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“Noticeable differences between police and service they provide” states HMICFRS

The public receives inconsistent service from its local police forces, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has said in a new report. Following the completion of HMICFRS’ Integrated PEEL Assessments (IPA) for 2018-2019, the...
Posted On 07 Feb 2020
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Government launches public consultation on pre-charge bail to protect victims

Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced the launch of a consultation on pre-charge bail to protect victims and ensure the police are supported to investigate crimes. Pre-charge bail allows the police to release a suspect from custody, usually subject to conditions, while...
Posted On 05 Feb 2020
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Metropolitan Police begins operational use of live facial recognition technology

The Metropolitan Police Service is to begin the operational use of live facial recognition technology. The use of such technology will be intelligence-led and deployed to specific locations in London. This will help to tackle serious crime, including serious violence and gun...
Posted On 27 Jan 2020
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Policing receives biggest funding boost in decade to put more bobbies on beat

The Government has announced the biggest increase in funding for the police system in a decade. The amount of funding available to the policing system for 2020 to 2021 will increase by more than £1.1 billion, totalling £15.2 billion, if Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) take...
Posted On 23 Jan 2020
Sarah Hayward-Turton
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Risk Strategies: The Requirement for Resilience in the Retail Sector

Some retailers might be finding themselves hankering after the good old days when, from a security perspective, in-store theft was the major threat posed to their business. The threat landscape is continually changing and, while in-store crime is still a major issue, retailers...
Posted On 20 Jan 2020
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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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Fifth AML Directive means firms must review anti-money laundering processes

The fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive comes into force today, which means that law firms have to make changes to the way in which they work to help keep the proceeds of crime out of legal services. Around 7,000 firms regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are...
Posted On 10 Jan 2020
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Group of insurance fraudsters sentenced in wake of ‘Crash for Cash’ plot

On Monday 2 December, four men were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court in the wake of a ‘Crash for Cash’ episode. The City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) began investigating the case back in March 2017 when insurer LV Insurance raised...
Posted On 11 Dec 2019
Diana Fawcett
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Victims’ Law is Needed to End ‘Lottery of Support’

Almost all of us have been affected by crime at some point in our lives, writes Diana Fawcett. Whether through personal experience of a crime or being reminded by terrible acts in the news, crime can have a devastating impact on individuals, making them feel unsafe an...
Posted On 04 Dec 2019
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Christmas Cash-in-Transit safety campaign launched by BSIA and North West ROCU

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has partnered with the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) to launch a short animation video as part of concerted ongoing efforts to educate members of the public about how they can help to keep their communities safe...
Posted On 25 Nov 2019