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New student officers signal end of recruitment freeze

A force has taken on 23 student officers following a five year freeze on recruitment. Cleveland Police have enrolled the new officers on a comprehensive two year training programme from Kirkleatham police station, where they will spend the first five months learning the basics of the job. Based on the National Policing Curriculum, the recruits […]

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New assistant chief at Suffolk

Suffolk Police has appointed a new assistant chief constable. Rachel Kearton, who has most recently been based in Turkey on secondment with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will join the force this summer and lead local policing. Her appointment follows the retirement of Tim Newcomb in 2013, with Temporary ACC David Skevington having held the […]

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‘Technology worthless without right personnel’

Investing in the most up-to-date technology is worthless if police are not employing analysts to exploit it, delegates at a conference have been told. Ryan Prox (pictured), responsible for the analytics programme at Vancouver Police, told visitors at the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (BAPCO) conference that a high ratio of analysts to […]

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Force wins funding for shoe print pilot

An innovative machine that captures shoe print patterns and compares them against footwear marks found at crime scenes is being used in custody suites in London as part of a Metropolitan Police project. The scanner is the first of its kind in Europe, and it is hoped the technology will eventually reduce the cost per […]

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Drones: Threat or opportunity?

Drones diminish the risk of injury for police officers, while allowing the gathering of huge volumes of information at a relatively low cost. That is why their use will grow in public order instances that require heightened situational awareness, including riots. As drones are quiet, manoeuvrable and remotely controlled, they are ideal for border control […]

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