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National campaign to recruit 20,000 police officers launched by Government

A national campaign orchestrated to recruit 20,000 new police officers has been launched by the Conservative Government. The police recruitment drive is the biggest in decades and follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s commitment to increase police numbers over the next three...
Posted On 10 Sep 2019
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BSIA Briefing

The idea that a vending machine could dispense chocolate bars, but not cash intrigued John Shepherd-Barron. That’s precisely why Shepherd-Barron set out to design and launch the first ATM, which appeared on the streets of London in 1967, writes Sarah Staff. Back then, the...
Posted On 30 Aug 2019
John Apter: chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales
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Police chiefs to hold emergency summit amid scourge of assaults on officers

The call for an emergency summit by police chiefs to improve officer safety in the wake of a spate of serious incidents is positive, but must be more than just words observes the Police Federation of England and Wales. Next month, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) will...
Posted On 26 Aug 2019
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Draft guidance published by Government to underpin Offensive Weapons Act

Draft guidance published by the Government on 15 August sets out how Knife Crime Prevention Orders (KCPOs) will provide an additional tool for police to steer people away from serious violence. The Home Office has also published draft statutory guidance on sections of the...
Posted On 19 Aug 2019
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NPCC’s Forensics Portfolio approves return of Eurofins to UK marketplace

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has approved the return of Eurofins Forensics Services to the forensics marketplace following the criminal cyber attack suffered in June. The ransomware attack – targeting parent company Eurofins Scientific – affected the IT...
Posted On 16 Aug 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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Information Commissioner’s Office selects first ten participants for data protection Sandbox

The use of biometrics to speed up airport passenger journeys, innovations in crime prevention and technological advances in the health sector are among the first projects selected to take part in the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) Sandbox. Other products...
Posted On 30 Jul 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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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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“Profound and far-reaching policing reform urgently needed” asserts HMICFRS

Profound and far-reaching aspects of police reform are needed or services face unacceptable compromises in quality of service levels of public safety, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has warned. In his annual assessment of policing in...
Posted On 05 Jul 2019