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22.12.16: Chief Inspector Rob Hill of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and head of service for the Prevention and Enforcement Service (PES), explains how the new service is helping to deliver a joined-up approach to tackle crime and quality of life issues in...

Cornwall councils launch collaborative CCTV project

20.12.16: Eight West Cornwall town councils are working together with the region’s rescue and police services to launch a ‘groundbreaking’ CCTV project to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. The brainchild of Hayle Town Council...

Significant corruption fears as 436 claims of police sexual abuse revealed

09.12.16: Abuse of power for sexual gains by police officers has been revealed as a serious problem in a new report. The latest annual overview of police legitimacy from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) looked at the problem for the first time....

Borough council probed in potential mass data breach

28.11.16: A Nottinghamshire borough council has been investigated by police after it was potentially the site of a mass breach of data protection laws.  Police were notified in September after a confidential email sent to Broxtowe Borough Counci...

Reform prisons offer chance to halt rise in inmate deaths, doctors’ union says

25.11.16: Increasingly poor health conditions for prison inmates could be prevented by devolving more powers to prisons, the British Medical Association (BMA) said yesterday. In February, David Cameron promised to create six new ‘reform prisons...

Late intervention still costing councils £6.4bn per year, but spending profile shifts

18.11.16: It is still costing local councils £6.4bn a year to deal with damaging social problems which might have been addressed more cheaply earlier on, a new report has revealed. The Early Intervention Foundation’s (EIF’s) most re...

Manchester firefighters pushed to agree to 12-hour shifts in cash-saving bid

20.09.16: All fire fighters in Greater Manchester risk losing their jobs unless they accept newly-revised 12-hour shift patterns as the service struggles to balance its dwindling budget. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority (GMFRA) has alread...

Fall in prison officer numbers has created ‘toxic cocktail’

31.08.16: Prison officer numbers are still at dangerously low levels despite government efforts to recruit more, a prisons’ charity has said. New analysis from the Howard League of Penal Reform shows that in 2016, there were 14,689 officers wor...

Disabled people ‘robbed of independence’ as blue badge thefts treble since 2013

22.08.16: Theft of badges designed to allow disabled drivers free parking has more than trebled in two years, new research from the LGA shows. There were just 656 reports of blue badges being stolen in 2013, but this rose to 1,756 in 2014 and then 2...

Councils accuse campaign of ‘trivialising’ anti-social behaviour

04.08.16: Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) have been defended by councils in response to planned protests across the country this weekend. Campaign group the Manifesto Club has announced that it is holding a series of ‘Protest PSPO’...

New HM Inspector of Constabulary asked to take ‘balanced’ approach

01.08.16: Police representatives have said that inspecting the force “must be about more than ticking boxes” as the government announced the appointment of a new HM Inspector of Constabulary. Matthew Parr, who was previously a rear admira...

A new strategy for fighting fraud and corruption locally

02.06.16: Rachael Tiffen, head of the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre, discusses the new Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally strategy and the importance of strong leadership to enable change. Over six years ago I sat in a room with a number of other civ...

Criminal justice system ‘is close to breaking point’ – PAC

27.05.16: Spending cuts have left the criminal justice system “close to breaking point”, a new report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) warns. The report found that two-thirds of trials to the Crown Court are delayed or do not go a...

Offender management should be devolved and made competitive

24.05.16: Rehabilitation of offenders would be improved if the system was locally devolved, according to a new report. In their report, ‘Local offending, local solutions: devolving offender management’, Kevin Lockyer, a former prison gove...

Continued cuts risk undermining effectiveness of neighbourhood policing – HMIC

18.02.16: Policing cuts risk undermining the effectiveness of neighbourhood policing, the police inspectorate has warned as 18 forces across the country were rated as ‘requiring improvement’. The latest Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of...

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As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you’ll read throughout this edition of the magazine, in order to make the aspirations a reality, there... read more >

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23/02/2017And justice for all

Nothing less than a ‘whole-place’ pooling of public service budgets and devolution of criminal justice system powers to local level can create the conditions for community transformation, argue former communities secretary Hazel Blears and Lord Patel, chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission. Reform of the Criminal Justice... more >
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McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

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