April 2021 (8)
- South Yorkshire appoints new Deputy Chief Constable
South Yorkshire Police is set for a reshuffle of its leadership team.
- New officer receives relative?s 100-year-old collar number
Leicestershire PC?s famous forbearer weighed 25 stone and served in Anglo-Zulu war
- City cyber ACC appointed to board of crime prevention body
Angela McLaren will use her NPCC cyber crime portfolio to help work of police owned organisation
- Northamptonshire's Assistant Chief Constable James Andronov retires
ACC Andronov leaves the force after four years in the post.
- Avon and Somerset chief constable Andy Marsh to step down
Andy Marsh, chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police, has announced he will leave the job when his contract expires in July this year to ?embark on a new challenge?.
- Oscar Kilo pilots instinct app to improve wellbeing
A live research study has been launched in a bid to improve officer wellbeing.
- City of London commits to recruit 40 per cent BAME officers
Police Authority Board (PAB) will challenge the force to recruit at least 40 per cent BAME officers for the remainder of the Home Office uplift programme.
- Half of force's new PCs are women
Female officers have accounted for 46 per cent of the latest intake of probationary constables to join Police Scotland.
March 2021 (14)
- Norfolk chief constable to retire
Another Chief Constable job is about to become vacant as Norfolk?s chief has announced he is retiring.
- South Yorkshire chief is preferred choice to head up GMP
National crime prevention lead ?has proven record in improving performance? says Mayor
- College begins major review to meet future needs and ethics pressures
Frontline officers have been offered the chance to have their say on changes at the College of Policing.
- Serena Kennedy confirmed as Merseyside Police?s first female Chief
Police and Crime Panel confirm outgoing PCC?s preferred candidate
- Officer who helped lead roll out of tasers announces retirement
West Mercia chief to step down in September after 30 years
- First at the door: how response officers are the 'backbone' of policing
"If you call us, we're the ones who come". Meet the Metropolitan Police's response officers who are helping the city's most vulnerable people 24/7
- Response officers are the GPs of policing and need support
Response officers are the GPs of policing and forces need to enhance their support and reputation, says their national lead.
- Priority housing to end Met brain drain, London mayor pledges
Plans to prioritise officers and staff for affordable homes could stem the brain drain from the Metropolitan Police.
- Wellbeing takes priority for officers frazzled by COVID-19 response
Sleep advice, podcasts and even therapy dogs are being used in an NPCC campaign to highlight the wellbeing of response officers.
- College urges frontline staff to consider research projects
Officers struggling to balance finance commitments and promotion have been urged to apply for a bursary.
- Merseyside PCC announces preferred candidate for next chief
Merseyside?s PCC Jane Kennedy has today (8 March) announced the current Deputy Chief Constable, Serena Kennedy, is her preferred choice to be the next Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.
- New DCC for South Wales makes move from Northumbria
A Northumbria ACC is moving to South Wales to become the force?s new Deputy Chief Constable.
- Leadership roles in focus for International Women's Day
Forces across the country will be encouraging more women to take up senior roles as part of International Women?s Day.
- Entry requirements barrier to migrant recruitment, says Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire?s Uplift Project Manager, Detective Inspector Lee St Quinton, said policing entry requirements were a ?key barrier? to recruiting from migrant communities.
February 2021 (19)
- Future leaders need new skills and be 'less risk-averse'
Chief constables will need a wider skillset to meet future challenges, senior leaders have warned.
- Action needed to end 104% rise in resignations, experts warn
Better leadership and support is needed to stem the tide of officers quitting, chiefs have been told.
- Learning for assessments not skills is over, chiefs told
Training to pass tests rather than develop skills is holding forces back, experts have warned.
- Use VR to prepare recruits for trauma of police work says chief
Days of taking new recruits to a post-mortem are thankfully over says wellbeing lead who suggests greater use of virtual reality to train new officers in coping with trauma
- Training and CPD vital for forces in the future, chiefs told
Improving the quality of professional development and training is critical, the Police Foundation has warned.
- Met degree students start studies
The first group of Metropolitan Police recruits working towards the new degrees have started their studies.
- Pandemic policing deputy chief constable to retire in May
DCC Paul Netherton spent the last six months seconded to Home Office to help with the national response to COVID-19
- Appeal for West Midlands LGBT colleagues to share their story
West Midlands Police are appealing for members of our LGBT policing family - past and present - to share their experiences to help fill gaps in their new museum?s history.
- Officers near retirement need advice on pension claim, Fed warns
Officers retiring soon need clarity on pension options, the Federation has warned.
- SOC policing: mind the pay gap
Regional Organised Crime Units and the NCA both have high staff attrition rates and issues with sustainable funding. Gary Mason explores why
- Warwickshire joins hunt for a new Chief Constable
Warwickshire is joining the hunt for a new Chief Constable making it the fifth force to lose its leader. Martin Jelly is standing down early.
- Northants set to double number of neighbourhood officers
Northamptonshire Police is set to double its number of neighbourhood officers in a ?major investment of resources in visible, effective local crime fighting?.
- Met restarts recruitment drive
The Metropolitan Police has resumed its recruitment drive after hitting its target last September.
- Dyfed-Powys first to graduate degree officers with two-year diploma
Dyfed-Powys Police is the first force in the country to pass out graduates with the new diploma in policing.
- Most experienced SIO in the country receives national award
A Metropolitan Police homicide detective who has been involved in a number of high profile cases has been rewarded for his hard work and dedication with a prestigious national award.
- Police ICT: a view from the frontline
Where do frontline officers think the answers to the service?s technology problems lie? Two officers shared their views at this week?s Police Digital Summit
- Andy Cooke to join HMI as Inspector for northern forces
Merseyside?s chief constable is joining HM Inspectorate. His first job will be helping Greater Manchester stabilise.
- Highest ranking PSNI female officer to join Met as DAC
ACC Barbara Gray will replace Lucy D?Orsi who is the new chief of the BTP
- Met remembers PC Sandhu, UK's first female Asian and Sikh officer
Today (1 February) marks 50 years since PC Karpal Kaur Sandhu joined the Metropolitan Police as the first female Asian officer in the UK, "a true pioneer and ahead of her time".
January 2021 (18)
- Government meets 6,000 Uplift target two months early
At 6,250 new recruits, the Home Office has exceeded its target for signing up new police officers.
- Merseyside PCC begins search for new chief constable
Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner has decided not to appoint an interim chief but to find a long term replacement for Andy Cooke within eight weeks
- Police sport fundraising body secures £348k from National Lottery
Funds will be used for pilot scheme in four forces to hold series of activities for officers and their families
- Dyfed-Powys chief to become Commissioner of Virgin Islands force
The retiring Chief of Dyfed-Powys will head up the islands' police force and help tackle the growth in serious organised crime.
- Merseyside's chief constable Andy Cooke to retire
Merseyside?s Police and Crime Commissioner has announced today that Andy Cooke has declined her offer to extend his contract and will retire as chief constable of Merseyside Police.
- Joint training packages for RASSO investigators part of action plan
Plan includes developing a Knowledge Hub to share best practice with CPS staff and investigators and launch of national conference
- 'High threshold' for officers to be removed from barred list
College says officers dismissed for gross misconduct or incompetence can apply to have their details wiped after minimum terms
- BTP: fast tracking diversity
Last year the British Transport Police began making strides to be a force that reflects the public it serves - not an easy task given that it covers the whole of the country
- Met direct entry scheme proves popular with women and BAME
Half of the Metropolitan Police?s new direct-entry detective constables from last year are women.
- Nick Herbert to Chair CoP board
Former Policing Minister appointed to provide strategic direction for CoP working with new CEO who is yet to be appointed
- Superintendents get CPD training as College ups online offer
Training and development for senior officers is being upgraded to improve wellbeing and operational advice.
- Cheshire begins search for new Chief Constable as Darren Martland retires
Cheshire has begun its search for ?a dedicated and high performing? new Chief Constable.
- Detective shortage leads forces to target January blues for recruits
Forces have launched a fresh drive to recruit more detectives to make up for a shortfall in the senior ranks.
- Special Constables join British Transport Police Federation
Special Constables volunteering with British Transport Police are set to be the first in England and Wales to be represented by the Police Federation.
- BTP put out banter survey to shape workplace behaviour workshops
British Transport Police is holding a 'banter survey' to better inform their training on appropriate behaviour in the workplace.
- Met begins search for DAC following Lucy D'Orsi's new role
The search has begun to find a new senior member of the Met?s top team following the appointment of the new chief at the British Transport Police.
- National Crime Agency launches New Year recruitment drive
The National Crime Agency has launched a recruitment drive to strengthen its specialist teams tackling organised crime.
- Hampshire PCC looks to increase precept to pay for 50 officers
He says last year?s investment in officer welfare gave force ?one of lowest sickness rates in the country?
December 2020 (6)
- NCA head and West Midlands chief among policing honours
Officers across the ranks have had their dedication and service recognised in the traditional New Year?s Honours. The head of the National Crime Agency and a police cadet leader are among 49 to get medals.
- Met reveals inspector promotion changes
Aspiring Met officers hoping to become inspectors won?t face a written exercise in next year?s round of promotions.
- Lincolnshire goes again to Derbyshire for new CC after HR error
A second candidate has been confirmed as the new Chief Constable for Lincolnshire following a disastrous recruitment error ? and he comes from the same force as the first.
- Dyfed Powys chief to retire next year
Mark Collins returned to his home force as chief having served in the Met and Bedfordshire
- BTP appoints Met DAC Lucy D'Orsi as new chief constable
DAC D'Orsi will replace the current chief Paul Crowther who is due to retire early next year.
- West Midlands listed second in top 50 'inclusive' employers awards
Five forces have been listed in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List 2020/21, with West Midlands recognised in second place for its diversity initiatives.
November 2020 (12)
- LGBTI officers crucial to improving community relations says chief
LGBTI staff have a critical role in improving community relations and recruitment, says Police Scotland?s chief constable.
- Celebrations for promotion hopefuls as sergeant results revealed
More officers are set to join the ranks of sergeant after their exam results were confirmed.
- Scotland's Federation leader to head up European police body
One of Scotland?s best known officers is set to become the voice of law enforcers in Europe.
- Pension claim pay-outs by March 2022, predicts Federation
The pensions compensation claim over bungled government reforms could be settled by Spring 2022 for all officers, according to the Police Federation.
- Essex Cyber crime unit detectives recognised with award
Two Essex officers have been recognised at the National Police Chiefs? Council Cyber Awards for their work.
- New Zealand officer becomes first in force to wear hijab in uniform
The New Zealand Police force has incorporated a hijab into its official uniform, with first officer to wear it saying it will open the door to female Muslims wishing to join.
- Forensic Capability Network appoints Jo Ashworth as permanent CEO
Jo Ashworth OBE has been appointed permanent CEO of the Forensic Capability Network (FCN).
- Met re-imposes London residency requirement for recruits
The Met have re-introduced the requirement to live in London in order to join as an officer. But chair of the Met Federation, Ken Marsh, says it will have a "detrimental effect".
- Wiltshire: joining a ?one team ethos?
Wiltshire Police is looking for 20 experienced detectives who want to try something new by moving to a force that offers autonomy, responsibility and flexible working
- GMP wins award after tailoring HR processes to attract ex-military
Force is one of five in UK to win gold award on defence employer recognition scheme
- Ready for anything? Guernsey?s new recruits line up for duty
An officer recruitment video that created a storm of protests led to an avalanche of applications and 10 budding officers.
- Adapt or risk losing good finance leads, CIPFA warns
Staff training must adapt to meet the expectations of new people taking on support roles, the leader of finance heads has warned, as he launched a scholarship scheme.
October 2020 (14)
- Leicestershire sets recruitment target of 25 per cent BAME
Leicestershire?s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lord Willy Bach has set a target of 25 per cent new BAME recruits.
- Garda opens chance for more PSNI to join management team
Ireland?s Garda could be about to add senior officers from across the border to its top team.
- Uplift recruitment ahead of target says Home Office
The Uplift recruitment campaign is ahead of schedule with almost 6,000 new recruits, according to the Home Office.
- South Wales DCC set to step up as successor to Matt Jukes
South Wales are recruiting from within by selecting their current DCC as the replacement for their Chief Constable.
- Northumbria appoints new assistant chief constable
Chief Superintendent Scott Young joins from Humberside Police as Northumbria's new assistant chief constable.
- Officers really are getting younger as recruitment age lowered to 17
Officer recruitment age has been cut to 17-years-old to allow recruits to apply for the apprenticeship scheme.
- Call for commitment to PCSOs as forces overwhelmed by Covid rules
Police staff union Unison has said the £60m funding boost to help enforce lockdown rules has highlighted the negative impact of some forces seeing PCSOs as "redundant".
- Data driven: how one force is using apps to inform HR and learning
Avon and Somerset has received a national award for an initiative that uses technology to keep abreast of how the organisation ?ticks.? Gary Mason reports
- Inspectors' exam decisions will be made this week says College
Exam papers from the glitch affected inspectors? tests are being assessed manually in a bid to get results to candidates.
- Third largest BAME force highlights importance of mentoring
Detective Chief Superintendent Karena Thomas is the force?s People and Workforce Development lead. She championed the value of mentoring those who are under-represented in policing.
- First webinar to discuss link between sport and officer wellbeing
Event including input by three chiefs will hear from forces pioneering surf therapy to combat PTSD
- NPCC hiring new role of Chief Scientific Advisor
The National Police Chiefs? Council is hiring a Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) as "resident expert on the use of science and technology in the policing sector".
- Lincolnshire re-starts search for chief after admin error
Lincolnshire is re-starting its Chief Constable recruitment process after an error nearly led to disclosure of sensitive information.
- First recruits from fast-track detective scheme join Sussex
The first trainees on Sussex Police?s new fast-track detective development programme joined the force this week.
September 2020 (15)
- Interview: ?Some of the best cops I worked with didn?t have a degree?
The police degree system will not move the dial on BAME recruitment according to Nottinghamshire Superintendent Sukesh Verma. He tells Gary Mason why
- Federation warns of funding gap over Specials membership
Plans to enable Special Constables to join the Police Federation have hit a stumbling block over who pays for their membership.
- Mentoring: a career pathfinder
A former Staffordshire superintendent will be one of the mentors on a new scheme aimed at helping officers from under-represented groups achieve their potential in the service. He tells Gary Mason how mentoring influenced his own career
- South Wales chief leaves force to join the Met as assistant commissioner
Matt Jukes to initially lead Met?s transformation portfolio from November
- Staff member joins regulars with father?s old collar number
PC Michelle Phillips has worked as a call handler, in custody and as a PCSO
- Force develops new system to ?level playing field? for BAME applicants
HR Manager tells MSPs that current test produced a 20% discrepancy between ethnic minority and white Scottish candidates.
- Derbyshire's ACC to return as Lincolnshire's new chief
A career Lincolnshire officer who left to progress up the ranks is set to become the force?s new chief constable.
- Interview: Chief Constable Nick Adderley's bottom-up approach
Northamptonshire's Chief Constable, Nick Adderley, has just completed his first two years in the job and tells Police Oracle why he believes a certain type of leadership is important to workforce morale
- Officers sit first national online exam
More than 1,390 officers sat the National Investigators? Exam remotely in a first for policing.
- New approach needed to find leaders says College of Policing
A new national approach is needed to identify leaders across the ranks according to the College of Policing.
- Parliament will protect covenant, Home Secretary promises
The campaign backed by Police Oracle to get welfare protection enshrined in law is set to become a reality for current and retired officers and staff, Priti Patel has confirmed.
- Avon and Somerset promotes diversity mark in bid to recruit PCSOs
Avon and Somerset is using its accreditation for a diversity mark as part of a campaign to recruit more PCSOs.
- GLA calls for Met officers to get unconcious bias training
Greater London Assembly members say all Metropolitan Police officers should be trained in recognising unconscious bias.
- Met pauses recruitment after hitting target of 1,300 extra officers
Latest figures also show that 45 full time officers rejoined the force following the appeal in March to former PCs and sergeants
- The feel good factor
TeamPolice is a new scheme run by the police, for the police and is dedicated to promoting and improving wellbeing in the service through sport. Louise Fenn who leads marketing and communications for the venture explains how it works
August 2020 (16)
- Chief Constable Alan Pughsley has his contract extended to 2025
Kent Police?s Chief Constable Alan Pughsley has had his contract extended for another five years by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott.
- NPCC welfare lead says COVID-19 highlighted importance of wellbeing
Lancashire?s Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said the low sickness levels from forces throughout the pandemic has highlighted how wellbeing should be at the forefront of policing and not an ?afterthought".
- Third largest BAME force sets out plans for biggest recruitment drive
Bedfordshire Police has launched its biggest ever recruitment drive to find 156 new officers this year.
- College's evaluation of Day One assessment shows racial disparity
The College of Policing has published an evaluation of the Day One assessment centre pilot, which had a higher success rate among white candidates than BAME ones.
- Former chief supt appointed head of enforced returns family welfare panel
Multi-agency body includes police, social care and education specialists
- Pending retirees prioritised for government's pensions settlement
Officers set to retire from policing are a step closer to ending the uncertainty over their pensions if draft Home Office guidance is agreed.
- Officer questions to be put to chief constable candidates
Lincolnshire Police are incorporating questions from frontline officers and staff as part of the recruitment process for their new Chief Constable.
- Interview: Leicestershire's first Somali PC
PC Adam Ahmed is the first person from the Somali community to become a police officer in Leicestershire, one of the UK?s most multi-cultural areas. He tells Police Oracle his view on recruiting from underrepresented groups and how his own cultural background influences the force?s neighbourhood policing.
- Police staff manager wins award for work on risk assessment tool
Durham head of criminal justice department helped validate AI system used by custody officers to assess harm risk in offenders
- Career PSNI officer joins management team
The Police Service of Northern Ireland in a short statement confirmed Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roberts had been promoted to Temporary Assistant Chief Constable.
- Force recruits stage sit-in at campus
A mass of officers have taken over a university - to ensure their studies aren?t interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Norfolk Constabulary?s newest recruits are training on the University of East Anglia?s deserted campus.
- Policing College to offer pathways into officer and support roles
Lincolnshire Police and G4S enterprise adds Policing Degree to support role qualifications
- AC Mark Simmons confirms exit from the Met after 38 years
One of the Met?s leadership team is standing down at the end of this month. Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons had extended his stay to help enforce the COVID-19 lockdown.
- Interview: a change of image
The College of Policing is about to rebrand itself but will that be enough to silence its critics? Outgoing Chief Executive Mike Cunningham tells Police Oracle he is confident that the changes are a big step forward.
- College of Policing rebrands to reconnect with frontline
The College of Policing has rebranded and relaunched online courses in a bid to reconnect with frontline officers.
- Remote working 'new normal' with improved information sharing
The sudden switch to laptops during the lockdown has proved the IT case, improving joint working and saving time travelling to meetings, according to force managers and PCCs
July 2020 (16)
- Getting into policing quickly
Nottinghamshire hopes that street duty ready students who have taken a two-year degree course and served as Specials will prove an attractive alternative during the officer uplift programme.
- Derbyshire picks DCC for top post
Derbyshire has boosted the ranks of female chief constables with its latest appointment. Rachel Swann, who is currently the Deputy Chief Constable, is stepping up the PCC has announced.
- College report on direct entry schemes shows low numbers in post
The College of Policing has published a five-year report on its Direct Entry Schemes, claiming they ?can work? despite high costs and low uptake across forces.
- Government offers 2.5% pay rise
The government has offered a 2.5% pay rise to police officers in England and Wales ? exactly half what the leaders of frontline officers had asked for. But the Fed has called it "a step in the right direction".
- GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins wins Director of the Year
Greater Manchester Police?s Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins, has won the Public Sector category at the North West Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year Awards 2020.
- Tributes paid to an "outstanding" Hertfordshire sergeant
Family, friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to a ?much-loved and respected? Hertfordshire Police Sergeant who died on Friday 26 June after battling cancer.
- First UK force achieves national equality and diversity standard
Avon and Somerset completes one year assessment process backed up by 600 pieces of supporting evidence
- Eating and exercise: how Humberside turned around welfare
Humberside Police has gone from inadequate to Oscar Kilo award winner in three years. Police Oracle interviews the force's Head of People Services Sarah Wilson and finds out how simple things such as bringing back staff gyms has helped
- Busy autumn could be turning point for officer welfare, says Apter
A raft of new policing related legislation on emergency driving, the Police Covenant and Specials being able to join the Federation will be contained in a new Policing Bill shaping up for the autumn says the Federation
- Home Office claims officer numbers have exceeded 130,000 due to uplift
Figures not based on Full Time Equivalents but uplift shows that 78,000 applicants received in first six months
- All change as BTP deputy joins Chief in retirement announcement
The British Transport Police is set to change its two most senior leaders. The search is on for a new Deputy Chief Constable as well as a new Chief after DCC Adrian Hanstock revealed he is standing down.
- Tri-force ACC retires after leading COVID-19 response
ACC Paul Fullwood, who is currently the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) COVID-19 Gold Commander, is retiring after many years of police and army service.
- Lancashire chief constable to step down after 30 years with same force
Andy Rhodes who headed up the establishment of the national police wellbeing service will retire next year
- Conservative MP pushing for more support for retired officers
Conservative MP Dehenna Davison has asked the Home Office what steps they?re taking to support the mental health and wellbeing of retired officers after meeting with the National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO).
- Criminal justice lead appointed police board member of Sentencing Council
AC Nick Ephgrave to provide police perspective on particular types of offending
- Leicestershire bids fond farewell to Caz Steptoe after 48 years' service
This week, after 48 years? service, Leicestershire Police is saying goodbye to Carolyn ?Caz? Steptoe as she leaves for her ?very well earned retirement?.
June 2020 (18)
- Lincolnshire Chief Constable Bill Skelly to retire in December
Officer wellbeing champion and fierce opponent of police degree system to leave service after 31 years.
- Federation votes for £2 per month subscription increase
The first rise in Federation subs for nearly a decade will start from the autumn. A virtual meeting of delegates backed the £2 a month increase from September.
- West Midlands Specials to get ?one off? payment for pandemic work
PCC David Jamieson pledges ?extraordinary payment? for extra hours worked during lockdown
- Police degrees: a 'rear mirror' review of costs and abstraction rates
The College of Policing has produced a report on the early implementation of the Police Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) which indicates officer abstraction rates are as predicted by critics.
- College of Policing announces new training package for Specials
The College of Policing has announced new training for Special Constables which will now be more closely aligned to Police Constable training to "support the recruitment drive".
- Seven-force partnership policing degree deal with Anglia Ruskin
Seven forces have joined up with a top-50 university to deliver the new policing degree. Anglia Ruskin University will deliver the PEQF across the South East.
- West Midlands PCC commits to recruiting 1,000 BAME officers
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has committed to ensuring the force recruits 1,000 new BAME officers over the next three years.
- Ten years at the top
Gary Mason talks to Simon Cole, the UK?s longest serving chief constable
- Specials clock up nearly 11,000 hours in a month
Special Constables put in nearly 11,000 hours last month to help tackle the COVID-19 crisis.
- Next stage in pay talks set for July
An indication on next year?s pay deal will be announced by next month according to the pay review body.
- More companies sign up to employee Specials programme
Twenty six businesses and organisations sign up to Employee Supported Policing programme
- College of Policing to confirm online exam dates by mid-June
The College of Policing has moved to end uncertainty for officers taking promotion exams in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis.
- Skills for Justice asks first responders to take part in virus response survey
Research designed to collect good practice examples of response to COVID-19 after public sector forced to adapt to pandemic ?at pace?
- Sussex promotes Deputy Chief Constable to new Chief
Sussex has promoted its Deputy Chief Constable to lead the force. Jo Shiner is the preferred candidate to take over from Giles York as Chief Constable.
- College extends online promotion exams to end of year
The next round of promotion exams will be online, the College of Policing has confirmed.
- British Transport Police starts search for new Chief Constable
British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) and the Department for Transport (DfT) today launched their search for a new Chief Constable to replace Paul Crowther.
- Virtual mindfulness sessions for Cheshire officers and staff
Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane has commissioned virtual mindfulness sessions for all Cheshire officers and staff.
May 2020 (22)
- Citizen?s Award sergeant says he ?could have gone down different path?
Officer who served with the Met and now Essex, presented with award for work diverting gang members
- Interview: ACC Vicki Evans
Police Oracle talks to Cambridgeshire Constabulary's newly appointed Assistant Chief Constable, Vicki Evans about diversity, direct entry and opportunities for women in senior policing roles.
- Police Scotland appoints two new ACCs from outside force
Humberside chief superintendent and PSNI temporary ACC selected as part of succession plan
- Comment: what is the problem with direct entry?
You don?t have to have rolled around on the floor with strangers to be a good detective argues Dr Susanne Knabe-Nicol
- Vision on: the future of training and Continuous Professional Development
Cancelled promotion exams and shortened programmes for new recruits. Right because of lockdown but not a long-term solution, says Dave Bamber the Fed?s Professional Development lead.
- West Midlands appoints new Deputy Chief Constable
West Midlands has announced Assistant Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine as their new Deputy Chief Constable.
- Direct entry recruitment organisation hit by phishing attack
Police Now charity launches investigation and notification scheme involving 62,000 email addresses
- Career detective appointed new Wiltshire assistant chief constable
Wiltshire Police has appointed Detective Superintendent Deb Smith as their new Assistant Chief Constable.
- Recruitment training: what it is like doing the fitness test virtually?
Participants in Nottinghamshire Police's adapted virtual recruitment programme share their experience of taking their fitness tests remotely.
- Direct entry superintendent returns to her first force as ACC
Hampshire Constabulary has appointed Maggie Blyth as their new Assistant Chief Constable - the first direct entry superintendent to be appointed to chief officer rank
- Interview: the policing priest
Rob Findlow, a Greater Manchester Police Inspector who is also an ordained Anglican Priest, tells Police Oracle the two jobs are not as different as you might think.
- Cleveland continue to boost number of neighbourhood officers
Cleveland Police are increasing their number of neighbourhood officers on a rolling basis.
- New head of JPS for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire
Bedfordshire?s Assistant Chief Constable, Jackie Sebire, has been appointed as the head of Joint Protective Services (JPS) for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH).
- New police procurement company appoints £150K CEO to drive savings
Former steel industry procurement head to prioritise savings on fleet and aviation, people and professional services
- Bedfordshire appoints new Temporary Assistant Chief Constable
Bedfordshire Police appoints Sharn Basra as Temporary Assistant Chief Constable.
- Promotion exams go online as some forces confirm sergeants early
Promotion assessments are going ahead despite the COVID-19 outbreak.
- College of Policing appoints diversity expert to its board
One of the country?s leading psychologists is joining the College of Policing to advise on diversity.
- Retention of experienced officers is a priority, Home Office says
Home Office claims the rate of those leaving voluntarily before the normal retirement age is now 2%
- Interview: The county line man
As Assistant Commissioner in charge of operations at the Met, Nick Ephgrave has one of the biggest jobs in policing. He speaks to Police Oracle about trying out new ideas and the regular flow of senior officer traffic between Surrey and other forces.
- Derbyshire's Chief Constable announces retirement
Derbyshire Constabulary?s Chief Constable Peter Goodman has announced he will retire at the end of July.
- New recruit training will go on despite training centre closures
Plans to recruit 20,000 new officers and their funding are secure, police leaders have confirmed.
- Dorset recruits equality champion as new assistant chief constable
One of the country?s leading equality officers has been appointed as an Assistant Chief Constable by Dorset Police. Sam de Reya will lead operations for the force.
April 2020 (18)
- Home Office to recruit new independent reviewer of Prevent
New appointment to be made after legal challenge removed first choice who was former a reviewer of terrorism legislation
- Northamptonshire launches direct entry detective scheme
Force judged ?inadequate? at investigating crime in PEEL assessment looks to recruit ?credible detectives? to investigate complex cases
- Specials will be allowed to join the Fed, Home Office confirms
Special Constables will be allowed to join the Police Federation as part of recognition of their contingency work during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Home Office has confirmed.
- Treasury says returning officers will not have pensions docked
Tax charge scrapped for pension income for recently retired officers aged between 50 and 55 for limited period
- Two forces appoint new ACCs
Suffolk and Warwickshire have announced new Assistant Chief Constables.
- PEQF: myths and mixed messages
A webinar on officer degrees, hosted by the consultancy company Bluelight, discussed with policing academics from across the country the merits and myths of the Police Education Qualification Framework (PEQF).
- Dyfed-Powys appoints third female officer to command team
Dyfed-Powys Police has appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Emma Auckland as their new Assistant Chief Constable.
- Staffordshire opens graduate detective recruitment scheme
Staffordshire Police is set to recruit 30 new detectives with a graduate entry scheme
- Met welcomes 320 new recruits despite Hendon training pause
The Metropolitan Police virtually welcomed 320 new trainees at the end of March who are now undertaking their learning remotely.
- First group of retired Met officers start work two weeks after call up
PC Stuart Hepburn puts on a uniform again three years after leaving the force
- Probationer training: remote control
What elements of training could now be completed remotely using technology? Nottinghamshire Police has embarked on an innovative approach which may shape how it will be delivered in the future
- West Midlands DCC appointed new Met Assistant Commissioner
Metropolitan Commissioner Cressida Dick has appointed Louisa Rolfe, the current Deputy Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, as the new Met Assistant Commissioner.
- Twin brothers join police service
Two identical twin brothers have joined two Welsh forces, following in their father's footsteps.
- Abridged training for probationers agreed between Home Office and CoP
National average sickness rate stands at 13% as forces look to fill gaps and establish priorities
- Over 300 former Met officers respond to call to return to force
A total of 339 former Metropolitan Police officers have answered the call to return to the workforce to support London through the outbreak.
- Force launches third phase of recruitment for new ICT capability
Wiltshire Police has launched the third phase of its ICT recruitment campaign which brings the crucial support function back in house.
- Police Scotland opens recruitment for two new assistant chief constables
Recruitment opened last week for two Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constables to fill vacancies this year.
March 2020 (23)
- Nottinghamshire complete biggest recruitment in force's history
Nottinghamshire Police has recruited 72 new officers, the biggest intake in the force?s history.
- When Saturday doesn't come ...
What does the country?s favourite football cop do when there are no matches to police? PC Paul Elliott?s fan-friendly Twitter feed has made him a favourite among football supporters. He tells Police Oracle about his love of the game and how his job suddenly changed.
- Interview: South Wales Chief Constable Matt Jukes
The Chief Constable of South Wales Police talks to Police Oracle about managing sickness levels, distributing PPE and getting new recruits through their training
- Met calls on retired PCs and sergeants to rejoin the force
Home Office says changes to tax and pension arrangements will be made in order to recompense officers who come back to the job
- College of Policing postpones all face-to-face training
College of Policing suspends all face-to-face training while assessment centres stay open to ensure uplift goes ahead.
- NPCC urges business to free up staff who are Specials
Police forces have appealed to employers to consider giving paid leave to staff who are Special Constables.
- Probationer training prioritised as recruits move to front line earlier
Officers fast tracked through the system as criminal records checks sped up to allow volunteers to start
- Interview: Michael Fuller, Britain's first and only black Chief Constable
Michael Fuller tells Police Oracle about his experience moving up the ranks in the face of discrimination on both sides of policing.
- Paying specials among civil contingency response options
Home Affairs Committee told that lack of officer testing could also be affecting front line numbers
- Retired officers face call-up as part of contingency plans
Retired police officers could be brought back on duty as part of COVID-19 contingency plans.
- 'Gutted' officers react after Sergeant exams cancelled by CoP
Police due to take their sergeant exams have shared their disappointment after they were cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Justice Minister announces changes to the AccessNI filtering scheme
Supreme Court ruling brings in changes to criminal records standard and enhanced disclosure
- Six independent members appointed to Northern Ireland Policing Board
Members have to declare past political activity and are paid £15k per annum for four-days-a-month role
- Sergeant exams will go ahead as planned CoP says
Police exams are going ahead but charity events and meetings are being cancelled in response to the coronavirus.
- University consortium win three-force apprenticeship contract
Surry, Sussex and Hampshire Constabulary trainees will be taught at police training centres not on campus
- Interview: Deputy Mayor says Met needs officers and analysts
Ahead of the May 2020 London Mayor Election, Police Oracle spoke to Deputy Mayor Sophie Linden about and MOPAC?s policing priorities and commitments into a potential second term under Sadiq Khan.
- College of Policing opens degree bursary scheme for officers
The College of Policing has launched a campaign to support officers studying for degrees.
- Christine Elliott appointed interim Chair of College of Policing
Christine Elliot, previously the College of Policing's Senior Independent Director, has taken over as interim Chair.
- Return to work scheme for female officers assessed by CoP
Two schemes from the CoP that aim to encourage women into detective and senior leadership roles approach the end of their first year.
- Sussex chief constable to step down
The Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Giles York, has announced he will be stepping down this summer after 30 years? service.
- Met needs more specialist officers, AC Ephgrave warns assembly
Met teams are short of officers in major investigation areas, including rape inquiry team operating at half strength
- More than half of 18-24 year olds see policing as ?too dangerous?
Survey by Professional Policing degree university casts doubt on 20,000 recruitment target
February 2020 (20)
- Service needs 5,000 officers with analytical skills to tackle fraud
Economic crime lead calls for ?re-balancing? of skills in 20,000 uplift to attract officers who think like intelligence analysts
- Commissioner backs new legislative framework on artificial intelligence
Met looking to use AI in recruitment processes and to help officer decision-making
- BTP makes bid for Home Office funding due to mainstream role
The British Transport Police (BTP) has asked the Home Secretary for a share of the funding for the 20,000 uplift.
- PSNI gets delayed 2.5% pay deal
Officers in Northern Ireland have been awarded a backdated 2.5% pay increase which had been left unsigned due to a lack of a minister.
- Merseyside ACC and terrorism lead moves to Civil Nuclear Constabulary
A highly respected counter terrorism lead has joined the Civil Nuclear Constabulary as its new Assistant Chief Constable.
- Transferring officers attracted by Merseyside's PEEL ratings
Positive inspection reports are enabling Merseyside to recruit 500 new officers ? and save on recruitment fees.
- West Midlands PCC Jamieson extends CC Thompson's contract
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, has extended Chief Constable Dave Thompson's contract by two years.
- Assistant Commissioner Simmons to retire from the Met
The race has begun to succeed the Met?s Assistant Commissioner for Frontline Policing who has revealed he is retiring.
- Kent to make £9m budget savings
Kent Police is to cut the wages of new senior officers as part of plans to cut £9m from the budget.
- Gwent Police commence training of police staff investigators
First ever PSIs recruited by force will be trained to DC standard and have investigatory role but no power of arrest
- Wiltshire beefs up IT support in wake of post-Novichok cyber attacks
Wiltshire Police is to move all of its ICT support services in-house in a security upgrade following the Novichok attack in Salisbury.
- The career detective
DS James M, from Hertfordshire Constabulary, speaks to Police Revision about his career path and provides valuable insight for others who may be considering promotion and detective work. We met James at the end of his early turn shift in a café near his office just after he and his team had dealt with a high-value three handed dwelling burglary.
- New fast-track police degree for Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Police has created a programme with Derby University and the College of Policing that will see new recruits becoming 'cop ready' within two years.
- The background to the pay demand
The 20 recommendations in the joint Police Federation and Police Superintendents? Association pay bid to the Police Remuneration and Review Body are revealed here.
- New commercial body to pool procurement power of 999 services
Blue Light Commercial to be led by £150K CEO who will have ?a virtual team? of 45 commercial managers
- Cleveland chief constable has contract extended by three years
Outgoing Police and Crime Commissioner says poorly rated force needs long term leadership stability
- New tradition at Cambridgeshire's passing out parade
A number of the force's new recruits received the old collar number of a retired officer in person at yesterday's ceremony in Huntingdon.
- New permanent deputy chief constable appointed for PSNI
The Police Service of Northern Ireland has chosen a new Deputy Chief Constable but one of the candidates is set to appeal the decision.
- Specials recruitment drive looks to reverse steep decline
Police Scotland has begun a recruitment drive to turn around a 60% fall in the number of Special Constables.
- Staffordshire recruit first wave through degree holder programme
A total of 46 new student officers have joined Staffordshire Police via the Degree Holder Entry Programme.
January 2020 (4)
- Profile: The problem solving DS
Supporting talent, working better with other organisations and tackling fraud more effectively are among the ideas of a detective with an unusual force role.
- DoJ looks to recruit board members for NI police officers fund
Fund provides financial assistance to officers and their families injured by terrorism
- Chief Constable Bill Skelly continues to fight CoP on degrees
Lincolnshire chief says he will not implement the College of Policing's requirement that all new officers hold a degree as CoP extends its deadline for forces to June 2022.
- Degree students learn crime prevention from the Met
Future police officers are learning how to divert young people from crime as part of their degree studies.
December 2019 (5)
- Norfolk confirms DCC with 20-year career in the same force
Deputy chief constable confirmed in full time post after performing temporary role for more than 12 months
- Direct entry superintendents scheme ?paused? for 2020 by CoP
College of Policing says five-year progress review of direct entry programme to be published next month amid limited uptake
- Inspector wins award for encouraging BAME applicants
Inspector Zoe Hingston has received an award for "significantly increasing" the number of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) appointed to Northumbria Police over the past year.
- Officer who applied to join the force aged nine retires after 30 years
Steve Joynes, who wanted to become a police officer from the age of three, today finishes his career.
- Cumbria ACC mentors other senior officers after completing Masters
Andrew Slattery says stepping away from operational side has allowed him to explore ethics of policing
November 2019 (6)
- Happy Birthday to the Fed
Gary Mason, Editor, Police Oracle
- Assistant Chief Constable joins board of Sport and Recreation Alliance
NPCC lead for serious youth violence joins body that lobbies for grassroots physical activities
- National forensic hub seeks top team
The new hub for forensic science investigations is about to begin making senior appointments.
- Met leads national project to standardise online contact system
New platform follows successful proof of concept exercise with Thames Valley and Hampshire forces
- Major Crime Unit member of staff receives his MBE
Mick Flavin has 12 chief constable's commendations and worked on the Buncefield explosion and Hatfield rail crash incidents
- Seized assets used to recruit banking specialists and intelligence analyst
New unit will expand its team size if asset seizures increase substantially
October 2019 (5)
- New DCC for Gwent Police
NPCC lead on serious and organised acquisitive crime makes move from West Mercia
- The graduate officers of the future
Richard Hester argues that far from churning out ?snowflake? police officers, the degree qualification prepares them for what has become an increasingly complex role
- Female officers' group looks to dispel role 'myths' in recruit drive
Campaign aims to challenge stereotyping by showing the variety of roles women perform within policing
- CNC appoints former soldier as its new deputy chief constable
Chris Armitt?s appointment ends six-month search to fill vacant role
September 2019 (6)
- American football coach plans to forge a very Special team
Chief officer intends to make his new charges a ?better? outfit
- PCC leads on ?symbolic first step? to allow offenders to join policing body
Some roles within forces 'will not be ruled out'
- BTP wins award for ?exceptional? support of military reservists
Government defence employer scheme praises force for flexible time off approach
- It?s an honour to be inspiring, says female Sikh superintendent
UK?s biggest regional force appoints firearms and public order commander to new role
- Former NPCC chief to head up new public services leadership body
Centre to develop network of leaders who can drive through transformation of public services
- New DCC appointed at force put on special measures
New deputy completes role reversal with Cleveland?s top officer
August 2019 (8)
- Former army officer appointed as new deputy chief constable
Experience of Bosnian war ?made me see what can happen when law and order completely disappears?
- 30-year career ?high point? for policing Lowes
Officer spends last day on patrol with daughter who followed in his footsteps
- ?Come and join us in an Insta-nt?
Force hosts innovative online recruitment surgery for potential future officers
- Service should ?rise to challenge of restoring entire police workforce to 2010 level'
Government needs to match Boris Johnson officer pledge with equal numbers of police staff and PCSOs, union claims
- From special one to number one for globe-trotting homespun officer
New Gwent chief ?proud to be able to lead a Welsh police force?
- Making a special case for the ?best of Britton?
Northants force takes the honours in research findings
- Career farewell for ?enforcer who educated his community?
PC recruited head teacher for weekend patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour
- Quick-step rise to force deputy for ?outstanding leader?
Second promotion in three months for new Bedfordshire DCC
July 2019 (6)
- Police Oracle campaign calling for Covenant has Home Secretary support
PFEW chairman: 'I must acknowledge Police Oracle who have worked with us to secure this support from the government'
- Policing Minister: You?ve told us you need more support ? it?s now on us to deliver it
Nick Hurd addresses rank and file officers exclusively through Police Oracle
- Queen?s honour for officer determined not to let motor neurone diagnosis ?define his career?
ACC to receive Queen?s Police Medal later this week for ?remarkable contribution? to service
- The ?tragic and traumatic? remain with officers forever, new ACC argues
Warrington and Manchester bombing tragedies shaped ?vast? policing career of force?s people leader
- Boris Johnson promises 20,000 extra officers within three years as PM
Leadership frontrunner unveils £1.1bn spending pledge for policing to reverse ?austerity years? of Theresa May
- Federation expects 'government to clarify pension demands or we start making claims?
PFEW ready to strike back if six-point plan not acted on by parliament?s summer recess
June 2019 (8)
- Watchdog labelled ?not fit for purpose? after PC cleared of using dog as a weapon
Review demanded into IOPC case branded ?farce from start to finish? by federation
- Federation questions how part-time PC policy integrates into ?overstretched service facing unprecedented times?
But new scheme wins ?welcome? reviews for increasing the appeal and accessibility of policing as a career
- Brother of wannabe prime minister wins promotion to manage on UK?s frontline of policing
Bas Javid moves into Scotland Yard as Home Secretary tilts his career cap at Downing Street
- 'May's contempt and disdain for policing no secret'
PFEW chairman launches blistering attack as PM steps down
- Lack of time for officers to recover having 'devastating effect' on mental health
Charity says cuts have caused officers to be given little time to recover from trauma.
- Police call handler was ?unsatisfactory? in his performance
IOPC says call handler 'had not completed a thorough review of the man?s record.'
- Author writes new chapter for policing in taking ?direct? route to chief officer level
Two years into service Maggie Blyth begins ACC role at Wiltshire
- Force's ?champion? idea to increase stop and search
Neighbourhood officers becoming ?increasingly confident? in legal powers
May 2019 (8)
- Officers are victims of their own dedication
To mark national Mental Health Awareness Week, Police Superintendents' Association President Paul Griffiths talks about the serious issues facing the police service
- Forces pay respects to mental health campaigner
Police family pays tribute to a 'truly amazing and inspirational figure' who campaigned to improve awareness among police officers
- Sir David McNee: The top cop who presided over policing a riot-torn Britain
Death at 94 of staunch royalist caught up in security farce of royal intruder Michael Fagan
- One in five police personnel suffering from PTSD, research reveals
Campaigners warn lack of unified approach by forces has created a ?postcode lottery? in support
- Challenge to Northern Ireland Secretary?s recommendation for next police ombudsman
Legal riposte to giving province?s public services watchdog the job of ?holding PSNI to account?
- Howe?s that for starters as ?women only? exhibition born out of chance encounter
Centenary celebration of female officers on the frontline in unique photographic spectacle
- Home Secretary finally proposes legal protection for police crash drivers
Public backs PFEW campaign on new pursuit laws
- National Police Wellbeing Service launched
'Good mental and physical wellbeing is vital for effective policing', says Chief
April 2019 (8)
- Officers are ?sick of political pledges to treat violent crime like a disease?
Federation also turns on highest echelons of policing for ?getting things the wrong way round?
- ACC arrested on suspicion of gross misconduct
The case has been referred to the Independent Office of Police Conduct.
- Commissioner on her annual pilgrimage to mark the passing of an icon to policing
Dignified salute from Britain?s top cop that pays her respect down the years to PC Yvonne Fletcher?s memory
- Policy change demand after damning menopause survey results
PFEW study shows service response to impact of health issue is ?on the sick list?
- Policing?s Olympic standard bearer is new deputy of Cambridgeshire
City of London?s operational lead takes up new role next month
- New police deputy in ?something old, something new? celebration at the double
Cheshire DCC collects national award for LGBT equality work at former force
- Policing tells battered PM: Your failed policies are unforgivable
Rank-and-file and chiefs give Theresa May both barrels over a service ?stripped to the bone?
- Policing proved an arresting career from the start for PC
Now retiring officer plans a Crete escape in the sun after 20 years with force
March 2019 (10)
- Systemic problems in early stages of single force reform masked greater consistency of service, MSPs told
Report findings uncover ?poor financial management, unclear lines of responsibility and a failure to focus on officer views?
- Chief Constable Dee Collins to retire
NPCC Gender lead and President of the British Association of Women in Policing to step down at the end of April
- Officer takes ?route 96? from constable through to chief of regional force
Gavin Stephens offered top job after serving at every rank since joining Surrey Police
- ?My last murder case made me delay retirement by 18 months?
Reflections of SIO who held off leaving the service to see child killers behind bars
- Officer fights back tears during final sign-off
?Take me off the board, I?m 10-10. Thanks very much, love you all, thank you?
- ?My 30 years as an adrenaline junkie pounding the streets where I live?
Retiring officer reflects on same response shift but terrific variety of 'unpredictable' days in policing
- Chief: Novichok pushed us to our limit
'Last year was a year of unprecedented demand and pressure'
- Officer reinstated with final written warning for ?dishonest? behaviour
Dismissal of professional standards DCI dismissed for misusing rail pass reversed
- Five officers cleared of misconduct in Sean Rigg case
The disciplinary case, brought by the Metropolitan Police and the IOPC, began to crumble in mid-February when a number of the charges were thrown out.
- Manchester Arena families call for more ?transparency? from police
Inquiry still ?live? and releasing information might prejudice the jury, force explains
February 2019 (9)
- George Hamilton on Sinn Fein ?interference?: You have got us in a right pickle over my successor
Negative commentary means ?no surprise? problems in confidence in policing, says chief
- Strength of the Fed 100 years on: Not bad for an organisation ?set up to fail?
Chairman John Apter on how ?a damn sight better we are? as he reflects on recent achievements, challenges and a government which he believes shows nothing but contempt for policing
- Met officers to be given £350 bonus
Force says it had budgeted for higher pay award in 2018 so can make "recognition payment" from its existing budget
- Retiring head of crime: My next job certainly fits the Bill-ingham
Hero officer plans to reboot his life by leading football club into new era
- The day a force had to say ?no? to policing its people
MPs told of a chief?s angst when he literally ran out of officers on a ?demanding? Sunday
- London Bridge terror hero: 'mentally it's taken its toll'
BTP officer to run in London Marathon to raise money for PTSD999
- 'Closures will not affect local policing'
Force and the ?unlucky 13? loss of public face
- 'We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our workforce'
Roll-out of technology to assist 'remote working', says Met
- Officers fail to have misconduct case thrown out in Sean Rigg case
Panel chairman did heavily criticise police watchdog for its failings in the decade-long case
January 2019 (9)
- Chiefs eye government spending review as route to ?drive down? unprecedented levels of violent crime
Policing agrees that ?cuts, cuts and more cuts? are precursor to increases in homicide, knife and robbery offences
- Huge losses in officer numbers do not make up for ?miniscule? gain over last year, federation laments
John Apter: This is not a cause for a celebration . . . it is merely a blip
- 'Offensive' direct entry advert pulled
College of Policing CEO, CC Mike Cunningham, apologises 'unreservedly'
- Merger calls as latest chief quits ?merry-go-round? force
Sajid Javid asked to sort out ?continued existence? of many faces of Cleveland
- Humberside Chief to take temporary charge at Cleveland
Three month arrangement agreed by PCCs
- Officer loses job but keeps licence after being caught twice the drink-drive limit
Judge takes pity on rail network PC after motoring conviction
- Officer who killed man in crash told his job will be waiting for him
?Exemplary? record weighs heavily in chief?s decision to allow death driver to return to police ranks
- 'Team effort' helped sergeant tackle knifeman
Chief: 'They have averted a tragedy of a far greater scale than was the case'
- More than a dozen BTP officers attacked every week
In wake of ?terror-related? stabbing, shameful figures reveal 1,939 reported assaults in last three years
December 2018 (9)
- Flying high as new year brings 50 per cent rise in QPM recipients
Long-serving Sussex officer one of 33 to receive top honour
- Police heroes of terror 2017 take a bow in New Year Honours
Commissioner applauds ?extraordinary, courageous, compassionate and professional actions? of officers in aftermath of attacks
- Toddler tragedy should remind everyone that ?we?re all only human?, emotional PC pleads
Public urged not to judge police for appearing to ?take a break?
- Officer cleared of misconduct after striking domestic abuse suspect
Panel rules custody sergeant acted 'legitimately' over dealing with detainee
- Home Office on service ?destruction?: Crisis, what crisis?
Government tells overworked and overwhelmed CID ranks that it takes wellbeing and morale ?very seriously?
- Misconduct panel LQCs have 'not brought in quality and fairness'
Damning verdict on independent legally qualified chairmen
- Theresa May accused of 'wrecking' police service
Overworked and overwhelmed CID ranks ?can not provide a proper service?, detectives? lead warns
- Hillsborough: David Duckenfield will face manslaughter charges, judge rules
Trial of match commander to go ahead 30 years after deaths of 96 football fans
- Advertorial: How can RSG support your force needs?
Red Snapper Group manages a database of police professionals across a number of disciplines
November 2018 (12)
- Force to ditch baseball caps
New Northamptonshire Police chief says the recently introduced headwear creates the wrong image
- Top accolades for officers who put themselves ?at personal risk? in fight for life
Royal humane awards for police heroes in battle to save murder victim
- Chief admits simply ?not enough officers? to respond to every crime
Force says it cannot prioritise hate offences as high-impact ones go unresourced every day
- CPS warned: Use ?full powers? of new laws to protect emergency workers
Federation hopes landmark legislation will change society view that it is 'okay to assault officers'
- Home Secretary says police are ?enforcers not legislators? in unity call on knife crime crisis
Plea to Met and Mayor to use full powers to combat stabbings
- Officers must stop accepting ?vile and disgusting attacks' as part of the job
Three times more likely to be bitten by humans than by dogs, survey reveals
- Prime minister should apologise for 'rank incompetence' over police pensions
But policing minister insists police chiefs have long known about the changes.
- Austerity measures could see duty lawyers disappear within years
'We do not leave the ill to treat themselves'.
- Policing told to ?destroy myth not interested in change? over how to finance service in future
But Home Office minister says his department should take ?fair share? of blame
October 2018 (8)
- Chief exec and deputy to share job - six months at a time each
'Novel' move is expected to save PCC some £80,000 a year
- Pension squeeze to send policing 'back to the 1970s', chiefs warn
And then there was ?no internet, social media, mobile phones driving the changing nature of crime?
- Phil Gormley confirmed as new HMI
Former NCA deputy and Police Scotland chief to inspect both forces and fire services
- New chief will spend first weeks supporting staff restructure survivors
'Any change at a time of significant demand is never easy' he said
- Chief: Service keeps failing to learn the lessons of history
Ahead of the National Black Police Association conference in Belfast next week, CC Jon Boutcher says forces cannot afford to rest on their laurels on race and diversity
- Fed launches legal challenge over pay snub
Staff association head says 'doing nothing was simply not an option'
- The words were fine but we need action, Fed tells Home Secretary
John Apter says Sajid Javid's speech gave him a sense of déjà vu
- Austerity was becoming unsustainable but battles for funding will continue, says outgoing chief
Police Oracle spoke to the head of the Essex force just before his departure
September 2018 (7)
- 'Silent mental health police culture is killing officers'
Ex-sergeant's poignant talk about his battle with PTSD, depression and his call for better treatment after being let down by his force
- CC Habgood ?being scrutinised by Home Office? over pay reform delays, says Hurd
NPCC has been warned work is unlikely to be finished on time.
- Police Oracle deputy editor wins journalism award
Inaugural British Journalism Awards for Specialist Media held last night
- 'We warned you this would happen', MPs tell Home Office to tackle police cuts
?I won?t deny there have been cuts to police?, says Home Office minister.
- Police service forced to fall back on older ways of catching criminals
The Flying Squad is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
- I will fight tooth and nail for officers, says new chief
Head of Northamptonshire Police tells Police Oracle that what is asked of workforce is incredible
- Returning London Bridge hero Wayne Marques - the ?very best in British policing?
Support pours in as PC takes on light duties a year on from terror attack outrage
August 2018 (11)
- The Blue pathway to a new career
Blue Pathfinder is a standalone engagement for any police professional
- Warning sounded over no deal Brexit risk to public safety
Home Office says it is planning for all possible scenarios
- Most rank and file officers worried about personal finances
Federation says derisory pay rise decision adds to stresses
- North Wales PCC chooses new chief
Carl Foulkes expected to make the short journey from Merseyside
- Judge commends tactical stop pair for bringing moped crook to justice
One PC knocked drug dealer off scooter, the other apprehended him
- Met chief 'confident' in professional standards department amid watchdog probe
Commissioner objects to IOPC's use of the word 'corruption' and says she has confidence in DPS
July 2018 (7)
- 'Bullying' chief denies belittling staff
CC Byrne claims his approach was to 'let a thousand flowers bloom'
- Met Commissioner ?very comfortable? with facial recognition technology
She said the public will expect police to take advantage of developing technology
- Cheshire chief ?burned through six PAs in two years?
Witnesses accused him of 'destroying the office'
- Sick leave levels for officers experiencing mental health issues soar
Something needs to change, otherwise future remains bleak, warns Fed vice-chairman
- Number of special constables continues to plummet
Specials leaving the force faster than they are joining
- Police and fire merger in officers? interest, says Fed
But local fire authority fiercely oppose the proposals
- Former Federation vice-chairman faces gross misconduct probe
Watchdog refers case back to Met
June 2018 (9)
- Scrap Gypsy, Roma and Traveller officer jobs says report
It also calls for police chiefs to re-issue guidelines on addressing racist behaviour towards travellers
- Training cost of police apprentices set at £24,000
College appealed so forces can access higher amount than initially allowed
- Plans for £350k direct entry detective scheme are 'not developed'
Training may not actually last 12 weeks and no decision taken on policy over NIE re-takes
- National funding for direct entry detectives announced
New programme will be led by Police Now
- Special honours: Three volunteer officers recognised
Marine special and two chief officers named in Queen's Birthday Honours
- Birthday Honours: Ex-football PC among federated rank winners
Recently retired intelligence officer and neighbourhood sergeant are recognised
- Huge number of cancelled rest days 'not the new normal' says Met
But data and Fed cast doubt over the claim
- West Midlands Mayor will take over police and fire service
Policing Minister determined to see proposals go ahead by 2020
- Police Scotland learning the lessons?
Recently retired Police Scotland officer Brian Cook says the persistent fascination with performance management undermines delivery of the police service
May 2018 (9)
- ?The pendulum has swung too far? - Javid on IOPC
The issue will be top of his agenda at an upcoming meeting, he said
- 'Loss of wisdom' amid chief constable exodus
At least six forces will soon be competing for the same talent
- North Wales police chief to step down
He's the fourth chief constable in a month to confirm retirement
- Faster recruitment at heart of strategy to boost detective numbers
Kent Police to fast track recruits to non-uniform roles after 12 months
- Assistant commissioner to retire
First black woman to reach chief constable level
- Chief Superintendent to take over as ACC
The new ACC is taking over during 'very demanding operational times'
- MoD understaffing issues 'exacerbated' by sickness
Concerns have been widely reported by the press this week that MoD Police are not passing fitness tests
April 2018 (12)
- Third chief constable in a fortnight announces retirement
Former Met officer to leave policing after 33-year career
- North Yorkshire chief to retire
He was not expected to step down for another two years
- PCC loses 'no confidence' vote
Officers participated in a poll issued in response to claims PCC Michael Lane mislead the public over a council tax hike
- Chief constable announces retirement
Northamptonshire boss leaves police service after 37 years
- 'Train Highways Officers to take on roads policing jobs', says PCC
Police and Crime Commissioner says Highways England officers should help roads police out with some of their more ?mundane? responsibilities.
- Force gets flak for sorting offenders using 'crude' stereotypes
Feeding 'offensive' profiles through artificial intelligence to make decisions on freedom and justice is 'truly dystopian', says privacy group
- Fury over Home Secretary's violent crime claims
Come and see what is happening in northern inner cities, Ms Rudd is told
- PCC hiring £60k assistant despite plea to protect force's frontline
Michael Lane's deputy quit just after just three weeks over 'professional differences'
- Force-by-force gender pay gap figures revealed
Pay disparities attributed by some to an imbalance in the number female officers
- Government rejects £7 million fracking policing funds bid
At its peak Operation Manilla used 75-100 officers per day
March 2018 (10)
- Merseyside chief questions why vandalism tweet was deleted
Vandals attacked a police car while officers dealt with a particularly distressing RTC
- New Northumbria chief constable confirmed
CC Keenen has been acting chief since September
- Police support organisation donates £2.1million to boost wellbeing
Thousands of officers were provided with both physical and mental help
- Tributes to PC Keith Palmer on Westminster terror attack anniversary
'Keith was a very modest man. He wouldn't like any of the fuss,' says friend
- Statistics watchdog rules Prime Minister?s £450M ?extra funding for police? claim was ?misleading?
The Home Office has also been urged to publish a regular analysis of police funding on its website
- Officer injured in nerve agent attack visited by chief
Chief constable says he is "deeply relieved" to have spoken to him in hospital.
- Met appoints new assistant commissioner for counter terrorism
DAC will fill AC Mark Rowley's position following his retirement announcement
- Solicitors frustrated with disclosure failings
Overwhelming majority of survey respondents have witnessed the growing issue
- IOPC upheaval creates staff skills shortage
The IOPC has dramatically increased its workload
- Police Service of Northern Ireland deserves 5.4 per cent pay rise, says Fed
PSNI officers missed out on last year's two per cent pay bump
February 2018 (8)
- New chief says College needs to simplify its offer
CEO Mike Cunningham speaks to Police Oracle about his hopes for developing better connections between officers and the College of Policing
- Retired officer speaks out on depression
He was nearly killed in the 80s, saw a military colleague with his limbs blown off and became estranged from his wife and two daughters because of work pressure and tragedy.
- National force looking for third chief in five years
Phil Gormley's resignation sparks search for new boss
- Chief: 'Don't confuse positive action with positive discrimination'
CC Dee Collins spoke to Police Oracle during force's inclusivity conference
- Force appeals for unpaid drivers
Scheme aims to maximise the amount of time officers can spend on core roles
- Force alters working conditions to suit menopausal officers
Shake-up includes the introduction of safe spaces to 'cry or talk with a colleague.'
- Forces praised for peaking LGBT representation list
Those who did not enter encouraged to sign up to inspire more LGBT officers to join the force.
January 2018 (5)
- Fed urges chiefs to submit impact statements in court
Personally written documents will allow judges to take into consideration the impact the assault has had on the force, the officer?s family and the public.
- Call for police outsourcing to be brought back in house after Carillion collapse
Biggest policing PFI contracts use firm to maintain and operate buildings
- Former Fed chairman gets job at College
Ex-staff association head has a secondment to the professional body
- Brave officers commended for Manchester Arena attack response
They ran towards the scene not knowing the dangers they could face
December 2017 (6)
- Former cadet leader 'gobsmacked' by Queen's Police Medal
Neill said he was 'blown away' by the news
- President of Superintendents? Association's Christmas message
'The demands and pressures on policing are ongoing, and the amazing people who serve just keep on responding'
- Home Secretary's Christmas Message
'Your bravery and professionalism has shone through'
- Public list of officers dismissed from policing to be published
Those told to leave service will have their names put on website
- Ban on police retiring while under misconduct investigation lifted
Retired officers will now be able to be subject of standards hearings
- More than 125,000 applications to join police since 2015
Some forces have had up to 35 people go for each available post
November 2017 (4)
- HMI takes over at College of Policing
Former chief constable Mike Cunningham has been appointed
- 'Police leadership is about welfare of officers', chiefs are told
Officer welfare is key to preventing officers from burning out
- Cyberstalking app hands back control to victims
A force has partnered with the University of Bedfordshire to develop a mobile app for victims of cyberstalking
- Government wants 'nodding dogs' to take charge of policing
Local Police Federation chairman critical of Home Secretary's speech
October 2017 (3)
- 'How many 68-year-old terrorists have you seen on the streets?'
Restrictions to pension access for CNC members could pose a threat to national security
- 'Broken' officer pens candid letter to chief constable
'I feel let down, I feel abandoned, I feel alone, I feel undervalued, I feel mentally exhausted'
- One per cent bonus will not lead to job losses, says PCC
Chief constable thanks PCC for working to ensure money to fund increase is found without the need for reduction in numbers.
September 2017 (10)
- Understanding Situational Judgement Tests
This is the last of a six-part series of Police Promotion articles, ?b? the best you can be, provided by bselectedpolice.com
- 'Leaving the force? I have no regrets'
A former Detective Constable from the City of London Police, 39, left the force in November 2013 after 15 years of service.
- 'I'm glad I got out - policing is a thankless job'
Stressed, despondent and disillusioned, James Edmonds, 40, left Lancashire Constabulary after 15 years of service in December 2015.
- Former footballer laces up boots in new policing career
The new recruit used to play for Port Vale.
- Officers in Scotland given one per cent pay increase
Letter also reveals reforms to overtime and rest day regulations.
- Let officers pursue criminals without living in fear of being pursued themselves
Police Oracle editor Martin Buhagiar says a case highlighted this week illustrates why current legislation leaves police drivers vulnerable
- Government has made ?clear commitment? to mental health crisis
Minister seeks to ?assure? officers over government action on mental health.
- Minister says he would be 'irresponsible' to ignore good merger cases
Calls to reduce number of forces to save money
- Receiving one application for retiring chief's job 'not unusual' says South Wales PCC
Chief Constable Peter Vaughan is due to retire.
- Police forces heading for 'perfect storm', PSAEW conference will be told
Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas will urge Policing Minister Nick Hurd MP to review funding and resources
August 2017 (5)
- Morale continues to fall as stress grows and pay dwindles
More than 70 per cent of officers surveyed unhappy with their total pay package
- Officer who transformed his life shortlisted for prestigious award
Things could have turned out very differently for the PC.
- Home Secretary says stop and search can be used to 'confront' acid attacks
Amber Rudd says government has given 'police the powers they need'
- Racist abuse aimed at officers continues to rise
The number of officers facing discriminatory abuse continues to rise.
- Officers' psychological welfare must be looked after, says Met Commissioner
Boss of largest police force says personnel have dealt with 'utterly horrific things' recently
July 2017 (5)
- Outgoing chief talks direct entry, police degrees and training overseas
In an in-depth interview with PoliceOracle.com, CC Alex Marshall discusses his time as the first head of the College of Policing
- Theresa May vows to 'consider' public sector pay reports
Prime Minister says recommendations about pay levels for police officers will be considered 'very carefully'
- Making officers healthier and happier will help protect the public, says chief
Force is set to introduce extra leave for personnel, and head is also determined to help officers? finances as much as he can
- No change to public sector pay cap, says Number 10
Policing Minister's claim about pay is immediately contradicted by Prime Minister's spokesman
June 2017 (6)
- 'I am very clear that we are at a tipping point' country's longest-serving chief warns
'Cuts have left our communities less safe' Lancashire Chief tells Police Oracle editor Martin Buhagiar
- Independent report into investigator contract rates released
Document establishes a range of pay rates offered for each specific policing profession
- Northumbria saving thousands of working hours by removing ?checking of checking?
Chief Constable Steve Ashman says ideas have come from the front line.
- Police Federation calls on Theresa May to invest in service
Tories looking to form government with far right Democratic Unionist Party
- Advertorial: Pattern of promotion success
This is the third in a six-part series of Police Promotion articles, ?b? the best you can be, provided by bselectedpolice.com
May 2017 (6)
- Questions asked over direct entry chief constable process
Department said no decisions had been made following an apparent attempt to gauge views from within the service
- Home Secretary says Conservative approach to policing will remain the same
Fed reps line up to tell Amber Rudd of a crisis in the service
- Policing Minister: Officer numbers are not for me to decide
Delegates are unimpressed by performance
- Gloucestershire Chief insists it?s ?business as usual? as the force faces blue light merger
Temporary Chief Constable Rod Hansen says he wants to ?enjoy? being chief.
April 2017 (2)
- Gwent chief constable announces retirement
PCC described him as a hard act to follow
- Sara Thornton: 'Post-incident procedure must reflect support our officers deserve'
NPCC Chairman, writing exclusively for Police Oracle, says balance between full investigation and fair treatment of armed police officers must be found.
March 2017 (3)
- What's good for recruits is good for chiefs: Direct entry proposals sparks debate
Ex-DAC says ?laughable competition? for appointments means the time has come for direct entry at the top.
- Why we must do more to intervene early with women at the point of arrest
Opportunities exist to prevent women being drawn into the criminal justice system, the Prison Reform Trust says
February 2017 (4)
- Cressida Dick named as new Met Commissioner
Mayor of London hails distinguished career of first female boss of force
- Head of Humberside Police agrees 'to make way for new chief'
PCC had warned that Justine Curran?s job was not safe
- Chief will release officers from 'tick box mentality'
Northumbria Chief Constable Steve Ashman wants to scrap some of the bureaucracy that comes with the job.
- Chief wants officers to be leaders as he opens the door for promotion
Northumbria Chief says he recognises the benefits of moving forces and taking advantage of the opportunities on offer
January 2017 (1)
December 2016 (3)
- Officer numbers will fall further as budgets frozen next year
Met identifies massive shortfall as Home Office says it?s up to council taxpayers to keep funding up
- Policing degrees and formal qualifications given green light
College board approved the plans following a consultation ? but implementation may be some time away
- Forces trying to recruit outside leaders without identifying own talent
Inspectorate finds direct entry schemes being sought by South Yorkshire and Humberside, who do not have good enough processes for picking out internal talent
November 2016 (4)
- Anti-terrorism police patrol units to be introduced across capital
Metropolitan Police says move is 'not in response to a specific threat'
- Home Office will accept non-UK applications for Met Commissioner job
The advertisement for the role was published today with the deadline set for early next year.
- Temporary chief confirmed as head of force after two years in post
CC Dee Collins appointed substantive boss of constabulary she has led since June 2014
- Chief officers must have previous UK experience, former commissioners warn
Lord Blair and Lord Condon put forward amendment to Policing and Crime Bill
October 2016 (1)
September 2016 (4)
- Mayors have not played politics with policing, says retiring Met Commissioner
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who announced his retirement unexpectedly, claims no politician has acted in a partisan manner
- Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to retire
Met Commissioner was appointed in September 2011
- Police TV documentaries: Good, bad or risky?
As the second series of a show following the development of probationers draws to a close, Ian Weinfass takes a look at potential impacts of being featured on prime time as part of the job
- Chief super in vulnerability training call for officers
President of the Chief Superintendents Association of England and Wales says officers should have a public protection licence
August 2016 (4)
- Time and cost of qualification leading to detective shortages, rep says
Thames Valley Fed blames accreditation changes for a shortfall of investigators
- North Wales deputy PCC appointment blocked by panel
Inspector turned PCC Arfon Jones had already announced the news on his website
- Former Navy officer appointed new HM Inspector
Matthew Parr joins the inspectorate after more than 30 years in the Royal Navy
July 2016 (1)
June 2016 (5)
- Investment outside criminal justice system 'vital' to improving police custody
Chairman of IPCC warns of lack of alternative provision and resources
- College of Policing to accredit undercover police units
APP for undercover personnel has been made public for the first time
- Temporary chief to be given permanent role
Cleveland PCC has recommended T/CC Iain Spittal be given the job
- Chief constable announces retirement
Herts chief will step down later this year
- Police degrees: Work on apprenticeships has begun, as Met volunteers to pilot programme
Force supports degree option for all new recruits
May 2016 (3)
April 2016 (1)
March 2016 (3)
- Forces owe officers more than 1,000 years of rest days
Top of the table is the Met which owes its officers 176,969 days, or 485 years.
- Thinking about leaving the force?
We want to know how you feel about the job and your plans for the future.
- Force wastes £26,000 after miscalculating compensation
Problem following legal ruling is latest in long list of mistakes which has seen officers paid incorrectly
February 2016 (3)
- MoD Police personnel working excessive overtime, report warned
Officers protecting sites including Trident nuclear missile sub base did 'huge amounts of overtime working' to ensure security
- Police staff jobs at risk as force reduces cost of outsourcing contract
Force says changing financial climate means workforce numbers need to be reduced
- Policing degrees a step closer to fruition as consultation launched
Three academic routes into the job outlined by College amid acknowledgement transferring costs will save public money
January 2016 (3)
- Movers and Shakers: January 2016
There have been many recent appointments in policing. Here PoliceOracle.com rounds up a selection of them
- Firefighters cautious about Home Office's collaboration plans
But Fire Brigades Union representative says service is 'not grieving' about it being joined with policing at ministerial level
- Most chief constables were the only candidate for job last year
Questions raised over influence of PCCs on process
December 2015 (3)
- Met 'won't scrap PCSOs' despite disappointment over capital city funding
Chancellor?s decision to protect the budget means plans to get rid of all PCSOs are no longer being considered
- Region's tri-responders will provide 'quality service' to community
Innovative roles will represent 'step change' in way community safety is delivered.
- 'Cautiously optimistic' chief considering introducing voluntary exit scheme
Experienced police leader spoke to Ian Weinfass about the cuts reprieve, unfair funding formula and the folly of compulsory severance
November 2015 (3)
- 'CSI effect' pulls students to forensic career talk
Nearly 1,500 students told about the reality of working in police forensics.
- Angling inspector now out to catch fish poachers
That is people who steal fish - not those who boil them in milk
- PM accused of misleading public on officer figures
Labour candidate tells David Cameron: 'I?m afraid I simply do not recognise your figures'
October 2015 (3)
- Are you promotion ready?
DCI Ben Ewart outlines common problems faced by officers during stage three of the new promotion process and how bselected Police Promotion Success can help.
- ?Money issue? hampers strive for BME representation
Janet Hills from the NBPA says a stalemate in recruitment and chief constables not being held to account is halting progress.
- Video: Policing is still a great career option
Commander Chris Greany talks about how the role of a police officer has changed
September 2015 (2)
August 2015 (1)
July 2015 (11)
- Retired police officers are a 'very desirable commodity'
Retired officer Mark Holdgate says there should be an onus on the police service to provide coaching and mentoring to officers about to retire
- Outsourcing hundreds of Met staff jobs to be signed-off next week
Case for new partnership has been passed on to London Mayor's office for approval
- Cybercrime forum brought agencies and businesses together
Forum hosted by Police Oracle's parent company, Red Snapper Group
- Market leading criminal justice staffing business merges with cyber security company
Merger is a 'strategic response to meet recruitment needs of both law enforcement and commercial sectors in terms of cyber-crime investigations'
- Forces will cut control rooms from three to two
Move will save £4m a year after chief constables and police and crime commissioners agreed deal which sees further collaboration
- Royal opens £38 million police training centre
The Wakefield site boasts facilities for real life public order, driving and firearms training
- Rise in officers off with mental health problems
National picture of extent of stress, depression and similar conditions revealed
- PCC calls on the public's help to find new chief
It is believed that no other force has involved the public in the selection process before
- Force launches recruitment drive to deal with major crime
Surrey Police highlights demand of dealing with major crimes including child sex exploitation
- Brave PCs praised after they tackled 'extremely violent' knife-thrower
'These officers displayed immense bravery,' says borough commander after pair injured in incident
- Government: Arrangements are no threat to HMIC's independence
Ministers reject calls from select committee to change method of appointment for HM chief inspectors