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Terrorism threat level lowered to Substantial

04 Nov 2019

The UK threat level from terrorism has today, Monday 4 November 2019, been reduced to Substantial - meaning an attack is likely.


More than 1,700 arrested in targeted knife crime action

01 Nov 2019

Police across England and Wales have arrested more than 1,700 people during a week of targeted operations to tackle knife crime.


Good response to tackling cyber-dependent crime across law enforcement

24 Oct 2019

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has found the overall response by law enforcement to cyber dependent crime in England and Wales to be ‘good’, but recognises there is still room for improvement.


Record numbers arrested and hundreds of children protected as County Lines drug networks targeted

18 Oct 2019

County Lines drug networks have been targeted in a week of coordinated law enforcement activity across the UK, leading to record numbers of more than 700 arrests, 681 people safeguarded, and almost half a million pounds worth of drugs seized.


Crime statistics show slowing increase in knife crime

17 Oct 2019

Crime statistics show a 7% increase in knife crime, down from the previous reported increase of 14%. Figures released today also cover crime outcomes to July 2019, which show a concerning continuation of the decrease in crimes resulting in a charge or summons. 


Joint NPCC / APCC response to annual Home Office hate crime figures

15 Oct 2019

Responding to the publication of Hate Crime statistics in England and Wales for 2018/19, the National Police Chiefs' Council and Association for Police and Crime Commissioners leads for Hate Crime have expressed their concern at increases announced today. 


UK policing as prepared as possible for a potential no-deal EU exit

11 Oct 2019

Police across the UK are well prepared for the country to leave the European Union with or without a deal, the two police chiefs leading law enforcement planning have said.


Police support Government calls on Facebook to pause encryption efforts

04 Oct 2019

Last night (Thursday 3 October) the Home Secretary Priti Patel signed an agreement that will enable British law enforcement to directly ask for electronic data relating to serious criminals from US tech firms rather than through governments.


More than 1,000 children protected in first year of centre tackling County Lines

21 Sep 2019

The national centre to coordinate law enforcement activity to tackle County Lines has, in its first year of operation, protected more than 1,000 children from being exploited by drug gangs.


Head of Counter Terrorism Policing calls for public's help to tackle far right extremism

19 Sep 2019

The Head of Counter Terrorism Policing has called upon the public to help tackle right wing extremism by seeking help for those vulnerable to radicalisation.


No lecture - just sound advice for students

16 Sep 2019

These three words could save your life: Run, Hide, Tell


All police forces to join week long intensification against knife crime

16 Sep 2019

All police forces will be intensifying their work against knife crime this week as a national operation gets underway which will see forces use a range of tactics like intelligence led stop and search and weapons sweeps.


National rape lead responds to CPS report on violence against women and girls

12 Sep 2019

The CPS have released their annual VAWG report, which has shown a decrease in the number of case referrals to the CPS, and a parallel drop in charges and convictions. 


ACSO Neil Basu - The Independent Review of Prevent must "ignore the malign detractors"

09 Sep 2019

Head of CT Policing urges Independent Reviewer of Prevent to find the common ground.


Launch of recruitment campaign for 20,000 officers is generational opportunity for policing

05 Sep 2019

Today the Government has launched the ‘Be a force for all’ national recruitment campaign to deliver on the Prime Minister’s pledge to recruit 20,000 police officers over three years.


NPCC Chair responds to Spending Round

04 Sep 2019

The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Spending Round to Parliament earlier today, and laid out his plans for policing.


Police Chiefs commission urgent review on officer safety

02 Sep 2019

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has commissioned an urgent review of officer safety on behalf of all chief constables. The review was agreed as UK police chiefs came together today to discuss officer safety after recent serious attacks on police officers and a recorded national increase in officer assaults.   


Chiefs respond to 2017/18 rape case outcome data by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary

29 Aug 2019

HMICFRS and the multi-agency Rape Monitoring Group (RMG) have published data showing how cases of rape were dealt with at all stages of the criminal justice system in 2017/18. The data covers every police force in England and Wales.

The data shows reporting of rape to police increasing, whilst charge rates have fallen in the same period.


Chiefs to meet in September to discuss officer safety

24 Aug 2019

Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council Martin Hewitt talks about the work that chief constables do to protect their officers and has called a meeting in September to discuss if anything more can be done to keep them safe.


Statement on death of PC Andrew Harper

16 Aug 2019

Last night (15 August) Thames Valley Police officer PC Andrew Harper was tragically killed in the line of duty after attending a reported burglary.


NPCC Forensics Portfolio approves return of Eurofins to marketplace after cyber-attack

16 Aug 2019

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has approved the return of Eurofins Forensics Services to the forensics marketplace following the criminal cyber-attack suffered in June.


Members of Parliament #GiveADayToPolicing this summer

06 Aug 2019

Members of Parliament from across England, Wales and Scotland have been invited by their local police forces to give a day to policing this August. Last year over 150 MPs took part.


NPCC Chair responds to government announcement on police recruitment

25 Jul 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that 20,000 new police officers will be recruited.


Increases in firearms officers allows forces to carry out more armed operations to protect the public

25 Jul 2019

Police forces in England and Wales have increased the number of armed operations over the last 12 months in a bid to protect the public from the most dangerous criminals.


NPCC comments on Big Brother Watch report suggesting changes to the new digital evicence consent forms

23 Jul 2019

The National Police Chiefs' Council responds to a report released today (Tuesday 23 July) by Big Brother Watch criticising the police use of digital evidence consent forms in obtaining victim and witness evidence in criminal investigations. 


Latest crime statistics show concerning increases

18 Jul 2019

Figures for police-recorded crime have been released today (18 July) by the Office for National Statistics.


Domestic Abuse Bill is key opportunity to achieve joined up and effective support for victims

16 Jul 2019

The Government’s new Domestic Abuse Bill will be introduced in parliament today.


Police launch national forced marriage crackdown at airports

15 Jul 2019

Police are launching the first ever national crackdown on forced marriage at a number of airports as the school holidays get underway.


NPCC comments on Home Office Front Line Review

10 Jul 2019

The Home Office will today (Wednesday 10 July) publish the findings of its Front Line Review .


NPCC recognises significant strain on service

04 Jul 2019

The National Police Chiefs' Council has today (4 July) responded to HMICFRS’ Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales.


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