Monday 22 March 2010

Police Monitoring Training - Sunday 18th April

Police Monitoring and Legal Observation Training
Sunday 18th April
10:30am - 4:30pm

Friends Meeting House
173 Euston Road
London NW1 2BJ

Are you worried about abuse of police powers at protests and in your community? Ever moaned about an ever increasing police state but haven't known what to do?

Come to the Network for Police Monitoring training and start holding them to account for their actions. Everyone welcome, whether you have experience to share, want to brush up on skills or have no experience whatsoever.

Many abuses of police powers occur because we let them. Legal observation and police monitoring are effective tools in tackling such abuses and can make a real difference from collating the data necessary for effective legal challenges to providing and collecting witness statements for those arrested. These actions have both challenged the way protest and the streets are policed and kept innocent people out of prison.

Sessions will include police powers, stop and search and surveillance, as well as workshops on legal observation and police monitoring.

Network for Police Monitoring is a new organisation made up of individuals involved in Campaign Against Criminalising Communities, Climate Camp Legal Team, Fitwatch and Newham Monitoring Project. This is the first time so many groups have come together to offer training and it should be an interesting day. However, it also the first time we have offered this training, and feedback will be very welcome.

Although participants do not have to commit to doing legal observation/monitoring, it is hoped you will want to use your skills and we will be inviting people to join us for the next major protest on May 1st in Central London.

Whilst there is no registration, please email to let us know if your planning to come so we have an idea of numbers.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

A friend who has never been in trouble with the police was arrested for THEFT BY FINDING. He found an item on the road side (nothing of value). Apparently police were following him and arrested him.

What was so bad is that they scared him to death that he signed a caution, which is basically an admission of guilt. Even though there was none found on him. I know my friend for over 15 years.

My friend has a university degree and wanted to go into teaching. Now he says that his record his spoilt. As any employer that does a criminal check it will always be there. Apparently my friend says a caution is there for life!.

He did to a solicitor, who told him you have a strong case of getting your name cleared. My friend was shocked to read on his file 'suspicion of drugs'. However, he got screwed by the solicitor as certain papers had not been filed on time. My friend says that both the solicitor and the police officer were part of the masons....

I should point that this this happened in the Anglia.

My friend has given this up and has to live with this. He says he will have to explain this to all future employers.

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