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Forensic science “in a state of crisis” and “must be reformed” warns House of Lords Select Committee

Forensic science in England and Wales “is in trouble” and, unless the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice act now, “crimes may go unsolved and the number of miscarriages of justice may increase”. To ensure the effective delivery of justice, the House...
Posted On 01 May 2019
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Government publishes 13-point Action Plan designed to improve police forensics

The Home Office has published a detailed 13-point Action Plan with a view towards improving police forensics. These commitments are designed to enhance public confidence, support the criminal justice system and ensure the quality and stability of forensics provision going...
Posted On 23 Apr 2019
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Minister for Crime makes plans to protect shop workers from acts of violence

Victoria Atkins, the Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, is now examining options for providing further protections for shop workers from acts of violence and abuse. The Government’s Call for Evidence – issued by the Home Office – is intended to...
Posted On 15 Feb 2019
Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI
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Fraud “not prioritised by the police” finds joint Perpetuity Research-Police Foundation study

New research conducted by Perpetuity Research and The Police Foundation has found that the police response to victims of fraud is “inadequate”. Despite fraud comprising up to 31% of all crime, and more than one third of victims reporting that the impact on them from...
Posted On 03 Dec 2018
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New CCTV Image Quality Assessment System to be launched by SGW consultancy

Independent security consultancy SGW is set to launch the company’s new CCTV Image Quality Assessment System. The solution is aligned with the requirements of IEC 62676-4:2014 in order to achieve a consistent, objective and repetitive evaluation process relating to video...
Posted On 23 Nov 2018
Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC MP
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Government publishes review of efficiency and effectiveness of disclosure in criminal justice system

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC MP has published the results of the Government’s review of the efficiency and effectiveness of disclosure in the criminal justice system. The review found that the duty to record, retain and review material collected during the course of the...
Posted On 21 Nov 2018
Max Hill QC: the new Director of Public Prosecutions
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New Director of Public Prosecutions outlines plans to build confidence in CPS

Max Hill QC, the new Director of Public Prosecutions, has outlined his plans to build public confidence and trust in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Speaking at the Kalisher Lecture – his first public address since taking up office on 1 November – Hill outlined...
Posted On 14 Nov 2018
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ACS welcomes new ideas for tackling shop theft outlined by Centre for Social Justice

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed a new report published by the Centre for Social Justice, entitled ‘Desperate for a Fix’, which highlights the close link between drug addiction and theft and calls for new policies to tackle the staggering £6.3...
Posted On 06 Jun 2018
Tony Porter QPM LLB: the Surveillance Camera Commissioner
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Surveillance Camera Commissioner and Forensic Science Regulator sign MoU

Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter QPM LLB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dr Gillian Tully, the Forensic Science Regulator. In doing so, Porter and Tully have set out agreed gateways through which issues will flow between them and which are of...
Posted On 31 May 2018
Alison Saunders: Director of Public Prosecutions
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Crown Prosecution Service and NPCC unveil detailed plans to tackle issue of disclosure

A package of measures designed to improve how the criminal justice system deals with disclosure has been unveiled. The measures – on top of actions taken over the last few months – are contained in a plan published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the National Police...
Posted On 26 Jan 2018
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