Thames Valley Police is looking to review the structure of local policing. The last review took place in 2010. The force says that it is now working in a more complex environment and following extensive research and analysis two proposals for how it delivers local policing are being considered.

Firefighters and control room staff across the UK have accepted a new pay deal to end their dispute over pay. 96 per cent of Fire Brigades Union members voted to accept the pay offer on an 84 per cent turnout. The pay settlement is for 7 per cent backdated to July 2022, plus an additional 5 per cent from July 2023.

The Coal Authority has been given Category 2 responder status, confirming its position as a key organisation in the response to emergencies that happen on the UK’s coalfields. Along with the Met Office, the Coal Authority has been added to the list of Category 2 responders as a result of the 2021 review of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has launched a partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People Northern Ireland (RNIB) to increase awareness and understanding of sight loss within the police force and increase engagement with the sight loss community to deliver important public safety messaging.

Thames Valley Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner has revealed plans for a new forensics centre as part of a wider improvement programme to transform forensic services across the force area. The purpose-built centre in Bicester will become the main forensics hub for the force, containing laboratories, new digital technologies and dedicated training facilities. 

A report from a House of Lords Committee says that emergency healthcare is in crisis and that the Government should create a new operating model which takes account of how patients move through the health system. In the short term, the report recommends that the Government set up a special (COBR) committee to address the immediate crisis.