Crime and policing news update: March 2015

March's update on the latest news and information on police and crime issues.


Information and news includes:

  • revised strategic policing requirement designates child sexual abuse a national threat for police
  • Modern Slavery Bill to receive Royal Assent
  • reforms to improve the police complaints and disciplinary systems announced
  • Home Secretary announces statutory inquiry into undercover policing
  • reforming the use of police bail
  • anti-social behaviour civil injunction power comes into effect
  • Home Office takes further action against new psychoactive substances
  • new resources pack on new psychoactive substances for informal educators and practitioners
  • new technology to screen for drug drivers
  • competition for new Emergency Services Network hots up
  • police ICT company update
  • updated Violence against Women and Girls Communications Insight Pack
  • updated “This is Abuse” campaign resources published
  • increase in firearms licensing fees announced
  • draft Riot Compensation Bill published
  • Serious Crime Act provisions to come into effect
  • Serious and Organised Crime Strategy Annual Report Published
  • Serious and Organised Crime Illustrative Local Profile launched
  • Serious and Organised Crime Prevent Interventions Guide published
  • Serious and Organised Crime Prevent Toolkit for frontline practitioners
  • Early Intervention Foundation’s guidance for police on early intervention
  • guidance on the internet of things published
  • new Integrated Offender Management Key Principles published
  • alternative place of safety pilot launches in Sussex
  • new Mental Health Code of Practice come into effect
  • Blue Lights fund launched
  • Sentencing Council publishes new proposals for sentencing people convicted of dangerous dog offences
  • Cabinet Office report highlights PCCs’ work with civil society organisations
  • speeches