New Metropolitan Police Commissioner appointed

The Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced the appointment of Sir Mark Rowley as the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service. Sir Mark was formally appointed by Her Majesty the Queen following a recommendation from the Home Secretary, after a competitive recruitment process. Representations from the Mayor of London were considered by the Home… Read more »

Commissioner launches police camera survey

The Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner is beginning the process of gathering the latest information from all police forces under his jurisdiction on their use of overt surveillance camera systems. The Commissioner, Professor Fraser Sampson, has written to the chief officers of all 43 geographical forces in England and Wales, the Ministry of Defence, the… Read more »

Harper’s Law comes into force

PC Andrew Harper was killed protecting the public. The Government has announced that Harper’s Law, named in his honour, has now come into force. This new law introduces mandatory life sentences for those who unlawfully kill emergency workers in the line of duty. The Act doubles the maximum penalty from 12 months to two years… Read more »

Next West Midlands Police Chief named

Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster has announced Craig Guildford as his preferred candidate to be the next Chief Constable of West Midlands Police. The announcement follows a rigorous selection process by the PCC. During the assessment the candidates were grilled by a panel of young people from the region, stakeholders from partner agencies, staff… Read more »

Landmark information sharing agreement for police

The National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) and the National Business Crime Centre (NBCC) have announced the roll out of a landmark Information Sharing Agreement (ISA), enabling police forces across the country to share relevant data with the wider business community to combat crime and protect the public. The ISA is the first of its kind in the… Read more »

KAROQ joins emergency services fleets

With over 115 years of supporting the emergency services, ŠKODA continues its legacy with the launch of the marque’s latest addition to its emergency services vehicle line-up – a fully converted ŠKODA KAROQ Rapid Response vehicle. The versatile SUV lends itself perfectly to emergency service conversion thanks to its practicality, multi-terrain abilities and class-leading space for… Read more »

Police forces encouraged to take up gambling awareness training

A leading charity is working with police forces across the UK to train officers on the issue of gambling and gaming harms. The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), is rolling out its award-winning training to police forces across England and Wales. What started off as a bespoke training arrangement with the Metropolitan Police… Read more »

Force launches UK’s first 999 video service for deaf community

A ground-breaking new service enabling the deaf community to report emergencies, including crimes in progress, is now being provided by Nottinghamshire Police. The free service connects users to British Sign Language interpreters remotely through a dedicated 999 BSL app on their phone, or via the 999 BSL website. The interpreter, who will appear on the… Read more »

Recyclable boat joins Police Scotland

A high performance boat will be joining Police Scotland’s Dive and Marine Unit as part of a unique development opportunity. The new, fully recyclable boat – fitted with the latest technology and design features – will look to enhance Police Scotland’s response to incidents in the water such as missing person searches, event patrols, body… Read more »

Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney to lead strategic command course

Hampshire Constabulary Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney QPM is joining the College of Policing on secondment as strategic command course (SCC) director. The role oversees the leadership development programme, which prepares police officers and staff for the most senior ranks. CC Pinkney is also chair of the National Police Co-ordination Committee for Local Policing, the Police Steering Committee,… Read more »