Tag Archive: UK

SOCA continue to disrupt the cocaine pipeline

August 20, 2010 4:20 pm

The UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) announced today that they have stopped another gang of drugs smugglers. The five gang members were caught after 80kg of cocaine (with a street value of £25m) was found in Dover in 2009. […]

Will buying the same system deliver those cost savings?

August 16, 2010 10:46 am

There is an interesting outcome of the current financial crisis hitting the police service and that is the area of IT standardisation. I have had many recent discussions where individuals feel that ‘buying the same systems’ enables collaboration and reduces […]

The rising cost of informants

August 3, 2010 4:34 pm

The Metropolitan Police paid Covert Human Intelligence Sources £1.9m in 2009/10, a small rise from the the £1.86m figure that was paid out in the previous year. The Independent also reported that a further £176k was spent on travel, accommodation […]

Number of protected witnesses trebles in Scotland

August 2, 2010 9:13 am

Scotland’s Sunday Mail reported yesterday that the Scottish Witness Protection Unit protected 44 witnesses in 2009/10 – over three times the number witnesses protected in the previous year. This seems to highlight the growing importance of protecting vulnerable witnesses in […]

“Better value for money in policing will be a challenge…”

July 21, 2010 3:19 pm

“…but it is possible” – the words of Sir Dennis O’Connor as two reports on value for money in UK policing were published yesterday. HMIC’s report, Valuing the Police, found that only 11 percent of total police personnel are visible […]

The Shape of Policing

July 20, 2010 10:14 am

The Chief Inspector of Constabulary this morning has published a report detailing what everyone else has been thinking these past weeks. The fact of the matter is that anything over a 12% cut in police funding cannot be achieved without […]

Hev Yew Gotta Loight Boy?

July 6, 2010 9:16 am

The EDP reported yesterday that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have seized 3,800 illegal cigarettes, 86kg of tobacco and 150 cigarillos from market stalls in Norwich – further evidence of the scale of the illegal tabacco products problem in […]

The Cutting Dilema

July 2, 2010 1:30 pm

There have been many reports recently of the potential for 25% cuts across the Home Office and Policing in the UK. But where should cuts be made and what is the impact? The Home Secretary announced this week that the […]

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. […]

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 […]