HMP Bedford is 1 of 16 jails to receive new X-ray scanners

New X-ray body scanners, developed specifically for the Prison Service, will produce instant images from inside the human body. Revealing any internally concealed contraband, including drugs, mobile phones and weapons.

The technology will be installed first at 16 local jails, including Bedford, with high volumes of remand prisoners. This, the government says poses the greatest risk of smuggling.

The £28 million that will pay for X-ray scanners across the estate is being funded from the government’s £100 million package to boost security.

Bedfordshire Police opens its doors for “largest recruitment drive in years”

Bedfordshire Police is holding a police career information evening on Thursday 30 January. Attendees will find out more about a policing career with Bedfordshire Police.

Throughout 2019, the force received well over 100,000 999 and more than 200,000 101 calls.

Last year the force also made more than 8,000 arrests and secured hundreds of years’ worth of jail time for offenders.

Bedfordshire Police Enquiry Office open hours reducing

The Bedfordshire Police Enquiry Offices in Luton and Kempston will change their opening hours on Monday 3 February.

The new opening hours have been devised as part of the creation of a new Customer Support Team. This will see enquiry office staff taking on additional customer service responsibilities.

They will now also respond to customer service matters, queries, messages of praise and complaints.

Kempston Headquarters and Luton Police Station will be open to walk-in customers and those answering bail between 9am and 6.30pm on weekdays and between 9am and 5pm on weekends.

This is a change from the previous opening hours of 8am to 8pm Monday to Sunday.

Deaths and serious injuries top 1,100 on Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire roads

Over 1,100 people were killed or seriously injured on the roads of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire between November 2018 and November 2019. This equates to almost 20 serious injuries and at least one death every week.

Between November 2018 and November 2019 in Bedfordshire there were 272 serious injuries on the counties roads, and 20 fatal incidents.

The shocking figures have been released by police at the start of this month’s speed campaign to remind motorists that speeding devastates lives.

Speak to your close ones about ‘courier fraud’

Bedfordshire Police is supporting a national campaign targeting courier fraud. It is encouraging residents to speak to their elderly friends and family about spotting the signs of impersonation fraud.

A national campaign, co-ordinated by the City of London Police, will focus on educating potential victims on the different ways criminals con vulnerable and elderly people out of their money.

Courier fraud often starts with a cold call where the fraudster claims to be a police officer or a bank official.

The fraudsters will say there’s an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation.

The ultimate aim of this call is to trick the victim into handing over money or bank details.

Bedfordshire Police seeks public input for new autism scheme

Bedfordshire Police is inviting members of the local community to attend a focus group, to have an input into a proposed new scheme which will help those with autism, or other communication difficulties, when coming into contact with police.

The scheme would ask people to register and give a few simple details and an outline of their conditions. Then, if police assistance is required, call handlers can provide appropriate information to responding officers.

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