All forces sign up to new programme to improve use of stop and search

Today the Home Secretary has announced that every police force has signed up to a new programme to improve police use of stop and search powers.

The Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme will see police taking a more intelligence-led approach and bring in greater transparency and more community involvement around stop and search.

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East Midlands pioneers regional cyber threat response

Regional cyber threat prevention scheme expanded beyond public sector to include data sharing with local businesses

The East Midlands is expanding a pioneering regional cyber security scheme to allow both private enterprise and local authorities to collaborate with police, government and academics on sharing data to better prepare against potential threats to their operations.

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Suburban emergency dispatch center adds text-to-911 capability

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon customers living in or traveling through the Northwest Central Dispatch System service area may be able to use their mobile phones to send a text message to 911 for emergency help.

It is the first 911 communications center in Illinois to accept text 911 messages, which officials say is especially important for residents with speech or hearing impairments.

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Four of ten calls to the police ‘a waste of time’

Four of ten calls to the Swedish police hotline are nothing but a waste of precious time, according to the operator, citing calls seeking advice about disobedient children and angry hedgehogs as examples.

The second largest category of calls to the 112 emergency number are intended for the police and of the 617,000 calls per year, some 124,000 are never forwarded as they are not emergencies.

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