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The Information Systems Improvement Strategy – the case for change
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
Since 2004, in the aftermath of the Soham murder investigation and the recommendations made by Sir Michael Bichard in his inquiry report, the police service has made some significant progress in the way in which intelligence and vetting information is managed.
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OPERATION QUEST...
A resounding success story or an expensive Home Office project? Temporary Chief Superintendent Dave Miller, on secondment to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, talks to Police Professional about his personal view of the operation and the benefits and challenges that it provides.
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Forensics21 A national approach to remote transmission of crime scene marks
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) is taking the lead in delivering time savings and efficiencies to the police service through the remote transmission of crime scene marks – direct to the fingerprint bureau. Dr Simon Bramble gives an overview of this project, which is part of the Forensics21 programme.
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Identifying expert performance
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
University of Teesside’s Mark Butler believes competency assessments of crime scene investigators would be a valuable way to identify expert performance.
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Restoring the faith
Restorative justice could be an effective tool in raising the public’s confidence in the police service in England and Wales. Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, Cheshire Police, discusses the method and explains its background.
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Finding the vulnerable
The head of the Metropolitan Police Service’s anti-trafficking unit said that the 211 cases the team has dealt with in two years are only the “tip of the iceberg”. Although there is currently no real way of knowing the true scale of the crime, enough evidence exists to warrant it becoming core police business. Police Professional reports.
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Citizen-focused policing
Neighbourhood policing in Staffordshire is set to reap the benefits of a new web-based resource, giving officers, staff and members of the public real-time information about communities’ issues – and what’s being done to tackle them. Police Professional reports.
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Room for improvement
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland (HMICS) has published the findings from its report on performance management in the Scottish police forces. Although largely positive, the report uncovered issues with the consistency of data – a problem that must be ‘urgently addressed’.
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Ministerial commitment
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
Alan Campbell has been the Home Office minister with responsibility for drugs for just over two months and was questioned about the Government’s approach to policing this area.
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Combating cannabis
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
Dr Daniel Silverstein, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth, has taken an academic approach to the subject of combating cannabis cultivation in a global market.
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