EU demands access to British police files: Forces will be ordered to hand over documents on investigations or face fines

EU demands access to British police files: Forces will be ordered to hand over documents on investigations or face finesThe EU’s crime intelligence agency would be allowed access to private filesEuropol could insist chief constables disclose evidence from criminal casesThis could include witness statements, DNA samples and fingerprints By Ian Drury PUBLISHED: 23:45 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:33 GMT, 19 April 2013 British police forces will be forced to hand sensitive details of criminal investigations to Brussels or risk a massive fine. In a controversial move, the European Union’s crime intelligence agency would be allowed to demand access to private police files. Europol could insist chief constables disclose evidence from criminal cases, witness statements, DNA samples, fingerprints and other data

The new police commissioners appointing their friends as deputies – on up to 68,000 a year

The thin blue gravy train: How new police commissioners are appointing their friends as deputies – on up to 68,000 a yearNew unelected jobs are being created even though police and crime commissioners (PCCs) already have offices full of staffMany have handed them to friends and political alliesUse of taxpayers’ money to put PCC's 'mates in cushy jobs' will damage public confidence, expert warns | UPDATED: 08:07 GMT, 2 December 2012 The row over the cost of Britain’s police commissioners grew last night after a Mail on Sunday investigation found that more than a dozen of them have appointed deputies on wages of up to 68,000. Just weeks after the 75 million vote that saw a record low turnout for a national election, a third of the crime chiefs are giving jobs to councillors, magistrates and former police officers to help them in their roles