Capita signs network infrastructure contract with Transport for London

Capita plc (Capita) has secured a contract with Transport for London (TfL) to design and deliver key elements of the network infrastructure that will underpin the upcoming Emergency Services Network (ESN) throughout the London Underground. ESN is a programme led and directly funded by the Home Office to deliver a new emergency services mobile communications… Read more »

Drone collaboration gives Incident Commanders a different perspective

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) has invested in new equipment to help respond to incidents. As part of a unique collaboration with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Joint Protective Services (BCH JPS) police command, new drones are being rolled out which will assist firefighters in their response to a wide range of incidents and… Read more »

Consultation launched on doubling maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker

Anyone who assaults or attacks emergency workers could face longer jail terms, as a consultation on doubling the maximum penalty for the offence is launched today. In 2018 this Government changed the law (Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018) so that anyone found guilty of assaulting a police officer, firefighter, prison officer or paramedic… Read more »

State of Policing report says collaboration is key to providing a more effective and efficient service to the public

In his annual assessment of policing in England and Wales for 2019, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Thomas Winsor recognised the sensitivity and dedication of the police service in collaboratively responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. He encourages police forces to continue to work in collaboration in order to provide a more effective… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Innovative app will help preserve crime scene evidence

A pioneering new app, Crime Scene Assistant, has been developed by two former Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs), and is helping first responders to preserve vital evidence when they arrive at an incident. The app is the first product to be offered through Crime Scene Assist Ltd, the new digital sister company of Teesside business CSI… Read more »