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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.


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.


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. 


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.


Police chief appointed to tackle violence against women and girls

15 Sep 2021

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has today announced that Deputy Chief Constable Maggie Blyth has been appointed as the National Police Lead for Violence Against Women and Girls, to coordinate police action across England and Wales.


Fake Interpreters will be caught

08 Sep 2021

Police want to be clear that criminals who pretend to be interpreters will be caught and be dealt with.


Police Chiefs' blog: IOPC Taser review is "vague, lacks detail and ignores extensive pieces of work already underway"

25 Aug 2021

The IOPC has published a review of Taser based on 0.1% of its use. The National Police Chiefs' Council lead for Less Lethal Weapons, Chief Constable Lucy D'Orsi has written a blog responding:


Domestic homicides remain stable during lockdown but still an enduring problem says new police report

25 Aug 2021

Domestic homicides remain an ‘entrenched and enduring problem’ despite figures remaining relatively stable during lockdown, a new report commissioned by police has found.  


Review of drug driving samples analysed by Synlab Laboratory Services Limited

19 Aug 2021

In December 2020, forensic testing company Synlab Laboratory Services Limited identified issues with its analysis of drug driving samples, specifically Section 5A Road Traffic Act toxicology testing for controlled drugs.


Catalytic converter thefts drop as people take action to protect their vehicles

10 Aug 2021

Reports of catalytic converter thefts across the UK have dropped by 57 per cent, as people opt to forensically mark their vehicles.


Hate crime investigation following Euro 2020 final leads to 11 arrests

05 Aug 2021

Police forces across the UK investigating racist abuse targeting England players on social media are continuing to track down those responsible for the hate-filled messages.


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.


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.  


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. 


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.


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.  


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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