Professional breathalysers used by HM Police, Prisons and National Probation services are required to meet today’s MEDACX standards and provide specifically required operational functionality to enable the various organisations to fulfil their duties.

MEDACX has been a supplier to the HM Government operations since 2005. The technology supplied is the AlcoQuant 6020 it has advanced functionality but most importantly it has accuracies that not just meet.

Police Federation of England and Wales

The new Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales says he is “honoured and humbled” to have been elected to the position. 

Mr Apter was selected ahead of Phill Matthews, PFEW’s Conduct and Performance lead, who had also challenged for the position.  

Michael Crowley

Despite financial cut-backs, the creative side of prison life always seems to win through. Events such as the annual Koestler Awards are evidence of this.

So is the sterling work of, for example, Birmingham’s Geese Theatre, whose The Geese Theatre Handbook: Drama with Offenders and People at Risk has been a staple manual for trainers of all kinds since we had the privilege of working on it with them at the start of the millennium.

Prison Reform Trust

The government should follow Scotland’s lead and introduce a presumption against short prison sentences as part of their efforts to restore safety and stability to our struggling jails according to a new briefing, Prison: the facts, published today by the Prison Reform Trust.

The briefing reveals the current scale of the challenge facing the government, with hundreds of people flowing in and out of the prison system on short sentences every week, placing pressure on an already overstretched and overcrowded prison system.

ESS- dates

With a plethora of events coming up for custodial services, 999 workers and those involved in criminal justice, we offer a round-up including highlights of each. We will be attending some of the events and look forward to meeting you there.

Please contact us with any future events which you would like to be added to our diary dates – email


Police Federation: National Custody Seminar

September 11 & 12, De Vere Hotel, Daventry, Northamptonshire

The Police Federation of England and Wales will host its annual Custody Seminar in September, and a number of speakers have been confirmed to date, with pre-charge bail and mental health being two of the topics on the agenda.


The continued support from Rolawn during the 2018 show season paid dividends for many of the show gardens at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, with six of its supported gardens scooping medals.

With challenging conditions due to the continued dry weather, one of the benefactors of Rolawn supplying topsoil and Medallion turf was Southend Borough Council’s ‘A Place to Think’ garden, which earned a Silver.

Knife crime

The news that knife crime has reached its highest level ever is shocking, but not surprising, says the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW).

Knife crime is officially up by 16% as a staggering 40,147 incidents were recorded by police in the past 12 months, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today.

Thames Valley Police's PC Quigley and, Sergeant Mark Allmond

Sergeant Mark Allmond and PC Quigley from Thames Valley Police who chased down a violent killer have been recognised with a prestigious Police Bravery Award.

The officers were named as the Region 5 (South East) winners at the 23rd national Police Bravery Awards in London on 12 July, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales.

PC Nadeem

PC Nadeem from Greater Manchester Police who single-handedly saved a man from an icy river has won a prestigious Police Bravery Award.

The officer was named as the Region 1 (North West) winner at the 23rd national Police Bravery Awards on 12 July, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales. The awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, honour and recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery.

PC Charlie Guenigault after the terror attack

Two Metropolitan Police officers who ran to London’s aid during a terror attack have jointly won a Police Bravery Award.

PC Keith Palmer GM was named posthumously as the Region 8 (London) winner, alongside PC Charlie Guenigault at the 23rd national Police Bravery Awards in London on 12 July, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales.