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<b><i>Chief Constable Mick Creedon: This<br>'reflects a mistake' by the force Force admits trying to keep rapist’s identity secret was ‘a mistake’
A chief constable has conceded his force was wrong to try to protect a Polish sex offender’s identity amid fears that public attention might have added fuel to existing racial tensions in the area.
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<b><i>Theresa May: The force must<br>recognise the truth and accept it Home Secretary declines ‘root and branch’ investigation into South Yorkshire Police
The Home Secretary has refused a request to apply remedial measures to South Yorkshire Police in the wake of its ‘shambolic’ response to the Hillsborough Inquest.
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<B><I>New roles: Ian Critchley <br>and Julia Cooke </i> </b> New ACCs for Merseyside
Merseyside Police has become the latest force to announce changes to its chief officer team, with confirmation of the appointment of two new assistant chief constables.
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<b><i>Colin Pitchfork: initially<br>evaded DNA screening</b><i> First man convicted using DNA takes first step towards release
Colin Pitchfork, the first killer to be convicted as the result of a DNA profile, has been refused parole, but recommended for transfer to an open prison.
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<b><i>David Blunkett: People 'not <br>responsible' for the disaster</b></i> Lord Blunkett: Don't penalise South Yorkshire in pursuit of Hillsborough justice
Former Home Secretary David Blunkett has insisted the 'caring' people of South Yorkshire must not be penalised – or frontline policing suffer – in the pursuit of justice for the Hillsborough victims.
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<b><I>Public image – Facebook posting<br>of Damon Searson and<BR>Terri-Marie Palmer </b></i> Social investigations
Apps and social media are a burden and a godsend. Police Professional examines recent cases to identify how investigators can ensnare criminals by using all digital means available.
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<b> <i> Ayessha Ali </i> </b> Unravelling a web of lies
The death of an eight year old led to the bizarre discovery of false identities and relationships created through social media, which ultimately provided the evidence of guilt. Detective Chief Inspector Gary Lloyd explains how the case unfolded.
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<B> <I> Chief Superintendent Chris Haward </B> </I> A process for collaboration
What works for one force might not necessarily work for another – especially in an area as complex as operational support collaboration. Police Professional looks at a successful example to find lessons on achieving the right solution.
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Targeted policing
Jonathan Shepherd, Vivienne Avery and Saifur Rahman examine how data from accident and emergency departments can reveal ‘invisible’ violence hotspots and gang crime activity.
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503 28 April, 2016
This week’s edition is dominated by the Hillsborough disaster inquests’
verdicts, which apportion blame to the police, ambulance and Sheffield
Wednesday, and completely exonerate the 96 fans who lost their lives, and the Liverpool supporters.
Also included: Home Secretary Theresa May and senior policing figures join the Brexit debate, major discrepancies emerge between the Crime Survey for
England and Wales and police recorded crime and the Government has
announced tough new proposals to combat money laundering.
Much more news plus features this week include: an examination of how data from accident and emergency departments can reveal ‘invisible’ violence hotspots and gang crime activity; discussions on operational support collaboration; the latest on social media and digital investigation techniques; plus we have a major case study that concluded by unravelling false identities and social media relationships.

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