Archives for January 13th, 2004

POLICE TO SPEND MORE TIME DETECTING CRIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 January, 2004

Police officers will spend less time in the station processing suspects as a new electronically joined up justice system is introduced across the country by 2005. The IT systems are part of the Government’s National Criminal Justice System IT programme to put modern IT infrastructure and systems in place to support improved performance across the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales.The Custody programme manages the processes for handling people who are arrested and taken into custody. When processing arrestees at police stations it captures the essential data that is needed for processing them and provides a clear lead for custody sergeants to take them through the procedures and legal requirements. The programme gets rid of paperwork.

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CUTS IN BUREAUCRACY EXTEND TO EDUCATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 January, 2004

The burden of inspection of local education authorities is to be significantly reduced. OFSTED, the central inspection body, will carry out shorter and sharper inspections and shift the emphasis to self-evaluation.The focus of inspection will continue to be on educational outcomes, but inspectors will select particular areas for inspection. Less time will be spent checking compliance against all criteria, so that more time can be spent on the key issues for the individual LEA. Inspections will move from an emphasis on ‘what’ the LEA is like to ‘why’ the LEA is like it is.

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND URBAN POLICY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 13 January, 2004

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister commissioned the Community Development Foundation to review government guidance on community involvement in the context of Urban Renaissance and urban policy generally. This report set out the findings. Community participation aims to develop a community ‘voice’ that enables communities to participate in decision-making and increase the accountability of service providers. The aim is to increase the confidence and capacity of individuals and small groups to get involved in activities and build mutually supportive networks that hold communities together.Key findings include: developing national, regional and local level objectives to distinguish the differing forms of community involvement such as building social capital, maximising engagement in local decision making, facilitating different types of service provision and building up local economic activity and social enterprise.

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