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ACPO comments on private companies taking a role in the delivery of policing

03 Mar 2012

Police forces face an enormous challenge to manage the impact of the cuts and maintain policing services. Investigations would always be managed by police officers but there are others who can contribute and take up functions which help protect the public and bring offenders to justice

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ACPO President responds to the death of PC David Rathband

01 Mar 2012

The death of PC David Rathband is deeply sad news for the service. He was an officer who personified the values of British policing, showing the utmost bravery when faced with danger in the line of duty

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ACPO response to International Narcotics Control Board's annual report

28 Feb 2012

International Narcotics Control Board's annual report has commented on multi-partner initiatives aimed at combating drug misuse

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ACPO comment on HMIC report: Forging the links - rape investigation and prosecution

28 Feb 2012

This review rightly acknowledges improvements in recent years to the way victims of rape are treated. Improvements in specialist training of officers, introduction of early evidence kits, better access to sexual assault referral centres and significantly improved crime recording practices have assisted the policing response

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ACPO comment on Government's proposed alcohol reforms

15 Feb 2012

A significant percentage of violent crime and anti-social behaviour is alcohol-related. We face these problems because too many people are consuming too much alcohol. However we cannot enforce our way to a solution, it’s about how we prevent the abuse in the first place

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ACPO comment on police officers with second jobs

13 Feb 2012

The Police Service has stringent rules concerning notification of secondary employment and keeps these rules under review.

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ACPO comment on operational independence of policing and the role of police and crime commissioners

13 Feb 2012

The Government has taken account of the police service’s concerns about this substantial change and there is now both a protocol helping to define the two different roles and a strategic policing requirement focussing on important issues at national level

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ACPO comment on the government consultation to strengthen illegal firearms laws

08 Feb 2012

The police service sees the proposed areas of legislative change as being vital to effectively deal with the people who are at the heart of gun crime within communities across the country

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New regional police e-crime hubs to tackle threat of cyber crime

08 Feb 2012

The UK police capability to tackle the growing threat of cyber crime was strengthened today with the announcement of three regional policing e-crime hubs

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ACPO supports European safer internet day 2012

07 Feb 2012

The risks that children face may have changed but basic parenting skills remain the same is the central message as the UK’s national centre for child protection and the police service mark European Safer Internet Day 2012

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ACPO comment on HMIC review of national police units which provide intelligence on criminality associated with protest

02 Feb 2012

The review by HMIC recognises that undercover officers play a critical role gathering evidence and intelligence to protect communities from harm. It is one of the most challenging areas of operational activity undertaken by the police service

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ACPO comment on crime mapping - one year on

31 Jan 2012

The upgrade of the existing www.police.uk website announced today will provide the public with even greater access to important information about crimes occurring in their local area, including crimes at or near points of interest, such as shopping areas, airports, railway stations, parking areas and night clubs

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ACPO response to Home Secretary's decision to accept the ruling of the Police Arbitration Panel

30 Jan 2012

Overall, the decisions strike a balance between the need to achieve savings given the national economic situation and the financial pressures facing individual police officers

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ACPO response to the government's plans to target metal thieves

26 Jan 2012

The government today announced plans to lay an urgent amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill to prohibit scrap payments to purchase scrap metal and increase fines that regulate the metal recycling industry

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Minister announces plans for a National Police Air Service

26 Jan 2012

The policing minister, Nick Herbert has announced plans to make an order requiring the police service and police authorities to collaborate in the provision of a national air service

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ACPO comments on the latest police service strength statistics

26 Jan 2012

Latest Home Office statistics show that there were 136,261 police officers (full-time equivalent) as of 30 September 2011 in the 43 territorial police forces of England and Wales. This represents a decline of 6,012 when compared with September 2010.

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ACPO comment on HMIC report - The crime scene: a review of police crime and incident reports

25 Jan 2012

The UK is regarded as having one of the most rigorous crime recording regimes in the world and it is encouraging that this review by HMIC demonstrates that national crime statistics are more robust than ever

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Courts issued with new guidelines for sentencing drug offenders

24 Jan 2012

Today the Sentencing Council has published a new definitive guideline on drug offences. It will bring sentencing guidance together for the first time to help to ensure consistent and proportionate sentencing for all drug offences that come before courts in England and Wales.

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More than 7,000 arrested during ACPO Christmas drink and drug driving campaign

20 Jan 2012

More than 7,200 people were arrested in the month-long Christmas and New Year campaign targeting drink and drug drivers, ACPO lead for Roads Policing, Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport revealed today.

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ACPO comment on quarterly crime statistics for the year ending September 2011

19 Jan 2012

Today's published crime data shows police recorded crime for the 12 months to September 2011 is down 4% when compared to the previous 12 months

shows police recorded crime for the 12 months to June 2011 is down four per cent when compared with the previous 12 months

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ACPO comments on British Retail Consortium's statistics on retail crime

16 Jan 2012

ACPO lead for economic crime, Commissioner Adrian Leppard, responds to BRC statistics showing an increased level of organised crime affecting the retail sector

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Audit into the retention of human tissue

13 Jan 2012

ACPO is coordinating an audit of human tissue previously retained as part of suspicious death and homicide cases so as to establish the current situation in terms of police holdings.

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Police service across the UK welcomes land based location equipment becoming lawful

12 Jan 2012

From today, people can lawfully use personal locator beacons on land to assist search and rescue teams' efforts to find them.

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New non emergency number for the police

11 Jan 2012

The public in England and Wales now have a new non emergency number to call if they want to speak to their local police force.

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ACPO comment on the number of racist complaints about police officers and staff

10 Jan 2012

ACPO responds to figures from an Freedom of Information request showing an increase in the number of complaints received about racism among police officers and staff

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ACPO comment on the Police Arbitration Tribunal decision

09 Jan 2012

The final decision on police pay and conditions rests with the Home Secretary following a ruling by the Police Arbitration Tribunal today

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ACPO comment on the police service eighteen years after Stephen Lawrence's murder

04 Jan 2012

The murder of Stephen Lawrence and its investigation had a profound impact on the police service and transformed how we serve our communities.

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ACPO comment on statistics on football-related arrests and banning orders

23 Dec 2011

UK policing has led the way in dealing with football-related violence and disorder and the effectiveness of banning orders has drawn interest from police forces internationally as an effective method of reducing disorder at football matches

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ACPO update on metal theft day of action on 14th December 2011

22 Dec 2011

The most recent national day of action to combat metal theft saw 400 scrap dealers being visited, the arrest of 45 people and the recovery of 14 tonned of suspected stolen cable.

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