Catch up on all the justice sector headlines you may have missed this month...
British Army to introduce Boxer vehicles
The Army intends to purchase over 500 Boxer vehicles, with assembly to take place in the UK.
The Defence Minister has, in turn, given the green light to British suppliers Artec to start production. The project is expected to create over 1,000 jobs.
The Boxer is an eight-wheeled, multipurpose armoured vehicle consisting of a platform/drive line and a removable mission module.
Sexual harassment ‘remains prevalent’ in British Army
The British Army has released its updated Sexual Harassment Survey.
It highlights a ‘small downward shift’ in behaviours related to sexual harassment since the last survey in 2015, but also shows that unwanted sexualised behaviours remain a common experience for many Service personnel.
‘This must change, and we are determined to make that change happen,’ reads a statement on the Army website.
Coventry police criticised for ‘inflammatory’ comments
Runnymede Trust called an email sent by a Coventry police officer to the city’s Pubwatch scheme an example of ‘racial profiling’, as it advised citizens to look out for ‘large gatherings of young black males’.
The email was sent in the wake of the murder of Fidel Glasgow, grandson of Specials singer Neville Staple, who was stabbed outside a nightclub on September 1st.
West Midlands Police called the wording of the email ‘unfortunate’.
Campaign launched for more diverse fire and rescue services
Firefighters in England are approximately 95% male and white while less than 4% are from an ethnic minority background (BAME), the government has revealed.
The Home Office has responded by launching a campaign titled Join the Team to help fire and rescue services diversify recruitment.
Police and Fire Minister Nick Hurd said: ‘It’s time for the workforce to fully reflect the public it serves.’
Police officers to receive ‘banter’ training
Police officers in Leicestershire are to be given training on how to make jokes without causing offence, in a bid to reduce the number of staff members feeling excluded and unproductive at work.
The course will attempt to ‘put political correctness in its place, recognise the benefits of fun at work and focus on the risk and responsibilities for all concerned.’
Northamptonshire councils vote to scrap themselves
All but one of eight councils in Northamptonshire voted to replace themselves with two unitary authorities.
Labour-run Corby Borough Council opposed the motion, but the plan only needed the backing of two authorities to be sent for government approval.
Northamptonshire became the first county council in two decades to issue a section 114 notice and banned all spending after a string of financial failings led to them needing to make £40m in cuts. Get the full story...
Fire Service and Environment Agency team up to combat flooding
The Northumberland, Durham and Tees Field Team of the Environment Agency has joined forces with County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service to develop a ‘hose coupling adaptor’ that will allow the Environment Agency to use the Fire & Rescue Service’s 150,000 metres of hose to combat emergencies.
The adaptor will be rolled out to help vulnerable communities battle flooding this winter. The high-volume pumps can move 7,000 litres of water per minute over 3 kilometres. Get the full story...
Durham and Blaenau Gwent councils to develop new data solutions
Durham County Council and Blaenau Gwent Borough Council are calling on technology businesses to develop solutions that capture and analyse data to improve public services.
They will award five companies up to £50,000 to develop ideas focused on using data to improve service delivery.
The councils have secured £1.25m from the GovTech Catalyst Fund to fund their respective schemes.