Police consulted over changes to bail

This article appears in the May 2014 edition of the College newsletter.

​We are asking for responses to a proposal which will govern the police service's use of pre-charge bail.

The draft principles were drawn up by the national policing lead for criminal justice, Chief Constable Chris Eyre, and are designed to bring greater consistency to the police use of bail across all forces in England and Wales.

Superintendent Ian John, who leads our work on criminal justice, said:

"We want to consult as widely as possible on important areas of police work, such as pre-charge bail, so that we provide the very best support to officers and staff to help them keep the public safe."

The deadline for responses is 19 June. You can find more information and a link to the consulation document on our Pre-charge bail page and in this month's Digest.

The Digest also includes case reports dealing with the rights to anonymity for child witnesses, defendants and victims under Section 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. And there are articles on recent reports including the Code of Ethics, the Internet Watch Foundation report on online child abuse and the HMIC report on the police response to domestic abuse.

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