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MoJ and West Mercia Police investigation brings nationwide prison drone gang to justice

A major organised crime gang that used drones to smuggle drugs, weapons and mobile phones with an estimated value of up to £1.2 million into prisons across the UK has been smashed following a two-year probe by prison intelligence officers and the police service. Ringleader Craig...
Posted On 18 Dec 2017
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“Dangerous extremists to be separated from mainstream prison population” announces MoJ

Dangerous extremists will be separated from the mainstream prison population and placed into specialist centres under new rules published by Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah at the Ministry of Justice. Three separation centres are being created to form part of the wider Government...
Posted On 24 Apr 2017
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New squad formed by Ministry of Justice in bid to tackle drone threat to prison security

A specialist squad of prison and police officers has been formed to tackle the threat posed by drones to prison security, Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah has announced. The team of investigators will work closely with national law enforcement agencies and Her Majesty’s Prison...
Posted On 17 Apr 2017
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Home Office Counter-Extremism Task Force set to help tackle extremism behind bars

A new unit established to combat extremist ideology behind bars is being launched, Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah has announced. The specialist Task Force will analyse intelligence compiled by around 100 counter-terrorism experts working across the country to assess the threat posed...
Posted On 05 Apr 2017
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Prisons and Courts Bill announced by Ministry of Justice in response to mounting UK prisons crisis

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss recently unveiled the “historic” Prisons and Courts Bill, in turn paving the way for the biggest overhaul of prisons in a generation and the delivery of a world-class court system. This key piece of legislation will underpin measures...
Posted On 17 Mar 2017
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Government introduced to new proposed model for prison perimeter security delivery

Binns Fencing believes the UK Government could make significant savings by adopting the company’s proposed new model for delivering perimeter security. The leading fencing contractor for the Ministry of Justice, Binns Fencing is this week unveiling its propose...
Posted On 07 Mar 2017
HMP Oakwood near Wolverhampton
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Pilot ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeship scheme launched for prison officers at HMP Oakwood

New prison officers joining HMP Oakwood near Wolverhampton are the first officers in the country to trial a nationally-developed ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeship programme. The pilot will see new recruits coached and mentored through their first 12-months in the job. For...
Posted On 27 Feb 2017
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Vera Baird QC appointed chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Vera Baird QC, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northumbria, has been elected as the first female chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC). First elected as PCC in 2012 and with an increased majority in 2016, Labour PCC Baird takes over from...
Posted On 26 Jul 2016
Lord Toby Harris of Haringey
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Mayor of London appoints Lord Harris of Haringey to lead full terror preparedness review

Sadiq Khan, the newly-elected Mayor of London, has appointed Lord Toby Harris of Haringey to undertake a full and independent review designed to ensure London is as prepared as possible for responding to a major terrorist incident. Lord Harris has a long and distinguished career...
Posted On 14 Jun 2016
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Home Secretary addresses Association of Police and Crime Commissioners General Meeting

Home Secretary Theresa May MP has addressed the first meeting of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) since the 6 May elections, stressing that it’s Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) who will drive reform over the next four years. This was the first...
Posted On 26 May 2016