Archives for June 14th, 2006

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING

Abstracts, PublicNet: 14 June, 2006

This progress report from the Home Office describes the national programme of neighbourhood policing as the biggest change in policing for many years with individual forces being provided with up to date support and good practice through a national team.Delivery of the programme has now extended to about 6,000 neighbourhoods. Over 50% of police Basic Command Units have implemented substantial coverage. Nearly 11% of police officers and PCSOs are already involved in neighbourhood policing. This will now rise substantially. It is planned that by April 2007, every community in England and Wales will see increased patrolling, better local information and a greater focus on confidence and reassurance. By April 2008, there will be a dedicated neighbourhood policing team embedded into every area in England and Wales.

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COUNCILS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE TO MEET GERSHON TARGET

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 June, 2006

Local councils are on course to deliver more than a billion pounds worth of efficiency gains in this financial year, according to new figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government, based on authorities’ own annual forward look efficiency statements.The Department is expecting savings marginally below 1.3 billion pounds, compared with 1.1 billion pounds in 2005-6 and 760 million pounds the year before. The figures exclude efficiency gains for schools, police and fire authorities. The Local Government Association said the figures showed local authorities were leading the way in making efficiency savings. Its chairman, Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart said, “It is extremely good news that local government efficiency gains are above and beyond the target set by Whitehall. According to the Treasury, councils are making more efficiency savings than anywhere else in the public sector.

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CHARITY WANTS CHILD PROTECTION TO BE POLICING PRIORITY

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 June, 2006

The children’s charity Barnardo’s is calling for a nationwide network of community services for children who have been sexually exploited. It also wants the Government to make child protection a priority for the police. The calls follow the organisation’s first long term study of its work with children who have been exploited for sex or groomed for abuse through prostitution, which is published today.The study, which is the first of its kind in the UK, found that young people helped by Barnardo’s had often been abused and neglected but that intensive support could reduce their risk of being sexually exploited and it could help them to achieve positive changes in their lives.

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