“Insane in the Lakes” In Support of The Royal British Legion

Ten insane individuals successfully completed the Three Lakes Challenge on the 23rd June 2012. The challenge involved kayaking the length of three lakes, Windermere (10.5m), Ullswater (7.5m) and Coniston Water (5m) in the Lake District, a total of 23 miles, in less than 10 hours.

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Raising money for The Royal British Legion, a charity, which we know provide a much needed support service across the Armed Forces Family for both past serving and current serving service personnel and their families; none of the team had experience in kayaking or had attempted such an endeavour before.

Eamon Keating stated afterwards, “I know I said “how hard can it be?” well now I know”.

So a HUGE well done to the team:

Eamon KEATING (Defence Police Federation)
Phil PHILLIPS (MoD Police – CID Gosport)
Jim PULLINGER (MoD Police – CID Gosport)
Jack BRIGGS (MoD Police – CID Catterick)
Bob ORD (MoD Police – CID Catterick)
John REGAN (Defence Police Federation – Northern Area)
Matt SMITH (MoD Police- HMNB Portsmouth)
Steve BEARD (MoD Police-DSG Gosport)
Steve PARSLOW (Former Royal Marine)
Duncan GOODLAND (MOD Civilian based at HMS Excellent Whale Island)

Raised so far: £2014.00 It’s not too late to donate. Click here

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MPs warned of risks of MOD Police cuts 25.04.12 by British Forces News

PICTURES: Defence Police Federation

The fight to save Ministry of Defence Police from 2,000 job cuts was taken direct to MPs on 25th April 2012.

In a written statement to Parliament last month Defence Personnel minister Andrew
Robathan detailed the cuts.

He said he regretted the uncertainty and anxiety caused to staff but said the Government “can and will” make changes in guarding and civil policing.

Under the measures, the MOD Police is to downsize from a current strength of just under 3,100 to about 2,400 by April 2016. The MOD Guard Service will be cut from just under 3,300 members to about 2,200 by April 2015.

The headquarters and management structures of each organisation will see costs slashed by 50%.

In other locations, guard numbers could also be reduced, while in some defence communities the number of Defence Community Police Officers may be cut.

Today the Defence Police Federation is briefing MPs about how its warnings about the impact of the cuts on national security could impact on individual constituencies.

National Chairman Eamon Keating will highlight a range of issues including nuclear weapons facilities.

The Government insists the cuts can be introduced without compromising security.

In his statement last month Mr Robathan said: “Safeguarding our sites, people and assets – in particular those associated with our nuclear programme – remains a central priority.

“We have however concluded we can make sensible and prudent reductions in the number of guarding and civil policing posts at some of our sites, whilst continuing to maintain effective security.”

MOD Police – In Defence of the Nation

Eamon Keating, National Chairman of the Defence Police Federation, said:
“We created this video as it is important for the public to understand what our members do, and how their security and that of critical assets will be affected if our officers are no longer there.

“We all know and appreciate that the MOD has to make savings, but drastic cuts to its dedicated civilian police force make no sense and will ultimately cost far more money than they save, as a huge number of crimes will simply go undetected with no dedicated team to investigate them.

For further information or comment from Eamon Keating, please contact Chris Rogers
on 020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189, or
email Chris.Rogers@whitehouseconsulting.co.uk

Blue Light Disco Team wins National MOD Peoples Award

Helensburgh`s Blue Light Disco team were recently announced the winners of the MOD Peoples “Community Involvement” category at a ceremony held at the MOD main building in London. The team were represented by Community Safety Manager Sergeant George Smart and Constable Russell White of the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP).

George & Russell

Sgt George Smart (Left) & PC Russell White

George, the originator of the initiative, said “The MDP, our partner agencies and dedicated volunteers have strived to make the initiative a great success and it is really nice that the hard work of the team is recognised at the highest level within the MOD”. Russell added “ The Disco regularly attracts 240 young people and is inclusive of the local area. It has broken down barriers and provides a safe environment for our young people to enjoy themselves”

Congratulations also to PCs Ray Bartholomew & Tony Allen from Innsworth who were placed third in the Inclusivity Award.

 

 

 

Junior section of RAF St Athan Golf Club throw down the gauntlet to South Wales Police

The Junior section of RAF St Athan Golf Club, recently threw down the gauntlet to South Wales Police, serving and retired officers’ and challenged them to an 18 hole golf match.

Group Picture GolfAs several members of the junior section are service dependents from the service community at MoD St Athan, PC Bob Rand, the Defence Community Police Officer (DCPO), was invited to join the police team and represent the MoD Police. Bob, who had already been made aware of the event through his work with the station Youth Club, was more than happy to accept.

He said ‘This is at the heart of what community policing is all about, the police taking every opportunity to positively engage with the communities they serve. In particular, in this instance, engaging with the young people of St Athan’.

With the match being so late in the year the weather conditions were always going to be a deciding factor. The day before the match the heavens opened and it rained like only it can inWales(heavily). However, on the day, the sun shone and spirits were high. The players assembled in the club house, introductions were made and there was a fair amount of banter between the teams over the customary cup of coffee and bacon roll.

The format for the day was individual stableford with prizes being awarded to the winner and runner up from each side. There was also a trophy for the team with the most overall points. Fortunately, the weather held until all players returned to the club house and with their cards checked and signed the result was eagerly awaited by both teams.

During the post-match meal the banter returned and speculation was rife about who would be the eventual winners. When the result was announced it was the Juniors’ who took the bragging rights and didn’t they take great delight in their victory.

It is now hoped that this will be an annual event which will, at least, give the police a chance to regain some golfing credibility.

Best Endeavour Bob Rand

Best Endeavour - PC Bob Rand (Right)

On a personal note it wasn’t all bad news for Bob, he did receive a prize albeit for ‘Best Endeavour’.

iPod returned to owner

IpodFollowing  responses as a result of appeals posters in local shops,  on twitter and www.homefront4u.co.uk . See this home front story.

Facebook  provided details of a person who was  last known to be in possession of the iPod reported as taken in a street robbery when the victim,  a 10 year old boy with learning difficulties was assaulted by older boys, subsequently  finding his iPod missing his parents reported the incident to Police.

This morning a 16 year old boy ( not involved in the reported robbery) was spoken to in the presence of both parents,  having apparently found the iPod   in bushes close to where the robbery had occurred.

Unfortunately the finder had made no attempt to locate the  rightful owner and had in fact taken ownership and attempted to sell the iPod to another.

I am pleased to say that the iPod was still in the possession of the finder when he was visited this morning  and when his options were explained and his wrongdoing pointed out, was apologetic.

The iPod is now back with its rightful owner.