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National Police Lawyers Conference Held in Chelten

The National Association of Police Lawyers has held its annual conference in Gloucestershire for the first time.

The conference, hosted by Gloucestershire Constabulary in Cheltenham, was attended by legal representatives from 32 police forces and was opened by Gloucestershire's Chief Constable Dr Timothy Brain.

Dr Brain said the work undertaken by police lawyers was becoming increasingly important and varied.

"The work you do individually is very important and it is also important that you come together collectively to improve the collective knowledge of the police service on this area of work," Dr Brain said.

"We have become an increasingly litigious society and we are fundamentally more vulnerable in the police service, given the dynamism and unpredictability of our working environment.

"However, the role of force solicitor is not merely limited to one of litigation.

"There are now a whole plethora of laws that must be taken into account when planning policy, including health and safety, equal opportunities, freedom of information, and human rights legislation."

Other speakers during the three day conference included Matthew Holdcroft, of 5 Essex Court, who gave a police law update, Gloucestershire's Deputy Chief Constable Craig Mackey, who spoke about Stop and Search legislation and its use, and Esther Maynard, Senior Legal Officer with the Commission for Racial Equality.

Other items covered included media law, misconduct proceedings and disclosure in child care cases.

Posted : 19/10/2006 15:21:42

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