Catch up on all the justice sector headlines you may have missed this month...
London fire chief calls for term ‘firemen’ to be dropped
Dany Cotton, the first female commissioner of London Fire Brigade, has called for firefighters to stop being called firemen, saying it puts women off joining the force.
“London is a complex and challenging city and it takes a diverse selection of skills, strengths and specialisms to protect it - qualities that both men and women possess,” she said.
“I want to shake off outdated language which we know is stopping young girls and women from considering this rewarding and professional career.”
London Fire Brigade launches largest recruitment drive in 6 years
London Fire Brigade announced plans to recruit 400 firefighters throughout the capital in what will be the biggest firefighter recruitment campaign in six years.
It estimates that at least 7,000 applicants are needed to get the level of new hires.
London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said that the job can develop into a number of specialisms including technical rescue and community prevention work.
Lincolnshire police use PlayStation game to help boost driving skills
Four specialist operations officers spent the day at Silverstone race track to see if playing the new Gran Turismo PlayStation game could help with their driving training.
The method, which sees drivers training virtually before transitioning to the real-world driving track, is used by professional drivers. It helps to identify any areas for improvement such as over steering and braking late, as well as demonstrating correct techniques and best practice.
New ‘cyber court’ to open in the City of London
A new state-of-the-art court aimed at tackling cybercrime and financial sector fraud is set to open in the City’s Square Mile.
Dominic Raab, the Justice Minister, said the new court will build on the UK’s legal service’s unique competitive advantage and reinforce the City’s reputation as the number one place to do business and solve disputes.
Police and fire minister call for ‘good line management’
Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd told attendees at the Excellence in Policing conference at the College of Policing that efforts to improve conditions for officers and staff have to be underpinned by quality line managers.
He said that without good line management, including being able to conduct quality performance management appraisals and support staff with personal development, reforms will be difficult to implement.
HM Courts and Tribunal Service chief discusses online courts
Susan Acland-Hood, HMCTS chief executive, spoke to Civil Service World about the ‘online court’ she is working to create.
The online platform would enable police to share details of criminal charges with the Crown Prosecution Service and HMCTS as well as create an online rota for magistrates and even an online system for divorce.
It is currently in beta testing.
SNP conference votes to ban under-18s from joining armed forces
SNP members voted to ban 16 and 17 year olds from joining up to an independent Scotland’s armed forces.
The move came despite opposition from the party’s defence spokesman Stewart McDonald, with a “significant majority” voting in its favour.
Innovative scheme sees firearms officers responding to medical emergencies
West Yorkshire’s firearms officers are now responding to certain life-threatening medical emergencies at the same time as an ambulance, thanks to the launch of an innovative scheme.
The initiative, which was launched by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) and West Yorkshire Police, aims to help people in cardiac or respiratory arrest and has been activated 40 times since its launch in September.