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One year on from the London Fire Brigade culture review, what have we learned?
In a three-hour scrutiny meeting earlier this month, the London Fire Commissioner said, “we’ve got nothing to hide” as he reported on progress to implement the recommendations set out in the independent review of culture of London Fire Brigade.
Emergency Services Times Editor, Catherine Levin, looks at how far we’ve come since the publication of the independent review of culture last November. More via Emergency Services Times
Government publishes Provisional Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 2024-25
The Government has set out the provisional police funding settlement in Parliament for the forthcoming financial year.
For 2024-25, overall funding for the policing system will rise by up to £842.9m when compared to the restated 2023-24 police funding settlement, bringing the total settlement for 2024-25 up to £18.4bn. More via UK Parliament
Bedfordshire Police use AI to save hours on admin duties
The Policing Minister has urged forces to follow Bedfordshire in using artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out admin tasks.
AI is used to redact personal data from case files before they go to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Detectives found it performed the task in minutes, whereas traditional methods could take them days. More via BBC News
Future police officers trained to better understand disability hate crime
Future police officers are being trained to better understand disability hate crime through a unique partnership between Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Dimensions. More via Emergency Services Times
Voice of 999 urges revellers to celebrate safely this Christmas
In an effort to reduce avoidable trips to hospital, London Ambulance Service 999 call handlers have recorded special safety messages which will be broadcast across the Transport for London (TfL) network during the busy festive period. More via London Ambulance Service
Guernsey’s police, border force and fire service to be reviewed
Guernsey’s police, border force and fire service will be reviewed to look at how efficiently they operate.
Home Affairs President Deputy Rob Prow said his committee had asked for it in an effort to find “longer term” financial savings.
He said there was “no question of redundancies” but all elements of the services would be evaluated. More via BBC News
UK police use of facial recognition probed by lawmakers
This week, the UK Parliament’s Justice and Home Affairs Committee probed police deployment of live facial recognition (LFR) technology in England and South Wales.
During Tuesday’s session, the police maintained that technology is getting better at handling false positives, citing last year’s figures from the South Wales Police which showed scans of over 819,000 faces with zero errors. More via Biometric Update
Shining a light on the fire and rescue service with The Firefighters Podcast
Emergency Services Times Editor, Catherine Levin, recently joined Pete Wakefield on The Firefighters Podcast.
Discussing everything from culture to the Grenfell Tower fire, to the changing nature of media and the move for Emergency Services Times from print to digital, this podcast episode is a must listen for anyone interested in the blue light sector.
Why not see if you can find some time this weekend to give it a listen. More via Emergency Services Times