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  • Nominations open for awards celebrating police volunteers

    Published 8 June 2018

    Nominations have opened for the 25th annual Lord Ferrers Awards, which celebrate the exceptional achievements of volunteers in policing - and the public is invited to nominate inspiring police volunteers.

  • Police forces save £273 million in three years on equipment cost

    Published 16 May 2018

    The Home Office has published the latest data allowing the public to compare how much each force pays for common items of uniform and equipment to ensure best value for money.

  • A new campaign advises the public how they can secure their vehicle against theft

    Published 3 April 2018

    The Metropolitan Police launches the Be Safe campaign to encourage riders of scooters, motorcycles and mopeds to use extra security on their vehicles to make it harder for thieves to steal them.

  • Government takes action to tackle domestic abuse

    Published 20 March 2018

    The government has launched a consultation on proposed new laws which would transform our approach to domestic abuse. The consultation sets out new laws and stronger powers to protect and support survivors.

  • Department for Education launches “Together, we can tackle child abuse” campaign

    Published 23 February 2018

    To encourage the public to help protect children and young people by reporting any concerns of abuse or neglect, the Department for Education has launched the Together, we can tackle child abuse campaign.

  • Dating Fraud Partnership publishes advice to help people looking for love beat fraudsters

    Published 12 February 2018

    More and more couples meet online or via dating apps – however, cyber criminals often use these channels to target vulnerable people for financial gain. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the Dating Fraud Partnership has published new advice to help people looking for love avoid becoming a victim of online fraudsters.

  • Be a Friend Against Scams

    Published 8 February 2018

    Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK, with victims often experiencing loneliness, shame and social isolation. To protect victims, and prevent people from becoming victims of scams, National Trading Standards has launched the Friends Against Scams initiative which aims to train one million people by 2020 in spotting and reporting scams.

  • Party safe this Christmas

    Published 21 December 2017

    The party season is upon us - a time of celebration, fun and catching up with family and friends - but, sadly, sometimes the highs can soon turn into lows if the party spirit gets the upper hand. For some people, letting their hair down may lead to a round of binge drinking throughout the festive period.

  • Home Office publishes police chief officer pay and remuneration information on police.uk

    Published 17 November 2017

    The Home Office and the police have set out a package of measures which will increase transparency around chief officer employment. As part of this, police chiefs’ pay packages will be published on police.uk.

  • YoungMinds & Cyber Aware encourage young people to take a break from their smartphones

    Published 17 October 2017

    YoungMinds and Cyber Aware are highlighting the benefits for young people of managing their phone use, and encouraging them to take a break from their smartphones to help improve their wellbeing and cyber security.

  • National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017

    Published 16 October 2017

    National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017 is taking place from Saturday 14 until Saturday 21 October. It aims to highlight the issue of hate crime and encourage victims, and anyone who knows or suspects incidents of such crime, to report them.

  • Take Five campaign launches to help the public spot financial scams

    Published 29 September 2017

    The banking industry and the UK Government are joining forces this week to launch the next phase of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign. The campaign – which is run jointly by the Home Office and Financial Fraud Action UK, part of UK Finance, with support from the banking industry – shows the public how to recognise scams and confidently challenge any requests for personal or financial details using the simple phrase ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’.

  • Crimestoppers and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority launch a campaign to raise awareness of

    Published 27 September 2017

    To tackle the growing issue of modern slavery, Crimestoppers and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) have launched a campaign to help the public understand the signs to look out for, and encourage them to report their suspicions anonymously.

  • Home Office Announces Police Pay Award

    Published 12 September 2017

    The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced this year’s police pay award, which will see Police constables', Sergeants', Inspectors', Chief Inspectors', Superintendents' and Chief Superintendents' pay increase by two percent, whilst Assistant Chief Constables, Deputy Chief Constables and Chief Constables will receive a one per cent increase, from 1 September 2017.

  • City of London Police's computer software service frauds campaign

    Published 30 August 2017

    Computer software service fraud is a growing crime trend. That’s why the City of London Police is running a campaign to help the public spot the signs of this type of fraud and the steps they can take to protect themselves.

  • CPS #HateCrimeMatters campaign

    Published 25 August 2017

    The Crown Prosecution Service has launched a campaign to increase awareness and understanding of hate crimes, and to encourage people to come forward and report hate crime incidents.

  • Nominations open for awards celebrating police volunteers

    Published 22 August 2017

    Do you know a police volunteer who deserves special recognition? Nominate them in our annual awards in celebration of police volunteers in England and Wales.

  • How diverse are the police?

    Published 21 August 2017

    On 20 July 2017, the Home Office published the annual statistical bulletin ‘Police Workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2017’. The latest police diversity data profiles (available on this site) show the BME and gender diversity for the police workforce of police officers, police community support officers (PCSOs), police staff and special constables, as well as the ethnic and gender diversity of different police ranks.

  • How diverse are the police?

    Published 21 July 2017

    Police forces in England and Wales have now published their latest diversity profiles so their communities can see how representative their police force is of the local population.

  • Be Cyber Aware and stay secure online

    Published 12 April 2017

    With latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showing cyber crime was one of the most common offences comitted in 2016, the Government’s cyber security campaign, Cyber Aware, is reminding the public of how they can stay safe online and keep their data secure.

  • Greater Manchester to elect a new mayor who will be responsible for policing

    Published 13 March 2017

    On 4th May, people in Greater Manchester will take to the polls to elect their brand new Combined Authority Mayor to take control of the region. The elected mayor will have new powers, and the role of Police and Crime Commissioner will be merged with that of mayor at this time.

  • You can play your part in helping to tackle the terrorist threat facing the UK

    Published 6 March 2017

    The police and security partners are working tirelessly to identify and disrupt the terrorist threat to keep the public safe. To encourage the public to report suspicious activity to the police and help defeat terrorism, the police have launched the new Action Counters Terrorism campaign.

  • Prime Minister announces plans to transform the way we tackle domestic violence and abuse

    Published 20 February 2017

    A major new programme of work to tackle domestic violence and abuse, which will seek to raise public awareness of the problem – as well as encourage victims to report their abusers and see them brought to justice – has been announced by the Prime Minister Theresa May.

  • Dating Fraud Partnership publishes advice to help people looking for love beat fraudsters

    Published 13 February 2017

    More and more couples meet online or via dating apps – however, cyber criminals often use these channels to target vulnerable people for financial gain. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the Dating Fraud Partnership has published new advice to help people looking for love avoid becoming a victim of online fraudsters.

  • Police action to tackle mobile phone use by drivers

    Published 23 January 2017

    To help reduce the number of people killed and injured on Britain’s roads by people using a mobile phone whilst driving, the police have today (Monday 23 January) launched a campaign reminding drivers not to use a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel. At the same time, forces are carrying out enforcement activity to catch offenders.

  • New Year, New You. Cyber Health - be Cyber Aware this January

    Published 6 January 2017

    You may have been given the latest smartphone as a Christmas present. Or perhaps you treated yourself to a new tablet or computer in the sales. Whilst it’s nice to have the latest technology, these gadgets are attractive to thieves because of their value and the information they can reveal. That’s why the Cyber Aware campaign is reminding people of the simple steps they can take to protect their devices.

  • Party safe this Christmas

    Published 13 December 2016

    The party season is upon us - a time of celebration, fun and catching up with family and friends - but, sadly, sometimes the highs can soon turn into lows if the party spirit gets the upper hand. For some people, letting their hair down may lead to a round of binge drinking throughout the festive period.

  • New protection for victims of “stranger stalking”

    Published 7 December 2016

    The introduction of new stalking protection orders, which will help protect victims at the earliest possible stage, has been announced by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd. This is part of a package of government measures to prevent violence against women and girls.

  • Online fraudsters out to spoil your Christmas shopping

    Published 28 November 2016

    Every year, more and more of us are searching for and buying our gifts over the internet, rather than battling the crowds in the high street. With Christmas just around the corner, a new campaign has been launched, highlighting how consumers can avoid becoming a victim of online fraudsters.

  • Be Cyber Aware and #ThinkRandom to create strong passwords

    Published 26 October 2016

    To help people stay secure online and keep their data secure, the Government’s cyber security campaign, Cyber Aware, is urging people and small businesses to #ThinkRandom to create strong passwords.

  • A new campaign aims to help prevent financial fraud

    Published 3 October 2016

    A new campaign has been launched by Financial Fraud Action UK which aims to put the public and businesses back in control with straight forward advice to help prevent financial fraud.

  • The motor industry publishes advice to help drivers secure their cars and beat the thieves

    Published 8 September 2016

    The Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), government, police and insurance bodies have joined forces to understand the nature of modern day car theft and develop solutions to tackle it. To help car owners avoid becoming a victim of car theft, new advice has been published by the SMMT.

  • Latest police procurement information now on police.uk

    Published 24 August 2016

    The Home Office has published the latest data showing how much each force pays for 20 common items of uniform and equipment.

  • The FCO advises travellers to be #PassportAware on their holidays

    Published 24 August 2016

    With summer now in full swing, many people are jetting off on their holidays. Most holidaymakers enjoy trouble-free trips. However valuable holiday time and money can be lost if a passport is lost or stolen as you may need to report the theft to the police, and be issued with an emergency travel document by the local consulate. To reduce passport theft, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has launched a campaign to remind people to be #PassportAware on holiday and keep their passport safe from thieves.

  • The FCO advises travellers to be #PassportAware on their holidays

    Published 11 August 2016

    With summer now in full swing, many people are jetting off on their holidays. Most holidaymakers enjoy trouble-free trips. However valuable holiday time and money can be lost if a passport is lost or stolen as you may need to report the theft to the police, and be issued with an emergency travel document by the local consulate. To reduce passport theft, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has launched a campaign to remind people to be #PassportAware on holiday and keep their passport safe from thieves.

  • Be Cyber Streetwise and download the latest software updates with #quickupdates

    Published 26 July 2016

    To help people stay secure online and keep their data secure, the Cyber Streetwise #quickupdates campaign has been launched to encourage people to download the latest software updates as soon as they are available.

  • How diverse are the police?

    Published 21 July 2016

    Today (21 July), we have published the latest diversity profiles for police forces in England and Wales so that communities can see how representative their police work force is in comparison to the local population in terms of gender and black and other ethnic minority (BME) representation.

  • Have your say on what fire and rescue services information is available online

    Published 5 July 2016

    The Home Office is running a survey to find out how you currently access information on fire and rescue services and what other types of fire related information you would find useful.

  • Nominations open for awards celebrating police volunteers

    Published 4 July 2016

    Do you know a police volunteer who deserves special recognition? Nominate them in our annual awards in celebration of police volunteers in England and Wales.

  • Protect yourself from holiday fraudsters

    Published 6 May 2016

    Holidays can be the best time of the year, when you can really get away from it all with families, friends or even just by yourself. That makes it even more devastating when you find out that the flights and hotels you booked online were in fact a scam, turning your dream get away into more of a nightmare. To help consumers avoid becoming a victim of holiday fraud, Get Safe Online has published new advice for consumers when purchasing a holiday

  • England and Wales to elect new police and crime commissioners

    Published 18 March 2016

    On 5th May, people in England and Wales (except in London and Greater Manchester) will take to the polls to elect a new police and crime commissioner for their local police force area.

  • Home Office launches a campaign to raise awareness of the 101 police number

    Published 11 January 2016

    A campaign reminding the public they should call their local police on 101 for non-emergency issues is being launched by the Home Office. Radio and digital advertising will show non-emergency situations when the public should dial 101, helping raise awareness and understanding of the service.

  • Be Cyber Streetwise and Think Random to create strong passwords this January

    Published 7 January 2016

    To help people be more secure online, the Cyber Streetwise #thinkrandom campaign is urging people to think ‘random’ to create strong passwords.

  • New measure to better protect victims of domestic abuse

    Published 4 January 2016

    The Home Office announces a new coercive or controlling behaviour offence which will mean victims who experience the type of behaviour that stops short of serious physical violence, but amounts to extreme psychological and emotional abuse, can bring their perpetrators to justice.

  • Don’t fall foul of fakes this Christmas season

    Published 23 December 2015

    Border Force is reminding Christmas shoppers to be wary of counterfeit goods which flood the market over the festive season.

  • Party safe this Christmas

    Published 8 December 2015

    The party season is upon us - a time of celebration, fun and catching up with family and friends - but, sadly, sometimes the highs can soon turn into lows if the party spirit gets the upper hand. For some people, letting their hair down may lead to a round of binge drinking throughout the festive period.

  • Online fraudsters out to spoil your Christmas shopping

    Published 23 November 2015

    Every year, more and more of us are searching for and buying our gifts over the internet, rather than battling the crowds in the high street. With Black Friday (27 November) and Cyber Monday (30 November) just around the corner, a new campaign has been launched, highlighting how consumers can avoid becoming a victim of online fraudsters.

  • Restorative Justice Week

    Published 16 November 2015

    Restorative justice is a scheme which helps bring together people harmed by crime or conflict with those responsible for the harm caused, to find a positive way forward.

  • Action Fraud launches campaign to highlight the truth about fraud and cyber crime

    Published 28 October 2015

    There are a number of misconceptions around fraud and cyber crime which often leave people vulnerable to becoming a victim. Action Fraud has today (28 October) launched its Urban Fraud Myths campaign which will identify and make people aware of the reality of common fraud myths. The campaign will also provide advice on how to avoid falling victim to fraudsters.

  • How diverse are the police?

    Published 22 October 2015

    From today, police forces in England and Wales are publishing diversity profiles so their communities can see how representative their police force is of the local population. At the same time, four forces have signed up to a scheme designed to bring about greater inclusion of diverse officers.

  • 19 – 25 October: Get Safe Online Week

    Published 20 October 2015

    This week is Get Safe Online week, a national campaign raising awareness of online crime and highlighting practical advice on how the public can protect themselves against online criminals.

  • 7 October: National Personal Safety Day

    Published 7 October 2015

    The Suzy Lamplugh Trust highlights practical ways that everyone can avoid violence and aggression, so they can live safer, more confident lives.

  • National crack down on rogue traders

    Published 2 October 2015

    Today (2 October) is the 10th anniversary of Operation Rogue Trader, a national campaign targeting rogue traders and highlighting how the public can avoid becoming victims of crime.

  • Be Cyber Streetwise in three simple steps

    Published 29 September 2015

    To help people stay secure online, a new Cyber Streetwise campaign is encouraging people to take three simple steps - use three random words to create a strong password; install security software on all devices; and always download the latest software updates.

  • Police procurement information now on police.uk

    Published 7 September 2015

    The Home Office has published data showing how much each force pays for 20 common items of uniform and equipment.

  • Stop and search data now on police.uk

    Published 6 August 2015

    Each month we will be publishing data showing how fairly and effectively forces are using stop and search powers.

  • ‘Not With My Name’: protect your identity

    Published 29 June 2015

    Identity crime – where criminals steal someone’s identity or create a false identity – is increasing, and it’s believed that one in four UK adults has fallen victim to this crime. If a criminal gets hold of someone’s personal data, such as a name, address, or bank details, they use this information to open accounts, get credit cards or apply for documents such as passports and driving licences.

  • Don’t let thieves spoil your summer

    Published 8 June 2015

    Summer is on the way, bringing warmer weather, and people will be making the most of it - spending time in the garden, enjoying a barbecue or taking a holiday to get away from it all. But it’s important to remember your home security. Simple measures can make a difference.

  • Police get new powers to tackle drug driving

    Published 2 March 2015

    A new law making it illegal to drive whilst under the influence of drugs comes into effect today (2 March). At the same time, new testing kits will make it easier for the police to catch and convict those that drug drive.

  • Ministry of Justice campaign highlights new 'revenge porn' offence

    Published 12 February 2015

    The campaign will highlight that under new legislation, people who publish sexually explicit pictures of someone else without their consent could face a prison sentence. It also seeks to reassure victims that the law is on their side and encourage them to feel able to come forward to report incidents.

  • Online tracking service launched for victims of crime

    Published 29 January 2015

    A new service allowing victims of crime to find the latest information about their case at any time of the day or night is being rolled out across England and Wales. TrackMyCrime – a new function on this site, allows victims of crime to follow their case through the investigation. People living in Avon and Somerset, Kent and South Yorkshire police force areas can already use TrackMyCrime to keep updated on their case, with the service becoming available in other force areas in 2015.

  • Don’t let thieves take your Christmas presents away

    Published 7 January 2015

    You may have been given jewellery or the latest smartphone as a Christmas present. Or perhaps you treated yourself to a new television or computer in the sales. Whilst it’s nice to have the latest gadgets, a burglar sees them as a way of making money.

  • Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme launches

    Published 1 December 2014

    From today (1 December), thirty-five forces will be fully implementing all aspects of the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme. At the same time, West Mercia and Nottinghamshire police will begin publishing their stop and search mapping data on police.uk

  • ‘Right to Rent’ checks introduced for West Midlands landlords

    Published 1 December 2014

    From today, 1st December 2014, under the new Immigration Act, landlords, letting agents, and home owners who let rooms or properties in the West Midlands will need to check that potential tenants have the right to live in the UK. Failure to carry out these checks could face a fine up to £3,000.

  • First HMIC PEEL assessments published

    Published 27 November 2014

    On 27 November, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary published its first assessments of police forces to allow you to see how well your local force is performing. Known as the PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessments, they will be published on HMIC's website and linked to police.uk.

  • 101 – The easy to remember police number

    Published 31 October 2014

    The Home Office has launched a UK-wide campaign to highlight 101 – the number to call to contact local police in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland when it’s not an emergency.

  • South Yorkshire to elect a new police and crime commissioner

    Published 29 October 2014

    On October 30th residents in South Yorkshire take to the polls to elect a new police and crime commissioner.

  • New Anti-Social Behaviour Powers Come Into Effect

    Published 20 October 2014

    Today (Monday 20 October), new powers are coming into force which will enable the police, local councils, social landlords and other agencies to better tackle anti-social behaviour, and enable victims and communities to feel safe in their own homes and neighbourhoods.

  • Tailored local support for victims of crime

    Published 6 October 2014

    Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will now manage £31.55 million budget from the Ministry of Justice to provide victims’ support services.

  • The Home Office highlights which mobile phones are most targeted by thieves

    Published 9 September 2014

    The Home Office, in conjunction with the mobile phone industry, has set out which handsets are more likely to be targeted by thieves. The Mobile Phone Theft Ratio also includes practical steps on how you can protect your mobile phone from being stolen.

  • Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme launches

    Published 26 August 2014

    A new scheme to reform police use of stop and search powers was announced by the Home Secretary Theresa May.

  • Public consultation on strengthening the law on domestic abuse

    Published 20 August 2014

    On 20 August, the Home Secretary launched a public consultation to seek views on whether the current law on domestic abuse needs to be strengthened to offer better protection for victims. The consultation will run for 8 weeks, closing on 15 October 2014.

  • West Midlands to elect a new police and crime commissioner

    Published 14 August 2014

    On 21st August, residents in the West Midlands police force area take to the polls to elect a new police and crime commissioner.

  • The Home Office launches a campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery in Britain

    Published 1 August 2014

    A major campaign aimed at raising public awareness of modern slavery launches with a TV advert this evening (31 July), alongside a dedicated website showing people the signs to look out for and a helpline for the public to report their suspicions.

  • Protect yourself from Hajj fraudsters

    Published 16 July 2014

    To help travellers avoid becoming a victim of fraudsters, the City of London Police has launched a national Hajj fraud prevention campaign for British Muslims arranging their pilgrimage to Mecca.

  • HM Inspectorate of Constabulary wants to hear from you

    Published 11 July 2014

    HM Inspectorate of Constabulary is taking a new approach to the way it conducts its regular police force inspections. It has launched a consultation so you can have a say on what you think of the new approach.

  • National Crime Agency issue cyber security warning

    Published 3 June 2014

    The National Crime Agency (NCA) is encouraging the public to take urgent action to protect themselves against a malicious software attack that could allow criminals to access their personal information.

  • Changes being introduced to police ‘stop and search’ powers

    Published 1 May 2014

    A package of measures to reform the way the police use stop and search powers was announced by Home Secretary Theresa May.

  • Crime in England and Wales falls to lowest level since 1981

    Published 28 April 2014

    Both the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime statistics show that crime is down by more than 10%.

  • 24 April: National Stalking Awareness Day. Raising awareness of stalking in the workplace

    Published 24 April 2014

    “Working without fear” is the theme of this year’s National Stalking Awareness Day campaign, which aims to eliminate workplace stalking and provide information to employers about how they can support employees who disclose stalking behaviour.

  • Latest advice on mobile phone security

    Published 2 April 2014

    With the support of several major phone manufacturers, we have published new advice to help you make the most of your mobile phone’s security features.

  • Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme rolled out across England and Wales

    Published 10 March 2014

    8 March: International Women’s Day: The Home Office announces two initiatives to tackle domestic violence and abuse come into effect across all police forces in England and Wales from today.

  • Behind the stats: how the police investigate a burglary

    Published 19 February 2014

    See a crime investigation in action and discover how you can help the police solve a burglary.

  • We are three years old

    Published 13 February 2014

    Police.uk celebrates its third anniversary this month (February). Since the site was launched with street level crime data three years ago, 60 million of you have visited the site.

  • Crime continues to fall

    Published 23 January 2014

    Latest statistics show that crime is continuing to fall in England and Wales. Both key, independent measures of crime – police recorded crime and the Crime Survey for England and Wales – show crimes against households and adults fell by 10% in the year to September 2013.

  • Safe as houses

    Published 10 January 2014

    Did you get a new smartphone or tablet for Christmas, or maybe you’ve treated yourself to the latest flat screen TV in the sales? January is a time when many people have new gadgets in their home, so it’s a good time to think about your home security.

  • Support for victims of crime as new Victims’ Code comes into force

    Published 17 December 2013

    The new Code of Practice for Victims of Crime came into force on 10th December and aims to improve victims’ contact with the criminal justice agency, by providing them with the support and information they need.

  • Party safe this Christmas

    Published 5 December 2013

    The party season is upon us - a time of celebration, fun and catching up with family and friends - but, sadly, sometimes the highs can soon turn into lows if the party spirit gets the upper hand. For some people, letting their hair down may lead to a round of binge drinking throughout the festive period.

  • Online fraudsters out to spoil your Christmas

    Published 5 December 2013

    Every year more and more of us are searching and buying our gifts over the internet, rather than battling the crowds in the high street, and every year fraudsters are finding new ways to move our money into their pockets.

  • Don’t fall foul of fakes this Christmas

    Published 29 November 2013

    Border Force is reminding Christmas shoppers to be wary of counterfeit goods which flood the market in the run-up to festive season.

  • Protection for victims of domestic violence

    Published 25 November 2013

    25 November: UN Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women: The Home Office announced it will roll-out two initiatives to tackle domestic violence and abuse across police forces in England and Wales from March next year.

  • Police and crime commissioners: Their first year

    Published 19 November 2013

    It's been a year since police and crime commissioners (PCCs) were elected to office. Since then they have been working to deliver more efficient and effective policing on behalf of the public they serve and are more visible and accountable for policing than the police authorities they replaced.

  • Crimestoppers celebrates 25 years

    Published 11 November 2013

    Now in its 25th year, Crimestoppers UK has received over 1.4 million pieces of useful information which has led to over 120,000 arrests being made, more than £125 million of stolen goods being recovered and over £300 million of illegal drugs being seized.

  • Don’t get in to trouble with fireworks

    Published 7 November 2013

    Bonfire night can be lots of fun, with sparks and bangs filling the night sky. But what may be fun for some, can be distressing for others particularly the vulnerable and elderly in our communities. Throwing fireworks, or setting one off in a public place is illegal.

  • Welcome to the new Police.uk website

    Published 7 November 2013

    Alongside the newly presented street level crime and outcomes data, we've enhanced and developed some of the website functions and improved the site design to make it easier for you to find, understand and make use of the information you're looking for.

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