COPTRZ launches industry-first drone detection system for police forces

COPTRZ, a leading commercial drone solution provider, has announced the launch of a complete turnkey drone detection solution, designed to provide protection from the threat of drones. Launched in partnership with DJI and its AeroScope detection systems, the system allows an operator to track telemetry data from drones in surrounding airspace of up to 40km… Read more »

Control Room Awards celebrate hidden heroes of the emergency services

The unsung heroes of Britain’s blue light services have been honoured in the first national awards for control room staff. Among those recognised at the APD Control Room Awards 2018 were control room staff who supported the response by London Fire Brigade to the Grenfell Tower inferno, which claimed 71 lives. The brigade’s Two Watch… Read more »

Met appoints new Assistant Commissioner for Counter Terrorism

Neil Basu has been appointed as the Metropolitan Police’s new Assistant Commissioner responsible for leading counter terrorism policing nationally. Mr Basu will take over from AC Mark Rowley as head of the Met’s Specialist Operations when AC Rowley retires later this month. Currently Mr Basu is the Senior National Coordinator for counter terrorism policing and… Read more »

SECAmb teams up with Kent Police

A partnership between South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) and Kent Police will see a vehicle carrying a paramedic and two Special Constables respond to incidents across Medway and Swale. The joint response unit, which will initially run for a pilot period of six months, will be in operation on Friday and Saturday nights from… Read more »

Firefighters’ marathon effort for Grenfell survivors

A group of 18 firefighters from London Fire Brigade who attended the Grenfell Tower blaze are set to run the London Marathon on 22 April in a bid to raise vital funds for groups supporting local people affected by the fire. They are also fundraising for The Fire Fighters Charity, which continues to provide physical… Read more »

Unsung heroes shortlisted for first Control Room Awards

Finalists have been announced for the APD Control Room Awards 2018, which take place on 8 March. The awards are the first to recognise and celebrate the life-saving and life-changing work of staff in control rooms within emergency services and critical control operations across the UK. A panel of six judges with extensive experience of… Read more »

West Sussex County Council invests in latest technology

West Sussex County Council has become one of the first council’s in the country to invest in a drone to benefit its work. The drone will be used by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service as well as for wider council use. Members of the fire and rescue service’s Technical Rescue Unit will use the device… Read more »

Met Police appoints Sir Steve House as new Assistant Commissioner

Sir Steve House will take up the post of Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police on 5 March. His role will bring resilience and succession planning to the Met’s senior leadership team following an unprecedented year for policing in 2017 and a continued increase in operational tempo for the organisation as it continues to bear… Read more »

Innovative healthcare service is transforming emergency care

Patients are getting specialist emergency treatment quickly and avoiding trips to hospital thanks to an innovative service launched in East London. A review of the first 111 days of a unique collaboration between London’s Air Ambulance, Barts Health NHS Trust and London Ambulance Service’s remodelled Physician Response Unit (PRU) has revealed that emergency care is… Read more »

Merseyside Police’s new Operational Command Centre is open for business

Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable have taken delivery of Merseyside Police’s new Operational Command Centre on time and on budget. PCC Jane Kennedy and Chief Constable Andy Cooke attended a special ceremony on Monday 5 February at which construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall officially handed over the new £48m building on… Read more »