Fifty tell-tale signs that you’re definitely a Police Officer…

When do you REALLY know that you’re a Police Officer?

Is it when you discover that you have a knack for finding humour in the stupidity of others? Or, is it when you know for certain that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says, “I hope you have a quiet night!” Is it when you’ve left more grub on the parade room table than you’ve ever actually eaten, or, is it when you come to the knowledge that discussing bodily fluids and dirty protests over a meal is a perfectly normal thing to do? Maybe it’s that feeling of satisfaction when you hear someone say, “Okay! Okay! You got me!”

Without further ado, take the following test and see how many you can relate to:

You know you’re a Police Officer when…

… Action Plans are rarely lists of things you intend to get done.

… CPS action plans ask you to do things like track down the suspect’s childhood friend to see if they ever mentioned their intentions whilst in nursery.

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… you can tell by the tone of the Lawyer during the first 10 seconds of a call to CPS Direct whether they’re going to charge or not.

… when you can rate the ‘quality’ of a job by the information or lack thereof, passed by Comms when they ask for a unit to deal.

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… fresh out of Probationer/Student training, the first thing you’re told is; “Forget everything you were told in training.”

… ABC stands for “Accept nothing, Believe nobody, Challenge everything.”

… GOWISELY isn’t just sound advice for adult life.

… you wave at Morrisons vans thinking they’re Ambulances.

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… at some point in your career you’ve said the words “Not pursuing. Following at a safe distance.”

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… you have to sit facing the door at every restaurant you visit.

… you’re apprehensive when taking patients back to Secure Units – in case they refuse to let you back out.

… most of your Facebook friends have names like Röcky “Ronníe” Bâlbôå or “Dason Javies”.

… you’re typing up a case file and the lights start turning themselves off.

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… you look at Kinder Eggs quite differently to everyone else.

…you’ve looked for yourself on YouTube following an incident.

… people (hilariously) shout, “I didn’t do it!” or “Here he is!” when you walk into a room.

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… you’ve shouted “Get on your knees!” and it wasn’t meant in a sexual manner.

… you’re doing the bleep test and as you hit level 5.4 you hear someone shout; “Right, you can be a normal officer now.”

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… you get that one customer who you don’t want to touch – even triple gloved – because their socks have become one with their foot skin.

… a week’s worth of work laundry consists of six T-shirts, six pairs of socks, six pairs of pants and a pair of faded, green-ish looking combat trousers.

… you look at any bank statement to discover you seem to shop exclusively at coffee shops, McDonalds and the 24 hour Spar on your patch.

… you find mugs dotted around the station that have been there so long they’ve actually been painted around, and also have a thriving populace of mould growing inside that would close most businesses.

… you genuinely have first hand experience of a full moon affecting the demeanour of the general population.

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… the people who need your help apologise for wasting your time and the people who waste your time complain that you’re not helping them.

… you ask “Clear left?” of any passenger in your car – and you can’t help saying “Clear left!” every time you’re a passenger in anyone else’s car.

… you’re getting dressed for your first day shift and you think to yourself, “Only X more shifts until Rest Days…!”

… you’re the only sober person in the kebab shop.

… you’ve filled a panda with fuel – to experience the utter shame of your fuel card bouncing – always in front of a massive queue.

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… you’ve experienced the utter exhilaration of your colleagues bursting through a door following your use of the emergency button.

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… you can complete an NCALT for staff safety – yet you have to sit in a classroom for two days being taught how to talk to people.

… you’re asked what time you’ll be home and you can only reply with “When I’m finished.”

… sometimes you’re just SO ANGRY that – mid-rant – you can’t get your bloody words out and get tongue-tied.

… you’ve restrained someone in handcuffs and it was not a sexual experience.

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… withheld calls are either work or PPI. Neither are calls that you particularly want to answer.

… you’ve genuinely been asked, “Can I have my weed back? I just paid for that.”

… you grew up with teachers in school telling you that “there’s no such thing as a stupid question” – however, your experience of working as a Response Officer has since determined that to be a lie.

… you discover the sheer horror of what a Drugs Toilet is (and why you’re there) for the very first time.

… attending Magistrates Court is like a school reunion.

… you arrest someone at their house and they demand to see a warrant.

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… a 19 plate Hyundai i30 is a small boost to morale… tinged with sadness that it’s inevitably going to be worthless before 10k is on the clock and can’t really be used to go up hills.

… you see a night turn ambulance crew at a job at the start of their 12 hour early turn – and then, 13 and a half hours later, you see them at another job as they start night turn.

… you know at least one strange or odd piece of legislation such as the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, and you intend to use it at some point in your career.

… you ring a friend when you’re off duty and start the call with “Are you free to talk?”

… you find yourself instinctively waving to ambulances… Even when off-duty and in your own car.

… you share the same fear as fleeing criminals when you hear “Dog off!”

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… you’re offered a seat at a job – glance around & say “I’m okay thanks! Been sat down all night!”

… you’ve had at least one ‘surprise’ bail back during your career.

… you’ve committed the heinous crime of purchasing food whilst in uniform – and you’ve been questioned by a member of the public as to why you’re eating on duty.

… you remand someone to Court for a serious crime – so that the Court can bail them – so that they can breach their conditions – so you can arrest them… and do it all over again.

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50 Epic Things To Do When You’re Bored (on a Scene Guard/Constant Watch)

We’ve all been there.

Picture any one of the following scenarios:

  • You nick someone in the first hour of your shift who’s punched a window through with their bare hand. They have to go to hospital. There’s no-one else available.
  • You come in on an afternoon shift to find there’s been a stabbing and that there are six different scenes. You’re the only one on shift who doesn’t have something booked in.
  • There’s a female kicking off in custody and she needs to be on a constant. You look down and realise that you’re the only female on shift.

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The list is far from exhaustible. There are hundreds of other scenarios that will result in you sat on your arse for hours – listening to everyone else doing the “fun stuff” on the radio. (That is, until you get old and wise enough to turn it to “transmit inhibit” whilst in hospital.)

So, what can you do to pass the time?

Well, here’s a list that we’ve crafted of no less than fifty ways to possibly amuse yourself whilst abstracted from the joys of front-line policing.

You’re welcome!

1) Netflix binge – an oldie but a good shout nonetheless. Many hospitals these days have free public wifi available – and even if they don’t, unlimited data allowances on phone contracts aren’t exactly rare. Still, you can even download episodes of your favourite shows now when you’re at home on wifi – so there’s no excuse to be caught short!

2) eBay – there’s never a bad time to go on eBay and buy crap you don’t need – especially when it’s crap that other people are selling. However, you could also use your time wisely and sell those golf clubs you never got around to using – or that pair of heels that you just had to have – but then when you got them home… like, ew.

3) Visit Unroll.me and let it organise your email inbox by unsubscribing you from all those emails you never ever read/want to receive. (Hint: It only works if you say you’re outside the E.U. due to GDPR. Obviously, we wouldn’t tell you to lie. We’ll just let you work it out.)

4) If you haven’t already, download the Bitmoji app. Make your personalised emoji, and then send all your friends fun (but pointless) cartoon texts. You can also use it to send us crap on our Snapchat Channel!

5) Discover what the different uniforms in a hospital ward mean. How many times have you sat there and wondered what all the different colours are for?

6) Order food from Deliveroo, JustEat, UberEats or Dominos. Granted, this one isn’t really for when you’re sat in A&E – or tucked away on a ward – but are you stuck on a scene guard somewhere – out of sight, out of mind, with no hope of relief and utterly starving? Bet some of you have never even considered it. There’s also an argument to be had that in those circumstances you should be able to claim the cost of a meal – something in Police Regs about being “unable to take a meal in the usual fashion”. But, you can come back to that in point 17 below.

7) Book a holiday. Everyone needs something to look forward to. Try one of the “last minute” budget holiday sites out there – HolidayPirates are a particular favourite – as is IceLolly.com.

8) Make a plan for the forthcoming Zombie Apocalypse. We posted here about a UK-based firm who are selling Zombie Fortification Cabins – so you can’t say we haven’t got you covered. Granted, they’re a bit on the expensive side – but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a WhatsApp Group Chat – just in case… All you have to do is pick a team, decide who’s bringing what and where you’re going to meet up. The rest will work itself out. Probably.

…. and make friends… and influence people

9) Learn how to tie a bow tie. Impress the your peers with your skills the next time you go to a wedding.

10) Rediscover Groupon and all the random things it has to offer! Just a quick glance today shows a Ford Bullitt Mustang Driving Experience at Drift Limits, you can obtain a Certificate in British Sign Language, or you can even Name a Star after your dearly beloved!

11) Explore Wikipedia – You can learn so many things from the main page alone, but it’d be a lot cooler to use the site’s random page tool. Challenge yourself to improve your Pub Quiz knowledge.

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12) Make a List – any list will do! Perhaps a list of all the actions on your workload that you really need to get done before Rest Days, or a list of things you need to buy on the way home – or maybe even a wishlist of all the things you want from our Online Shop. (See 25 below.)

13) Improve your Instagram game – look up a photo a day challenge list online and take photos with your phone.

Maybe a smidge optimistic for your first attempt – but aim high!

14) Take up the art of paper folding. Once you’ve mastered the basics, try to see if you can pull off more complicated origami (click on “Look Inside”).

15) Write, write, write. Start with something easy, like a poem. Rhyming is easy and will pass the time. Come up with something genius and share it with your friends.

16) Reconnect with an old acquaintance. A real-world one. Not a “Social Media” friend. Maybe your tutor from when you joined the job? An old flame? A school friend? An old work colleague? Your childhood bestie. You never know what new doors you can open by reconnecting with someone from your past.

17) Check out the Handy Quick Guide to Police Regs that WE WENT AND PUT ON OUR BLOG SO YOU ALWAYS KNOW WHERE TO FIND IT. It’s copied word for word from Regs – you’ve just got to go and read the points.

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18) Pick a Facebook friend you haven’t spoken to in months and initiate a catch-up chat. If you’re not feeling particularly chatty, cull your Facebook friends list instead and unfriend contacts who haven’t spoken to you in years. (They probably won’t notice and besides, it’ll help make your newsfeed so much better.)

19) Clean up your Facebook account – go through your old photos and status updates and delete anything incriminating or anything that makes you cringe so it doesn’t show up under the “On This Day” feature.

20) Look up your family tree – we’ve linked to a Google search to get you started – but there’s always a chance you’re related to someone famous – or your other half; if you go back far enough…!

21) Write yourself an email to receive in the future – yes, it sounds weird, but according to the testimonials, the people who have done it have had SO MUCH FUN. Mega lolz. Of course, you could also do it to a crush, or an enemy if you’re feeling particularly risqué!

22) Invite people over for a hang-out at your house. Nothing beats boredom than having other people to experience it with. Make it an impromptu party for Rest Days and throw out a WhatsApp Broadcast for complete potluck.

23) Download a dating app. Dating apps put users under a spell where they hold on to the hope that maybe the next person they stumble upon will be their soulmate, causing them to continue an endless cycle of swiping left or right. There are many dating apps to download if you are tired of Tinder, and if you want to take it a step further, you can download a hookup app to get straight to the point.

24) Learn how to lucid dream – then go home and practice it.

25) Visit our Online Shop and see the HUGE amount of things we sell – ranging from (wait for it….) hoodies to t-shirts to mugs to jackets to Under Armour Boots to patches to badges to cufflinks to books to paracord bracelets, hats, phone cases, jewellery and much, much more!

26) Order a food intolerance test kit – always wondered if you’re allergic to something – or if you have a deficiency which would explain that you’re not actually a lazy b*st*rd?

27) Clear out your WhatsApp (or any other) messages. Why? Well, picture this. You nick someone. They make a malicious complaint. Could be anything. “They nicked £20 from my wallet.” Before you know it, PSD are at your door and nicking you – because the Police have to be seen to be fair and impartial… Of course, the complaint is utter rubbish and going nowhere – but they seize your phone and download it – just because you’re a Police Officer and that seems to be common practise only when coppers are nicked these days… Also, of course – there’s absolutely nothing  on there regarding the stolen money that you didn’t even nick… but… you know your mate “Tommy” from school? The one who keeps sending really inappropriate jokes to the group chat that you and twenty other people are in… Well, you see, you haven’t challenged them, and it’s now a problem. Even worse, if you’ve engaged, laughed, joined in or told them yourself. Don’t get us wrong – Coppers with racist or homophobic etc attitudes don’t belong in the job. However, perception is also a dangerous thing – and you can quite easily lose your job based on the actions of someone else. Here’s a story along similar lines

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28) Value your house and see what it’s worth. Snoop on the people near you who have recently sold and see if you can afford to upgrade – or get the hell out of Dodge!

(You never know!)

29) Make a visit to uSwitch.com and see if you can save money on your household bills. Simply sign up and give them some details about your current deals – and if they can beat them – they’ll switch you over and save you a ton of money EVERY MONTH!

30) Learn some magic – after all, who ISN’T impressed by a well-executed card trick? If you don’t believe us, just have a quick look at Jennifer Lawrence’s face at the climax of this excellent repertoire by Chris Pratt!

31) Set up a Lottery Syndicate – and DON’T be one of those people that hits it rich and doesn’t give up their job. Get out of there as fast as your little legs can carry you! (Also, remember us if you win as a result of this advice.)

32) Yes, it’s time for the best thing on this list. Why not Volunteer at a Dog’s Home? Is there going to be anything more rewarding in life? Probably not…

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33) Check out how much crime has taken place where you live. After all, if you’re sat on your arse right now – the Bobbies who are meant to be looking after your gaff are probably doing the same! Reveal all with a simple postcode search. Beware: it might want to make you stay home.

34) Drink a full glass of water. Dehydration can make you sluggish. If you’re tired and bored, pour a glass (think: cheap styrofoam cup) of water and drink it.

35) Update your personal finances. Check if your savings account ever got into three figures and check where you can cut back and save more?

36) Practice some Kegel Exercises. You can do these whilst sitting down whether you’re a male or a female and there are numerous benefits to doing so. The only slight problem is, if you can’t find them – the guidance is to stick a finger somewhere and probe around. We really don’t suggest doing this on work time. It’ll end up with papers being served. As for clenching discreetly whilst sitting there – go nuts!

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37) Search for a new job. Not just any job of course. Here’s a great forum for British Expats which discusses Police Jobs around the world. Fancy taking up a role in St Lucia, Gibraltar or the Cayman Islands? Why not have a look?

38) Make a bucket list.Things to do by the time you’re 30, 40 or 50? Things to do before you retire? There’s no better way to pass time than to spend it making a list of the things you REALLY want to achieve in life.

If you get this one done, you’re going on the page.

39) Design and look into getting a tattoo.Or add another to your collection. Especially seeing as many forces are now relaxing or getting rid of their tattoo policy.

40) Guarding a scene? In a field? Middle of nowhere? No-one around? Freezing cold? Why not use the time wisely and work your way through a Superhero Workout – tons to pick from and it’ll certainly get your blood pumping!

41) Download PUBG on your mobile and get totally addicted – like we are with the Xbox version… Then, depending on HOW addicted you are – you could go and purchase the EPIC hoodies we’ve made for you and your squad. 😉

If you’re on an Android device you can go here to download the game.

If you’re on an iOS device you can go here to download the game.

42) Random Acts of Kindness. We love this and it’s something we’ve pushed before – usually when it gets hot with our #BuyACopACan hashtag. Hot day? See a copper sweating their tits off? Surprise them with a can of Lilt. (The BEST thirst quencher and if you don’t like it you’re weird.) Hell, even a cold bottle of water can be the nicest thing in the world. But, why not go further? Commit to one random act of kindness EVERY DAY in your life. Make someone smile. It’s an amazing feeling.

43) Clear out your property. Yes, the absolute shit-load of exhibits you have stored SOMEWHERE against your name from that burglary in 2007. If that piece of brick hasn’t come in handy by now, there’s a fairly good chance you can dispose of it legitimately. Same goes with your locker. Clear it out. Old kit? Get rid of it. And no, don’t just throw it on the pile of other shitty uniform from the 1980’s to the present day that’s festering in the corner of the locker room. Send it back to stores. Lazy sod.

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44) Set up a folder on your email called E-PDR. As time goes by, save examples of your good work in it so you can reference them later. Or, if you do something particularly well, email yourself and drag it to the folder. That way, when you’re informed that they should’ve been completed a week ago (same every year) – you have some material from the past 12 months to reference!

45) Send your enemy (although, not obligatory) a Glitter Bomb in the post. Glitter is a right bastard – so when it comes out of a cannon at you – you can imagine what the fall out will be like. For your victim. We obviously wouldn’t suggest this for anyone to open on briefing. In front of the team. Oh no. That would be epic cruel.

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46) Check out what the latest and upcoming films are – and then make plans to go and see them in all of their glory. At the time of writing, we’re geeking out over Captain Marvel and then…. the final part of Avengers. *insert sad face here*

47) Put together an Operational Order for your team. If you can string together a semi-decent presentation – you can ask for resources and a budget and potentially run it on Rest Days as paid overtime. It’s not difficult to find issues to address: knife crime, burglaries, pro-active drug stops – the list goes on. If you’re young in service, don’t be daunted. Show willing and ask around until someone can send you a copy of one they’ve made – then use it as a template. There’s nothing better than running your own operation and making it a success.

Credit to a Scottish Media outlet – despite this being a picture of the finest Heddlu in Wales.

48) Completely Lock Down Your Facebook Account. This one should be obvious – but for many of you it’s not. Essentially, when someone who ISN’T your friend on Facebook clicks on you profile – they should see you cove photo, you profile pic and your name. NOTHING else. No photos. No locations. No check-ins. No personal info. They shouldn’t be able to see the shitty pages you liked in 2007. Easiest way to check is to unfriend someone and ask them to check it over. There IS a way to view your profile as a visitor – but that’s beyond explaining to some of you. 😛

49) If nothing else, why not learn and practice some Breathing Techniques that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety? Also, particularly handy if you come across someone else having a panic attack and you want to calm them down without saying “Just calm down!” because, as we all know, never in the history of saying “calm down” has anyone EVER, actually, calmed down.

50) Read an article about 50 Epic Things to Do When You’re Bored.

 

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Cheek-y Note Provides Ass-istance to Fresh Jailbirds

In what could well have been a slow news day, PlymouthLive recently reported on this cheek-y note found in Plymouth Crown Court – offering some practical, yet crude advice to anyone facing a stretch “over the wall”.

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The “mystery person” (we’re in no way suggesting that any Court Reporters were bored!) scribbled their wisdom onto an official leaflet published by HM Prisons and Probation Service.

The question on the front asks: “What can I bring into prison?”

The witty person has quipped underneath: “Anything as long as it fits up your arse!”

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Granted, they appear to have run into a bit of bother trying to spell “it” – but the sentiment is clear!

The leaflet informs those who have friends and family facing a stretch behind bars that they are not allowed to bring drugs, alcohol, mobile phones, SIM cards or chargers into jail.

Funnily enough, it also points out that dangerous objects and/or weapons are banned.

However, other items, such as prescribed medicines or cash, are allowed in.

The leaflet was allegedly left in clear view outside Plymouth Crown Court during the trial of five men accused of ambushing a drug dealer.

Apparently, no-one has a clue who left it there, but it seems to have caused some amusement amongst lawyers and court staff alike.

For the record, prisoners possessing banned items such as drugs and mobile phones whilst inside prison is a serious problem.

A few days after the leaflet was seen, a woman admitted smuggling drugs inside her body into HMP Dartmoor – however, it isn’t known if she took the advice given on the leaflet…

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“Without the fear of arrest, I would probably punch three or four people a day…”

Once again, a fictional News Reporter somehow manages to hit the nail firmly on the head when it comes to knife crime in the United Kingdom – see the latest video from Jonathan Pie below!

“… because, love ’em or hate ’em, the Police are basically all that stands between relative safety and a fucking riot in Tesco Metro.”

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Huge Wedding Reception Brawl Provokes Impressive Response from Merseyside Police

Meanwhile, an 18-year old female was glassed on the same busy night in Liverpool City Centre.

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A mass brawl at a wedding reception provoked this impressive police response during an exceptionally busy night in Liverpool city centre.

Literally dozens of police vehicles descended on Fleet Street following reports of a “large-scale disturbance” in a private suite at Fusion Nightclub around 2320 last night.

Most Response Officers in the city raced to what is believed to be an assistance shout – resulting in the arrest of one man, aged 20, on suspicion of Affray.

Our video shows a long line of Police vehicles parked and arriving on Hanover Street, with violence reported to have commenced on Fleet Street before moving further into the town.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing, a Merseyside Police spokesperson said. Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact 101 to assist Police with their enquiries.

Fusion Nightclub were contacted for a statement, but they declined to comment.

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Elsewhere in the city, around the same time as this disorder, Police were called to Revolution on Wood Street following reports that an 18 year-old female had suffered a serious head injury. North West Ambulance Service were already in attendance and it is understood the teenager had been glassed.

In further Valentine’s Night Drama, fire crews were also called to deal with a flat on fire on nearby Concert Square. The incident, which happened just before 0200 hours, saw three people rescued by fire crews from the third floor of a building.

“Man Down” with Greg Davies – PCSO Sketch

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Ain’t Snow Stopping Them Now! Norwegian Police Take Part in Impromptu Shield Race

Norwegian Police showed the world their fun side by taking part in a cheeky downhill race using their riot shields as sledges.

Officers from Heimdal and Trondheim took part in the impromptu race – and then took to Social Media to share the amazing footage.

“The everyday life of the police is often characterised by seriousness,” Heimdal Police wrote in a Facebook post, adding that the race was held on a “q” night.

“Therefore, it is important to occasionally loosen the tie a little, disconnect and have some fun.”

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The video has been viewed on Facebook more than 56,000 times at the time of writing.

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A UK-Based Firm is Selling a £70,000 “Zombie Fortification” Cabin

Boasting a 10-year “Anti-Zombie” Guarantee, one British firm promises that they’ll keep you safe should the Zombie Apocalypse come to pass…

Tiger Sheds are advertising ‘the world’s first’ Zombie-Proof Log Cabin – designed to withstand the even the most relentless of zombie attacks.

The ZFC-1, or ‘Zombie Fortification Cabin’ in full, comes complete with a 10-year “Anti-Zombie” Guarantee – promising to be strong and secure enough to stop any walking dead from getting inside.

For a mere £69,995 you can own an entry level cabin. However, you will still need to budget for installation (sneaking in at an extra £13k right there), security cameras (£1800), a riot protection outfit and solar panels. However, if you want a flame thrower and/or a “Big Bear” water cannon, you are welcome to send them an enquiry here.

They helpfully list plenty of other home comforts that come as part of the package:

Included in the price:
Log Cabin shell (inc doors, windows, stairs)
Barbed wire on roof
3x Bunk Beds
2x Chest of drawers
Weight machines
Lights
Fireplace
Sofa and cushions
Coffee table
Soundsystem turntables
Plasma TV
Xbox
Toilet, sink
Kitchen units with microwave

Not included:
All weapons / arsenal
Electrics
Installation
Preserver

Thankfully, if you’re worried about a row from the other half – you can point out that delivery is actually free. Also, keep it bookmarked because one day it might be cheaper in the sales.

However, if you are suspicious that this product isn’t entirely legitimate, the guarantee small print probably won’t help to convince you. It reads: “Please note – we require medical evidence of the presence of a real zombie should you wish to claim under the 10 year anti zombie guarantee”. There’s also the problem that should the cabin NOT live up to it’s claims – you won’t be around to make the claim. Or the world as we know it will have ended. Bigger concerns!

That said, if you DO happen to buy one – please let us know. We’ll definitely come and visit!

Police are Conveying Mental Health Patients to Hospital In 48% of All Recorded Cases

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A nationwide shortage of ambulances means that police – hit by severe cutbacks themselves – are having to convey mental health patients to hospital in almost half of all reported crisis cases.

The Mental Health Code of Practice says that a patient in crisis should only ever be transferred to hospital by an NHS vehicle.

However, following a parliamentary question by the Labour Party, the Government have revealed that in 48% of crisis cases last year, a police vehicle was the only option available.

Overall, mental health patients were conveyed by Police in 52% of incidents where Section 136 of the Mental Health Act was utilised.

Ministers also conceded that, despite police conveying 9,712 people who were experiencing some sort of mental health crisis, no formal assessment of how they may have been affected by the experience has yet been ordered.

This comes as Police Forces in England and Wales face their ninth consecutive year of harsh budget cuts, having lost around 21,000 frontline officers since 2010.

Back in November, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary reported that forces had been left to “pick up the pieces of a broken mental health system – as well as tackle crime”, with the Metropolitan Police, the UK’s largest force, taking a mental health-related call every four minutes.

“People who are in mental health crisis are patients in need of expert medical care
– they are not suspects who require police intervention”

Simon Kempton, Operational Policing Lead, Police Federation of England and Wales

Last year, Home Secretary, Sajid Javid told the Police Federation “I’m listening and I get it” after Police Chiefs demanded more frontline staff to cope with the rise in mental health cases – as well as a spike in violent crime. However, only last week it was reported that a police pensions blackhole meant that the latest £330m government funding settlement actually delivers an 8 million pound cut in real cash terms.

Shadow Mental Health Minister, Paula Sherriff, said “It is a scandal that should shame this Government” that vulnerable people experiencing “one of the most difficult moments of their lives” are being transported to hospitals in police vehicles.

Simon Kempton, Operational Policing Lead for the Police Federation of England and Wales, said the figures laid bare how austerity was “putting some of society’s most vulnerable people at risk”.

He said: “People who are in mental health crisis are patients in need of expert medical care; they are not suspects who require police intervention – in fact in some instances the presence of Police Officers can escalate the situation making it more stressful for all involved.” He also added that mental health crisis cases were both time-consuming and left officers with less time to investigate and deal with other policing emergencies.

Alison Cobb, Specialist Policy Advisor with the mental health charity Mind said that people were more likely to reach crisis point if they don’t get help early on and that NHS services had been “underfunded for decades”. “It’s not acceptable that police vehicles are routinely used to transport people in crisis situations to places of safety because there aren’t enough ambulances,” she said. “The police are often first on the scene if someone is in crisis. But they need the right support from the NHS to make sure someone in crisis gets the help they need.”

Responding to the figures, Policing Minister Nick Hurd said: “The Home Office has not made an assessment of the impact of transporting people with mental health issues in a police car. The Mental Health Code of Practice states that a health vehicle should be used to transport mental health detainees. The Home Office are working with health and police partners to understand why police cars are used to transport people in 52% of cases and what further can be done to reduce this figure. The welfare of those the police come into contact with is paramount, and officers will be aware of this and treat people appropriately.”

Devon Firefighters Finally Realise A Lifetime Dream As They Become Police Officers

Seven firefighters are to be trained as police officers is what is believed to be a national first – as originally reported by DevonLive.

The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service on-call firefighters will be trained as special constables in a new role known as a ‘community responder’.

These new community responders will have the ability to go to both fire and police incidents, increasing not only the police presence but also the number of available on-call firefighters in communities.

The project aims to improve response times in rural locations, better connect with the public and deliver joined-up prevention activities, providing a better service to communities keeping everyone safe.
This innovative police and fire collaboration project is being funded by Devon and Cornwall’s police and crime commissioner Alison Hernandez who hopes it will improve access to the emergency services for communities in Devon.

The seven community responders have been recruited into locations where there is a need based on risk, vulnerability and harm – Cullompton, Crediton, Dartmouth, Honiton, Okehampton, Newton Abbot and Totnes.
Ms Hernandez has committed funding for an initial two years covering recruitment and ongoing training costs with the possibility of extending further. It forms part of her commitment to improving collaboration between the emergency services.

“I’m incredibly pleased to be able to support this collaboration. We don’t know what future funding will look like for any of our emergency services and working together on unique projects like this will improve the service both organisations can deliver to people in Devon.” said Ms Hernandez.

“I look forward to seeing the benefits that our communities will reap from this innovative work.”

Kevin Pearce, who will be the new community responder for Cullompton, says he was motivated to take on the role by a lifelong interest in police work.

He said: “I think this pilot will be really beneficial – it will mean I can be more of a presence in the community and a face that people will recognise and can approach about both police and fire related incidents and we can help reach more people.

“Everyone that I’ve spoken to about the project seems quite excited about it, it’s great to be able to enhance the presence of emergency services in communities where it’s needed. I’m really looking forward to being at the forefront of this trial.”

Chief Inspector Tom Holmes, the Devon and Cornwall Police lead for emergency services collaboration, said: “This project provides an excellent opportunity for both police and fire to add additional officers into our communities who will be able to approach every issue from two points of view.

“Importantly they will also be able to answer calls for service and maintain fire cover in some of our most isolated communities. This is a national first, the potential of which both services share a huge excitement about.”

Group manager Jeff Harding of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said they were “really pleased to take part in this initiative as it supports on-call firefighters in areas where we have recruitment challenges”.

“The service provided to people living in these towns will be enhanced as the community responders will be able to provide visibility and advice to the public across both roles,” he added.

Existing special constables are now being offered the opportunity to train as on-call firefighters to expand the number of locations where community responders will operate.

Devon and Cornwall Police has already piloted ‘tri-service safety officers’ (TSSOs), which will soon be fully deployed in areas across Cornwall after successful trials proved their value to communities. The TSSOs will be located in areas where the police, the fire and ambulance services have a limited presence and where it is difficult to deploy a resource from a single agency basis given current financial restraints.

The posts have been jointly funded by the three emergency services.

As with community responders, Devon and Cornwall Police used independent analytical research into areas of most need to decide where TSSOs will be based.

TSSOs will pick up their workload from police neighbourhood teams, but when they attend will give advice to cover all aspects of community safety and prevention, such as advice on anti-social behaviour, installation of a smoke alarm, or any medical referral/ advice.

They do not have the same powers as a police community support officer but are trained medically, to a co-responder standard, and receive firefighter training. They also have powers under the community safety accreditation scheme.
They will also have instant access to police, fire and ambulance IT systems to enable a better immediate understanding of the situation.