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592 February 08 2018
In this week’s edition we have news that police officer staff associations have submitted a 3.4 per cent pay claim to the PRRB, Hampshire's Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney has offered Taser to any officer with an operational need and wants to use the device and Chief Constable Anthony Bangham was forced to issue a clarification after comments at the PFEW Roads Policing Conference were misinterpreted. There is lots more news and features including a look at the lessons learnt from the search of a landfill site for missing airman Corrie McKeague, Superintendent Matt Kennerly explains how Cumbria Constabulary is transforming to cope with demand, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Lloyd details the switch from collecting ‘Open Source’ information to create an ‘Internet Investigations and Intelligence’ capability, and we explore the take-up of technology by officers following the Police ICT conference last month. We also have the latest court decisions from Westlaw and Criminal Law Week.
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591, February 1 2018
In this week’s edition we have the latest in the so-called ‘disclosure scandal’ with an action plan launched to deal with failures. We also have details of a court ruling that could have major implications for police pensions, a police and crime commissioner has failed to get approval for his budget because he wanted to increase his office costs and we have the latest chief officer appointments. Our main feature examines the role of registered intermediaries in securing best evidence from vulnerable witnesses, we also look at what is being done around the world to prevent criminals directing crime from inside prison, we examine the way South Wales Police is sharing knowledge, Rose Mary Johnston details her Winston Churchill Fellowship visits to body farms to see how one could be established in the UK and we look at how Lancashire Constabulary developed its public briefings via Amazon’s Alexa.
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590, January 25 2018
In this week’s edition we have news of an impending major miscarriage of justice due to use of unaccredited forensic services, a proposed Bill could plug serious gaps in existing stalking laws, and London’s police and crime committee has warned a new strategy could be needed to respond to changing trends in gun crime. Features this week include a look at whether forces have lost the skills to address a potential rise in metal theft, Kenny MacAskill argues that senior leaders from England have always been welcomed in Police Scotland, we explore the new popularity and impact of Xanax and examine whether offenders are evading justice by learning from television series. Also, Professor Colin Rogers evaluates the possibility that algorithms could introduce bias into decision making, and the Research Inspector looks at information from a number of definitive studies to find out ‘what works’ for the front line.
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589, January 18 2018
In this week’s edition we have news of Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Mike Veale’s “very difficult decision” of accepting the lead role at Cleveland Police, West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson has pledged to send a personal impact statement to the Crown Prosecution Service in every officer assault case and the Police ICT company announces its new chief executive. There is lots more news and features include Detective Superintendent Martin Brunning explains how international cooperation and persistence can lead to the evidence, Jamie Wilson says forces should ensure evidence can be shared more easily, Sergeant Glen Iceton proposes a debate on how stop and search can be used to clear uncertainty, we look at the proposals to limit the casualties from older motorists who are not fit to drive, forces prepare frontline staff ahead of an imminent national rollout of ANPR and we explore how Durham Constabulary is trying to reduce the rising trend of shoplifting.
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588 January 11 2018
In this week’s edition news includes the transformation of the IPCC into the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the national lead for counter terrorism and assistant commissioner Mark Rowley is to retire, the Cabinet reshuffle includes a whole new team at the Ministry of Justice, and the number of Metropolitan Police Service officers is set to fall below 30,000. There is lots more news and features including Meagan Mirza explains how new legislation will affect access and use of automatic numberplate recognition data, we look at the issues of providing for women’s basic needs in custody, Ian Blackhurst discusses the future of digital briefings, Paul Kennedy urges the police service to undergo swift digital transformation, the Research Inspector explains how looking at the spatial movements of offenders could map future thefts from vehicles and Dr Samantha Andrews puts the case for improved training and development on interviewing child victims and witnesses.
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587, January 5 2018
In this week’s edition we have the sad news of the death of an officer responding to an immediate response incident on Christmas Day and tributes have been paid to Paul Broadbent, a champion of the 'vulnerable and exploited’ whose sudden death has devastated colleagues. We also have all the New Years Honours. There is lots more news and features including a look at how Microsoft has transformed to cloud technology and how policing can learn from others doing the same, Leicestershire Police’s deputy chief constable Roger Bannister calls for more courageous communication by forces, before leaving the Independent Police Complaints Commission next week, chair Dame Anne Owers calls for greater public participation in the future of police performance and misconduct, we explore the issue of under-reporting in cyber attacks and Dr Kui Ren explains how flaws in smartphone camera sensors can identify users. We also have the latest court decisions from Westlaw.
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586 December 14 2017
In this week’s edition a legitimacy inspection from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has found unfair use of stop and search can damage relationships with local communities and the Metropolitan Police Service could see officer numbers drop to 26,900 by 2021, according to London Mayor Sadiq Khan. There is lots more news and features including the development of Albanian organised groups in the UK and why their Prime Minister wants the UK to take action, we take an in-depth look into the impact of lengthy investigations on officers’ morale, the Research Inspector examines how the University of Lincoln blends learning and research on its Police Studies Module, Superintendent Martin Cleworth explains how the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit uses ANPR to tackle County Lines drug dealing and we explore lone wolf terrorists’ development as a threat after research suggests they do not act so alone.
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585 December 7 2017
In this week’s edition we have a report by David Anderson revealing the Manchester Arena attack could have been stopped if intelligence had not been dismissed as “not terror-related”, PCCs are using hundreds of millions of pounds from reserves to support frontline policing, and a former chief constable has been forced to hand back his Queen’s Police Medal after the Queen cancelled and annulled his honour. There is lots more news and features including an in-depth interview with Police Federation of England and Wales chair Steve White on the reforms at the organisation, we examine research from Lincolnshire Police on whether crime levels are affected by turning off street lights at night, a technique has been discovered that makes it impossible for criminals to destroy fingerprints, Geoff Coliandris examines how problem solving techniques can help tackle complexities of County Lines drug dealing, and the Research Inspector looks at a review of independent advisory groups.
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584 November 30 2017
In this week’s edition we have the latest assessment of the County Lines drug dealing model, detailing the extreme violence used to control vulnerable people, figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal one in ten teenage girls suffer domestic violence and almost 300 crimes have been reported to Police Scotland regarding football-related sexual abuse. There is lots more news and features include former Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill suggests ways Police Scotland can put its leadership back on track following the latest setbacks, tools used to validate the authenticity of artwork are now finding a use in forensic science, we explore how online platforms are being used by gangs of youths to stir hatred and violence, Alex Connock looks at how the portrayal of policing on TV affects the public’s perception and we examine how UK policing can learn from a new model for data-driven performance management to provide transparency on issues beyond just crime.
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583 November 23 2017
In this week’s edition we have news of how 50 cases of drug-driving have been dropped after the manipulation of more than 10,000 forensic samples, the Protect the Protectors' Bill will return to the House of Commons in April after passing its committee stage and the Metropolitan Police Service has confirmed a final death toll of 71 in the Grenfell Tower fire. Lots more news and features include a look at the impact early intervention can have on domestic abuse, police and crime commissioners and police chiefs discuss reforms to the criminal justice system, with crack cocaine use on the rise we explore why it is such a difficult drug to tackle, and Ian Macdonald explains the importance of stop and search in reducing knife crime. The Research Inspector also discusses the contributory factors and motivations for ‘hit-and-run’ collisions.
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