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CPS to hire “hundreds” of new criminal lawyers across England and Wales

The body that prosecutes the majority of crimes in England and Wales has launched a recruitment campaign to hire almost 400 new lawyers by the end of June. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which prosecuted 495,000 cases in 2018, was given an £85 million boost by the...
Posted On 14 Jan 2020
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Figures issued by CPS reveal “violent reality” for Emergency Services workers

Magistrates, Judges and prosecutors alike need to pay attention to new guidelines which should see harsher sentences handed down to those who attack Emergency Services workers. That’s the view of the Police Federation following the release of new prosecution data from the...
Posted On 10 Jan 2020
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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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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
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Rebecca Lawrence appointed as next CEO of Crown Prosecution Service

The next CEO of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been named as Rebecca Lawrence. Lawrence has a strong track record in leadership roles across the public sector, and is currently CEO of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in London. Lawrence will join the CPS...
Posted On 03 Jun 2019
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Home Office seeks law change to give police more confidence in pursuing suspects

The Home Office is seeking to change the law to ensure that highly trained police drivers involved in chasing suspected criminals on the roads, and driving to the very high standard required by their training, are better protected from the risk of lengthy investigation and...
Posted On 07 May 2019
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Merseyside Police leads on digital policing revolution thanks to NICE Investigate

Ensuring a safe community and supporting the victims of crime are core missions for Merseyside Police, but as digital evidence has continued to grow, the force’s investigative resources have been stretched to the limit when it comes to the force meeting its stated goals....
Posted On 08 Apr 2019
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Co-conspirators in fake raid on security van convicted of £320,000 theft

Two accomplices who falsely reported a hold-up on a security van have been sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court to a total of nine-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to steal almost £320,000. Cash-in-Transit driver Jimmy Kursley Doolly, 35, used his...
Posted On 01 Mar 2019
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Funding, Skills and Technology: Are the Stars Aligning for a Major Digital Transformation of Policing in 2019?

Last October, Alison Saunders – the outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) – was interviewed by The Times. It was pointed out that: “Britain’s most senior prosecutor has admitted the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the police cannot cope with the enormous...
Posted On 26 Feb 2019
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Independent report welcomes work of CPS’ Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism Division

The Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism Division (SCCTD) of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been recognised in an independent inspection report for its strong leadership and governance. Inspectors from Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI)...
Posted On 05 Feb 2019