Community panel scrutinises Bedfordshire Police’s use of force

A new panel of community members has been established to scrutinise the use of force by Bedfordshire Police officers. The panel is believed to be the first of its kind in the country and offers unprecedented external oversight of the force’s actions in this area. At the panel’s first meeting, on 25 June, members got… Read more »

South West Ambulance Service welcomes new CEO

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is pleased to welcome incoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Will Warrender CBE (left). Will succeeds Ken Wenman, who retires, after more than 40 years’ service in the NHS. With over 30 years’ Royal Navy experience, Will has spent much of his time at sea, where he commanded… Read more »

Hampshire charity members drive over 27,000 miles to deliver food and PPE to those in need during pandemic

A Hampshire-based charity has been playing a key part in supporting those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 45 responders from Hampshire and Berkshire 4×4 Response (HB4x4R) have driven in excess of 27,000 miles across Hampshire to deliver pallets of emergency food and personal protective equipment. Hampshire and Berkshire 4×4 Response is a registered… Read more »

BlueLight Commercial team growing rapidly as key appointments made

BlueLight Commercial, the new national police commercial support organisation, has appointed Stuart Jose (left) as its first Regional Commercial Director. Mr Jose, previously Head of Regional Procurement in the South West of England and also chair of the National Police Procurement Executive, started his new job on 22 June. Drawing on his expertise and contacts,… Read more »

Cambridgeshire FRS confirms ACFO appointment

Members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority have approved the appointment of Jon Anderson (left) as an Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO). Chairman of the authority, Councillor Kevin Reynolds, said, “We are delighted to confirm Jon in the role and offer our congratulations after a challenging process. Jon has showed his passion and drive… Read more »

Toyota Corolla hybrid fits the bill as potential police patrol car

The Toyota Corolla is helping police with their enquiries, as the UK’s regional forces assess the British-built hybrid model’s potential as a patrol car. A Corolla Touring Sports in Excel trim begins a series of month-long demonstration loans next week. Manufactured at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, the car has been fitted out to police… Read more »

New furniture framework supports the public sector’s safe return to work

Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) new Furniture and Associated Services agreement is supporting the public sector’s safe return to work. Listed suppliers are offering a range of products including screens, hand sanitiser stations and temperature screening booths as well as consultancy to help plan space in line with social distancing guidance. There are also temporary solutions… Read more »

UK fire and rescue services reap Collaborative PPE Framework benefits

Thirty-three fire and rescue services (FRSs), comprising over 33,500 firefighters, are now benefiting from the Local Authority Collaborative PPE Framework. Launched three years ago, in June 2017, the framework gives UK FRSs access to high quality PPE ensembles and volume discounts through a streamlined procurement process. The framework was set up in response to calls… Read more »

Capita meets key Defence Fire and Rescue Project milestone with the delivery of first new fire fighting vehicles

Capita has delivered the first 14 new fire fighting vehicles as part of the company’s 12-year Defence Fire and Rescue Project (DFRP) contract. The arrival of these appliances is a key milestone in Capita’s work to manage and modernise the Ministry of Defence’s fire and rescue capability. Capita Fire and Rescue, one of Capita’s business… Read more »

‘No time to waste’ in search to replace aviation services, says HM Coastguard

The UK Search and Rescue Second Generation programme – known as UKSAR2G – will replace all the aviation services currently under contract to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. That includes the search and rescue helicopters, operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, and also the fixed-wing aircraft, operated by 2Excel. These days the sight of a red… Read more »