Insight - Editorial

Tina Orr Munro, EditorEditorial - Summer 2017

There has been a consensus for some time now that police custody is not the appropriate place for someone experiencing mental health problems. Now legislation has caught up with that belief.

PNLD Legal Adviser Ian Bridges provides an overview of the new police powers and amendments under the Mental Health Act 1983. Sections 80 to 83 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 create numerous changes to the way the police deal with mental health incidents under the 1983 Act (p12).

undefinedAs of March 2016, there were 52,000 registered sex offenders (RSOs) in England and Wales. The management of these offenders places considerable burdens on police time. A new approach is being introduced (p15) which will see officers determining the frequency of home visits instead of all offenders receiving a set number of visits based on their risk category. It is a sensible measure for as long as those who must judge what is the appropriate number of visits are not under pressure to reduce them for reasons other than whether or not the individual is likely to re-offend.

The Queen’s Speech was fairly light on criminal justice legislation this year, but one measure that was included is a new law to protect females from crimes that are committed abroad which forms part of the Domestic Abuse Bill. If passed, the new legislation will enable ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women, known as the Istanbul Convention (p5). Her Majesty also announced a commission to tackle extremism in the wake of the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

The National Crime Agency has released its fourth annual public analysis of serious and organised crime revealing that organised criminals are operating across the full spectrum of crime. Those using online methods to defraud and extort are the same as those facilitating the abuse of children and advertise the victims of human trafficking and modern slavery (p14)

News

Terrorism-related arrests hit highest level p4

Bill will protect females from crimes committed abroad p5

Public must decide what it wants from police service p5

Chiefs defend guidance on police pursuits p6

Forces need to be better at tackling discrimination p7

Counter-terror commission proposed in Queen’s Speech p7error hotline attracts thousands of calls from the public p4

Features

A matter of record: why forces are failing to tackle stalking p8
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in a joint report with Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution says victims of stalking are being failed.

Forthcoming changes to mental health police powers p12
PNLD Legal Adviser Ian Bridges provides an overview of the new police powers and amendments under the Mental Health Act 1983 (the 1983 Act)

Plus

Police Policy & Practice p14
NPPF Step 2 Legal Exam (formerly OSPRE Part 1) Promotion Exams – Q&A p16
Police Career Opportunities p18
Legislation & Statutory Instruments p20
Case Law & Legal Queries p22

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