Police launch partnership with RNIB Northern Ireland

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has launched a partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People Northern Ireland (RNIB) to increase awareness and understanding of sight loss within the police force and increase engagement with the sight loss community to deliver important public safety messaging.​Police and Crime Prevention officers will liaise directly with… Read more »

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 »

Making way for the new generation of fire engineers

The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) has joined forces with the Fire Service College to boost the number of new entrants to the fire engineering profession during National Apprenticeships Week. Following the introduction of The Fire Safety (England) Regulations on 23rd January, fire engineers are more in-demand than ever before and pivotal across all aspects… Read more »

Celebrating emergency services apprentices

National Apprenticeship Week 2023 is an opportunity for the skills community to celebrate and promote apprenticeships across England, gaining regional and national profile. Now in its 16th year, it showcases the impact apprentices can have on communities, local businesses and regional economies. This year’s theme is “Skills for Life” encouraging everyone to consider how apprenticeships… Read more »

800 new ambulances in England, but capacity remains a critical issue

In a new delivery plan published by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, ambulance services capacity comes under scrutiny with ambulance bosses being asked to provide capacity plans for 2023/4 and identify gaps before 800 new ambulances are added to the fleet. According to the two-year plan for recovering urgent and…

Time to Talk Day

Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation. Happening every year, it’s a day for friends, families, communities, and workplaces to come together to talk, listen and change lives. Run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, Time to Talk Day is a partnership with the Co-op and supported by Time To Change… Read more »

Firefighters vote to strike over pay

In what would be the first national strike in over 20 years, members of the Fire Brigades Union have voted for strike action on pay with 88 per cent voting yes on a 73 per cent turn out. This comes after firefighters rejected a 5 per cent pay offer in November 2022. The Fire Brigades… Read more »