A teenager has died during a police pursuit in Reading. The incident happened just before 11.30pm last night.
Hampshire Police has a new Chief Constable
Sniffer dogs and fibre optic cameras are among the tools used as part of a £2m police operation to prepare for the Lib Dem conference.
"We will do better" the promise today from Kent's Chief Constable after a highly critical report showed one in ten crimes were not being recorded - or dealt with properly - including some rapes and other violent attacks.
The report was ordered by Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes after allegations that officers were deliberately chasing "easy" crimes to solve to meet performance targets.
At a public meeting today, the Commissioner and Chief Constable came face to face to explain what happens now.
David Johns was there and speaks to Ian Learmonth, Chief Constable of Kent, and Ian Pointon, Chairman of Kent Police Federation.
The Chief Constable of Kent is being questioned about a report into allegations of misleading crime figures, at a public meeting. The report was released yesterday by the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes.
The Chief Constable of Kent will be questioned about a report into allegations of misleading crime figures, at a public meeting this morning. The report was released yesterday by the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes.
Kent Police fails to record some crimes properly, and has an 'institutional bias' towards chasing performance targets instead of criminals. Fred and Sangeeta link to David Johns
– Ian Learmonth, Kent Police Chief Constable
I would like to reassure the people of Kent that we are fully committed to delivering a high quality service to victims of crime.
The report states that 9 out of 10 victims of crime receive a good service from us. I am disappointed this is not even better and will be doing all I can to improve on this.
Every officer and member of staff within Kent Police strives to deliver a high quality service to the communities of Kent every day. I am proud of their achievements and will continue to seek to make that even better."
– Kent Police Statement
There is nothing more important in policing than integrity. The force demands the highest standards, and the public has an absolute right to expect them.
Kent Police acknowledges the report and fully accepts the recommendations. We welcome HMIC’s finding that there is no evidence of bad practice or corruption. We are committed to delivering a high level of service to victims of crime in the county and the findings of this report have allowed us to focus on key areas so we can continue to improve our service."
– Zoë Billingham, HM Inspector of Constabulary for the Eastern Region
Our inspection has found that appreciably more needs to be done by Kent Police to make sure its crime figures are as accurate as they should be. The force has been addressing the issue of crime recording and has made significant progress in this area. However, we found that the force had under-recorded approximately one in every ten crimes of the sample we examined – this means some victims are not getting the service they deserve...
A review of crime recording in Kent by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has found that much more needs to be done before people in Kent can be confident that the crime figures published by the force are accurate.
The inspection found that the public is being offered a good service from call handling staff but the processes that followed would sometimes deteriorate, as crimes were not being recorded correctly. HMIC concluded that there's been an institutional bias towards chasing targets for solving crime.
HMIC says the force has recognised the target-driven culture as a major problem and that the Chief Constable is determined to change this.
You can read the full report at http://www.hmic.gov.uk/publication/crime-recording-in-kent/
Police from Northern Ireland have been training officers from across the south how to use water cannons in the event of a violent protest. The cannons are never used here on the mainland but are regularly deployed in Northern Ireland.
The G8 summit is due to be held there in a few weeks time and many officers from our local forces have volunteered to help police the event.
Heather Edwards watched as they were put through their paces and spoke to Sgt Scott Hargreave of Wiltshire Police, PC Darren Coupland of Hampshire Police and Chief Supt Kevin Dunwoodie of Northern Ireland Police.
MPs have warned that stronger scrutiny of elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) is needed to prevent 'maverick decision making'.
The Home Affairs Select Committee found that only a quarter of PCCs had revealed certain financial data, despite being required to do so by law.
The Home Secretary Theresa May previously rejected the idea of a national register of PCCs' interests, pay, perks and hospitality, but a recent report from the committee said it was "vital".
It comes after a string of heavily criticised decisions made by commissioners, including the suspension of a chief constable in Lincolnshire and the hiring of a youth commissioner in Kent.