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Huge illegal firearms seizure following joint NCA and CT policing operation

06 Feb 2017

Over 800 potentially lethal weapons have been seized and 282 suspects arrested during a month-long operation aimed at preventing criminals and terrorists gaining access to illegal firearms.

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We must build resilience in young people and educate them about sexual relationships

03 Feb 2017

Research by the charity Barnardo's has highlighted increases in recorded cases of children committing sexual offences against other children in England and Wales between 2013 and 2016.

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Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council January 2017

03 Feb 2017

As our January meeting of all chief constables was at the Police Federation headquarters, it was fitting that investment in our staff and culture was at the forefront of our focus. 

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CC Stephen Kavanagh Blog: Our world has gone digital. January 2017

25 Jan 2017

Our world has gone digital.  Smartphones are everywhere and have overtaken computers as the most popular way we access the internet. The world has changed, and 93% of adults in the UK now own a mobile phone compared with 36% in 2000. 

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Police begin fresh operational push against mobile phone use by drivers following previous effort that caught thousands of offenders nationwide

23 Jan 2017

36 forces took part in the campaign in November stopping 10,012 vehicles and detecting nearly 8,000 mobile phone offences, the highest ever total for a week of enforcement on distraction driving.

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Increases in fraud and computer misuse demonstrate the need for policing to adapt and transform

19 Jan 2017

The Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW) shows that levels of crime have remained stable at 6.7 million offences for the year ending September 2016. However, the inclusion of fraud and computer misuse incidents has led to a further 5.6 million offences being recorded.

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New national strategy for police custody

13 Jan 2017

Police chiefs have developed a set of nationally consistent principles to complement existing legislation and guidance and help forces ensure that they are using custody in a way that is legitimate, effective and efficient.

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The police service is committed to achieving accreditation and improving standards of forensic science

06 Jan 2017

The forensic regulators annual report highlights key priority areas for policing to meet in order to continue to enhance our response and prevent quality failures.

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New Year Honours 2017: Congratulations

30 Dec 2016

The National Police Chiefs' Council has congratulated all those recognised in the New Year Honours list for 2017, including over 30 current and former members of the police service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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DCC Louisa Rolfe Blog: Coercive control can affect anyone. December 2016

29 Dec 2016

Domestic abuse can affect anyone. It is something that forces up and down the country are responding to far too frequently. The abuse suffered can take many forms and until last year victims who experienced psychological, emotional or financial abuse were not protected by any specific legislation. 

 

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First convictions under Psychoactive Substances Act now secured

29 Dec 2016

Six months after the blanket ban on psychoactive substances took effect, the first convictions have been secured and the number of arrests is continuing to rise.

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Police forces across the country have responded to continuing concerns around knife offences

22 Dec 2016

Forces undertook a series of coordinated weeks of action in February, April, June and October 2016 to tackle knife crime under Operation Sceptre. In October, 21 police forces across the country took part in the operation which includes targeting habitual knife carriers, weapon sweeps, test purchases of knives from identified retailers, and use of surrender bins.

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Any regime for communications data needs to be practical and dynamic with robust safeguards

21 Dec 2016

As the European Court of Justice rules on the legal challenge against UK rules on the retention of data, NPCC says police will work within any authorisation and oversight regime deemed appropriate by Parliament and courts of law.  However, it is important that regime can deal effectively with the volume and urgency of our cases.

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Police have called on the public to remain vigilant following the tragic events at a Christmas market in Berlin yesterday.

20 Dec 2016

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for protective security, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi says: “At this time I would like to extend my condolences to the families of all those who have been killed or injured, and to praise fellow emergency service workers who have responded to unfolding events to help save lives.

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Police mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

17 Dec 2016

The day calls attention to crimes committed against sex workers worldwide, as well as the need to remove the social stigma and discrimination that have contributed to this violence.

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Police welcome proscription of extreme right wing group

16 Dec 2016

New legislation came into force at midnight banning National Action.

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Police Transformation Fund vital to helping police modernise and reform the service

15 Dec 2016

The Policing Minister has today announced in the provisional police funding formula which underlines the commitment from police leadership towards reform and transformation.

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Crown Prosecution Service and NPCC launch new Honour-Based Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Protocol

14 Dec 2016

The CPS and police have published the first ever joint honour-based violence/abuse and forced marriage protocol today [14 December 2016], outlining their commitment to the successful investigation and prosecution of these crimes. The protocol recognises the importance of strong partnership working between these two agencies.

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Better data means a better response to domestic abuse

08 Dec 2016

The chief officer lead on domestic abuse has shared her thoughts on a new bulletin released today by the Office for National Statistics.

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Abuse of powers for sexual gain betrays the core duty of the police service

08 Dec 2016

While the recent HMIC report acknowledges progress on police legitimacy in most areas, there is more work to be done to root out corrupt officers who are abusing their positions.

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Around 350 victims have come forward to report child sexual abuse within football clubs

01 Dec 2016

Following ongoing and widespread publicity surrounding allegations of child sexual abuse within football, many police forces across the country have received a significant number of calls, both reporting further allegations and offering information.

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Police launch annual push against drink and drug driving during Christmas

01 Dec 2016

The NPCC annual month-long operation against driving under the influence launches today and police forces across the country will be using intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the festive period.

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Police put transformation plans into action as another 28 projects receive Home Office funding

30 Nov 2016

Police receive over £26 million over the next three years for projects designed to help transform the police service for the benefit of the public.  

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Help available for webcam blackmail victims: don’t panic, and don’t pay

30 Nov 2016

Thousands of people in the UK are likely to be falling victim to sextortion every year, according to the National Crime Agency and National Police Chiefs Council.

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Necessity, proportionality and ethics will be at the heart of our approach as the Investigatory Powers Bill becomes law

29 Nov 2016

The Investigatory Powers Act received royal assent today.  Police chiefs say they are preparing for implementation of the Act.

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New police plan to mobilise communities and disrupt terrorists

28 Nov 2016

An innovative police scheme that deploys teams of officers to disrupt criminals and terrorists in crowded places is calling on the public to play their part in making it a success. The move comes at the start of National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week (Monday Nov 28 to Sunday Dec 4, #CTAW2016).

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Police encourage victims of sexual abuse in football to report it

25 Nov 2016

Police forces are also urging people who may have information about non recent sexual abuse suffered within football clubs to come forward.

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A common sense police approach to investigating sexting among under-18s

24 Nov 2016

As reports of sexting between young people continue to rise, police forces are given advice on how to respond in a measured and proportionate way.

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Sara Thornton's speech to NPCC & APCC joint summit in full - November 2016

23 Nov 2016

Welcome to our second joint conference.  Last year we welcomed you to the gothic splendour of Manchester Town Hall, this year the 1980’s splendour of the QE2

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Police committed to addressing threat from extreme right wing

23 Nov 2016

Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, insists officers will tackle all forms of extremism.

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