Crime and policing news update – May 2012
Foreword from Stephen Rimmer, Director General
Welcome to the
May edition of the Crime and Policing Policy News Update for partners working in the field of policing crime and community safety.
You will find this a bumper edition, owing to the absence of the bulletin last month where the April local elections meant that we were in ”Purdah” and therefore unable to send out an update.
On 22 May, the Home Secretary launched the Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) White Paper, an important document that sets out the Government’s plans to introduce more effective measures to tackle ASB and pulls together a huge amount of work undertaken in the last 18 months on formulating policy and consulting proposals around tackling ASB, linking up with drugs and alcohol, violent crime and policing teams across the directorate.
From 31 May, as part of the commitment to increasing transparency, Police.uk will include additional detail on the website, giving the public access to crime data as well as being able to see what action the local police and wider criminal justice system have taken.
Also launching later this week is a new section on the Home Office website on the fast approaching Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) elections in November. This will contain information for the public, partners and prospective PCC candidates in an easy to access format.
The Crime and Courts Bill was also introduced into the House of Lords on 10 May. The Bill will establish the National Crime Agency (NCA) as a powerful agency of operational crime fighters who will ensure those who commit serious and organised crime are tracked down and brought to justice. Subject to Parliamentary processes the ambition is that the NCA will be fully operational by December 2013.