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In this week’s edition we have an analysis of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s State of Policing report which suggests policing is seen as the “first resort” for people suffering mental health crises, the London Assembly has called on Mayor Sadiq Khan to take a “visible lead” in tackling female genital mutilation and National Crime Agency research says teenagers who might never offend become cybercriminals to prove their skills on the internet. There is lots more news and features including a look into the challenges for policing from ‘driverless cars’ that are to be introduced from 2018, forces propose tactics that have been successful in dealing with dangerously ridden scrambler bikes, and we explore the growing trend of acid attacks as recent figures reveal the crime has risen sharply in the past four years.
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In this week’s edition we have news of more than 1,300 Police Service of Northern Ireland officers who are suing their force for holiday pay following a landmark court ruling in 2014, the Crown Prosecution Service insists Theresa May’s call for a snap election will have no impact on the timing of decisions on whether to prosecute Conservative MP’s accused of breaching general election spending limits, and the use of Taser has increased by nine per cent, which has been attributed to an uplift in trained officers nationwide. There is lots more news and features include a look at the growing number of prolific offenders making off after dining out and we explore just how much evidence can be recovered from hair left at a crime scene.
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In this week’s edition we have coverage of PC Keith Palmer’s funeral which saw thousands of officers from around the UK and even the US take to London to pay their respects. We also have an update on the deadly truck attack in Stockholm, and details of the Pitchford inquiry have emerged, set to cost the Metropolitan Police Service £15 million by the end of 2017. There is lots more news and features including Dr Daryl Kenny writing on the measures available to manage demands on policing, we examine how much detail can be remembered by officers involved in shooter incidents both immediately and in the days following, we also look at how easily eyewitness statements can be ‘contaminated’, West Midlands Police explains how it is using data to assess the likelihood of someone turning to crime, and researchers discuss if occupation is still a relevant factor in providing the opportunity for serial killers.
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In this week’s edition we have news of incoming Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Cressida Dick offering to be paid £40,000 less than her predecessor for “personal reasons”, a scathing report on Scotland’s forensic services reveals a lack of funding and availability leading to inconsistent treatment of victims of sexual crime, and a chief constable suggests ‘class snobbery’ is behind media criticism of police leadership. We have lots more news and features this week explore University College London plans to establish a unique facility to ensure all evidence presented to court is “fully robust”, the alarming growth of steroid use and the concern it presents for forces, how the vast amount of data possessed by insurance companies could be vital in supporting investigations, and how Hertfordshire Constabulary is coordinating its response to the rise of human trafficking.
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549 March 30 2017
In this week’s edition we have the latest updates on the deadly Westminster attack, new security arrangements including Tasers to be used at the Scottish parliament, internet giants have been urged to take a harder line on child sex crimes and extremism, plus the reaction and debate on the proposal to recruit people from outside policing directly to chief constable positions. There is lots more news and features include an analysis of the effectiveness of gang injunctions, Dr Dainis Ignatans explains research that shows how immigrants have different expectations of the police, a look into the murder of Norma Bell and how the possibility of secondary DNA transfer could have halted the investigation, and we also look at some of the recent developments in criminals’ attempts to circulate counterfeit money.
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548 March 23 2017
In this week’s edition we have news about welcome changes to legislation that will allow officers to pursue offenders for a new offence of grooming online, a police and crime commissioner launches a parliamentary campaign to address a “travesty” that means pensions of two officers killed on duty are treated differently, and London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime has commissioned a HMIC inspection into failures to properly investigate electoral fraud. We have lots more news and features including a view from the Strategic Command Course graduation, Professor Rob Briner explains how using evidence-based management could help chief officers make unbiased and informed decisions, senior figures in homicide investigation discuss a number of case studies to highlight the importance of critical decisions following the death of a child and our cover feature looks at the prominence of Eastern European organised gangs in jewellery raids, and what is being done to combat them.
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547 March 16 2017
This week’s edition includes news of an IPCC Commissioner temporarily leaving her post as Police Scotland investigates suppression of evidence claims, the MPS launches an unprecedented appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling stating it breached the human rights of two rape victims and an officer and two detention staff have been cleared of the manslaughter of Thomas Orchard. Features include insight from police and crime commissioner Jason Ablewhite into how seven forces are planning on making savings through a collaborative procurement arrangement, a look into how Merseyside Police is cracking down on scrambler bike crime, a study led by a top Psychology lecturer suggests that consuming alcohol can ‘protect’ the memory from misleading information in a witness statement, and we look into how a force managed to convict a mother for the murder of her daughter and broke down a family conspiracy. We also have the latest court decisions from Criminal Law Week.
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546 March 09 2017
This week’s edition includes reaction over the decision by the UK's current longest serving chief constable to make way for his second in command; a study reveals Muslim converts are four times more likely to become terrorists than those who are born into the religion; and local councils and fire authorities plead with the Government to lower the drink-drive limit by almost half. Look out for an incisive analysis of HMIC's report into forces’ performance which details how some are suppressing demand, leading to an ad-hoc rationing of police services as well as how authorities are finding ways to combat criminals that hide their digital communications through encryption. A former chief constable explains how technology-enabled policing could efficiently reduce crime to a great extent plus the growing trend of nitrous oxide becoming more popular than cigarettes among young people and why the drug should be taken very seriously. We also have the latest cases from Criminal Law Week.
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545 March 02 2017
In this week's edition we announce Cressida Dick's appointment as the first female commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service It's the first time policing's three most senior roles are all held by women. New faces are also to be seen with senior appointments at the National Crime Agency and the Home Office. Features include a world of 'Effectiveness' and a force that is likely to upset Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Also investigators from Denmark’s specialist cybercrime unit have developed software that could see many users leave the dark web, while award-winning analyst used digital evidence to charge five people for a crime which seemed unsolvable. University of South Wales' Daniel Welch examines how the new law on domestic violence has been implemented and enforced, and more pertinently, whether its aims are being met. Our cover feature cuts to the quick (and the dead) on the real potential of DNA, and how some officers have become too reliant on it.
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544 February 23 2017
In this week’s edition news includes Humberside’s police and crime commissioner’s (PCC’s) explanation of why he forced the chief constable to retire, there is opposition to new guidance on post incident procedures, insisting officers must be separated after a fatal event, and a PCC has begun the formal process to take on fire service governance and combine support services saving £30 million. Features include a debate on the effectiveness of spit guards, a look at the underlying reasons behind a recent spike in gun crime and the tactics to combat it, and how the force that introduced polygraph testing is using the technology in new and innovative ways. In our cover feature, Chief Constable Ian Spittal explains how he is reforming the troubled Cleveland Police and removing skeletons from the cupboard.
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