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<b><i>David Cameron: Levels of violence<br>in prisons is 'scandalous'</b></i? Prime Minister: My plan to shift high offending rates in ‘worsening state of prisons’
A major Government drive to cut the number of offenders who return to jail shortly after release is being launched today as experts warn of a rocketing prison population creating “18th century conditions”.
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<b><i>Lord Brittan: Died unaware<br>the case had been dropped</b></i> Review gives broad support to MPS inquiry into Lord Brittan rape allegation
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) was "totally justified" in carrying out a thorough investigation into claims of sex abuse by Lord Brittan.
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Police Professional’s PCC election run-down
On Thursday May 5, people across England and Wales will vote to decide who will become their next local police and crime commissioner (PCC).
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<b><i>NCA analysis: online dating<br>rapists less known to police</b></i> NCA: New breed of rapist emerges connected to online dating
Allegations of stranger rapes linked to dating websites have soared, according to analysis by the National Crime Agency (NCA).
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<b><i>Expats contravened Thai laws<br>by having too many cards</b></i> Bridge too far as police arrest club members for ‘playing with wrong cards’
Police are insistent that a group of mainly British expat pensioners arrested and questioned for hours over suspicions of illegal gambling did not “play their cards right”.
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<b><i>Kenny MacAskill: tawdry<br>tale with few stars</b></i> The IOCCO Affair
Kenny MacAskill says the bigger picture has been lost in the long running saga over interception of journalists' sources.
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Expanding evidence-based practice
Police Professional attends this year's Society of Evidence Based Policing conference to learn how work is being done to build bridges, help the vulnerable and expand the police knowledge base.
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This week has been another busy one for everyone concerned with policing: there has been a dramatic increase in the number of ‘prominent’ figures being investigated for historical child sex offences under Operation Hydrant, a leaked Independent Police Complaints Commission report has criticised Cumbria Constabulary’s response to the death of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington and former Surrey chief constable Lynne Owens, was at the centre of events after the police and crime commissioner claimed he was considering dismissing her over “significant concerns” about the force’s public protection arrangements.
We feature the proposals for accrediting serving officers’ skills and the requirement for new officers to have a degree or join as an apprentice constable, an interview with College of Policing chief executive Alex Marshall on their implications and former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill gives a counter-argument.

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Levels of recognition
The future of recruitment and promotion looks very different after the College of Policing announced proposals to accredit the ability of officers to deal with an increasingly complex world, requiring new appointees to be graduates and senior officers to hold even higher-level qualifications.
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Restoring evidence
Dr Emily Gray and Daniel Burn explain the development of good practice in restorative justice and new research to inform how best to ensure it is used in forces.
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