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Issue 49 - Feb 2018

Issue 49 - Feb 2018

19th February 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.

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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.


22/05/2017 | Issue 46 - May 2017


Issue 46 - May 2017

As the magazine is about to go to print, the terrible atrocities committed in Manchester are fresh in everyone’s minds.

Here at the Billboard we send our deepest condolences to those affected by this cruel act of terrorism and our highest praise to the emergency services who worked tirelessly and bravely through the night. 

Manchester is a wonderful city and GMP are an exemplary force who I know will stand together to grieve, protect and heal their diverse and warm community. 

This issue we have extensive coverage of the Police Federation Conference, where The Home Secretary expressed gratitude for the job many of you do without fanfare every single day: “We owe you, the police, an incredible debt, for the courage and bravery you exhibit in the line of duty. For your willingness to put yourself in harm’s way, day after day, in order to protect the rest of us.” 

She also promised that Westminster would no longer interfere in policing, stating: “It’s not for me to tell the police how to do their jobs. And as long as I’m Home Secretary there will be no return to the constant interfering from Westminster."  

This year saw a new, shorter format that proved to be a ‘huge success” in the words of Chairman Steve White, You can read more coverage on pages 10 -12.


20/02/2017 | Issue 45 - February 2017


Issue 45 - February 2017

This issue our cover star is Birmingham Beat bobby, PC Jonathan Lander who next year is poised to join international police conventions in Hong Kong and China focusing on culture, traditions, and giving an insight into triad gangs.

His time in Hong Kong and China will improve his understanding of Chinese culture, help him build community links and identify community-led solutions to issues, and promote inter-cultural dialogue.

Over 30 current and former members of the police service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been recognised in the New Year Honours list for 2017.

We have a two-page feature profiling some of the officers who were honoured and how their police career lead them to this prestigious recognition.

Congratulations from all of us at The Billboard! 

A global human rights group has hailed West Midlands Police for its Stop and Search reforms – and suggested Continental cops could benefit from following the force’s lead.

Open Society Foundations hosted a conference in Birmingham to shine a light on West Midlands Police’s efforts make street stops fairer, more targeted and officers more accountable.

You can read more about the excellent work West Midlands Police are doing inside. 

We also have our usual round up of News, Charity, Technology and Work Moves.  


07/11/2016 | Issue 44 - November 2016


Issue 44 - November 2016

This edition it’s a family affair! Two generations of new recruits, a mother whose passion for the job has inspired her two daughters to join the force and two brothers who are pushing each other to be better officers.

You can read all about Verdun Buck who fought in the Second World War before policing the streets of Sutton and the remarkable legacy he left behind on page 10. His story came to light after his son set about tracking down replacement medals after his father’s originals were stolen.

West Midlands Police have re-launched their Top Trumps inspired card game ‘Cop Swops’ which feature caricatures of neighbourhood officers, rating them by ‘Police Power’, ‘rank’ and ‘speed’.

The game is designed to help children become more familiar with their local officers and comfortable approaching and chatting to them, while sharing some important safety messages.

The game was so popular last time that officers had children chasing them down the street asking them for cards!

Kind hearted cops around the country have been running marathons, cycling for miles and spinning, all in the name of charity.

We also have our usual round up of News, Technology and Charity. 



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Date: 21st May 2018

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