09 October 2017

College media mentions in the last seven days

There have been a number of media articles referencing the College over the last week. Here is a summary of the coverage:

Over the weekend:

Observer: Sonia Sodha: The issues of belief and victims of sexual abuse

On Friday, 6 October:

Wiltshire Police confirm Sir Edward Heath would have been questioned over child abuse claims – Swindon Advertiser
The force said former Prime Minister Edward Heath would have been question over historic sex allegations if he were still alive.
Wiltshire Police said it carried out an impartial and thorough investigation in line with national guidance from the College of Policing, which states that there is a legal duty for police to proportionately investigate criminal allegations made against deceased persons.

Wilts PCC rejects criticism of Chief Constable following Op conifer report – Police Oracle (behind paywall)
In his statement covered here (which is also available on YouTube) Angus Macpherson  states the investigation "has followed College of Police guidance to the letter".

On Thursday, 5 October:

HMICFRS review of forces plans to tackle abuse of position for a sexual purpose – BBC London Radio
Det. Supt. Jackie Alexander, College lead for Professional Standards was interviewed, in response to the review, about the College's maintaining professional boundaries guidance that formed part of the national police response to the issue. Interview can be found at 02:39:01 and ends at 02:45:33.

More than half of forces failing to implement plans to tackle abuse of position for sex – Police Oracle (behind paywall)
College is mentioned regarding its guidance on the issue at the end of coverage of the HMICFRS review into forces implementation of plans.

Trying to safely end a high-speed pursuits – Police Professional
Article on a product called the 'NightHawk®', which is designed to help officers stop vehicles without putting themselves in danger. The makers - Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (PacSci EMC) – are reported to be exhibiting at the Excellence in Policing Conference on October 11 and 12 at the College of Policing, Ryton.

On Tuesday, 3 October:

College of Policing waiting for Home Office sign-off on misconduct guidance – Police Oracle (behind paywall)
The guidance, which is supposed to increase public confidence in misconduct hearings, is yet to appear – more than a year after the consultation for misconduct panel chairmen opened.

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