Headlines: May 21st, 2001

The Police Service will be hoping to turn the election agenda to the law and order debate this week at the Association of Chief Police Officers’ conference in Birmingham.Delegates gather at the NEC later today (Monday) to review the criminal justice system, future prospects for police training and the use of information technology.

Ann Widdecombe will address the conference tomorrow and delegates will hear from Jack Straw on Wednesday and Simon Hughes on Thursday.

Chief Officers will also hear from Mr. Gurbux Singh, Chairman of Commission for Racial Equality, on the leadership challenge for the police service in the light of the Lawrence report.

Other speakers include David Calvert-Smith, Director of Public Prosecutions, and Will Hutton, Chief Executive of the Industrial Society.