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Here you can find over 100 posts tracking every major development in policing since 2011. You can trace the impact of staffing cuts, follow the debate about the role of modern policing and keep up with the latest in digitisation, use of drones & other innovations. If you’re looking for something in particular, try the search box below.

Big fall in Stop and Search

Overall, the decreasing use of Stop and Search (and the increasing proportion of stops resulting in arrests) will be seen as very positive developments by most commentators. The disproportionate use of Stop and Search against Black communities remains an issue, although some will point to higher arrest rates as justification (although we really need to see the outcomes of those arrests to make a more informed judgement).

Drug seizures down

Of course, it’s impossible to know that proportion of drugs imported into and used in England and Wales were seized and very tempting to attribute any drop in seizures to the reduction in the number of police personnel.

Details of review into deaths in police custody

To examine and identify the reasons and obstacles as to why the current investigation system has fallen short of many families’ needs and expectations, with particular reference to the importance of accountability of those involved and sustained learning following such incidents.

How to police London in 2020

Without public agencies, local authorities and London’s communities sharing the burden through deep collaboration, the RSA says that there is a real risk that London’s safety and security will be undermined. The report argues that the worst (but easily foreseeable) outcome
is that public services dump cost and responsibility on one another in response to resource constraints.

The challenge of policing London in 2020

The RSA also argues that the evolution of policing is also being driven by the rise of complex crime that will require more of the Met’s time, skill and resource unless the service, its partners and the public embrace a more preventative approach and focus on risk reduction.

Our police service keeps shrinking

Latest official police workforce stats. Given our current fixation on reducing the budget deficit, it’s hard to imagine that next year’s workforce figures will show anything other than a further decrease.

What do the police do?

Chief Constable Alex Marshall (the chief exec of the College of Policing) argues that the changing mix of crime means that over the past 10 years, investigating and preventing crime is become more complex with crime such as child abuse and domestic violence taking up much more police time.

How often do police user tasers?

Police use of tasers We can be rightly proud of the very low number of police shootings in England compared to most other countries. In

Just how many people do US police shoot dead?

The invaluable Statista website recently published the damning infographic below showing that, allowing for the difference in population, you are 100 times more likely to be shot dead by a police officer in the US than the UK.

Hate crime in Europe

Following the recent depressing inspection report that found British criminal justice agencies are doing very little to tackle disability hate crime, I thought it might be interesting to look more generally at the prevalence of hate crime within the European Union. As you can see, even with the acknowledged under-reporting of hate crimes, the figures are extremely worrying.

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