Reform outdated offence of misconduct in public office, recommends Law Commission

Outdated and unclear laws governing misconduct in public office should be reformed, the Law Commission has announced today [4 December 2020]. The reforms would introduce two new statutory offences to replace the ancient common law offence, provide greater clarity, and target the most serious forms of misconduct in public office.

There has been an increase in the number of prosecutions for misconduct in public office in recent years, rising from single figures in the early 2000s to averaging more than 80 per year since 2006. In 2018 (the last available figures), there were 95 prosecutions.

The current common law offence of misconduct in public office has existed for hundreds of years. However, as the number of prosecutions has risen in recent decades, so have the calls to reform the law. The most commonly expressed concern is that the offence lacks clarity and precision. This creates the potential for misuse and

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Our view: Atlantic City taking innovative approaches to better policing, public safety | Latest Headlines



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The ACPD is beginning procedural justice training, which is being conducted by Stockton University criminal justice professors Monday Nov 23, 2020. Edward Lea Staff Photographer / Press of Atlantic City




In many cities across the country, police departments and residents are consumed by incidents in which officers used force and people died, how they happened and what can be done better in the future.

The best time to improve the interaction of the police and public, though, is before there’s a tragedy.

Atlantic City is doing just that, taping local and distant resources to implement two innovative programs. One aims to help ensure the kinds of police-public interactions that build trust and mutual appreciation. The other trains reformed and rehabilitated residents to help defuse conflicts and potentially violent situations.

Last month with the help of criminal justice professors and law enforcement veterans at Stockton University,

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Atlantic City taking innovative approaches to better policing, public safety | Editorial

In many cities across the country, police departments and residents are consumed by incidents in which officers used force and people died, how they happened and what can be done better in the future.

The best time to improve the interaction of the police and public, though, is before there’s a tragedy.

Atlantic City is doing just that, taping local and distant resources to implement two innovative programs. One aims to help ensure the kinds of police-public interactions that build trust and mutual appreciation. The other trains reformed and rehabilitated residents to help defuse conflicts and potentially violent situations.

Last month with the help of criminal justice professors and law enforcement veterans at Stockton University, the city Police Department began adopting a policy called procedural justice. That focuses on the details of police behavior during interactions with the public with a goal of increasing communication, transparency, trust and mutual respect.

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L.A. County prohibits most public and private gatherings between households

Almost all private and public gatherings between households will be temporarily prohibited in Los Angeles County starting Monday, the county’s public health department announced Friday. The prohibition is just one of the modifications to the city’s “Safer At Home” order that are being implemented to slow a surge of new coronavirus cases. 



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The ban does not include protected events such as protests and church services. Schools will still adhere to established re-opening protocols. 

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The extended order goes into effect on Monday, November 30 and advises residents “to stay home as much as possible and always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their household and around others.” Businesses including restaurants, non-essential retail, libraries, gyms, and museums will all operate under restricted occupancy limits, all of which

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Residents sue city that turned a deaf ear to their public comments about noise

Four Miami residents are suing the city after commissioners chose not to hear their public comments on a recent change to the city’s noise ordinance, a measure that attracted more than eight hours of recorded comments that all went unheard Nov. 19.

The plaintiffs — Denise Galvez Turros, Juan Turros, Ariel Gonzalez and Magda Gonzalez — say the city violated their constitutional rights to free speech and equal legal protection, as well as their statutory right under Florida law to be heard by their local elected officials. During the Nov. 19 meeting, city attorney Victoria Méndez advised commissioners they did not need to hear eight hours and 52 minutes of public comments submitted before the meeting because they were pretty much all the same.

The commission chose not to listen to the hours of comments, and a deputy city attorney read the script that many of the callers followed

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Utah lawmakers prepare to seal contracts for lobbyists, consultants on public lands issues

Utah lawmakers prepare to seal contracts for lobbyists, consultants on public lands issues

(Francisco Kjolseth | Salt Lake Tribune file photo via AP) This May 8, 2017, file photo shows Arch Canyon within Bears Ears National Monument. With Joe Biden’s capture of the White House comes the likelihood that Utah’s two big national monuments will be restored to their original boundaries, reopening yet another front in the West’s public lands wars.

A handful of Utah lawmakers are about to negotiate contracts potentially worth a combined $1 million with two vendors — including a New Orleans-based law firm that has previously lobbied for reduction of Bears Ears National Monument and promoted the state’s attempts to take control of federal public lands.

The state Legislature’s Federalism Commission on Wednesday voted to empower four Utah lawmakers to iron out and finalize the agreements

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Public participation to fulfill aspirations of Job Creation Law: VP

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin encouraged public participation to fulfill the aspirations of Law Number 11 of 2020 on Job Creation (Ciptaker Law) conducted by the government in drafting implementing regulations as derivative of the Law.

“Currently, the government focuses on ‘Absorption of Aspirations: Implementation of the Job Creation Law’ in several regions,” Amin remarked while opening the 2020 Real Estate Developers Association (REI) National Working Meeting (Rakernas) held virtually from Jakarta, Thursday.

The goal, apart from providing outreach, also explains the implementation and encourages public participation to provide input and responses to the draft of implementing regulations, he said.

Amin expounded that enactment of the Job Creation Law was projected to further encourage investment in the country, create jobs, facilitate the opening of new businesses, and restore the national economy, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The vice president noted that the property sector received crucial coverage in

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Envisage Technologies Achieves AWS Public Safety And Disaster Response Competency Status

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Envisage Technologies, the world’s leader in training and compliance software created exclusively for public safety agencies, announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Safety & Disaster Response (PSDR) Competency status. This designation recognizes that Envisage provides the only comprehensive solution built exclusively for the exacting needs of law enforcement and public safety leaders, with particular focus on training, compliance, case management, professional development, legal defensibility, and public accountability. Envisage helps customers leverage the power of AWS to ensure our first responders are trained, equipped and mission ready.

Achieving the AWS PSDR Competency differentiates Envisage as an AWS Partner with proven expertise in the public safety market. The company’s technology enables first responders and public safety organizations to protect the public and prepare, respond, and recover from natural or man-made emergencies and disasters. To receive the designation, AWS Partners

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Former Ambassador to India Richard Verma Joins Mastercard as Executive VP, Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs | Business

Mastercard announced Dec. 1 the appointment of former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma as executive vice president, global public policy and regulatory affairs, where he will oversee the company’s public policy, regulatory affairs and litigation teams around the world.

Verma, who served as the U.S. Ambassador from 2014-2017, will be reporting to Tim Murphy, general counsel at Mastercard.

The Indian American former ambassador brings over 25 years of international experience across senior levels of business, law, diplomacy, and the military, the company said in a statement.

He joins Mastercard from The Asia Group, where he served as vice chair and partner. In addition, Verma was the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, where he led the department’s efforts on Capitol Hill, and was the former National Security Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader for many years.

“Rich is a proven leader with extensive experience in public policy, geopolitics,

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States grapple with plans for end to coronavirus public health emergency

“The issue and the challenge is that CMS, I am sure, doesn’t want to send states a signal that the public health emergency is ending, given where we are. But on the other hand, states feel like they need some indications of what to do and when to do it,” said Allison Orris, counsel with Manatt Health and a former federal health policy official. “I think that there’s an understandable question from the HHS perspective of when do we say that for states and we don’t want to freak out states right now.”

A CMS spokesperson pointed to existing guidance to states saying that the enhanced federal funding for Medicaid — of 6.2 percentage points being added to states’ Federal Medical Assistance Percentage rates — will stop at the end of the quarter when the public health emergency ends.

The spokesperson said it’s too early to speculate on potential status

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