For the period in question the following terms for national and regional print media monitoring were used (Annex 1). These terms continue to be used for our national print media monitoring. A separate set of keywords has been used for regional print media since
Home Office national and regional cuts themes
Policing, security, crime and community safety
Policing and Security
Major police operations
Changes to Police force structures
Police clear-up rates and detection rates
Changes to police powers and procedures
Home Office's Police Standards Unit
Police Pay and conditions inc pensions, overtime
Police funding and resourcing
Occupational health and police sickness
Manpower and recruitment
Civilian support staff inc. Community Support Officers
Police equipment including scientific research and development, criticisms, TETRA, Airwave, Police Scientific and Development Branch
Less lethal alternatives to firearms—tasers, CS gas, etc.
Police corruption, complaints, discipline
Very significant stories about individual police authorities, chief constables and forces
Major speeches or articles by individual Chief Constables
Significant coverage of the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Police Federation, and the Association of Police Authorities, particularly if they are either supportive or critical of Home Office policy.
People trafficking—organised crime angle.
Measures to disrupt organised crime
Financial crime e.g. confiscation of assets
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC)—all mentions.
Public order—e.g. riots, marches and demonstrations
Stop and search—under PACE and under Terrorism Act
Firearms—including policy and law, replicas, incidents involving police use of firearms
Traffic law and review of road traffic penalties—do not cut drink driving campaigns
Bugging and interception/monitoring of communications
Use of intercept as evidence
Terrorism including, international co-operation
Terrorism arrests and investigations
Proposals for new terrorism laws and powers
Crime and Community Safety
Minor crime stories should not be cut. The reporting of major crimes, particularly those that should be cut, and should include the eventual sentencing.
Major crime stories raising political, contentious, emotive or moral issues e.g. sexual offences cases, child abuse, pornography, violent crime committed by children.
Crime, disorder and violence including violent crime, burglary, robbery, vehicle crime, theft, gun crime and hate crime
Alcohol related violence/binge drinking
Anti-social behaviour, RESPECT agenda
Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts
Fixed Penalty notices (NOT ones for motoring offences) and Penalty Notices for Disorder
Crime statistics and British Crime Survey
Crime reduction initiatives, crime prevention, campaigns, Neighbourhood Watch
Drug treatment programmes, drug-testing, Drug Intervention Programme
Drugs Act 2004
Legalisation, decriminalisation and reclassification of drugs, including, reclassification of cannabis
Calls for changes to classification of Drugs—including khat, methamphetamine (aka crystal meth, tina) and articles about new drugs of misuse or new drug taking trends
Combating drugs misuse
Prescription of heroin to addicts—policy and law
Policing of illegal drugs including cannabis possession, crack houses and crack dens Medicinal use of cannabis
Supply and trafficking of drugs
Sex offences and sex offenders including Sexual Offences Act 2003, sex offenders register, extreme images, child protection, prostitution (criminal policy aspects) and pornography on the internet
Violent crime and offences including rape, familial homicide and domestic violence
Victim of crime issues
Immigration and identity
All coverage of UK immigration and asylum policy.
Immigration matters within the EU
Individual cases—e.g. removed asylum seekers, deportations, immigration offenders
Immigration removal and induction centres—including Oakington, Yarls Wood, Harmondsworth, Colnbrook, Dungavel and Dover Induction Centre.
Support for asylum seekers—healthcare, education, housing.
Unaccompanied children seeking asylum
Refugee integration policy
Nationality and citizenship including citizenship classes.
Migrants from the new EU 'accession states'.
The size of the illegal population.
Illegal immigrants from France/Belgium/Holland.
People trafficking—when strong immigration angle.
Passport cards and biometrics
International and other responsibilities
Major extradition proceedings and changes to extradition law/policy
Mutual legal assistance cases
Coverage of EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) councils and informals
EU Treaty articles mentioning JHA opt-in
EU developments on Home Office policy issues
Schengen (not mere mentions)
Broad brush criminal justice pieces—strategy, Criminal Justice System
Office for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR)
Race in the criminal justice system
Policy on scientific procedures involving living animals
Regulation and licensing of scientific procedures
Calls for Royal Commission on animal experimentation
Home Office general
All other mentions of Home Office and Home Office Ministers and senior civil servants:
Regional keywords—used since
Names (all regional and local titles)
Home Office Minister and Senior Officials
Organisations (all regional and local titles)
UK Border Agency OR Border and Immigration Agency
Identity and Passport Service
Criminal Records Bureau
Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
Forensic Science Service
Policing and security (regional dailies only)
Police AND bureaucracy OR red-tape
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act OR RIPA
Stop and search (only articles commenting on appropriateness of)
MI5 OR Security Service
Terrorism or terrorist
Crime and Community Safety (regional dailies only)
Alcohol AND disorder OR violence
Drugs AND classification
Not interested in individual incidents/arrests unless the article comments on a wider problem/issue or the Government's response.
Immigration (all regional and local cuttings)
Immigration OR migration
Immigrant OR migrant
Ignore articles about other forms of migration, e.g. birds
Only in an immigration context
Border AND control OR security
Illegal worker OR illegal working
Points Based System
Human OR people trafficking
Identity etc. (regional dailies only)
Identity card OR ID card
Regional passport office
Passport AND interview
Not interested in stories that just contain the word 'passport'
Family records centre
National Offender Management Service (NOMS)—Prisons and Probation—used until the creation of MoJ in May 2007
The National Offender Management Service runs 140 prisons in England and Wales and supervises the contracts held by the companies Serco, Securicor, UKDS, Premier Prisons, Reliant Custodial Services and GSL which run the private prisons and court escort services. All stories relating to or mentioning these prisons in any way are to be cut. These might include stories about suicides (self-inflicted deaths), escapes, absconds, assaults, riots and other such incidents within prisons, visits to prisons by Ministers or VIPs, charity events, educational or recreational activities of prisoners/prison staff and work initiatives undertaken within prisons.
All stories with any reference to prisons policy.
Any story mentioning the following organisations:
Prison Officers' Association (POA)
Prison Governors' Association (PGA)
Stories mentioning the prison related activities of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP), Group4, UK Detention Services (UKDS) or any other company interested in tendering for custodial contracts from the Prison Service.
The other organisation which comes under NOMS is the National Probation Service. All stories relating to the management of offenders in the community are to be cut.
Life sentence prisoners are of particular interest; keywords to look out for include:
Automatic life sentence
Her Majesty's pleasure
Discretionary lifer/Discretionary Lifer Panel
Detained for life
Section 2 Crime Sentences Act