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March 2021

Our Coronavirus Toolkit has been updated with all the latest guidance for England for movement and gathering and business restrictions and closures in force from 8 March 2021.

We have added new and amended some existing aggravating and mitigating factors in respect of the Sentencing Council's Guidelines relating to offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 to reflect the changes which come into force from 1 April 2021.  The revised Guidelines also decrease the amount of drugs which apply in each category in the case of ecstasy, and in categories 3 and 4 for cannabis.

The offences to which the changes apply are:

February 2021

We have now updated our guidance on the National File Standard, the Charging Decision and the Material and Information Required to Make the Charging Decision to reflect that within the 6th Edition of the CPS Charging Guidance.

Our Disclosure Toolkit (based on the Disclosure of Unused Material Manual) has now been updated to reflect all of the changes made by virtue of the latest Codes of Practice to the CPIA and the Attorney General's Guidance, including:

January 2021

Our Carriage of Dangerous Goods toolkit has been updated to the latest versions of the ADR (European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations).

December 2020

Our Coronavirus Toolkit has been updated with all the latest guidance for Wales for movement and gathering and business restrictions and closures in force from 20 December 2020.

The Sentencing Act 2020 is in force from 1 December 2020.  It doesn't make any significant changes, but brings all sentencing matters into one Act.  For example, Restraining Orders made on conviction, which were formally made under section 5 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, are now made under the Sentencing Act.  However, Restraining Orders made on acquittal remain under section 5A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 as they are not a result of a sentence.

October 2020

We've updated our calendar of Major Religious and Other National Festivals through to the end of 2022.

Our Coronavirus Toolkit has been updated with all the latest guidance for both England and Wales up to 24 October 2020.

August 2020

From 24 August 2020 further courts are able to provide for video cross examination for vulnerable witnesses.

The power to examine, search and detain set out under Schedule 3 to the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 (closely follows the existing powers and procedures under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000) applies from 13 August 2020 and includes:

There have also been some changes to the powers under Schedule 7.  In addition, if a person who is being examined is transferred to hospital for treatment, their detention clock will now stop except for any time during which they are questioned.

July 2020

We've added some additional topics to our Soft Skills Toolkit:

April 2020

There have been some minor changes to the Home Office Counting Rules.  Details are shown in our summary of amendments.

March 2020

We have now updated our guidance on Performance, Conduct and Complaints to cover the latest regime which applies from 1 February 2020.  The guidance covering the previous regime continues to be available.

We have added guidance on the Coronavirus Powers and Measures, including those relating to potentially infected persons, restricting movement and gatherings and business closure for both England and Wales.  In addition, the reasons for which it may be necessary to exercise the police officer's power of arrest now include the maintenance of public health or public order.  Please ensure that you are in possession of suitable infection prevention equipment at all times.

February 2020

Child and other vulnerable witnesses may give their evidence in chief by video recording in a wider range of courts from 24 February 2020.

January 2020

Stalking Protection Orders (and Interim Stalking Protection Orders) apply from 20 January 2020.  Enquiry office staff should be aware that it also includes a new notification scheme.  Our guide contains full details including the type of file that must be submitted.

The new Police Complaints, Conduct and Performance regimes apply from 1 February 2020.  Unfortunately, the associated Regulations have only just been published, and the IOPC guidance is still to be published.  We are working hard to publish our guidance as soon as possible.

We've added a new topic to our Soft Skills Toolkit - Meetings, which explains how to organise and run a meeting.

November 2019

A small number of minor changes have been made to the Home Office Counting Rules.  See our summary of historical amendments for full details.

October 2019

Our calendar of Major Religious and Other National Festivals has been updated until the end of 2021.

Just a reminder that:

September 2019

Although there is currently no planned date of introduction, we have added the new offences and other changes to be introduced by the Offensive Weapons Act 2019:

  1. new offences:
  2. amended offences:
  3. new police power added to PACE in relation to a person who has committed, is committing, or is going to commit the offence of Having a Corrosive Substance in a Public Place:
  4. other changes:

August 2019

A substantial part of our Soft Skills Toolkit is now live.

A small number of minor changes have been made to the Home Office Counting Rules.  See our summary of historical amendments for full details.

May 2019

We have now added new guidance for the Acquisition of Communications Data under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, including separate guidance about what constitutes communications data.   These provisions, which replace the provisions set out in RIPA, are being phased in around the country over the coming months.

Modern Slavery referrals must now be sent to the new Single Competent Authority at the Home Office.

April 2019

The Home Office Counting Rules has been updated.  The changes are set out in our Summary of Amendments.

March 2019

We have now added the Points to Prove for the new offence of Voyeurism or Upskirting, which comes into force on 12 April 2019.

Also coming into force on 12 April 2019 are a number of provisions under the Counter-Terrorism And Border Security Act 2019, including:

Our use of drones guidance has been updated with additional information and guidance.  Don't forget it includes a information leaflet which can be printed or emailed which you can give to users of drones about the law relating to drones and their personal responsibilities.

There have been some changes and additions to the list of organisations proscribed as terrorist organisations from 1 March 2019, in particular:

  1. expanding the proscription which applied to the Military Wing of Hizballah to the umbrella organisation, Hizballah (Party of God), and
  2. adding a number of organisations which now form Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam Wal-Muslimin (JNIM).

February 2019

We have now upgraded our guides to Covert Surveillance, including authorising Directed and Intrusive Surveillance, the use of Covert Human Intelligence Sources and to the Acquisition and Disclosure of Communications Data, together with a guide to Equipment Interference and the new Power to Interfere with Electronic Equipment by Warrant for Communications Data and Other Information under Part 5 of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.  These links have been updated in our Superintendents Toolkit.

November 2018

We've updated our Points to Prove in line with the recent changes made to the aggravating and mitigating factors as set out in the latest Sentencing Council guidelines to Intimidatory Offences, including Harassment, Harassment - Fear of Violence, Harassment with Stalking, Harassment with Stalking - Fear of Violence/Serious Alarm or Distress, Controlling or Coercive Behaviour, Disclosing Private Sexual Images with Intent to Cause Distress and Threats to Kill.

We've now added a Robbery Investigative Checklist.

We have revised our guide to the Code for Prosecutors (includes a summary of the changes), including the Public Interest Test.

We have updated our Crime Management Toolkit with the latest changes to the Home Office Counting Rules.  Please see our summary of historical amendments for details.

We have updated our diary of Major Religious and Other National Festivals through to the end of 2020.

October 2018

We have produced a new guide to Managing Sickness.

We have added the police powers provided under the Control of Trade in Endangered Wildlife Species Regulations 2018 which provide powers for police officers to:

  1. enter and search premises,
  2. take samples, and
  3. seize certain articles.

We have compiled a Burglary Investigative Checklist.  Please do contact us if you think of any further points we can add to it.

We have updated our guidance on Victim Personal Statements (which has now been moved to its own page) and included a printable guide for victims on How to Make a Victim Impact Statement.

We have updated our Harassment and Stalking Toolkit to reflect the changes made as a result of the recommendations set out in the joint police and CPS Inspectorates Living in Fear report.  A joint protocol with the CPS now requires all officers attending reports of harassment and stalking to complete both a stalking risk assessment form and a stalking evidence checklist.  In all cases involving any domestic violence or abuse, the domestic abuse risk assessment check list must also be completed, including asking the questions set out in the section high risk factors for stalking and harassment.

We have updated our guidance concerning dealing with unauthorised encampments in line with the latest guidance issued by the NPCC.

We have added additional guidance to our Custody Toolkits concerning searching persons wearing religious clothing or artifacts and religious observance in custody.

September 2018

We have produced a new guide to Mental Health at Work.  We have expanded our guidance about anxiety, paranoia, delusions and delusional disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

We have now added guidance on the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018.  It comes into effect from 13 November 2018.  It provides that such an assault will be a statutory aggravating factor in relation to certain offences under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and Common Law.  Additionally Common Assault and Battery will carry up to 1 years' imprisonment on indictment.

August 2018

We have now updated our custody guidance to include a number of additional considerations and requirements recently added to National Guidance.  In due course some of these are to be included in PACE Codes C and H.

They include:

  1. when booking a person in (as part of informing them of their rights and entitlements):
  2. when searching a person (and particularly when conducting strip or intimate searches) to do so in a way which maintains their dignity;
  3. that detainees who have had a menstrual or sanitary product removed as part of a strip or intimate search should be offered a replacement without delay,
    • any decision to withhold such products must be subject to a further specific risk assessment;
  4. additional guidance about the provision of menstrual and sanitary products.

If you have not already done so, we recommend that these practices are adopted with immediate effect.

July 2018

Some amendments have been made to the Home Office Counting Rules which are set out in full in our summary of amendments.

Two new offences relating to shining or directing laser beams come into force from 10 July 2018:

  1. Unlawfully Shining or Directing a Laser Beam at a Vehicle (this includes aircraft, boats, ships hovercraft and submarines), and
  2. Unlawfully Shining or Directing a Laser Beam at an Air Traffic Facility or a Person Providing an Air Traffic Service.

Some changes to the PACE Codes of Practice come into effect on 31 July 2018, particularly regarding the conduct of Voluntary Interviews with Suspects, When to Record and When Not to Record Suspect Interviews.  See our Summary of Changes for more details.

June 2018

The offence of The Unlawful Interception of a Communication under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 applies from 27 Jun 2018.

May 2018

Our greatly expanded Financial Investigation Toolkit is now nearing completion.  Only a few minor provisions remain to be added.

April 2018

The Home Office Counting Rules have now received their annual main update.  The changes are relatively minor.  See the summary of amendments for further details.

From 17 April, the validity of Firearms and Shotguns Certificates may be extended for up to 8 weeks provided that the applicant applied to renew the certificate at least 8 weeks prior to the date on which it was due to expire.

February 2018

The new cross border powers of arrest and search come into force from 1 March 2018.

January 2018

The National Assembly for Wales building becomes a protected site from 29 January 2018.

Revised drink/drive forms MGDD/A and MGDD/B have been taken into use.

On behalf of the Unregistered Independent Educational Institutions Joint Taskforce we have added guidance about Independent Educational Institutions.

Unexplained Wealth Orders and a number of procedures relating to Account Freezing were introduced from 31 January 2018.