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Hampshire Constabulary’s Review of the Year 2011
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Get your skates on for Christmas
Special Officer Rhys Cullinane and PCSO Kerry Croutear at Winchester’s Christmas Market
How I see it
Chief Constable Alex Marshall
Do you have a story? To contact us, and for all other editorial enquiries, email the internal Frontline mailbox or email@example.com Alternatively call 79-1436 (internally) or 01962 875006, or write to us at: Frontline, Corporate Communications, Hampshire Constabulary Police HQ, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hants, SO22 5DB. Next issue: February 2012 Copy deadline: January 27, 2012 Frontline is available online via the Hampshire Constabulary website www.hampshire.police.uk The contents of Frontline do not necessarily represent the views of the chief constable, the editor or Hampshire Constabulary. days since the launch of the campaign, the Roads Policing Unit stopped 338 vehicles and carried out 320 breath tests. There were 43 arrests relating to driving while under the influence of alcohol; of those, 33 people were charged. Reason to celebrate? No. Just reason to keep pushing the message that drinking and driving wrecks lives. I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a safe, happy New Year. n
It’s Christmas. Twelve months ago I described in this column my concerns about alcohol-related violence and how we often see a “spike” in this type of crime over the festive period.
A year on, my desire to see this problem stamped out hasn’t wavered. What has changed is our progress in this area: alcohol-related violence is down in our city centres. In the last two years, on average around 170 assaults have been reported in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Walk between April and November. This year 101 assaults were reported. This is due to a combination of police and community safety partnership activity with significant support from licensees and councillors. Although this is encouraging, Guildhall Walk remains a force violence hotspot. Any pubs or clubs causing us problems over Christmas can expect to be shut down. We’ve arrested fewer youngsters and first-time offenders this year but caught more burglars and serious criminals. I’ve no doubt that there is a correlation between this and the introduction in the summer of Community Resolution. This is an alternative way of dealing with less serious crimes to allow officers to use their professional judgement when dealing with offenders. It has been a difficult year for the force. A reduction in our funding means we have had to make redundancies or offer voluntary redundancy to make savings. I thank all of those people affected for the service they have given to the constabulary. The cuts have been unpleasant but necessary, and we are close to sorting out the budget. By next April, 80 per cent of the change will have been delivered. Next year promises to be a big year for policing in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, P&O Cruises’ 175th anniversary celebrations, the Farnborough Air Show, the Olympics and Paralympics, three Isle of Wight festivals, the football season... it’s going to be busy. Our winter drink and drug-driving campaign, Operation Holly, got underway on December 1. In the four
UK policing news round-up
A selection of police-related stories from the past six weeks
added that there are “issues to do with the general conduct of journalists at major incidents and murder inquiries”.
n Media advisor to the Association of
Chief Police Officers and chief constable of the British Transport Police Andy Trotter has called for a code of ethics to address the way the press conduct themselves when reporting on “major incidents” and how the police brief the media. Mr Trotter said he views the relationship between journalists and police as “very good” and as having “improved steadily over time”, but
n Scotland Yard has told its officers that bad language on its own is not a good enough reason to detain someone. The guidance has been given on Justify, Account and Record memo cards, which are carried on patrol. According to The Mail on Sunday, the advice states: “The courts do not accept police officers are caused harassment, alarm or distress by words such as: f---, c---, b-----ks, w-----s.” A Met spokesman said: “The cards... remind officers that the courts do not accept that simply swearing at a police officer is grounds for an arrest and illustrate how the MPS has had to make settlements in the past when officers have arrested solely for this.” n Almost 30,000 serial offenders escaped with a caution when they went
back to crime last year, figures show. Some 4,600 of them were career criminals with at least 15 previous offences to their name. In some cases offenders were cautioned even though their new offence was so serious it could have been dealt with in a crown court. And thousands more who were taken to court were handed fines, community penalties or conditional discharges.
n A chief constable swam across a deep drainage ditch to rescue a father and son whose van had careered off a motorway. Colin Port, chief constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, was heading home from the office when he came across the accident on the M5 in Somerset. Mr Port administered first aid to the victims, one of whom had a serious head injury, while waiting for the rest of the emergency services to arrive. “It was nothing exceptional,” said Mr Port. n
Arrests up as drink-drive crackdown launched for Christmas
Drink and drug-drive arrests are up 15.4 per cent on last year, figures from the first 11 days of Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Holly campaign show.
Since the launch on December 1, officers have arrested 90 people - 77 male and 13 female – compared to 78 arrests last year. Of the 90 people arrested, 65 have been charged, 14 have been bailed pending further enquiries and 11 have been released with no further action. The greatest number of arrests so far have been in the north and east of Hampshire with 28, while the Isle of Wight has the lowest number of arrests, eight, followed by Portsmouth, nine. In central Hampshire, including Fareham and Gosport, there have been 20 arrests, while 11 people have been arrested in Southampton and 14 in the New Forest, Eastleigh and Test Valley area. PC Mark Clarke, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “These results are bittersweet because while we are identifying and arresting more suspected drink-drivers this year it shows that people just aren’t getting the message not to drink and drive. “Drink-driving ruins lives. It kills, it maims, it’s the reason relationships break down and jobs are lost. So why are people still getting behind the wheel? “You are not invincible. You are an accident waiting to happen. Alcohol is not more important than a safe journey home, it’s not more important than the lives of your passengers, than you, and it’s not more important than the people walking home in your path. “You don’t have to be driving erratically for us to pull you over. This year we are carrying out checks on people of all ages and if you are found to be drink-driving you will be arrested, be banned from driving, face a hefty fine and you’ll have a criminal record – and that’s only if you don’t kill somebody.” Hampshire Constabulary is asking members of the public across the two counties to text 80999 to report anyone they suspect of drink-driving or being drug impaired behind the wheel. The information will be received anonymously, and senders simply need to text the precise location where the driver was last seen, direction of travel and as many vehicle details as possible – most importantly the number plate. The number is a text-only service and will not take phone calls; anyone witnessing a drink-drive offence in progress should call 999. To get the very latest progress and information on Operation Holly follow @HantsPolice or @HantspolRoads on Twitter or check out our Hampshire Constabulary Facebook page. n
In the hirsute of happiness...
We asked, you grew. Each year, November is host to Movember, a sponsored moustache-growing event to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. According to The Prostate Cancer Charity, last year 111,825 people took part, raising £11.7 million. This year Hampshire Constabulary officers and staff played their part, with an impressive array of top-lip topiary adorning faces around the force. Here, Frontline pays homage to our Movember heroes. Thank you to everyone who took part to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity and The Institute of Cancer Research. n
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No let-up in catching burglars this Christmas
by Alissia Knight
Christmas should be a time of joy for all residents living in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Unfortunately for some this can be short-lived when homes are targeted by burglars.
Through Operation Nemesis we will be relentless in combating the seasonal spike in burglaries that is normally seen at this time of the year. Our Christmas crime prevention messages will be travelling to the far edges of the two counties over the festive period. Advice to residents is appearing on buses across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, prompting people to “lock your windows and doors and put valuables out of sight”. A prominent billboard in Southampton, located close to an area heavily populated by student residents, is being used to encourage people to think about securing their homes if they are going away over Christmas. Hampshire Constabulary Christmas cards are being put through the has sent all known active burglars and car thieves his season’s greetings in a card to warn that we are watching them. Safer Neighbourhoods teams have also been talking to shoppers on the high streets and visiting schools to remind people to stay safe and secure this Christmas. Since the beginning of Operation Nemesis in October there have been 620 arrests for serious acquisitive crime offences, which have been achieved through great teamwork to co-ordinate and focus resources to reduce the number of burglaries and catch those who are committing them. We will continue this in to next year to ensure the hard work will provide the significant reduction in burglary that we are aiming for. n
letterboxes of homes where officers can clearly see an opportunity or reason for a burglar to enter, such as a window being left open. The cards provide a variety of tips on how to secure properties and make them look less inviting to an opportunist criminal. In support of this, the chief constable
4x4 volunteer scheme keeping county’s roads moving this winter
More than 200 owners of four-wheel drive vehicles have put themselves forward to help Hampshire’s emergency services in the event of extreme weather conditions this winter.
The 4x4 Volunteers scheme has been set up by Hampshire Constabulary in partnership with Hampshire County Council, the Local Resilience Forum and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. They are calling on 4x4 owners to perform tasks including moving police resources to and from stations, assisting with checks on the vulnerable and scoping out community concern due to the weather conditions. The force’s Sergeant Phil Lamb said: “There has never been a better time to step up and help your community to help itself. If we have another winter like last year, with a repeat of the extreme ice and snow conditions, our resources will be severely stretched. “That is when drivers will be put to good use helping out those in need, checking on vulnerable members of our community and assisting the different agencies across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response we’ve received – we’ve had to cap the numbers at 120 despite receiving 200 requests to help.” All volunteers are vetted and receive in-house training from the fire service. They are also required to posses a valid MOT certificate and insurance for their vehicle, as well as demonstrating up-todate knowledge of the Highway Code. Drivers’ mileage costs and out-ofpocket expenses are covered by the LRF. Ian Hoult, chair of the LRF’s Community Resilience Group, said: “In major incidents and during extreme weather, local communities can play a significant role in supporting the work of emergency responders, which allows important resources to be targeted where they are needed the most. “In addition to this crucial support, by becoming a 4x4 volunteer drivers can also help to support their own communities and those vulnerable
residents that may need extra help during a time of need.” Assistant Chief Officer Bob Ratcliffe from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “This is a great way for members of the public to come together in times of need to support their local community and be involved in the lifesaving work of the emergency services. The volunteers can be used by all 22 agencies which sit under the LRF umbrella, not just the police. More information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. n
Royal opening for new Southampton station
The Princess Royal has officially opened the £30m Southampton Central police station.
Princess Anne was given a guided tour of the building in Southern Road, met officers and staff and watched demonstrations of the work done by the crime scene investigation team. She then unveiled a plaque alongside Councillor Jacqui Rayment, chair of Hampshire Police Authority. Among the invited guests at the ceremony were Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Terry Matthews, a delegation from Southampton City Council and representatives from builders Kier. Southampton District commander, Superintendent Steve France-Sargeant, said it was “an honour” to welcome the princess.
Awards out of the blue!
The team that brought you the new Southampton Central police station have picked up awards for their efforts from the chief constable. The group of 12, known as the Blue Team, all had different roles to help bring the new station from just an idea to fruition, including closing the old SC and getting everyone settled in the new venue. It included staff from HQ and those based locally along with a project manager for the developers. One of those who received a Chief Constable’s Congratulations for his part in the project was Western Area Corporate Communications officer Ian
Princess Anne unveils the commemorative plaque
The team behind the building of the new station celebrate their achievement with Chief Constable Alex Marshall
Sainsbury. Ian dealt with all the internal and external communications throughout the project starting from before the site
was selected, through the moving-in period to right up until the official opening by Princess Anne. He said: “It was an honour to get the award as I’m sure the rest of the team felt too. It was a major project that we all worked on over a considerable time, and it was nice to see something through from start to finish. “I think we all feel in particular that we have made a contribution to making working conditions better for staff in Southampton, especially those who used to work at the old SC!” n
Employee Self Service and Shared Service Centre go live
The Employee Self Service function went live on Monday, December 12, providing all staff and officers with a one-stop-shop for completing finance and facilities tasks easily. The self-service is now the first port of call for completing many routine tasks, such as claiming mileage and expenses, booking hire cars, travel and accommodation, ordering stationery and equipment and reporting estate faults. You’ll find the self-service on the intranet homepage. The self-service function is supported by the staff within the Shared Service Centre, which also opened on December 12. It is the new home for finance, business and facilities and is based on the 4th floor of Southampton Central police station. It is manned by 45 finance, business and facilities staff. The newly appointed Service Centre manager, Gareth Balfour, started with the force on the centre’s opening day. He is working with Alison Craig and Ch Insp Diana Boyles to ensure the smooth bedding in of the centre. Each of the Areas has two small finance and facilities teams to provide a locally based service, and these are tasked and managed centrally. However, everyone’s first port of call for any finance or facilities-related enquiry should be through the Employee Self Service. The range of tasks possible through the self-service function will increase over the coming months as future IT developments deliver improvements and additional reviews are completed. This will be supported by the launch of the new force intranet early next year. The current Shared Service Centre structure is also a building block to which other services will be added. During 2012, HR and Administration will move into the Shared Service Centre, expanding the provision of service and encouraging a more efficient and effective way of working. To contact the Shared Service Centre use the self-service facility or call 79 2222. n
It was a thank you by royal approval... members of Hampshire Constabulary’s Corporate Communications department were invited to the office of the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire recently in recognition of their use of Facebook and Twitter following the outbreak of civil disorder in London and other cities in England during August. Dame Mary Fagan wanted to thank the team personally, praising the
force for the way in which it used social media to reassure the public during the unrest, keeping people informed and quashing rumours. Chief Constable Alex Marshall joined members of the communications team at Serle’s House, Winchester, for afternoon tea and a chat with Dame Mary, her husband and other dignitaries. Head of Corporate Communications, Ch Insp Adrian Kingswell, said: “I felt very proud of the
work my department did at the time of the disorders and I tweeted as such! We have deservedly received plaudits for our actions at the time of unrest and this recognition was a little special, particularly as the Lord Lieutenant recognised the preparatory work that had occurred in establishing networks and connections that allowed us to support the police operation and communicate to so many, so quickly.” n
Force Change Team
I want to start by recognising that the last few months, and longer than that for some, have been an unsettling period for those staff involved in consultation periods and selection processes. Some staff will have been successful in obtaining the positions that they applied for, while others have been offered roles that might not have been their first choice or positions at locations that will impact on their personal lives. I also recognise that there are members of staff who have had to become redeployees as a result of their particular selection process or have put themselves forward for voluntary redundancy because of the changes that are being implemented. I do not underestimate the impact this will have had on those people and on the managers working to make these changes happen. In the first quarter of 2012, a number of other reviews will also reach their conclusion. At this time, it is important to reiterate that there is support available throughout this period of change. For
more information, search “welfare” on the intranet. The need to operate within a reduced budget has meant that difficult decisions have had to be made, none of which have been taken lightly by managers across the organisation. Due to the significant amount of work taking place across the force, particularly in the areas of Corporate Support, Tasking and Co-ordination and Public Service, we are still on track to achieve the necessary £18m in savings by March 31, putting the constabulary in a strong position for the remainder of 2012 and into 2013. The force change team works very closely with the Finance department to regularly assess the constabulary’s budget position, ensuring that the ongoing negotiations in relation to Hutton and Winsor, council tax and existing inflation levels are taken into consideration. This keeps the force in a strong position to respond to any changes in the wider economic climate. It is also a good time to say a big
thank you to everyone who has been involved in the changes. Staff and managers have risen to the huge challenge we have been faced with and a significant amount of work has been undertaken, while continuing to deliver high levels of service. Moving into 2012, as an organisation we can continue to deliver high-quality services to the public, ensuring that we meet the chief constable’s vision and support the force’s Policing Priorities, with a strong focus on protecting our communities from crime and harm, catching criminals and managing offenders, and providing an excellent service. If you haven’t already done so, please explore the new Shared Service Centre, which went live on December 12. The aim is for staff to become more selfsufficient by embracing new ways of working by accessing services online or on the phone rather than in person. n Superintendent Dave Hardcastle
Help yourselves... the self-service portal is here
You can now access the newly developed Performance Self Serve Portal, a Business Objects tool that has been created to ensure that officers and staff are able to easily find information that is useful and relevant to their roles. Providing relevant performance data to its customers, Business Objects software is used to extract and compare performance and management information data from a range of systems from across the force. The structure of the folders within Business Objects has now also been simplified to make it easier to use for police officers and staff. All Business Objects reports are updated overnight, Sunday to Thursday, providing fresh data for police officers and staff from 7am every weekday morning. Below are just three examples of how Business Objects is being used across the force to boost performance: Safer Neighbourhoods teams use Business Objects to monitor the level of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in their neighbourhoods, enabling them to measure the effectiveness of their work. Sergeants and inspectors use the Master Scorecard reports to view the workload, productivity and effectiveness of their teams over a chosen period of time. The Performance and Consultation department uses Business Objects to produce reports for the Chief Officer Group, which monitors the effectiveness of the force against targets set by the police authority. Deputy Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “The Self Serve Portal is intended to make our management information more accessible and relevant at lower cost. It should be used to help us understand whether we are serving the public in the way we intend. Finally, it will inform whether our service is helping to protect our communities from crime and harm, catch criminals and provide an excellent service. Greater understanding of which activities drive these outcomes, together with excellent leadership and accountability, will help us do more of what works.” The Self Serve Portal and the newlook folder structure went live on November 30 and can be accessed by approved users from the intranet homepage link under Useful Tools. Police officers and staff who do not currently use Business Objects can request access by emailing the IT User Support mailbox. A diagram of the new folder structure is now available on the Business Objects intranet page. For any queries concerning finding reports in the new structure, please phone 79-2347 To find out how to set up your preferences so that Self Serve Portal is your default and for any other technical queries call the IT Helpdesk on 79-1234. n
Southampton teenagers imprisoned after armed robbery
by Liz Pusey
Thursday, June 30 started like any other day for the owner of the News, Food and Wine store in Spring Road, Southampton, but no-one could have predicted what was to take place that afternoon. At around 5.25pm, Billy Woodford, then aged 13, and Daniel Flint, then aged 14, went into the shop and posed as customers while three of their friends, who had their faces covered with hats and scarves, carried out an armed robbery. Joshua Quinn, 14, Jordan Tennant, 16, and Iain Crook, then aged 13, demanded cigarettes and money from the terrified shopkeeper. The father of two later said he feared for his life; Quinn had pointed the gun straight at him. The boys were all arrested and charged, and enquiries showed they had planned the crime beforehand via text message. The shop owner has never
recovered from his ordeal, still suffering nightmares and flashbacks, leaving him unable to work, leave his house alone or even talk about what happened. Judge Patrick Hooton sentenced all five teenagers to 18 months imprisonment when the case came to court in November, saying the crime was so serious he had no other option. To emphasise this message he also lifted the ban on identifying the youths. Detective Inspector Gary Towse said: “None of the youths involved had any
previous convictions but the comments from the judge, the sentences imposed and the long-lasting effects on the shopkeeper just show how very serious their actions were. “We received a lot of information and support from the local community following this incident and their involvement was crucial in identifying the teenagers involved, and it’s clear these criminal actions will not be tolerated by people in the city.” n
Disability Awareness Month 2011
Making a difference through personal stories
A series of personal stories from within the force have proved just how much a difference talking about disability can make. The stories were posted on the intranet throughout November, which is the force’s chosen month to raise awareness about disability issues. All those who took part have been praised for doing so as their cases prompted a positive response from others who’ve experienced similar issues. Sergeant John Mullen from Portsmouth Central Custody explained how his shift patterns were altered to overcome the effects of his Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, a condition which prevents him from sleeping properly. Since the article, he told Frontline that people now have a greater understanding of how it affects his life: “I’ve had people coming into custody saying they didn’t realise what I had to put up with. Some knew I finished work no later than 3am but didn’t realise why.” Karen Lord received similar positive feedback from her story. “My article went onto the intranet on Thursday,” she said, “and by Friday morning I had numerous emails from people all over the force thanking me for highlighting bowel problems and saying it was a brave thing to even consider doing.” The intelligence assistant from Newport had bowel surgery for ulcerative colitis, which means she requires close access to toilet facilities at all times. “I was really pleased with the reaction from people. Some people whose relatives have the condition came to me wanting to ask questions that they couldn’t ask them!” PCSOs Steve Hill, from Hedge End, and John Terry, from Whitehill, both have forms of dyslexia. Their stories showed how using different coloured acetates and paper allow them to do their jobs to the best of their abilities and helped raise awareness of what is a common condition for many people across the force. Corporate Communications officer Tim Feltham, who ran the stories, said: “All too often these are issues people don’t normally feel comfortable discussing, but it’s apparent that doing so makes a difference because it helps others to understand. “By posting people’s stories on the intranet, and detailing the often simple but effective reasonable adjustments they have in place, I hope it gives people the confidence to talk about disability at the level that’s right for them.”
Give the gift of life this Christmas – by spitting!
Sign up to the Anthony Nolan charity
How would you feel about saving somebody’s life by donating some of your stem cells? Detective Constable Paul Smith feels very proud because he did exactly that – and it all started by giving a saliva sample. Here, the Basingstoke-based officer explains what’s involved and how you can register to donate. “I signed up to the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register about 15 years ago following the death of a friend who sadly died of leukaemia aged just 21. “In 2009 I was matched to a patient and went through the procedure to donate stem cells. The procedure is not as painful as many people suspect! “There are two ways to donate and the preferred method is via a process similar to dialysis where the stem cells are filtered from your blood during an afternoon stay at a London clinic. “The other method is known as a ‘harvest’, where you have a minor operation under general anaesthetic and they extract the marrow from your hips with a needle. If you search for ‘Anthony Nolan’ on YouTube there is a short video explaining the whole process. “People requiring donors are often very ill and a match may be their last chance for life. “I am trying to raise awareness of the Anthony Nolan charity around the force and I am helping them to sign people up to this very worthwhile cause. You can register if you are between 18 and 40. “The register finds matches for people with blood diseases, including leukaemia and other cancers. “Currently the register only finds matches for approximately 50 per cent of the people who require a donor. “The charity is especially looking to sign up men between the ages of 18 and 30. This is because young men are generally bigger, so will provide a higher yield of stem cells and younger donors are less likely to have any health conditions that might prevent them from donating. “The constabulary supported me through the process and allowed me special leave. “To sign up is very simple. You only need to fill in the contact form and review the medical conditions which may preclude you from donating. “You then simply split into a tube to give a sample of saliva for tissue matching. That’s it! “Please email me at: email@example.com if you’re interested in helping to save lives. Alternatively you can visit www.anthonynolan.org.”
Police call the Shots at Carling Cup clash
by Vicky O’Hare
More than 100 officers, tactical cycle teams, a dog team, a mounted unit from Thames Valley Police and many others took to the streets of Aldershot on a cold October evening to police one of the town’s most exciting sporting events in recent history.
When the Northern Area Operational Planning Team found out that Aldershot Town FC had drawn Premiership giants Manchester United in the fourth round of the Carling Cup, it was clear there was a lot of work to do. Such a high-profile football match is a complete rarity in the north of Hampshire, unlike our southern neighbours Southampton and Portsmouth who regularly see big-name teams visiting the cities. Superintendent Paul Brooks took charge of the operation as Silver commander, assisted by Sergeant Jason Holford, and both worked closely with Aldershot Town FC to ensure the event passed peacefully. This included liaison about stewarding, increasing the capacity for the EBB Stadium and also the construction of the Sky Sports studio, which ended up being on top of the Silver command centre! The Northern Area Corporate Communications team also assisted by using Twitter and Facebook to encourage fans to behave sensibly. A different key message about safety, traffic and parking arrangements was tweeted in the days leading up to the match, which generated great feedback from the fans. On the big day itself, October 25, teams of officers arrived at Aldershot police station throughout the day for prebriefings and to monitor any pre-match activity in and around the town. Officers were posted at the entrances to the biggest pubs in the town centre showing the game, but most officers had little to do by way of dealing with disorder. The Roads Policing Unit co-ordinated the escort of both team coaches in and out of the ground, and all players arrived safe and sound for the start of what was to be an epic clash. Unfortunately, despite a brave performance, it wasn’t to be for the Shots, with the Premiership visitors putting three goals past them by the time final whistle blew. Supt Brooks said: “We set our stall out very early on that we wanted a peaceful and happy match, and this was what happened. “People have supported the club rather than embarrassing the club, in the eyes of the world. I’m very happy and pleased, and the club is pleased.” “From a Manchester United perspective they really enjoyed their stay down here and thought it was a cracking day.” Only one fan was arrested, a 26-yearold man from Aldershot, for breaching a football banning order, with another nine fans ejected from the ground by stewards. Gold commander, Chief Superintendent Mark Chatterton, said: “Our intention was for the game to be trouble-free and enjoyable for all who attended; we were able and pleased to achieve that. “We asked for feedback from those that came to the game and their comments were overwhelmingly favourable, which is also good to see. I would like to thank all those who took part on a job well done.”
Tunnel vision: Chief Superintendent Mark Chatterton applauds the arrival of United’s players
Caught on camera: gaining intelligence ahead of kick-off
Sign of the times: a sellout at the EBB Stadium
Thin blue line: police maintain order between the two sets of fans
Pre-match analysis: the briefing takes place
Backroom staff: ensuring everything runs smoothly
Don’t think much of the fluorescent kit
Football fans get the message
Crowd control: Supt Paul Brooks breaking down barriers
Off to a flier: the crowds build before the game
Social media played a big part in this operation – both in getting messages and information out to the public and monitoring what was being said by fans from ATFC and MUFC. Here are the messages we used, all with #shotsmufc: n We are dedicating lots of extra time to organising this policing operation and will see it through to the final whistle and beyond. n There will be penalties for misbehaviour, troublemakers will be kicked out and we will not stand for any foul play. n Car parking will be at a premium on matchday. Leave the car at home if you can. n Parsons Barracks car park will be closed on matchday, as will the approach road. n Don’t get caught offside – get into the ground early and soak up the atmosphere. n If you haven’t got a ticket don’t go to the ground – you won’t get in! n
“He’s only gone and hoofed it!”
Praise for teams that helped convict members of online paedophile ring
by Tim Feltham
Eight people have been convicted for their part in an international online paedophile ring in what the senior investigating officer described as “one of the most horrific incidents of child abuse I have ever investigated”. Operation Zibeline was a large-scale investigation and the constabulary’s teams that worked on it have been praised for their hard work. Information about the ringleader came to light in December last year from police in Australia via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency. Officers from the Specialist Investigations department based at Netley took immediate action and arrested Robert Hathaway and his partner, Melissa Noon. They searched his home in Portsmouth and seized computer equipment. Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Vicky Dennis said: “The equipment was taken to the High-Tech Crime unit, who stayed on duty to examine it that night. “Over the next few days, the Paedophile and Online Investigation team identified and arrested a further six suspects. During this period we regularly worked in excess of 14 hours a day to ensure all children were identified and safeguarded and all suspects arrested.” The investigation uncovered more
than 14,000 indecent images of children, and 300 videos and films of children being abused. Det Insp Dennis continued: “Both police officers and staff worked on their days off in order to progress the investigation and I am aware of the effect this had on their families over Christmas and New Year. I want to thank everybody involved. “Eight defendants were charged with 124 offences in total and I believe that the amount of work we invested throughout is what led to some of the defendants entering guilty pleas before the trial began.” Robert Hathaway used a website he was running to meet his co-defendants and others like them across the world. Once they gained each other’s trust, they would use a secure area to email or use live chat to share indecent images of children or to encourage each other to commit acts of abuse against children. The site used has been closed down. Det Insp Dennis commented: “This case is one of the most horrific incidents of child abuse I have ever investigated. “During the course of the investigation, my team and I have had to view numerous horrific videos and images of children being sexually abused. Some of these have were also shown to the jury.” Operation Zibeline uncovered a total of 35 suspects including the below eight defendants plus a further seven in England and 20 others in nine countries
Det Insp Vicky Dennis
across the world. Robert Hathaway, 36, of Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to 45 offences including two of rape of a child. Stephen Fraser, 41, of Cambridge, admitted 27 charges including one of sexual assault of a child. Lee Parson, 38, of Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to five charges including one of arranging a child sex offence. Melissa Noon, 30, of Portsmouth, was found guilty of 11 offences including three of causing a child to engage in sexual activity. Simon Hilton, 29, of London, was found guilty of one charge of arranging a child sex offence having previously pleaded guilty to 13 offences. Mark Day, 45, of Sandwich, Kent, was found guilty of one charge of arranging a child sex offence. Daniel Bell, 26, of Emsworth, was found guilty of three charges relating to indecent images of children. John Maddox, 47, of Rainham, Essex, was found guilty of a charge of causing a child to engage in sexual activity. All the defendants appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court and are due to be sentenced on December 19 and 20 and January 13.
Bands perform in harmony for charity
A joint concert between The Band of the Hampshire Constabulary and Medina Marching Band raised money for the Isle of Wight branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The bands performed separately and then joined together under the baton of Captain Peter Curtis, the police band’s musical director, for a spectacular finale. Inspector Paul Savill, who arranges for the police band to come to the island at least once a year, said: “The standard of playing from both bands was excellent and considering the very short time we had to rehearse, the final pieces sounded brilliant and quite rightly received a standing ovation from the audience at Medina Theatre.” The concert was supported by the
L-R: Teresa Cooley and Jan Cooper from the Medina Marching Band, Doreen Grant (MND), Insp Paul Savill and Jennie Lewis (MND)
local mobile police office where Operation Nemesis advice was given to the visiting public on keeping lights on and doors locked to deter burglars during the darker evenings. Support also came from
ferry company Wightlink, which sponsored the police band’s travel, allowing more of the ticket money to go to the island charity. A total of £462 was raised.
The Blue Lamp Trust celebrates a first successful year
Making our roads safer, ensuring vulnerable people feel better protected and promoting fire safety and prevention – it’s been a busy first year for the Blue Lamp Trust.
Launched in September 2010 by Chief Constable Alex Marshall and the then High Sheriff, Alan Lovell, who remains as chair, the charity has gone from strength to strength in its quest to promote and enhance community safety in Hampshire. The trust is backed by Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and Hampshire Police Authority. Its first annual conference – entitled Corporate Manslaughter: Don’t put yourself in the dock – brought the global Road Safety Week to a dramatic conclusion as businesses from across the region were able to see a live demonstration of the extrication of a passenger, hit by a business driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel, consequently losing his life. The demo took place at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s new Winchester station where the country’s first dedicated Road Safety Unit has been established to focus on the increasing problem of road deaths. One of the aims of the trust is creating safer roads through driver education for both businesses and the general public. Driver Awareness Training courses have proven very popular. The trust also performs a vital role in protecting the vulnerable among us. Elderly victims of burglary, for example, can have locks fitted and any damage repaired courtesy of the Bobby Scheme. Chief Fire Officer John Bonney explained to delegates how most of the fire service’s work is now focused on road traffic incidents as opposed to fire in the homes. Delegates then saw the stark realities of the consequences of an employee losing their life on the road in the course of their work, with the employer successfully prosecuted for a number of breaches under both the Corporate Manslaughter and Health and Safety at Work Acts. As part of the dramatic scenario, Peter Taylor, head of Dispute Resolution at Paris Smith, donned a wig to play the part of the judge with Sarah Wheadon, associate with Paris Smith, playing the part of the prosecutor. To carry out this invaluable work the trust relies on donations. The Blue Lamp Trust welcomes contributions via its website – www.bluelamptrust.org.uk. For more information contact Mark Bradford on either 0300 777 0157 or firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the website or find the charity on Twitter @BlueLampTrust.
The BLT – a glowing example
Hayley Court, a Corporate Communications officer for the force, describes a recent case where the Blue Lamp Trust came to the rescue... Seeing your friend fade away because of dementia is like suffering a mini bereavement every day. Oli was evacuated to Hampshire as a child from Blackfriars in London. At 17 she returned here as a land girl to support the war effort. Eventually she settled here and became a dairyman’s wife. These memories, snippets of the 81 years of her life, are the only ones she has left. I came across the Bobby Scheme, an invaluable part of the Blue Lamp Trust, when Oli lost her keys. For nearly two weeks she had been unable to leave her home while she waited for the council to fix new locks – I wasn’t allowed to change them myself. In that fortnight I saw her spirit diminish markedly and conversation became a struggle. Being unable to leave her house had started to take its toll. After being driven almost to despair by the impact this was having on my friend’s health, I was pointed in the direction of the Bobby Scheme. Less than 24 hours later John, having arranged to meet me so I could introduce him to Oli, arrived. He changed the locks and offered to install a key safe outside her door so the same thing wouldn’t happen again. What’s more, they didn’t charge a penny. Within a couple of weeks, having been able to go out for her much loved daily walks, Oli regained some of her usual character, and while she will never remember what the Bobby Scheme did for her, I will never forget. n
Delegates watch as fire and ambulance demonstrate a rescue of a motorist from the wreck of his car
Never forget: Armistice Day 2011
The force fell silent for two minutes at 11am on November 11 to mark the 93rd Armistice Day. The event commemorates those who died in the two world wars and subsequent conflicts, including 385 UK personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001. At Police Headquarters in Winchester, Deputy Chief Constable Andy Marsh led the proceedings before a gathering of around 200 officers and police staff. After a short speech and the laying of a wreath by Mr Marsh, PC Chris Stone performed The Last Post followed by The Rouse. Across the Channel, PC Lester Yeates was representing the constabulary at a ceremony in a small village in France called Millac, which is located in the Poitou Charentes. PC Yeates, who retires this month, was given permission by the force to wear his uniform at the event. Two days later, on November 13, the constabulary was represented at the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, Whitehall. PC Cameron McMurchie, Sergeant Cliff Jones, PC Alan Deakin, SO Andrew Ford and PCSO Bob Finch formed part of the Civilian Services Contingent (CSC). The CSC makes up a quarter of the static guard of honour to Her Majesty the Queen and forms up around the Cenotaph. Its members take their place on Whitehall alongside the Army detachment, opposite the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
Picture courtesy of Anderson Photography
PC Cameron McMurchie (second from right) is inspected by ACPO president Sir Hugh Orde, Home Secretary Theresa May and the City of London Police’s Chief Superintendent David Clarke at the Cenotaph
PC Lester Yeates with Monsieur Dardillac, a former mayor of Millac and chair of the region’s equivalent of The Royal British Legion
IAGs ensuring closer community relations
It was smiles all round as members of the constabulary’s independent advisory groups (IAGs) came together for a conference in November. More than 40 IAG members from around the force area attended the conference, where there were displays and presentations from various departments and units. Hampshire Constabulary has IAGs at local and force level. The volunteer IAG members are called upon to advise during major investigations, explore community issues and question police practices and policies. They are of huge benefit to the force and also develop better understanding of where they live by questioning or challenging police practices in a constructive way. Hampshire Police Authority member Lena Samuels spoke about the role of independent advisory groups in challenging assumptions and helping the force to understand the impact of its work on local communities. She encouraged members to speak out and trust their gut feeling. Mike Franklin from the Independent Police Complaints Commission explained how IAGs were first used in the aftermath of the death of Stephen Lawrence in London and gave an overview of the role of the IPCC.
Chief Superintendent Matthew Greening and PC Ahmed Sasso pictured with two IAG members
IAG member Wendy Celera, who was one of a number of members presented with a certificate of thanks during the evening, said: “I was particularly impressed by the presentation from Lena Samuels, especially in regard to being tenacious and persevering and sometimes saying things that people don’t want to hear.” “Although I feel inadequate in so
many ways, it reinforced my feeling that it’s important to ‘go with your gut’. The stands were very good too and I learned a lot and got some great information from them.” The force is looking for more people from all parts of the community to volunteer as IAG members. Email: email@example.com for more information.
Advent Christmas Prize Quiz
Sssshhhh! Do you hear that? Not the sound of Santa dusting down his famous red outfit or the jingle of sleigh bells as Rudolph and co prepare to take to the skies... instead it’s the rustle of an envelope as our kind friends at Gunwharf Quays slide a £50 gift card into it for the winner of this year’s Advent Christmas Prize Quiz! Simply write down the answers to the following 24 questions on a piece of paper and send it to Advent Christmas Prize Quiz, Frontline, Corporate Communications, Hampshire Constabulary Police HQ, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 5DB. Closing date January 27, 2012. Please note this quiz is open to serving and retired Hampshire Constabulary officers and police staff only.
1. What did St Nicholas put in unwed maidens’ shoes?
2. What type of animal is Snowball in George Orwell’s book Animal Farm?
3. In the Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life, what signifies an angel gaining its wings?
4. Who is the Greek god of the north wind and the bringer of winter?
5. Which amphibious action figures dominated the Christmas toy charts in 1990?
6. What was the name of the famous Christmas film of 1947 starring Maureen O’Hara?
7. Who wrote the book The Polar Express?
8. Which band are the only artist to have had both the Christmas number one and number two singles on two occasions?
9. In what year was the first televised Christmas speech by the Queen?
10. Jesus was born in the city of Bethlehem according to two accounts of the bible. The gospel of Matthew was one - the other?
11. In what year did the Guinness World Records award The Children’s Society for the largest Christmas stocking ever recorded?
12. The hit Do They Know It’s Christmas? went to number one in the UK charts in 2004. Who performed it?
13. The Christmas carol Joy to the World was first published in 1719 by which English writer?
14. Traditionally, anyone who puts up Christmas decorations before which date will attract evil spirits?
15. In the Christmas carol The Twelve Days of Christmas what is the total number of gifts that “my true love gave to me”?
16. According to the Met Office, in what year did the UK last experience an official white Christmas?
17. In Greece, Italy, Spain and which other country do workers get a Christmas bonus of one month’s salary?
18. What date is St Stephen’s Day?
19. From which country does the poinsettia plant originate?
20. What is the name of the sweet bread loaf traditionally eaten in Italy at Christmas?
21. How many countries does The Salvation Army work in?
22. What is the birth sign of people born on December 25?
23. What is the more common name for the plant viscum album?
24. Guess how many officers – of all ranks – are due to be on duty for Hampshire Constabulary at noon on Christmas Day this year.
TWELVE MONTHS IN POLICING FOR HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY
REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2011
A year full of challenge and change, 201 1 will be remembered as a period of difficult times financially for the force but also one of great achievement. H ere, H ayley C ourt and Aaron Brown take a look back at some of the stories that caught the eye.
PC Nicholas Jackson, PC David Vass and PC Jane G William patrolling an icy Gosport He certainly earned his stripes
The gammon’s up as one of the pigs gives into a tasty treat
Action from this year’s Families Day
January It was a brrrr-illiant start to the year for fans of snow when we were caught in the clutches of one of the coldest winters for 100 years. A bit of the white stuff didn’t stop us policing though. When the snow thawed, a couple of courageous Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs made a waddle for it after escaping from a farmer’s field in Coxford, Southampton. The porcine pair went AWOL for a couple of weeks before they were finally coaxed to safety by PCSO Kev Newby and the RSPCA before being rehomed. Plans were outlined as to how the new joint-working Operations department with Thames Valley Police would look, combining roads policing, dog support and firearms. Former Portsmouth resident Tracy Lyons was convicted for her role in a paedophile ring led by a man she befriended on Facebook. The exnursery volunteer, 41, was sentenced to four years in prison. February Approval was given by Hampshire Police Authority to cut £20m from the force budget for 2011-12. Chief Constable Alex Marshall announced that up to 300 roles could go over
A bright future ahead for the force’s newest station
the next four years, following budget cuts which would save the force £50m by 2015. The force’s Financial Investigation Unit confiscated proceeds of crime totalling more than £700,000 from a family-based organised crime group who flooded Southampton’s streets with cocaine. This figure represents just part of the £2.5m the FIU has taken out of the criminal economy across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the past year. March A review of police pay and conditions hit the headlines at the beginning of the month following the publication of the first part of the Winsor Review. The home secretary asked the reviewer, Tom Winsor, to ensure that pay and conditions were the best they could be given the challenges facing the police service.
The constabulary’s £30m Southampton Central station opened on March 8. The eight-storey building in Southern Road has 36 custody cells and replaces the previous Southampton Central which had operated from the city’s Civic Centre since 1933. Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) were rolled out across the force to help officers spend more time out on patrol and less time tied to the station doing paperwork. Hampshire Police Authority borrowed £1.5m to buy more than 160 devices, which have been fitted into vehicles. April Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux was murdered on board nuclear submarine HMS Astute after Able Seaman Ryan Donovan opened fire while the vessel was berthed at Southampton’s Dock Gate 4. The shooting happened on April 8 when
Donovan, now 23, calmly walked into the control room during a goodwill visit by Southampton City Council dignitaries and opened fire with an SA80 rifle. Donovan later pleaded guilty to the murder of the 36-yearold father of four and attempted murder of three others. He was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison. Our end of year figures returned a 6 per cent drop in overall crime, with criminal damage down by 14 per cent – that’s 4,112 fewer offences. May Police investigating the disappearance of missing Isle of Wight teenager Damien Nettles began two new searches for evidence. Damien, 16, of Woodvale Road, Gurnard, Cowes, Isle of Wight, went missing on Saturday, November 2, 1996. Officers sealed off and searched an area of Dodnor Nature Reserve near Newport during this month. Damien’s body was not found. To date eight people have been arrested in connection with the alleged murder of Damien. One was later released. Seven remain on bail until the New Year, pending further enquiries. Proposals to sell 18 police stations and a number of other buildings
occupied by the force were put to Hampshire Police Authority by the constabulary in a bid to achieve savings of £50m by 2015. Paws for thought: it sounded like a joke, but when a call came into the control room at Netley reporting a white tiger lying in a field in Southampton, there was no time to hesitate for Hampshire Constabulary personnel. Armed response teams and the South East Air Support Unit helicopter were sent to the scene,
Litter bugs are among this man’s pet hates
It was announced that Hampshire’s top forensics experts would work together to investigate crime with the launch of the first joint services unit in the country. Hampshire County Council’s Shared Services now work with Hampshire Constabulary to provide a combined service in shared laboratory facilities. August The month was dominated by the events that followed the shooting of
networking sites. During the riots and for four weeks afterwards, Hampshire sent 495 officers to London to support the policing response, Operation Karkin. September Hampshire Constabulary topped the National Policing Improvement Agency league table for its use of new technology – MobileID fingerprint scanners. The new service allows officers to scan fingerprints
Nemesis anti-burglary campaign. Hampshire Constabulary led the way as the first force in the UK to launch new crime-mapping technology in the shape of CrimeReports. By visiting the website and typing in their postcode, residents across the two counties now have access to up-to-date crime and disorder information in the areas that matter most to them. Go to www.crimereports.co.uk to check it out for yourself.
Chief Constable Alex Marshall and leader of Hampshire County Council Ken Thornber shake on the new forensic science service
only for the unidentified lying object to roll over under the chopper’s downdraft. A furry stuffed toy had used up its nine lives. June Families Day 2011 was another riproaring success, with entertainment for everyone being the order of the day at Netley’s Southern Support and Training HQ on June 4. Deputy Chief Constable Andy Marsh appeared in the Spotlight section of Frontline. “I’ve climbed Mount Kilimanjaro twice,” he revealed, plus the desire to appear in cop comedy Hot Fuzz. July Far right group the English Defence League (EDL) descended on Portsmouth on July 16, with 500 EDL demonstrators marching through the city. Approximately 200 counterprotesters from Unite Against Fascism (UAF) gathered in Guildhall Square to oppose the march. Around 400 officers, including Police Support Units, mounted officers and dog handlers worked throughout the day to keep the groups apart.
November The trial into the murder of Georgina Edmonds at her home in Kiln Lane in Brambridge began at Winchester Crown Court. Mrs Edmonds, 77, suffered a number of stab wounds to the back of her neck and at least one blow to her head. Her body was found on January 11, 2008. Matthew Hamlen, 33, of Hamilton Road, Bishopstoke, denies murder. Hampshire Police Authority gave the constabulary approval to seek land on which to build four new custody centres. There will be a reduction in our custody centres from 14 to six, with the new centres expected to be located at Hook, Fareham, Winchester and Newport. Existing facilities in Portsmouth and Southampton will be retained. D ecember Op Holly, our Christmas drink-drive campaign, kicked off on December 1. With alcohol still being the most available and widely used intoxicant, the main focus of the campaign is on drink-driving. The operation will also address drug-driving. Hampshire Constabulary’s Christmas Concert got the festive season off to a flier at St Andrew’s Garrison Church, Aldershot on December 4. Those attending the free event were treated to a musical feast by The Band of the Hampshire Constabulary, as well as complimentary mince pies and hot drinks.
Prints charming – checking suspects’ identities while out on patrol
Mark Duggan by police on August 4, namely the greatest demonstration of civil unrest in London and other UK cities since the Brixton riots. On the evening of August 8, as rioting and looting raged on in the capital, Hampshire Constabulary swiftly moved to establish a Gold command cell at Netley, co-ordinating a force response and stamping out the threat of violence across the two counties. Officers had rest days cancelled and worked 12-hour shifts to maximise police presence on the streets and reassure our communities. In just two days the force increased its Twitter followers by 10,000 and Facebook fans by 7,000 as the bid to offer reassurance to residents and quash misinformed rumours of violence took to social
while on the beat and check them against the national fingerprint database. During a six-week trial the constabulary used the devices on 434 occasions. Plans to elect a police commissioner for Hampshire were delayed by six months as ministers announced that elections for the posts will take place in November 2012. It was originally intended to time the polls to coincide with the local elections in May 2012 in order to keep costs down. O ctober Nearly 50 suspected burglars were removed from the streets of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in just under two weeks as part of the force’s second phase of its Operation
As D ecember 25 approaches and 201 1 draws to a close, it just remains for the Frontline team to wish all our readers a very merry C hristmas and a happy New Year.
Send your letters to Frontline, Corporate Communications, Hampshire Constabulary HQ, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hants, SO22 5DB. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep submissions to no more than 200 words.
I was horrified to read the details of the case involving three Portsmouth officers who bullied and tormented a man with mental illness who they were meant to be assisting. To make matters worse, one of these officers even changed his email signature to add a strapline that made further derogatory remarks about the community he is supposed to serve. All three remain in their posts as police officers. As a force we always say that we strive to protect the vulnerable in our society, that we don’t tolerate discrimination and that we will protect our communities from harm. We also have a huge number of people waiting to become police officers with our force, many of whom, when they eventually join us, will be young and easily influenced by officers who have been in service for some time and who should be setting an example. This main officer involved and his colleagues have damaged the reputation of Hampshire Constabulary and everyone who is proud to work here, by causing harm to the vulnerable people in our community. Wouldn’t this
Do we really CARE?
have been the opportunity to demonstrate that we stand by our words and intentions, and provide reassurance to our communities that we take bullying of vulnerable people seriously? Name and address withheld Detective Superintendent Colin Smith, head of the Professional Standards Department, replies: A bit like a court case, the Misconduct Panel determines the appropriate sanction having heard all of the evidence. However, I do very much agree with your sentiment that the actions of a few tarnish the reputation of us all and I would encourage anyone who witnesses any behaviour by a colleague that falls short of our (CARE) values to step forward and challenge or report that behaviour.
and having looked through my workbooks, I feel very intimidated by the level of the work. I have never been to college or university and feel that I’m in above my head as a lot of the questions are at university level. I have suddenly become very disheartened by this whole course as my life’s ambition had been and still is to be a regular officer. Is this requirement totally necessary or is it just bureaucratic? SC Tony Wilson, FEC, Winchester Supt Rich John, head of Learning and Development, replies: This is not a bureaucratic process. The PLC course is working towards a level 3 qualification (ie not university level) and is treated as such by the training department when it comes to assessing students’ work. This is in keeping with national standards, and those of previous Hampshire police training. Most forces across the country are either taking or about to take this approach. The learning content is exactly what you would get when in training to be a regular officer; you are simply doing the work now as opposed to when you arrive at the training school. There is a distance-learning requirement and to allow students to best organise their time we do hand out the first three workbooks during the induction. While this may represent a significant amount of work, we would not be expecting these to be handed in for months to
come, and further workbooks have quite a different style. Someone from the training department will be making contact with you directly to address any individual concerns with you. In these times of immense change, spare a thought for your District management. It’s all too easy to put on the blinkers, focus on ourselves and assume the boss has “got it good”. Chances are they haven’t. National statistics show that nearly three in four superintendents work more than 50 hours a week, (regularly breaching working time regulations) and many work more than 70 hours a week. Even more worryingly, they also report that the culture in their forces does not allow them to show “weakness”. Some 70% said that the ACPO ranks passed the pressure downwards, 40% viewed their chief officer team as “harsh and unhelpful”, nearly 40% chose to take days off instead of going sick, 94% take work home and 80% said that there were “in-crowds and cliques” in their organisation. Take off the pips and crowns, my friends, and you still have a human being prone to stress and illness. So when considering welfare, let’s also look up the chain as well as down it and check our bosses are okay too. People first – performance second. Always! Sergeant Paul Jennings, Mental Health Champion, Ryde
Give the boss a break
As a serving Special constable, I have recently been inducted onto the Police, Law and Community (PLC) course. This is a certificate that anybody wishing to go on and become a full-time officer will now have to complete prior to joining. After the induction
Do you agree with proposals to increase the national speed to limit to 80mph?
Liz Pusey, Western Area Corporate Communications Officer
“I’m not sure what positive difference an increase in the limit would make. People tend to travel at around 80mph naturally on the motorway, and I think that if we raise the limit drivers will raise their speed again, making the roads more dangerous.”
PC Dee Faulkner, New Forest North SNT
“It should have been implemented a long time ago, as is the case on most motorways in mainland Europe. An increase here would therefore bring us in line with our European neighbours, providing the speed limit is reduced proportionately in adverse weather conditions as it is on the Continent.”
The rules are simple... all you have to do is send in your witty caption (keep it clean, please!) and the best entries chosen by the Frontline editor will be published in issue 168. So, take a look at this image – featuring PC Steve Court, Sergeant Kevin Futers and PC Richard Smith on a Tactical Cycle course – and email your caption to the Frontline mailbox or email@example.com.
We regret to announce the deaths of the following retired police officers:
Detective Constable Paul Bracher died on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. He served with Hampshire Constabulary from October 8, 1975, to January 15, 2006. He served at Lyndhurst, Cosham, Southsea (CID), Havant (CID), Havant (Drug Squad), Eastleigh (CID), PHQ (Criminal Intelligence), Southampton Central (CID), Netley (6 Regional Crime Squad), Netley (SE Regional Crime Squad), Netley (National Crime Squad), Portswood (CID), Netley (Surveillance Support) and Solent (National Crime Squad). In 2006 he transferred to the National Crime Squad and Serious Organised Crime Agency. He retired earlier this year. Inspector Brian George Arnold died on Saturday, November 12, 2011. He served with Hampshire Constabulary for 30 years before retiring on September 18, 1990. He served at Bishopstoke, West End, Farnborough, Shanklin, Lymington, Ringwood and Newport. Inspector James Wilfred Goodchild died on Saturday, November 12, 2011. He served with Hampshire Constabulary for 28 years before retiring on March 3, 1974. He served with Southampton City Police and then Hampshire Constabulary at Shirley, Bitterne, Portswood, Vice Squad (Netley), Southampton Central and Fratton. Detective Superintendent Robert Charles Chegwidden died on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. He served with Hampshire Constabulary for 29 years before retiring on November 9, 1997. He served at Alton, Romsey, Southsea, Southampton Central, Fraud Squad (Hulse Road), Totton, Fareham, Eastleigh and Netley. Detective Chief Inspector Joseph Harold Shave died on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. He served with Hampshire Constabulary for 31 years before retiring on October 2, 1981. He served at Winchester, Ashurst, Aldershot, Farnham, Farnborough, Rushmoor and Headquarters. Police Constable Arthur Ronald Benson died on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. He served with Hampshire Constabulary for 27 years before retiring on November 14, 1973. He served at Shipton Bellinger, Eastleigh, Hartley Row, Romsey, Basingstoke and Winchester.
projects for the force such as CARM, the Home Office Data Hub and most recently managing the IT development to support the local policing model. Paul was a UNISON representative, and he played a major role in supporting the merger of the Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Information Communications Technology departments, always representing the staff. Colleague Sergeant Steve Barney, who worked with Paul on the CARM project, said: “Paul was a unique, proud, very hard-working man of enormous integrity who did his very best and more for Hampshire Constabulary. “He was a demanding leader who commanded respect because of his thoroughness and thoughtfulness. His rather extravagant exterior slightly hid the heart of gold that was obvious to those who got to know him well. “The force is just a little weaker without Paul. I will remember him with huge fondness and complete respect.” Another colleague, Sandi Ellis, said of Paul: “He was known as ‘Mr Intense’ because he came across as rather serious, very dedicated to the job. “He was always immaculately presented with matching accessories in toning colours from silk ties, shirts, socks and mirror-polished shoes. “On many occasions during the times I worked with Paul on off-site visits he was often referred to as ‘sir’. This was due to a certain presence he possessed, causing people to mistake him for a senior police officer. “Paul was a proud family man and equally dedicated to the police service in which he served. Paul gave 101 per cent to everything he undertook in his role, even to the point that he called the office during his holiday in France to enquire how his project was progressing in his absence! “I will always remember Paul for the unique person he was and hold fond memories of him as a very special work colleague and friend.”
Former detective constable and more recently IT project manager Paul Stokes died on November 3, 2011, following illness, after giving more than 40 years’ service to Hampshire Constabulary.
Paul joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1969 and retired after 30 years’ service at Portswood, Droxford, Southampton Central, CID Winchester and Headquarters. He then took up his post with the IT department where he worked on important
specific matters being highlighted. We will meet with the head of the Professional Standards Department to discuss how complaints against police staff are dealt with. There appears to be no policy around this and no defined way of dealing with complaints if they are not made using the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) process. We have instructed the chair of the service group to speak with the IPCC about the fact that police staff are not allowed to use the IPCC complaints process to complain about their own force if the treatment they receive as users of the service falls short of what is expected. We intend doing some work on ways to improve contact with staff on long-term sick leave. We need to overcome this “out of sight, out of mind” disengagement and deal appropriately with cases before they become critical. Nationally we are dealing with the £250 pay increase that George Osborne promised public sector workers earning less than £21k pa. We will do all we can to ensure that in the newly designed force the opportunities for all police staff are maximised. We will keep staff informed about the election process for the new Police and Crime Commissioners, and will encourage staff to vote to elect the person who will be their next boss. If I was to sum up the past year for us I’d say it has been extremely challenging, often frustrating, sometimes enlightening. It’s been painful to see so many good police staff lose their jobs, and the service lose so many dedicated workers. n
by Kathy Symonds Branch Secretary The strike action on November 30 was wellsupported throughout the country. Locally the rallies throughout the two counties were well-attended and I believe were supported by the public, many of whom applauded us as we marched through the streets. Whatever Jeremy Clarkson’s motives were, he has at least kept the issue in the headlines. We will of course keep members updated with progress of negotiations and we’ll impart facts and not rhetoric. Informing members of the threat to pensions has taken up much of our time, but we’ve also been addressing other areas of business that affect police staff following
Strikers outside Southampton Central police station
by Cllr Jacqui Rayment Chair At the last full authority meeting, on November 22, with exactly one year to go until Police and Crime Commissioners take office, the authority approved the establishment of a Governance Transition Board. We are determined to leave a positive lasting legacy; as such we will ensure we are prepared for transition and an incoming Police and Crime Commissioner while continuing to act as the public’s voice on policing issues and holding Hampshire Constabulary to
account. The Governance Transition Board will ensure the authority’s specific transitional duties are delivered and will enable a smooth move to the new system. During the meeting members also received an update on the good use of mobile data by the constabulary, which has provided operational gain, saved money and increased visibility. The use of mobile data has also allowed many officers and teams to join the world of Twitter and directly engage with the communities across Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. The authority is very proud of this great use of social media, and especially the efforts of Portsmouth City Centre Unit (@pompeyccupolice), which has won a couple of national competitions to find the most popular and engaging police tweeters. There has been a bit of publicity recently around Alpha Park and potential
sites for Police Headquarters. Since the authority made the decision to purchase Alpha Park, we have moved into a period of austerity. As such the chief constable has been asked to consider a smaller headquarters to help protect the number of officers in Targeted Patrol teams, Safer Neighbourhoods teams and local crime management. The authority has approved an estate strategy which will use part of Alpha Park for some business functions. The authority will be making a decision on the future location of headquarters in the New Year. Finally, this will be the last Christmas for the police authority because next year the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire will be in post. I would like thank you for all your hard work and professionalism and wish you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. n
For regular updates from Hampshire Police Federation please visit our website at www.hampshirepolfed.org.uk. You will find a great deal of information on the website, including up-to-date
offers and updates on the Winsor and Hutton reviews. You can also follow the federation on Twitter @Hantspolfed or follow the chairman @Hantsfedchair.
Gary’s ACRO legacy to live on
The ACPO Criminal Records Office (ACRO) closed a chapter in its history in October when Detective Superintendent Gary Linton retired from his role as head of the organisation. Gary joined Hampshire Constabulary as a PC in 1981 where his achievements included creating a stolen cycle squad. From humble beginnings he went on to serve at all ranks on divisional CID, working for the National Crime Squad, Special Branch and training as a hostage negotiator. When he was asked to head up the DNA and Fingerprint Retention Project in 2003 he could hardly have imagined that ACRO as it now stands would emerge. The original team of four has blossomed into an organisation employing more than 200 people working on police certificates, child protection certificates, subject access disclosures, Back Record Conversion and conviction exchange with countries throughout Europe and the rest of the world. ACRO was formally founded in May 2006, and Gary’s leadership skills were highlighted when he was crowned Best Leader in the Public Sector in The Sunday Times Best Companies awards 2010. He also won an HR Excellence Award for Most People-Focused CEO in the Public Sector while ACRO was named Best Place to Work in the Public Sector. Although Gary is retiring from his police officer role, he is returning as a member of police staff to head up a project promoting the electronic exchange of conviction information throughout Europe. Ian Readhead, ACPO’s director of information, said: “Gary is, in my opinion, beyond compare with regard to the manner in which he fulfils his duties. “I would like to think that within his period of retirement, he looks back on ACRO, which he created, as his greatest success. Everyone at ACRO regards him as a great leader and good friend. “I have no doubt he will succeed in his future aspirations whatever they may be.” Mark Gilmore, former chair of the UKCA-ECR governance board and deputy chief constable of Northumbria Police, said: “Colleagues at a chief officer level up and down the country have been very well served at critical times by his leadership, experience and
Gary Linton, who retired in October
irrepressible can-do attitude. “Gary’s contributions are long-lasting achievements matched only by the esteem in which he is and will remain to be held by all who have had the privilege and pleasure to have worked alongside him.”
The force strapline is no more
Chief Constable Alex Marshall has decided that Hampshire Constabulary will no longer use the strapline “Working for safer communities” and that this strapline will not be replaced. The decision was made as part of process in creating the force’s Corporate Identity Guidelines, which went live in August. All existing materials that carry the strapline will be phased out gradually. In order to maintain the integrity of our corporate
identity, the use of all Area and department straplines must cease. This does not preclude the use of force-wide operation-specific logos, such as the original Operation Nemesis strapline “The burglar’s worst enemy, the victim’s best friend.” All operation-specific straplines must first be agreed by the head of Corporate Communications. The Hampshire Constabulary Corporate Identity Guidelines pdf is available on the Corporate Communications intranet pages.
The Extended Police Family
CSAS partnerships increasing across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
There are currently 20 organisations either accredited or seeking accreditation with Hampshire Constabulary under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS). There are more than 160 accredited individuals in Hampshire ranging from Accredited Community Safety Officers and Community Wardens to security officers and event assistants. CSAS encourages partnership working between Hampshire Constabulary and public and private organisations. The idea behind the scheme is that public and private sector organisations whose staff contribute to community safety are given low-level police powers to make them more effective in their efforts to reduce crime and disorder. All accredited individuals are vetted and trained to a high standard. The scheme offers many benefits. Hampshire Constabulary-accredited individuals are able to address low-level crime issues on the spot without police involvement, freeing up our officers to deal with more serious crimes. The scheme also improves working relationships between the police and accredited organisations, which leads to the development of a more co-ordinated and effective service. Extended Police Family inspector Julie Rawson said: “Since CSAS was launched in Hampshire in 2004 it has steadily increased in size. In the last six months the force has been approached by a number or private and public companies that have recognised the benefits of the scheme and it is anticipated that a number of new schemes will achieve accreditation within the next few months. This is likely to boost the total of individuals accredited to around 300 people across the force area. “Hampshire Constabulary is one of the leading forces in the country in embracing accreditation and we are playing a lead part Victoria Snow, CSAS coordinator for Hampshire in developing the Constabulary scheme further, working with other forces in our region.” If you know of an organisation in Hampshire or the Isle of Wight that may benefit from joining the scheme please contact CSAS co-ordinator Victoria Snow by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com. For further information please visit the Business Involvement section at www.hampshire.police.uk. n
Volunteer in the mix
Earlier this year, radio DJ Ben Glover swapped the sunny south coast of England for the even sunnier shores of Malta. He’s currently volunteering with the Malta Red Cross, but what many people don’t realise is that in between presenter shifts on Galaxy FM, Ben also volunteered with Hampshire Constabulary. Here he recalls the time he was accepted to work with the Roads Policing Unit (RPU). Usually when you get a phone call from the police it’s because something has happened. If that wasn’t enough, my mum had answered my mobile and told me that an inspector from Fratton RPU would call me back in 30 minutes. But I was quite excited, as this was the decision to see if I had made it as a police support volunteer.
Before radio I really wanted to be in the police force, I just happened to fall into my chosen career by accident! Volunteering offered the chance to learn new skills, meet new people and, if I’m honest, DJ Ben Glover loved being a police support volunteer change my outlook on life. Working with Hampshire Constabulary in my radio work helping reduce drink and drug-driving, anti-social behaviour and making a DVD for young offenders got me thinking about what I wanted in life. My role with the RPU was mainly looking after the various vehicles, making sure each one was checked, equipped
and roadworthy. It also freed up some time for a PC who had to catch up on the paperwork or grab a cup of tea. I was even allowed to join the shift as an observer, seeing first hand what really goes on. Every time I saw one of the RPU cars on the motorway there was a sense of pride. I was enjoying my time as a volunteer more than my career. Sadly, my work took me abroad and now I am putting my experience to use working with local authorities in Malta. So, if you are fed up with the same routine and looking for reward, take a look at the various volunteer roles within the constabulary. When I return to the UK I hope it will be me in uniform, that’s how much I enjoyed it. n
New volunteering opportunity for students
The Extended Police Family team have recently introduced a new volunteering opportunity specially designed for students. The team is currently recruiting for StudentWatch volunteers in Portsmouth, whose role it will be to offer advice to peers and assist in keeping Portsmouth University students safe and informed. Sgt Phil Lamb explains: “The StudentWatch volunteers will be out and about offering safety advice to partygoers. They will be involved in lots of safety and crime prevention initiatives – some of them run by us, some of them run by partner agencies.” The team had become aware that some students wanted to volunteer for a limited time only with a view to achieving credits towards their degree. The new scheme will allow them to do this and give something back to their communities. It also provides the force with the opportunity to engage with a hard-to-reach group and get them involved with community safety-focused projects. The scheme will be trialled in Portsmouth initially, and if successful will be rolled out to Southampton. n
News in brief
The new Dell 380 model workstation, being deployed around the force this year, does not have a built in speaker for playing sound. If you have one of these computers and you need to be able to listen to sound (intranet video messages, training material etc), you will be able to do this if you listen through headphones. If you don’t have any headphones, they can be requested from the IT Service Desk or from the IT Job Requests team. Call 79-1234 for further assistance.
Have you tried the Siraview CCTV system yet? It’s on your computer now. Siraview is a multiple format digital viewing system for CCTV. The roll out of this programme onto all force computers means that officers are able to easily view CCTV, taking still images as required for their investigative enquiries. There are many CCTV systems available and not all formats are the same. Siraview can use most of them, but if you have any issues you can contact the Imaging Unit at Netley for assistance. Viewing facilities and dedicated volume crime technical support staff are available within the Imaging Unit.
Respect the Net
You may have noticed it is difficult to access the internet at certain times of the day. The primary purpose of internet access is for business use, and a number of systems and departments are being impacted by slow server speeds. The ICT department is addressing this, but there is also a responsibility on all officers and staff to manage your internet usage responsibly. Limited personal use is permitted in your own time, eg meal breaks. Managers have a responsibility to guide their staff in this area, and if any manager has concerns about a staff member’s internet use, a report can be requested from the eBusiness team mailbox.
involved, from the officers on the ground all the way through to the senior officers who were managing the incident from Netley. What’s been your worst or most embarrassing moment? My worst moment was probably the realisation that I was only an hour away from being on board HMS Astute on that fateful day in April. What are you most likely to be heard saying? “I’m going to start my de-tox after this weekend.” What is your best quality? I take my work seriously but never myself. What is your worst quality? I can be awfully stubborn at times. What annoys you most? Gary Neville as a pundit on Sky Sports. What is your dream job? To be a professional footballer. If you could go back in time, where would you go? Atatürk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on May 25, 2005 – the Champions League Final. As a massive Liverpool fan, that night will live with me forever. It still gives me goosebumps thinking about it now. In which actor’s shoes and in which film would you like to have appeared? It has to be Heath Ledger as The Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight. Ledger’s performance was monumental and without doubt this is one of my all-time favourite films. What would you spend a lottery win on? An Audi R8 and a weekend in “Sin City” – Las Vegas. Tell us one thing about yourself that no-one else reading this will know. I was once paid £400 to work as a Prince William lookalike for two hours. n
Under the glare of the spotlight this issue is Emergency Planning Officer Greg Snelgrove
How long have you been in the force? I have been an emergency planning officer (EPO) with Hampshire Constabulary for nearly two years. I am based at Winchester HQ within the Joint Operations Unit. How did you get into the job? I studied Emergency Planning at the University of Worcester and, once graduated, gained a job with Hampshire County Council as an EPO. After three-and-a-half years in post, I joined the constabulary as its EPO in January 2010 and gained my MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management a year later. Describe a typical day for you. I don’t have a “typical day”, which is why I enjoy my job so much. One day it may be writing emergency response plans or delivering scenario-based exercises. Another day I may be assessing the main risks and threats to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and how we as a force are able to respond in an effective and proficient manner. What has been your most memorable experience working for Hampshire Constabulary? It has to be our response to the adverse weather in the winter of 2010/2011. We established the Adverse Weather Office (AWO) in Netley and had to react to the various calls that came in. It was a great team effort from all the agencies
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The popular TV drama Downton Abbey is filmed at Highclere Castle in Hampshire. Although the credits at the end of the drama state Berkshire, Highclere is definitely our side of the county border. In October, the Countess of Carnarvon hosted a charity day at the castle to raise money for Help for Heroes. Hampshire Constabulary was involved in organising the event and the force’s history society provided a display. This included a range of artefacts and a genuine 1960 Humber police vehicle brought to the show by Richard Owen (warrants officer from Cosham and long-serving Special constable), which attracted much attention. My attire included the oldest police helmet in our collection (dating from the 1890s) and a uniform tunic from around 1910. Several re-enactment societies were present, including Second World War re-enacters in police uniform. Spectacular fly-pasts and other displays, together with magnificent weather, made for a very memorable day.
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Sudoku Prize Puzzle No 167
The winner of this issue’s Sudoku prize puzzle will receive a copy of A Classic Tale by the constabulary’s very own Gordon Crookshank. Writing under the pen name James Glenroy, the former officer and now intelligence officer in the Dedicated Handling Unit has taken a nostalgic look at the history of a cherished 1966 flame red MGB GT sports car through its life under the care of 14 owners. A Classic Tale is the result of Gordon’s lifelong passion for classic cars and a love of adventure. The book starts its journey in 1966, beginning with a young policeman with an ambitious dream to own a sports car. The novel is available from www.authorhouse.co.uk for £9.99. It is also available online from Amazon, WHSmith, Waterstone’s and numerous other book sellers for £13.99. A Kindle version is also available. To solve the puzzle every digit from one to nine must appear in each of the nine vertical columns, in each of the nine horizontal rows, and in each of the nine boxes.
Prize Crossword No 167
Frontline is offering the sender of the first all-correct crossword entry to be drawn from the hat a £50 Gunwharf Quays gift card to be redeemed at the south coast’s leading designer retail and leisure outlet.
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The winner of puzzle 166 is Dave McGee, IMU, Newport
Send entries to Prize Puzzles, Frontline, Corporate Communications, Hampshire Constabulary Police HQ, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 5DB. Closing date January 27, 2012.
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Police praise for car club enthusiasts’ respect for road safety
Police were thanked by car club enthusiasts from across the UK for supporting road safety advice and awareness during a visit to the Isle of Wight. Dozens of motorists belonging to the club UK Street Cars travelled to the island for an exhibition of their modified and performance vehicles. The organisers co-operated with the Isle of Wight Roads Policing Unit (RPU) to ensure plans and arrangements for the event ran safely and smoothly. The RPU, Fire and Rescue Service and Ambulance Service all attended the exhibition to show their road collision rescue demonstration to the visiting car enthusiasts. Club members met Wendy Newnham, who gives regular talks to schools about driver safety after the death of her 18-year-old son, Martin Hawker, in a road collision on the Isle of Wight in February 2006. UK Street Cars presented a trophy to Sergeant Paul Bailey of RPU for working with car enthusiasts to raise awareness of road safety advice. Event organiser Mickey Lewis from UK Street Cars said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Sergeant Paul Bailey and all involved in the road safety team for giving up their own time to add to our night and raise awareness among all drivers.” Sergeant Paul Bailey said: “UK Street Cars hold these events regularly across the country and the police appreciated
Sergeant Paul Bailey (right) of the Isle of Wight Roads Policing Unit receiving a trophy from Mickey Lewis of UK Street Cars
the responsible attitude of organisers before and during their visit to the island. We are always willing to consider opportunities to meet and speak with groups of motorists to highlight important advice that can save lives.”
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Tony backs a winner with tale of Safari Team
Vets too strong for pair of opponents
The Hampshire Constabulary veterans’ football team have been busy over the past few weeks, playing the annual fixture against the Royal Navy Vets at HMS Temeraire before a meeting with Avon and Somerset in the National Police Veterans Cup. In October, Hampshire played away to the Navy in an evening match. The visitors fielded a strong squad of 12 players but, once again, had to rely on manager Gary Steward to go in goal. Within the first 10 minutes, Steward was called upon to make two good saves, with the Navy’s former semi-pro Fraser Quirke causing problems up front. However, it was Hampshire who were playing the more attractive football, with strikers Pete Kurton and Steve Whyte giving the Navy defence a torrid time. By half-time, Steward’s men were 2-0 ahead and, as the second 45 minutes began, it was Hampshire who took the game to their opponents. The new defensive line-up of Matt Travers and Stu Martin kept the Navy at bay for the majority of the game and this positive play resulted in Hampshire running out 4-1 winners. In November, the Vets travelled to Keynsham Town FC near Bath to play against Avon and Somerset Vets on a state-of-the-art 3G astro surface. This was the second meeting between the two sides in this season’s national cup. Hampshire bossed the match for the full 90 minutes, but each time they scored they kept letting their opponents back into the game. The match was ultimately decided by a well-taken goal from Tim Boennic, giving Hampshire a 3-2 victory, which puts the team in a great position to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
L-R: Tony Flannagan, Safari Team, senior lad Lubos Prochzka and jockey Luke Morris
A Hampshire detective constable has shown his enthusiasm for all things equine by publishing a compilation of his many articles that he has written for Racing Ahead magazine. Det Con Tony Flannagan, who works in the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, has chronicled the story of Safari Team, the horse that ran in the colours of the Ascot Colts and Fillies Club during the 2011 Flat racing season. Reflecting on his latest title, Safari Team – A True Adventure, Tony explains: “This year Ascot racecourse celebrated its 300th anniversary. To celebrate the tercentenary, the Ascot Colts and Fillies Club – which is a free racing club for junior racegoers aged under 16 years – looked for a trainer to loan the club a racehorse for the duration of the 2011 Flat racing season. “Owner/trainer Peter Winkworth responded to the appeal and nominated Safari Team, a 3-year-old bay gelding by Pleasantly Perfect (Dubai World Cup and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner) out of Perfectly Clear (Woodman). “Safari Team ran four times in the colours of the Ascot Colts and Fillies Club during the season, and I documented his adventures in Racing Ahead magazine. “I had a vested interest in writing the book because my daughter Frances won the competition to design the club’s racing colours, and her ‘bush theme’ silks
of orange and black spots (cheetah) and black and white hoops (zebra) were chosen by Peter Winkworth himself.” After winning a selling race at Lingfield Park in September, Safari Team was subsequently consigned to the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale and was purchased by a buyer from the Middle East. Safari Team is now set to run in Kuwait. In keeping with the Ascot ethos, all profits from the book will be donated to Racing Welfare, a charity nominated by Peter Winkworth. This was due to Peter’s personal experience of having the charity support one of his stable staff who was paralysed in a riding accident last year. The book, written under Tony’s pseudonym of Larkspur, features all the original Racing Ahead articles and a superb collection of images from some of racing’s leading photographers. It is available as a full colour 68 page paperback (£15.99) or as an eBook (£4.99). Both editions can be purchased direct from www.lulu.com (search for “Safari Team”).
Military precision dominates rugby scoreboard
The Hampshire Constabulary Police Rugby Section travelled to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for their latest fixture.
The rugby section’s chosen charity for this season is Help for Heroes and the players wore their new training tops – designed with Help for Heroes – and so far the club have raised £150 for the charity. The match was played in perfect conditions on a mild November afternoon as Hampshire took to the field with a clear game plan, motivated to achieve a good result following last month’s exit from the National Cup. The game was played at a high pace with both sides wanting to dictate the pace. It was the current crop of Army officers who took control, with a very youthful, physically fit and committed back line that Hampshire found difficult to contain. The academy quickly got on top and scored five tries in quick succession. However, none of the Hampshire players gave up and, with some excellent
Members of the force’s rugby team modelling their new training tops as they stand alongside their army counterparts
play and strong running from the forwards, the academy knew they were still in a game. Lee Sewell, Nigel Smith and Pete Coates worked well in the ruck, with lots of turnover ball getting the backs involved as the half ended with Hampshire 40-0 down. The team went into the second half wanting an improved performance and the players again showed they were competitive at the breakdown.
The backs – in particular Andrew Frost – were making lots of good runs as Hampshire made ground through the military lines. Hampshire were eventually rewarded for their tenacity when Rob Muir ran in a well-organised try. An entertaining game played between two respected sides ended with the academy winning 58-7, with Gordon Simmonds named as the Hampshire man of the match. n
Hampshire officers crowned national cycling champs
Hantspol Cycling Club’s Katherine Willoughby and Rich Phillips-Schofield took the 2011 PSUK national champions jerseys after competing in the combined emergency services Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships in October. In addition to this, fellow Hampshire riders Dan Rainscourt and Jim Hart were both awarded bronze for their efforts at the event held in Llandegla, North Wales. The fixture is effectively the Police Sport UK and National Fire Services Championships combined, with a number of guests also invited from other emergency services. The Hantspol team boasted 11 entrants, representing a strong turnout in a field of 147 riders. The event was held over a hilly fivemile course with a long open climb straight into a headwind that got stronger as the race went on and several tight, newly-made technical descents riddled with wet roots and muddy ruts. In the women’s race, Willoughby pushed hard in the early stages and kept the pressure on throughout the three laps to take second place. All of Hantspol’s riders completed the race and finished well. These great results came off the back of the PSUK road race held in Kent in August, where Hampshire’s Jason Eastwood took fifth place and Phillips-Schofield proved truly adaptable, finishing in 11th place in his first road race event. Hantspol CC members compete year round in events across the country from all disciplines of cycling. Racing aside, many members take part in organised Sportive and Audax events, or just social riding for fitness and fun. The club is organising a series of Audax events this winter, and further details can be found at www.aukweb.net. If you want to get involved with the club, contact Steve Willcocks or Jim Hart.
Members of the force’s cycling club taking a well-earned break
In all it was a challenging course that would ultimately cause 15 riders to fail to finish. A fast start to the men’s race saw two groups immediately go clear of the main field, with Phillips-Schofield and Rainscourt among them. The pace stayed high throughout the entire race, and Phillips-Schofield held on with the leaders to cross the line in overall second place. Rainscourt finished a few minutes later to take seventh place.
World Cup refereeing role for chief inspector
Powerchair football – the game that makes the world’s most popular sport accessible to wheelchair users – has just enjoyed its second World Cup.
Over five days in Paris, 10 countries played their hearts out, with the USA beating England in the final to retain their world title. Chief Inspector Steve Baxter, District commander for Havant, had the privilege of being a tournament referee. He said: “Being involved in the event was a fantastic experience. Despite the challenges faced by the competitors, the effort, skills and teamwork on display were both humbling and inspiring.” Powerchair football is played to the same rules as the running game with some adaptations, enabling people with disabilities of both sexes, young and old, to enjoy competitive sport. Steve became involved in powerchair football while seeking a way for his football-mad son, who was born with cerebral palsy, to play the game. He now manages and coaches. Hampshire’s only powerchair team. The side was formed as part of the Warsash Wasps Sports Football Club and caters for players from across
Ch Insp Steve Baxter (centre) and other match officials at the Powerchair Football World Cup
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Steve said: “The ethos is about providing football for all. We welcome anyone who wants to play this fun and exciting sport.” Warsash Wasps have teamed up with Portsmouth Football Club’s Sports and
Education Foundation to provide fortnightly powerchair football sessions. Anyone who would like more information can contact Steve via email@example.com.
HPLS moves forward
Hampshire Police Leisure and Sport has gone through a period of change over the past 18 months and feedback from members has been extremely positive.
The club is now managed centrally from Netley, with subscribing members enjoying benefits from both the HPLS Club and the branch clubs that continue to operate. As well as supporting PSUK sport and various local sport and leisure activities, the club now offers a wide range of money-saving opportunities, including discounted and subsidised day-out tickets, cinema vouchers, trips, phone tariffs, and retail and wholesale shopping opportunities, as well as some excellent golf, gym and leisure club corporate deals. The club continues to search out exclusive deals to offer and works with
other police clubs to ensure members do not miss out on national deals. For more information and details on how to join, take a look at the club website www.hpls.org. FORCE LOTTERY: The lottery is now drawn every two weeks and the number of winners has more than doubled. There are also some non-cash bonus prizes thrown in each month as well! The Force Lottery is open to all staff and retired HPLS members and costs £1.15 a week, with 40 chances of winning each month. There is also a free draw available each month. For more details, visit www.hpls.org. WALKING: There is now a walking section as part of the Leisure and Sport club that organises some lovely rural walks around Hampshire. Join the group to meet new friends, get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air. For more information, contact Pat Goodall by email or visit www.hpls.org. n
Women’s hockey team looking to net more players
Are there any ladies employed by the force who currently play hockey? Have you ever played hockey? Have you stopped playing and want to pick up a stick once more? If you have answered yes to any of these questions and want to play for Hampshire Constabulary then email Lucy Fawcett for more details. All female force employees will be welcomed and - with the emphasis on enjoyment - all players will get time on the pitch. Hampshire Constabulary has a women’s hockey team that is currently entered into the 2011/12 Police Sport UK ladies’ hockey tournament. For more information on the constabulary’s ladies’ hockey team, visit www.hpls.org.
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