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Maximum Performance
Best Practice
The past ten years have seen forces focus on driving up their sanction detection rates following tough targets set by the Home Office. Sanction detections are a key focus of the performance indicators and as a result the trend nationally is improving. However, trends have varied over the last two decades. Home Office figures demonstrate a gradual decline from 27 per cent to 17.35 per cent between 1988 and 1996.
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The business of rape
Expert Opinion
The announcement of a new police operation to tackle the so-called sex industry is supported by a range of horrifying statistics. Prompting further debate about the adequacy of our laws, the reported figures question our ability to protect the (under) estimated 4,000 victims of sexual exploitation in the United Kingdom.
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Learning Points
Case Study
On September 9, 2007, Bachan Athwal, 70, and her son Sukhdave, 43, were sentenced to life imprisonment following their conviction in July at the Old Bailey of the ‘honour killing’ of Surjit Athwal, 27, a Heathrow customs officer. The perpetrators – the victim’s husband and mother-in-law – were convicted following investigations involving many officers and visits to India, believed to be the scene of the crime. It is to be noted that the names of witnesses are withheld.
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Research shows alcohol is most common date rape drug
Forensics
Research suggests that young women in Northern Ireland are leaving themselves vulnerable to rape or serious sexual assault because of their binge drinking.
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Scientists develop method for improving DNA analysis
Forensics
Scientists from the Department of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College and the Kimmel Cancer Centre in America have shared a patent on what may someday be a ubiquitous tool in DNA analysis.
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Scientists developing technology that identifies terrorist behaviour
Forensics
Computer and behavioural scientists at the University of Buffalo in America are developing automated systems that track faces, voices, bodies and other biometrics against scientifically tested behavioural indicators to provide a numerical score of the likelihood that an individual may be about to commit a terrorist act.

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CEOP Academy launched
Investigative News
An invention that revolutionises the way police and intelligence agencies combat hi-tech crime has won an award for innovation.
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Forensic scientists need time to develop research
Forensics
Forensic scientists need to be freed up from solving crimes so they can research how their talents can best be used to fight crime, a New Zealand Institute of Environmental Science and research leader says.
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More success for Surrey Police’s Serious Crime Investigation Team
Investigative News
The six men who masterminded the thwarted Group 4 Securicor plot have been jailed for a total of 70 years.
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Electrochemical method can read fingerprints more easily
Forensics
Swiss scientists have developed a way to detect fingerprints by measuring the chemical traces they leave on a surface.
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