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Over 200 contacts made with information about child sexual abuse following BBC Crimewatch programme

06 Mar 2017

A Crimewatch special “Catching the Abusers” focusing on the work of Operation Hydrant in coordinating the police response to allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse has led to calls reporting abuse and sharing information.


Police call on public to help tackle increasingly complex and varied terrorist threat

06 Mar 2017

*  New campaign asks public to act on their instincts to help tackle terrorism

*  Senior officer praises public contribution but warns threat is becoming increasingly complex and varied

*  First ever CT policing podcasts reveal untold stories on how attack was foiled with help from public


Home Office approves new Conducted Energy Device for police use

02 Mar 2017

Following a rigorous assessment of its safety and effectiveness, the Home Office has now approved the Taser X2 Conducted Energy Device (CED) for use by UK police. This device will aid police data collection on wider use of force.


We have to find long-term solutions to consistently prevent harm and manage the demand forces are facing

02 Mar 2017

The National Police Chiefs’ Council has responded to today's report on police effectiveness by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).


Police forces co-ordinating week-long operations to enforce new penalties for mobile phone use at the wheel

01 Mar 2017

As well as running targeted operations across the week, police are helping to raise awareness of the new penalties for this offence which come into force today.


The scale of child sexual abuse means we cannot solely prosecute our way out

28 Feb 2017

To best protect children from harm, we need to consider alternative approaches to those who view indecent images of children but don’t pose a physical threat, says NPCC Lead for Child Protection Chief Constable Simon Bailey. In response to the scale of child sexual abuse reports, CC Bailey proposes an ­alternative approach for debate.


Congratulations to Cressida Dick - the first woman to lead the Metropolitan Police

22 Feb 2017

Police chiefs looking forward to working with the new Met Commissioner


Officers should only be separated following a firearms incident if it is practical and necessary

21 Feb 2017

DCC Simon Chesterman responds to draft guidance published by the IPCC which deals with firearms officers in an incident where they have discharged their weapon resulting in death or serious harm.


Police are addressing an issue in a number of forensic tests

19 Feb 2017

Police are working with the CPS and the Forensic Science Regulator to respond to the issue


Additional funding is vital in ensuring we are able to tackle the threat of child sexual exploitation

16 Feb 2017

Following the Governments pledge of £40 million in measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, Chief Constable Simon Bailey highlights the importance of funding in safeguarding the vulnerable.


The use of informants helps to prevent and solve the most serious crimes

08 Feb 2017

Informants often provide timely and essential intelligence which cannot always be obtained by other means. This tactic can lead to very serious crimes being prevented including, murders, child sexual exploitation, and terrorism.


Huge illegal firearms seizure following joint NCA and CT policing operation

06 Feb 2017

Over 800 potentially lethal weapons have been seized and 282 suspects arrested during a month-long operation aimed at preventing criminals and terrorists gaining access to illegal firearms.


We must build resilience in young people and educate them about sexual relationships

03 Feb 2017

Research by the charity Barnardo's has highlighted increases in recorded cases of children committing sexual offences against other children in England and Wales between 2013 and 2016.


Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council January 2017

03 Feb 2017

As our January meeting of all chief constables was at the Police Federation headquarters, it was fitting that investment in our staff and culture was at the forefront of our focus. 


CC Stephen Kavanagh Blog: Our world has gone digital. January 2017

25 Jan 2017

Our world has gone digital.  Smartphones are everywhere and have overtaken computers as the most popular way we access the internet. The world has changed, and 93% of adults in the UK now own a mobile phone compared with 36% in 2000. 


Police begin fresh operational push against mobile phone use by drivers following previous effort that caught thousands of offenders nationwide

23 Jan 2017

36 forces took part in the campaign in November stopping 10,012 vehicles and detecting nearly 8,000 mobile phone offences, the highest ever total for a week of enforcement on distraction driving.


Increases in fraud and computer misuse demonstrate the need for policing to adapt and transform

19 Jan 2017

The Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW) shows that levels of crime have remained stable at 6.7 million offences for the year ending September 2016. However, the inclusion of fraud and computer misuse incidents has led to a further 5.6 million offences being recorded.


New national strategy for police custody

13 Jan 2017

Police chiefs have developed a set of nationally consistent principles to complement existing legislation and guidance and help forces ensure that they are using custody in a way that is legitimate, effective and efficient.


The police service is committed to achieving accreditation and improving standards of forensic science

06 Jan 2017

The forensic regulators annual report highlights key priority areas for policing to meet in order to continue to enhance our response and prevent quality failures.


New Year Honours 2017: Congratulations

30 Dec 2016

The National Police Chiefs' Council has congratulated all those recognised in the New Year Honours list for 2017, including over 30 current and former members of the police service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


DCC Louisa Rolfe Blog: Coercive control can affect anyone. December 2016

29 Dec 2016

Domestic abuse can affect anyone. It is something that forces up and down the country are responding to far too frequently. The abuse suffered can take many forms and until last year victims who experienced psychological, emotional or financial abuse were not protected by any specific legislation. 



First convictions under Psychoactive Substances Act now secured

29 Dec 2016

Six months after the blanket ban on psychoactive substances took effect, the first convictions have been secured and the number of arrests is continuing to rise.


Police forces across the country have responded to continuing concerns around knife offences

22 Dec 2016

Forces undertook a series of coordinated weeks of action in February, April, June and October 2016 to tackle knife crime under Operation Sceptre. In October, 21 police forces across the country took part in the operation which includes targeting habitual knife carriers, weapon sweeps, test purchases of knives from identified retailers, and use of surrender bins.


Any regime for communications data needs to be practical and dynamic with robust safeguards

21 Dec 2016

As the European Court of Justice rules on the legal challenge against UK rules on the retention of data, NPCC says police will work within any authorisation and oversight regime deemed appropriate by Parliament and courts of law.  However, it is important that regime can deal effectively with the volume and urgency of our cases.


Police have called on the public to remain vigilant following the tragic events at a Christmas market in Berlin yesterday.

20 Dec 2016

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for protective security, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi says: “At this time I would like to extend my condolences to the families of all those who have been killed or injured, and to praise fellow emergency service workers who have responded to unfolding events to help save lives.


Police mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

17 Dec 2016

The day calls attention to crimes committed against sex workers worldwide, as well as the need to remove the social stigma and discrimination that have contributed to this violence.


Police welcome proscription of extreme right wing group

16 Dec 2016

New legislation came into force at midnight banning National Action.


Police Transformation Fund vital to helping police modernise and reform the service

15 Dec 2016

The Policing Minister has today announced in the provisional police funding formula which underlines the commitment from police leadership towards reform and transformation.


Crown Prosecution Service and NPCC launch new Honour-Based Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Protocol

14 Dec 2016

The CPS and police have published the first ever joint honour-based violence/abuse and forced marriage protocol today [14 December 2016], outlining their commitment to the successful investigation and prosecution of these crimes. The protocol recognises the importance of strong partnership working between these two agencies.


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