This week’s updates are:

1. TrackSafe Newsletter – Thanks to RSSB Community Safety e-newsletter.

2. Reminder for employers after 22 South East workers are killed – From HSE, other regions also detailed.

3. Labour to create "army" of small builders – From HBF news

4. Barratt sees 20% increase in new homes built

5. Policing research: The projects of the future

6. HCA Newsletter for 15th January 2014

7. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to become 'Cyber Streetwise'

8. Secure garden shed for storage of cycles

9. Psychology of the built environment – Thanks to Dave Stubbs for this

10. Annual report into Suicide

11. General security guidance for controlled drug suppliers

12. Planning conditions and environmental impact assessments

Visit the 'Secured By Design' web site for CPDA contact details, design guides, licence holders & application forms: www.securedbydesign.com

1. TrackSafe Newsletter – Thanks to RSSB Community Safety e-newsletter.
TrackSAFE is a registered Harm Prevention Charity, to endeavour to reduce near collisions, injuries and fatalities on the rail network resulting from suicide and reckless behaviour, in doing so creating a better workplace for rail employees. TrackSAFE brings together rail operators, community service providers, the police, road user groups, and other key stakeholders to make a significant difference in the number of incidents and the resultant trauma to rail employees. TrackSAFE addresses suicide and trespass on the rail network and works to improve education and awareness around railway level crossing safety. By taking a national, holistic approach the aim is to build on existing programs and initiatives, spread best practice across operators, and bring wider public attention to these issues. Read the TrackSAFE newsletter at: http://www.railcommunitysafety.com/News/Documents/TRACKSAFE%20NEWSLETTER%20-%20DEC%202013.pdf

2. Reminder for employers after 22 South East workers are killed – From HSE
The fresh appeal comes as new figures show that 22 people lost their lives while at work across the South East in 2012/13 and 2702 suffered a major injury. This compares to 17 deaths and 3005 major injuries the previous year. If click on the link, further down it lists per council area how many injured and killed. Construction and agriculture still have the biggest risks for injury and death, so do take due care when doing your site visits.

http://press.hse.gov.uk/2013/reminder-for-employers-after-22-south-east-workers-are-killed/?ebul=hsegen&cr=27/13-jan-14

Other areas are at the below links:

Reminder for employers after two workers killed in the North East

Reminder for employers after 22 workers killed in Scotland

Reminder for employers after seven workers killed in East Midlands

Reminder for employers after 12 workers killed in the South West

Reminder for employers after fourteen workers killed in West Midlands

Reminder for employers after 15 workers killed in North West

Reminder for employers after 13 London workers are killed

Reminder for employers after sixteen workers killed in East of England

Reminder for employers after fifteen workers killed in Yorkshire and Humber

3. Labour to create "army" of small builders – From HBF news
A Labour government would help smaller housebuilders to build homes in order to solve the housing crisis, the shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds said 13th January. Delivering her first keynote address at NHBC’s offices in London, the minister announced Labour’s Build First initiative to create the right environment for an “army” of small builders to help build the homes the country needs. Under Labour’s plans, local authorities would be obliged to include smaller housing plots in their five-year housing plans and allow smaller companies access to public land. Reynolds also confirmed Labour’s commitment to building garden cities with the proportion of the new towns to be built by smaller firms and custom builders. John Slaughter, HBF’s director of external affairs, commented: “HBF supports in principle Labour’s wish to help smaller builders. But this wish will only succeed as part of a wider set of measures to improve land supply and reduce the regulatory burden for housebuilders.”

4. Barratt sees 20% increase in new homes built
Barratt built almost 20% more homes in the second half of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012. In all the Group completed 6,195 homes in the six months to December 31 2013, 19.3% up on the year before. Of these, 5,202 were private completions, 22.7% higher than 2012. In a positive trading statement to the City today, Barratt said that the Help to Buy scheme continues to have a positive impact on the market with 29% of completions using the scheme. All regions are reporting higher average sales rates and private reservations increased by 36.7% in the period. Sales prices are increasing due to the improving market and change in mix - ASP on private sales is expected to increase 11.4% to £225,000.

"As a result of the continued recovery in the housing market across all regions and our £3.1 billion investment in new land over the last four years, we have been able to increase the number of new homes being built and our profitability," said Barratt chief executive Mark Clare. "Our disciplined approach to running the business is delivering further significant improvements across all key financial metrics and with forward sales of over £1.2 billion, we are well placed for FY14 and beyond."

5. Policing research: The projects of the future
Relationships between forces and universities are set to become closer and more diverse in subject matter as numerous policing research projects are launched or expanded upon across England and Wales. The College of Policing has awarded universities, forces and even police and crime commissioners (PCCs) money from a £600,000 fund to create local networks, run events and carry out research and training into best practice. Regardless of who led the bids, the research projects will see personnel from around 31 forces working alongside academics as part of research.

The results will then feed into the College’s new national What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, as it builds up a stronger evidence base for the service. Although many relationships have already been established between forces and universities, the funding will allow them to expand on existing fields of research and establish new ones. Meanwhile, some of the grants have been distributed to help establish relationships in the first instance – as both officers and academics are asked to think about the areas they may want to research. Regional evidence-based hubs between forces and universities are also to be established, and the funding, from the Innovation Capacity Building Fund, will help a handful of these launch in the next year or so. Head of Research at the College of Policing, Rachel Tuffin, said: “As the home of the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, the College of Policing wants to build links between police and academia so the way we go about policing is as efficient and effective as possible. “This funding will be a springboard for future research and learning so police officers and staff get the best evidence to help them cut crime and keep the public safe.”

Areas of research

In Gloucestershire, a regional hub is to be established following a £20,000 grant to PCC Martin Surl. The hub will become a centre of expertise in relation to practices concerning domestic abuse, homicide, serious sexual offences, neighbourhood policing and crime prevention. It will see Gloucestershire Constabulary working with the University of Gloucestershire to find new solutions and practice.

Meanwhile in Dyfed Powys, £44,000 has been awarded to launch a centre dedicated to rural policing practice. The relationship between Dyfed Powys Police, Cardiff’s University Police Science Institute (UPSI) and Aberystwyth University, will focus on keeping the public safe from rural crime. The grant was awarded to PCC Christopher Salmon and it will become known as the Centre for Rural Policing and Justice, focusing on the area regarded as “the biggest challenge faced by Dyfed Powys Police”.

In the east Midlands, £50,000 was awarded to the University of Nottingham to create a regional network with five forces. This will focus on what works in relation to tackling family violence, exploitation of vulnerable people and radicalisation. Although led by Nottingham, It will see researchers from four universities in total mentor personnel from Derbyshire, Merseyside, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and West Midlands forces – testing their methods to ensure resources are being used in the best way.

Meanwhile, a project in Yorkshire and the Humber will seek to develop training materials for officers who have to deal with crime against businesses. It will help officers assist small and medium-sized businesses to avoid crime traditionally carried out against them and cybercrime. A £49,000 grant went to the People United Against Crime (PUAC) charity for the research – the only crime prevention charity to receive a grant – and it will additionally create a model to help reduce business crime, meeting demand from manufacturers and retailers. The University of Huddersfield and the Yorkshire and Humber forces will all be involved.

Large projects

Elsewhere, grants of up to £50,000 were awarded to the Universities of Leicester, Cambridge, Manchester Metropolitan, Leeds and the Open University, who are yet to specify their areas of research. They will all work with regional forces with Cambridge and Leicester set to establish regional hubs.

Additionally the Manchester Metropolitan grant will see six officers from Greater Manchester Police fully funded to study policing fellowships and evaluate police techniques and approaches.

Existing research

Durham Constabulary has been working with Durham University Business School on research examining the factors surrounding police personnel performance. The study is focused on understanding organisational factors which impact on staff behaviour and it is hoped a predictive framework will be produced to make the force a better place to work – and maximise performance outcomes.

The University received £49,000 from the College to expand its links between academics and the police – and the personnel research will now incorporate Bedfordshire, Lancashire and Staffordshire forces as well as Durham.

Meanwhile, six areas of research received partial funding by the College, including a study incorporating Durham and West Midlands forces, examining what works around criminal intelligence.

For more information about the What Works Centre, click here

6. HCA Newsletter for 15th January 2014
This available at: http://email.homesandcommunities.co.uk/communique/static/2671/17527568

7. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to become 'Cyber Streetwise'
The UK government has launched a new campaign to change the way people protect themselves while shopping, banking or socialising online in order to avoid falling victim to cyber criminals. With more than 11 million internet-enabled devices received as gifts during the Christmas period, Cyber Streetwise will help in the fight against online criminals. The new website, www.cyberstreetwise.com offers a range of interactive resources and clear advice on the essentials for enjoying a safe experience online. Adopt a few simple online behaviours to protect you and your family:
- Use strong, memorable passwords
- Install anti-virus software on new devices
- Check privacy settings on social media
- Shop safely online - always check online retail sites are secure. The web address should have https:// in front - the 's' stands for secure
- Download software and application patches when prompted

The interactive site is at: https://www.cyberstreetwise.com/ To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool. www.actionfraud.police.uk

8. Garden shed for storage of cycles
Made by Brodco, a garden shed, licensed by SBD. Certificated to: LPS1175 Issue 7: 2010 SR1 Specification for testing and classifying the burglary resistance of building components, strong points and security enclosures.

9. Psychology of the built environment – Thanks to Dave Stubbs for this
Attached is an article from the daily Telegraph on 15th January 2014.

10. Annual report into Suicide
The first annual report on the suicide prevention strategy for England. The report is attached and there are further docs at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-report

11. General security guidance for controlled drug suppliers
This document provides general advice on security measures that are appropriate for premises that are licensed to possess and/or supply and/or produce CD, CD products and/or precursor chemicals. At: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/general-security-guidance-for-controlled-drug-suppliers

12. Planning conditions and environmental impact assessments
DCLG Response to story on planning conditions and environmental impact assessments, is at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/planning-conditions-and-environmental-impact-assessments