Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection
Pushing an agenda
Don’t lock up web perverts… treat them on the NHS: Anger as police chief insists many will never abuse a child
Police spend £1 billion a year on child sex abuse cases
His comments came as Scotland Yard announced that Operation Midland, the police investigation into historical claims of a Westminster VIP paedophile ring, closed after no arrests.
Feb 28 2017
said low level offenders should simply be placed on the sex offenders register and given counselling and rehabilitation instead.
Mr Bailey said he acknowledged that many people would be “nervous” about his proposals.
But he said it was time to look at alternatives to prosecution because reports of sexual abuse have reached “saturation point”.
Sex offender treatment scheme led to increase in reoffending
June 30 2017
Inmates on the prison-run programme were slightly more likely to commit further sexual offences on release, a Ministry of Justice review found
#IICSA this afternoon, police chief Simon Bailey says low-level paedophiles should be let off with cautions to take pressure of the “failing” criminal justice system.
29 December 2017
police warn as they admit there aren’t enough officers
police had to ignore lower level offenders
Cassandra Cogno @CassandraCogno
What is Simon Bailey’s response to
@JimGamble_INEQE suggestions re digital special constables?
Mr Gamble …. telling the IICSA hearing his idea of copying the model of special constables and engaging members of the public to be ‘special digital constables’ who can assist the police in catching people downloading images of CSA http://ow.ly/26dD30hWXNF
Norfolk’s Chief Constable to remain in role until at least 2020
A leading child protection officer has suggested paedophiles who view indecent images should not be given criminal sanctions unless they pose a physical threat to children, according to The Times.
Lower level offenders should be given counselling and rehabilitation and police should focus on the most dangerous paedophiles with access to children and those looking at the most serious images, Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, is reported to have said.
…alternatives needed to be looked at as increasing reports of sexual abuse have pushed the situation to “saturation point”.
The Times quoted Mr Bailey as acknowledging many people may be horrified at the stance…
07 Mar 2017
A group of influential MPs is “very alarmed” that Britain’s most senior child protection police officer should want to keep low-level offenders viewing abuse images out of the courts.
Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) chair Yvette Cooper is calling for “immediate reassurance” after the National Police Chiefs’ Council child protection lead suggested only paedophiles who pose a “really significant” physical risk to children should face a criminal sentence.
While thousands of suspects are being arrested every year in conjunction with the National Crime Agency (NCA), Chief Constable Simon Bailey said alternatives needed to be looked at as increasing reports of sexual abuse have pushed the situation to “saturation point”.
Worried by the “changes in approach” if implemented straight away, Ms Cooper said comments that forces cannot cope with the “huge proportions” of child sex abuse offences – up 80 per cent in three years – are “clearly of great concern to us”.
She wrote to Mr Bailey: “As you will know, for many decades institutions have put children at risk because it was seen as too difficult, not a priority or resources were insufficient to keep them safe.
“I would not want to see the same happen over online child abuse.”
The children’s charity National Association for People Abused in Childhood’s chief executive officer, Gabrielle Shaw, expressed concerns that Mr Bailey’s views could mean that “paedophiles who want to view indecent images of children now have the green light to do so?”.
Ms Shaw added:” If they think they won’t be thrown in jail, what’s to stop them from searching out these images to satisfy their sick appetites?”
Arguing there is no-such thing as a “low-risk paedophile”, she went on: “I don’t want anyone to think for a second that looking at an indecent image of a child is a victimless crime.
“Just because someone downloaded it, maybe paid for it, they might think it’s OK as they didn’t go and hurt a child physically? Except they have.
“They have fed the demand for these images, which means more children will be robbed of their innocence in the worst way possible.
“Those children have to grow up knowing these images will circulate for years – every time someone new views them they are being abused all over again. It never stops.”
“Police priorities reflect society’s priorities. And if you want child protection to be a priority, then let’s all say so.”
Plz read this letter by
She asks Simon Bailey
@CCNorfolkPolice some key questions
My letter to CC Simon Bailey from earlier w serious qs frm
@CommonsHomeAffs on police approach to online child abuse
Simon Bailey, the Lead for Child Protection, said:
Singing from the same hymn sheet:
Elizabeth Butler Sloss “there is no evidence to show that paedophiles who seek out indecent images online also carry out physical assaults.”
Every paedophile needs to face full force of the law
THE suggestion from leading police officer Simon Bailey that paedophiles who look at indecent images online should not be charged with criminal offences unless they pose a direct threat to children is appalling.
His implication is that looking at “low-level images” is not a serious offence. This is completely wrong.
The paedophiles who view these images online may not have physically abused a child themselves but they are funding those who produce such content. They must bear at least some of the responsibility for the suffering of the children featured.
Moreover in some cases viewing images online is just the start. Often it is a precursor to paedophiles committing far worse crimes.
Treating the viewing of images as a minor crime does not provide a sufficient deterrent to further activity and fails to address their behaviour early enough.
Paedophilia is one of the very worst crimes that can be committed. It is shocking that anybody – let alone a senior police officer – could advocate relaxing the laws surrounding it.
April Jones’s mother hits out at senior police officer’s paedophile comments
March 1 2017
The mother of murdered April Jones has warned “anything can trigger” dangerous sexual predators amid suggestions viewing child abuse images should not always lead to prosecution.
A senior police officer provoked a storm of criticism this week by claiming lower-level offenders should instead be given counselling and rehabilitation for looking at child pornography.
Coral Jones, whose five-year-old daughter April was abducted and murdered by paedophile Mark Bridger in 2012, recalled how the killer had viewed grotesque pictures before his crime.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) also suggested the comments by the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, Simon Bailey, amounted to telling offenders: “This is a great day to be a paedophile.”
In comments released by the IWF, Mrs Jones hit back at the claim abuse images could be “low-level”, saying: “You don’t know what pictures Bridger was looking at before attacking my daughter.
“He was looking at images hours before he went after April. It doesn’t matter what images paedophiles look at. Anything can trigger them off.
“A child could have a photo taken of their abuse and they will have to live with that for the rest of their life. People can be cruel.”
Chief executive Susie Hargreaves told the Press Association: “I think absolutely we need to make sure we don’t give out the wrong message, we don’t want to be saying ‘this is a great day to be a paedophile because when you look at the images there might not be the ramifications you expected a week ago’.
“What we have to say is we have a zero-tolerance approach to anybody looking at child sexual abuse – it is wrong.
“These are children, these are real children who are abused and whether it’s a category C or a category A that is a real child suffering that abuse.”
“Resources is not a reason to let people get away with child sexual abuse.”
No doubt child porn producers work in organized networks; surely GCHQ can target?
Any progress on P.I.E. Keith Harding’s role in GCHQ Masonic Lodge?
Bit odd story didn’t get more coverage:
What is worrying, is that he is the same man who coordinates Operation Hydrant.
World gone mad. You couldn’t make it up.
Totally agree with increasing penalties for drivers using mobiles but why not for child abuse offenders?
agree re phones child abuse raises questions re who is actually bring protected children or well connected
Why suggestions that viewing images might be decriminalised are misguided and need rejecting
Seems plenty of room in jail for beggars & ppl not paying TV licence ppl with drug & mental health issues
It seems Simon Bailey is only parroting what pie-monger Harriet the Harwoman (NCCL Harriet Harman) said many moons ago:
What am I missing about
@CCNorfolkPolice proposals re non-custodial cautions & sex offender registrations? Is this not happening already?
My father, the ‘respectable’ paedophile
6 May 2017
I know from first-hand experience the emotional manoeuvres, the psychological contortions, and the linguistic sleights of hand a user of child abuse imagery will employ to play down the severity of his crimes. This is why the recent recommendation of chief constable Simon Bailey, the lead on child protection for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, makes me so angry.
Bailey has proposed not prosecuting viewers of child abuse images categorised as the least serious, referring to a lack of resources to deal with the large number of people committing these crimes. My understanding is that even if Bailey’s recommendations were put into practice, my father’s crimes would still have been serious enough to warrant prosecution. Nevertheless, the message Bailey is sending out plays into the hands of the perpetrators, and all those who seek to minimise the seriousness of viewing these images.
Perpetrators only get to hear the frank, unflinching words of a judge when a case is prosecuted, and in my opinion it was crucial that my father heard these words. For people like my father, the last thing we should be doing is strengthening the arsenal of arguments they can use to say that what they were doing was not that bad after all. Shining a light on these dark crimes is, in my opinion, the best way to counter them, and prosecution plays an important part in doing this. Sunlight, as they say, is the best disinfectant.
Background on Constable Simon Bailey
Award ceremony hosted by Constable Simon Bailey and Prince Charles
The event, hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales Prince Charles and Norfolk Constabulary Chief Constable Simon Bailey, was held at the Sandringham Royal Estate
Simon Bailey – Supporter of Freemasons
Simon Robert Bailey QPM is a senior British police officer. Since 2013, he has been the Chief Constable of the Norfolk Constabulary. He previously worked as a detective, and was involved in the investigation of the murder of Rosemary Nelson.
Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood
St. James’s Palace, London SW1
31 December 2015
THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve the award of The Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service to the undermentioned:
Simon Robert BAILEY
Chief Constable, Norfolk Constabulary, ENGLAND AND WALES
Simon Bailey Honours
13 June 2014
Mr Bailey started his policing career as a PC in King’s Lynn in 1986 and rose through the ranks to deputy chief constable in 2010.
He said: “I’m continuing to see reductions in what we would call traditional crime types whereas I’m seeing significant growth is emerging in the vulnerability case areas.
“We’re seeing increases of reporting of abuse, child and adult abuse, rape and serious sexual offences.
“I don’t believe, and have nothing that would indicate, there are more offences taking place but there’s been the Savile effect which has raised levels of awareness.
“There’s an increased confidence that their story will be believed and increased confidence on my organisation’s ability to respond to that and deal with it.”
He added: “The face of crime is changing and we’ve got to rebalance resources in the organisation.”
Simon Bailey has been a police officer for 29 years, serving predominantly as a detective in King’s Lynn and Norwich.
In 1998, he was seconded to the National Crime Squad and as Detective Inspector he was responsible for managing covert operations at a national and international level targeting serious and organised crime gangs.
In 2000 he was further seconded to the Rosemary Nelson murder investigation based in Northern Ireland. He worked for three years on the investigation before he returned to Norfolk as a Detective Superintendent with responsibility for intelligence.
In December 2005 Simon Bailey was promoted to the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent and as Head of Crime he managed the force specialist crime and operations resources.
In 2007 he was appointed to lead the force modernisation programme and whilst successfully leading this programme he passed the Police National Assessment Centre and between October 2008 and February 2009 attended the Police National Strategic Command Course.
DCC Bailey was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable with responsibility for Legal Services, Human Resources, and Force Performance in September 2010, he was also lead for the Norfolk Policing model Review.
On 10th June 2013, Mr Bailey was temporarily promoted to the rank of Temporary Chief Constable and on the 19th September 2013 was appointed Chief Constable by the Police and Crime Panel.
In January 2014 Mr Bailey became the NPCC lead for Child Protection and Investigation.
He is married with two children and two grandchildren. Educated at Wymondham College and Norwich City College and has a Cambridge University Masters Degree in Criminology and Police Management.
In January 2016, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.
15 March 1999: Human rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson is assassinated by the British state in collusion with a loyalist death squad.
Charges of collusion in the murder of Rosemary Nelson have led the Royal Ulster Constabulary to hand over the investigation to the British police, and to also request the help of the FBI.
She was murdered a week before the publication of a report into allegations that police officers had told her clients she’d soon be dead.
What no one had known, however, was that while the RUC itself was under scrutiny, special branch, MI5 and the security service had been spying on her. Between 1994-1998 security reports on Nelson’s private and public life accelerated until, in the summer of 1998, an application for a warrant to put a bugging device in her property went to Mo Mowlam, then Northern Ireland secretary. It troubled Mowlam, but she sanctioned it.
The evidence has stunned the three previous inquiries – costing millions of pounds – into alleged collusion in Nelson’s killing. They had all been told lies, that no intelligence file or files exist on Nelson.
“That was an untruth,” says a furious officer close to the murder investigation headed by Colin Port, now chief constable of Avon and Somerset police.
There has always been an eerie code of silence about Nelson’s death. Despite Port’s “outstanding” stings, said Phillips, the suspects had not spoken. But they had consistently uttered one mantra: “It was the government that did it.”
Rosemary Nelson (née Magee; 4 September 1958 – 15 March 1999) was a prominent Irish human rights solicitor who was assassinated by an Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in 1999. A bomb exploded under her car at her home in Lurgan, Northern Ireland; the Red Hand Defenders claimed responsibility. Allegations that the British state security forces were involved in her killing led to a public inquiry. It found no evidence that state forces directly facilitated her murder, but could not exclude the possibility that individual members had helped the perpetrators. It said that the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) failed to protect her and that she had been publicly threatened and assaulted by officers, which helped legitimize her as a target.
In September 2006 the British Security Service MI5 announced it would be represented at the inquiry. This move provoked criticism from Nelson’s family, who reportedly expressed concerns that MI5 would remove sensitive or classified information.
Loyalist McKeown: Police asked me to shoot Rosemary Nelson dead
Loyalist lifer Trevor McKeown could be called to the public inquiry into the murder of Catholic lawyer Rosemary Nelson.
McKeown says two officers asked him to kill the human rights lawyer while he was being quizzed over the murder of 18-year-old Bernadette Martin — an allegation they strenusously denied.
Since her death there have been persistent allegations of security force collusion in the murder, which is now the subject of an inquiry headed by retired judge Sir Michael Morland.
Ironically, McKeown’s trial for murdering Bernadette Martin started the day mother-of-three Mrs Nelson was murdered on March 15, 1999.
Man arrested on Teesside over historic abuse claims linked to football
Cleveland Police reveal details of man arrested over claims of ‘non-recent sexual offences against children’
1 MAR 2017
Police have made the first arrest on Teesside in the ongoing probe into historic child abuse in football.
Cleveland Police confirmed a man in his 40s was arrested for “non-recent sexual offences against children”.
In total, eight people have made abuse allegations to the force at “all levels” of the game.
No further details of the suspect or the allegations, such as what club they may centre around, have been disclosed.
But a force spokesperson said: “Cleveland Police has received allegations from eight people of non-recent abuse associated with football at all levels and these allegations are being investigated.
“One man in his 40s was arrested at the end of January in connection with an allegation and he has been bailed pending further inquiries.
“All information relating to non-recent child sexual abuse allegations received by Cleveland Police is being forwarded to Operation Hydrant for the purpose of national operational coordination.
“This involves collating and cross referencing all information received to avoid duplication, and ensure efficient and effective sharing of information.”
what does op hydrant do? I wonder whether they’ve cross checked against Tim Tates info to iicsa
Chief Constable joins charity
The OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN) on Bank Plain
a charity whose mission is to provide opportunities that make a difference to the lives of young people in Norfolk.
has appointed Chief Constable Simon Bailey as its third patron to join
Richard Jewson, Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk.
Marie Collins Foundation
Who we are
Marie Collins Founder of The Foundation
Marie Collins, born in Dublin, Ireland, was a victim of sexual abuse as a child in the 1960’s which included photographic images being taken. She has campaigned for the protection of children and justice for survivorsfor many years. Marie has also campaigned for a better understanding ofthe effects of sexual abuse on children, particularly the taking of abusive images, speaking in many forums internationally to further this understanding.
She was a founding member of the Irish depression support group ‘Aware’ in 1985 setting up their voluntary Helpline which she ran for many years. Marie assisted the Archdiocese of Dublin in setting up their Child Protection Service in 2003 and also that year became a founding Trustee of the Advocacy and Counselling support group for abuse survivors, One in Four (Ireland). In 2010 Marie was the recipient of the Humber Summer School award for Courage. She is married with one son.
All children who suffer sexual abuse via the internet and mobile technologies are enabled to recover and live safe and fulfilling lives
To ensure that the response to children and their families who have suffered harm via the internet and mobile technologies is based on sound, evidence based practice.
Abuse survivor quits Vatican’s child protection panel
Mar 1 2017
A survivor of clerical sex abuse has resigned from a panel established by Pope Francis to address the issue, saying Vatican officials mounted “shameful” resistance to its work.
Marie Collins was the only remaining panel member abused by a cleric.
She said the commission had suffered constant setbacks, “despite the Holy Father approving all its recommendations”.
Pope Francis set up the panel in March 2014.
It was seen as an attempt to address the bitter and long-standing scourge of child abuse which has dogged the Catholic Church.
In her resignation letter, Ms Collins said she believed the pontiff had acted sincerely when he appointed the commission to advise on keeping children safe.
However, she condemned the lack of co-operation by those dealing with cases of abuse.
The Pope himself has been criticised for reducing the punishments given to priests guilty of child abuse.
Briton Peter Saunders departed in 2016 after quarrelling with other members about how to handle serial abuse allegations against an Italian priest.
Mr Saunders said he felt betrayed by the Pope and felt he had been tricked into backing up a “smoke and mirrors” exercise.
Simon Bailey and his predecessor Phil Gormley – singing from the same hymn sheet
Not enough money to deal with paedophiles.
Simon Bailey’s predecessor – Phil Gormley
July 16 July 2014
Phil Gormley was in the top 10 highest earning chief officers in the country.
According to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk and Norfolk Constabulary, Mr Gormley’s successor, Simon Bailey, is in receipt of a total package of £165,318, including a salary of £136,092.
Row as Police Scotland blocks release of chief constable Phil Gormley‘s financial interests
Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley
POLICE Scotland is embroiled in a secrecy row after it blacked out the details of the chief constable’s financial interests.
The force’s decision means it is impossible to know if Phil Gormley has any business ties outside of policing.
John Finnie, a Scottish Greens MSP and a former policeman, called on the decision to be reconsidered.
Submitting a register of interests that is available for inspection is a basic element of public sector transparency.
MSPs, MPs, MEPs and councillors are required to produce a detailed list, as are board members of quangos and public agencies.
A key part of this ethics check is financial openness, such as declaring directorships and shareholdings.
The Police Scotland Executive – whose members include police chiefs – also have to submit an internal declaration on public appointments, political activity, gifts and hospitality and potential conflicts of interest.
However, although the force has released a copy of Gormley’s register, the “financial” section has been redacted.
“The public have a right to know of any potential conflicts of interests that senior public figures or elected politicians may have and it is for that reasons we all complete a register of interests.
Myles Bradbury: CEOP ‘failed to alert abuse doctor to police’
Phil Gormley involved in this case.
CEOP received information from Toronto Police, via Interpol, of up to 2,345 UK individuals, including Bradbury, in July 2012.
This was part of the Canadian force’s Project Spade investigating child pornography across the world.
The NCA said the material provided to CEOP included “details” of online purchasers of potentially harmful DVDs and videos.
In November 2013, a few weeks after the agency took over CEOP, the NCA said its deputy director general Phil Gormley became aware the material had not been disseminated to UK police forces and did then share it…
the data on Myles Bradbury was shared with Suffolk Police a few days later on 27 November, which, by coincidence, was the same day a grandparent of a victim at the hospital made a complaint about the doctor.
Queen Elizabeth and Phil Gormley – sharing a special handshake
Norfolk chief constable – on meeting the Queen – hobnobbing with royalty.
11 July 2011
He was once the real Morse, and meets the royals as part of his job, but the Chief Constable of Norfolk was surprised to find himself something of a local celebrity too.
Phil Gormley has been in the job for just over a year, but is still getting used to invitations as diverse as church with the Queen, cricket with a general, or late night knock on his front door to ask him to look into rumours of a village crime.
“The post of the chief constable is one that has a much higher profile in Norfolk than it has in other places I have worked,” he said.
A life-long football fan, he has attended several Norwich City matches since moving to the county – and not all of them as a spectator.
“I’ve been out and policed a couple of matches, and I go out on patrol…”
Profile: New Scottish police chief Phil Gormley linked to #spycops scandal
24 January 2016
Philip Michael Christopher “Phil” Gormley (born 1963, Surrey) is a high ranking police officer who became Chief Constable of Police Scotland in January 2016. Prior to this he was Deputy Director of the National Crime Agency.
He had previously served as Commander for Specialist Operations in the Metropolitan Police and as Secretary for the Association of Chief Police Officer‘s Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee 2005-2006, where he was involved in overseeing two undercover policing units, Special Demonstration Squad and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit respectively.
Gormley has been married twice and has one daughter. His second wife, who he married in 1998, is Claire Louise Stevens, a police officer with Thames Valley Police where she rose to rank of Det. Superintendent in 2009; since 2011 she has been Det. Superintendent with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary..
Of note is that the Deputy Chief Constable of Norfolk was Ian Learmonth, who was one of the senior police officers responsible for policing around the 2005 G8 Summit, then Assistant Chief Constable for Operations at Strathclyde Police.
As with the SDS under his heading of Special Branch, Gormley’s time here is at a crucial period in the history of the spycop unit National Public Order Intelligence Unit, as will be detailed below. While Gormley was overseeing it, this Unit ran notorious undercovers such as Mark Kennedy, Lynn Watson and Marco Jacobs at this time. All three were in attendance in the counter-mobilisation and protests against the 2005 G8 Summit in Scotland. The G8 is a significant period as it was one of great activity by NPOIU, and Mark Kennedy claimed that he’d been told his reports were going direct to the desk of Prime Minister Tony Blair
New chief constable Phil Gormley linked to Met undercover police ‘sex spy’ unit
POLICE Scotland’s new chief constable led the Metropolitan police branch that controlled a notorious undercover unit whose officers had sex with their female targets.
Phil Gormley was in charge of the Met’s Special Branch, which had responsibility for the disgraced Special Demonstration Squad (SDS).
The SDS’s activities are now central to a judge-led inquiry into undercover policing in England and Wales.
MSP Graeme Pearson, former Director General of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, called on the police chief to provide answers on any links he had to the SDS.
Gormley, the former deputy director of the National Crime Agency, came out of retirement to secure the top job in Scottish policing and starts this week.
He succeeds Sir Stephen House, whose term was marked by controversies on stop and search, armed policing, call-handling and unlawful spying.
However, as Gormley prepares to take over, the spotlight is on his career at the Met, where he was a commander for four years from 2003.
The SDS was formed in 1968 – as the Special Operations Squad – in response to mass protests against the Vietnam War.
Over the next 40 years, SDS officers would be embedded undercover into protest and environmental groups with a view to keeping tabs on their activities.
The Unit was based inside the Met’s Special Branch – which focuses on national security.
However, the SDS has become discredited over the tactics used by its undercover officers over the decades.
A number of the plants formed sexual relationships with female activists and one ex-officer, Bob Lambert, even fathered a child with a protestor in the 1980s.
In November, it was announced that seven woman received compensation for what the Met described as “totally unacceptable” behaviour of some of its officers.
The compensation was linked to behaviour by former officers for the SDS and the separate National Public Order Intelligence Unit.
Officers also assumed fake identities by taking the names of dead babies and gave evidence in court using the false names.
The SDS also stands accused of spying in the 1990s on the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence – an allegation that led to Home Secretary Theresa May to announce the Pitchford Inquiry. The SDS was eventually wound up in 2008.
According to his online Police Scotland biography, Gormley became a Met commander in 2003: “Initially responsible for firearms and aviation security, then for special branch and counter terrorism.”
His NCA biography provides more details of this stint: “From 2005 Phil led the modernisation of Specialist Operations and took command of MPS Special Branch, driving forward the merger of Special Branch and the Anti Terrorist Branch to form the new Counter Terrorism Command.”
In 2005, when Gormley took command of Special Branch, the SDS – now called the Special Duties Squad – was still in existence.
In an official inquiry into SDS, carried out by Derbyshire chief constable Mick Creedon, the two most senior officers in the SDS pecking order were “Commander Special Branch” and a Detective Chief Superintendent.
MSP John Finnie, a former police officer, said: “I would be keen to understand what the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) knew about Mr Gormley’s policing background and what enquiries, if any, they made about his role with Special Branch and the SDS.
“If the SPA were unaware of this hugely significant matter, then, once again, it would bring into question their competence.
“The public will rightly question how someone who was in charge of Special Branch, which controlled the notorious SDS, is now our chief constable.”
Police Scotland’s overseas training work is ‘hypocrisy’
25 May 2016
A Labour MP has strongly criticised Scotland’s chief constable for letting his force train officers in countries with “appalling” human rights records.
Labour’s David Winnick told Phil Gormley that Police Scotland’s work in places like Sri Lanka was “hypocrisy”.
But Mr Gormley said the force was under “significant budgetary pressure” and needed to seek additional income.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Scottish government had “full knowledge” of the contracts, he added.
Mr Gormley was speaking at a Westminster home affairs committee on Tuesday.
He confirmed Police Scotland’s international development unit provided training in Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and South Sudan, among others.
Deaths in custody
The force has been training officers in Sri Lanka for several years, despite concerns being raised by Amnesty International about the country’s record on torture, arbitrary arrests and deaths in custody.
Mr Winnick asked him: “Sudan has a notorious record of outright brutality… Isn’t there a contradiction of this country [the UK] upholding certain principles, human rights and the rest and an organisation like yours having contracts with governments that are totally in the opposite direction?”
Police Scotland has provided training on child protection and crash investigation to officers in the UAE’s police force.
Phil Gormley – Common Purpose? John Walker made this Freedom of Information request to West Midlands Police
Dear West Midlands Police,
Has the former deputy chief constable of West Midlands Police, Phil Gormley, ever attended a Common Purpose training course?
If so please list the courses he has attended, their dates, their cost and details of who paid for them.
By Common Purpose, I mean the training organisation of that name: http://www.commonpurpose.org/home.aspx
West Midlands Police did not have the information requested.
There are widespread concerns the NCA is being run more like a Whitehall department than a law enforcement agency, with too many managers making it difficult for swift action to be taken. Its annual report, published last week, reveals huge turnover in its 17-strong management board. Director-general Mr Bristow is leaving before his contract ends in late 2016, although the Home Office claimed this did not mean he was leaving early.
Deputy director-general Phil Gormley announced in March that he would retire in the coming year.
He became deputy director general of the National Crime Agency in 2013.
NCA… had suddenly been given a lead role in tackling child abuse.
The Home Secretary said last night: ‘Keith Bristow has been an inspirational first director-general.
‘Under his leadership, and alongside Phil Gormley and Trevor Pearce, the NCA re-shaped the UK’s response to serious and organised crime and is a highly effective organisation.’
Stephen Bett and Simon Bailey
Stephen Bett – Police Commissioner’s son is jailed after killing a mother-of-two in a head-on crash when he drove his tractor hours after taking cocaine
The judge said he was concerned that although professing to feel remorse, Bett had forced Mrs Brown’s family to go through the ordeal of a crown court trial.
The court heard Bett has a pending prosecution for an allegation of speeding and careless driving in his Land Rover on June 20 – about six weeks before the trial began.
Bett also has four earlier speeding endorsements from 2011.
Norfolk police launch Christmas card competition
A competition to design this year’s Norfolk Constabulary Christmas card has been launched.
Chief constable Simon Bailey opened up the competition for under 16s and will be choosing the winning entry.
They will receive a tour of Norfolk police headquarters in Wymondham and also have the opportunity to see their card being printed.
Norfolk Police launches Help for Heroes fundraiser – News – Eastern Daily Press
Ten Lynn cadets, and four from Thetford, paraded in front of Chief Constable Simon Bailey, West Norfolk mayor Barry Ayres and Supt Dennis Lacey, as well as their friends and family.
So they can find prison for this minor offence but Chief Police Officers announce no room for paedophiles who will escape custodial sentence…
A Woman Who Begged For 50p Was Sentenced To Six Months In Prison In A Hearing Where She Had No Lawyer
The case was described by legal experts as “a damning indictment of our criminal justice system”, while the judge who sentenced her said he was “disturbed and concerned” by the situation.
Apr. 18, 2017
Shock as hundreds of sex offenders avoid court
May 14 2017
A MAN reported for raping a child was given a caution instead of being taken to court.
The attack on the boy, who was younger than 13, was reported in February last year but the offender was not prosecuted.
Sussex Police took the same approach with 25 other sex crimes reported between April and November, including assaults on men, women and children, figures obtained under the Freedom of Information laws showed.
In the last five years the force issued 221 cautions which included 77 for sexual offences against women and girls over the age of 13. The majority were given to adults and 33 were handed out as youth cautions to children aged 17 and under. These included three for rapes of girls younger than 13 between 2014 and 2016.
It is understood the rape victim, who endured the attack more than a decade ago, did not support prosecution and while statistically it was correctly recorded as a rape, the caution the force issued was for indecent assault.
Katie Russell, of charity Rape Crisis, said it was “hard to imagine” circumstances where issuing an adult with a caution for rape would not be “wholly unacceptable” and called for a review.
Fabia Bates, director of Brighton-based Survivor’s Network which supports rape and abuse victims, said: “It seems impossible to me that an adult could be found guilty of raping a child and be given a caution.”
She queried how anyone could be given a caution for sexual violence but said more information was needed to understand how police decide if a caution is the most appropriate form of action. She was keen to know how the victim is involved in the discussions and if they support the decision.
Detective Superintendent Jason Tingley said cautions for the most serious offences were only used in “exceptional circumstances”.
He said: “We take all offending behaviour very seriously. Cautions aim to deal with offenders outside the court system in appropriate circumstances.
“The response to each case is dependent on a range of factors including the nature and circumstances of the offence, the welfare and views of the victim, whether there had been a clear admission of guilt and the ages of those involved.
“It is also important to recognise a caution is a legitimate criminal justice outcome, with real sanctions attached.
“In cases such as this it includes being placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register and the resulting risk management that follows.
“It can also have long-term implications, such as notification on pre-employment checks.
“We also have a scrutiny panel who assess the use of out-of-court disposals.
“This panel includes magistrates, defence solicitors, the Crown Prosecution Service and youth offending teams.”