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Please talk
Today is #Timetotalk day, in recognition of the difficulties caused by mental ill health, and the need to express how we are feeling if we are to confront it as an individual and within our organisations.
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The roads to Scotland will be busy today.
After Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland published a report into call handling at Police Scotland contact centres following the M9 tragedy, the pressure has been on the national force over the way it manages calls for assistance.
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Going to the polls
Well tomorrow is meant to be the biggest day in four years for policing governance; the public will decide who is responsible for policing in their force area until 2020.
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From the Editor When honesty can make policing look stupid
From the Editor
There has been a significant change in the way police forces, and other agencies, expose their decision-making and tactics to public scrutiny in the name of transparency. Though this openness has not always been truly understood by the media. This has led to conflicts, not least in the wake of the Leveson inquiry, which limited off-the-record briefings to journalists.
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Speaking up for democracy
From the Editor
Today sees another attempt to blunt the influence of chief officers. In a Westminster Hall debate this afternoon, a Kent MP will lead an attack on the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) saying it is undemocratic and unnecessary.
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PCCs get £20m to encourage innovation
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Around £20 million will be made available to police and crime commissioners (PCC) to encourage innovation in policing, the Government has announced.
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Digging deep
From the Editor
The farce that has been the suspension, end of suspension and re-suspension of Stuart Hyde this week illustrates the kind of mess that can result in a police and crime commissioner (PCC) floundering in the legislation governing chief constable scrutiny.
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Matters of proportion
From the Editor
As I write this the chief constable of Lincolnshire is preparing for the judicial review over his suspension. The decision to seek legal recourse has forced the police and crime commissioner (PCC) to break his incomprehensible silence on the matter.
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Who's your commissioner? Do people really care?
Police Professional’s Managing Editor, Paul Lander, assesses how the public reacted to the opportunity to elect police and crime commissioners and whether visibility is the best measure of their success given the lack of awareness even after so much recent publicity.
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