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
Welcome to the November edition of the Crime and Policing News Update.
This month saw the first anniversary of the establishment of police and crime commissioners (PCCs), with both the Home Secretary and the Minister for Policing, Damian Green speaking to mark the event. Speaking at the think tank, Policy Exchange, the Home Secretary highlighted how PCCs have played a visible role the communities they represent, and some of the local initiatives driven by PCCs to reform their forces and increase efficiencies. The full speech is available here. Damian Green also spoke at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners echoing the Home Secretary words about PCCs achievements and how they are responding to the communities they serve. The full speech is available here.
Police reform was also the theme of Damian’s speech at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) conference on 20 November. As well as touching on the introduction of PCCs, he highlighted other key reforms such as making the Inspectorate of Constabulary independent and giving the Independent Police Complaints Commission new powers. Damian also spoke about the College of Policing’s work on the direct entry schemes to attract more candidates to policing, and talent management programmes to provide existing officers opportunities to further develop and progress their careers. The full speech is available here.
You will have seen the recent news coverage of the arrests in South London in relation to a slavery case, in which three women were allegedly imprisoned and forced into servitude for three decades. The issues raised by this case demonstrate the importance of the government’s and partners’ work to tackle these types of crimes, one measure being the Modern Slavery Bill which will be published in draft in December, with a view to being introduced into Parliament in May 2014. The Bill will consolidate all the offences which are currently used to prosecute slave masters and traffickers, and increase maximum sentences to life, as well as empowering the courts to restrict activity that puts others at risk. This will mean that more traffickers are identified, disrupted and brought to justice. It will also create an important new role, an Anti-Slavery Commissioner, who will galvanise our collective response to these terrible crimes. One of the National Crime Agency’s priorities will be to tackle the criminal gangs behind slavery.
On 18 November, the Prime Minister hosted a summit with internet service providers to discuss what is being done to prevent child sexual exploitation online. The summit highlighted some of the measures introduced by the major internet service providers to make illegal material much harder to access online. You can read full details of the summit here.
I look forward to working with all of you going forward.
Acting Director General, Crime and Policing Group