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New case screening algorithm in Kent

Kent police in the UK are experimenting with a new algorithm to help decide which cases merit follow-up investigation, as reported here. Similar methods have been used for years to winnow through burglary and theft cases, but Kent is using … Continue reading

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Durham’s chief

Durham has consistently been rated the UK’s best constabulary over the last several years, despite being one of the hardest hit by reduced funding. This article gives an appreciative profile of their chief, Mike Barton, described paradoxically as liberal but … Continue reading

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Public opinion toward UK police

Her Majesty’s inspectors have released their report on public opinion toward police in 2018, summarized here with links to full documents. Respondents were more likely to have seen police on foot in their local area than in 2017, views of … Continue reading

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UK police miss deadline to meet fingerprint standards

Only 3 of the UK’s 43 police forces met a November deadline to meet “international standards for analysing prints found at crime scenes” as reported here, despite having 3 years to upgrade their processes. The situation reflects a wider mandate … Continue reading

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Police & higher education in the UK

The UK is engaged in a vigorous debate over whether to begin requiring university education for police. Some in the police think the country’s College of Policing has been pushing the academic agenda too hard, at the expense of recognizing … Continue reading

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Bearing the brunt of mental illness

This article reports the heavy burden on UK police of calls and encounters involving individuals in mental health crisis. People held in police custody for safety reasons has been cut 95% since 2011, shifting custody to the National Health Service … Continue reading

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Policing the UK’s only land border

This article describes policing challenges on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Conditions are much more peaceful than 30 years ago, when police on the northern side would patrol with soldiers in armored vehicles. Today there are some 250 … Continue reading

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