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Police Scotland begin two-week firearms amnesty

Police Scotland begin two-week firearms amnesty
Police Scotland has launched a firearms amnesty, intended to stop weapons falling into the hands of criminals. Anyone who has a gun or ammunition with...
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Officer and staff welfare focus in HMICFRS ‘State of Policing’ report

Officer and staff welfare focus in HMICFRS ‘State of Policing’ report
Sir Thomas Winsor, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabularies , has today (12th June 2018) released his annual assessment of policing in the UK. ...
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Taking the policing brain on holiday

Taking the policing brain on holiday
Some great advice from the Police Dependants Trust  Taking a busy mind on holiday can be the last thing any of us (or our loved ones) really want...
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PM pays tribute to London Bridge victims and heroes on anniversary of terror attack

PM pays tribute to London Bridge victims and heroes on anniversary of terror attack
A year on from the murder of eight people, the UK's senior counter terror policing co-ordinator says the threat remains high. Britain's resolve agains...
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Multi-agency exercise 'gave us the chance to test how we would respond'

Multi-agency exercise 'gave us the chance to test how we would respond'
Emergency services have held a live training exercise to test the response to a terror attack in Lincoln city centre. The exercise was staged at Linco...
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Hundreds of police officers to receive Taser training

Hundreds of police officers to receive Taser training
MORE than 500 police officers in Scotland will start Taser training this month. Police Scotland says the move is in response to an increase in assault...
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British Transport Police opens Counter Terrorism Hub at Birmingham New Street station

British Transport Police opens Counter Terrorism Hub at Birmingham New Street station
On Thursday 24 May, British Transport Police  introduced its first regional counter terrorism unit at Birmingham New Street station.  The op...
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Risk of ‘postcode lottery’ for Taser as police representative demands Home Office funds kit

Risk of ‘postcode lottery’ for Taser as police representative demands Home Office funds kit
TASER must be funded by central government instead of costing police forces cash from their budget, a police representative has insisted in a letter t...
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Almost 100 police have received psychological help after Salisbury attack

Almost 100 police have received psychological help after Salisbury attack
Chief of Wiltshire f orce says ‘best support’ has been given to personnel including himself Almost 100 Wiltshire police officers and staff have sought...
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Officers 'put off' from becoming elite marksmen

Officers 'put off' from becoming elite marksmen
Some recruits drop out, fearing how they could be treated following a police shooting, Concerns over the way armed police officers are often treated i...
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More armed police are to start patrolling high-profile events in Manchester

More armed police are to start patrolling high-profile events in Manchester
GMP's armed policing unit was increased by a third last year and the force said that as a result, the public will now start seeing more officers carry...
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South Wales police Taser rethink as gang knife threat grows

South Wales police Taser rethink as gang knife threat grows
All frontline police officers in south Wales could be armed with Tasers to face the increasing threat of gangs carrying knives. Chief Constable Matt J...
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Oxford shooting: Police and gunman in standoff

Oxford shooting: Police and gunman in standoff
Armed police have exchanged fire with a gunman after a person was shot in Oxford city centre. Thames Valley Police said shots had been fired from a pr...
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Device discovered at home of second PSNI officer's parents in Londonderry

Device discovered at home of second PSNI officer's parents in Londonderry
The PSNI have said they will offer support to the family of a police officer whose relatives were targeted by “cowardly thugs” who planted a hoax devi...
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Joint Operation Nets Firearms Haul 

Joint Operation Nets Firearms Haul 
Nine f irearms , including two AK47 -style machine guns, have been seized following a joint operation by Border Force and the National Crime Agency at...
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Armed Response Vehicle officer's roles to be extended

Armed Response Vehicle officer's roles to be extended
Police Scotland can confirm that the extended role of Armed Response Vehicle officers (ARVs) will be implemented on 7 May, 2018. As announced in Decem...
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CI Karen Stevenson Staffordshire Police on Armed Policing for women

CI Karen Stevenson Staffordshire Police on Armed Policing for women
Karen Stevenson: Chief Inspector, Local Police Commander & Post Incident Manager, Staffordshire Police, recently Tweeted the following message off...
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80% of police officers suffer from depression or anxiety

80% of police officers suffer from depression or anxiety
Reductions in staff numbers are having 'significant impacts upon the public' as fewer officers share larger a work load Eight of out 10 police officer...
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HMICFRS praises ‘internationally unmatched’ counter-terrorism response

HMICFRS praises ‘internationally unmatched’ counter-terrorism response
The UK is seen as the “reference nation” when it comes to responding to terror attacks, according to a summary report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of...
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South Wales Police Taser policy to be reviewed in light of gun and knife crime

South Wales Police Taser policy to be reviewed in light of gun and knife crime
It is in response to the number of officers being kicked, punched and spat at on a weekly basis The chief constable of South Wales Police is ordering ...
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