Civilians join beat cops to build teams and cut crime

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Civilians join beat cops to build teams and cut crimeOn 9 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today A leadership and team-building exercise assisted in the execution of a major police initiative, when a northern force sent senior officers and civilian support staff out on the beat. North Yorkshire Police got extra value from the ‘development day’ as the 40 managers and senior officers made six arrests while on patrol in York. The initiative was planned as a one day event to improve performance by encouraging leadership and getting the whole force working as a team. However, real policing activities were used during the day, with staff getting actively involved and making arrests for burglary, theft, drugs offences and anti-social behaviour. Assistant chief constable Peter Bagshaw, who is normally third in command of the force, made the 2,000th arrest of ‘Operation Delivery’, a tough policing campaign targeting local criminals. Paul Ackerley, head of staff development at North Yorkshire Police, said the scheme had enhanced the teamworking and skills across the whole service. “The day’s activities engendered a really cohesive approach to achieving the force’s goals. The challenge now is to maintain this impetus by providing further innovative training solutions that continue to increase performance,” he said. The day included high visibility patrols around some of the cities car parks, policing the major shopping areas, offering crime prevention advice to the public and targeting problem areas for anti-social behaviour. By Ross Wigham Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

A comparison between otoliths and scales for use in estimating the age of Dissostichus eleginoides from South Georgia

first_imgAge composition is fundamental to understanding the population dynamics and productivity of a fish stock. The use of scales to estimate age can result in large errors inage data for long-lived species, usually due to compression of scale circuli with age. Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) is considered to be a long-lived species whose age has been estimated using both scales and otoliths. We estimated the age of D. eleginoides caught off South Georgia usil~go toliths and scales. For scales, we made impressions on acetate slides; for otoliths, we used transverse sections prepared by baking and grinding the posterior and anterior sides. Using ANOVA, we compared data obtained from the two structures to test the hypothesis that otoliths and scales give the salvie age estimates, and compared the precisioli of age estimation for both structures and between readers.Ages estimated using scales were significantly less than those estimated using otoliths. For scales, bias occurred for both readers between readings; for otoliths, only one reader was biased. Residual variances indicated one reader was relatively more precise than the other in estimating age using otoliths, but less precise using scales. This reflected the comparative experience of the two readers in estimating the age of D. eleginoides using otoliths and scales.last_img read more

Cuomo Announces Proposal For LIPA’s Future

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Long Island Power Authority could be hit with a severe power downgrade if New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets his way.The governor laid out a proposal Monday that would shift the embattled utility company’s day-to-day operation to PSEG, the New Jersey-based company slated to replace National Grid next year, and would freeze rates for three years, slash LIPA’s staff considerably and reduce LIPA’s debt load.Essentially, LIPA would become a holding company, but would remain under government ownership for tax purposes and to ensure reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the governor said.“Simply put, LIPA is broken,” Cuomo said at the afternoon briefing.The governor’s long-awaited announcement regarding the utility’s future comes more than six months after Superstorm Sandy pummeled LI, knocking out power to more than 90 percent of the 1.1 million homes and business that LIPA serves. LIPA came under intense pressure amid the storm’s aftermath from local and state officials, including Cuomo, who at his state-of-the-state address in January said “the time has come to abolish LIPA. Period.”The governor didn’t go that far Monday, nor did he call for LIPA to be privatized, which he suggested early on after the Oct. 29 storm. But he made clear that the utility’s power would be diminished considerably.“I think the storm was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Cuomo said, joined in Albany with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “It is the status quo and it has failed.”Cuomo is seeking to privatize much of the utility’s operation by transferring duties to PSEG come January, improve customer service during storm response and stabilize rates—partly by instituting a rate freeze through 2015. He’s also calling for more government oversight of the utility.“Getting rates down is essential,” Cuomo said, “getting the cost of power down is essential.”He decided against privatizing the LIPA altogether, noting that doing so could endanger future reimbursement from FEMA. Sandy aid has already been allocated to cover the cost of raising or relocating LIPA’s power lines so property owners don’t have to foot the bill as they continue construction of their storm-ravaged homes.The proposal would also impact LIPA’s staff, cutting it from 90 to 20, the governor said, and would slash the number of board members from 15 to five.Cuomo is looking to push the proposal through this legislative session, which ends at the end of June. The top leaders in the state Senate and Assembly gave no indication that they would pass the bill through their respective chambers.Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), co-leader of the state Senate, said he “will closely review this plan,” and added that officials are moving the in “right direction.”“I think this is a thoughtful plan that has many great ideas,” said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan). “It’s an important step in the right direction.”Both Mangano and Bellone accepted the governor’s recommendations.“I think we have a critical moment to be responsive to this issue,” Cuomo said.“There is no alternative because the status quo is dangerous for Long Island.”last_img read more