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Police pensions calculator

The calculator allows police officers to see an illustration of their projected pension benefits. 

The Home Office states that this calculator will provide an illustration of a police pension at a chosen retirement age. The results shown are only estimates, based on inputs and other assumptions. This calculator is for guidance purposes and is an estimate only. It is not intended to provide financial advice. If a person requires financial advice, they should contact an independent financial adviser.

The page containing the spreadsheet calculator is here. 

Covert surveillance and covert human intelligence sources codes of practice

The Home Office has issued revised Guidance on the use of covert surveillance or human intelligence sources by public authorities under part 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000.

The codes of practice also provide guidance on entry or interference with property or wireless telegraphy by public authorities under section 5 of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 or part 3 of the Police Act 1997.

The link to the documents is here

Pilot Scheme to allow for protection orders to be served on a centralised police email address

As we head into the next legal term, it is worth noting the pilot scheme that came into effect at the end of July 2018 when some lawyers were downing-tools for a short summer break. The Family Procedure Rules has a new Practice Direction 36H, which sets up a pilot scheme to allow for the following protection orders to be served on the police at a centralised email address:

– Forced marriage protection order under Family Law Act 1996 s63A;

– FGM protection order under Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 under Sch 2, Part 1, para 1(1).

This applies to orders made in the High Court or Family Court between 23 July 2018 and 25 January 2019. Where the court makes a protection order, it must be emailed to the centralised email address created and monitored by the Vulnerability Coordination centre, namely fgm-fm-po@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

The link to the practice direction on the justice.gov.uk website does not work (it should be here) but the Law Society have a pdf copy of it here

Police Conduct Regulations 2012. Home Office Guidance 2018

The Home Office has published:

– Frequently asked questions on the barred and advisory lists; and

– Amended Home Office guidance on police misconduct.

The Home Office states that the changes include:

– further guidance on the regulations for former officers including whether they apply to cases of misconduct taken under Conduct Regulations issued prior to 2012

– clarification that police staff members who are under local probationary rules equivalent to Regulation 13 of Police Regulations 2003 will not be included on the barred list

– triggers and process for the advisory list have been made clearer and explanation of the process of automatic removal from the advisory list which exists for designated volunteers.