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The College of Policing Digest is produced monthly by our Legal Services Unit as an environment-scanning publication.

The Digest provides the latest news on police law, operational policing practice and criminal justice.

It is an invaluable resource for those responsible for strategic decision-making, operational planning and police training. The legal sections are often particularly informative for trainers, students and operational officers.

Every edition summarises the latest news on police law, operational policing practice and criminal justice, including:

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

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January 2015 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 reports on cases considering:

  • whether a prisoner's rights under Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights were violated because of delays in Parole Board hearings and whether they should ordinarily receive damages as compensation
  • whether a local authority had a power to exclude the public from council meetings where the purpose was to suppress or prevent disorderly conduct or other misbehaviour at the meeting.

We look in detail at the:

  • annual assessment of policing in England and Wales 2013/14
  • outcome of the consultation on Code A Code of Practice on stop and search
  • Ministry of Justice's quarterly criminal justice statistics
  • Law Commission's report on simplifying the Law of Kidnapping and Child Abduction.

We also look at the:

  • Home Office Circular 019/2014 on temporary promotion of superintendents
  • the Home Office Modern Slavery Strategy
  • changes to the police promotion process
  • Public Health England's report on drug treatment in England.

The progress of proposed new legislation through Parliament is examined and Statutory Instruments and circulars summarise

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