Ten years of Police and Crime Commissioners

Tuesday 15 November marks exactly ten years since the first cohort of Police and Crime Commissioners were elected by local communities across England and Wales. Today, four of the 43 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are also responsible for fire governance in their area. The role of the PCC is to be the voice of… Read more »

NPCC confirms new Gavin Stephens will be new Chair

Surrey Chief Constable Gavin Stephens has been elected as the Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). He will take up his post in April 2023 taking over from Chair Martin Hewitt QPM who will leave step down in March 2023 after serving a four-year term.  The NPCC brings forces across the UK together… Read more »

New tri-service community fire station opens

Theale Community Fire Station in Reading has been officially opened and is the third community tri-service station in Berkshire. The station has been operational since October 2021, with the official opening delayed due to Covid, and it provides improved training and welfare facilities for staff, helping to support the workforce of modern public services. The… Read more »

Police Dogs win national awards

The Animal Welfare Scheme Awards organised by Dogs Trust celebrates the work and success of service dogs working within the UK’s emergency services. Four police dogs were recognised this years awards as the Animal Welfare Visitors Scheme reached its 20th anniversary. The scheme was set up to to ensure that the training, housing and transport… Read more »

Control room award winners celebrated as community honours unsung heroes

The extraordinary contributions of the behind-the-scenes heroes who work tirelessly to serve and protect the public have been celebrated at the Control Room Awards 2022. The ceremony took place on the opening day of the Emergency Services Show and featured many inspirational stories of professionalism, dedication and resilience. The awards are the only accolades of… Read more »

New Chief Constable for Devon and Cornwall

Will Kerr OBE has been confirmed as the new chief of Devon and Cornwall Police. The appointment was confirmed after a meeting of the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel on 16 September. Mr Kerr was the preferred candidate of the Police and Crime Commissioner. The recruitment process saw five candidates apply with two,… Read more »

Essex Police selects Agilisys for Analytics for Everyone data project

Essex Police has partnered with Agilisys, the public sector digital transformation specialist, to deliver the latest phase of its Analytics for Everyone, enterprise-wide data project. The Essex Police Analytics for Everyone platform enables the force to deliver insights into the hands of officers and staff through a series of dashboards, providing the self-service information needed… Read more »

Sir Mark Rowley becomes 29th Metropolitan Police Commissioner

Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley took his oath and swore allegiance to His Majesty The King at a ceremony at New Scotland Yard on 12 September. Sir Mark was formally appointed to the post of Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service in July by Her late Majesty the Queen following a recommendation by the Home Secretary…. Read more »

Pioneering electric hybrid motorcycle for Northamptonshire Police

Northamptonshire Police is leading the way in sustainable transport for emergency service use as it takes delivery of new petrol-electric hybrid motorcycles. The new three-wheeled bikes will be used by neighbourhood policing teams, helping them to increase accessibility and visibility within local communities.  The innovative WMC300FR motorcycle has been developed by Northamptonshire-based White Motorcycle Concepts… Read more »