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New government policies and the party conference

New government policies and the party conference. The Tory Party Conference has been taking place in Manchester, with several announcements being made that are relevant to the criminal justice system. Wayne Couzens and violence against women Wayne Couzens, the former police officer who pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard, was sentenced to a whole […]

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The Security Industry Authority, also known as the SIA is the statutory organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK. The Private Security Industry Act 2001 created certain criminal offences that include engaging in licensable conduct without a licence, employing unlicensed persons in licensable conduct, obstructing SIA officials and falsely claiming SIA […]

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Prison and Rehabilitation

Prison and rehabilitation. There has always been a great deal of debate surrounding the issues of punishment and rehabilitation and the role of prison sentences in the justice system. Although some people can favour punishment and others rehabilitation, most people would suggest a mix of both. In the past, a former director-general of the Prison Service […]

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Live Facial Recognition 

Live Facial Recognition. Facial recognition technology is the process by which a person can be identified from a digital facial image. A camera captures an image and produces a biometric template. A system is then used to compare the degree of similarity between two facial templates. Such facial recognition is used in various ways, such as […]

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The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line refers to the concept of the police being the line that prevents society from descending into chaos, the blue referring to the colour of the uniform. The origin of the term came from 1854 when a red uniformed regiment in the Battle of Balaclava formed a long line to halt a […]

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Threats to share intimate images

Threats to share intimate images. The Domestic Abuse Bill introduced a new offence which came into effect on 29th June 2021. Section 69 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 creates a new offence of threatening to disclose a private sexual photograph or film in which another individual appears, and by doing so, the person intends to […]

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Trademark offences; sentencing guidelines

Trademark offences; sentencing guidelines. The Sentencing Council produces guidelines on sentencing for the judiciary and criminal justice professionals. The aim is to promote greater consistency in sentencing whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary. The guidelines set sentencing ranges within the maximum for the offence and must be followed unless the court is satisfied that it […]

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DVLA and Roadside Checks

DVLA and roadside checks. Technology has been developed by the DVLA and the Home Office for police officers to use at the roadside to confirm the identity of a driver. The technology allows instant access to a photograph of the driver. The picture is held on the DVLA driver’s database, and immediate access is provided to […]

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Renationalised Probation Service

Renationalised Probation Service. In 2015 reforms were passed to allow some of the National Probation Service responsibilities to be dealt with by private companies. Known as Community Rehabilitation Companies, or CRCs, the companies were responsible for low to medium risk offenders while probation continued to deal with high-risk offenders. Companies were invited to submit tenders […]

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Knife Crime Prevention Orders

Knife Crime Prevention Orders. On the 5th July 2021, certain provisions of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 come into force in specific areas for a period of 14 months. The area in question is the “metropolitan police district”, which consists of Greater London, excluding the City of London, the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple. The […]

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