Drop in criminals facing court as police lack resources to investigate

The number of reported crimes ending with a suspect in court has dropped along with police staff, while the use of volunteers in the police force is on the rise

Cutting Suffolk’s police community support officers risks public safety, says UNISON

Plans announced today (Tuesday) to axe more than half of Suffolk’s police community support officers (PCSOs) would put public safety at risk, says UNISON. The proposed cuts by Suffolk Constabulary would see a 78% reduction in the number of PCSOs in the county since 2010, says the union*. UNISON national officer for police and justice […]

Probation service is not fit for purpose

Commenting on the report Transforming Rehabilitation published today (Friday) by the Justice Select Committee, UNISON national officer for probation Ben Priestley said: “This shows the government’s probation reforms have failed and must be replaced. “Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service has shown itself to be totally unfit to be in charge. It’s not only failing […]

Scrapping police community support officers is short-sighted

Dave Prentis urges the Home Secretary to intervene

Axing Norfolk’s PCSOs will make the county a less safe place

It’s no coincidence that as PCSO jobs have disappeared across the UK, crime rates have soared

The timeline of a crime

You call 999, you’re put through to someone, the police arrive… But of course, it’s never as simple as that

Pay cap must be lifted for police staff too, say unions

The government needs to come up with the cash to fund a decent pay rise for police staff this year or jobs and services will be cut, the GMB, UNISON and Unite have warned.

Renationalise failing privatised probation services, say unions

The government must bring failing privatised probation services back under public control instead of leaving the taxpayer to bail them out, UNISON, NAPO and GMB said today (Wednesday). The three public service unions have written to justice secretary David Lidington highlighting how ‘risky and controversial’ reforms – where private probation firms manage thousands of people who have […]

The life of Ryan

Ryan Jones helped a thirteen-year-old girl who was being bullied

Police cuts and crime in your area

Since the Conservatives came to power, both in coalition and after, the police service has been devastated by cuts

Policing is changing

We caught up with police and justice service group chair Caryl Nobbs to talk about the changes to policing and why she hopes police members vote in the terms and conditions ballot taking place in England and Wales

Violence and abuse top the agenda at Black members’ conference

Busy afternoon covers police brutality, domestic violence, abuse in daily life and much more

UNISON Police staff - station sign

New vision for policing strategy fails to deal with declining workforce, says UNISON

A ten-year strategy launched today (Wednesday) to transform policing does not address the serious decline in staff numbers, according to UNISON. Police Vision 2025, drawn up by police chiefs and commissioners, will fail unless the government pays for more officers to patrol the streets, says the union. Community policing has become much harder to carry […]

Delegates highlight danger of further privatisation in probation

The National Probation Service has proposed extending the use of private providers in approved premises

Policing on the cheap?

UNISON conference condemns replacing police staff with low-paid workers and unpaid volunteers