NEW: Police in England and Wales could be given more tasers, body armour and spit hoods following the biggest police safety survey in history.

85% of police surveyed supported front line officers being given a taser.

Chief Constables will be in charge of assessing the local need for such equipment, based on a risk assessment.

Evidence shows assaults on police were significantly reduced when officers drew their tasers, but increased in incidents where the taser was actually fired.
The study from the @PoliceChiefs recognised that there is evidence that tasers are disproportionately used on people from BAME backgrounds. The NPCC and College of Policing will conduct research into why this is and ways to mitigate it.
Safety training will also be overhauled, as the study found that 88% of police officers had faced an assault in their career, and a third weren’t satisfied by the training they’d received.

A new national curriculum will be set up to improve training.
The @PoliceChiefs are calling for a new criminal offence of using or threatening to use a vehicle to target a police officer.

They also want spitting and hate offences against emergency workers to be treated as aggravated offences.

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21 Mar
This is insane. They have actually lost their minds.
In November 2020, the EU diplomatic service released the following communiqué. Now look where we are.
Quite apart from anything else, just last week the EU’s own Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said the problem was a failure to actually use the vaccines they had. Direct quote below.

Why ban exports when you’re not even using what you’ve got?
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19 Mar
Now correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t recall this leading the @FoxNews home page?

It’s almost as if somebody falling on the stairs isn’t newsworthy... any more than somebody walking down a ramp.
(For those who recall this equally nonsense “story”: old man walks carefully)

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14 Mar
“The police will not keep us safe”

The tone here is very much protest now rather than vigil. The crowd growing all the time.

This is no more COVID compliant than yesterday’s vigil, but police are keeping their distance.

Learning perhaps from their actions last night.

Crowd must be several thousand strong. Now marching towards Parliament Square. The name of Sarah Everard on their lips. As well as some more colourful expressions of anger aimed at the police...

Protestors just staged a lie down in Parliament Square, in memory of Sarah Everard “and all victims of state violence”

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14 Jan
Baffling. London is 6th out of 7 English regions in terms of the numbers of vaccines given out.

Yet it has the highest infection rates in the country, and is one of the most populous regions.

The Midlands has given out nearly twice as many doses.

Also, the @standardnews has reported on City Hall's concerns that London is getting fewer jabs than it should here:…
Statement from @SadiqKhan on London’s vaccine shortage:
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14 Jan
These two things can be true:

1) The DUP might have forseen that Brexit would be challenging in the context of Ireland. Not like they weren't warned.

2) They were still betrayed by Johnson, who literally stood up at DUP conference and said he would never create a sea border.
The DUP's great mistake was arguably not to support Brexit in the first place, as many Remainers are gloating today, but not to support Theresa May's compromise.

That would have left NI in a much better place from a Unionist perspective than Johnson's deal.
Although that of course is only in hindsight, post-betrayal. Harder to see at the time that May's imperfect deal was better.

You could make a kinder argument that the DUP took Johnson at his word, and that was actually the mistake.
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13 Jan
Vaccine minister @nadhimzahawi now in front of the Science Committee. I will be watching so you don't have to ;)
Vaccine minister @nadhimzahawi tells the Science Committee that the Govt is not releasing the number of doses it expects every week, because of the way each batch of vaccine has to be checked, so the numbers "move around".
Chair Greg Clark asks if Zahawi is confident the Govt's target of 14m vaccinated by mid-Feb will be met.

Zahawi: "I'm confident we will absolutely meet our target, though there will be daily fluctuations”
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