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NPCC launches new National Contact Management Strategic Plan
The National Police Chiefs’ Council has launched its new National Contact Management Strategic Plan. The five-year plan sets out how demand and public expectations on policing continually evolve and that policing ‘must quite rightly respond.’ More via Emergency Services Times
College of Paramedics welcomes changes to Misuse of Drugs Regulations
The College of Paramedics has welcomed the UK Government making regulatory changes to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 to allow paramedic independent prescribers to prescribe and administer, and direct others to administer, five controlled drugs.
The move comes four years after the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, working in conjunction with the College of Paramedics and NHS England, recommended the legislative changes which were accepted by the UK Government in 2022. More via College of Paramedics
NIPB publishes review into ‘significant’ PSNI data breach
The Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB) has published a review into the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) data breach which occurred on 8 August 2023 and saw the personal details of over 9,000 PSNI officers and staff posted online. More via Emergency Services Times
APCC welcomes Home Office initiative aimed at reducing night-time male homicides
The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) has welcomed a new Home Office initiative designed to reduce the number of males who are homicide victims at night-time.
The national initiative will have two elements: a communications campaign aimed at raising awareness and influencing behavioural change, and force-led activity which will focus operational strategies in hotspot areas. More via APCC
Lincolnshire prepares for emergencies with digital twins and drones
Lincolnshire Resilience Forum (LRF) has gone live with new geospatial and drone technology from Esri UK to help it better prepare for emergencies across the county, including flooding, loss of critical infrastructure, pandemics or severe weather.
Covering over 2,000 square miles and a population of more than 750,000, the LRF’s objective is to save and protect human life, relieve suffering and contain emergencies, limiting their escalation by ensuring comprehensive readiness. More via ADS Advance
WFRS opens consultation on Resourcing to Risk delivery model
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) has opened a consultation on its proposed Resourcing to Risk delivery model, which aims to have the right resource, in the right place and at the right time, to keep people safe wherever they may be.
The public consultation period launched yesterday, with Warwickshire residents, businesses, community groups and public sector partners invited to have their say on the way that WFRS manage their resources. More via Warwickshire County Council
Ofcom asks telcos ‘how resilient are your networks?’
Britain’s comms regulator, Ofcom, is asking telecoms providers for updated guidance on how resilient their networks are.
As part of the consultation, Ofcom is also seeking feedback on boosting power backup for mobile networks, as more subscribers ditch the landline and rely increasingly on mobile networks to contact emergency services. More via The Register