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In this week’s edition we have news that police recorded hate crime increased by 29 per cent in 2016/17 following the EU referendum and Westminster Bridge terror attack, a new Vetting Code of Practice has been laid in Parliament to bring greater consistency to background checks in policing and a survey by the Police Federation of England and Wales has revealed more than half of detectives believe cuts have had a dramatic impact on their morale. There is lots more news and features including a review of discussions held at last week’s Excellence in Policing conference, a controversial study has questioned whether fingerprint evidence can be considered conclusive, we examine the role of propaganda to encourage violence in the name of jihad, how a rise in the use of air weapons allows officers to identify those who may go on to commit more serious crimes, and a look into the impact of sexual harassment on young people.

Oct 18, 2017

In this week’s edition we have news that police recorded hate crime increased by 29 per cent in 2016/17 following the EU referendum and Westminster Bridge terror attack, a new Vetting Code of Practice has been laid in Parliament to bring greater consistency to background checks in policing and a survey by the Police Federation of England and Wales has revealed more than half of detectives believe cuts have had a dramatic impact on their morale. There is lots more news and features including: Reading the signs Last week’s Excellence in Policing conference tested the temperature of the service and examined how forces can tell if they and their workforces face a healthy future. Flags in the air While greatest attention is rightly given to deadly weapons, an increase in the use of less lethal guns offers the potential to identify those who go on to commit very serious offences. Making gender count As research shows the impact of sexual harassment on young people, forces across the country are beginning to recognise the damage caused by gender based hate crime. Faulty impressions New research has added to the growing doubts about the absolute infallibility of fingerprint evidence, with new recommendations urging examiners not to use context in analysis. Spreading terror Police Professional examines the role of propaganda that creates a twisted view of utopia and serves to recruit and encourage violence in the name of jihad. To view the edition click here

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