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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.”


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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. 


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


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.


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.


NPCC response to the Forensic Science Regulator's annual report

19 Jan 2018

Our Forensics lead, Chief Constable Debbie Simpson, welcomes this year's report from the Forensic Science Regulator, Dr. Gillian Tully.


NPCC statement on adequate sanitary protection in custody

04 Jan 2018

The Independent Custody Visiting Association have today said that some women in custody have been affected by inadequate sanitary protection. 


Officers and staff recognised in Queen's New Year's Honours List

29 Dec 2017

Police officers, staff and volunteers have been included in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.


NPCC respond to HMICFRS report on public perceptions of policing

28 Dec 2017

Today, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) published the results of a large-scale online survey of the public's current perceptions of policing. 


NPCC statement on disclosure of unused material in prosecutions

21 Dec 2017

The NPCC has responded to concerns over the disclosure of unused material in prosecutions and recommendations from the criminal justice inspectorates.


Today's policing settlement is better than last year but does not fully meet the level of investment identified as necessary

19 Dec 2017

The Government has today announced the Provisional Police Grant report, announcing in total an extra £450million in police funding.


HRH Prince Michael presents Operation Trivium team with International Road Safety Award

13 Dec 2017

The initiative involving police forces and our European partners has been honoured for its contribution to road safety


Most police forces rated good for legitimacy by HMICFRS - but more to do on stop and search

12 Dec 2017

The most recent report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue services found a great deal of positive work done on legitimacy in recent years but focuses on the need for more analysis on stop and search data


Thousands of people suffering mental health issues may be unlawfully held by police due to delays accessing appropriate inpatient beds

08 Dec 2017

A recent review highlights that police forces are making decisions to hold people with mental health issues in custody beyond the statutory maximum due to difficulties accessing hospital beds.


MI5 and MPS statement on publication of Anderson Report

05 Dec 2017

Response to the publication of David Anderson QC’s report on the terrorist attacks of March-June 2017


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