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New demands and lower officer costs make PCSO role redundant
On October 19, Norfolk Constabulary announced the introduction of a radical new policing model, one that has taken two years to formulate and based on lengthy consultation and what it says is evidence of policing initiatives that work in the county. However, it is a model that is likely to spark significant media headlines as all 150 police community support officers (PCSOs) were told that they could soon be made redundant.
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578 October 19 2017
In this week’s edition we have news that police recorded hate crime increased by 29 per cent in 2016/17 following the EU referendum and Westminster Bridge terror attack, a new Vetting Code of Practice has been laid in Parliament to bring greater consistency to background checks in policing and a survey by the Police Federation of England and Wales has revealed more than half of detectives believe cuts have had a dramatic impact on their morale. There is lots more news and features including a review of discussions held at last week’s Excellence in Policing conference, a controversial study has questioned whether fingerprint evidence can be considered conclusive, we examine the role of propaganda to encourage violence in the name of jihad, how a rise in the use of air weapons allows officers to identify those who may go on to commit more serious crimes, and a look into the impact of sexual harassment on young people.
Reading the signs
Last week’s Excellence in Policing conference tested the temperature of the service and examined how forces can tell if they and their workforces face a healthy future.
Flags in the air
While greatest attention is rightly given to deadly weapons, an increase in the use of less lethal guns offers the potential to identify those who go on to commit very serious offences.
New research has added to the growing doubts about the absolute infallibility of fingerprint evidence, with new recommendations urging examiners not to use context in analysis.