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Accountability in law
The case of Daniels v Chief Constable of South Wales at the Court of Appeal reaffirms the rules governing police immunity from civil action. John Riddell considers the implications of the ruling in proceedings that resulted from the high-profile Lynette White murder.
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Publicising disciplinary procedures
George Thomas examines changes to the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 and their likely effect.
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Areas of continuing legal risk
A review of the reported legal decisions in 2014 relating to policing demonstrates that many of the old risk areas for litigation continued to trouble chief police officers, and increasingly police and crime commissioners, as George Thomas explains.
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Striking a balance
Nick Peel examines a case that highlights the difficult balance between respecting individual rights and the wider protection of others
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Data retention: lack of harmony?
The Draft Communications Data Bill was scrapped, but rumours of quashed convictions are greatly exaggerated, explains Simon McKay.
The controversy surrounding the use of covert policing techniques in the UK has rarely been out of the news in recent years. Whether it is undercover police officers sleeping with female members of protest groups they have infiltrated, or confusion over whether a voicemail that had been listened to could be ‘intercepted’ which resulted in a new investigation (and prosecutions) surrounding phone hacking, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, which governs such activities, has entered a new epoch
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What did you miss? Ten hot legal topics of 2013
Legal Update
George Thomas identifies ten areas where there have been significant legal decisions that have the potential to impact directly on the day-to-day business of policing, from street arrests to working with police and crime commissioners.
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Difficult decisions
The unsuccessful prosecution of three senior fire officers for gross negligence manslaughter following the Atherstone-on-Stour fire caused widespread resentment and protest within the fire service and uncertainty over future enforcement action against the emergency services in similar circumstances. Peter James considers the implications for police leaders.
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Culture change in challenging times
Executive Feature
Transforming policing by enhancing resilience
Challenging times require forces to change their culture, with a focus on creating resilience to bring about positive and lasting benefits in organisational effectiveness, as Kusum Sahdev explains.

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MPs criticise police response to riots
The police failed to appreciate the magnitude of the riots while the tense situation was made worse by failures of communication on the part of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), a Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) report concluded.
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A licence to swear – fact or fiction?
Legal update
Andrew Steel looks behind the headlines and explains what the recent judgement on swearing at police officers actually means.
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