42 per cent of cigarettes in north of England are illegal

June 29, 2010 9:44 am

The Scotsman has obtained figures from the tobacco industry which reveal significant increases in smuggling of illegal cigarettes. The article, published on Saturday, found that 31 per cent of packets in Scotland were illegal, up 10 per cent from 2009. […]

Warning – Confidential Informants might steal things…

June 28, 2010 12:23 pm

Confidential informants are useful because they associate with criminals. But this also makes them liable to engaging in criminal behaviour themselves. The Wenatchee World reported at the weekend that a confidential informant in Colorado has pleaded guilty to pocketing $300 […]

SCDEA continues battle against serious crime

June 28, 2010 12:04 pm

According to their 2009-10 annual report, the Scottish Crime and Drugs Enforcement Agency has seized 105 kilograms of Class A drugs and 1.6 tonnes of Class B drugs over the last 12 months, with a combined estimated street value of […]

Be careful when relying on confidential informants

June 28, 2010 11:56 am

According to wcax.com, the Vermont Supreme Court has had to reverse convictions in two marijuana cases. One of them has been chucked out because the court found that too much weight was placed on information provided by a confidential informant […]

Delivering Efficiency – The IT Human Factor

June 28, 2010 11:01 am

Many across policing are now looking to technology to drive through efficiency, cut down on bureacracy and generally save money.  Most will reach for the ‘consolidation manual’ on reducing down the number of systems that they have and bringing information […]

Counterfeiters to cost Europe ‘£200bn’

June 25, 2010 11:15 am

Counterfeiters will cost Europe one million jobs and more than £200 billion in “legitimate revenue” in the next five years, it was warned on 23rd June 2010… click here to visit main article

A Time of Austerity

June 25, 2010 9:41 am

With the budget potentially hitting Government Departments hard from 2011, what is the impact on Policing?  With the Home Office currently receiving a budget of £9.6bn per annum to fund Policing and Immigration/Customs services and the Police currently working with […]

IT is more than a support service

June 24, 2010 2:34 pm

Computer Weekly have reported Jos Creese, president of Socitm, as saying that George Osborne’s emergency UK budget fails to take account of the potential efficiency savings that could be realised by better use of IT. Speaking on behalf of ICT […]

Cheap shopping and lower crime – do drug dealers help the community?

June 22, 2010 11:58 am

Professor Neil McKeganey has written a report which suggests that the presence of drug dealing markets can have a positive impact on the surrounding community, according the The Scotsman. McKeganey apparently argues that drug dealers bring with them a substaintial […]

Will IT bring help business out of recession?

June 22, 2010 10:27 am

Research commissioned by the KCOM Group has revealed that IT departments are being heavily relied upon to help business out of recession. http://www.theretailbulletin.com/news/it_at_the_heart_of_recovery_from_the_downturn_15-06-10/?u=75956 Rather than being an expensive distraction, IT investment is now expected to deliver real cost savings and […]