As Bougainville prepares for next year’s referendum, efforts to improve community safety and maintain peace have been bolstered by a recent influx of young and committed Bougainvilleans being trained up as police officers. Among them is Constable Jerome Tarcusy, 28, who wanted to join the Bougainville Police Service (BPS) to help his community, which is still suffering from the after-effects of the armed conflict on the island 20 years ago. Based at Arawa police station in the Public Safety Unit, Constable Tarcusy believes he is making a difference. “I am working very hard with my community to try to settle all the law and order issues before the referendum,” he says. Getting to this point has not been easy. Like many his age, Constable Tarcusy’s prospects in life were clouded by the Bougainville Crisis and its aftermath. The conflict had negative social and economic impacts on the region, limiting opportunities for people to get ahead in life. “The … [Read more...] about Young Bougainvilleans making a difference in policing
Police department college station
We’ve all seen the statistics. Knife crime in London has now risen to its highest levels since records began — with almost 15,000 attacks in the past year alone. That adds up to around 40 offences each day — truly a shocking state of affairs. Five people have been murdered in London in the past week. Faced with this, it’s easy to feel powerless, or end up convincing yourself that high levels of violence are inevitable in major cities such as London. But that’s simply not the case. If you look at urban areas around the world you find politicians and police forces pulling out all the stops to make a difference on crime rates. In the latest in this series on Changing Cities, we’re going to be exploring some of these strategies and seeing how technology is opening up new possibilities for fighting criminals — for better and for worse. If you want to see how public policy can have an impact on lawlessness, there’s … [Read more...] about From algorithms that predict misdemeanours to robot police, Rohan Silva explains how tech can help to stop crime
A woman daubed explicit insults in pigs blood at the home of her former lover, a Tory peer, when she caught him cheating with another peer’s wife.A court has heard Lizzie Purbrick, 62, handed herself in to police in Lynn after using five litres of blood from a butcher and a garden sprayer to write the lewd messages at the home of Lord David Prior in south London.Purbrick, of The Street, Warham, yesterday pleaded guilty at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court to causing criminal damage.A charge of burgling the property with intent to do unlawful damage was dropped.Purbrick, a member of Great Britain’s 1980 equestrian team, was placed on a 12-month community order, which includes 120 hours community service work and must pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.She was also served with a two-year restraining order prohibiting contact with Lord Prior or visiting the address, plus his properties in Beccles, Suffolk and Norfolk.A neighbour called the police when they … [Read more...] about Former Olympic showjumper confessed to Lynn police after daubing insults in pigs blood at ex-lover’s home, court told
SANDWICH – More than 70 firms have bid on the project to turn a vacant building into a new Sandwich Police Station. Mayor Rick Olson and Police Chief Jim Bianchi said they were pleased with the number of bids received for the project during a meeting Wednesday. They said it would take some time for city, police, and other officials to review the bids to determine who is lowest for each category. Recommendations on which ones to accept will be made by Williams Architect of Itasca, the firm in charge of the design work, and Harbour Contractors of Plainfield, which will be in charge of the construction. The city had been planning to construct a new police station on land it owns on the Sandwich Fair Grounds, but learned of this building at 1251 E. Sixth St., which had been vacant since 2009. When city officials learned in 2016 that the vacant building was available they visited it and immediately voted to purchase the 14,000 square foot building along with an adjoining … [Read more...] about Bids pour in for new Sandwich police station contract
Brad Heath USA TODAY Published 9:51 p.m. UTC Jul 12, 2018 BALTIMORE – Just before a wave of violence turned Baltimore into the nation’s deadliest big city, a curious thing happened to its police force: officers suddenly seemed to stop noticing crime. Police officers reported seeing fewer drug dealers on street corners. They encountered fewer people who had open arrest warrants. Police questioned fewer people on the street. They stopped fewer cars. In the space of just a few days in spring 2015 – as Baltimore faced a wave of rioting after Freddie Gray, a black man, died from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van – officers in nearly every part of the city appeared to turn a blind eye to everyday violations. They still answered calls for help. But the number of potential violations they reported seeing themselves dropped by nearly half. It has largely stayed that way ever since. “What officers are doing is they’re just driving looking … [Read more...] about Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray’s death. A wave of killings followed.