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Serious and organised crime capabilities
Asking, tasking or control
The Association of Chief Police Officers vice president and chief constable of Humberside, Tim Hollis, reflects on the changing landscape of serious organised crime enforcement and asks whether the service is prepared for the decisions that need to be taken to deploy assets to respond to the greater intelligence picture.
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Effective policing of migrants
It can be challenging for officers to build up relationships with migrants when some stay in an area for only a short period of time, but those who remain for longer present an opportunity to reach out into the community, as Gill Green explains.
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A fine example?
The recent riots have put law and order in the political spotlight and this, in turn, has highlighted certain failings within the system, as Mev Brown explains.
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Reflections on disorder
During the recent disorder in English cities, it was ACPO’s vice president who was responsible for coordinating the initial national response. As the events are being studied for the lessons to prevent further violence, Tim Hollis reflects on the wider implications for policing and society.
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Never mind the numbers – does the governance add up?
How many forces does it take to police a country? In England & Wales the answer still seems to be 43 despite the ‘landscape’ reforms. In Scotland, the more dramatic landscape is preparing itself for clearances and a single national force, explain Fraser Sampson and John McNeill.
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The heart and corporate sole of new governance
Chris Sims, chief constable at West Midlands Police, argues that only by understanding the ‘corporate sole’ and its impact on policing can the service respond to the opportunities presented by the new police structure.
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The NCA – from why to how
Putting the plans to create a National Crime Agency (NCA) into action requires personnel matters to be considered early if the pitfalls experienced by the FBI and the NCA’s predecessor are to be avoided, Blair Gibbs discusses the issues involved.
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Guaranteed improvement?
Paul Deneen questions whether the ‘avalanche of police reforms’ actually poses huge risks to the police service rather than delivering better and improved quality of service.
As the Police Bill reaches its next stage via the House of Lords I write to express my grave concerns about the avalanche of reform currently proposed regarding the ‘Policing Landscape’ by the Home Office and that a ‘Perfect storm’ is in my view developing which will have serious long term consequences for the police service in England and Wales.
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Nothing to fear
Officers often worry their decisions will land them in trouble. Deborah Glass says the IPCC recognises why this is the case but now say reasonable and proportionate decisions will be judged favourably.
How does the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) judge the actions of individual officers when we carry out an investigation? The view of many in the police service is that we are out to nail police officers, holding them against impossibly high standards while not understanding how tough the job is and the difficult decisions that police have to make on a daily basis.
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