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Police Uplift Programme: New recruits survey paints positive overall policing picture
The vast majority of new police recruits are highly satisfied in their roles and have strong intentions to remain within the profession, a new report has revealed.
According to the Police Uplift Programme (PUP) New Recruits Onboarding Survey (2023) report, eight out of 10 new officers are satisfied in their roles and with the support they receive from their line managers. Meanwhile, more than seven in 10 say the role has met or exceeded their expectations. More via Emergency Services Times
Police to use ‘Minority Report’ technology to predict crimes before they happen
The Home Office is working on plans to transform policing with a new artificial intelligence system that could predict and prevent crimes even before they occur, i can reveal.
Sources say the technology, which conjures up the plot of Hollywood film Minority Report, will also be capable of hunting down drug gangs, paedophile rings and terrorist cells. More via i
Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance member wins Pilot of the Year Award
Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance’s (SCAA) longest-serving pilot has proved he’s one of the best in the business.
Capt Russell Myles, who helped establish the charity’s life-saving service 10 year ago, has won the prestigious Air Ambulances U.K. Awards of Excellence “Pilot of the Year” title, marking him out as the sector’s top U.K. pilot in 2023. More via Vertical Magazine
FBU leader warns of industrial confrontation ahead of new anti-strike laws
Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary Matt Wrack has said that the new anti-strike laws could trigger the start of trade union defiance unseen since the 1970s.
Wrack issued the stark warning ahead of a TUC special congress on Saturday 9th December to discuss its plans to resist the Minimum Service Levels Act. More via FBU
More than 900 schools ‘clad in combustible material banned after Grenfell fire’ – report
Nearly 1,000 school buildings are believed to contain combustible materials similar to those used in Grenfell Tower – now banned in new schools – a new report has revealed.
It also concludes that 120 school projects in England have been built using combustible façade insulation since 2018, when the material was banned from high-rise residential buildings due to its part in the Grenfell fire tragedy. More via i
Police Forces must do more to eliminate discrimination of disabled officers – PFEW
Police forces must do more to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimisation of disabled police officers as part of their legal responsibility, as figures reveal almost half (46 per cent) of employment tribunal claims funded by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) are disability cases.
As of October, this year PFEW has already spent at least £1,115,000 supporting members in disability-related employment claims. More via PFEW