John Apter: chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales
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Knife Crime: Why It Cannot Be Allowed to Define a Generation

In the week that Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced new Government measures designed to help tackle knife crime, John Apter discusses why it will take more than a hashtag and “re-versioned ASBOs” to solve the problem. I have seen first-hand the devastating effect...
Posted On 01 Feb 2019
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Home Office approves Independent Office for Police Conduct guidance and concludes firearms review

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has approved revised Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) guidance which “strikes the right balance” between the need for robust investigation while also supporting firearms officers in the line of duty. The IOPC’s Section 22...
Posted On 18 Jan 2019
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Bedfordshire Police’s Airport Policing Unit adopts Project Servator at London Luton Airport

Specialist counter-terrorism tactics specifically aimed at deterring potential terrorists and would-be criminals have now been adopted by Bedfordshire Police at London Luton Airport. Bedfordshire Police’s Airport Policing Unit has formally adopted Project Servator – a...
Posted On 12 Nov 2018
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Three-quarters of retailers “concerned” over police service response to crime

The Association of Convenience Stores has responded to the publication of the Home Affairs Committee’s report into policing, urging the Government to take action to ensure that police forces are adequately resourced to deal with crime. The Association’s figures show that...
Posted On 29 Oct 2018
John Apter: chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales
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Legal proceedings lodged in wake of Government’s failure to act on police pay

The Police Federation of England and Wales has stated that formal legal proceedings will now commence following the Government’s failure to act on police pay recommendations. The staff association for police officers in England and Wales has lodged an application for Judicial...
Posted On 23 Oct 2018
John Apter: chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales
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Police Federation chair John Apter calls for “common sense” in setting police priorities

Police Federation chair John Apter has called for more “common sense” in setting police priorities. Apter has stated that rank and file members feel frustrated at being tasked with investigating trivial rows on social media, for example, at the expense of attending...
Posted On 01 Oct 2018
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Body-Worn Cameras: The Real-Time Way to Reduce Security Risk

Body-worn cameras may have started life primarily as a niche tool used in law enforcement and similar surveillance scenarios. However, due to enhancements such as an increase in battery power, their uses have expanded exponentially over the last few years, writes Richard Revis....
Posted On 18 Sep 2018
Sadiq Khan: Mayor of London
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Mayor Sadiq Khan takes decisive action to strengthen London’s Violent Crime Task Force

Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Cressida Dick and Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, are boosting the fight against violent crime in the capital by adding another 122 officers to the City Hall-funded Violent Crime Task Force for the next three months. The officers will...
Posted On 17 Sep 2018
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Government set to consult on safe use and effective regulation of drones

The Government is to consult on new measures designed to prevent the misuse of drones, including on-the-spot fines and the ability to seize them if necessary. The new measures are intended to ensure drones are being used safely in a market that’s set to grow rapidly over...
Posted On 26 Jul 2018
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Home Office confirms police officers to receive 2% pay increase in 2018-2019

Police officers will be awarded a pay rise of 2% in 2018 to 2019. This will mean that average pay for a police constable will now be more than £38,600 per year. The increase will consist of a 2% pay increase for all police officer ranks, a 2% increase to the London weighting...
Posted On 26 Jul 2018