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Keeping it simple
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
Impressing customers and effective use of resources is what West Midlands Police’s new chief constable, Chris Sims, will be driving forward after taking charge of a force that is already a high performer. Taking valuable lessons learnt during his time at Staffordshire, Mr Sims will lose no time in making sure West Midlands is a force that delivers.
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A case for clarity
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
The information management world of policing encompasses a number of specialisms including data protection, freedom of information and records management. At its heart is transparency and accountability, which if maintained and upheld can lead to increased confidence in policing.
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Professional portfolio
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
One of the biggest steps to professionalising the role of senior investigating officers (SIOs) has been the establishment of a register of detectives who are fully assessed as competent in dealing with homicide and series rapes. Police Professional spoke to the first full-time registrar, Steve Maher, about the benefits to forces and all SIOs from this development.
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Continuing the challenge
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
The city of Nottingham was once reeling under an avalanche of serious violent crime, before police and partners proved that the war against violence can be won. Assistant Chief Constable Sue Fish believes the lessons learnt in Nottingham can help evolve the national push to drive serious youth violence and talks to Police Professional about her challenging role within the Government’s Tackling Knives and Serious Youth Violence Action Programme (TKAP).
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Putting problems into context
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
The philosophy of problem solving policing is to deliver long-term solutions to communities affected by crime, working closely with the public and partners using local knowledge that increases public confidence. But how do you know if the mechanisms that underpin an initiative will work? Will improved lighting deter or encourage a gang of vandals from spraying graffiti? Leading crime scientist Gloria Laycock discusses the wider context of problem orientated policing.
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Collaboration: More than a word
Executive Feature
Ever since force mergers were abandoned, the service has needed a plan detailing what needs doing and by whom to fill the gap in protective services. Fraser Sampson argues this requirement has a new imperative with medium-term finances expected to mean doing more for less.
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Fair access to the police
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
Penny Fraser and Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Sara Thornton show how the police service contributes to social mobility through opening up access to senior roles.
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Payback time
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
The Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) is now an established crime-fighting tool, used to trigger investigations into a host of crimes ranging from sex offences to dangerous street robberies. Once every frontline officer has a mainstream knowledge and understanding of the Act, we can expect to see even more success stories of criminals being stripped of their illicit assets.
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Protecting the borders
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
Gemma Ilston spoke to the UK Border Agency’s strategic director of detention and crime, David Wood, about how full-agency status has allowed it to move forward and work independently and collaboratively in the effort to defend the UK’s borders.
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SUMMER OF DISCONTENT
EXECUTIVE FEATURE
If the G20 meeting of world leaders achieved nothing else, it seems to have been the catalyst for a debate around the policing of protest in this country – which looks likely to carry on through the summer. This may be seen by some as fortuitous, as forces are gathering which may mean that this year will see the policing of disorder being seriously tested.
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