Posts tagged ‘officer’

July 11, 2011

Police cuts hit bravery officer

Pc Kevin Brooks Sgt Brooks is being retired in a cost-saving move by South Wales Police A police officer who has just picked up a bravery award has been told he has to retire because of budget cuts.


Sgt Kevin Brooks was in London on Thursday to pick up his award for tackling a driver who reversed a 4×4 vehicle over a police patrol car.


But because he has achieved 30 years’ service he is being forcibly retired.


South Wales Police said it faces a £47m funding gap over four years and regretted losing some long-serving staff.


Sgt Brooks was called in to action in April 2009 after a driver was spotted using a hand-held phone in Swansea.


The man, driving a Nissan Terrano, was pursued by patrol car driver Pc Gregg Parry. The pursuit ended on a steep hill when the 4×4 reversed at speed into his patrol car.


The Nissan ended up on top of the police car, crushing the windscreen, and with only one wheel remaining on the ground. Pc Parry escaped and caught the passenger.


Sgt Brooks arrived at the scene to find his colleague’s car crushed. He saw the driver get out of the 4×4 and run towards him.

Pc Gregg Parry' s patrol car after it was mounted by a 4x4 vehicle in Swansea Sgt Brooks rugby-tackled the 4×4 driver who had just reversed over this police patrol car

He rugby-tackled the man to the ground and restrained him after a struggle.


Both officers needed hospital treatment after the incident. The 4×4 driver was jailed for six years in July 2009 at Swansea Crown Court after admitting dangerous driving and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to a Pc.


Both officers were nominated as regional winners of the National Police Bravery Awards and they attended the ceremony on Thursday.

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We regret having to say goodbye to loyal and experienced members of the force but difficult decisions have had to be made”

End Quote Colette Paul Deputy Chief Constable But Sgt Brooks’ bravery has not stopped him from being forcibly retired in a move which the South Wales Police Federation said “tarnishes what should be a real celebration of the best and bravest traditions of the police service”.


Federation chair Gary Bohun said: “Sgt Brooks is one of many officers being forcibly retired this year.


“I know this has greatly disappointed him as he loves his job and wanted to remain in work as a police officer.


“We’re losing a skilled and hugely experienced supervisor at a time when our need for those skills is higher than it has been for many years.”


South Wales Police said the retirement of officers of all ranks with more than 30 years’ service was one way of making savings.


Deputy Chief Constable Colette Paul said: “It has inevitably meant that some officers, who would ideally have liked to stay on after their 30 years service, have not been given that option.


“We regret having to say goodbye to loyal and experienced members of the force but difficult decisions have had to be made in these difficult times.”

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July 8, 2011

Police cuts hit bravery officer

 Pc Kevin Brooks Sgt Brooks is being retired in a cost-saving move by South Wales Police A police officer who has just picked up a bravery award has been told he has to retire because of budget cuts.


Sgt Kevin Brooks was in London on Thursday to pick up his award for tackling a driver who reversed a 4×4 vehicle over a police patrol car.


But because he has achieved 30 years’ service he is being forcibly retired.


South Wales Police said it faces a £47m funding gap over four years and regretted losing some long-serving staff.


Sgt Brooks was called in to action in April 2009 after a driver was spotted using a hand-held phone in Swansea.


The man, driving a Nissan Terrano, was pursued by patrol car driver Pc Gregg Parry. The pursuit ended on a steep hill when the 4×4 reversed at speed into his patrol car.


The Nissan ended up on top of the police car, crushing the windscreen, and with only one wheel remaining on the ground. Pc Parry escaped and caught the passenger.


Sgt Brooks arrived at the scene to find his colleague’s car crushed. He saw the driver get out of the 4×4 and run towards him.

Pc Gregg Parry' s patrol car after it was mounted by a 4x4 vehicle in Swansea Sgt Brooks rugby-tackled the 4×4 driver who had just reversed over this police patrol car

He rugby-tackled the man to the ground and restrained him after a struggle.


Both officers needed hospital treatment after the incident. The 4×4 driver was jailed for six years in July 2009 at Swansea Crown Court after admitting dangerous driving and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to a Pc.


Both officers were nominated as regional winners of the National Police Bravery Awards and they attended the ceremony on Thursday.

Continue reading the main story
We regret having to say goodbye to loyal and experienced members of the force but difficult decisions have had to be made”

End Quote Colette Paul Deputy Chief Constable But Sgt Brooks’ bravery has not stopped him from being forcibly retired in a move which the South Wales Police Federation said “tarnishes what should be a real celebration of the best and bravest traditions of the police service”.


Federation chair Gary Bohun said: “Sgt Brooks is one of many officers being forcibly retired this year.


“I know this has greatly disappointed him as he loves his job and wanted to remain in work as a police officer.


“We’re losing a skilled and hugely experienced supervisor at a time when our need for those skills is higher than it has been for many years.”


South Wales Police said the retirement of officers of all ranks with more than 30 years’ service was one way of making savings.


Deputy Chief Constable Colette Paul said: “It has inevitably meant that some officers, who would ideally have liked to stay on after their 30 years service, have not been given that option.


“We regret having to say goodbye to loyal and experienced members of the force but difficult decisions have had to be made in these difficult times.”

July 1, 2011

NICL case: SC suspends transfer notice of investigation officer

SC says it can ask govt to ensure complete transparency.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday suspended the transfer notification of National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) investigation officer and Additional Director General Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Zafar Ahmed Qureshi as Director General of National Police Foundation.

Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, while hearing the NICL contempt of court court case, said that the government was undermining the dignity of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice made the statement after former law minister Babar Awan informed the court that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had rejected the summary for the re-appointment of Zafar Qureshi and that he was exercising his constitutional powers.

Awan said that all three federal secretaries, who had been issued contempt of court notices earlier, were part of the federation and they had done nothing in their personal capacity.

The chief justice said that the government should not have removed an “honest officer” from the investigation and the court was exercising patience even though the government was undermining the court’s dignity.

The court has asked Director General FIA to assist Zafar Qureshi and has asked for a report in 15 days.

The hearing has been adjourned for an indefinite period.

Earlier, The court had issued contempt notices to the interior secretary, the Establishment Division secretary and the Principal Secretary to the prime minister, asking them to explain why the investigating officer in the case, Zafar Qureshi, was transferred on verbal orders in the middle of his investigation.