News July 2010

July 2010

Breaking News…. your opportunity to feed in locally to new Government consultation on the future of policing.

The Home Office has launched a consultation paper which outlines new ways to change the face of policing over the next five years. The radical new programme of reform was unveiled by the Home Secretary on Monday 26 July.

Policing in the 21st Century: Reconnecting Police and the People’ sets out how the police service in England and Wales will become more accountable to the public and responsive to local people, more focused at a national level and more effective at tackling crime, as well as providing better value for money.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: 'By replacing invisible police and crime commissioners with directly elected police and crime commissioners, we can forge a direct link between the police and the public, ensuring that the public have a voice in setting police priorities and have the power to hold the police to account for keeping our streets safe and secure.'

The publication of Policing in the 21st Century marks the start of a public consultation on key features of the government’s reform programme, including directly elected police and crime commissioners who will hold forces to account, and in turn be directly accountable to the public.

Click here to find out more, or here to read the consultation document in full.

Vetting Codes of Practice

As a result of intensive lobbying following the issue of new Codes of Practice, the Home Office has reviewed its decision on clearance to DV level for ICVs visiting terrorist detainees. The level of vetting for those visiting TACT detainees has now been reduced to SC (SECRET) level, a much less intrusive system. Formal amendments to the April 2010 Code of Practice will be introduced shortly to reflect this change.