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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

July 26, 2005: Police Action on Diversity

The police are to step up their drive to encourage the recruitment of ethnic minorities and women.  At a joint Home Office and ACPO National Diversity Conference on 'Delivering Diversity in the Police Service' on 21 July 2005, Policing Minister Hazel Blears launched the Positive Action Toolkit, a good practice guide for police forces on running positive action events for police recruitment. Hazel Blears said:

"The tragic and shocking events of 7 July showed us exactly why diversity is so important to the police service. Never before have public confidence and effective engagement with Britain's diverse communities been so vital.

"Whether we are disabled, gay or lesbian, young or old, Muslim or Jewish, we all have a contribution to make to policing either as members of staff or members of the community, and we need to recognise the real benefits that diversity can bring to our society.

"We are committed to the achievement of a modern and fully representative police service and are working together with the police service to improve the way in which police officers interact with communities and to promote a greater awareness and respect for diversity."

Peter Fahy, ACPO lead on Race and Diversity and Cheshire Police Chief Constable, said:

"This is not about political correctness but it is about a very clear operational need. We must be confident that the police service can attract the brightest and most committed whatever the race, gender or background. We have made significant progress with new recruitment processes and training programmes. This new toolkit includes a number of measures to make sure we have a workforce which can strengthen the security and confidence of the communities we serve."

The 'Business Case for Diversity' was also launched at the conference. This clearly sets out race and diversity as a business imperative, and outlines the importance of a diverse police service that is able to engage more effectively with communities.

Further information on equality and diversity in the police service can be found here