80 Squadron Receives Greater Manchester Police Talk
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By CI Craig Lee - 80 (Bolton) Squadron
On Tuesday 6th October 80 Squadron hosted a talk made by Greater Manchester Police on Proactive Policing. The talk was delivered by PC J Evans and PC D Kerr. PC Evans is an ex-80 Squadron Cadet and together with PC Kerr are Army Reservists.
They began by explaining the meaning behind proactive policing which is; preventing crime before it happens. This is currently being employed in the ongoing Operation Challenger which is targeting organised crime. During this introduction PC Evans explained the concept behind proactive policing and they ways in which it is conducted; either through the use of search warrants of street targeting.
To further the understanding of what Search warrants involve a number of the pieces of equipment employed by GM Police were showcased to the Cadets. Every equipment piece was explained on how it would be used for entering a house if necessary. The equipment included the Enforcer “Wham Ram”, the Hooligan tool and a number of others.
As a question the Cadets were asked where they would hide a stolen phone in their home. Answers of under the bed and in the bin came. These were all standard places that the police search when entering a room showing that the stolen item couldn’t be hidden.
One of the Golden rules of when entering a suspect house was explained being that, “Safety of the officers come first.” Articles of the protective clothing that PCs are issued was shown with its uses explained.
With the talk concluded Cadet Flight Sergeant Luke thanked PC Evans and Kerr on behalf of the Squadron a sentiment that the staff shared.
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