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  • Turn-out for the election of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in November could be as low as 18 per cent. The prediction was made by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) which said: “The Government seems to have done everything in its power to keep polling stations empty.”

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  • Memorial service for fallen officer

    Posted On 20 Aug 2012

    Hundreds of officers gathered to remember an off duty policeman who died while trying to protect the community he served. PC Ian Dibell was killed near his home in Clacton, Essex while intervening in a row on 9 July.

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  • Police and crime commissioners (PCC's) will be required to pledge an oath to represent 'all sections of the public without fear or favour'. The oath is designed to provide a platform for PCCs to set out publicly their commitment to tackling their new role with integrity.

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  • Changes to the codes that determine how detainees in England and Wales are treated have been made following successful representations by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). Three significant amendments have been made to the Police and Criminal Evidence (PACE) codes that could help reduce the numbers of deaths and serious injuries in custody. There were 15 deaths during or following police custody during 2011/12.

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  • Police leaders have praised defence minister Philip Hammond for speaking out against the Government’s privatisation programmes. And Ian Edwards, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, has now urged police minister Nick Herbert to have the guts to do the same.

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  • Police Federation branch chairman Ian Edwards said: “We think this proposal is over. It will be down to the new commissioner to nail the coffin shut. “None of the commissioner candidates are saying they will continue with these plans if elected. “And after witnessing the G4S Olympics debacle I don’t think the public wants to see it either. “Surrey provided funding for the consultation and private partners expected a contract that included two forces.”"

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  • Committee launches inquiry into leadership and standards in the police The Home Affairs Committee is today launching an inquiry into leadership and standards in the police service. In December 2011, the Home Secretary announced plans to establish a professional body to further professionalise policing, which will be known as the College of Policing.

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  • One year after last summer’s riots police leaders say forces would protect the public and restore order if there was further widespread disorder. But, due to budget cuts and a reduction in police officer numbers, the response to other incidents would suffer.

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  • A police force striving to save £51 million over four years has warned it may have cut ‘too hard and too fast’. Devon and Cornwall Police has lost 700 officers including 100 neighbourhood officers in a bid to meet its savings target.

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  • Midlands riot police reveal powerful and honest testimonials BRAVE police officers have opened their hearts for a book documenting their experiences as they faced looters and rioters who rampaged through the West Midlands.

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