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Police takeover of Fire and Rescue Services “will damage public safety” warns FBU

Fire budgets could be cut in favour of policing, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned after fire authorities lost a bid to block a takeover from West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Firefighters’ vital community engagement work could also be threatened as...
Posted On 13 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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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
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“Police forces save £273 million on equipment costs in three years” reports Home Office

The Home Office has now published the third ‘basket of goods’ data set allowing the public to compare what each police force spends on common items to ensure best value for money. With Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) spending almost a quarter of their overall budgets on...
Posted On 09 May 2018
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Three more PCCs selected to take on responsibility for local Fire and Rescue Services

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that three more Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are now set to take on responsibility for local Fire and Rescue Services, becoming Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners for their respective areas. The PCCs involved are John Campion...
Posted On 26 Mar 2018
Sir Thomas Winsor: Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary
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Police service “cannot continue to fill the gaps left by other agencies” warns HMIC

Police forces are having to pick up the slack as cuts in other public services increase pressure on them. In his annual ‘State of Policing’ report, Sir Thomas Winsor (Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary) draws attention to “material pressures” on...
Posted On 24 Apr 2017
Brandon Lewis MP
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Home Office funds Police and Crime Commissioners to support further police and fire collaboration

Brandon Lewis, the Minister for Policing and the Fire Service at the Home Office, has awarded £1 million from the Police Transformation Fund to nine Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for their work in developing proposals to take on the additional responsibility for the...
Posted On 13 Apr 2017
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Home Secretary grants further funding to support “transformational” policing projects

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has now awarded more than £26 million in funding over the next three years to support 28 policing projects specifically designed to help transform the police service for the future. Fiscal backing through the Police Transformation Fund is granted by way...
Posted On 13 Dec 2016
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Home Secretary re-admits 13 police forces to ‘Best Use of Stop and Search’ scheme

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has re-admitted 13 previously suspended police forces to the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme. The scheme was launched in the summer of 2014 and requires member forces to demonstrate to the public that they’re using the powers of Stop and Search...
Posted On 26 Sep 2016
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Government calls for greater collaboration between police forces in England and Wales to drive down costs

The Home Office believes that new data on police procurement highlights the need for police forces to push opportunities to collaborate in order to deliver greater value for money for the taxpayer. Since 2010-2011, forces have saved in excess of £290 million through better...
Posted On 25 Aug 2016