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Road to safety
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Police officers are at the front line of witnessing the deadly and life-changing outcomes of road crashes, and are well placed to make an important contribution to this year’s national Road Safety Week, due to take place from November 23-29.
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Policing and mental health
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Every day, the police service interacts with people who have a mental disorder, either as victims, witnesses or offenders. Usually this interaction is at a time of crisis and often results in a somewhat disjointed response by the police and other agencies. Deputy Chief Constable Phil Gormley describes how ACPO has been developing guidance and training in conjunction with the NHS and other key partners to improve the inter-agency response to such people.
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Bridging the gap
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A comparison between the reputation of the police and the private sector is interesting, however, it is the comparison between perceptions and expectations that provides the key measure of how well the police provides a service the public wants, according to a major project undertaken by police in the Netherlands.
Paul Lander visited Rotterdam to see how recognised tools can bridge the gap.

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Refreshing the agenda
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In his first interview since becoming Policing Minister, David Hanson speaks to Police Professional about the Government’s priorities before, leading into, and beyond a general election.
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Citizen focus: a forensic perspective
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Citizen focus underlines the important role neighbourhood policing has in increasing public confidence. However, when looked at within the context of forensic investigation, the service delivered to the public can be improved further. Norfolk Constabulary’s head of forensic investigation, Alan Gilbert, writes.
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Quest for solutions
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As the credit crunch continues to bite, it is inevitable that the police service will face difficult times ahead with the global recession forcing organisations to make significant cost savings while delivering exemplary services. Lancashire Constabulary’s chief constable and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) lead on business process re-engineering and Quest, Steve Finnigan, explains how business process re-engineering could help forces find solutions to the problems that lie ahead.
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A supporting role
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Dave Hudson, temporary assistant chief constable seconded from Essex Police, is head of the NPIA’s newly-rolled-out capability support function. He spoke to Police Professional about the truly supportive role the initiative’s peer teams can provide to forces requiring support and advice.
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Shift work and sleep
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In the Calgary Police Service, Alberta, Canada, management and union leaders are conducting a long-term, research-based programme to find the best shift and scheduling arrangements and to change cultural attitudes about sleep and fatigue. Clinical Assistant Doctor Charles Samuels, medical director of the Centre for Sleep and Human Performance at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine, writes.
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Cooperation is key
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Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) chief executive Peter Lewis talks to Police Professional about how strong working relationships between police and prosecutors can inspire greater confidence in the criminal justice system.
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Shared Insight
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The five East Midlands forces of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire have a strong background in the individual use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). As a region, they are now able to make effective application of the technology as a shared enforcement tool against serious and organised criminality. Project Insight has provided the analytical capability to ensure that ANPR can be utilised on the basis of shared and effective intelligence.
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