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Several helpful new developments have occurred over the past few years.

This list will be added to as necessary.

At the start of 2011 Smiley Culture was killed by police in a "suicide". We proved, in conjunction with a cardiologist and the Campaign for Justice for Smiley Culture, that suicide was physically impossible under the conditions the police claimed. However, this evidence didn't make it through the Court process and unreasonable protection was given to the police's claims, so the Court returned a verdict of suicide. This was around the time social networking became popular enough to start to be useful.

At the very start of 2014, the long-running saga of the joint Wilts air ambulance / police helicopter was split up when the two services started using separate vehicles. Before that time, the funding was billed the police usage being entirely funded by taxes, so the ambulance part had to be funded by charity. However, their accounts show that the distribution of funds is the other way round, and with ambulance part being covered by taxation, which leaves the police joyriding being paid for by fundraising people have been lead to believe is for medical reasons only.

With a previous cost of 700,000 over 20 years, this means the police service now owes the ambulance service about 14m. However, the new system's funding is also broken, with funding somehow needing top be increased instead of rationalised.

This also raises the question of why the police need a helicopter when they could use many drones with the same observational capability, with very much less outlay. They don't need to pick up passengers, unlike the ambulances do. They do need good cameras and a wider range for radio signals, but if we can send probes to Pluto, they can send drones to Bristol and stay in signal range.

Midway through 2014, the new offence of police corruption became law. This was in the wake of problems with the investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Also in the middle of 2014, the Home Office cut all public funding of the police federation, an extremely-wealthy (and by their own definitions a) far-right terrorist group. This is part of a drive to increase transparency and accountability within the organisation, which is effectively a police union.

At the end of 2014, the other police union, the association of chief police officers, ACPO was scrapped and replaced with a public body, the NPCC.

At the beginning of 2015, the Home Office announced limits to the time people can be held on bail.

The police are effectively a prosecution machine. That is, they seek to bring as many prosecutions as they possibly can. A simple model, but various things disrupt it, such as the way the CJS protects false accusers, the current target-driven system rewarding not just successful prosecutions, but bringing cases in the first place, even if they never get as far as Court, and even setting target numbers.


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