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Issue 51 - August 2018

Issue 51 - August 2018

27th August 2018

The winners of the National Police Bravery Awards have been announced, and this issue we cover each categories winner as well as this year’s joint overall winners.

These awards truly embody the spirit of the job, of the brave men and women who serve their communities every day, on and off duty. In our eyes, you’re all winners! 

Elsewhere in the issue the Metropolitan Police are trialling Live Facial Recognition in a range of environments including public events and crowded public spaces. The new technology is being tested in crowded, public spaces and should prove to be an invaluable tool if successful.

The Prime Minister has recognised the work of Leicestershire Sergeant Emma Gilbert. Emma was instrumental in setting up and managing the Police Link Officers for Deaf service, otherwise known as PLOD. 

Former West Midlands Police Officer Douglas Stewart is celebrating his 100th birthday with present day Chief Constable Dave Thompson. Douglas served for 30 years after joining the force in 1946, read his fascinating story.

We also have our usual round up of news, charity, work moves and technology! 

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20/05/2018 | Issue 50 - May 2018

Issue 50 - May 2018

This issue we explore DNA Breakthroughs in honour of International DNA.

We celebrate the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953 and the completion of the human genome project half a century later with features from Northumbria Police and the cold-case Team  who won the prestigious international DNA Hit of the Year award for its use of the national DNA database to bring a murderer to justice.

Hampshire Constabulary is driving forward with an innovative plan that can revolutionise police fleets across the UK, saving millions of pounds, meanwhile in Lincolnshire four members of staff  have travelled to Kosovo to help train police officers in public order and public safety contingencies.

PC Tina Newman has received a national award for tirelessly working to help women trapped in street sex work. PC  Newman  helped transform attitudes towards sex workers by pioneering a new approach building trust and engaging with street sex workers as well as liaising with local community groups in the areas of Bristol affected.

Read the story of Detective Kate Hutchings, who never dreamed that catching a common cold could cost her her life or that a stranger could give it her back.

We also have the usual round up of news, charity, technology and work moves.

19/02/2018 | Issue 49 - Feb 2018

Issue 49 - Feb 2018

This issue’s cover stars are volunteers for The City of London Police! Because of the expertise and support the Specials bring, the City has been selected to host a national pilot scheme to establish a new ‘gold standard’ for the recruitment, training, development, and deployment of volunteers.

This will see the numbers of Specials in the City double from 53 to over 100 with support being
provided to regular constables but also in specialist areas such as cyber and economic crime. The City of London will also see its first mounted Special Constable.

Avon & Somerset Celebrate International Women’s Day by showcasing their female workforce. This
force area lead the way in appointing some of the first women police officers in the world. This started with Desiree Mary Yandell in 1944, who became the very first woman police officer in the old Somerset Constabulary.

Elsewhere, more than 100 people attended an event in Windsford to celebrate the joint work being done by Cheshire Constabulary, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC). This work has involved the production of a new resource booklet which tells the stories of 10 LGBT+ Role Models who represent the three organisations.

20/11/2017 | Issue 48 - Nov 2017

Issue 48 - Nov 2017

With the Holidays approaching, I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I understand that your job requires little in the way of a break but I hope that you’ll find some time to celebrate with family and friends.

This issue Keith Fraser is our cover star, Keith, is currently the only black superintendent in the force and has spent his entire career blazing trails, he believes that diversity among officer ranks is crucial in order to police effectively and is encouraging young people from ethnic and minority communities to follow in his footsteps. 

We’d like to wish Keith a very long and happy retirement!

This issue we have the heart-warming story of how British Airways reunited an officer and her wife, Essex Police and their pioneering work with The Dogs Trust helping victims of domestic abuse and a kind hearted Nottinghamshire Police Officer who helped raise more than £3000 for Nottingham Children’s Hospital Big Appeal. 

20/08/2017 | Issue 47 - August 2017

Issue 47 - August 2017

This issue Sam Maxwell Smith of Supporting Justice talks about the launch of Victims Choice, a website which provides information on victim services around the UK and identifies services in the victim’s local area. It allows victims or others affected by crime to  find information about available services and leave a review of the service they have used, helping others to make more informed choices about what is available.

Last year 231 police officers in the West Midlands were spat on leaving them at risk of being infected with potentially deadly diseases. In response to these shocking figures the force are introducing the use of spit and bite guards for 4,500 operational officers. A move which Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson called “a difficult but necessary decision…” 

Officers all over the country have found innovative ways to give back to their communities in this issues charity section. Merseyside Police have launched ‘The Paper Dolls Academy’ a project that helps provide underprivileged children with uniforms ahead of the new school year and one brave fingerprint examiner ran over a hundred miles to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice.

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Date: 28th January 2020

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