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Chief constable's challenge to policing degree scheme rejected

Chief constable's challenge to policing degree scheme rejected

Judicial Review dismissed on a technicality relating to timing of announcement of training change. • The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Bill Skelly has been denied a full judicial review of the College of Policing’s plan to impose the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) on

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West Mercia PC will face murder trial in September next year

West Mercia PC will face murder trial in September next year

Another pre-trial hearing scheduled for May as officers given court date. • A West Mercia PC charged with the murder of former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson will stand trial in September next year, a pre-trail hearing at Birmingham Crown Court has said. PC Benjamin Monk, 4

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NPCC extends counter terrorism course to wider public

NPCC extends counter terrorism course to wider public

An online counter-terrorism training course originally designed for businesses is to be offered to the public. • A 45-minute online counter terrorism learning module is being opened up to members of the public to train them in how to spot potentially suspicious activity and how to react if there i

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Officers trial electric bikes

Officers trial electric bikes

Bikes allow officers to up the mileage covered on each shift and help with off-road investigations. • Northumbria officers are trying out state-of-the-art electric bikes as part of a 30 day trial. The bikes, supplied by the local business Ride Electric, will help neighbourhood o

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Sunday, 8th December

Taking it to the street: Cleveland's team in action

Specials target illegal drivers

Cleveland's team of special constables have led a major operation against illegal drivers. • Nearly 130 drivers were breathalysed and a series of penalty notices issued as part of a campaign to target uninsured and unlicensed drivers in the Middlesbrough and Stockton area. Two drivers were

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    Saturday, 7th December

    Internet referral officers join forces to take down jihadist content

    Internet referral officers join forces to take down jihadist content

    Officers from 10 countries target online tutorial manuals on building IEDs and using CBRN materials. • Specialist officers from the Metropolitan Police-based national Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) joined other specialists from nine countries at a Europol event aimed at bringing d

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    Social media sites to become

    Social media sites to become "one-stop grooming shop"

    Facebook's plans to encrypt across all messaging platforms and Instagram's algorithm are described as "toxic combination" by NSPCC. • The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has warned Facebook will become a “one-stop grooming shop” if it goes ahead with pl

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      Friday, 6th December

      Met officer found guilty of harassment of former partner

      Met officer found guilty of harassment of former partner

      A female officer has been found guilty of harassment after hounding her former partner. • A Trainee Detective Constable has been found guilty of harassment after pestering her former partner who is also a serving officer. T/DC Debra Mackrell, 43, appeared at Inner London Crown Court yes

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      New young officer unit targets gangs' use of social media

      New young officer unit targets gangs' use of social media

      A specialist Met team of officers aged 25 or under are using social media to disrupt gang activity. • A specialist Metropolitan Police team, using officers from gang units is using YouTube and Instagram to take on gangs involved in drug dealing, theft and violence against other gangs. T

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      Chief Constable Lee Freeman speaking at the conference

      Force visited by 'Wellbeing Wagon' at officer welfare event

      Humberside is visited by a health check-up van as part of its Wellbeing Conference last week. • Humberside Police held its wellbeing conference last Friday, which included a visit from a ‘Wellbeing Wagon’, in an effort to improve officers’ mental and physical health. The

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      Wildlife crime now 'too complex' for non specialist police

      Wildlife crime now 'too complex' for non specialist police

      The country's top wildlife crime officers have won awards for tackling illegal activity in an increasingly complex offender landscape. • Two officers beat contenders from across the public sector to take home prizes from the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW), which is sponsored by

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      Thursday, 5th December

      Officers have to upload domestic abuse reports onto 13 systems

      Officers have to upload domestic abuse reports onto 13 systems

      National force hopes to have single crime system up and running by next year. • Police Scotland officers who attend domestic violence incidents have to upload the details manually onto 13 separate force systems. This is despite the fact that Scotland is a national force and many officers ar

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      Head of Scottish Police Authority resigns and delivers rebuke

      Head of Scottish Police Authority resigns and delivers rebuke

      Head of Scotland's police oversight body has resigned saying governance and accountability are "fundamentally flawed". • Professor Susan Deacon has resigned as Chair of the Scottish Police Authority after barely two years in post and told Scotland’s Justice Secretary that a rethink of scrut

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      Two forces pilot digital driving licence photo upload from the DVLA

      Two forces pilot digital driving licence photo upload from the DVLA

      Two month trial reduced roadside identifications by more than 10 minutes developers claim. • Surrey and Sussex Police have been taking part in a trial to identify motorists who have been stopped but are not carrying their driving licences via licence photos which are sent to them remotely by the DVL

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      Unsafe conviction: Winston Trew, one of the 'Oval Four'

      'Oval Four' convictions quashed

      Judge cites 'unreliability of evidence' from BTP detective who died in prison after stealing £300,000 from mailbags. • Winston Trew, Sterling Christie and George Griffiths had their convictions for theft quashed by the Court of Appeal today nearly 50 years after being convicted. The men,

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      Wednesday, 4th December

      DC starts gross misconduct hearing nine years after alleged incident

      DC starts gross misconduct hearing nine years after alleged incident

      Mark Alston appears before panel after force loses High Court ruling against IOPC last year. • A City of London DC is appearing before a misconduct hearing this week nine years after an alleged incident after his force lost a court challenge of a ruling by the IOPC that he had a case to answe

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      Former Metropolitan Police sergeant convicted of theft offences

      Former Metropolitan Police sergeant convicted of theft offences

      Officer exploited role of dealing with sudden death estates for personal gain. • A former sergeant who came back as a police volunteer after retirement to continue his role of acting as a point of contact for sudden deaths has been found guilty of three counts of theft from deceased persons

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      DCC Woods (foreground) arrested a driver on the M65 this week

      Woods in the NPCC's driving seat

      Lancashire's deputy chief constable has been named as the new national lead on police driving. • DCC Terry Woods is the new National Police Chief’s Council lead for police driver training covering standards, emerging threats and the ongoing response to the Bannister ruling relating to pol

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      Essex Chief Constable Ben Julian Harrington (Left) with Steve Joynes (Right) holding a picture of himself as a young would-be recruit

      Officer who applied to join the force aged nine retires after 30 years

      Steve Joynes, who wanted to become a police officer from the age of three, today finishes his career. • An Essex officer today retired after 30 years of service after first sending in his application aged nine. Steve Joynes, 49, says he wanted to become a police officer from the age of thr

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      Tuesday, 3rd December

      Commendation for team who solved rape case 30 years on

      Commendation for team who solved rape case 30 years on

      Experts led by Nottinghamshire police have received a chief constable's commendation after DNA developments helped them solve a rape case from 1988. • A team led by Nottinghamshire Police has received a chief constable's commendation after solving a violent rape from 30 years ago

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      Some 27 forces shared a cloud based casualty bureau in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing

      All forces sign cloud first contract for HOLMES2 major incident system

      Links to major incident portal allow public to upload videos and images relevant to inquiries. • All 43 police forces in England and Wales have signed a contract to deliver the HOLMES2 major inquiry system for local and cross border investigations via a cloud service to enable them to share data

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      Terrorist use of drones hard to mitigate, warn experts

      Terrorist use of drones hard to mitigate, warn experts

      A terrorist threat and mitigation report warns of the potential to carry out IED attacks using drones. • Prevention technology has fallen behind the developing risk of commercial drones being used by terrorists to mount attacks, a risk assessment has concluded. The issue was flagged in the

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