Dame Lynne Owens confirmed as Met Deputy Commissioner

Having served as interim Deputy Commissioner since September 2022, the Met has confirmed that Dame Lynne Owens has been appointed to the post on a permanent basis. Dame Lynne has spent more than 32 years working in policing and national security where she led the National Crime Agency. She joins Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley… Read more »

New forensics centre planned for Thames Valley Police

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. … Read more »

Met Commissioner consulting on Turnaround Plan

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley revealed his mission for policing in London in a plan that aims to deliver ‘More Trust, Less Crime and High Standards.’ The Turnaround Plan identifies how the Met will improve trust and confidence and renew policing by consent. The plan acknowledges that this is a complex task ‘but with… Read more »

Durham Constabulary providing free sanitary products for staff

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Joy Allen has announced joint funding with Unison and the Police Federation to allow for free sanitary products for Durham Constabulary staff, the first in the country to front this kind of initiative. The scheme involves 26 of the Constabulary’s sites being deployed with Aunt Flow vending machines and FabLittleBag… Read more »

New Chief Constable confirmed for Wiltshire Police

Catherine Roper will be the next Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police. Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Panel approved the selection after PCC Philip Wilkinson selected her as his preferred candidate last month. Catherine takes over as Chief Constable after Kier Pritchard announced in November his intention to retire after 30 years in policing later this year…. Read more »

Northumbria Police awards MLL next generation network contract 

Following a competitive tender process involving several suppliers, MLL Telecom, a leading provider of secure managed network services to the UK public sector, has been awarded an initial three-year network services contract by Northumbria Police, one of the UK’s largest police forces. The contract can be extended for a further four years. This is for…

Former fire chief to head up police authority

Susan Johnson OBE has been appointed as the new Chair of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority. Susan is a former chief executive of Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, where she served until her retirement in 2015. Since then she has held non-executive roles in the public and private sector. She will be taking… Read more »

Purpose, a new film from Oscar Kilo

Oscar Kilo the National Police Wellbeing Service has developed a new short film and mental health awareness package called ‘Purpose’.   It is part of a package being offered to police forces across the country as a way to create awareness, spark debate and self-reflection.   Purpose is a short but powerful film based on real-life experiences of… Read more »

Suffolk confirms new Chief Constable

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Panel has confirmed the formal appointment of Rachel Kearton as Suffolk Constabulary’s Chief Constable. Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore presented his proposal to appoint Rachel following a robust recruitment process held last month. The panel unanimously supported the appointment. Rachel had been acting Chief Constable since the departure of former… Read more »

CMA requires NEC to sell parts of software business to restore competition

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said that NEC, a software supplier to the emergency services, must sell some parts of its business after an in-depth merger investigation found that they could end up paying more for essential software in control rooms and for managing duty planning. NEC and SSS (previously part of Capita… Read more »