in Security

New national protected persons service starts work

Posted 1 April 2019 · Add Comment

Today sees the creation of the new national UK Protected Persons Service.



The move will see protected persons units, which are based in a network of regional organised crime units (ROCUs), come under the leadership  of the National Crime Agency (NCA) for the first time.

The NCA has operated its own Protected Persons Unit which included the UKPPS Central Services, providing strategic co-ordination to the regional units, since 2013. But now officers and staff will transfer or be seconded into the NCA to form a new national service.

The UK Protected Persons Service provides protection to people judged to be at risk of serious harm and in need of specialist protection arrangements. This may include witnesses, victims of crime facing significant threats or individuals in some way helping with the investigation of serious crime.

The move to create a single national service was agreed by the National Police Chiefs Council in 2017, and was an action from the Government’s Serious and Organised Crime Strategy in 2018.

The units will continue to be based regionally under the management of the NCA and those already receiving protection arrangements will see no change.

Protected persons units based in the Metropolitan Police Service, PSNI and Police Scotland will be aligned to the national service and will continue to work closely with it.

NCA Director General Lynne Owens said: “The NCA’s mission is to lead the fight to cut serious and organised crime. As part of that we aim to develop and deliver specialist capabilities that are best delivered nationally.
 
“This change is consistent with that. It will enable us to build on the siloed foundations of the previous system to developing a service that can provide a significant contribution to the fight against serious and organised crime.
 
“Moving to a national structure will ensure consistent delivery and oversight of a unique and specialist service, and I am delighted to welcome those officers who are joining us into the NCA.”
 
National police lead for protected persons, Chief Constable Carl Foulkes, said: “The development of the national protected persons service has been subject of significant work between the Home Office, policing and NCA over a number of years.
 
“There is a clear aspiration from us all to develop the finest service possible established on the reputation built over many years to ensure a consistent service which fits an ever changing law enforcement environment.
 
“As the policing lead I am both proud to get to this point and excited for the future of the service.”
 
Minister for Security and Economic Crime Ben Wallace said: “Any vulnerable person whose life could be in danger must be given the best possible protection. The national UKPPS will ensure those in need receive the expert support and protection no matter where they are in the UK.
 
“Those who jeopardise their own safety to bring criminals to justice are the unsung heroes of society and we owe a lot to those officers who provide vital support and protection. 
 
“The establishment of a truly national protected persons service underlines the commitment by this Government that our number one priority is public safety.”


 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Future Combat Air continues to drive economic advance across the UK

Seven companies representing the breadth of innovation across the UK have signed agreements to progress opportunities to work on future combat air concepts and underpinning technologies across Team Tempest.

BAE Systems and WAE partner on fast jet development

BAE Systems and Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) have joined forces to explore how battery management and cooling technologies from the motorsport industry could be exploited to deliver efficiency and performance gains in the

CFMS study bolsters business case for regional electric aircraft

A new study from the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), a not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering, has helped the aerospace industry move a step closer to the development of regional electric aircraft.

Horizon Technologies awarded Transformational Xtender SIGINT Technology Patent

Horizon Technologies was issued a patent (US 10,727,932 B2) by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on 28th July 2020, covering the company's fundamental Xtender technology, which allows the smallest UAVs and

BA's August schedule returns to more destinations

Throughout August, British Airways is resuming flying to more destinations, albeit with continued low frequencies while the impact of Covid-19 is still being felt across the globe.

Element and FRISA strengthen relationship with expanded LTA

Element Materials Technology (Element) has been awarded an expansion to the scope of its existing 10-year long term agreement (LTA) with FRISA to include all three of FRISA’s major business units: Aerospace, Force VG, Forge SC and

ODU 0201311219
See us at
DVD 2020