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OPINION - VIEWPOINTS

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Should staff tell police about potentially violent people?...
Should staff tell police about potentially violent people?

'While it very much depends on the definitions used and the status of any requirement, I do think the sharing of information which might prevent violence might be worth exploring. The use to which the information would be put would need very careful consideration.'

Linda Maughan

Director of human resources, Middlesbrough Council

'A new requirement could result in the police being inundated with notices from council staff who feel they have to report somebody on the off-chance that they are violent. Would this amount to a register of disagreeable people?'

Terry Parker

Director of commerce and technology, Huntingdonshire DC

'No. We already have appropriate procedures in place for dealing with these difficult issues which allow us to protect our staff and work in partnership with the police at a local level.'

Nathan Elvery

Director of finance & resources, Croydon LBC

'Why not do it properly instead and give local authorities full control of local policing?'

Javed Khan

Director of lifelong learning and culture, Harrow LBC

'If there is a concern about a member of staff I think it is legitimate for an employee to share this with their boss. Any further action would then need to be considered in a thorough way.'

Eric Robinson

Corporate director of social care and health, Staffordshire CC

'Yes - but I think it should be done in a responsible way, perhaps using 'whistle-blowing' procedures. Staff must not feel that they will be at risk of reprisals for being careful about their own safety - nor should they feel that they are being a 'copper's nark'.'

Christopher Woodley

Head of policy & partnerships, Gravesham BC

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