North West told by Police
to:- "be prepared to play their part in keeping the country
POLICE forces across the
North West are encouraging people and businesses to "be
prepared to play their part in keeping the country safe from
terrorism" during Counter Terrorism Awareness Week (CTAW).
CTAW is a national campaign highlighting the work Police Officers
and partners are carrying out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to
protect the North West and the rest of the UK from a terrorist
attack. Through the week, North West forces are focusing on key
themes that fall within the UK's counter terrorism strategy CONTEST
- Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare. The week highlights where
action by the Police, businesses and the public can prevent
terrorism by being vigilance in crowded places and transport hubs,
preventing violent extremism, cutting off terrorist financing, and
preventing access to tools that terrorists need to operate. ACC Ian Wiggett, the North West lead for counter terrorism said:-
"Following the increase of the international terrorism threat to
severe, there is a heightened need to ensure that the North West is
in the best position to deter and detect potential terrorist
threats. The week highlights the importance of training people to
look out for suspicious behaviour and what they should do if an
attack happens, along with preventing terrorism and radicalisation.
It is important to protect vulnerable people by responding to the
ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those
who promote it. This is not about scaring people, but highlighting
that everybody, from law enforcement to businesses, to the general
public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism. We
encourage people to be vigilant to things that are out of place or
suspicious and report it to the Police." Police forces
across the North West have already been briefing businesses as part
of the Crowded Places theme; shopping centres, cinemas, sporting
stadiums and faith venues to help them step up their security and
train their staff at 11 venues across the region.
Businesses will receive a briefing about counter terrorism measures
under Op Griffin, which will better equip them to deal with their
organisations' security challenges, both on a day to day basis, and
in the event of a major incident.
Merseyside Police force's 2 weeks
firearms surrender is a success!
MERSEYSIDE Police has had a total of 126
weapons and lots of ammunition handed in during the force's 2 weeks
firearms surrender, including 41 firearms. The surrender ran across
the force area from Friday, 7 November 2014, to Friday, 21 November
2014, and was designed to give people in possession of illegal
firearms an opportunity to hand them in. It also extended to giving
people a safe disposal route for antique, replica and decommissioned
firearms which could be capable of being reactivated and used for
criminal purposes. The 41 firearms which have been handed in consist
of 25 shotguns, one of which was sawn-off, 5 rifles and 11 handguns,
many of which are antique or so-called:- 'grandad guns'.
20 lots of ammunition were also surrendered, amounting to 2600
rounds (not including air pellets). 12 of the firearms are being
considered for assessment by the National Ballistics Intelligence
Service as part of investigations into their history and use.
Detective Chief Inspector Tom Keaton, Matrix Serious
Organised Crime Major Investigation Wing, said:- "We are
extremely pleased with the results of the surrender and the firearms
that the public have handed in. Of the 41 firearms that we have
received, many were antique guns, exactly the type that we were
targeting, and nearly all appear to be capable of being discharged.
Whether or not they have been held illegally in the past all of
these weapons could have been fallen into the hands of criminals who
would then have used them to cause fear and violence. Every weapon
handed in is one less which could potentially be used on our streets
and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for
their excellent response to the surrender operation. We have also
received 26 air weapons and 24 imitation or deactivated weapons. All
of these can end up being used for some form of criminal or
anti-social purpose and I am convinced that our communities across
Merseyside are safer places following this operation. The surrender
has run alongside the pro-active work that we do every single day to
take guns and the criminals who use them off our streets. Merseyside
Police will be relentless in its efforts to tackle all forms of
serious and organised crime and bring those responsible before the
courts. We act on every single piece of information that we receive
and I would appeal to anyone with information on firearms, or where
they are stored, to contact us as soon as possible."
Anyone with information can call the Matrix Serious Organised Crime
hotline on:- 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800
Did you know?
Back in 2003, nearly 500 guns and more than 70 other weapons, along
with more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition were handed in to
Merseyside Police during a national gun crime amnesty. Whilst, in
1996, during another national gun amnesty around 240 guns, 18 knives
and 6,000 rounds of ammunition were handed in.
Merseyside Police would like to remind people that there have been
some recent changes in legislation and some people could be unaware
of the changes. The changes in legislation are as follows:-
► Anyone previously convicted of
possessing firearms, or ammunition, who has served a sentence of
between 3 months and 3 years is prohibited from possessing antique
firearms for 5 years. Those sentenced to more than 3 years are
permanently prohibited (Section 110 Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and
► Section 108 amends the Firearms
Act 1998, and makes it an offence to possess for sale or transfer
prohibited weapons or ammunition with a maximum penalty of life
underway to remind people:- "If it's on show, it'll go!"
ROADSHOWS are now underway
offering people help and advice to help prevent themselves having
valuables stolen from their cars in the run up to Christmas. The
roadshows feature 'The Crime Prevention Car', which is
full of tips and crime prevention advice around thefts from
vehicles. People will also be able to register their valuables
Immobilise and mark them with
ultraviolet pens with us at these road shows. Officers will be on
hand to chat to people and help them and the roadshows will take
place at the following places during December 2014:-
5 December 2014 (Asda, Grange Rd Birkenhead) 9am to 15.30pm.
12 December 2014 (Asda Bromborough) 9am to 15.30pm.
1 December 2014 (Asda, Aintree) 9am to 5pm.
15 December 2014 (Tesco, Hawthorne Road Bootle) 9am
1 December 2014 (Tesco Cables Retail Park, Prescot) 9am – 5pm.
5 December 2014 (Kirkby Market) 9am to 5pm.
3 December 2014 (Tesco Metro & Library, Clock Face, St Helens) 10am
9 December 2014
Tesco Clipsley Lane, Haydock 10pm to 5pm.
3 December 2014 (Asda, Utting Avenue, Norris Green) 9am to 5pm.
15 December 2014 (Sainsburys, Rice Lane, Walton) from
9am to 5pm.
8 December 2014 (New Mersey Retail Park, Speke) from 11am to 7pm.
PEEL has been published!
HER Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has
published its first PEEL (Police Effectiveness Efficiency
Legitimacy) assessments for all forces across the country, following
a number of HMIC inspections over the last year (2013 to 2014).
In his report for Merseyside Police Her Majesty's Inspector of
Constabulary, Mike Cunnigham, concluded the following:- "In
terms of its effectiveness in general, the force is good at reducing
crime and preventing offending, good at investigating offending and
good at tackling anti-social behaviour the efficiency with which the
force carries out its responsibilities is good; and the force is
acting to achieve fairness and legitimacy in most of the practices
that were examined this year." Following publication
of the Peel Assessment Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy/Deputy Chief
Constable Andy Cooke, said:- "The force is wholly committed to
providing our communities with a police service they can have
confidence in. Despite a requirement to make significant cuts we are
determined to provide an effective and efficient Police force and
are working hard to manage the demands that we face on a daily
basis. The Peel assessment recognises that the force has
'clear priorities to prevent and reduce crime' and
'has good arrangements in place for
understanding the vulnerabilities of victims of anti-social
behaviour and monitoring performance'. The ability of the
force to disrupt organised crime groups using a range of tactics is
a clear strength, and it also deals particularly well with serious
sexual offending. It also takes cognisance of the fact that we have
a 'comprehensive and well managed change
programme' in place to achieve the required savings we have
to make, and that to date we have done everything we can to minimise
the impact of those cuts on the frontline service we provide to our
victims and communities. Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary
Mike Cunningham does express concerns in relation to the force's
approach to crime recording which he says:-
'is not as accurate as it should be'. We accept that an
initial audit of the force's crime recording was not acceptable, but
on publication of the HMIC Crime Data Integrity report last week Tom
Winsor himself recognised the significant improvements made by
Merseyside Police in crime recording following the initial audit.
The HMIC last week said:- 'It is clear that
when Police leaders realise the nature and magnitude of the crime
recording shortcomings in their forces, rapid improvements can be
made. This has been done in Kent and Merseyside, and it can and
should be done in all forces whose crime recording is in need of
improvement.' I am determined to provide Merseyside with a
professional Police Service that cares, listens and delivers. And a
survey of victim satisfaction referred to in the assessment leads me
to believe that we are providing our communities with just that. The
Victim Satisfaction Survey for the 12 months to June 2014, shows
that 85.3% of victims were satisfied with their experience of
Merseyside Police, which is above the victim satisfaction figure
across England and Wales of 85%."