Catch up on all the justice sector headlines you may have missed this month...
Nottinghamshire Police Force to introduce measures for menopausal officers
Nottinghamshire Police has announced plans to introduce measures to help support menopausal police officers, after former Chief Constable Sue Fish, who retired last year, discovered women were leaving the force after suffering menopausal symptoms.
The measures will include providing extra desk fans, allowing menopausal women to sit near doors and giving them better access to showers. Private areas will also be provided where women can rest and recover or seek support.
Fire Brigade called out to more medical emergencies than ever before
The Fire Brigade is being called out to an increasing number of medical emergencies due to the fact the ambulance service is so over-stretched.
Figures show there has been a 14% increase in the number of call-outs which aren’t related to fires.
Dave Green, National Officer for the Fire Brigades Union, said the service is in talks over ”broadening the role of firefighters, which includes a response to life-threatening medical incidents”, but added “this can only be achieved by sustained investment in our service so proper training can be given”.
NHS launches recruitment drive for former Armed Forces members
The NHS has launched the Step Into Health initiative with the aim of helping ex-servicemen and women ease back into civilian life.
It aims to make use of the experience and transferable skills former Army, Navy and RAF personnel have to fill a range of positions, from porters to directors.
The Step Into Health website says: “The NHS recognises the transferable skills and cultural values that armed forces personnel develop when serving and how they are compatible with those required within NHS roles. Whether you are interested in catering, maintenance, administration, finance, communications, management, or a role in one of the clinical services, this programme will benefit you.”
New Courts team dedicated to promoting press access
A new team dedicated to promoting access for the press to report on court proceedings has been launched.
The team will include representatives from HM Courts and Tribunals Service, as well as members of the media.
According to a spokesperson the group will “develop new ways to build strong relationships between media organisations and their local courts and improve and promote the existing guidance to staff relating to media access court reporting”.
First police force to make misogyny a hate crime gets 150 reports of inappropriate behaviour
Since becoming the first force in the country to make misogyny a hate crime, Nottinghamshire Police has received over 150 reports of men behaving inappropriately towards women.
More than 60 of these reports involved some form of criminal behaviour.
Misogyny covers behaviour such as leering, groping, sexual comments and unwanted advances.
Commenting on the initiative, Helen Voce of Nottingham Women’s Centre, said that women have told the charity they “feel taller” knowing misogyny is unacceptable in Nottingham.
London Fire Brigade slams CBeebies for use of ‘fireman’
A fire crew in Greenwich has slammed the BBC for using the ‘outdated’ term fireman in a recent episode of popular kids’ series Hey Duggee.
A post on the LFB Greenwich Twitter account read: “Isn't it sad when one of our longest serving firefighters, a woman who fought the King's Cross fire 30 years ago, still has to watch TV with her two-year-old grandson and explain why the squirrel in Hey Duggee...is referred to as a 'fireman'.”
It went on to state that ‘firefighter’ is “respectful, inclusive, non-sexist, non-gendered”.
Violent crime and sex offences ‘rising’
The number of violent crimes and sex offences recorded by police in England and Wales is increasing, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Over 5.3 million crimes were recorded in the 12 months to September 2017, up 14% year-on-year.
This included 138,045 sex offences (up 23%), 1,291,405 violent crimes (up 20%) and 37,443 knife crime offences (up 21%).
In contrast, the Crime Survey, which is based on people’s experiences and included unreported crimes, suggests crime has fallen.