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ACPO comment on Government's alcohol strategy

23 Mar 2012

ACPO responds to the Home Secretary's announcement on alcohol

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Metals thieves targeted in national action

16 Mar 2012

Police forces across the country worked together in a period of action to tackle metal theft. There were 58 people arrested for offences including conspiracy to steal, theft, burglary, assault and dangerous driving.

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ACPO comment on Winsor Part II

15 Mar 2012

ACPO comment on Tom Winsor's review of police officer and staff pay and conditions

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ACPO response to public order tactics: Kirkin report

14 Mar 2012

The key for deployment of any tactic is that it must always be justified and proportionate to the situation. Large scale protests constantly challenge and test the police service

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ACPO comments on hate crime action plan

14 Mar 2012

The UK is a world leader in the way hate crime is responded to but there is still work to do. One of our greatest challenges is to reduce the under-reporting of hate crime and this action plan builds on the work achieved to increase the confidence of victims and witnesses to come forward.

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ACPO comment on Mumsnet rape campaign

12 Mar 2012

There has been significant improvements over recent years in the way victims of rape are treated. Improvements in specialist training of officers and better access to sexual assault referral centres have assisted the policing response and that of our partners in health and the voluntary sector. But there is no room for complacency

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ACPO comment on Government announcement of new stalking offences

08 Mar 2012

The key to protecting victims and alleviating the fear and harm is through everyone taking the issue seriously, through extensive awareness raising and through improved and effective response to stalking by police officers, the criminal justice system and the health service

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ACPO comment on domestic violence disclosure scheme pilots

05 Mar 2012

The Home Secretary has announced today that four police forces will pilot a new domestic violence disclosure scheme

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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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