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New Senior National Coordinator for CT Policing announced

18 Oct 2016

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu has been appointed as the new Senior National Coordinator for counter terrorism policing . DAC Basu succeeds Deputy Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball who has performed the role of Senior National Coordinator for counter terrorism policing since August 2013 during a time of unprecedented demand.

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Immigration status checks by police are just one of many tools used by police to apprehend foreign national offenders

14 Oct 2016

Report from the Independent Chief Inspector indicates that police do not always refer foreign nationals to the centralised unit for checks on immigration status - this is only part of the broader policing strategy. 

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Counter Terrorism Police and NHS initiative reducing risk by improving mental health provision

14 Oct 2016

Ground breaking pilot project helping vulnerable people to access support.

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Over 13,500 people seek help from charity on indecent images of children

13 Oct 2016

Police chiefs say with at least 50, 000 people viewing indecent images of children, enforcement alone cannot solve this problem – more needs to be done to prevent abuse in the first place.

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Increases in hate crime incidents driven by better reporting

13 Oct 2016

New figures released by the Home Office show that the 19 per cent increase in hate crime this year is driven in part by greater public confidence in how police support victims. 

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Modern slavery is a vile and complex crime which the police are determined to help eradicate

12 Oct 2016

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has responded to today's annual report 2015/16 from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

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Move towards “child-centred” policing sees arrests fall by 59 per cent

10 Oct 2016

Arrests of children in England and Wales have fallen by 59 per cent over the last five years, according to figures gathered by the Howard League for Penal Reform.

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Sara Thornton Blog: It’s time for a sharing economy in policing

07 Oct 2016

British policing is structured around the local but criminals aren’t constrained by lines on maps so the police can’t afford to be either. 

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Police chiefs thank Sir Bernard for his contribution to policing

29 Sep 2016

Following the announcement of Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe's retirement, NPCC Chair Sara Thornton, on behalf of all chief officers, offers thanks for his contribution to policing in London and nationally

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Chiefs, superintendents and federated ranks all raise concerns about changes to police bail

28 Sep 2016

The Police Superintendents’ Association, Police Federation of England and Wales and the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) have raised concerns with the Home Secretary about proposed changes to pre-charge bail.   

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Stopping people driving when using mobiles is about education as well as enforcement

28 Sep 2016

An FOI of police forces shows that the numbers of drivers arrested for using a mobile phone when driving has fallen but NPCC say more drivers are being sent on courses to change dangerous driving behaviours.

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HMIC re-visits show improved Best Use of Stop and Search practices

22 Sep 2016

The HMIC report into Best Uses of Stop and Search has revisited 13 forces which were previously non-compliant with 3 or more features. Following clear improvement, these forces have now been registered as compliant with BUSS. 

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Police forces support TISPOL’s Project EDWARD to minimise road deaths across Europe

21 Sep 2016

Today, police forces in Britain are working together with TISPOL to promote the European Day Without A Road Death initiative (EDWARD). Forces are dedicating resources to raising awareness of road traffic safety, and encouraging the public to pledge and participate.

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At no point have police chiefs called for complaints against them to be kept secret

19 Sep 2016

Police chiefs have not called for complaints against them to be kept secret as reported by the Mail on Sunday

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NPCC supports new penalties for drivers using mobile phones

17 Sep 2016

NPCC Lead for Roads Policing Suzette Davenport supports the announcment made by the Department of Transport which will impose tougher penalties on drivers using mobile phones. 

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Education and enforcement are key to preventing mobile phone use at the wheel

15 Sep 2016

Today's report by the RAC on the number of people feeling relaxed about using a mobile phone whilst driving highlights the important role police forces have in educating and taking action against those who commit such offences. 

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Working together is the only way to end FGM

15 Sep 2016

The Home Affairs Select Committee has today released the 'female genital mutilation: abuse unchecked' report.  Our national lead explains how police forces must work with health, education, social care, NGOs and the affected communities to eradicate FGM.

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Police speak to 5000 people at UK airports as part of action to prevent female genital mutilation

14 Sep 2016

Police forces were deployed at major airports across England and Scotland at key dates this summer to educate passengers about the law on female genital mutilation (FGM), to safeguard those who may be at risk and identify any victims of the practice.

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Police and heritage experts coordinate action against metal thieves for first time

09 Sep 2016

The fight against metal thieves stepped up a gear this week (5 – 9 September 2016) after police and heritage experts joined together for the first time to carry out coordinated enforcement action.

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Use of police cells for those in mental health crisis more than halves

09 Sep 2016

Data released today by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) shows that the use of police custody as a place of safety under mental health legislation has more than halved in one year.

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Tackling hate crime remains a priority

07 Sep 2016

Following increases in the reporting of hate crime and raised community tensions, the National Police Chiefs’ Council requested weekly returns from forces across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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Decisions on body worn video are a matter for individual police forces

03 Sep 2016

Following the publication of the Press Association survey on body worn video for officers using Taser, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu has outlined the national approach on this issue.

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Accessing indecent imagery of children is not a victimless crime

01 Sep 2016

The NSPCC have highlighted increases in the number of reports to police forces of people accessing indecent images of children. Tackling this growth is a national priority and we are responding robustly to arrest more offenders and safeguard more children than ever before.

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New survey shows 76 per cent of the public satisfied with local policing

31 Aug 2016

Today’s useful report by HMIC indicates that 72 per cent of people feel that crime and anti-social behaviour is not a problem at all or not much of a problem in their local community.  The HMIC result of 76 per cent of people being satisfied in policing mirrors a similar trend found by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in March, which indicated that overall confidence in local policing is at its highest level in ten years.

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Significant reduction in retailers stocking psychoactive substances

26 Aug 2016

Since the psychoactive substances act was introduced 3 months ago, forces across the country have been using new powers to significantly reduce the number of retailers and head shops stocking these substances.

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Police forces are committed to ensuring value for money for the public

24 Aug 2016

Following the release of the Home Office’s latest police procurement data, our finance lead believes that transparent benchmarking of procurement data is an important part of securing value for money for the public. 

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Tackling the criminals at the source of wholesale cannabis cultivation remains a key priority

23 Aug 2016

Police forces will enforce the law involving cannabis use by using a range of options depending on the individual circumstances of the case. As always they will follow a proportionate approach signposting users to education and support services. 

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Channel not the only option for those who refuse support

23 Aug 2016

Statistics obtained from the National Police Chief's Council under Freedom of Information show that just under half of individuals specifically vulnerable to Daesh-related radicalisation, and offered support from a Channel panel, refused to participate.

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Unique memorial to commemorate police and military officers

21 Aug 2016

Today, NPCC chair Sara Thornton laid a wreath at the unveiling of a unique memorial to commemorate those police and military officers who lost their lives during the Eoka crisus in Cyprus from 1956 to 1960.

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Parents shouldn't be afraid to speak to young people about their activities online

16 Aug 2016

Sexting can be seen as harmless or normal activity but there are many risks involved. Once circulated, the sender loses all control of that image and it can cause significant distress when it gets into wider hands. The new NSPCC guidance offers invaluable advice to parents how to speak to young people and intervene early.

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