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Home Office releases first national Police Use of Force statistics for England and Wales

13 Dec 2018

New Home Office statistics show that restraint tactics, such as handcuffing, were the most common type of force used by police across England and Wales.

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The Government are right to recognise that more money is needed in policing

13 Dec 2018

The Government has today announced extra funding for policing as part of the provisional police funding settlement. Policing is continuing to make substantial savings and drive efficiencies, but the Government are right to recognise that policing has come under severe strain and that extra funding is necessary to meet the demands of the public.

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New Prevent statistics show referrals up by a fifth

13 Dec 2018

New Home Office statistics show a 20 percent increase in the number of people referred to and supported through the Prevent programme – with extreme right wing concerns up by over a third.

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NPCC Chair statement on Simon Byrne hearing outcome

12 Dec 2018

National Police Chiefs' Council Chair, Chief Constable Sara Thornton said:

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New guidance for officers on sharing information with Immigration Enforcement

07 Dec 2018

Police chiefs have agreed new guidance that establishes a national position around the sharing of information with Immigration Enforcement about victims of crime who are identified as being in the UK illegally.

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National operation to retest manipulated forensic samples continues

06 Dec 2018

Following a Randox Testing Services (RTS) report to Greater Manchester Police of alleged data manipulation within their laboratory processes, a team of experts identified that thousands of cases had been affected and a major national retesting programme was commissioned.

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Response to HMICFRS Policing and Mental Health report 'Picking up the Pieces'

27 Nov 2018

National Police Chiefs' Council lead for Mental Health and Policing, CC Mark Collins said: 

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Counter Terrorism Policing want the public's help to get Christmas security all wrapped up

18 Nov 2018

Shoppers are being asked to put security at the top of their ‘must have’ lists this Christmas.

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Clarification on today's stop and search news

12 Nov 2018

There has been a lot of confusion regarding the police use of stop and search reported in the media today. We'd like to make the following clarification.

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Election of new NPCC Chair

06 Nov 2018

Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt has been appointed to lead the National Police Chiefs’ Council from April 2019.

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NPCC Chair Sara Thornton Speech APCC and NPCC Summit 2018

31 Oct 2018

As I welcome you to our fourth joint summit, I wanted to reflect on what we have achieved working together.

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Joint NPCC and APCC statement on proposed pension changes

25 Oct 2018

The National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners have released a joint statement on comments made at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, regarding how long proposed pensions changes have been known about by police chiefs and Police and Crime Commissioners.

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NPCC response to the Home Affairs Select Committee 'Policing for the future' report

25 Oct 2018

National Police Chiefs' Council Chair, Chief Constable Sara Thornton said:

"Today's report rightly recognises that forces and officers have come under ‘serious strain’ and concludes ‘that forces are badly overstretched’ as they deal with rising crime and demand that is more complex. The committee warns that without additional funding they ‘have no doubt that there will be dire consequences for public safety’ – that warning must surely be heeded.

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NPCC responds to ONS crime statistics release

18 Oct 2018

The ONS have today released their crime statistics for the 12 months to June 2018. The stats show no change in the overall level of crime measured by the Crime Survey of England and Wales, but show a 9 per cent increase in recorded crime.

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More than a thousand companies sign up for new counter terrorism training

17 Oct 2018

Innovative online course - which is backed by retail giants M&S and John Lewis - could save lives.

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Hundreds arrested in nationally-coordinated crackdown on county lines drugs gangs

16 Oct 2018

National action to disrupt the drug dealing methodology known as county lines has led to more than 200 arrests and the safeguarding of 58 vulnerable people.

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Hate Crime Statistics

16 Oct 2018

The latest statistics on hate crimes recorded by the police and information on hate crime from the Crime Survey for England and Wales have been released.

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Police leaders to be held to account over workforce diversity in new strategy

12 Oct 2018

As part of moves to make policing more representative of its communities, police chiefs have recommended that all senior police leaders be formally assessed on their efforts to improve diversity within their operational command.

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Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council October 2018

11 Oct 2018

Police chiefs gathered for a busy Chief Constables’ Council in Cardiff this week to discuss some of the most pressing issues for policing. As ever, it gave an opportunity for chiefs to get into the detail of issues affecting the police service across the country and share their experiences on the ground.

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Round table event held on chief officer appointments

10 Oct 2018

On Monday, 8 October a roundtable event, hosted by the College of Policing, was held to bring together chiefs and police and crime commissioners to look at issues regarding chief officer recruitment and tenure.

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Counter Terrorism Policing's response to the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation's new report - 'The Terrorism Acts in 2017'

10 Oct 2018

Today, Wednesday 10 October 2018, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Max Hill QC, published his final annual report on the operation of the Terrorism Acts in 2017. 

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Chief Constable Dave Thompson: Policing is at the tipping point – and we’ve got to move on from here

10 Oct 2018

Budget cuts and a hands-off government approach to aspects of policing have meant hard choices for chief constables with consequences for the public and our people. The public’s experience is policing that is less visible, less responsive and less proactive.

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NPCC response to Channel 4's 'Dispatches'

08 Oct 2018

The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) response to tonight's Dispatches programme, which claims thousands of reported crimes are 'screened' by forces and recorded without investigation.

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Counter Terrorism Police harness popularity of BBC's 'Bodyguard' to try and attract new recruits

23 Sep 2018

Want to know what it’s like to be a real police bodyguard? 

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Police chiefs to establish a safety net if access to EU security tools is lost

18 Sep 2018

A new national unit will assist police forces to use alternatives if the UK loses access to current EU data sharing and cooperation tools, such as the European Arrest Warrant or Europol systems.  

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Police forces encouraged to increase stop and search in a week long operation against knife crime

17 Sep 2018

All forces in England and Wales are taking part in a week long operation to tackle knife crime. Operation Sceptre commences on Tuesday 18 September and will see officers increasing their use of stop and search powers, conducting weapon sweeps and targeting habitual knife carriers as well as engaging with children and young people to educate them about the risks of carrying a knife and signpost relevant support services.

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Joint statement on chief officer recruitment and tenure

14 Sep 2018

The National Police Chiefs’ Council, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the College of Policing has released a joint statement on the issue of chief officer recruitment and tenure. A round table has been set up to discuss these issues in detail.

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Police Chiefs' blog: CC Sara Thornton - Who wants to be a chief constable?

14 Sep 2018

Right now, sadly, the answer to this is too few people. We need to ask ourselves why and act on it.

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Number of terrorists brought to justice reaches 10-year high

13 Sep 2018

The number of terrorists brought to justice following Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) investigations has reached its highest level in nearly ten years, according to the latest Home Office statistics.

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