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Saturday, 16th January

PCC elections slated for May

PCC elections slated for May

Elections for police and crime commissioners are timetabled for May - but could be shelved again if the COVID-19 outbreak worsens. • Local authority chief executives, who by law are the returning officers for votes, have confirmed that the government has cleared the delayed Police and Cr

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    Friday, 15th January

    PNC not impacted by IT error, says Home Office

    PNC not impacted by IT error, says Home Office

    The Police National Computer is operating as normal despite the deletion of thousands of data files, the NPCC has said. • The accidental deletion of 150,000 arrest records including DNA and fingerprint data has not impacted on daily operations and will not happen again, the Home Office has sai

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    Officer who caught Covid after being spat at makes vaccine plea

    Officer who caught Covid after being spat at makes vaccine plea

    Any amount of PPE will not protect officers in hands on incidents says officer who became ill. • A Dorset officer who became  ill witth Covid-19 after being spat at by a suspect has called for the Government to urgently place police officers on the priority list for the vaccine. The 4

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    Encrypted apps put vulnerable at risk, NCA specialist warns

    Encrypted apps put vulnerable at risk, NCA specialist warns

    More encrypted message apps will lead to an increase in vulnerable people becoming victims of crime, a senior cyber crime specialist has warned. • Nigel Leary, Temporary Deputy Director of the UK’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), warned end-to-end encryption messaging was leaving vulnera

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    PSNI officers trained ready for COVID-19 ambulance duty

    PSNI officers trained ready for COVID-19 ambulance duty

    Northern Ireland's officers have become the latest to be drafted to help ambulance crews during the COVID-19 crisis. • A group of 11 Police Service of Northern Ireland officers have retrained to drive ambulances to fill in for drivers affected by the COVID-19 virus. Northern Ireland Ambulan

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    Thursday, 14th January

    Bail extension decisions moved from superintendents to inspectors

    Bail extension decisions moved from superintendents to inspectors

    Home Office reforms will increase pre-charge bail limits to 90 days with inspectors approving extensions at three-month stage. • Pre-charge bail time lengths are to be increased from 28 days to 90 days – reversing the changes to the bail system introduced by a previous Conservative administrat

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    South Wales refuse calls to release video footage of man who died

    South Wales refuse calls to release video footage of man who died

    South Wales Police are coming under increasing scrutiny over the death of a man in custody, but the force say early findings by them indicate 'no misconduct issues and no excessive force'. • Mohamud Mohammed Hassan died on Saturday and an Independent Office for Police (IOPC) investigation i

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    Nick Herbert to Chair CoP board

    Nick Herbert to Chair CoP board

    Former Policing Minister appointed to provide strategic direction for CoP working with new CEO who is yet to be appointed. • Lord Nick Herbert, who was Theresa May’s policing and crime minister, is returning to the sector to become the new Chair of the College of Policing. As mi

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    Superintendents get CPD training as College ups online offer

    Superintendents get CPD training as College ups online offer

    Training and development for senior officers is being upgraded to improve wellbeing and operational advice. • The College of Policing and the Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA) have launched a series of online learning e

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    Wednesday, 13th January

    Community service order for youth who left PC needing 17 stitches

    Community service order for youth who left PC needing 17 stitches

    Officer sustained broken nose and septum, deep lacerations and bruising. • A youth who assaulted a Leicestershire PC who required emergency surgery on her wounds and was off work for three months has been given a 12-month community service order and told to pay £600 compensation. The

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    Tony Porter, now Chief Privacy officer for Corsight AI

    Government 'would benefit' by setting facial recognition codes in law

    As the Surveillance Camera Commissioner steps down from his role he says 'there is enough out there' to inform policies to ensure facial recognition can be used lawfully and be a force for good. • Tony Porter who was Surveillance Camera Commissioner for six years has now left his post and gone to

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    Body of evidence: Dr Tully has warned improvements in forensics are needed

    Forensics regulator signs off with call for 'fundamental change'

    The Forensic Science Regulator has signed off with a call for better scrutiny of evidence and increased laboratory capacity. • Forensics watchdog Dr Gillian Tully has warned that parts of the sector remain in a precarious position and there is an urgent need for fundamental change. Dr Tull

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    Parting company: Cheshire's PCC and Chief Constable

    Cheshire begins search for new Chief Constable as Darren Martland retires

    Cheshire has begun its search for "a dedicated and high performing" new Chief Constable. • Cheshire Constabulary has begun its hunt for a successor to Chief Constable Darren Martland who is retiring after more than 30 years’ service. The force has

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    Tuesday, 12th January

    CC Rachel Swann

    'No clear limit on how far people can travel for exercise'

    Derbyshire chief defends actions of officers despite FPN being withdrawn. • The force at the centre of a media storm over the fining of two walkers  announced the notices had been rescinded and said the rules were not clear enough. The Chief Constable of Derbyshire defended the

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    A Met detective leads an operational briefing

    Detective shortage leads forces to target January blues for recruits

    Forces have launched a fresh drive to recruit more detectives to make up for a shortfall in the senior ranks. • Forces across the country have used the traditional January window when people consider career changes to launch recruitment drives for detective roles. Two approaches are b

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    Comment: the limits of COVID enforcement

    Comment: the limits of COVID enforcement

    Obvious and high end breaches of the COVID-19 regulations are not undermining the effectiveness of the FPN system. • The Home Secretary and the head of the National Police Chiefs Council presented a united front at tonight’s Downing Street press conference but it is unlikely that many of

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    Woman jailed for four-months for spitting at and slapping officers

    Woman jailed for four-months for spitting at and slapping officers

    A woman who spat at a Cambridgeshire Constabulary officer and slapped and tried to bite another has been jailed. • Cambridgeshire's chief constable Nick Dean stressed how the impact of such an assault can go beyond the physical injury. Officers were called out to the home address of 3

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