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Police response driving

The Federation has given a “cautious welcome” to the news that the Government is to consult on proposed changes to the law in relation topolice response driving.

Pursuits lead Tim Rogers says the development is a move in the right direction after the Home Office today (Tuesday 22 May) launched a consultation on proposals to amend proposes the legislation on careless and dangerous driving to recognise the high level of training and skill possessed by trained police drivers.

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video surveillance - Netwatch CIO Niall Kelly

Niall Kelly, CIO of Netwatch Group, discusses the relationship between prison standards and comprehensive video surveillance…

The capabilities of modern video surveillance technology are staggering. Across the prison estate, they are enabling occupational capacity with unprecedented standards of surveillance that go hand in hand with good governance and help to achieve the highest standards of control and safety.

Comprehensive monitoring makes the most of valuable human resources and mitigates the ever-present risks presented by overcrowding, violence, drug use and accusations of misconduct. Huge advances in digital signalling, video analytics, cloud processing, AI and deep learning are combining to enable proper stewardship of far-flung, secure areas.

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police

The Home Secretary will be invited to take the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of police officers as he addresses the rank and file for the first time tomorrow.

Calum Macleod, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, will welcome the Right Honourable Sajid Javid MP as he take the stage to address delegates at the PFEW annual conference - his first major appointment since being appointed Home Secretary.

Among the issues Mr Macleod will raise are the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill and he will call on the Government to show support for emergency service workers and “agree that they are not society’s punch bags for those fuelled by drink and drugs, or trying to evade arrest” and to show officers that they are worth “more than an abused household pet.” 

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National Award for officer who transformed attitudes towards sex workers

An officer from Avon and Somerset, who has worked tirelessly to help women trapped in street sex work, has been recognised with the national Women in Policing Award at this year’s Police Federation Annual Conference. 

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Custodial Facilities Forum

As a partner of the Custodial Facilities Forum, The Custodial Review are pleased to announce that you have chance to present at the event – where secure estates and facilities of the future will be the focus. 

The CFF are inviting submissions to present at the conference, which is being held on November 15 and 16 at Whittlebury Hall, Northants.

If you’re involved in the design, delivery or management of secure estates we’d be interested to hear about the following subject areas:
•    Facilities that meet the needs of an ageing prison population including accessibility and designing for dementia. 
•    Custodial facilities that keep both staff and those remanded safe. What’s the latest best practice, how can we reduce the risks of self-harm and protect staff?
•    Integrating rehabilitation and design, facilities of the future.
•    Balancing efficiency, performance and long term cost-effectiveness in modernising secure facilities
•    Innovations in the custodial sector – what can we learn and adopt from other countries, and other sectors such as mental health? 

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Photo Credit: Paul Givan MLA, Tom Murtagh MBE and Phil Wheatley CB. Photo copyright 2018, Steve Myers.

Tom Murtagh OBE's new book The Maze Prison: A Hidden Story of Chaos, Anarchy and Politics has been launched in County Antrim at the Lower Maze Social and Recreational Club – which overlooks the remaining buildings of this iconic prison.
 The Maze Prison describes how an establishment built to hold those involved in terrorism, atrocities, murder and other horrendous crimes became a pawn in the partisan conflict as politicians and officials by-passed procedures when it suited them.

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Self harm - inside a prison cell

Dr Danielle McDermott, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Leeds Trinity University, supported by co-author Dr Dominic Willmott, Research Fellow in Legal & Criminal Psychology at the University of Huddersfield, offer readers of The Custodial Review an academic insight in the rising problem of self-harm and violence in male prisons.

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The Police Federation of England and Wales’ annual conference is taking place at the ICC in Birmingham on May 22 and 23 – and organisers are urging those wishing to attend to register now.

Running from 9am on the Tuesday with an opening address from chair Calum Macleod, and concluding at 5pm on Wednesday, the theme for this year is “Protecting the Protectors – the reality of policing”, focusing on issues including better protection for officers assaulted on duty and for those who undertake emergency response and pursuit drives.

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Under represented, Under pressure, Under resourced is the third and final report in a series looking at the voluntary sector's role in Transforming Rehabilitation (you can also read the first report and second report).

Clinks surveyed 132 voluntary sector organisations between February and April 2017 and gathered six in depth case studies. The survey results were analysed by the Third Sector Research Centre and by using the same questions posed in our 2015 survey we have been able to record changes over time.

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Emergency Services Show

Returning to Hall 5 and the outdoor area at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 19-20 September 2018, The Emergency Services Show is a unique and growing event, promoting collaboration between the emergency services.

Free-to-attend, it brings together all disciplines from the emergency services sector to discover innovative technology and operational solutions, share experiences and prepare for future incidents.