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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

May 16, 2007: Fewer Burdens, More Powers For Police - Home Secretary

The Police Service has a crucial role to play in meeting the challenges of 21st century security, said Home Secretary John Reid. Speaking at the Police Federation annual conference, the Home Secretary highlighted how the Government and police have worked together to meet these challenges - with Neighbourhood Policing now successfully introduced to police forces across England and Wales.

Putting the Police Service at the heart of public protection - from the personal, to the community to the national level - the Home Secretary said that the service would need to respond to the demands of the public, both in terms of their expectations of the police and a criminal justice system that supports the rights of the victim.

Demonstrating the Government’s commitment to rebalancing the criminal justice system towards the victim and provide the police with the necessary tools and resources to deliver a modern police service fit for the 21st century, the Home Secretary also announced new powers to be brought forward shortly in the Criminal Justice Bill. These include:

  • widening existing premises closure powers for the police to premises where there is persistent excessive noise, rowdy behaviour, or where residents threaten their neighbours round the clock;
  • introducing Violent Offender Orders (VOOs) which will enable the courts to impose requirements on those convicted of violent offences who pose a high risk of harm.

Setting out his commitment to reduce the risks of harm and injury both to members of the public and to police officers who face the threat of violence on a daily basis, the Home Secretary also announced, subject to final medical advice, his agreement to a trial extending the use of Taser to a wider pool of officers than at present. ACPO guidelines on the operational use of the Taser have been published.

Reid also responded to reports earlier this week that police were chasing minor misdemeanours at the expense of serious offenders, telling the police audience that this was ‘hitting the target but missing the point’. Reid said:

"The Police Service is facing unprecedented challenges and this government is committed to providing them with the tools they need to meet the demands of modern policing. That is why I have today announced additional powers for the police and, subject to independent medical advice, a trial to extend the use of Taser to specially trained teams.

"Further to this, I am committed to cutting bureaucracy, improving the target mechanisms and engaging in debate on local accountability in order to support frontline officers to deliver a service that is respected locally and trusted nationally. It is a decision for Chief Constables and local Basic Command Unit commanders how targets are met, but let me be clear - in future government crime reduction and detection goals must provide a focus on serious crime, particularly the most serious violent crime, and not reward numbers for numbers sake."