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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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December 2014 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 prosecution should have been stayed as an abuse of the process of the court where the appellant had already been convicted and sentenced for lesser offences arising out of the same facts
  • an appeal by the Independent Police Complaints Commission against a decision that a report that it had issued following an investigation into a complaint about the conduct of a police officer had strayed beyond its limits and should be quashed.

We look in detail at the:

  • College of Policing's surveys on career support for black and minority ethnic police officers
  • HMIC findings of inspection of undercover policing in England and Wales
  • Police Foundation's briefing on policing domestic abuse
  • CPS annual report on hate crime and crimes against older people
  • Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements Annual Report 2013/14.

We also look at the:

  • College of Policing review into police leadership
  • changes to law on Registered Firearms Dealers
  • guidance issued on helping the police to support people with vulnerabilities
  • new body to replace the Association of Chief Police Officers
  • review of evidence on new psychoactive substances in England
  • statistics on seizures of drugs in England and Wales for financial 2013/14.

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

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