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Home Office to provide extra support for police and their families

Home Office to provide extra support for police and their families
PRITI Patel is to extend the Police Covenant to ensure that all serving and retired officers are included in receiving enhanced protection and support...
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Fishmongers' Hall: Firearms officer thought he was not going home

Fishmongers' Hall: Firearms officer thought he was not going home
A firearms officer has told an inquest he did not think he was going home when he realised the Fishmongers' Hall attacker was wearing what he thought ...
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Man jailed after cache of automatic weapons, ammunition, drugs and cash found by police

Man jailed after cache of automatic weapons, ammunition, drugs and cash found by police
A man has been jailed after specialist officers discovered a cache of automatic firearms and ammunition hidden in his home, as well as a large quantit...
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Crawley College: Police thank public for tackling gun suspect

Crawley College: Police thank public for tackling gun suspect
  Police have thanked people who helped apprehend a suspect amid reports of gunshots at a college. Armed police officers descended on Crawley Col...
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PFOA Tribute - Passing of HRH Duke of Edinburgh

PFOA Tribute - Passing of HRH Duke of Edinburgh
All at the Police Firearms Officers, Association  send their sincere and deepest condolences to HM the Queen and members of the Royal Family on t...
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Armed man aims weapon at police officer

Armed man aims weapon at police officer
A man pointed a gun at a police officer in the street during a tense stand-off yesterday. The drama unfolded in Leeds shortly before 11am when West Yo...
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Officer tells of moment his van was set alight by protestors

Officer tells of moment his van was set alight by protestors
An Avon and Somerset Constabulary officer who went to the aid of injured colleagues during the violent disorder in Bristol on Sunday (March 31) has sp...
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Firearm Discharged At Unarmed Officers

Firearm Discharged At Unarmed Officers
On Thursday, 18 March, at approximately 19:10hrs, ten plain clothed police officers from the Met's North West Violence Suppression Unit were on patrol...
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Covid-19: Three UK terror plots foiled during pandemic

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Three terror attacks have been prevented in the UK since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to security services.

Arrests for terrorism-related activity fell by 34% in 2020, the lowest level in nine years, Home Office data showed.

But the number of terror plots stopped has risen to 28 since March 2017, counter terror police said.

The foreign secretary said young people had been recruited to terror groups in "worrying" numbers during lockdown.

Dominic Raab told the House of Commons there had been a recent rise in the volume of terror-related content online.

"We can see a worrying rise in the proportion of children and teenagers that are now being arrested for terrorism offences," he added.

The UK's senior national coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing warned that these organisations "have not stopped planning attacks or radicalising vulnerable people online".

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon said officers had made 185 arrests across more than 800 live investigations during the pandemic - "stopping three possible terror attacks in the process".

He said as lockdown eases, "there will be greater opportunity for terrorists to operate".

"We want the public to join the police, security staff and retail workers in a collective community effort to minimise the chance of attack" he added.

In February, the UK's terrorism threat level was downgraded from " severe" to "substantial" , which means an attack is still likely.

Mr Haydon also warned of a "worrying trend" of children under the age of 18 being arrested for terrorism-related activities.

This age group was the only one that saw an increase - rising from 11 to 17 in total, Home Office data showed.

"That is a total of 10% of all arrests, which has risen from just 4% in the previous 12 months," said Mr Haydon.

Police have launched a  website and helpline  to offer advice and support for families to prevent young people becoming involved in terrorism, he said.

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Police officers are quitting their jobs at an unprecedented rate

Police officers are quitting their jobs at an unprecedented rate
Police officers are quitting their jobs at an unprecedented rate. A newly published research project from the University of Portsmouth aimed to find o...
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Yassar Yaqub M62 shooting: IOPC investigation concludes 'no police officers committed an offence' during stop near Huddersfield

Yassar Yaqub M62 shooting: IOPC investigation concludes 'no police officers committed an offence' during stop near Huddersfield
An investigation into the fatal police shooting of a 28-year-old man on a motorway has concluded that no officer committed a criminal offence or behav...
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Officers who shot robbery suspect used 'necessary and proportionate' force, investigation finds

Officers who shot robbery suspect used 'necessary and proportionate' force, investigation finds
Officers from Wiltshire Police acted in a “necessary and proportionate” manner during the non-fatal shooting of a man during a robbery in Swindon last...
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PFOA Helpline Goes Live

PFOA Helpline Goes Live
  PFOA Helpline 24/7  Help Line number is 0800 088 5490.  This support line is for more serious welfare issues.  The helpline is a...
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Male Who Stabbed Police Officer In The Chest Is Jailed For 2.5 Years

Male Who Stabbed Police Officer In The Chest Is Jailed For 2.5 Years
A man who stabbed a Met police officer in the chest has been jailed. Mohin Hussain, 41, of Ashmore Road, W9, appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Frid...
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Covid-19: Spat at Cambridgeshire police officer tests positive for virus

Covid-19: Spat at Cambridgeshire police officer tests positive for virus
A police officer has tested positive for Covid-19 after being spat at by a suspect who claimed to have the virus. The officer was spat on by the suspe...
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“Police Officers are human and vulnerable from this virus too.”

“Police Officers are human and vulnerable from this virus too.”
  ESSEX Police Federation Chair Laura Heggie on the challenges Lockdown 3 is bringing to policing and the reality of what officers are facing in ...
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Police officers to be armed in new fight against crime

Police officers to be armed in new fight against crime
Plans are underway to arm police officers with guns while they are patrolling Nottinghamshire's road network. This will be the first team outside of t...
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Police officer who retired after Novichok poisoning 'fighting for pension', says wife

Police officer who retired after Novichok poisoning 'fighting for pension', says wife
Nick Bailey left the force in October, citing the after-effects of the March 2018 Salisbury attacks The wife of Nick Bailey, the detective who left Wi...
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Police Officers allowed to Carry Taser in Court

Police Officers allowed to Carry Taser in Court
Lord Burnett, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales  Issued the eleventh amendment to the criminal practice directions. This update includes a ...
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Covid: More than 800 police officers have tested positive

Covid: More than 800 police officers have tested positive
More than 800 police officers in the UK have tested positive for Covid since the pandemic began, new figures show.  Across 24 of the UK's 45 poli...
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