South Bend police disciplinary matrix approved by Board of Public Safety

first_img By Carl Stutsman – July 15, 2020 1 317 Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Google+ Pinterest Previous articleWalmart will begin requiring all customers wear masks next weekNext articleMotorcyclist hospitalized after hit-and-run crash on Lincolnway East in Mishawaka Carl Stutsman South Bend police disciplinary matrix approved by Board of Public Safety IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Pinterest (Photo supplied/South Bend Police) South Bend’s Board of Public Safety has approved the recently completed police discipline matrix, and the vote was unanimous.The matrix was the work of months and months of collaborative effort from inside the city, police department, and the public. It lays out in a public document disciplinary steps that will be taken against officers that are caught breaking procedure.In total it has six different tears ranging from small infractions like tardiness and rude comments all the way to deliberate and reckless weapons discharges.Discussion about the matrix started last year, and in previous interviews with 95.3 MNC South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski has said it is meant to be a living document; that will be up to scrutiny and regularly reviewed and changed when appropriate and necessaryThe full matrix is available online herelast_img read more

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Senate Republicans pushing HEALS Act, which includes more stimulus checks

first_img Twitter Senate Republicans pushing HEALS Act, which includes more stimulus checks Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Pinterest (Photo supplied/U.S. Senator Todd Young) Senate Republicans are now pushing what is being called the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools Act, better know as the HEALS Act.It’s a version of what could be a third coronavirus relief package being considered by lawmakers.The bill would include another round of stimulus checks to the tune of about $1,200 to every American who qualifies. It would also expand the Paycheck Protection Program by simplifying the forgiveness process for smaller loans, and expands PPP eligibility to certain 501(c)(6) organizations.Those are provisions that were pushed by Indiana Sen. Todd Young in his RESTART Act.“I’m pleased that the HEALS Act contains critical measures to protect jobs, schools, and health care,” Young said. “Including several provisions I have been championing, such as unemployment insurance system reform, financial assistance to help child care providers reopen, and telehealth legislation that will lead to greater affordability and access.”Another big piece of the bill that has been a sticking point for Republicans is liability protections for businesses and schools. Liability protections under the HEALS Act would limit ones ability to sue a healthcare provider, business, or school if they feel that is where they contracted coronavirus.Congressional Democrats have been opposed to this idea and will likely be one of many snags that could keep this bill from advancing.“I’ll continue working with my colleagues to improve upon this proposal and ensure we are caring for those who have suffered the most through no fault of their own,” Young added.Young said the HEALS Act is only the beginning offer from Senate Republicans as they begin the process of trying to reconcile with House Democrats who passed the CARES Act over a month ago. Young is confident most, if not, all of his RESTART Act will be included in a final bipartisan version of the bill. By Network Indiana – July 29, 2020 0 229 WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Previous articlePoll shows higher support in Michigan by comparison for governor, open schoolsNext articleSouth Bend Record Show set for Sunday with COVID-19 precautions Network Indianalast_img read more

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Elkhart man, 45, killled in snowmobile crash in Cass County

first_img (Photo supplied/Cass County Sheriff’s Office) An Elkhart man was killed in a crash involving three snowmobiles.The collision happened around 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, on a trail near the intersection of Indian Lake Road and Topash Street in Silver Creek Township.The investigation by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office shows a 21-year-old Coloma man and a 38-year-old Covert man were traveling westbound on the snowmobile trail. Keith Webster, 45, of Elkhart, was traveling eastbound. Both groups were approaching a hill and collided. The Michigan men were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Webster was killed.It’s not known if alcohol and/or drugs are a factor. Helmets were worn and speed is believed to be a factor, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Previous articleMan found shot to death near snowmobile in South BendNext articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution schedule Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Elkhart man, 45, killled in snowmobile crash in Cass County WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebook Twitter By Jon Zimney – February 21, 2021 0 249 Pinterest Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

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Press release: Brighton woman imprisoned for laundering £1.4m as part of family fake sex drug operation

first_img Selling medicines outside of the regulated supply chain is a serious criminal offence. If you buy medicines online, you are potentially trusting a criminal to look after your health”. Always seek professional help and visit your GP if you are ill. These criminals are motivated by greed and have no concern about your welfare. MHRA is currently running the #FakeMeds campaign to warn people against buying potentially dangerous or useless unlicensed medicines sold by illegal online suppliers.Visit www.gov.uk/fakemeds for tips on buying medicines safely online and how to avoid unscrupulous sites.center_img A woman has been sentenced today following a long running investigation into the sale of counterfeit and unlicensed drugs which convicted 12 individuals in 2015. The defendant received a prison sentence of 2 years and 3 months.The medicines, which were sold predominantly over the internet, have an estimated value of £11 million with a suggested annual turnover in excess of £3 million.She facilitated payments for the purchase of unlicensed erectile dysfunction medicines and claims that she received 10% of the ‘earnings’ laundered through her account but was unaware that the money was for the unlicensed medicine, Kamagra.Samples of the products were found to contain potent, active medicinal ingredients with potential serious side effects and are classified as prescription only. Supply without medical supervision is dangerous as the contents of unlicensed medicines are unknown and untested.Alastair Jeffrey, MHRA Head of Enforcement said:last_img read more

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Speech: Penny Mordaunt’s speech at Safeguarding Summit

first_imgThank you for being here on this important day.Today we will start the vital change this sector needs.Your task is to start laying the foundations to rebuild the credibility of the aid sector on this issue, both here and overseas.Today, I want you to come up with the ideas and initiatives we can take forward the practical tools, processes and protocols to ensure we protect the people we are here to serve.Unless, we do all we can to prevent wrongdoing, and unless we can hold all those who do wrong to account, we will have failed in our duty to protect the most vulnerable.As you know, I wrote to every UK charity, which receives UK aid directly, asking that they provide me with a statement of assurance on four key areas:Their safeguarding environment and policies, their organisational culture, their clarity and transparency, and their handling of allegations and incidents.I also asked them to confirm that they have referred any and all concerns on specific cases and individuals to the relevant authorities, including prosecuting authorities.All 179 organisations have given me their statement of assurance, and many gave additional details on reporting and allegations.We are following up with 37 organisations to gain further clarity on their assurance, or reporting, and will issue a summary of all our analysis when this work is completeBut this exercise is not just about receiving assurances.It marks the starting point from which we must now build.Across the returns, we saw important examples of good practice, but overall, there was too little evidence in the areas of robust risk management, comprehensive reporting, responsibility being taken at the highest level for safeguarding, and of beneficiaries always being put first.So if we are to meet our duty, then the sector must raise standards.I am determined that DFID will play its full part in this.So, from today, DFID will put in place new, enhanced and specific safeguarding standards for the organisations we work with.These standards will include an assessment of codes of conduct, how organisations identify and respond to incidents, and how their risk management places safeguarding and beneficiaries at the very core.That assessment will set the bar at a level of the very best – a bar that we will continue to push higher – from our work here today and in the time to come.Our standards will be world-leading. They will be tough and exacting.Organisations should not bid for new funding unless they are prepared to meet these tough new standards.We will not approve funds to them unless they pass our new standards.We will also start to apply these new standards to organisations we have ongoing work with.And will ensure that all those standards can apply to all our partners, big and small.DFID is holding itself to these high standards we expect of others and today, I can also confirm that DFID’s internal review into historic allegations involving DFID staff has concluded.Our Permanent Secretary Matthew Rycroft will say more on this later, but I think it was vital that we went back through every record we have, since they began, to check action has been taken. And if any new information comes to light through our continued efforts we will ensure appropriate action is taken on this.The sector must do the same, and pay particular attention to the issue of reviewing and reporting historic cases. We expect all who wish to work with us, and indeed any organisation that works on development, to take this issue as an urgent priority.Why?Because only by reporting can we identify and bring to justice predatory individuals.And it is those predatory individuals who concern me most.My message to those who have sought to exploit this sector and the human tragedy in which it operates, is this – we will all share information we have with law enforcement.We will find you.We will bring you to justice.Your time is up.This summit is a critical moment to learn lessons and drive up standards across the entire aid sector.Now is the time for action and for the British aid sector to take a lead. To set standards, a template and an example, for the rest of the world to follow.To keep people safe we need to find a way staff can be properly vetted and monitored as they move between organisations and countries.We need to find a way to hear the voices of the people we serve, so we can respond when they tell us they are being mistreated.Would the Oxfam case, or the abuse of women in Syria, have persisted if those victims’ voices were listened to?And we must have thorough assurance and auditing of the sector.We must share our ideas and learn how to keep on improving our safeguarding measures. We need continuous training and professional development.And we must ensure smaller organisations – who are such an asset to the sector- are supported and able to meet these standards too.These are the outcomes I want to see. Now begins your task of finding the solutions.Your plans will be put into action.Our partners will sign up to them.Other nations will follow our lead.Let us ensure that the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are always our first priority.Let us ensure that there is no hiding place for those who wish to exploit the vulnerable in our sector.Let us ensure that the British public can take pride in everything that is done in their name, in the lives you save, in the hope you bring, and in the immense good you do in this sector.Let us put this right.Thank you.last_img read more

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Press release: Flood sirens in Grimsby and Cleethorpes to be tested on 24 August

first_img On the flood siren testing day, North East Lincolnshire Council staff and its partner Engie will be joining the Environment Agency in Freshney Place Shopping Centre between 9am and 5pm. Officers will be available to answer any questions on flood risk and how you can prepare. The flood sirens we own and operate in Grimsby and Cleethorpes help us warn over 25,000 households and local businesses. It’s important that we conduct these annual tests to make sure the sirens still work as they should. Although our flood defences reduce the risk of flooding to thousands of homes and businesses in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, we can never remove the risk of flooding entirely. This is why it is crucial that we can warn people when there is a risk of flooding, by using tools such as the sirens or our free Flood Warning Service. It is important that everyone plays their part to protect themselves from the risk of flooding. Find out what you can do to protect yourself and your family by coming to talk to us at Freshney Place on 24 August. The Environment Agency (EA) is conducting its annual test of its flood sirens in Grimsby and Cleethorpes on Friday, 24 August.Installed after the summer floods of 2007, 17 of the 18 sirens help the EA warn over 25,000 households and local businesses of imminent tidal flooding while one also warns of flood risk from the river.Testing will take place on Friday, 24 August between 10am and 12pm. If you hear the sirens during this time, you do not need to take any action. If flooding is expected on the day, the test will be rescheduled and flood warnings will be issued through the Environment Agency’s free Flood Warning Service (FWS).Environment Agency staff will be at Freshney Place shopping centre in Grimsby together with representatives from North East Lincolnshire Council between 9am and 5pm on the day of the tests. They’ll be on hand to answer questions about the sirens and provide information about how to manage your flood risk, including what steps you can take to prepare for an emergency.The sirens in Grimsby and Cleethorpes were installed over a decade ago, and since then the Environment Agency has made great strides in how it can warn people when flooding may be possible. The EA now offers a free Flood Warning Service, which provides targeted flood warnings via phone call, text or email. The EA encourages all residents in Grimsby and Cleethorpes to check their flood risk and sign up for flood warnings if they’ve not done so yet, by visiting www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings or by calling 0345 988 1188.Although the Flood Warning Service is now the EA’s primary warning tool, the flood sirens in Grimsby and Cleethorpes add value as they can help provide people with crucial time to prepare for flooding. The siren on the Willows Estate in Grimsby is used to warn residents about flooding from the New Cut Drain and the River Freshney, while the others warn of flooding from the Humber.Greg Smith, Flood Resilience team leader with the Environment Agency, said:center_img Cllr Matt Patrick, portfolio holder for the environment with North East Lincolnshire Council said:last_img read more

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Press release: Knighthood conferred and Privy Council Appointments: November 2018

first_imgKnighthoodThe Queen has been pleased to approve that the honour of Knighthood be conferred upon The Rt. Hon. John Hayes CBE MP.Privy Council AppointmentsThe Queen has been pleased to approve that Christopher Pincher MP and Mark Tami MP be sworn of Her Majesty’s most Honourable Privy Council.Notes to Editors John Hayes MP is the Conservative MP for South Holland and The Deepings and former Minister of State for Transport Christopher Pincher MP is the Conservative MP for Tamworth Mark Tami MP is the Labour MP for Alyn and Deesidelast_img

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News story: Search on for Commissioner to lead response on domestic abuse

first_img plans for a statutory government definition of domestic abuse so that no one is in any doubt of the range of behaviours it entails introducing new Domestic Abuse Protection Orders (DAPOs), to give courts the power to place conditions on domestic abuse perpetrators putting the guidance on which the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme is based into statute The Designate Commissioner will be placed on a statutory footing once the Domestic Abuse Bill passes through Parliament. The position was created ahead of the Bill’s introduction to ensure the government’s response to all domestic abuse issues is as robust as possible.The Designate Commissioner will also be required to establish an Advisory Board, composed of civil society groups, service providers, victims and experts, and a Victims and Survivors Advisory Group composed entirely of victims and survivors.Both groups will provide expert advice and ensure that the Designate Commissioner is carrying out the job in an appropriate manner.The role has also been designed to complement work undertaken by other advisors within government and because of the specific need to tackle domestic abuse issues. The Designate Commissioner will work collaboratively with others, such as the Victims’ Commissioner, when there are overlapping issues.This is part of the government’s work to transform the response to domestic abuse and go further to support the 2 million people who suffer the crime each year.The public consultation ahead of the Domestic Abuse Bill received approximately 3,200 responses.Measures the government consulted on included: I am absolutely committed to transforming the response to domestic abuse to ensure victims and their loved ones who are affected by this devastating crime receive the support they need. Having a Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner to focus solely on domestic abuse issues will be a turning point in how we respond to this crime. Domestic abuse is a complex and hidden crime so I am confident that the Commissioner will help shine a light on the issues. A Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner is to be appointed to help the government transform its response to domestic abuse.Today (Tuesday 4 December) the Home Office has announced it is launching recruitment for the new Commissioner, who will be charged with standing up for victims and survivors, providing public leadership on domestic abuse concerns and driving the response to issues.The candidate will also give recommendations to the government and local bodies on how provisions could be improved and highlight where best practice is taking place. The Commissioner will also look at the needs of victims and survivors from minority or marginalised groups, and children affected by domestic abuse.Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerabilities Minister Victoria Atkins said: When the government held a public consultation on the creation of a commissioner as part of the Domestic Abuse Bill it was supported by two thirds of respondents.For further information on the recruitment campaign visit the Cabinet Office website.The Victims’ Commissioner is required to promote the interests of all victims and witnesses, encourage good practice in their treatment, and keep under review the operation of the Victims’ Code.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be put in place early next year to formalise the working relationship between these roles.last_img read more

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Press release: New anti-knife crime school lessons ahead of summer

first_img Early intervention is a key part of our Serious Violence Strategy and it’s vital that we give young people the tools and resilience to keep themselves safe over the summer holidays. I’m pleased that our current lessons on knife crime have proved successful and that we are able to strengthen them even further, and I’d like to thank every teacher who has taken the time to deliver them. We are pleased to build on the popular #knifefree PSHE teaching resources we produced with the Home Office last year. These new materials are designed to challenge inaccurate perceptions about knife crime, help young people develop the confidence to resist pressure to carry knives, and to recognise positive role models. We encourage all schools to download and deliver these free materials. The lessons explore how role models can influence young people’s attitudes, decisions and behaviour in positive ways and signpost young people towards support services and the #knifefree website. They also include the true story of Dean, a teenager who was arrested for carrying a knife but managed to turn his life around through meeting James, a worker at a local support centre.The new lesson plans are a welcome addition to the current PSHE syllabus after a series of lessons on knife possession were introduced last year.Jonathan Baggaley, PSHE Association Chief Executive said: The Home Office has been working with the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Association and teachers to create new and improved school curriculum materials on knife crime ahead of the summer holidays.Today (5 June 2019) 20,000 PSHE teachers were sent new lesson plans that will further equip them to challenge myths and communicate to their pupils the realities of carrying a knife.Aimed at children aged between 11 and 16 years old, the hour-long lessons have been created in partnership with the PSHE Association and developed based on feedback from teachers.Lesson plans feature real-life case studies of young people from the latest #knifefree campaign along with new content on the importance of having good role models.Victoria Atkins, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability said: Current lessons on knife crime that were developed by the Home Office and the PSHE Association have been downloaded over 14,000 times since they were introduced in July last year.This action follows a recent relaunch of the #knifefree campaign, which aims to discourage teenagers from carrying knives through sharing real-life stories.In addition to the government’s ongoing engagement with schools and youth organisations, the Home Office has appointed the charitable foundation Impetus to manage its £200 million Youth Endowment Fund to help prevent young people being drawn into a life of crime and violence.The Home Office also has a £22 million Early Intervention Youth Fund which is already supporting 29 projects in England and Wales.last_img read more

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