Home Office rewards police innovation with £50 million

Every police force in England and Wales will receive a share of a £50 million Home Office fund for projects aimed at transforming policing through innovation and collaboration. The successful schemes include investment in body-worn camera, groundbreaking forensics techniques and joint working between the police and fire service.

Forces were awarded money for new approaches to tackle anti-social behaviour and rural crime; a project to help young runaways; and work to improve the way the police interact with people with mental health problems. Continue reading

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Smart Cities to Rise Fourfold in Number from 2013 to 2025

“Smart cities encompass a broad range of different aspects, but IHS has narrowed the definition of the term to describe cities that have deployed—or are currently piloting—the integration of information, communications and technology (ICT) solutions across three or more different functional areas of a city”

The number of smart cities worldwide will quadruple within a 12-year period that started last year, proliferating as local governments work with the private sector to cope with a multitude of challenges confronting urban centers, according to a new report from IHS Technology.

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Brigade calls on councillors to turn up heat on fire safety

London Fire Brigade is calling on councillors from all 33 of the capital’s local authorities to make sure they are using their scrutiny powers to keep London’s estates safe from fire. The Brigade has published two separate councillor guides on fire safety and these have now been made available to all elected members of London’s local authorities.

The first, for use during council meetings, outlines strategic and policy questions to ask about the fire safety of purpose-built blocks of flats and maisonettes, while the second focuses on what councillors should look out for during estate visits, and questions they should to put to managers and wardens.

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Hampshire police & fire services plan to share premises

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and Hampshire Constabulary have announced plans to co-locate their strategic headquarters. The two organisations have already co-located police officers and fire staff into shared facilities at Redbridge, Alresford and Stockbridge fire stations.If the move goes ahead, around 100 senior police officers and support staff will be based at a new strategic headquarters at HFRS’s Eastleigh base.

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INTERPOL offers full assistance following Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has offered the world police body’s full assistance in the investigation and disaster victim identification efforts following the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine.

Following reports that Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 carrying 295 passengers and crew had crashed near the Russian border, INTERPOL’s 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre (CCC) immediately contacted the National Central Bureaus in The Hague, Kiev and Kuala Lumpur to offer the organization’s support.

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