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Behaviour change is needed to address mobile phone use by motorists

28 Oct 2016

Statistics released on police powers and procedures show that Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for mobile phone use by motorists has fallen in recent years. This is reflective of the range of different measures that officers use to address offences for dangerous driving behaviours, including sending drivers on courses designed to improve awareness and education as well as enforcement.  

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A message from the new Senior National Co-ordinator for CT Policing - DAC Neil Basu QPM

28 Oct 2016

It is a great privilege to be asked to co-ordinate the UK’s counter terrorism policing effort at this critical time. The increasing tempo and enduring nature of terrorist activity worldwide is causing global anxiety. We understand it. As soon as Daesh started to lose on the battlefields abroad, it was clear their tactics would be directed closer to home. The evidence has been plain to see with the horrors suffered repeatedly by those in France, Germany and Belgium. We all, quite understandably, start to get concerned.

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New guidance will help to ensure stop and search powers adhere to fair and legitimate national standards

27 Oct 2016

Following the first ever randomised controlled trial with 1,300 officers across six forces, the College of Policing has released an Authorised Professional Practice (APP) on stop and search powers. 

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NPCC responds to Police Federation survey on pay and morale

27 Oct 2016

A survey by the Police Federation of England and Wales with 45,000 officers has shown that more than half of respondents (55.9 per cent) said that their morale is low. 

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We are committed to building a consistent, multi-agency response to missing people

25 Oct 2016

Following the release of the National Crime Agency Missing Person Bureau report, 'Missing Persons Data Report 2015/2016’, Chief Constable Mike Veale highlights the work being done to develop effective, lasting solutions in order to protect the most vulnerable.

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Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council October 2016

24 Oct 2016

Chiefs gathered together in London in October for our quarterly council meeting.  Our focus was police reform and we considered some really important issues to the future of policing. 

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We will not tolerate corrupt officers: it is vital that we respond swiftly and robustly to incidences of sexual misconduct

24 Oct 2016

NPCC lead for professional standards says that police leaders have emphasised that abuse of powers for sexual gain has no place in policing, made changes to vetting and supervision processes, and encouraged reporting.  New guidance by the College of Policing will help to ensure officers who behave inappropriately get the right sanction.

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Reflections on ‘Look Outs’

22 Oct 2016

A Blog from Deputy Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball as she leaves her post as Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing.

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Improved police recording procedure highlighted by new crime statistics for England and Wales

20 Oct 2016

Results from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) released today show that the trend in overall crime has remained stable, while police recording has increased due to better reporting and more victims coming forward.

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Strengthening relationships with our partners is the only way we’ll prevent future abuse

18 Oct 2016

Following Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw's open letter to Sir Thomas Winsor, our lead Chief Constable Simon Bailey highlights the importance of working with partners to protect children.

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Modern slavery policing gets £8.5m investment to improve intelligence-led national effort

18 Oct 2016

The Home Office have approved a bid to the Police Transformation Fund which allocates a significant investment to improving the operational, intelligence, and analytical capabailities of modern slavery policing across the country.

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New Senior National Coordinator for CT Policing announced

18 Oct 2016

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu has been appointed as the new Senior National Coordinator for counter terrorism policing . DAC Basu succeeds Deputy Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball who has performed the role of Senior National Coordinator for counter terrorism policing since August 2013 during a time of unprecedented demand.

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Immigration status checks by police are just one of many tools used by police to apprehend foreign national offenders

14 Oct 2016

Report from the Independent Chief Inspector indicates that police do not always refer foreign nationals to the centralised unit for checks on immigration status - this is only part of the broader policing strategy. 

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Counter Terrorism Police and NHS initiative reducing risk by improving mental health provision

14 Oct 2016

Ground breaking pilot project helping vulnerable people to access support.

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Over 13,500 people seek help from charity on indecent images of children

13 Oct 2016

Police chiefs say with at least 50, 000 people viewing indecent images of children, enforcement alone cannot solve this problem – more needs to be done to prevent abuse in the first place.

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Increases in hate crime incidents driven by better reporting

13 Oct 2016

New figures released by the Home Office show that the 19 per cent increase in hate crime this year is driven in part by greater public confidence in how police support victims. 

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Modern slavery is a vile and complex crime which the police are determined to help eradicate

12 Oct 2016

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has responded to today's annual report 2015/16 from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

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Move towards “child-centred” policing sees arrests fall by 59 per cent

10 Oct 2016

Arrests of children in England and Wales have fallen by 59 per cent over the last five years, according to figures gathered by the Howard League for Penal Reform.

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Sara Thornton Blog: It’s time for a sharing economy in policing

07 Oct 2016

British policing is structured around the local but criminals aren’t constrained by lines on maps so the police can’t afford to be either. 

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Police chiefs thank Sir Bernard for his contribution to policing

29 Sep 2016

Following the announcement of Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe's retirement, NPCC Chair Sara Thornton, on behalf of all chief officers, offers thanks for his contribution to policing in London and nationally

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Chiefs, superintendents and federated ranks all raise concerns about changes to police bail

28 Sep 2016

The Police Superintendents’ Association, Police Federation of England and Wales and the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) have raised concerns with the Home Secretary about proposed changes to pre-charge bail.   

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Stopping people driving when using mobiles is about education as well as enforcement

28 Sep 2016

An FOI of police forces shows that the numbers of drivers arrested for using a mobile phone when driving has fallen but NPCC say more drivers are being sent on courses to change dangerous driving behaviours.

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HMIC re-visits show improved Best Use of Stop and Search practices

22 Sep 2016

The HMIC report into Best Uses of Stop and Search has revisited 13 forces which were previously non-compliant with 3 or more features. Following clear improvement, these forces have now been registered as compliant with BUSS. 

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Police forces support TISPOL’s Project EDWARD to minimise road deaths across Europe

21 Sep 2016

Today, police forces in Britain are working together with TISPOL to promote the European Day Without A Road Death initiative (EDWARD). Forces are dedicating resources to raising awareness of road traffic safety, and encouraging the public to pledge and participate.

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At no point have police chiefs called for complaints against them to be kept secret

19 Sep 2016

Police chiefs have not called for complaints against them to be kept secret as reported by the Mail on Sunday

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NPCC supports new penalties for drivers using mobile phones

17 Sep 2016

NPCC Lead for Roads Policing Suzette Davenport supports the announcment made by the Department of Transport which will impose tougher penalties on drivers using mobile phones. 

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Education and enforcement are key to preventing mobile phone use at the wheel

15 Sep 2016

Today's report by the RAC on the number of people feeling relaxed about using a mobile phone whilst driving highlights the important role police forces have in educating and taking action against those who commit such offences. 

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Working together is the only way to end FGM

15 Sep 2016

The Home Affairs Select Committee has today released the 'female genital mutilation: abuse unchecked' report.  Our national lead explains how police forces must work with health, education, social care, NGOs and the affected communities to eradicate FGM.

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Police speak to 5000 people at UK airports as part of action to prevent female genital mutilation

14 Sep 2016

Police forces were deployed at major airports across England and Scotland at key dates this summer to educate passengers about the law on female genital mutilation (FGM), to safeguard those who may be at risk and identify any victims of the practice.

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Police and heritage experts coordinate action against metal thieves for first time

09 Sep 2016

The fight against metal thieves stepped up a gear this week (5 – 9 September 2016) after police and heritage experts joined together for the first time to carry out coordinated enforcement action.

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