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Using machine learning to flag issues with police forces sooner
Emergency Services Times Editor, Catherine Levin, recently spoke with HMICFRS’s Insight Portfolio Director, Jacquie Hayes, to find out more about how machine learning is being tested out on police force data to see how it could enhance inspection. More via Emergency Services Times
NPCC responds to Meta’s rollout of end-to-end-encryption
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has issued a response to Meta’s decision to roll out end-to-end-encryption by default in Messenger and Facebook.
NPCC Lead for Child Protection, Abuse and Investigation, Ian Critchley, said the move will have a “dangerous impact on child safety”, adding that social media companies are putting the safety of children at risk without providing an alternative. More via NPCC
College of Paramedics responds to consultation on minimum service levels in ambulance services
The College of Paramedics has responded to a DHSC consultation on minimum service levels in ambulance services.
In its response, the college urged positive and constructive dialogue at all times to enable patients to be provided with optimal care. More via College of Paramedics
New West Sussex fire station and training centre officially opened
Platinum House, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s brand new Training Centre and Fire Station for Horsham, was officially opened on Tuesday 28 November.
The multi-million-pound site commissioned by West Sussex County Council, is the first of its type in the county. More via Emergency Services Times
Policing to have duty of candour
A duty of candour has been introduced for policing following a commitment to do so from the College of Policing.
The duty of candour is contained within the Code of Practice for Ethical Policing, which was laid in parliament last Thursday. It puts a responsibility on chief police officers to ensure openness and candour within their force and includes a range of issues chiefs should consider when doing this. More via College of Policing
TUC agrees strategy to resist government’s Minimum Service Levels legislation
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has agreed a strategy to resist the government’s Minimum Service Levels legislation.
Speaking about the move, Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union general secretary, said, the “new law is an attempt to ban strikes in many sectors of the economy, including the fire and rescue service. The trade union movement cannot passively accept that outcome, and it won’t.” More via Fire Brigades Union
West Midlands Mayor to take on PCC role
Correspondence between the Home Secretary and the Mayor of the West Midlands has revealed that the Government will legislate to move responsibility for policing in the region from the PCC to the Combined Authority Mayor. More via Emergency Services Times