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Home Office in the media: 28 March

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Police siren at accident or crime scene

Today’s Home Office-related news coverage includes reports that the government is seeking views on introducing direct entry recruitment at chief police officer level in England and Wales and articles on the Home Secretary’s appearance at the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council meeting in Brussels yesterday.

Police chief jobs opened to civilians

The Times splash reports that the government is seeking views on proposals to give the College of Policing the power to introduce direct entry at chief officer level in England and Wales. The story is also running in the Sun and Mirror.

Our statement on this issue is below.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

Choosing our police leaders is of the highest importance to the future of the service and schemes such as Direct Entry bring people from a wide range of backgrounds into forces.

Home Secretary at JHA Council

Yesterday (Monday, 27 March), the Home Secretary attended the first day of the JHA Council meeting in Brussels.

The Guardian, Telegraph and Mail report on the meeting, with the majority of coverage focusing on the Home Secretary’s calls for more EU action to be taken to tackle online extremism.

Our statement on tackling online extremism on internet and social media sites is below.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

The Home Secretary was clear there should be no safe space for terrorists to communicate online.


The Government supports encryption in cyber security. But it is irresponsible to give terrorists a way to plot online which cannot be intercepted by the police and intelligence agencies who are trying to protect the public from further attacks.

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