When Eurovision came to Liverpool

At The Emergency Services Show, visitors learned that strong relationships built through the work of local resilience forums pay huge dividends when major events come calling. Hosting Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine saw Liverpool at its very best as thousands of visitors converged on the city back in May 2023. Speaking in the Lessons Learned… Read more »

Greater Manchester Police trialling three-wheel hybrid motorcycle

As the emergency services continue to green their fleets, a Northamptonshire based company has extended trials of its three-wheel petrol electric hybrid motorbike to the North West with Greater Manchester Police taking two bikes onto the streets. The innovative WMC300FR motorcycle has been developed by Northamptonshire based White Motorcycle Concepts (WMC) in collaboration with Northamptonshire… Read more »

‘Generational moment of reform for policing’, says Met chief

Speaking at the Police Superintendents’ Association conference yesterday on his first year anniversary as Commissioner of the Met, Sir Mark Rowley emphasised the need for more trust, less crime and higher standards. Revealing that the Met receives over 13,000 contacts from the public everyday, he said that the public expect high standards from his officers… Read more »

Home Office seeking views on JESIP in new survey

Emergency services are being encouraged to complete a new survey about interoperable working and the use of Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP). Aimed at commanders, control room staff and frontline responders in the police, fire service and ambulance service across England and Wales, the survey aims to understand how JESIP is currently working in… Read more »

‘Pockets of promising activity’, but it’s not enough says body scrutinising the Police Race Action Plan

The Independent Scrutiny and Oversight Board was appointed to provide external scrutiny of the Race Action Plan published by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the College of Policing in 2022. The Board, chaired by Abimbola Johnson, published its first year report and it contains seven thematic recommendations for ‘how policing can create a truly… Read more »

National roll out for Right Care, Right Person approach to mental health calls

Police forces across England and Wales will adopt a new approach called Right Car, Right Person to dealing with mental health calls as a new toolkit and national partnership agreement are launched. The National Partnership Agreement provides a framework for assisting police with decision-making about when they should be involved in responding to reported incidents… Read more »

Police officers to access new online wellbeing training

The first tutorial in a comprehensive suite of online training on wellbeing topics is launched this week, produced by Me Learning for the National Police Wellbeing Service, Oscar Kilo. The course provides tools and techniques to help officers and staff to manage their wellbeing following assaults. The course is available online to anyone working in… Read more »

Latest report from inspectors says that in too many police forces, ‘the public is being failed’

His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has published ‘Getting a grip’, which brings together the findings from the 2021/22 police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy programme – known as PEEL. Chief HMI Andy Cooke writes, ‘Put simply, too often and in too many forces, the public is being failed, either at the… Read more »

Ofcom launches investigation into 999 failure

The regulator has confirmed that it is investigating BT following a UK-wide disruption to emergency call services on 25 June. Ofcom said that its rules require BT and other providers to take all necessary measures to ensure uninterrupted access to emergency organisations as part of any call services offered. They also require providers to take… Read more »

New Police Scotland chief announced

The Scottish Police Authority has announced the appointment of Jo Farrell as the next Chief Constable of Police Scotland. Jo has been the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary since 2019. The announcement follows the news in March that the current Chief Constable, Sir Iain Livingstone QPM will retire in August 2023.  Martyn Evans, Chair of… Read more »