ANALYSIS: Rural crime is often underestimated by those in urban areas, but can be devastating to those who are victims. Syreeta Lund explores the true impact of rural crime and what police are doing to try to combat its threat.
PCC INTERVIEW: A third of police time in Kent is spent dealing with mental health issues, a pattern replicated across the country. Kent PCC Matthew Scott is the deputy portfolio lead on mental health for the national Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC). He speaks to Syreeta Lund about some of the challenges.
Analysis: There is still a lack of understanding and support around the transgender community. While newspapers feature flippant headlines about gender neutral toilets, those who are transgender have to deal with the sometimes devastating consequences of others' misunderstanding. But some police forces are at the vanguard of a more inclusive approach. Syreeta Lund writes.
Insight: Innovative work in Scotland has helped drastically drive down rates of violence, including knife crime. As England’s capital sees sharp increases in gun and knife crime, around 42 and 24 per cent, according to recent figures released by the Metropolitan Police, can Scotland's experience shed light on how to tackle such a devastating crime? Will Linden, Acting Director at the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) which works with Police Scotland, speaks to Policing Insight.
Analysis: Dr Alistair Norman, lecturer in information management at Leeds University Business School, discussed the latest technological solutions around public safety communications at the recent B-APCO 2017 conference, including the drivers, barriers and trends for the future.
News Feature: Forces need to prepare for another surge in hate crime and make sure victims are confident to report incidents as the deadline approaches for invoking Article 50 this month and Britain negotiates its exit from the European Union, according to a national charity tackling the issue across the UK.
Interview: As deaths in custody have reduced, the general trend for suicides following custody has increased. Can the national strategy on police custody help forces protect vulnerable people? Syreeta Lund speaks to Surrey chief constable Nick Ephgrave, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead on custody.
News insight: Collaborative working has been hailed as the way forward, but not all projects come to fruition. Syreeta Lund talks to PCC Sue Mountstevens about why her force has abandoned plans to share back office processes with two other forces.