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Police Chiefs’ Blog: CC Jon Boutcher - The legacy of race relations in policing means we need to work doubly hard to gain trust

22 Apr 2018

On the anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder, we should reflect on the legacy of what that tragedy taught us about the relationship between police and black and ethnic minority communities and look critically at the present to help us move to a better future.

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Terrorism training goes online

18 Apr 2018

Police join forces with High Street retailer to develop e-learning package for crowded places staff.

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NPCC: We need to make sure frontline officers are able to take their rest days

17 Apr 2018

Recent Freedom of Information statistics show that frontline officers in some forces are owed time off in unclaimed rest days. 

The statistics show that a quarter-of-a-million rest days were owed to 70,000 police officers in England and Wales as of September 17 last year.  

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Police Chiefs' Blog: ACC Gary Cann - Many reasons to be proud of our internationally renowned counter terrorism command structures

16 Apr 2018

In a report published last week, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) commended our command of extreme-threat counter terrorism operations.

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Violent crime: we must back our officers to use their powers with confidence

08 Apr 2018

A long term strategy to tackle the roots of violent crime, learning lessons from the success of Scotland's public health approach, is desperately needed - and I hope that's what we'll see next week from the Home Office's serious violence strategy. But when we have children dying on the streets of our capital, the police's first priority needs to be on what can be done now to stop this waste of life.

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Counter Terrorism Policing urging public to ACT against online extremism

06 Apr 2018

As part of the ongoing ‘ACT –Action Counters Terrorism’ campaign, UK Counter Terrorism Policing is calling on the public to report any suspicious online content or activity.

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Investigators need more effective, consistent training on the disclosure process

03 Apr 2018

National Lead for Criminal Justice, Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave says that there is a need for more effective, consistent training on disclosure, but sets out the need to ensure sensitive unused material is not automatically shared.

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NPCC comments on mobile phone data extraction

28 Mar 2018

On Tuesday 27 March, the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for digital forensics, DCC Nick Baker was interviewed on Victoria Derbyshire. He spoke about how the police approach the issue of mobile phone data extraction, and stressed the importance of balancing proportionality and necessity.    

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Police Chiefs' blog: CC Dee Collins - Closing the police gender pay gap is going to be hard work but it’s worth it

27 Mar 2018

I’ve spent the last three decades in policing - as a uniformed officer, as a roads policing specialist, Cleveland’s first female armed response officer, and now as a chief constable. In that time I’ve seen a huge cultural shift in attitudes towards women in policing, from a culture where women were a tiny minority and were issued with a force handbag on joining, given a stockings allowance and told we were only allowed to wear trousers on nights, to one where women make up an integral and ever growing part of the service.

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Police identifying more victims of modern slavery than ever before

26 Mar 2018

The Modern Slavery Police Transformation Unit has published its first annual report.

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Inspectorate finds policing in England and Wales is effective but under strain

22 Mar 2018

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) latest assessment of police effectiveness concludes “most police forces are maintaining a good standard of service to the public, despite dramatic increases in demand and ongoing financial pressures, but cracks are beginning to show.”

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NPCC statement on wanted or missing sex offenders

20 Mar 2018

Responding to reports of the number of recorded wanted or missing registered sex offenders, National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for the Management of Sexual Offenders and Violent Offenders, T/CC Michelle Skeer, said:

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ACSO Neil Basu launches new campaign about terrorist attack planning

20 Mar 2018

The new head of UK Counter Terrorism Policing has used the launch of a campaign about terrorist attack planning methods to reveal that more than a fifth of reports from the public produce intelligence which is helpful to police.

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Police Chiefs' blog: CC Sara Thornton on Chief Officers' Day - March 2018

16 Mar 2018

On Wednesday, we held a one day conference for chief officers of all ranks in London. With the aim of ensuring that attendees were briefed on national issues, this conference was designed to enable colleagues to work together more effectively.

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Tens of thousands of drivers get increased fines for using mobiles at wheel

01 Mar 2018

More than 26,000 motorists have been caught using a handheld mobile phone while driving in the first year since harsher penalties came into force.

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New police report highlights the barriers to tackling attacks on livestock

21 Feb 2018

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has released a report highlighting the scale of dog attacks on livestock - livestock worrying - and the challenges faced by police forces in supporting farmers to deal with the issue.

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Chiefs to pursue options for probationers to carry Taser

20 Feb 2018

The National Police Chiefs’ Council has supported proposals for selected probationers to be able to carry Taser after completing a rigorous application and training process.

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Police Chiefs' blog: CC Sara Thornton - we must investigate and disclose all reasonable lines of inquiry while guarding against intrusion

11 Feb 2018

The acquittal of a 17 year-old for rape and the collapsed trial of Christopher Penniall revealed further failures of disclosure, and they reinforce how critical it is we address the problem, particularly when police recorded crime shows a rise of 23 per cent in sexual offences and the Crime Survey of England and Wales tells us one in five women has been sexually assaulted.

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Police call for retailers to stop selling knives to under-18s in advance of a national operation to tackle knife crime

10 Feb 2018

All forces commit to a week of targeting knife crime hotspots, conducting weapon sweeps, engaging with affected communities and testing whether retailers will sell knives to young people.

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NPCC welcomes improvements in police working culture in latest Leadership Report

08 Feb 2018

The National Police Chiefs' Council has responded to the report by HMICFRS regarding police leadership.

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The NPCC recommends a two per cent pay increase for officers in 2018/19

08 Feb 2018

The National Police Chiefs’ Council has made its submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB), which makes recommendations on police officers’ pay in England and Wales.

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Policing, Health and Social Care: working together to protect and prevent harm to vulnerable people

07 Feb 2018

Today a national consensus has been agreed between policing, health and social care organisations to improve people’s health and wellbeing, prevent crime and protect the most vulnerable people in England.

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Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Anthony Bangham - Road enforcement must be proportionate, but the limit is the limit for a reason

04 Feb 2018

The focus on the one mph issue has detracted from the real point I wanted to make - drivers shouldn’t just assume they’ve got a free pass to drive over the limit.

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Chief Constable Anthony Bangham speaks at the National Roads Policing Conference

31 Jan 2018

Speaking at the National Roads Policing Conference, National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead on Roads Policing, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham talked about the new refreshed roads policing strategy. 

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Police stop nearly 100,000 vehicles as part of Christmas drink and drug driving crackdown

30 Jan 2018

In the lead up to and throughout Christmas police forces across the country took part in annual operational activity to stop people from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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Police and prosecutors announce action on disclosure

26 Jan 2018

A package of measures to improve how the criminal justice system deals with disclosure was announced today.

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NPCC responds to ONS crime statistics

25 Jan 2018

The ONS have today released their crime statistics for the 12 months to September 2017. The stats show a decrease of 10 per cent in crime measured by the Crime Survey of England and Wales but a 14 per cent increase in recorded crime. 

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Police chiefs and Director of Prosecutions agree plans to improve disclosure processes

25 Jan 2018

 Joint statement from Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions and Sara Thornton, Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council

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Police Chiefs Blog: CC Nick Ephgrave - changing the culture on disclosure

24 Jan 2018

Every investigation is a search for truth. That means following all leads and examining all evidence – with objectivity and impartiality. It also means disclosing any of the material gathered in that search that may undermine the prosecution or help the defence. The cases of Liam Allan and Issac Itiary demonstrate the devastating consequences of not doing so.

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Police boosting efforts to stop drivers using their phones at the wheel

19 Jan 2018

Police forces across England and Wales will put extra emphasis into stopping people using their phones at the wheel in a weeklong national operation.

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