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In this week’s edition we have news that a chief officer has received a written warning after he tried to help a colleague who was seeking promotion, figures suggest officers are releasing suspects under investigation to avoid the 28-day cap on pre-charge bail, and 34 per cent of officers supported the routine arming of all colleagues in a national firearms survey. There is lots more news and features including a look into the use of mediums in major investigations, Professor Michael Zander explains the progress being made to implement new changes to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, we explore whether rehabilitation initiatives are working as reoffending rates soar, a new test that can quickly detect cocaine ingestion could change the criminal justice system, and the Sentencing Council explains the decision-making process surrounding trials for historical crimes. The Research Inspector also provides an analysis of studies into anti-social behaviour and cybercrime.

Sep 27, 2017

In this week’s edition we have news that a chief officer has received a final written warning after he tried to help a colleague who was seeking promotion, figures suggest officers are releasing suspects under investigation to avoid the 28-day cap on pre-charge bail, and 34 per cent of officers supported the routine arming of all colleagues in the first national firearms survey from the Police Federation of England and Wales in 11 years. There is lots more news and features including: ASB: All sorts of behaviour In this the second in a regular feature, the Research Inspector looks at new research on anti-social behaviour and cybercrime. Keeping PACE Major changes to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act will impact decisions to detain suspects and vulnerable people. Professor Michael Zander explains the progress being made to implement the new legislation in a custody environment. Revolution on the rocks? Figures showing reoffending at record levels and the patterns of drug use in prisons are causing concerns that rehabilitation initiatives are not having a positive effect. Sentencing for the past As celebrities and high profile cases are brought to trial years after the offences were committed, the outcomes can be difficult to apply and understand. In this third in the series of articles explaining the courts’ decision-making, the Sentencing Council explains how they are constrained by the law as it stood many years ago. Pointers from the grave Mediums constantly offer information on major investigations and have been a major distraction on high-profile events in the past. Police Professional examines whether they are ever able to prove their value. Sharper analysis A new test that can quickly detect cocaine ingestion could offer much wider benefits for law enforcement and medical practitioners. Police Professional reports. To view the edition click here

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