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Downbeat: PFEW vice chairman Che Donald has the service on the critical list

Workforce bulletin shows decline and fall of officer numbers

PFEW warns service 'sleepwalking into a nightmare'. • Policing in the UK was placed on the “critical list” today as new workforce figures showed officer numbers at their lowest level for nearly 40 years. Latest Home Office statistics confirmed no respite in the headlining decline

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Public order officers will use the same batons as frontline officers. Photo: Press Association

Longer batons for Met officers in safety boost

Force spending £2 million on upgrade. • All frontline Met Police officers are to get new batons as part of a £2 million upgrade which managers say will help increase personal safety. The force is to replace 19,000 gravity friction lock batons with positive lock batons which officers s

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Chief Constable Gareth Wilson

Plan to slash PCSO numbers a 'desperate measure'

100 officers will be moved to neighbourhood teams in force shake-up. • Proposals which could see PCSOs slashed by 78 per cent since 2010 have been lambasted as “short-sighted and reckless”. This week Suffolk Constabulary confirmed a planned “restructure” which woul

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GDPR could have 'worrying and immediate impact' for hate crime victims

GDPR could have 'worrying and immediate impact' for hate crime victims

Hate crime has surged by an estimated 57 per cent. • HMIs criticise forces for failing to support officers and staff to have the skills and confidence to engage with hate crime victims in an official report released today. In the wake of an estimated 57 per cent increase in hate crime report

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Wednesday, 18th July

Pioneering: PC Rob Pedley

Accolade for wheelchair-bound PC's precious gift to teenagers

Officer to get honorary degree for steering young away from life of crime. • A wheelchair-bound officer is set to collect another award for helping to divert nearly 250,000 children away from violent crime. PC Rob Pedley is to receive an honorary degree from Birmingham City University later

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Neo-Nazi leader jailed over plot to murder MP

Neo-Nazi leader jailed over plot to murder MP

Another terrorist pleaded guilty of involvement in the plot. • The leader of banned neo-Nazi group National Action has been jailed for eight years. Christopher Lythgoe, 32, was arrested by police investigating a plot to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper and a female police officer. It

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ACC Mark Hamilton

More assessments needed over misogyny hate crime plan, say chiefs

Chiefs to conduct further studies on issue. • Misogyny will not yet be monitored as a hate crime after chiefs decided to look at the issue further. As reported last week, the Chief

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West Yorkshire PCC 'delighted' to be elected APCC chairman

West Yorkshire PCC 'delighted' to be elected APCC chairman

He previously led the National Association of Police Authorities. • The new APCC chairman has pledged to ensure the organisation plays its part in netting “sustainable” funding for police. West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson was elected chairman thi

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Tuesday, 17th July

Policing Minister Nick Hurd

Home Office announces review to hear issues affecting frontline

Fed rep says officers have been let down before. • The Home Office wants to hear the concerns from frontline policing – but a new review announced today will not look at any issues about pay, demand or resourcing. Details of the call for evidence from the frontline have been

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Unacceptable failings in force's crime recording

Unacceptable failings in force's crime recording

One in five crimes not recorded in one area, while HMIs praise two others for their improvement. • A force has been criticised for “unacceptable failings” after it failed to record 20 per cent of crime. An inspection by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Se

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Officer axed for unwanted Facebook messages to 'at risk' woman

Officer axed for unwanted Facebook messages to 'at risk' woman

Pestering on social media led to more self-harming. • An officer was sacked after admitting dealing with mental health issues of his own had contributed to making advances via Facebook to a suicidal woman driven to self-harm by his unwanted attention. PC Gary Wood contacted the 26-year-old t

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Force uses forensic tagging spray to protect domestic abuse victims

Force uses forensic tagging spray to protect domestic abuse victims

Triumphant trial reveals high success rate in deterring perpetrators. • New forensic technology is helping a force tackle domestic abuse. Officers from West Mercia Police tactically distributed a forensically traceable liquid around the homes of domestic abuse victims in Shropshire in a bi

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Monday, 16th July

PC who gathered group to confront member of public spared dismissal

PC who gathered group to confront member of public spared dismissal

Officer reacted to apparent assault of relative. • A constable who gathered a group of people at a member of the public’s house to intimidate him has kept his job in the police service. PC Mhamud Hussin, who serves with the Metropolitan Police in Newham, was spared dismissal

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West Midlands force: Agreed with the IOPC that there was a case to answer

PC disciplined over 'first one I'd shoot' video remarks

Final-warning officer argues no racist intent as IOPC fears 'impact on public confidence'. • An officer has spoken of his regret for a "clumsy" remark caught on camera telling a black man he “would be the first one I would shoot if I had a gun”. The unnamed West Midla

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PC Rhys Prentice has died, aged 24

PC dies in motorcycle crash

Rhys Prentice was 24 years old. • An off duty constable has died after his motorcycle was involved in a crash with a car. The family of PC Rhys Prentice, 24, said they are "absolutely devastated" after he was killed in the accident on the A7 in the Scottish Borders on S

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IOPC Director General Michael Lockwood

Watchdog doesn't keep track of directed misconduct hearing results

IOPC says it makes forces hold hearings if it thinks there is a case to answer, not because it is implying guilt. • The police watchdog does not keep track of whether the hearings it compels forces to hold ever find against officers. Police Oracle asked the Independent Office for Police Cond

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Sunday, 15th July

Nostalgia: Surveillance footage believed to be first used as evidence in court discovered

Nostalgia: Surveillance footage believed to be first used as evidence in court discovered

Groundbreaking technology shot in 1935 from a first floor shop window. • These incredible stills are taken from what is believed to be the first police surveillance footage to be used as evidence in a c

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    Saturday, 14th July

    PFNI chairman Mark Lindsay: Young, vulnerable kids are encouraged to riot and cause mayhem

    PFNI calls for all-out community offensive to 'take back streets' from terrorists

    Bombs thrown by pre-teenage children at officers in sixth night of Londonderry violence. • Dissident republican terrorists are getting vulnerable children to do their dirty work trying to kill Police Service of Northern Ireland officers in what is tantamount to “child abuse”, it has b

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      Friday, 13th July

      CC Simon Byrne

      'Bullying' chief denies belittling staff

      CC Byrne claims his approach was to 'let a thousand flowers bloom'. • A "bullying" chief constable accused of belittling and berating his underlings has denied doing anything wrong. Simon Byrne, who was suspended as chief constable of Cheshire Constabulary last year, instead sugges

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      County lines: Force twice told to share intelligence with NCA

      County lines: Force twice told to share intelligence with NCA

      Agency's ability to provide authoritative picture of threats undermined by other law enforcement bodies not sharing info, say HMIs. • Opportunities to increase the law enforcement response against county lines drug dealers and other serious criminality may have been missed, according to

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      Gordon Anglesea: Died of natural causes six weeks into a prison sentence

      Jailed paedophile ex-superintendent spent final days shackled in hospital to 'stop escape'

      Report says no justification for restraining retired 79-year-old officer whose wife was unaware of his whereabouts. • A jailed retired senior officer was restrained in hospital despite a long list of debilitating medical conditions, a Home Office investigation into his death has revealed Fo

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      Chief's misconduct hearing adjourned until September

      Chief's misconduct hearing adjourned until September

      Hearing initially opened in April. • The misconduct hearing into former Cheshire Chief Constable Simon Byrne has been adjourned until September. This afternoon the office of Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane revealed the hearing had now heard from all witnesses

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