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ACC Marcus Beale (PA)

ACC Marcus Beale dismissed

Counsel said dismissal would be 'merely symbolic' in light of officer's imminent retirement. • Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale has been sacked by West Midlands Police for failing to safeguard top secret documents. The decision to dismiss the counter-terrorism officer without no

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Philip Davies

Government asked not to 'tie police hands behind their backs'

Backbencher argues that stop and search works. • The Policing Minister was told to stop politicians interfering in policing by a fellow Conservative. Shipley MP Philip Davies criticised political pressure on the use of stop and search in parliament. He said: “Does the min

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Deputy PCC Matthew Barber

PCC to appoint full-time deputy

Deputy will help alleviate increased workload on office staff. • A deputy police and crime commissioner could be hired on a full-time basis in Thames Valley from next month. Plans have been made to make part-time Matthew Barber's role to PCC Anthony Stansfeld permanent from May 21

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Maurice Corry MSP

Recruit armed forces veterans to special constabulary, says MSP

Politician says move would boost numbers and help those who have served their country. • Armed forces veterans should be “fast tracked” into the special constabulary, a politician says. Conservative Maurice Corry wants former armed forces personnel to join Police Scotland in

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Tuesday, 17th April

237,697 police rest days cancelled

237,697 police rest days cancelled

Freedom of Information request shows there were almost a quarter-of-a-million rest days owed to 70,000 police officers in England and Wales. • Frontline police officers in some forces are owed well over a week off in unclaimed rest days, new figures reveal, amid claims of staff shortages across Engl

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Force by force amount of rest days owed to police officers

Force by force amount of rest days owed to police officers

Thirty-six forces answered enquiries about the outstanding time due to be taken. • Police forces across the country were asked to provide details of the number of rest days shown as either cancelled, outstanding or waiting for frontline officers to re-roster them, as of September 17 201

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'I knew we would unjustifiably get grief' says colleague of officer facing dismissal

'I knew we would unjustifiably get grief' says colleague of officer facing dismissal

A PC is facing dismissal over allegations he rammed a suspect with his car. • The officer who shared a car with a PC accused of deliberately hitting an assault suspect with his car has told a misconduct hearing he would have “done exactly the same thing”. Cambridgeshire Polic

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'Startling' amount of officers experiencing mental health issues

'Startling' amount of officers experiencing mental health issues

Police officers are human, they can be broken and their mental health is an issue, warns Fed. • Eight out of ten police officers are displaying signs of depression or anxiety as a result of "doing too much", the chairman of the Police Federation has warned

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Monday, 16th April

Cressida Dick. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

More specialist crime teams to go local, despite new central taskforce launch

Moving operations into basic command units will 'be a net positive' says commissioner. • More specialist units will be merged into local command structures in the Met Police before the end of the year. It is pressing ahead with the changes despite the high profile launch of a dedicated

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Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane

PCC loses 'no confidence' vote

Officers participated in a poll issued in response to claims PCC Michael Lane mislead the public over a council tax hike. • An overwhelming majority of officers have taken a vote of no confidence in their police and crime commissioner, Police Oracle can reveal. In a leaked email, the damni

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Misconduct investigation was 'unfair' says Cheshire chief

Misconduct investigation was 'unfair' says Cheshire chief

Allegations against the police chief were laid out in a 21-page document published earlier this year. • An investigation into a police chief constable accused of bullying staff was "perverse, unreasonable and unfair", it has been claimed at his misconduct hearing. Lawyers for Si

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Chief Constable Dave Jones

North Yorkshire chief to retire

He was not expected to step down for another two years. • North Yorkshire Chief Constable Dave Jones has announced he will be retiring from policing immediately. CC Jones said h

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Sunday, 15th April

Collapsed forensics firm bailed out by forces finds buyer

Collapsed forensics firm bailed out by forces finds buyer

Effected forces still expected to pay extortionate amount towards costs of keeping company afloat. • A forensics firm, which went bust earlier this year and led to forces paying out millions of pounds, has found a new buyer. Key Forensic Services (KFS) has been invested in by CorpAcq, a Buy

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PCs Mike 'Spike' Fisher and Nick Prest

Police dogs set for happy retirement after cops' challenge

The weather wasn't on their side but the duo managed to cross the finish line after biking more than 100 miles in a day. • More than £1,000 has been raised to give police dogs who put their lives on the line a happy retirement once they have put their ‘paws up.’

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    Saturday, 14th April

    File photo dated 18/9/1990 of MP Cyril Smith Photo credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

    Lancashire officers were 'plain in their view' knighted MP should be prosecuted for child abuse

    Late MP Cyril Smith had 'ready access' to boys living in a hotel. • Lancashire Police wanted to prosecute Cyril Smith over child abuse allegations but were vetoed by the CPS, an independent inquiry has found. An inquiry released on Friday into four decades of abuse in Rochdale detailed ho

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    The Fantastic Five

    Force has its first litter of police puppies

    Rambunctious pups begin their crime-fighting journey. • Leicestershire Police has bred its first litter of police puppies. The force acted after one of its dogs, who was about to become fully licensed, suffered an injury. Orla, a two-year-old German Shepherd, was in her final stag

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      Friday, 13th April

      Chief Constable Simon Edens, left, is to retire

      Chief constable announces retirement

      Northamptonshire boss leaves police service after 37 years. • Northamptonshire’s Simon Edens has announced his retirement from policing. The officer will step down after a 37-year career. In a statement issued by the force he said: “There have been some significant chang

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      Counter-terror command 'probably unmatched internationally', says inspectorate

      Counter-terror command 'probably unmatched internationally', says inspectorate

      HMICFRS concludes the network is strong. • The UK counter-terrorism policing command is “probably unmatched internationally”, the inspectorate says. HMICFRS has released the conclusions of an inspection of counter-terrorism commanders which praised the systems in place

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      Chief superintendents looking for promotion could have their disciplinary records checked

      Watchdog to get role in vetting chief officer job applicants

      PCCs or chief constables will be able to consult Independent Office for Police Conduct. • The IOPC is to gain a role in vetting candidates for chief officer posts. The watchdog, formerly known as the IPCC, is one of the bodies, alongside professional standards departments and chief

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      Lord John Stevens

      Too great a focus on historic inquiries, says former Met commissioner

      Sir John Stevens calls for 'strong decisions' to be made. • Former Met Commissioner Lord John Stevens says historic investigations are taking too many resources from today's police service. The member of the House of Lords told LBC Radio that "strong decision

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      Thursday, 12th April

      'Train Highways Officers to take on roads policing jobs', says PCC

      'Train Highways Officers to take on roads policing jobs', says PCC

      Police and Crime Commissioner says Highways England officers should help roads police out with some of their more 'mundane' responsibilities. • Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl says he wants Highways England officers to be given extra training and powers so specialist ro

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      Tony Buttigieg Credit: Gwent Police

      Knife man who lashed out at officers jailed

      Shocking body worn video shows the moments Gwent police officers take on violent man. • A man has been jailed for four years for swinging at a police officer with a knife in each hand - even after being Tasered. Gwent Police were called to reports of a man banging on doors in the

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      Some of the weapons taken off the streets by the Met in June last year

      Engage with troubled young people to stem violence epidemic, says black police association

      NBPA President says education, public health and safeguarding need to play a role in policing response to soaring homicide rates. • The President of the National Black Police Association is urging police leaders to resist “kneejerk reactions” to surging violent crime in favour of a m

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      One of the tributes to the dead burglar, which has been torn down from a resident's wall. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

      Burglar shrine: Met calls on both sides to show respect

      'I do not want anyone to feel intimidated or that they are not being allowed to respond in a dignified way to a tragic death' says borough commander. • Residents should "respect the wishes" of those who pay their respects to the dead Hither Green burglar, the borough commander says

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