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Police chiefs to take action on racial inequalities

18 Jun 2020

A small working group of key NPCC leads, chief officers with experience of being people of colour within UK policing and the Chief Executive of the College of Policing have been considering the police response to concerns about racial injustice in the UK and in policing following the death of George Floyd in America and the global debate on racism.


Response to ICO Report concerning digital evidence in criminal investigations

18 Jun 2020

The Information Commissioner has published an investigation report into the use of mobile phone extraction (MPE) by police forces when conducting criminal investigations in England and Wales.


Statistical update on lockdown fines given by police in England and Wales

11 Jun 2020

Provisional data released today show a continuing reduction in the number of fines issued since lockdown measures eased


UK police stand with those appalled by George Floyd death

03 Jun 2020

UK police leaders have come together and published a statement about George Floyd’s death.


Statistical update on number of lockdown fines given by police

29 May 2020

Provisional figures show a significant reduction in the number of fines issued by police forces since lockdown restrictions were eased in England.


Police work with government and public health on border restrictions

22 May 2020

The Home Secretary has confirmed new border restrictions in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.


Sustained falls in recorded crime reported throughout lockdown

21 May 2020

Provisional data from police forces in England and Wales shows a continued reduction in recorded crime of 25 per cent throughout the lockdown period.


Police urge motorists to ‘Slow Down, Save Lives’

18 May 2020

Monday, 18 May 2020, sees the launch of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) speed enforcement operation.


NPCC issues update on fines given during Covid lockdown

15 May 2020

Provisional figures show continued widespread compliance with public health regulations and minimal police enforcement.


Update: Latest Covid-19 FPN data, and news about police recruitment drive

30 Apr 2020

Official figures released today (30 April) by the Home Office show that police forces in England and Wales have been boosted by 3,005 new officers in the last seven months.  Provisional figures also show widespread continued compliance with public health regulations and minimal police enforcement.


Update: Covid-19 FPN data, and chiefs urge public to keep reporting crime

15 Apr 2020

Provisional data from police forces in England and Wales shows a reduction in crime during Coronavirus outbreak and that the vast majority of the public are following government regulations enacted in response to the crisis.


Daily UK Government Covid-19 briefing - Speech from the Chair of the NPCC, Martin Hewitt

11 Apr 2020

National Police Chiefs' Council Chair, Martin Hewitt, delivered a speech at today's daily government covid-19 briefing, held at 10 Downing Street.


Coronavirus: Guidance on personal protective equipment issued to police forces

09 Apr 2020

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and College of Policing have issued guidance to police forces on the use of personal protective equipment.


Coronavirus: Policing approach remains to use enforcement as last resort

09 Apr 2020

Speaking ahead of the Easter weekend the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Martin Hewitt, said:


Access to online counter terrorism training made easier for home users

07 Apr 2020

Police remind public that terrorism remains a threat.


Domestic Abuse victims urged to keep seeking help during Coronavirus outbreak

04 Apr 2020

The country’s leading domestic abuse police officer has today reaffirmed that the issue remains a police priority despite the Coronavirus outbreak.


Police and NCA in coronavirus online safety push

03 Apr 2020

Two of Britain’s top officers are urging children, parents and carers to ensure they know how to stay safe online – with the National Crime Agency’s latest assessment showing there are at least 300,000 people in the UK posing a sexual threat to children.


Additional measures will help police support COVID-19 effort

26 Mar 2020

The Government has today announced new public health regulations that will support officers in enforcing measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. These powers will only be used by officers if an individual fails to comply after the officer has engaged with them, explained the risks to public health and encouraged voluntary compliance.


Police continue to support public health response to Coronavirus

23 Mar 2020

The Prime Minister has announced a series of new measures as part of the government’s response to the Coronavirus.


Forces ask for the help of police volunteers to bolster officer numbers

20 Mar 2020

The National Police Chiefs’ Council are asking employers to consider providing paid leave to Special Constables so they can support the police service in managing the impact of the Coronavirus.


COVID-19 and recruitment assessment centres update

19 Mar 2020

​Recruiting new officers remains a priority for policing, and it has been agreed nationally that the continuation of assessment centres is essential activity.


Child Sexual Abuse inquiry highlights policing response

12 Mar 2020

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published its report on the Internet and Child Sexual Abuse. It found a large increase in the scale of child sexual abuse facilitated by the internet.


HMICFRS report highlights ‘positive aspects' to Prevent

09 Mar 2020

A new report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has praised the work of police in protecting vulnerable people against radicalisation.


Public warned to remain vigilant after CT arrests hit two-year high in final quarter of 2019

05 Mar 2020

Counter Terrorism Policing has warned the public against complacency after the number of people arrested for terrorism offences in the last quarter of 2019 hit a two-year high.


Police in strong position to support UK’s response to Coronavirus

03 Mar 2020

Police have tried and tested plans to support the UK’s response to the Coronavirus. 


Police work on child protection recognised by HMICFRS

27 Feb 2020

The policing inspectorate, HMICFRS, has published a report into child protection.


NPCC Chair Marin Hewitt Speech – APCC and NPCC Summit 2020

26 Feb 2020

"Every police chief is determined to reduce crime. Our crime fighting efforts must be matched by action that will help us to deliver for the public."  NPCC Chair Martin Hewitt's keynote speech at this year's APCC and NPCC Joint Summit. 


Police announce new partnership to help combat knife crime

25 Feb 2020

Police are announcing a new partnership with the online marketplace Wish that will tackle the sale of illegal knives in the UK.


Inspectorate positive on forces, but more work to do on serving victims

07 Feb 2020

HMICFRS, in their most recent PEEL Spotlight report, conclude that whilst most forces are deemed either good or outstanding, there is more work to do in offering a consistent service to victims and improving investigations. 


Police back expert warning on Facebook encryption

06 Feb 2020

The national policing lead for child protection has backed a letter from worldwide experts and charities to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, warning that the company’s plan for end-to-end encryption would put child safety at risk.


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