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More than 600 arrested in week of action on county lines gangs

29 Jan 2019

Police have arrested more than 600 people in joint work between the National Police Chiefs’ Council, National County Lines Co-ordination Centre and the National Crime Agency, targeting county lines gangs.

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Police committed to tackling violent crime

24 Jan 2019

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics on crime in England and Wales to the year ending September 2018 show an increase in violent crime.

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Counter Terrorism Policing launch cinema advertising campaign to encourage reports from the public

23 Jan 2019

The UK’s most senior counter terrorism officer has praised the public’s willingness to ACT in response to the unprecedented terrorist threat, revealing that the number of attacks foiled since March 2017 has risen to 18.

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NPCC welcomes draft Domestic Abuse Bill

21 Jan 2019

The National Police Chiefs’ Council has welcomed a new draft Domestic Abuse Bill published by the Ministry of Justice aimed at supporting victims and their families and pursuing offenders.

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CC Sara Thornton replies to letter from the Fawcett Society

14 Jan 2019

The Fawcett Society has today published an open letter to NPCC Chair Sara Thornton and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, urging them to support making misogyny a hate crime. CC Sara Thornton's response can be seen below.

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Public Perceptions of Policing in England and Wales 2018

11 Jan 2019

HMICFRS have published the findings from their fourth survey on public views of policing across England and Wales. The study consisted of 17,043 surveys with members of the public, and the majority were conducted via online panels, with a small number conducted-face-to-face.

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

28 Dec 2018

The National Police Chiefs' Council congratulates all those recognised in the New Year Honours list for 2019.

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Home Office releases first national Police Use of Force statistics for England and Wales

13 Dec 2018

New Home Office statistics show that restraint tactics, such as handcuffing, were the most common type of force used by police across England and Wales.

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The Government are right to recognise that more money is needed in policing

13 Dec 2018

The Government has today announced extra funding for policing as part of the provisional police funding settlement. Policing is continuing to make substantial savings and drive efficiencies, but the Government are right to recognise that policing has come under severe strain and that extra funding is necessary to meet the demands of the public.

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New Prevent statistics show referrals up by a fifth

13 Dec 2018

New Home Office statistics show a 20 percent increase in the number of people referred to and supported through the Prevent programme – with extreme right wing concerns up by over a third.

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Former police chief Simon Byrne cleared of misconduct

12 Dec 2018

Simon Byrne has beencleared by a panel of all allegations made against him while he was chief constable of Cheshire police.

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New guidance for officers on sharing information with Immigration Enforcement

07 Dec 2018

Police chiefs have agreed new guidance that establishes a national position around the sharing of information with Immigration Enforcement about victims of crime who are identified as being in the UK illegally.

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National operation to retest manipulated forensic samples continues

06 Dec 2018

Following a Randox Testing Services (RTS) report to Greater Manchester Police of alleged data manipulation within their laboratory processes, a team of experts identified that thousands of cases had been affected and a major national retesting programme was commissioned.

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Response to HMICFRS Policing and Mental Health report 'Picking up the Pieces'

27 Nov 2018

National Police Chiefs' Council lead for Mental Health and Policing, CC Mark Collins said: 

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Counter Terrorism Policing want the public's help to get Christmas security all wrapped up

18 Nov 2018

Shoppers are being asked to put security at the top of their ‘must have’ lists this Christmas.

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Attorney General's review of the efficiency and effectiveness of disclosure in the criminal justice system

15 Nov 2018

The Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox QC MP, has today published the Government’s Review of the efficiency and effectiveness of disclosure in the criminal justice system.

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Clarification on today's stop and search news

12 Nov 2018

There has been a lot of confusion regarding the police use of stop and search reported in the media today. We'd like to make the following clarification.

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Election of new NPCC Chair

06 Nov 2018

Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt has been appointed to lead the National Police Chiefs’ Council from April 2019.

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NPCC Chair Sara Thornton Speech APCC and NPCC Summit 2018

31 Oct 2018

As I welcome you to our fourth joint summit, I wanted to reflect on what we have achieved working together.

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Joint NPCC and APCC statement on proposed pension changes

25 Oct 2018

The National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners have released a joint statement on comments made at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, regarding how long proposed pensions changes have been known about by police chiefs and Police and Crime Commissioners.

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NPCC response to the Home Affairs Select Committee 'Policing for the future' report

25 Oct 2018

National Police Chiefs' Council Chair, Chief Constable Sara Thornton said:

"Today's report rightly recognises that forces and officers have come under ‘serious strain’ and concludes ‘that forces are badly overstretched’ as they deal with rising crime and demand that is more complex. The committee warns that without additional funding they ‘have no doubt that there will be dire consequences for public safety’ – that warning must surely be heeded.

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NPCC responds to ONS crime statistics release

18 Oct 2018

The ONS have today released their crime statistics for the 12 months to June 2018. The stats show no change in the overall level of crime measured by the Crime Survey of England and Wales, but show a 9 per cent increase in recorded crime.

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More than a thousand companies sign up for new counter terrorism training

17 Oct 2018

Innovative online course - which is backed by retail giants M&S and John Lewis - could save lives.

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Hundreds arrested in nationally-coordinated crackdown on county lines drugs gangs

16 Oct 2018

National action to disrupt the drug dealing methodology known as county lines has led to more than 200 arrests and the safeguarding of 58 vulnerable people.

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Hate Crime Statistics

16 Oct 2018

The latest statistics on hate crimes recorded by the police and information on hate crime from the Crime Survey for England and Wales have been released.

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Police leaders to be held to account over workforce diversity in new strategy

12 Oct 2018

As part of moves to make policing more representative of its communities, police chiefs have recommended that all senior police leaders be formally assessed on their efforts to improve diversity within their operational command.

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Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council October 2018

11 Oct 2018

Police chiefs gathered for a busy Chief Constables’ Council in Cardiff this week to discuss some of the most pressing issues for policing. As ever, it gave an opportunity for chiefs to get into the detail of issues affecting the police service across the country and share their experiences on the ground.

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Round table event held on chief officer appointments

10 Oct 2018

On Monday, 8 October a roundtable event, hosted by the College of Policing, was held to bring together chiefs and police and crime commissioners to look at issues regarding chief officer recruitment and tenure.

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Counter Terrorism Policing's response to the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation's new report - 'The Terrorism Acts in 2017'

10 Oct 2018

Today, Wednesday 10 October 2018, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Max Hill QC, published his final annual report on the operation of the Terrorism Acts in 2017. 

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Chief Constable Dave Thompson: Policing is at the tipping point – and we’ve got to move on from here

10 Oct 2018

Budget cuts and a hands-off government approach to aspects of policing have meant hard choices for chief constables with consequences for the public and our people. The public’s experience is policing that is less visible, less responsive and less proactive.

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