Police force keeps watch on sector shake-up plans

first_imgDavid Blunkett’s plans to overhaul the police in a bid toimprove efficiency and crime fighting ability will provide the force’s HRdepartments with a major challenge over the next 12 months. By Ross WighamThe police force faces a period of huge culture change during 2002 followingthe Home Secretary’s radical proposals to revamp the force. David Blunkett’s 10-point plan for reform, which includes introducingperformance-related pay and tackling under-performing forces, is the subject ofdelicate negotiations between the Home Office and the Police Federation. The federation, which represents 125,000 rank and file officers, isconcerned the reforms could drive down standards and force officers to worklonger hours for less money. It is also unhappy about Blunkett’s plan to recruit thousands of civiliansas uniformed police officers, which is one of the key aspects of the reforms. HR will have to take a lead role in ensuring the reforms, which are underconsultation until mid-February, are introduced effectively. Ian Todd, chief superintendent for personnel at Northumbria Police – theonly force in the country to have seen nine years of crime reduction – broadlysupports the proposed reforms, but stressed their success will depend on howthey are implemented. “There are several big questions. We’ve got some general steers onwhat’s going to happen, but the devil will be in the detail,” he said. Todd is not opposed in principle to one of the major proposals – to employcommunity wardens with police powers – although he thinks there are questionsto be answered before they can be introduced. “This may be part of the police force’s evolution, but we need to knowwhat powers they [the community wardens] will have, because it raises all sortsof HR issues like health and safety and training,” he said. “I’m certainly not against the idea, but we need to know more. Who willtrain them and who will be responsible for them? “There are lots of personnel issues we have to deal with, like what therewards will be and where their powers stop. “Also, what if they’re injured on duty? There’s lots of work to be donebefore it can be fully implemented.” The Northumbria force has already trained 30 community wardens tocrime-prevention standard. They operate in Blyth Valley and Morpeth and theyare there to help reduce crime and have a visible presence. They have no police powers, but wear an identifiable red uniform and arepaid by the local council. Todd believes plans to overhaul traditional work practices are overdue. Heexplained, “Speaking as a personnel office in the police, our regulationsare outdated and restrictive and the time is now right to look at them andmodernise them. “At Northumbria, we’ve been embracing the strategic HR policies liketraining, job sharing and better hours. These changes will help bring togetherthe strategic strands of HR management in the force.” Northumbria has already transformed the way it manages sickness absence withdramatic results, and Todd has no doubt that all forces will benefit from theplanned occupational health strategy. “We’re second in the country for reducing sickness. We introducedrobust policies and we have doctors, welfare officers and nurses on our staff.The force should look at a holistic approach to OH policy,” he said. “Frankly, I don’t know how some forces can do without these measures.After we implemented them, we reduced the average time off sick from 12 days toeight, at a saving of £2.8m.” The Association of Chief Police Officers also backs the reform plans,providing there are sufficient resources to ensure they are introduced effectively.Sir David Phillips, Acpo president and Chief Constable of Kent Constabulary,said, “The Government’s proposals contain much that we support. As leadersof the police service, we recognise the need to enhance the professionalism ofpolicing. We want to provide the public with a better-skilled, better-trainedservice, which is properly resourced. “The significant aspects of this programme are about the investment inpolicy development, training and skills, providing a workforce to match thecomplexity of the problems we face in tackling crime and disorder in such adiverse society. “It is unfortunate that the White Paper is rather weak on resources. Ifwe have to wait for the spending review of 2005-06 for investment in trainingand technology, we are planning for a slow start.” Acpo is firmly behind the plans to modernise work practices and the rewardsystem – including performance-related pay. Phillips said, “We also need to become more flexible in how we useresources. That is why it is important to overhaul our approach to regulationsand allowances so the right skills can be properly rewarded and we can use ourstaff to best advantage.” Fred Broughton, chairman of the Police Federation, is worried Blunkett’splans will hit officers in the pocket and damage morale. Although the federation is optimistic that a provisional agreement on payand conditions reached at a meeting of the Police Negotiating Board on 27December will prove acceptable to members. It includes an increase in pensionable pay, a competency based pensionableincrease at the top of the pay scale and special priority payments forfrontline officers. The Police Federation backs the use of neighbourhood wardens for patrollingcrime-ridden council estates, but believes there is a limit to the powers androle that non-police personnel should be given. Broughton said, “At the very time the Government is seeking to improvestandards, it will be diluting them if it invests powers in non-policepersonnel. “The ability to intervene in sensitive and sometimes potentiallyhostile situations should only be carried out by those holding the office ofconstable with all the responsibilities that carries.” The federation concedes sickness absence rates need to be improved, butwants assurances that officers will benefit from increased support. “Policing, by its very nature, is a difficult, dangerous and stressfuloccupation undertaken in all weather, during anti-social hours and involving agreater degree of risk than virtually any other profession,” Broughtonsaid. “While we acknowledge that improvements in sick rates are needed, it isimperative they are accompanied by access to effective occupational healthtreatment and speedy access to the NHS.” He does not believe that his members have anything to fear from plans forincreased scrutiny by the Standards Units. “Monitoring performance in the force is nothing new for the service.Results have been scrutinised vigorously through performance indicators foryears and all forces are subject to review. “Crime and clear-up rates for individual divisions are alreadypublished,” Broughton added. 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Jazz dominate Kings 119-98 for seventh straight win

first_imgKings: De’Aaron Fox did not return after the first half because of a sore right foot. Fox played only eight minutes and finished with four points and three fouls. … Kosta Koufos did not play in the second half after straining his left calf. Koufos had six points and four rebounds in 12 minutes. … Sacramento outscored Utah 14-10 in second-chance points. Written by Jazz: visit the Lakers on Sunday. Associated Press Sacramento opened the first quarter by missing nine straight shots. Hield and Harrison Barnes finally broke the ice with back-to-back baskets. Allen had his first career 20-point game while shooting 10 of 14 from the field. Mitchell had nine assists, Rudy Gobert added 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots and Joe Ingles also had 17 points in Utah’s 12th victory in 13 games. Allen kept the Kings from making up more ground. He scored 19 points before halftime after going 8 of 8 from the field in just 10 minutes. April 5, 2019 /Sports News – Local Jazz dominate Kings 119-98 for seventh straight win Tags: NBA/Utah Jazz It jumpstarted Utah to race out to a huge lead. Each Jazz starter made a basket to help them score the game’s first 13 points. The Jazz extended the lead to 18-3 on a layup from Mitchell and a pair of free throws from Gobert before Sacramento’s offense finally got on track. TIP INS Allen scored Utah’s final three first-quarter baskets and opened the second quarter with back-to-back baskets to help the Jazz take a 39-20 lead. Once Utah regained a double-digit advantage, the Jazz did not ease off the gas pedal again. Jazz: Ricky Rubio suffered a left quad contusion in the first quarter and did not return. Rubio finished with four points and two rebounds in five minutes. … Allen has averaged 18.5 points per game in April after scoring 127 points in his first 33 NBA games. … Utah scored 25 points off 18 Sacramento turnovers. UP NEXT FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell and Grayson Allen each scored 23 points to lead the Utah Jazz to their seventh straight victory with a 119-98 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. Buddy Hield scored 17 points to lead the Kings, Marvin Bagley III added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Yogi Ferrell also scored 13 as Sacramento lost to Utah for the third time this season. Utah led by as many as 30 points before halftime. The Jazz went up 68-38 when Gobert converted a three-point play with 2:09 left in the second quarter. Kings: host Atlanta on Sunday. The Kings cut the deficit to 20-12 after Bagley banked in a hook shot to cap a 9-2 run. That’s as good as it got for Sacramento.last_img read more

Unifine’s star turn

first_imgUnifine Food & Bake Ingredients has launched two new products for Christmas this year. A white chocolate shooting star, complete with a chocolate vapour trail, and a Golden Star have joined its portfolio.The star, which has a golden centre set on a traditional chocolate base, has a raised edge to create a frame and is supplied 250 to a box. The new products join Unifine’s existing range of festive products, which include White on White Double Stars, Chocolate Holly Leaves with red chocolate berries and silver and gold 2D sugar stars.last_img

New app could help crack Dephi murders case

first_img WhatsApp New app could help crack Dephi murders case Previous articleA slippery start for your Monday morning driveNext articleU.S. Postal Service sealing off some mail boxes out of precaution Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Twitter Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Pinterest By Jon Zimney – January 18, 2021 0 260 (Photos supplied/Indiana State Police) An app called CrimeDoor is the latest tool that some hope will help solve the murders of Delphi teens Libby German and Abby Williams.The founders of CrimeDoor have made it possible for users to spend time walking through the crime scene using an augmented reality feature.The feature allows people to see victims’ bodies and parts of the rooms or areas where crimes were committed.The app features hundreds of unsolved cases, each one with its own profile, evidence and facts.Founders Neil and Lauren Mandt told WISH-TV, sometimes seeing things in 3D can bring back memories that could help solve cold cases.last_img read more

Realize Your Path to Safety and Security Digital Transformation with Dell EMC Isilon

first_imgIsilon is uniquely differentiated from traditional storage to enable organizations manage high volume of safety and security data with greater reliability and scalability. With traditional NAS solutions, the larger the data environment becomes, the more complex and time-consuming it is to manage the growing number of storage silos. And at some point, system performance begins to degrade. As shown below, Isilon OneFS is a single file system with single namespace and enables a single volume to be shared by all the camera streams—thus saving enormous amounts of time in initial set-up. Isilon enables organizations to build a scale-out data lake where they can store their safety and security data, lower management costs and eliminate islands or silos of storage.Figure 1: Management of Data (Traditional NAS vs. Isilon)Due to their inherently complex architecture, traditional storage systems are difficult to scale – from both a performance and capacity perspective. Another issue with a traditional system is that, as data volume grows and the system begins to fill, system performance typically begins to decline, making it harder to meet SLAs and line-of-business user requirements. Figure 2 shows it’s easy to expand capacity and performance with Isilon’s scale-out architecture – simply add additional Isilon nodes as needed to your existing cluster. This means that with Isilon, it is easy to maintain and improve SLAs as your data environment grows in scale and with additional workloads. Organizations can increase cluster capacity to PBs of storage by simply adding another node — with no downtime or disruption of their safety and security solution.Figure 2: Ability to Scale (Traditional NAS vs. Isilon)Traditional NAS storage environments are management intensive. Storage tiering can be done but it is typically a very manual process. Traditional NAS solutions also often require manual tracking and relocation of volumes to eliminate hot spots. Unlike traditional NAS which uses RAID for data protection, Isilon uses a much more efficient and highly resilient Reed-Solomon erasure code data protection that enables 80 percent or more storage utilization. This means with Isilon, you need less raw storage to support data storage requirements than you would need with traditional NAS. As shown in Figure 3, Isilon offers automated, policy-based storage tiering between All-Flash, Hybrid and Archive performance tiers so that you can optimize your storage resources. Features such as auto-balancing and auto-failover help IT admins / system administrators sleep better at night knowing their data is safeguarded.Figure 3: Data Availability and Reliability (Traditional NAS vs. Isilon)To learn more about how Dell Technologies can help modernize storage infrastructure to support your digital transformation goals, visit our website.[1] Ranking by 3Q2019 vendor revenue. IDC WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2019 Q3 historical release, December 6, 2019.[2] IDC WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2019 Q2, September 5, 2019 – Vendor Revenue Technology is disrupting the safety and security world. Increasingly higher pixel resolution, a growing number of cameras, and longer video retention requirements are examples of the challenges many organizations currently face.Dell Technologies provides the infrastructure that will enable organizations to meet the challenges of storing, managing and retaining data sets while reducing risk and cost of ownership. As the number one provider of enterprise storage[1], we bring years of experience and expertise to the safety and security market. And Dell EMC Isilon, the industry’s #1 family of scale-out network-attached storage systems[2], is purpose-built for demanding and data intensive safety and security workloads.This video shows how Isilon scale-out NAS enables organizations to effectively meet top challenges in safety and security: Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:07Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -3:07 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Vermont court imposes $10,000 penalty on junkyard owner

first_imgThe Windsor County Superior Court has held John Hennessey of Chester, Vermont, liable for $10,000 in civil penalties for operating a junkyard without a license and violating the state’s Solid Waste Management Rules and Hazardous Waste Management Regulations.The Vermont Attorney General’s Office requested penalties for these violations as part of an environmental enforcement action against Hennessey. The Court issued a judgment order following a hearing.“Salvage yard operators must comply with state laws governing salvage operations, including the state’s environmental rules for handling wastes and hazardous materials,” said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. “Those who do not, especially those who do not correct violations of these requirements promptly, will face penalties,” he added.The Court issued a prior order in the case holding Hennessey liable for the state’s costs to investigate the Chester property, permanently prohibiting the acceptance and storage of additional junk and wastes, and ordering the removal of remaining junk and solid waste unless he obtains all necessary approvals and certifications for his operations. The case stemmed from an investigation by the Agency of Natural Resources.Source: Vermont attorney general. 5.24.2010last_img read more

Coca-Cola Foundation gives $25,000 to Vermont United Way for disaster relief

first_imgWhen communities and organizations need the most help, The Coca-Cola Foundation is there, steadfast in its commitment to create a positive difference. During the third quarter, the Foundation awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada.In the last three months, the country has experienced unprecedented natural disasters including heatwaves, hurricanes and flooding. The damage from these has been devastating, especially for some parts of the Northeast U.S. The Coca-Cola Foundation is pleased to be able to assist affected communities in disaster relief efforts. In addition to providing beverages immediately following the devastation of Hurricane Irene, the Foundation also earmarked $50,000 to support disaster relief efforts. A $25,000 grant will benefit the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in upstate New York, while another $25,000 grant will support the United Way’s Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–last_img read more

U.S. Coal Exec Sees Demise of Uinta Basin Production

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Christopher Coats for SNL:In early 2015, Murray Energy Corp. founder, CEO and President Robert Murray told a Miami audience that the Uinta Basin of Colorado and Utah had been “virtually destroyed” and that the “worst is yet to come” Murray now updates his assessment of the region, warning of a more rapid decline, potentially driving westbound Uinta coal production to zero by 2030.“If anything, it’s going down at a more accelerated rate than I even imagined,” Murray said, adding that he had predicted the downturn years ago.Murray operates two mines in the Uinta Basin, Lila Canyon and West Ridge, both in Utah. West Ridge reported no coal production in the first quarter 2016.“Uinta Basin coal going west and power from coal in Utah going west is going to be totally eliminated in time so that’s why I said five years ago that the Uinta Basin would be destroyed,” Murray said, adding that Colorado wasn’t doing much better. “I see a rapid decline in the Uinta Basin,” he added.According to data compiled by S&P Global Market Intelligence, Uinta Basin production tumbled by over 26% since 2010, with jobs dropping by over a third during the same period. Last year, production in Colorado alone fell to a 23-year low.Full article ($): Murray Energy CEO sees end of westbound Uinta coal by 2030 U.S. Coal Exec Sees Demise of Uinta Basin Productionlast_img read more

Supreme Court sets oral arguments

first_imgSupreme Court sets oral arguments May 15, 2006 Regular News The Florida Supreme Court has set oral arguments in a number of cases. Oral arguments slated for June 5, beginning at 9 a.m.,include: • SCO6-l40 — In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure. • SCO6-159 — In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure. Oral arguments scheduled for 9 a.m., June 7, include: • SCO5-1961 — In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases (No. 2005-7). • SCO5- 1684 — In Re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar Rules 3-5.2 and 3-7.2. • SCO5-1999 — In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases (No. 05-0 1) • SCO5-2194 — In Re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar — Advertising Rules. Oral arguments scheduled for 9 a.m., June 8, include: • SCO5-l 150 — In Re: Amendment to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar — Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(B) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. For more information visit http://jweb.flcourts.org/pls/docket/ds_docket_search.center_img Supreme Court sets oral argumentslast_img read more

2014 Volkswagon Jetta: Safety, Precision & Coolness Redefined

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content. Brought to you by New York Auto GiantAs a brand, Volkswagon communicates safety.Drivers know that driving a VW is a smart, sturdy decision. With sophisticated German engineering and intuitive features, Volkwagon drivers are recognized as savvy shoppers.The 2014 Volkswagon Jetta kicks that identity up a notch, and then some.Named for the jet stream off the Atlantic Ocean “combined with the luxury and power of a modern jetliner,” the Jetta pushes the boundaries of being “cool” to entirely new levels. It’s sleek style, new turbocharged 1.8-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine (that runs on regular fuel, saving you cash at the pump), and high-end design make it a solid choice for the distinctive driver.The Jetta is a compact four-door sedan. In 2014, it is offered in both traditional and now hybrid models. The Car Connection praises its new rear suspension:“Another change for 2014 with a great upside: There’s no longer a torsion-beam rear suspension in any Jetta, which means GLI-like handling can be had with the smaller-displacement turbo four, if you’re willing to work with shocks and tires.”Click here to learn more about NY Auto GiantWith precision steering, impressive torque and handling, and a revamped engine, the updates for this year are in tune with the VW consumer. Reviewers are quick to mention that the cost savings far outweigh the potential benefits of more luxurious details.Car and Driver raves about the 2014 Volkswagon Jetta’s quiet, gutsy engine and restored suspension.“Even with the modest 205/55-16 tires, the car can be hustled down a twisty back road,” it exhalts.Built to compete with the Dodge Dart and Hyundai Elentra, its roomy interior, powerful response and signature safety reputation make the Jetta not only a “betta” choice, but a mad-chill cool one as well.To get hands on a Jetta of your own, contact general manager Romain Perkins at Atlantic Volkswagon today.last_img read more