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Coronavirus: Guidance on personal protective equipment issued to police forces

09 Apr 2020

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and College of Policing have issued guidance to police forces on the use of personal protective equipment.


Coronavirus: Policing approach remains to use enforcement as last resort

09 Apr 2020

Speaking ahead of the Easter weekend the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Martin Hewitt, said:


Access to online counter terrorism training made easier for home users

07 Apr 2020

Police remind public that terrorism remains a threat.


Domestic Abuse victims urged to keep seeking help during Coronavirus outbreak

04 Apr 2020

The country’s leading domestic abuse police officer has today reaffirmed that the issue remains a police priority despite the Coronavirus outbreak.


Police and NCA in coronavirus online safety push

03 Apr 2020

Two of Britain’s top officers are urging children, parents and carers to ensure they know how to stay safe online – with the National Crime Agency’s latest assessment showing there are at least 300,000 people in the UK posing a sexual threat to children.


Additional measures will help police support COVID-19 effort

26 Mar 2020

The Government has today announced new public health regulations that will support officers in enforcing measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. These powers will only be used by officers if an individual fails to comply after the officer has engaged with them, explained the risks to public health and encouraged voluntary compliance.


Police continue to support public health response to Coronavirus

23 Mar 2020

The Prime Minister has announced a series of new measures as part of the government’s response to the Coronavirus.


Forces ask for the help of police volunteers to bolster officer numbers

20 Mar 2020

The National Police Chiefs’ Council are asking employers to consider providing paid leave to Special Constables so they can support the police service in managing the impact of the Coronavirus.


COVID-19 and recruitment assessment centres update

19 Mar 2020

​Recruiting new officers remains a priority for policing, and it has been agreed nationally that the continuation of assessment centres is essential activity.


Child Sexual Abuse inquiry highlights policing response

12 Mar 2020

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published its report on the Internet and Child Sexual Abuse. It found a large increase in the scale of child sexual abuse facilitated by the internet.


HMICFRS report highlights ‘positive aspects' to Prevent

09 Mar 2020

A new report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has praised the work of police in protecting vulnerable people against radicalisation.


Public warned to remain vigilant after CT arrests hit two-year high in final quarter of 2019

05 Mar 2020

Counter Terrorism Policing has warned the public against complacency after the number of people arrested for terrorism offences in the last quarter of 2019 hit a two-year high.


Police in strong position to support UK’s response to Coronavirus

03 Mar 2020

Police have tried and tested plans to support the UK’s response to the Coronavirus. 


Police work on child protection recognised by HMICFRS

27 Feb 2020

The policing inspectorate, HMICFRS, has published a report into child protection.


NPCC Chair Marin Hewitt Speech – APCC and NPCC Summit 2020

26 Feb 2020

"Every police chief is determined to reduce crime. Our crime fighting efforts must be matched by action that will help us to deliver for the public."  NPCC Chair Martin Hewitt's keynote speech at this year's APCC and NPCC Joint Summit. 


Police announce new partnership to help combat knife crime

25 Feb 2020

Police are announcing a new partnership with the online marketplace Wish that will tackle the sale of illegal knives in the UK.


Inspectorate positive on forces, but more work to do on serving victims

07 Feb 2020

HMICFRS, in their most recent PEEL Spotlight report, conclude that whilst most forces are deemed either good or outstanding, there is more work to do in offering a consistent service to victims and improving investigations. 


Police back expert warning on Facebook encryption

06 Feb 2020

The national policing lead for child protection has backed a letter from worldwide experts and charities to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, warning that the company’s plan for end-to-end encryption would put child safety at risk.


Government announce consultation on pre-charge bail

05 Feb 2020

The new consultation announced today by the Home Office aims to put the needs of victims first and ensure police are supported to investigate crimes.


Crime statistics show tactics to tackle violence are working

23 Jan 2020

The latest figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) have been released by the Office for National Statistics.


Government announces biggest increase in funding for the police system in a decade

22 Jan 2020

The government have announced today that the amount of funding available to the policing system for 2020 to 2021 will increase by more than £1.1 billion.


New powers given to police to protect victims of stalking

19 Jan 2020

New stalking protection orders come into force tomorrow (January 20) that will enable police to better protect victims of stalking and stop perpetrators from approaching their victims.


Significant progress on county lines – police working to improve further

10 Jan 2020

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has published a report after an inspection of how county lines drug trafficking is dealt with at local, regional and national levels.


NPCC Chair: Policing must be a critical part of Royal Commission

07 Jan 2020

The National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair Martin Hewitt said the planned commission on the effectiveness of the criminal justice system is an opportunity to review the policing model in England and Wales so it better meets 21st century threats.


Queen’s New Year’s Honours List recognises police officers, staff and volunteers

27 Dec 2019

Police officers, staff and volunteers from forces across the country have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.


NPCC respond to annual police use of force statistics

19 Dec 2019

Police use of force statistics have been released today, offering unprecedented transparency to the public


Right wing-related Prevent referrals increase to record levels

19 Dec 2019

The proportion of right wing-related referrals into Prevent has reached its highest ever level, according to new Home Office statistics. 


Make the right choice this Christmas. Don’t drink or drug drive.

17 Dec 2019

Chiefs warn that anyone getting behind the wheel after a festive drink or two faces the prospect of ending up behind bars this Christmas.


Police response to HMCPSI rape inspection

17 Dec 2019

Responding to HM Crown Prosecution Inspectorate's rape inspection, the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Adult Sexual Offences and Rape, Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew, said:        


General Election: Police forces have had direct contact with 70 per cent of election candidates about their security.

11 Dec 2019

NPCC Chair encourages candidates to continue to engage with police about any concerns and report crimes.


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