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Nineteen forces could take on direct entry recruits

Nineteen forces could take on direct entry recruits

Just one force is looking to take on both direct entry inspectors and superintendents however. • As many as 19 forces could take on direct entry personnel later

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Thames Valley: Another tragic road victim

Officer killed hours after colleague's funeral

Thames Valley coming to terms with second off-duty officer killed in road accident. • An officer on his way home from work has died in a motorbike accident just hours after his force paid its final respects at the funeral of a colleague killed coming off his Christmas shift. Today the Tha

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Over the moon: Campaigner Gina Martin with lawyer Ryan Whelan

Offence of upskirting finally enshrined in law in England and Wales

And campaigners have Brexit-embattled PM to thank for taking up the fight. • Campaigners are today celebrating an 18-month battle to see the criminal offence of ‘upskirting’ finally pass to the Statute Book in England and Wales – with the help of Brexit-battered Prime Minister Ther

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Died in custody: Meirion James

CCTV captures officers being shoulder-charged and attacked in cell

Inquest jury sees restraint of custody death detainee. • Footage has been shown to jurors of the moment officers battled to restrain a former school teacher who died in custody. Meirion James, 53, shoulder-charged one Dyfed-Powys officer and tried to attack others outside his custody cell

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Tuesday, 15th January

Line of duty: Officers stand to pay their respects to PC Daniel Clayton-Drabble

Chief on tragic officer who 'made a difference to so many'

Policing pays fulsome tribute to 'dedicated' PC at his funeral. • Colleagues and friends who paid their final respects to an officer tragically killed coming off his Christmas shift spoke of how the life and soul of policing in Milton Keynes had “touched the hearts of so many”

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Shake on it: Thames Valley PCC Anthony Stansfeld, left, and the incoming chief John Campbell

Deputy with 'right chemistry' chosen as future force chief

Preferred candidate named for Thames Valley role. • A 30-year career officer is set take the final ‘step up’ from deputy to chief next month. Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell has Olympic credentials, a wealth of experience across three forces and the righ

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Thames Valley: Officer dismissed

Officer sacked for 'misinformation' on two motoring incidents

Conduct ruled as gross misconduct by panel. • An officer who twice gave incorrect information relating to motoring incidents within days of one another has been dismissed from the service. A disciplinary panel ruled that Thames Valley PC Kieran Budd was guilty of gross misconduct, havin

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Critical inspectors: West Midlands 'too often still failing victims of crime'

West Midlands: We can not be accused of failing to pump more resources into crime recording

Re-inspections reveal 'little evidence' of improvements at UK's biggest regional force. • Britain’s biggest regional force has hit out at inspectors who accused its leaders of showing “little evidence” of improvements over the past year after failing to record more than 16,600 viol

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Monday, 14th January

Scene of killing: Several knives were recovered

Man shot dead was lawfully killed, inquest jury rules

Knife-wielding aggressor threatened to kill himself, fiancée and officers. • Rank-and-file have spoken out in defence of the agonising split-second decision no armed officer ever wants to make in the wake of an “out-of-control” man shot dead by police. Officers who had go

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Chief on 'zero tolerance' after headbutted officer left with nerve damage

Chief on 'zero tolerance' after headbutted officer left with nerve damage

Assailant given 22-month prison term for attacks. • A chief has admitted that a violent attack by a detainee has left an officer with damaged nerve endings in his head and also “impacted” seriously on his colleagues. Wiltshire Chief Constable Kier Pritchard has been speaki

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CC Sara Thornton: Misognyny cannot be prioritised when policing is so stretched

Chiefs say 'seriously stretched' forces preventing prioritising misogyny as hate crime

Analysis of Fawcett Society figures estimates 67,000 incidents based on gender last year. • Chiefs have frankly admitted that policing does not have the resources to do everything “desirable and deserving” in dismissing pleas to prioritise misogyny as a hate crime

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David Duckenfield: Facing 95 manslaughter charges

Hillsborough: David Duckenfield to face manslaughter charges at trial opening

Two in court on charges linked to 1989 disaster. • The trial of Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield is due to go ahead today some 30 years after the deaths of 96 football fans. Last month an eleventh-hour attempt to halt the historic prosecution was rejected by a High Court judge

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Sunday, 13th January

Falling numbers: Direct correlation between cuts and crime, says report

Offenders 'half as likely to get caught since austerity'

Police cuts could lead to 'free-for-all', campaigners warn. • Deep cuts in policing are being directly linked to a halving of offenders brought to justice since 2010 as anti-austerity campaigners warn of a potential crime “free-for-all”. Victims are far less likely to see the p

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    Saturday, 12th January

    On song: PC Peter Burns and PCSO Holly Went

    Officers 'going for the record' in charity single fundraiser

    Musical pair out to raise awareness of impact mental health has on 999 services. • Perhaps having a famous name associated with 1980s’ chart success Dead Or Alive has helped as musically-minded officers from Northumbria found they are clearly hitting the right note. Neighbourhood off

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    Joint force: School lead Christine Cunniffe, left, and Sgt Cassandra Oswald

    A-level students team up with force to beat rising tide of winter burglaries

    School collaboration gives insight into how youngsters 'view the police'. • A force has gone back to school to learn how criminology students can help it beat a rise in residential burglaries over the winter. A-level pupils have taken on the role of “educating communities” by

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      Friday, 11th January

      PFEW's Karen Stephens

      Force's recruitment of volunteer detectives 'unacceptable'

      Essex Police deny this represents 'policing on the cheap'. • An under-pressure police force's decision to hire "volunteer detectives" to help it investigate serious crimes is evidence of a recruitment "crisis". Essex Police has been crit

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      John Apter: 'Not surprised' at survey's findings

      Federation: Our officers did not join up to provide this kind of service

      Public concerns growing over crime and anti-social behaviour, survey suggests. • Rank-and-file officers admit “communities deserve better” with new research revealing two in five people in England and Wales believe crime is a big problem in their area and may be getting worse

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      Crossed the line: PC Kasra Rafeian's career in policing began with lies over reference, misconduct hearing told

      Officer sacked for inventing job reference from French Foreign Legion

      Panel heard whole career based on a falsehood. • A police officer whose career was said to be based on a “lie” surrounding his service with the French Foreign Legion service has been dismissed. PC Kasra Rafeian’s application to join Essex Police in April 2017 included a

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      Katrina Makunova

      Met officers under investigation following teenager's death

      Conduct of five officers being looked at by IOPC. • Five Metropolitan Police officers are being investigated over their handling of assault allegations made by a 17-year-old against her boyfriend in the months before she was killed. The police watchdog inquiry was made pu

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      Thursday, 10th January

      PC Paul Adey: Outside the misconduct hearing last month

      Force PSD probes 'secret Facebook site supporting sacked officer'

      Call for protest to counter planned demonstration over Kingsley Burrell custody death. • Plans for a tit-for-tat demonstration in support of a constable sacked after lying over the restraint of a detainee who died in custody are being probed by officers from professional standards. The Wes

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      Tributes: Flowers left at the scene of the Coventry tragedy

      Officer being investigated after unarmed man shot dead in police raid

      No firearm recovered from scene of shooting, inquest told. • An officer who shot dead an unarmed man during an “intelligence-led” operation is under investigation from a police watchdog, an inquest was told today. Sean Fitzgerald, 31, died from a single gunshot wound a

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      Not proven: Met Police panel throw out professional standards' claims

      Officers cleared over driver and passenger misconduct claims

      Allegations of gross misconduct not proven, disciplinary panel decides. • Two officers have been cleared of claims of unnecessary arrest, using disproportionate force and inadequate care of a woman experiencing an epileptic fit after a vehicle was stopped over a minor traffic offence

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      Flashpoint: Officers calm Leave and Remain backers outside the Commons

      Police to enhance Westminster security ahead of Brexit vote after MPs harassed

      Call for urgent conference to tackle abuse of parliamentary members as force admits 'very challenging' times. • Police are to step up security around Parliament ahead of next week’s crucial Brexit deal vote as a plea has been made for a Westminster conference to tackle the abuse of MPs

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