Catch up on all the justice sector headlines you may have missed this month...
Body cameras to be used by all front-line police staff on Humberside force
Following a successful trial, the use of body cameras is to be rolled out across all front-line police officers working for Humberside Police.
The devices, which aim to defuse violent situations and help police gather better evidence, have a front-facing camera so the person being filmed can see themselves.
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble told the BBC that people tend to tone down their language and behaviour once they realise they are on camera.
New fire and rescue standards announced
A new Fire Standards Board has been appointed to oversee and commission professional standards for fire and rescue services across England.
The new approach, which was announced by Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd, is aimed at improving professional standards and ensuring that standards are nationally coordinated across the sector.
Hurd said: “We all recognise the bravery and dedication of our firefighters who work tirelessly every day to protect the communities they serve.
“Creating a new Independent Board to oversee professional standards across England will support the continuous improvement of fire and rescue services and support them to become more professional than ever before.”
Military morale continues to fall
There has been a significant drop in morale across the armed forces, according to the latest Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey.
Satisfaction with basic pay, recruitment and retention pay are all at the lowest recorded levels, while just two in five personnel are satisfied with service life in general.
An MOD spokesperson said: “Our Armed Forces do a challenging job and that’s why it’s important we hear their views on service life.
“We have enshrined the Armed Forces Covenant in law, are modernising our accommodation and have introduced greater flexible working opportunities for the military.”
Facial recognition ‘won’t be used at Notting Hill’
London police aren’t planning to use facial recognition technology at Notting Hill Carnival, despite utilising it for the past two years.
The news comes after a report by campaign group Big Brother Watch stated that the controversial tech has a 98% false positive rate.
Speaking to The Register, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that broader trials of the technology are continuing.
Centralised court call centres to ‘go live’ in 2019
Two new national call centres for court enquiries will go live next year, with the aim of taking the burden off under-staffed regional courts.
The two centres, which are part of the six-year £1.2 billion programme to modernise the court service, will also be tasked with administrative jobs that take cases forward in a ‘consistent and professional way’.
HM Courts and Tribunal Service chief executive Susan Acland-Hood said she is keen to hear from members of the legal profession about how the current system can work better.
Armed forces could face £21bn equipment shortfall in next 10 years
MPs have warned that the armed forces could face a shortfall of as much as £21 billion over the next decade.
The Public Accounts Committee said that the deficit is likely to come in around at least £4.9 billion, despite the MoD’s ongoing modernisation programme.
Chair of the committee Meg Hiller said: “The MoD’s inability to better quantify that affordability gap has consequences not just for its confirmed spending plans, but also its ability to prepare for serious challenges in national defence.
“The department must be more rigorous and realistic in its approach to costing its equipment plan. It also needs to be more open with parliament and the public about its finances, commitments and their costs to taxpayers.”
NHS ‘to pay for medical help from the fire service’
The rising number of 999 medical emergencies attended by firefighters could see the NHS being asked to contribute to the cost moving forward.
In 2017, firefighters were sent to 4,200 medical calls and were first on the scene in 41% of cases.
The Welsh Government is considering if the NHS should contribute to the cost.
Yorkshire fire service defends Pride livery
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has defended the Pride livery on one of its fire engines, saying that it costs under £600 a year.
It said: "We've had a few comments asking about the cost of the Pride livery on our fire engine. It was just under £600 for the year.
"That is fantastic value to advertise the fact that we are an organisation that welcomes diversity among our staff and provide a great service to the whole community regardless of sexuality or gender.”