34 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Amber Rudd

Stop single crewing police officers

I am a currently serving police officer. The following is not my story, however myself and all of my colleagues can relate to each and every point, as it affects us on an almost daily basis.  We are all exhausted, tired and had enough, We do it for the money and not for the love. Last week I was hit, spat at and punched. There wasn't one day that I ate my lunch. I held a man's hand who'd just lost his wife, I took a child from his Father who was wielding a knife.I pulled a girl off a bridge who was mentally ill,I locked up a worker who had nicked from the till.I persuaded a battered woman to finally speak,After seeing her every day, week after week. The above is our job and all proud to do it.  Time for a few truths:Grade 1, man with knife - not one cop is free, but I break off as usual.I get to the job, a lone female I stand, man is angry, wants to fight with a knife in his hand. The same night I attend a fight all alone. I arrive to see 10 fighting in the middle of the road. Night after night cops go to jobs on their own and yes, they are frightened stood there all alone. Because no one is coming - you're the only free one,New cops aren't coming, the old ones are gone. We love the job - but enough is enough. We are ready to go and pack up our stuff, hang up the belt, the hat and vest.  No one can say we're not trying our best. We’re abused for pennies that barely pay rent. We don't want to give up - we still want to be cops! But bad things will happen if they don't pull out all stops. Get us more cops so we're not always alone, I know others feel the same - I'm not on my own. Cops will get hurt if this carries on,And this fight on terrorism will never be won. Please support us by ending the single crewing of officers to make it look like there are more cops on the frontline. When in reality it’s a safety risk!!

180,331 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Create a stalker's register

Stalking is a crime that is insidious and terrifying and yet many still do not understand it. Stalkers steal lives and take lives. Both our daughters, Kirsty Treloar and Jane Clough, were murdered by their stalkers. Kirsty was just 20 years old when she was stalked and stabbed to death. She had given birth to a beautiful baby girl three weeks before she was killed by Myles Williams, a man who she said she never wanted to see again. He was coercively controlling and violent to Kirsty and he had abused other women. Sentencing Williams, Judge Nicholas Cooke said: 'Beyond a shadow of a doubt, you represent an exceptional danger to any future female partners’. Jane met Jonathan Vass at work. She was an A&E nurse and he was an ambulance technician. Jane was just 26 years-old when she died. Nine months earlier she had a baby girl and the abuse escalated whilst she was pregnant. When he raped her in front of the baby, she knew she had to leave him. She ended the relationship and told police that he had raped and beaten her, but he was granted bail while facing nine counts of rape and four of assaults. He waited three months to access Jane. She had stopped going out as she was scared he was going to find her and kill her. As she became more isolated she used Facebook to talk to people and he stalked her by monitoring her account. When she eventually returned to work, he lay in wait in the hospital car park and stabbed her 71 times. Our daughters could have been saved if their serial abusers were on a register and being managed and monitored. Currently there is no existing framework which can track or monitor serial domestic violence perpetrators and stalkers. Rather than the perpetrator being effectively controlled and managed, oftentimes it is the victims who are forced to modify and change their behaviour and even flee their homes and disappear themselves in order to stay safe, which is unacceptable.  People with a history of stalking are as dangerous as sex offenders and there needs to be tracking and monitoring of them. We need to act now to save lives by protecting women from serial stalkers and domestic violence perpetrators by introducing a register which would help police to pro-actively identify, track, monitor and manage stalkers instead of relying on a series of victims to report multiple crimes. This needs to change. It is the perpetrator’s behaviour that is the problem. There needs to be a positive obligation on them to change their behaviour and take responsibility. They are the ones who need to be tracked, supervised and managed and not the victim. We can’t bring our daughters back but we can save others in the future. Since this happened we have both become ambassadors for the National Stalking Advocacy Service Paladin, who are supporting our call for a stalkers register.  We need to treat stalking with the seriousness it deserves. Many stalkers are serial and there should be a positive obligation on the abuser to change their behaviour. They are the ones who should be tracked and managed, just like sex offenders. Please help us to make sure that we protect other women so other families do not go through what we have.

John Clough & Pamela Dabney
132,844 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan

Save Streatham's new police base

The Mayor of London wants to close Streatham's police base under his programme to sell "expensive to run buildings which are underused" and "divert resources from where they are no longer needed". Streatham's police base is not expensive and is desperately needed.  The community successfully campaigned against the last Mayor of London's plans to remove police from Streatham. We won investment of £500,000 to create a new, state of the art, accessible, police station. The new police base is located near Streatham train station so police are located in the heart of our community. It now has more officers than when the old police station was closed, two new front counters and modern, upgraded facilities. This is possible because it has an efficient lease arrangement. The lease means money can be spent on local policing and getting police out in the community, rather than being tied up in buildings. It is a very effective use of resources.   Having a police base in Streatham means that there is policing for the whole community - not just those who are able or want to report crime online. It provides a visible police presence and enables important links to be built with the local community.  Recently its location meant that police could be on hand to deal with two stabbings close by.  However now the new Mayor of London is proposing not just to close the front counter service but get rid of the building and move Streatham's police out of Streatham to Brixton. You can see the proposals here (see Annex 3). We believe Streatham needs a police base more than ever to keep police at the heart of our community, working with the local community to keep us safe.   We reject the Mayor of London's plans and call on him to keep our local police presence and our new police base in Streatham.

Jonathan Bartley
782 supporters