Catch up on all the justice sector headlines you may have missed this month...
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service chooses Civica
NIFRS has struck a £278,000, five-year deal with services company Civica to implement Tranman software across the Northern Irish fire and rescue fleet, in a bid to improve equipment management.
As well as streamlining processes by creating a single view of fleet activity and enabling better data sharing, Tranman will ensure operational availability and compliance across vehicles, equipment and personal protective items.
Hillsborough charges against Sir Norman Bettison dropped
The former chief inspector accused of trying to blame Liverpool fans for causing the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster has had all charges against him dropped.
Sir Norman was accused of a string of offences, including describing his role in the South Yorkshire Police response as “peripheral” and claiming he had never attempted to shift blame “on to the shoulders of Liverpool supporters.”
Prosecutors said insufficient evidence meant there was no real prospect of securing a conviction.
Home Office proposes new guidelines for female detainees on periods
Ministers are consulting on plans to change codes of practice in England and Wales to ensure women in custody are treated with dignity.
The review comes after a watchdog suggested earlier this year that police were “routinely ignoring” the needs of women on their periods.
Under the new proposals, forces will be required to make female detainees aware of their rights at the earliest opportunity, to provide sanitary products free of charge and to ensure female detainees can speak to a female member of staff if required.
Fire service was in “information vacuum” during Manchester attack response, says ex-chief
The former head of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has criticised the Greater Manchester Police, claiming firefighters were unable to access the scene of the Manchester Arena attack due to false reports of an active shooter and lack of communication.
Peter O’Reilly said, “I have no doubt that had proper protocol and policies been followed, the firefighters of GMFRS would have been at the Manchester Arena within minutes of the bomb exploding.”
The criminal investigation into the attack on May 22nd 2017 continues.
6,000+ troops expelled from British Army for drugs offences in last 8 years
The Sun on Sunday has revealed that at least 6,000 personnel have been expelled from the military for drugs offences in the last eight years. 1,800 were expelled in the last two years alone.
Soldiers from almost every Army regiment had failed compulsory drugs tests. The Sun claims that some personnel tested positive for Class A substances.
Personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF also tested positive for banned substances.
Military police investigate claims two officer cadets ‘waterboarded’ recruit at Sandhurst
The pair are alleged to have pinned down the victim and poured water over a cloth covering his face, a torture technique that simulates the feeling of drowning.
Brigadier Bill Wright, commander of the military college in Berkshire, has ordered a probe into the incident, said to have taken place on 7th August.
He told Sandhurst cadets there would be “no tolerance” of unacceptable behaviour and has threatened to dismiss those who fall short of behaviour standards.
Leaders agree to split Northamptonshire County Council into two unitary authorities
Local leaders have backed Max Caller’s suggestion to devolve authority in the region after Northamptonshire became the first county council in almost two decades to issue a section 114 notice.
A report published by all Northamptonshire councils claimed that this option “was not out of positive ambition… but instead out of a pragmatic and responsible approach to the government’s clearly signalled direction of travel.”
Northamptonshire councils will meet in the week commencing 27th August to discuss and vote on the proposal.
UK government takes back control of HMP Birmingham
The Ministry of Justice has resumed control of the Birmingham prison after it was revealed prisoners were using drugs and violence with near impunity.
G4S has been relieved of its duties running the “squalid” prison, where blood, urine, vomit and faeces were found in cells and showers.
Peter Clarke, chief inspector of prisons for England and Wales, said he had never seen anything like it.