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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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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.
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<b><i>Cristina Mesder was shot with<br>an air rifle just outside her home 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.
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<b><i>Professor Joseph Kadane Faulty impressions
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.
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<b><i>Dear Catcallers – one of the ‘selfie’<br>images from the Instagram account<br>set up by student Noa Jansma Making gender count
As research shows the impact of sexual harassment on young people, forces across the country are beginning to recognise the damage caused by gender based hate crime.
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Spreading terror
Police Professional examines the role of propaganda that creates a twisted view of utopia and serves to recruit and encourage violence in the name of jihad.
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<b><i>Dr John Coxhead Managing digital evidence
In this article, the third in a regular feature, the Research Inspector looks at a new study exploring policing’s forensic digital capability.
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<b><i>Ian Blackhurst The will of the people
Ian Blackhurst examines why the success of any technology transformation lies with some very human elements.
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In the dark
Driven by the need for anonymity among dealers, new currencies are emerging within hidden areas of the internet, raising the question of whether law enforcement has the skills and powers to reach where criminals are now operating.
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<b><i>Mike Cunningham and Zoe<br>Billingham Looking to the future
All forces will soon be expected to take a forward-looking view of their performance as a new inspection regime is introduced, reducing the level of scrutiny on one hand but requiring a cultural shift to measuring capability on the other.
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