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NPCC response to National child safeguarding practice review into murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson.

26 May 2022

NPCC lead for Child Protection, Deputy Chief Constable Ian Critchley responds to the national review. 

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Police week of action sees increase in knives removed from the streets

26 May 2022

Operation Sceptre, the national police campaign to tackle knife crime, took place from Monday 16 May to Sunday 22 May 2022, has seen an increase in the amount of knives removed from our streets.

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Police action plan released to address race disparities affecting Black people, changing a legacy of distrust

24 May 2022

The Police Race Action Plan released by National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the College of Policing sets out the commitment of Chief Constables in England and Wales to become an anti-racist police service and to explain or reform race disparities.

The plan will now be subject to further independent scrutiny with the public, police officers and staff and experts invited to share their views before it is finalised in December 2022.

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Police issue warning to online sex offenders after work by covert officers leads to more than 1,300 arrests

20 May 2022

People using the internet to abuse children have been warned that they will be caught, with police revealing that the work of covert online officers has led to more than 1,300 arrests in England and Wales over the past year.

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National Week of Action to Tackle Knife Crime launched

16 May 2022

Operation Sceptre, an initiative to tackle knife crime, starts today, Monday 16th May. All 43 forces and the British Transport Police will take part in intensified efforts to crack down on knife-enabled crime and violence.

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Retired Chief Constable Simon Cole made a tremendous contribution to national policing before his sad death

12 Apr 2022

As condolences and reflections of Simon are shared, we wanted to reflect on his contribution to policing nationally. 

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Police outline how they will measure the impact of the Violence Against Women and Girls through a new outcomes and performance framework

06 Apr 2022

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and College of Policing have published a new framework setting out how they will measure the impact of the new policing Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) framework published in December 2021, which requires all police forces to take action to improve how they tackle VAWG.

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Offensive Weapons Act 2019 restrict access to dangerous weapons

06 Apr 2022

Changes to legislation brought about by the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 mean that from today (April 6) it will be harder for young people to buy dangerous weapons, both at the point of sale and delivery.

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Policing mourns death of former Leicestershire Chief Constable Simon Cole QPM

30 Mar 2022

Following the sad news of the death of retired Chief Constable Simon Cole, who died this morning at the age of 55, National Police Chiefs' Council Chair Martin Hewitt said:

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Over 1,400 arrested and 671 vulnerable people safeguarded in county lines week of action

18 Mar 2022

National county lines intensification week, which targets drug traffickers who often recruit children and vulnerable adults to supply drugs across the country, ran from Monday, 7th to Sunday, 13th March. All forces in England and Wales engaged in operations to crackdown on county lines.

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Update on Coronavirus FPNs issued by forces in England and Wales, and the payment of FPNs

16 Mar 2022

This publication covers the enforcement, processing and payment of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) by police forces in England and Wales to the 27 February 2022. It also provides an updated snapshot of UK wide police absence, covering officers and staff.

This statistical publication is intended to be the final national level release of its kind, owing to the gradual ending of restrictions in England and Wales.

For more information on statistics and enforcement by forces following this release, please refer to the ACRO Criminal Records Office, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service and individual forces.

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Forces across the nation crack down on metal crime

04 Mar 2022

Police forces across the nation visited over 600 premises and made 30 arrests as part of a seven-day crackdown on metal crime and money laundering in the waste industry.

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Police progress against new framework on violence against women and girls

01 Mar 2022

Police forces are making good progress in implementing wide-ranging action to improve the police response to violence against women and girls. 

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NPCC responds to release of latest report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

02 Feb 2022

Yesterday, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) published a report focussing on child sexual abuse and exploitation by organised networks.

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Met/NPCC statement – compensation awarded in Investigatory Powers Tribunal case

25 Jan 2022

A joint statement from the Met and the National Police Chiefs’ Council, following an order made by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal

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Update on the national police absence rate and Coronavirus FPNs issued by forces in England and Wales

11 Jan 2022

This release covers the enforcement and processing of Fixed Penalty Notices by police forces in England and Wales to the 19 December 2021. It also provides a snapshot of UK wide police absence, covering officers and staff.

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Officers and staff recognised in Queen's New Year's Honours List

31 Dec 2021

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

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Violent men who harm women warned that police are increasing action against them

15 Dec 2021

Police in England and Wales will take wide-ranging action to deliver a fundamental shift in priority of violence against women and girls and give victims a consistently high standard of service wherever they are.

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Forces to crack down on drink and drug driving this Christmas

03 Dec 2021

Police chiefs warn anyone getting behind the wheel after a festive drink or two that they face the prospect of ending up behind bars this Christmas.

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Over 9,639 knives removed from the streets as part of police week of action

29 Nov 2021

Operation Sceptre, the regular police operation to tackle knife crime, took place between Monday, 15 November to Sunday, 21 November.

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National Police Chiefs’ Council Launch National Week of Action to Tackle Knife Crime

15 Nov 2021

Operation Sceptre, a weeklong initiative to tackle knife crime, starts today, Monday 15th November. All 43 forces (England and Wales) and the British Transport Police will take part in the efforts to crack down on knife-enable crime and violence.

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Update on Coronavirus FPNs issued by police – October 2021

02 Nov 2021

Police in England and Wales have processed a total of 118,438 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for breaches under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 and subsequent amendments.

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Independent Chair seeks scrutiny board for police action plan on inclusion and race

28 Oct 2021

Independent experts with a passion for championing inclusion and race equality have been invited to apply their skills and experience to address long-standing challenges in the relationship between Black people and the police.   

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NPCC Chair Martin Hewitt responds to today's Budget

27 Oct 2021

Police chiefs welcome the certainty provided to policing by the multi-year settlement, and will work closely with the Home Office and partners in the run up to the police pay review process

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Over 1,400 arrested in a national week-long operation on county lines drug dealing

21 Oct 2021

National county lines intensification week, which targets drug traffickers who often recruit children and vulnerable adults to supply drugs across the country, ran from Monday, 11th to Sunday, 17th October. All forces in England and Wales engaged in operations to crackdown on county lines.

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National Police Chiefs' Council welcome announcement of inquiry

05 Oct 2021

National Police Chiefs' Council Chair, Martin Hewitt, has welcomed the inquiry announced today into the issues raised by the conviction of Sarah Everard's murderer and set out what policing must do to rebuild women's trust.

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Martin Hewitt responds to sentencing of Sarah Everard's murderer

30 Sep 2021

National Police Chiefs' Council Chair, Martin Hewitt, has responded to today's whole-life sentence given to Sarah Everard's murderer.

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Police Chiefs’ Blog: Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe – reflections on the fight against violence against women and girls after latest police inspectorate report

17 Sep 2021

Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe, National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Violence and Public Protection blogs on the final report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on violence against women and girls. 

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Police update notice for permission to search for relevant information on digital devices

16 Sep 2021

A new Digital Processing Notice and supporting information to gain permission for searching digital devices has been launched across police forces in England and Wales. It will improve how they obtain digital evidence during investigations and give greater assurance to victims and all those involved in the process.

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