people to have a great night out and go home this Christmas unharmed. Of course, we also want to ensure the safety of the licensed door supervisors who work at these venues, the majority of whom do a very good job in what can be challenging circumstances. This latest initiative builds on an existing partnership between the SIA and Thames Valley Police designed to reduce the levels of violence induced by what can ve high levels of alcohol consumption at Reading’s nightspots.”

The initiative is supported by Thames Valley Police (Reading) and the University of Reading.

In addition, the campaign seeks to persuade businesses and door supervisors in Reading’s night-time economy to report incidents to the police such that the SIA can form an accurate picture of the level of violence that takes place against students and door supervisors. Incidents can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or via the Regulator’s website.

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More junior officers honoured with Queen’s Police Medals

Nine ‘rank and file’ police officers have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Police Medal by Her Majesty The Queen as part of the New Year Honours – three times the number honoured in the 2016 Birthday Honours.

In one of her final actions as Home Secretary, Prime Minister Theresa May recommended that more officers below senior ranks should receive the Queen’s Police Medal in order 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 of 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 on Friday 30 December 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’s absolutely right that we recognise all of those who serve our communities and keep us safe. I’m 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.”

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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 conspicuous devotion to duty. It superseded the King’s Police Medal, which was originally created in 1909.

Brandon Lewis, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, added: “There are exceptionally skilled, dedicated and professional officers in all areas of our police forces, from front line constables through 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’m 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’ve 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)

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BOSS: “£1.5 million reasons to demonstrate forecourt retailers are tackling criminality”

The British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS), the body that campaigns to reduce crime on forecourts, has written to Home Office minister Norman Baker MP in a bid to bring to his attention the fact that the organisation has recovered £1.5 million as a direct result of forecourt retailers taking positive action to reduce crime and losses from people claiming they have No Means of Payment (NMoP).

Kevin Eastwood, executive director at BOSS, explained: “It’s disappointing to hear recent comments from Norman Baker at the Home Office. We’ve worked closely with the Home Office for many years now to find new and improved ways of tackling crime on forecourts. The BOSS Payment Watch scheme is an excellent example that has proved extremely popular and effective for forecourt retailers. Since the scheme began in 2011, it has now recovered £1.5 million for participating retailers and more than £400,000 this year alone.”

Eastwood continued: “Government does recognise the work retailers are doing, and we’ve now been asked to present our findings to the Home Office later this month. Hopefully, Mr Baker will be able to attend that meeting. We’ve found that by forming stronger relationships between retailers, the police and oil companies, incidents of forecourt crime drop quite significantly. Where crime does occur, we’ve worked diligently with the authorities to bring offenders, and particularly multiple repeat offenders before the courts.”

BOSS has recovered £1.5 million as a direct result of forecourt retailers taking positive action to reduce crime and losses from people claiming to have No Means of Payment

BOSS has recovered £1.5 million as a direct result of forecourt retailers taking positive action to reduce crime and losses from people claiming to have No Means of Payment

Advancing that last theme, Eastwood commented: “We’ve used technology to become more proactive in targeting serial offenders. Thousands of incident reports collated by BOSS members have been analysed. By identifying repeat offenders, who often operate across police boundaries, we can then prepare evidence and help the police service bring those offenders who abuse No Means of Payment schemes to justice.”

BOSS has been instrumental in initiating a steady flow of prosecutions. Recent successes include the case of Aaron Cawley, who was jailed for ten months at Gloucester Crown Court for stealing £1,000 of petrol between July 2011 and October 2013.

BOSS crime reports also help Government agencies. Recent evidence submitted regarding multiple offending has been used in anti-terrorist prosecutions in addition to cases involving illegal immigration.

More than 1,600 service stations are members of the BOSS Payment Watch scheme. Those members include major independents such as MRH, Sewell on the Go and the Central England Co-operative.

Thames Valley Police teams up with BOSS

BOSS has joined forces with Thames Valley Police to introduce a new Forecourt Watch scheme designed to reduce crime at 38 petrol station forecourts within the Cherwell and West Oxfordshire areas.

Forecourt Watch creates a closer link between the police service, BOSS and retail staff in order to increase awareness, prevention and the reporting and recording of incidents. The Cherwell and West Oxfordshire scheme is being rolled out at 16 key sites and is the latest addition to 126 schemes already operational across the UK.

Sergeant Kevin Tobin from Thames Valley Police stated: “Working with the police enables garages to reduce thefts from forecourts by an average of 25 per month. One area manager with garages in the Cherwell scheme has seen a substantial drop in losses, and indeed suggests that those forecourts are now his best performing sites. The scheme provides early information on stolen number plates, in turn allowing forecourt staff to take action and prevent offences from being committed.”

BOSS is addressing the problem of forecourt crime on several fronts. At a local level, Forecourt Watch schemes are operating successfully. Losses have been shown to fall by up to 55%.

There are currently 126 Forecourt Watch schemes in operation, all of them initiated by BOSS on behalf of its retail members. They help to forge productive working relationships between retailers and local police and ensure the swift and efficient detection of forecourt crime.

Crime on Britain’s forecourts cost UK fuel retailers a staggering £25.7 million in 2012, up from £22.2 million in 2010. The main source of the estimated total loss is £20.4 million resulting from drive-off incidents – up 31% compared from a total of £15.5 million in 2010 – with a further £4.2 million lost due to motorists claiming to have No Means of Payment who then fail to return to clear their debt.

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