Law and order issues remain high on Government agendas so we provide here some links that provide a window onto this wider, national, scene. Hopefully you will find the material accessible through this section useful when trying to understand the necessarily much abbreviated summaries provided by the media.
New CRB Checking Body Launched
The Disclosure and Barring Service, a new organisation formed from the merger of the Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority, has been launched. Read more
March 2013 edition of the Crime and Policing Policy News Update
Welcome to the March edition of the crime and policing news update.
You will probably have seen the coverage, on 20 March, of the Chancellor‚Äs Budget Statement for 2013.¬ For the Home Office, this means a further challenging round of savings in 2013/14 and 2014/15. There is a commitment from the Home Secretary, which has been communicated to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and Chief Constables, that there will be no further police savings in 2013/14.
March also saw the publication of the report by HMIC about Police investigations into Savile over a 40 year period. This has reinforced the pressing need to task across our agencies and institutions to ensure the risks of Sexual Violence Against Children and Vulnerable People are being systematically addressed, more on this in the update.
March was also a critical month for the National Crime Agency as we only have six months to go until it goes live.¬ You can read more about this later in the news update.
We also saw content from the Home Office website move to the new GOV.UK site.¬ This site brings together all government websites into one domain and is the best place to find information on government services and polices.¬ You can take a tour of the new site at www.gov.uk/home-office.
The news update also contains information on the launch of the new Violence Against Women and Girls Action Plan, a new Crimestoppers campaign to tackle cannabis cultivation and the important work we are doing to help free up police officers time.¬ You can read all about this and more in the main news update.
Director General, Crime and Policing Group