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

The Digest aims to capture and consolidate topical and key issues, both current and future, that affect all areas of policing.

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 contains a summary of issues relating to 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.

If you'd like to register and receive Digest updates, please email us with:

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April 2014 edition

This month's edition includes reports of cases on:

  • the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the conduct of effective investigations in cases of serious sexual assault
  • the procedure on an application for disclosure of an Information in support of a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

It also features articles on:

  • the final IPCC report of its review into the procedure for investigating deaths
  • the report of the Independent Review of the Police Federation
  • the Home Office report of the Ellison Independent Review
  • the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
  • the IPCC consultation on police post-incident management
  • the revised Domestic Violence action plan 2014
  • the Domestic Violence Disclosure scheme
  • the Home Office Circular on amendments to Police Pensions.

Find out more

To find out more about the Digest, email the editor or call 01480 334568.

Download the April Digest