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Bedfordshire Police: new live streaming technology “helps save lives”

Police have praised a new live streaming platform which has been credited with saving lives during a trial period in Bedfordshire.

The new technology platform, GoodSAM Instant-On-Scene, allows members of the public to stream live video and share their precise location with police control rooms. This is via a mobile device without needing an app.

It is credited with saving a number of lives and hundreds of hours of officers’ time during a trial period across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

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Bedfordshire Emergency Services celebrate control rooms as part of international awareness week

This week, Bedfordshire Police, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue and The East of England Ambulance service thank their control rooms after dealing with an increase in demand following the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of International Control Room Week, partners are celebrating the life-saving work of control room employees. And also acknowledging their resilience during one of the most challenging years to date.

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Bedfordshire Police takes down its 100th cannabis factory since lockdown

Bedfordshire Police has dismantled a large scale cannabis factory – the 100th the force has discovered since the start of the coronavirus lockdown.

The factory was discovered in a commercial building located in an industrial estate near Shefford. The number of cannabis factories discovered by the force this year is up by more than 50 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Officers executed a warrant at the address yesterday (Monday). Seven separate units were found to be modified to accommodate large scale cannabis cultivation.

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Bedfordshire Police: Cranfield dog walkers asked to be vigilant

Bedfordshire Police has said that it received a call on Tuesday 13 October 2020 reporting a man had kicked a dog near Cranfield Airfield. On Saturday (17 October) it received a call from a dog walker reporting several piles of dog treats found along a tree line and concerns that they could be poisoned.

The Force hasn’t received any reports that dogs have become ill in the area but dog walkers are asked to remain vigilant and report any concerns.

Community officers have been made aware of the incidents and will include the area in their local patrols.

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Bedfordshire Police highlights hate crime as part of national awareness week

Bedfordshire Police has highlighted a rise in hate crime amidst Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. And it urges victims of such crimes to continue to come forward.

As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, the force has raised the particular situation facing those who are blind or visually impaired, who have reported an increase in harassment or accusations they are not following social distancing.

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Bedfordshire’s Emergency Services: new scheme to help those with communication difficulties

Bedfordshire Police has chosen national Hate Crime Awareness Week to launch “Pegasus” – a new scheme to help those with autism, or other communication difficulties, when coming into contact with the emergency services.

The scheme is in association with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the East of England Ambulance Service Trust. It is designed to assist those who live or work Bedfordshire, are independent in the community, with or without home help or care, and who have an illness or disability which makes it hard to speak or make themselves understood in a difficult situation.

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Bedfordshire Police: fall for the person, not the profile

Bedfordshire Police is working with forces across the country and partners, including Match Group, to tackle romance fraud, with a combination of awareness raising and enforcement activity co-ordinated by the City of London Police.

Between August 2019 and August 2020, police recorded a total of 68 reports of romance fraud in Bedfordshire, with victims’ losses totalling £1.4m.

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Bedfordshire Police officers honoured by the Queen

Two Bedfordshire Police officers who drove forward work to improve diversity in the force’s recruitment have been recognised by the Queen. Chief Inspector Mo Aziz and PC Ruth Honegan have both been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The pair helped Bedfordshire Police recruit record numbers of police officers from diverse backgrounds.

Chief Inspector Aziz and PC Honegan helped launch a positive action recruitment campaign by the force to attract more candidates from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as well as more women and those from other diverse backgrounds, such as Eastern European communities.

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Coronavirus enforcement in Bedfordshire boosted by surge funding

Police forces and local councils will receive an additional £60 million to step up the enforcement of coronavirus rules. This is part of the government’s plans to tackle the rise in infections.

The surge funding is to enable police to increase patrols in town centres and ensure that people are complying with the new restrictions, particularly in high-risk areas.

The government said that police will also provide more support to local authorities and NHS Test & Trace to enforce self-isolation requirements. Adding that local councils will use the funding to increase their compliance work and enforcement checks on businesses.
Bedfordshire Police will receive £270,485, Central Bedfordshire Council will get £112,886 and Bedford Borough £85,088.

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Bedfordshire Police:Three arrests and dogs recovered following warrants

Detectives investigating the theft of a number of dogs from a Bedfordshire kennel have made a further three arrests.

Two men and a woman from the St Albans area were arrested on Monday (5 October 2020) on suspicion of burglary in connection to the incident in Wilden last month.

Twelve dogs were also found during the warrant, which are now being identified with a view to establishing their rightful owner

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