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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

August 30, 2007: New Border Control Uniforms Introduced

Immigration officers began wearing uniforms at Gatwick Airports’s border control for the first time today. Officers in dark blue suits and light blue shirts, combined with new border signage, will make it clear to arriving passengers that they are at the UK Border.

Border checks include:

  • New-style scanners which check the latest generation of passports designed to stop people from using a false identity to enter the country.
  • Further document checks to verify that the passport has not been tampered with.
  • Checks against the UK watchlist which includes details of known criminals and immigration offenders.
  • IRIS recognition technology, also allows trusted travellers who have registered in advance, to have their eye scanned to enter the UK quickly.

Visiting Gatwick to see these security measures in action, Home Office Minister Tony McNulty said:

“Maintaining and strengthening the security of Britain’s borders is a top priority. We are determined to improve public confidence in how immigration is managed. Key to this is the creation of highly visible staff at our borders, to deter people who have no right to be here.

“The use of biometric technology and the continued vigilance of Border and Immigration Agency staff are key to cracking down on illegal entry. Close to 4,500 people were refused permission to enter the UK at Gatwick in 2006.”

New technology is being used to strengthen the Government’s ability to stop identity fraud, forgery and to check people in and out of the country. This has already resulted in the details of 20 million passenger movements in and out of the UK being checked in 2006, resulting in 12,000 individuals being flagged for further checks and 1,000 arrests.

While tougher security checks may result in slightly increased waiting times, a recent survey showed that the vast majority of the public - over 80 per cent - think it is reasonable to wait a little longer to allow for thorough entry checks. Tougher security is particularly important this time of heightened security.

Uniforms are also in place at Stansted Airport. The nationwide roll-out will take place at the end of September.