College of Policing Digest

The College of Policing Digest is produced monthly by our Legal Services team as an environmental scanning publication.

​​​​​​​​​​​The Digest provides the latest news on matters relating to operational policing practice and criminal justice.

It is an invaluable resource for those responsible for strategic decision-making, operational planning, and police and law enforcement training. It is particularly informative for students and operational officers, as well as those involved in other areas outside of policing or those who have an interest in policing and criminal justice.

Every edition contains summaries of the key developments in police law and practice, including:

  • new legislation, statutory instruments and case law
  • recently published government reports and initiatives
  • latest statistical bulletins.

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April 2017 edition

This month’s edition of the Digest contains a summary of issues relating to police law, operational policing practice and criminal justice.

There are case reports on:

  • a complaint being recorded as a crime despite a retraction
  • whether the death of the defendant must bring an end to a criminal prosecution.

We also look at:

  • the HMIC report on the State of Policing
  • statistics on the use of TASER ® X26
  • the 2016 PEEL assessments
  • the report on the draft sentencing guidelines for breach offences
  • recently published Home Office circulars on eyesight standards for police officers, testing for controlled drugs and new provisions relating to firearms.

Download the April digest.

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