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Apple closes iPhone loophole used to gather intelligence
Digital forensics hindered by anti-hacker update.


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Force paying full costs for women and minority ethnic candidates to take pre-training qualification.


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New call handler system late and over budget
System has cost 'much more than expected'.

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Hello all
I have just passed my standard response course and I'm going in on my first shift tonight as a response driver.
Just wondering how people felt when they passed and how they felt driving to their first flash call.
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Commissioner: I'm pleased infrastructure police not moving forward
Chiefs quizzed over Police Scotland plans to take over BTP.

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Professional standards detective dismissed for misusing rail pass
IOPC investigated actions of chief inspector.

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Two special police officers who drove at more than 100mph despite not being trained to do so have been found guilty of gross misconduct.
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Graduates can become detectives "in a matter of months" with the help of a new fast-track training programme.

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Research on new drug extraction method on polymer banknotes underway
Scientists working to invent faster method as paper bank notes edge closer to becoming obsolete.
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County lines runners targeted by fashion police
Crime team resorts to extreme measures to stop teens working as drug mules.

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UK Police: Russian World Cup security operation 'off the scale'
'Russian hooligans more afraid of Russian security services than have the desire to fight'.

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Custody visiting in police stations a 'waste of time'
Former custody visitor Dr John Kendall tells Police Oracle why the scheme is flawed on many levels.

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Police launch 'dial a bobby' scheme
Locals can chat with an officer whose contact details will made available online and via leaflets.


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'Welfare should never be an afterthought'.


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Thornton: Plan is in place to tackle large-scale riots
Fed rep casts doubt on ability to deal with 2011-style disorder without military support.

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Police apprenticeship funding worth millions 'disappeared down a black hole'
Police apprenticeship funding worth millions 'disappeared down a black hole'

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Has neighbourhood policing reached the point of no return?
For some forces it may already be too late, argues fed.

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Man who left sergeant with shocking injuries found not guilty
He did not realise men wearing standard issue caps with 'Police' written on them were police officers.

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Ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson jailed at Leeds court
29 May 2018

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Tommy Robinson founded the EDL in 2009 but quit the group in 2013

Former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson has been jailed for potentially prejudicing a court case, it can be reported.
Robinson, who appeared in the dock under real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was arrested in Leeds on Friday.
The 35-year-old was broadcasting on social media outside the city's crown court where a trial was ongoing.
A ban on reporting his 13-month sentence at the same court was lifted after being challenged by the media.
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Senior officers unite to tackle gender inequality in policing
Issues of violence against women and girls can be better addressed with a more balanced workforce, says chief.
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Business owners shot at police officers as they chased 'burglars'
'I feared for my life. I believe the intention was to cause me serious harm,' one officer told the court.

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Sajid Javid downplays police funding boost pledge
'Don't put words in my mouth.'.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid

The new Home Secretary’s first public encounter with the policing community marked a stark contrast to his predecessor’s “put your pens away” speech last November.

Sajid Javid made crowd-pleasing promises to prioritise police funding at next spending review while also looking at misconduct investigation deadlines.

He went out on a limb to make a good impression, emphasising his close connection with his chief superintendent brother.

His stories of playing at CrimeStoppers while growing up in a deprived Bristol street were a hit, as were his comments that he did not see why police officers needed a degree or why police chiefs won’t give their officers spit guards.

The talk set a markedly different tone to former Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s speech to police chiefs and police and crime commissioners last year in which she said when crime goes up “I don’t want to see you reaching for a pen to write a press release asking for more money.”

But when asked afterwards whether in his view there is a link between crime and resource Mr Javid hit back “don’t go putting words in my mouth”.

He distanced himself from hints in his speech that he is breaking with government denials that police cuts have led to an increase in crime.

“Let me be clear. I am not saying that but what I am saying though is I fully accept resourcing is an issue if we are to expect our police force, as we all do, to meet rising demand,” he said during a brief press conference.

He said rising crime is as a result of increased reporting of historic sex offences and domestic abuse, cyber crime and the impact of county lines on the illegal drug market.  

“I’m looking ahead at demand. For those who say the rise in serious violent crime is only because of a cut in police resource I do throw out there that there was a rise ten years ago - quite a significant rise [in crime] - and at that time police numbers were much higher than they were today.”

When asked whether he could commit to increase police funding beyond flat cash and precept, he said funding was always a “collective decision of government”.

“What I promised today is I will prioritise police funding when it comes to spending review.

“The starting point of getting to the right outcome on resources is obviously having the department responsible pushing in the right direction.

“I think as I look at all the demands that are now being faced and the gap between capacity and demand, there needs to be more resourcing put into policing.”

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The back peddling has begun, likely to disappoint a few people on this forum. 
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For those who're unaware on Monday the MOT rules changed so that instead of just a fail the defects are now split into two categories major and dangerous.

Does this have any change on the enforcement?

For example a car presented early under the new rules fails on a dangerous defect, clearly it cannot be driven away from the station as it has been judged in a dangerous condition even if it has MOT remaining. However, the fact we now catagorise it dangerous doesn't mean it wasn't on the old rules and so should not really have been driven away.

It is just a case that now it is far easier to put forward that they knew or should have known it is in a dangerous condition and does that mean dangerous driving will be considered in some occasions where a ticket for the defect would have previously been considered?

Adding to this the new category of "dangerous" includes dangerous to the environment not just in the mechanical sense, will this negate the usefulness of this category for showing a careful and competent driver would know the vehicle is in a dangerous state?
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'Double jeopardy' watchdog probes do 'nothing to increase public confidence'
Officer W80 has been cleared by CPS and force but still faces losing his job.

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Force ready for Royal Wedding operation
Thames Valley Police 'ring of steel' in place with 2,500 officers stationed in Windsor today.

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