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POLICE NOT SPENDING MORE TIME ON PATROL

A piece on the government’s white paper on policing and the police response to spending cuts. Suddenly, ACPO wants mergers. But mergers didnt happen last time because the Treasury refused to foot the costs. Mergers are not a short-term solution and short-term savings are the requirement of the day. Wake up anmd smell the coffee ACPO!

POLICE CLOSE SCAM WEBSITES

What on earth is an Ugg boot anyway? 1,200 websites offering cheap goods closed down. Run by Asian gangs and not a good idea to hand them your credit card details.

KAZAKH BANK LOST BILLIONS

But was there fraud? The guy under scrutiny is an opponent of the regime and therefore a good guy…sound familiar? But did he break any laws? isn’t that for the Kazakh courts to decide? US is getting itself into knots here…Where has all the money gone? well, don’t worry, The Manhattan D.A.’s office is bound to do the legally correct thing…isn’t it?

SHOPLIFTERS TAKE “HOBBY” ONLINE

Moscow Times piece on a community of shoplifters on LiveJournal. As some criminologists have argued, they do it for the “buzz”. An obligatory priest is wheeled out to comment…

KAZAKH BANK LOST BILLIONS

But was there fraud? The guy under scrutiny is an opponent of the regime and therefore a good guy…sound familiar? But did he break any laws? isn’t that for the Kazakh courts to decide? US is getting itself into knots here…Where has all the money gone? well, don’t worry, The Manhattan D.A.’s office is bound to do the legally correct thing…isn’t it?

GOLDMINE OF BLACK MARKET IN RUSSIAN DATA

If you’re the government or the police and you keep data on people, rest assured, someone will sell it. There is no such thing as secure data. Discuss

“POLICE TARGETING PEOPLE FOR THEIR DNA”

DNA database rules in England and Wales encouraging police to arrest individuals to get their DNA onto the database. This story is in all the papers today. Ive gone for the Independent in the hope that its relatively calm in its reporting. The quqotes in the article are from the chair of the Human Genetics Commission, the government watchdog on the use of DNA.

SECRETS FROM ULSTER

Boston University’s Irish Insttute has been interviewing ex-IRA and former protestant paramilitaries. First set of accounts “Voices from the Grave” about to come out. Prick up your ears academics everywhere. This from the Belfast Telegraph via the Independent.

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