Home Office Approves IOPC Guidance And Concludes Firearms Review

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has approved revised Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) guidance, concluding the firearms review

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has today approved revised IOPC guidance which strikes the right balance between the need for robust investigation whilst supporting firearms officers in the line of duty.

The IOPC’s section 22 guidance, which has been made statutory today, includes a preference that key police witnesses should be separated after an incident, but also gives senior officers operational discretion to use alternatives, like recording proceedings on body worn video.

This completes the Home Office review into police use of firearms, which was commissioned following concerns officers could be deterred from volunteering for armed roles if they did not feel sufficiently protected.

The review has concluded that the right legal and procedural protections are in place for officers following a police shooting and in a great majority of incidents officers were dealt with as witnesses rather than suspects.

The Home Secretary Sajid Javid said:

Firearms officers are highly-trained professionals who do a uniquely challenging job – putting themselves in harm’s way to protect the public and taking split-second decisions on whether to discharge their weapons.

Any use of force by the police must be proportionate and necessary and the public must have confidence that investigations following a police shooting incident are independent and robust.

But we must also make sure armed officers feel empowered to use their skills and experience in order to save lives in the most dangerous situations.

Today’s approval of the IOPC section 22 guidance sets out a police officer’s responsibilities and duties in the period immediately following a death or serious injury during arrest, in or following custody or after a firearms incident. The new guidelines will take effect immediately.

Additionally, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published revised guidance which requires prosecutors to take into account the dynamic and often fast-evolving situations police find themselves in when considering a prosecution.

The revised guidance takes into account recent court judgements and ensures there is a consistent approach to prosecutions involving self-defence and reasonable force by police.

The firearms review has also concluded that:

  • the police and IOPC agreed post-incident procedures for the aftermath of a terrorist attack. As a result, the post-incident procedures that followed last year’s terrorist attacks worked well and were concluded quickly
  • the length of time taken to conclude IOPC investigations, inquests and sometimes further legal proceedings following a fatality causes distress to both officers and families of the deceased. In a very small number of cases, the period of time has been significant
  • however, the average length of an independent investigation by the IOPC has fallen and improving the timeliness of their investigations remains a key priority to avoid distress to families and police officers
  • the Home Office is leading work to look for further improvements to make the process simpler and quicker. The police also have a role to play in reducing delays, along with other partners

Latest Home Office figures have revealed recruits of firearms officers are up by 3% compared to the previous year to 6,459 as of March 2018, following a £144 million funding boost for armed policing at the 2015 spending review.

Dstl’s Latest Apprenticeship Opportunities Are Now Open

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory has a number of new apprenticeship vacancies

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

At Dstl, we are committed to developing our people, and to investing in the next generation of talent.

We offer apprenticeships in a variety of roles which enable people to gain experience and an insight into some truly unique work that helps protect the nation. Our apprenticeship programmes range from advanced through to degree level. If you are thinking about your next step in education, or a change of direction in your career, then Dstl could be the place for you.

Choosing an apprenticeship programme gives you a breadth of experience and a qualification and you will earn a salary at the same time.

With a mix of classroom and on-the-job -based learning, our programmes offer you the chance to work on cutting-edge real projects, making a real difference to the defence and security of the UK.

We’re keen to develop even more talent. If you’re passionate about science and technology, eager to help protect the UK and keen to learn, you’ll thrive on one of the following apprenticeships:

If you can see yourself in any of these roles, apply now. Take advantage of a unique apprenticeship that’ll lead to a unique career.

If you’re passionate about helping to keep our nation safe, please click on the links to view the vacancy information.

Home Office Announces Repayment Scheme For Victims Of Modern Slavery

A repayment scheme for potential victims of modern slavery who received asylum support

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

The government has today announced a repayment scheme for potential victims of modern slavery who received asylum support in England and Wales between 1 March and 8 November 2018.

This comes after a High Court ruling on 8 November found those affected had lost out on support.

Following the ruling, the Home Office immediately reinstated a top up payment to this group and has put in place a process for contacting all affected individuals who are entitled to a back-payment.

From today, anyone who was in receipt of support through the National Referral Mechanism and Asylum Support Regulations who received less than £65 a week between 1 March and 8 November 2018 can claim a back payment.

People who are currently receiving support will receive a letter from the Home Office setting out how much they are entitled to and when they will be paid. Those who are no longer receiving support can apply for a back payment using an application form.

New Specialists Appointed To Homes England Framework

Twenty highly skilled housing specialists have been appointed by Homes England to help speed up housebuilding across England

Parliament Street

Parliament Street

The members have been appointed to the housing agency’s new Multidisciplinary Framework to provide technical advice, services and design input to help Homes England prepare brownfield and surplus public sector land for residential development. Their expertise will help increase the pace, scale and quality of development and accelerate delivery of new homes in areas of greatest demand.

The Framework, due to be launched on 2 February, 2019, will enable procurement of £100m worth of services. It will also be available to other public sector bodies and will form part of the suite of Homes England Frameworks.

Stephen Kinsella, Executive Director for Land, at Homes England, said: “We want to work with ambitious partners who can help us accelerate housing development, deliver value for money, use their skills, knowledge and capacity to significantly increase housing delivery across the country.

“Members appointed to the new Framework bring with them a wealth of knowledge and housing expertise that will enhance the work of Homes England. This will help us meet our ambition to accelerate housebuilding and deliver the 300,000 homes needed each year by the mid-2020s.”

Homes England is supporting the private sector where development remains hindered by complex delivery and economic constraints. As part of this, Homes England aims to purchase land, remediate contaminated brownfield sites, as well as fund and deliver primary infrastructure.

The successful members of the new Multidisciplinary Framework are:

• AECOM Limited • Amey OW Limited • Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd • Atkins Limited • BDP • Curtins Consulting Limited • East Hampshire District Council – RegenCo • Gleeds Advisory Ltd • GVA • Jacobs U.K Limited • Karakusevic Carson Architects LLP • Mace Limited • Ove Arup & Partners Ltd • Pell Frischmann Consultants Ltd • Peter Brett Associates LLP • Tibbalds CampbellReith Joint Venture • Turner & Townsend Project Management Limited • Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions UK Limited • WSP UK Ltd • WYG Engineering Limited

The Framework is due to be launched on 2 February, 2019. Further information can be found here.

Home Office Hosts Midlands Serious Violence Event

The Policing Minister, Nick Hurd, has today hosted the latest monthly regional serious violence event, aimed at tackling violent crime, in Birmingham

The Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP

The Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP

The serious violence engagement events, led by Home Office ministers, bring together local partners to take action in communities. They raise awareness of the government’s Serious Violence Strategy, which places local action at its core. The events also highlight the national and regional support available, discuss local action already underway and spot new opportunities to work together to tackle the issue.

Over 100 partners from police, health, education, social services, youth offending services, housing, local authorities and the voluntary sector in the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and West Mercia attended today’s event at The Studio in Birmingham.

Speaking at the event, Policing Minister Nick Hurd said:

We are determined to support these communities. That means support for tough law enforcement, with more resources and powers for the police.

Just as important is our £17 million support for local preventative work that guides young people away from crime and bad decisions that have devastating consequences.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, said:

The minister’s visit to the West Midlands is very welcome.

I’m pleased Mr Hurd wants to see the problems we face in the region up close and today provided him with an opportunity to talk to victims and policing professionals alike.

It’s no secret that there is a serious problem with violent crime across many parts of the country and the minister has taken a keen interest in the innovative projects underway in the West Midlands.

As part of his visit to the West Midlands, Nick Hurd visited community police in Handsworth and went on walk around with local officers. If the local Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) chooses to increase the council tax precept, funding for West Midlands police will increase by £34.2 million in the coming financial year. The region also received £1.8 million from the government’s £17 million Early Intervention Youth Fund to support community groups and charities guide vulnerable young people away from violent crime.

Other speakers at the event included PCCs for the West Midlands, David Jamieson, and for Warwickshire, Philip Seccombe, as well as the West Midlands Chief Constable David Thompson, the Deputy Director of Public Health England West Midlands Dr Lola Abdulu, and Darren Laville from local charity The Epiphany People.

These events form part of the delivery of the 61 commitments in the Serious Violence Strategy and the government’s commitment to working with communities to strengthen their response to the issue and ensure everything is being done to protect young people from harm.

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