Welcome to the February edition of the Crime, Policing and Fire News Update.
In February, the Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Brandon Lewis, give a landmark speech in which he set out his vision for the fire and rescue sector in 2017.
He set out three key areas where he wanted to see reform – accountability and transparency, efficiency and collaboration, and workforce reform.
He announced that April will see the creation of the National Fire Chiefs’ Council, which will transform the operational voice of the service, and that the Home Office is creating a new independent inspectorate for the fire service with the ambition for the first inspection to take place this year.
This edition of the news update has more details of the Minister’s speech, together with details of a consultation on reforms to the re-employment of retired senior fire officers.
On 31 January, the Policing and Crime Act received Royal Assent marking another major milestone in police reform.
The Act contains a wide-range of measures which will give greater protections for the vulnerable, ensure the police have the necessary powers to keep our communities safe, and overhaul the police complaints and disciplinary systems to increase accountability and improve police integrity.
The Act will also enable important changes to the governance of fire and rescue services, as well as improve efficiency and effectiveness of our emergency services through greater collaboration.
You can read more about the Act and its provisions in this month’s news update.
The Government is committed to keeping children and young people safe from child sexual exploitation and, on 16 February, the Home Secretary announced a £40 million package of measures to further support this work.
The measures include the launch of a new Centre of Expertise on child sexual abuse, and new funding for law enforcement and organisations working to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, and to crack down on offenders.
This month’s news update has more details on the measures announced, as well as wider work the Government is doing to tackle this horrific crime, including the Government’s
Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Progress Report, the second phase of the Home Office’s Disrespect NoBody campaign.
This seeks to prevent young people from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships, and a new campaign to encourage the public to report child abuse and neglect.
Source: Home Office
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