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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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Use of police cells for those in mental health crisis more than halves

09 Sep 2016

Data released today by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) shows that the use of police custody as a place of safety under mental health legislation has more than halved in one year.

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Tackling hate crime remains a priority

07 Sep 2016

Following increases in the reporting of hate crime and raised community tensions, the National Police Chiefs’ Council requested weekly returns from forces across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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Decisions on body worn video are a matter for individual police forces

03 Sep 2016

Following the publication of the Press Association survey on body worn video for officers using Taser, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu has outlined the national approach on this issue.

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Accessing indecent imagery of children is not a victimless crime

01 Sep 2016

The NSPCC have highlighted increases in the number of reports to police forces of people accessing indecent images of children. Tackling this growth is a national priority and we are responding robustly to arrest more offenders and safeguard more children than ever before.

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New survey shows 76 per cent of the public satisfied with local policing

31 Aug 2016

Today’s useful report by HMIC indicates that 72 per cent of people feel that crime and anti-social behaviour is not a problem at all or not much of a problem in their local community.  The HMIC result of 76 per cent of people being satisfied in policing mirrors a similar trend found by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in March, which indicated that overall confidence in local policing is at its highest level in ten years.

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Significant reduction in retailers stocking psychoactive substances

26 Aug 2016

Since the psychoactive substances act was introduced 3 months ago, forces across the country have been using new powers to significantly reduce the number of retailers and head shops stocking these substances.

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Police forces are committed to ensuring value for money for the public

24 Aug 2016

Following the release of the Home Office’s latest police procurement data, our finance lead believes that transparent benchmarking of procurement data is an important part of securing value for money for the public. 

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Tackling the criminals at the source of wholesale cannabis cultivation remains a key priority

23 Aug 2016

Police forces will enforce the law involving cannabis use by using a range of options depending on the individual circumstances of the case. As always they will follow a proportionate approach signposting users to education and support services. 

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Channel not the only option for those who refuse support

23 Aug 2016

Statistics obtained from the National Police Chief's Council under Freedom of Information show that just under half of individuals specifically vulnerable to Daesh-related radicalisation, and offered support from a Channel panel, refused to participate.

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Unique memorial to commemorate police and military officers

21 Aug 2016

Today, NPCC chair Sara Thornton laid a wreath at the unveiling of a unique memorial to commemorate those police and military officers who lost their lives during the Eoka crisus in Cyprus from 1956 to 1960.

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Parents shouldn't be afraid to speak to young people about their activities online

16 Aug 2016

Sexting can be seen as harmless or normal activity but there are many risks involved. Once circulated, the sender loses all control of that image and it can cause significant distress when it gets into wider hands. The new NSPCC guidance offers invaluable advice to parents how to speak to young people and intervene early.

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Electoral fraud: voters must have confidence in the democratic process

12 Aug 2016

Chief officers have responded to a review by Sir Eric Pickles MP on electoral fraud. Assistant Chief Constable Gary Cann supported the review, which was commissioned last year by former Prime Minister David Cameron MP, and gave evidence to the inquiry team.

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Intelligence led approach combatting drink and drug driving

11 Aug 2016

The latest national figures show that forces across the country followed a targeted approach that saw an increase in alcohol tests showing a positive, failed or refused reading. While the percentage of drivers tested reduced, officers targeted through intelligence drink drive hotspots.

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Clearer regulations and more transparency on chief police pay packages needed

09 Aug 2016

It is in the interests of the taxpaying public and chief officers navigating the system that the rules are clear, consistent and fair with checks and balances by locally accountable Police and Crime Commissioners

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Every death in custody matters

05 Aug 2016

Speaking in response to today's Black Lives Matter protests, National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Race and Religion, Commander Mak Chishty, said: “Any death following police contact is a tragedy. Police are determined to continue to improve the way that people are cared for in custody. There has been significant work to ensure safer detention of people and have seen the number of deaths in custody more than halve in the last ten years.

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Chief constables and Police and Crime Commissioners committed to working together to further reform policing

05 Aug 2016

The National Police Chiefs' Council and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners say that police-led transformation projects receiving funding from the Home Office is a positive start to the process of reforming policing.

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CC Simon Bailey Blog: 7% of adults sexually abused as children - we have to intervene earlier. August 2016

04 Aug 2016

Statistics published today as part of the Crime Survey of England and Wales show the numbers of adults who experienced abuse as a child.  

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

02 Aug 2016

Following the Hillsborough inquest verdict, I wrote an article for The Guardian on leadership culture in policing. At the most recent meeting of Chief Constables’ Council we built on that idea with a number of papers and guest speakers. 

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ACPO has been formally closed down

02 Aug 2016

Following the establishment of National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) in April 2015, formal legal steps were taken to wind up the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

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We are reviewing the way specialist capabilities such as firearms, surveillance, roads policing and major investigations are delivered

01 Aug 2016

This review is not complete but there are no plans to remove resources which need to be locally based into remote regional hubs

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Sara Thornton: The whole idea about transformation is about investing now to save money later

01 Aug 2016

National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair Sara Thornton recently spoke with the Centre for Public Impact, a non-profit organisation, about the challenges facing the police service and the need to develop new tactics and capabilities to keep people safe.

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Mark Rowley blog: Communities defeat terrorism - 3639 times a day

01 Aug 2016

We have all been facing a severe level of threat - meaning "an attack is highly likely" - for nearly two years now. And whilst we have thwarted a number of terrorist plots in that time, we are not complacent and continue to do everything we can to protect the public.

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Police on target to increase armed police numbers

28 Jul 2016

Statistics released by the Home Office today show that there was a reduction of eight firearms officers between April 2015 and March 2016 but the police are still on track to deliver an extra 1500 firearms officers over the next 18 months.

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Protective security advice issued to Christian places of worship

26 Jul 2016

While there is no specific intelligence relating to attacks against the Christian community in the UK, police are urging the community to be alert but not alarmed, report concerns to the police and review their security as a precaution.

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We will work with others across the criminal justice system to support the Home Office’s new action plan to stamp out hate crime

26 Jul 2016

We have seen a significant rise in the reporting of hate crime and urge victims to continue to come forward.

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As a service we take the treatment of people we interact with very seriously.

26 Jul 2016

Police come to work wanting to protect people and save life, and each death must be scrutinised to learn lessons and help raise standards of care.

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Going missing is often a symptom of deeper challenges in a young person’s life.

26 Jul 2016

We need all agencies to work together to provide a consistent, coordinated repsonse to support those in need.

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New vacancy: Audit and assurance board independent non-executive members

25 Jul 2016

We are looking for two independent non-executive board members, one to fill a vacancy and the other in reserve for appointment if and when a vacancy arises.  

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Security measures for MPs continue to be kept under review by the police

25 Jul 2016

In light of recent events, a meeting took place with the police, IPSA and the Parliamentary Security Department to review MPs security and consequently number of additional security measures were introduced.

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