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New independent chair appointed to scrutinise a plan of action on race

03 Aug 2021

Barrister Abimbola Johnson will play a crucial role in addressing historic disparities and a confidence gap in the relationships between Black people and the police, by leading independent scrutiny of police action on inclusion and race across England and Wales.

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The Macpherson report: 22 years on

30 Jul 2021

Today’s report by the Home Affairs Select Committee examines how police have progressed against recommendations made in the Macpherson Report.  

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Demands on 999 hitting New Year's Eve levels every day

24 Jul 2021

The country’s emergency services are urging people to only use the 999 system in a genuine emergency as demand on the number continues to be high. 

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Daily contact testing announced for emergency service workers

23 Jul 2021

The Government has announced that further targeted daily contact testing is being rolled out in England to front line emergency service workers, including those in policing.

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Pay freeze for officers a hard pill to swallow

22 Jul 2021

The National Police Chiefs' Council has responded to the Government's confirmation of a pay freeze for police officers.  

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Keyless car theft warning issued by police

22 Jul 2021

The UK’s top police officer investigating vehicle crime is encouraging drivers to take steps to keep their car safe amid a rise in criminals exploiting keyless technology. 

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NPCC response to HMICFRS State of Policing report 2020

21 Jul 2021

The National Police Chiefs' Council has today (Wednesday 21 July 2021) responded to HMICFRS’ Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales.

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Police in England to have reduced role in enforcement of Covid-19 restrictions as lockdown ends

19 Jul 2021

Police in England will have a much reduced role in the enforcement of Covid-19 restrictions from today (Monday 19 July 2021) as the Government lifts most rules.

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Update on crime trends - May 2021

16 Jul 2021

Police recorded crime is three per cent lower than in the same period as 2019, provisional data from forces in England and Wales show.

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Closer working commitment by CPS and Police to close gap on rape and sexual offence prosecutions

16 Jul 2021

Prosecutors and police are today reaffirming their commitment to rape victims to work more collaboratively together from the outset of investigations to drive up the number of cases reaching court. 

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Online hate crime investigation continues following Euro 2020 final

15 Jul 2021

A dedicated police investigation team is working through a significant number of reports of racist abuse targeting England players on social media following the Euro 2020 final. 

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Police officers and staff to continue using Covid PPE

15 Jul 2021

Guidance to police officers and staff on the use of Covid PPE will remain beyond 19 July when the legal requirement is removed in England. 

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Offensive Weapons Act 2019 bans the possession of dangerous items in private

14 Jul 2021

Changes to legislation brought about by the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 mean that from today (July 14) it is now an offence to possess certain items such as knuckledusters, throwing stars and zombie knives, even in private.

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Alternatives to enforcement: police given practical guide on preventing rough sleeping

05 Jul 2021

The National Police Chiefs’ Council have partnered with Crisis, the UK’s national homelessness charity, to produce a practical guide on helping people end their rough sleeping without enforcement.

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Update on Coronavirus FPNs issued by police – June 2021

28 Jun 2021

Police in England and Wales have processed a total of 117,213 fixed penalty notices for breaches of Coronavirus restrictions up to 20 June 2021.

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Victims of domestic abuse supported in "innovative new ways" during pandemic

23 Jun 2021

The independent inspectorate of policing has praised forces for how they "responded proactively" and "made good use of technology and innovated" to support victims of domestic abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Police “committed to doing better” on rape investigations and bring more offenders to court

17 Jun 2021

The National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Rape has said the police will implement any recommendations from the end-to-end review of rape that would provide a better service for victims.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours List recognises police officers, staff and volunteers

11 Jun 2021

Police officers, staff and volunteers from forces across the country have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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Update on crime trends - April 2021

01 Jun 2021

Police recorded crime is nine per cent lower than in the same period as 2019, provisional data from forces in England and Wales show.

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Update on Coronavirus FPNs issued by police – May 2021

27 May 2021

Police in England and Wales have processed a total of 115,203 fixed penalty notices for breaches of Coronavirus restrictions up to 16 May 2021.

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Over 1,000 people arrested and almost 300 weapons seized as part of county lines crackdown

27 May 2021

More than 250 weapons have been seized and 1,100 people arrested as part of the latest county lines intensification week.

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Policing renews commitment to earn black communities' confidence

25 May 2021

A year on from George Floyd’s murder by a US police officer, policing leaders have reaffirmed their resolution to deliver changes that will earn the confidence of Black people.

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Police patrols continue as lockdown eased further

17 May 2021

Amid the encouraging signs of the lockdown easing, NPCC Chair Martin Hewitt urges people to keep following the rules, with police also playing their part to help the UK beat COVID-19. 

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First National Policing Chief Scientific Adviser announced

11 May 2021

Professor Paul Taylor has been appointed as the first National Policing Chief Scientific Adviser.

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Over 7,500 knives taken by police forces during national knife crime campaign

10 May 2021

Over 7,500 knives have been seized and surrendered as part of a coordinated effort to tackle knife crime across England and Wales.

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Update on crime trends - March 2021

05 May 2021

Police recorded crime is 12 per cent lower than in the same period as 2020, provisional data from forces in England and Wales show.

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More than a thousand stolen catalytic converters recovered following national crackdown

29 Apr 2021

Police forces across the nation have recovered over a thousand stolen catalytic converters and arrested more than 50 people as part of a joint operation to tackle catalytic converter theft.

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Update on Coronavirus FPNs issued by police – April 2021

29 Apr 2021

Police in England and Wales have processed a total of 110,322 fixed penalty notices for breaches of Coronavirus restrictions up to 18 April 2021.

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Launch of national anti-knife crime week

26 Apr 2021

Police forces across the country are intensifying efforts to tackle knife crime as part of a national week of action. Operation Sceptre will look at key themes such as prevention and education and officers will carry out targeted operations alongside partner agencies.

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Officers expected to show professionalism when using social media

23 Apr 2021

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has warned police officers and staff about inappropriate use of social media and the consequences they could face for posting or sharing offensive material. 

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