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Armed policing Code of Practice strengthened in response to Grainger Inquiry

The Home Secretary’s role in approving police use of less lethal weapons has been strengthened by dint of what is the first change to the firearms Code of Practice for 17 years. The new Code of Practice will meet one of the recommendations of the Grainger Inquiry, which called...
Posted On 15 Jan 2020
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Home Office overhauls police complaints and discipline process via legislation

The Home Office is introducing legislation that will shake up how complaints made against the police are handled and improve the discipline system for officers. The changes, which are scheduled to come into effect on 1 February, ensure that complaints can be dealt with quickly,...
Posted On 14 Jan 2020
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Security guidance issued to assist candidates on General Election campaign trail

All General Election 2019 candidates are being issued with guidance to help them respond if they experience intimidatory behaviour or abuse during the ongoing political campaign that culminates with Ballot Boxes closing around the nation on Thursday 12 December. ‘Guidance...
Posted On 18 Nov 2019
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Police resilience and well-being trial sparks positive results for front line officers

A six-month trial examining the resilience and well-being of more than 1,000 serving police officers and staff has culminated in a free online mindfulness package being made available to the service. ​The randomised control trial split police officers and staff into three grou...
Posted On 14 Nov 2019
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Selection and development of senior police officers “inconsistent and often ineffective”

Police forces don’t always identify the best candidates for senior leadership positions because of questionable selection procedures. In addition, current training doesn’t equip chief officers with the knowledge and skills they need to perform at their best....
Posted On 03 Sep 2019
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£35 million funding for Violence Reduction Units announced by Government

No less than 18 Police and Crime Commissioners have been awarded £35 million by the Government to set up specialist teams designed to tackle violent crime in their area. The Violence Reduction Units will bring together different organisations – including the police, local...
Posted On 12 Aug 2019
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Home Secretary hosts ‘Five Eyes’ Security Summit focused on emerging threats

Newly-appointed Home Secretary Priti Patel is using her first full week in the role to urge the UK’s most important strategic allies to commit to co-ordinated action on a range of security concerns. Protecting the public from emerging threats needs continued and closer...
Posted On 29 Jul 2019
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Katy Bourne OBE elected chair of Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Katy Bourne OBE, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, has been elected as the new chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting. Now in her second term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex,...
Posted On 25 Jul 2019
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Government prioritises well-being and mental health of police officers and staff in new support package

The Government and the police watchdog – namely Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) – will work together to put the well-being and mental health of staff and officers at the heart of policing following a landmark review....
Posted On 11 Jul 2019
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High-level Tech Summit focuses on improvements to disclosure of digital evidence

Government ministers have met with senior police officers and prosecutors at a high-profile summit aimed at improving the disclosure of digital evidence in the criminal justice system. Solicitor General Lucy Frazer QC and policing minister Nick Hurd hosted Max Hill (Director of...
Posted On 10 Jun 2019