Publications Publications and Publicity
Publications on the website have been sorted into 6 broad categories, namely:
This is the Crime & Other section. It contains publications on issues surrounding crimes with additional issues, and how to protect against them, for example:
Public service delivery on the Internet
Key questions on substance misuse
Tackling alcohol related crime
Narrowing the justice gap
All publications have been listed in date order, with the most recent first.
Building Safer Communities (BSC) Fund
The page provides an overview and background to the BSC fund which has now become the Safer and Stronger Communities Fund (SSCF).
Basic Command Unit (BCU) Fund 2008-09
This page covers an overview of the BCU fund and includes the 2008-09 fund guidance. The page also covers the Community Safety Fund and includes a link to the Policing Green Paper.
Assets Recovery Agency Annual Report 2007-08
The Assets Recovery Agency works to stop people benefiting from the proceeds of crime. This report sets out the Assets Recovery Agency’s activities and achievements over the previous year.
The Prevent Strategy: A Guide for Local Partners in England
On 3rd June 2008 HM Government published The Prevent Strategy: A Guide for Local Partners in England. The document is cross governmental and aimed at local partners and practitioners tasked with stopping people becoming or supporting terrorists and violent extremists.
UK Action Plan on Tackling Human Trafficking
On 23rd March 2007 the Home Office and the Scottish Government jointly launched the UK Action Plan on Tackling Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is a serious and often highly organized crime in which people, including children, are traded as commodities, for sexual exploitation, forced labour or other forms of exploitation. The Action Plan set out the Government strategy to tackle this abhorrent practice. At the time of publication we gave a public commitment that it would be a “living” document that would be updated regularly with actions being added or removed as new priorities were identified and actions completed. We are doing just that by launching a revised plan on 2 July 2008 that contains updates on each of the main areas of the plan, including some additional actions.
Cash Code of Practice and Investigation Code of Practice
The following two documents are for law enforcement, members of the public and the judiciary. They provide guidance as to how certain investigative and intrusive powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 are to be exercised by law enforcement. The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 contains a comprehensive package of measures designed to make the recovery of unlawfully held assets more effective; it literally provides for recovering the proceeds of crime.
The crucial role of the new local performance framework
This document is for partners, stakeholders and local service providers involved in delivering crime reduction and community safety. It explains how it is envisaged two new performance frameworks for the police and local government will fit together and highlights some of the implications for those delivering at a local level. It should be read alongside An Introduction to the Local Performance Framework – Delivering Better Outcomes for Local People, which provides a clear overview of the new local performance framework and explains its consituent parts.
Local Criminal Justice Board Effectiveness – A survey into effective performance management and local performance
This paper summarises the findings from an investigation into the characteristics associated with high performing Local Criminal Justice Boards (LCJBs). The aim is to provide LCJBs with good practice guidance based on a checklist of factors linked to both effective performance management and effective local performance.
Our vision for cutting crime 2008-11 and key Public Service Agreements: A summary of what you need to know
The Home Office has published a new guide to the crime strategy and the new Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets extracting the most important information for practitioners to consider.
Criminal Justice System Strategic Plan 2008-2011
Since 2002, the organisations and agencies that make up the CJS have worked collaboratively to provide a more joined-up CJS that puts the law-abiding majority and victims first. Over the past three years frontline staff have brought more offences to justice, worked to increase public confidence and improved services for victims. The Strategic Plan for 2008-2011 aims to build on these achievements and provides a vision for how the Criminal Justice System will continue to build on these successes.
National Evaluation of Local Strategic Partnerships: Report on the 2006 Survey of all English LSPs
This report presents findings from a survey issued to all English Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) in summer/autumn 2006. It examines the the organisation and structure of LSPs, their activity and outcomes, and their future priorities.
Out-of-court disposals for adults: A guide to alternatives to prosecution
This guide helps practitioners understand the wide range of out-of-court disposals available to deal with low-level and mostly first-time adult offenders outside of the court system. A comprehensive booklet, a quick reference leaflet, a poster which is ideal for custody suites and charging rooms have been produced and will be distributed to the police, CPS and defence lawyers.
Building on progress: Security, crime & justice
This document is the final product of a series of papers prepared for the Policy Review Ministerial Working Group on Security, Crime and Justice. It consists of four separate but related sections: on crime, security, immigration and cohesion. This review focuses on the section related to crime.
Future development of performance assessments
Find out about the work of the Police and Crime Standards Directorate of the Home Office and its delivery partners to develop a new single performance framework under the working title of APACS – Assessments of Policing and Community Safety
Queen’s Speech 2
The Queen’s Speech outlines the Government’s programme for the forthcoming parliamentary year. The 2006 Queen’s Speech included plans for several bills related to crime reduction, criminal justice, and anti-social behaviour. We’ve outlined them for you here in a brief and scannable summary.
Lowering the age of criminal responsibility
From punishment to problem-solving: A new approach to children in trouble is a report by Rob Allen of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (and formerly of the Youth Justice Board). Using the report Dr Allen argues that the Government needs to take a fresh look at the way in which young people are treated by the criminal justice system, giving greater priority to the underlying family problems that affect young people and less priority to arrests and court sanctions.
Rebalancing the criminal justice system in favour of the law-abiding majority
This review reports on the Government’s plans to further rebalance our criminal justice system in favour of the victim and the law-abiding majority. It sets out an ambitious but practical programme of change that will cut crime, reduce re-offending and improve protection of the public.
Crime recording 2005: Improving the quality of crime records in police authorities and forces in England & Wales
Reliable information based on high-quality data is critical for effective police action to reduce crime, to reassure the public and to make people feel safer in their neighbourhoods. Crime and disorder reduction partnerships (CDRPs) or, in Wales, community safety partnerships (CSPs), also place great reliance on police data when addressing crime and anti-social behaviour locally. Further, if local people are to be able to hold councils and their community safety partners to account, they must be able to trust the information they get about local crime levels. The Home Office, through the Police and Crime Standards Directorate (PCSD), has sponsored a programme of data quality reviews which have been carried out over the last three years by auditors appointed by the Audit Commission and the Auditor General for Wales. These reviews have confirmed that most police authorities and forces are now achieving a good standard of crime data quality.
Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: Report of the Appointed Person for England, Wales & Northern Ireland 2005-06
The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 provides powers for police and customs officers to seize and then apply for the forfeiture of cash which is or represents property obtained through unlawful conduct, or which is intended to be used in unlawful conduct. To support the power to seize cash, there is a power of search. This is a power to search private premises where a police or customs officer has lawful authority to be present, and a power to search a person. Search powers should normally only be exercised where prior judicial authority has been obtained. In all cases where judicial approval is not obtained prior to a search of either private premises or a person and cash is not seized or cash is seized but is not detained for more than 48 hours, then the police or customs officer concerned must prepare a written report and submit it to an independent person referred to in the statute as “the Appointed Person”. The Appointed Person must prepare a report each year giving his opinion as to circumstances and manner in which the powers of search are being exercised in cases where he has received a report and making any recommendations he considers appropriate.
Guidance on the management of police information
This non-technical guidance sets out a framework for the effective management of police information. It covers the collection, recording and evaluation of information as well as giving guidelines for sharing police information with others, including CDRPs and other agencies. It sits alongside the code of practice on the management of police information issued in July 2005 as part of of the Government’s response to the findings of the Bichard enquiry. The guidance provides a common national framework for the management of police information, highlighting the importance of common standards in high risk areas of activity.
Tackling Human Trafficking: Policy & Best Practice in Europe
On the 19 â€“ 20 October 2005, the UK as presidency of the Council of the European Union, in partnership with the European Commission and Sweden as Chair of the Nordic Baltic Taskforce against Trafficking in Human Beings, hosted a conference in Brussels to focus on policy and best practice in combating and preventing trafficking in human beings.
From policing the beat to disrupting global crime networks: Reforming the structure of policing in the 21st century
The Government is committed to improving the police service and making it fit for the 21st Century through investment and reform. The evolution of global threats such as terrorism and organised crime on the one hand, and local challenges such as anti-social behaviour on the other, require a sustained and comprehensive approach to reform. The Government’s vision is a police service close, responsive and accountable to the communities it serves, supported by larger forces with the specialist expertise to protect the public from wider threats such as organised crime and terrorism. This leaflet outlines how policing will operate at the neighbourhood, borough, force, national and international levels.
Reducing crime – an overview analysis
This report aims to outline the evidence to explain what we understand about crime and what we understand about interventions to tackle crime. It is a high level summary of the types of offences and offenders who are responsible for the majority of crime.
Good practice for Police Authorities and Forces in obtaining CSO funding
Neighbourhood policing is mainstream policing activity and community safety is an outcome shared between Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) partners. That being so, you shouldn’t only look for funding from the Home Office for Community Support Officer (CSO) funding. Seeking support from other sources â€“ such as other central funding streams and local government, business and other organisations – is just as important. Moreover, there is a distinct advantage in achieving additional matched funding. Where police authorities and forces achieve their target number of CSOs by 2008, then any surplus resources obtained may be spent as they see fit â€“ provided that the money is spent on neighbourhood policing. Therefore, the more matched funding acquired, the better placed Forces will be to invest further in policing your local communities.
Review of the partnership provisions of the Crime & Disorder Act 1998 – Report of findings
A review of the partnership provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (CDA) was carried out by the Home Office, the Local Government Association, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of Police Authorities between November 2004 and January 2005. Over 450 key stakeholders and practitioners attended four regional seminars held towards the end of 2004, and many more contributed through e-questionnaires and submissions. A report of the review’s findings is now available.
Reaching and serving teen victims: A practical handbook
At home, at school, and in public places, teenagers are victimised by assault, rape, robbery, and other crimes. Data from the United States shows they are twice as likely as
adults to become victims of violent crime. These victims are frequently more vulnerable to being revictimised – an American study found that 80% of youths reporting violent victimisation had been victimised two or more times. Despite being victimised more often than other age groups, teens are the least likely to report their victimisation. This guide will help victim service providers reach and work with teen victims more effectively.
Merging Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership areas
This paper provides guidance for Home Office Regional Directors (HORDs) in England, and their teams, on the procedure to be followed at local, regional and national level in order to facilitate the merger of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) areas.
Promoting internet safety through public awareness campaigns – guidance for using real life examples involving children or young people
This guidance will be relevant for and is intended to help or advise anyone considering developing materials for any kind of public awareness or marketing campaign intended to promote the safety of children and young people on the internet, mobile phones or other interactive communications technologies (ICT). It may also be relevant to anyone developing other campaigns involving or aimed at children.
Good practice guidance for the moderation of interactive services for children
This guidance has been produced in response to public concern about the safety of children using interactive communication services, such as the internet. While these services offer huge opportunities for children to communicate and learn, experience has shown that there are some individuals who will use them to contact children in order to ‘groom’ and abuse them. It is, therefore, important to consider child safety issues when providing these types of services. There are a number of tools and processes that can be implemented to address child safety concerns, one of which is moderation.
The code of practice for victims of crime
This Code of Practice describes the services to be provided victims of crime in England and Wales. The Code is the minimum level of service. In some areas, organisations provide additional services (not covered by the code) in accordance with priorities agreed by Local Criminal Justice Boards.
Analysing repeat victimisation
This guide is intended as a tool to help police identify and understand patterns of repeat victimisation for a range of crime and disorder problems. The guide focuses on techniques for determining the amount of RV for specific public safety problems and how analysis of RV generally may be used to develop more effective responses.
Closing the gap
This report contains an assessment of the ability of the current structure of policing in England and Wales to provide effective and sustainable protective services to a common standard in the future. It sets out an analysis of the current key issues on capability and capacity of protective services, the economics of policing and risks posed by organised criminality. It concludes that whilst Basic Command Unit (BCU) arrangements and neighbourhood policing provides a solid local platform for the future, the current 30 year old, 43 force structure of widely different sizes, and capabilities does not.
Information Security Factsheet
This factsheet will help you to keep your business’s information secure, by showing you how to assess the level of risk you face and then manage that risk.
Standards for dealing with mentally disordered offenders
Nacro has released two papers setting out the standards it considers should be present when working with mentally disordered offenders. The first document deals with standards surrounding the initial contact between the police and the individual. The second with how to deal with offenders in custody.
Home Office Ministerial Team
This page details the roles and responsibilities of the new members of the Home Office Ministerial team 2005.
Wardens’ factsheet: Tackling illegal drugs as part of neigbourhood renewal
This factsheet gives examples and ideas about how Neighbourhood Warden schemes can reduce the harm caused by illegal drugs as part of Neighbourhood Renewal.
Reducing Vehicle Crime
The National Audit Office have published the results of an investigation into the effectiveness of Home Office programmes targetting vehicle crime. These reduced thefts of and from vehicles by 30% between 1999 and 2004. This is a significant achievement but there is nevertheless scope to reduce such crimes even further. According to the British Crime Survey 2003-04 there were 241,000 thefts of vehicles, 1.3 million thefts from vehicles and 543,000 attempted thefts of or from vehicles. In addition to the distress and inconvenience that vehicle crimes cause, Home Office research estimates that thefts of and from vehicles cost society around Â£2.1 billion a year.
Last update: Tuesday, September 16, 2008