Police Crime Commissioners

Transforming the Criminal Justice System

The digital justice system is slowly becoming a reality. Police now transfer more than 90% of case files electronically to the CPS and there are digital Court pilots in Birmingham and Bromley. The next priority is to digitise evidence with police officers’ notebooks being overtaken by tablets and body worn video cameras which should not only streamline but also improve the quality of evidence.

Police Governance – replacing Police and Crime Commissioners

There is a strong emphasis throughout the report on community engagement and neighbourhood policing and there is a specific recommendation to ensure that accountability goes down to the neighbourhood level by establishing “participatory budgeting units” to ensure greater local community involvement in allocating resources.

10 things TOM taught me about Transforming Rehabilitation

When the MoJ launched the competition for the outsourced components of the probation service on 19 September 2013, they issued a number of accompanying documents. Perhaps the most important was the Target Operating Model (TOM) which explains how the new system, with the current probation trusts split into a National Probation Service (NPS) and 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies, will operate in practice. TOM is 64 pages long and gives a very detailed description of the current MoJ vision of how reducing reoffending will work from 2015 onwards…

When Police Commissioners rule the world…

I’ve never really understood why right-wing think tanks have been such strong advocates of Police and Crime Commissioners expanding their powers at such an early stage in their existence. Reform published a report before PCCs were even elected which advocated that they should be in control not only of local police and criminal justice agencies but the fire and rescue and ambulance services too. Yesterday, Policy Exchange published Power Down: A plan for a cheaper, more effective justice system which again placed PCCs at the centre of change.

The lessons from justice reinvestment

Earlier this week, the MoJ published the findings from the first evaluation of the justice reinvestment project conducted by Kevin Wong and his colleagues from Sheffield Hallam University. The pilot operates a payment by results approach which means that if the pilot areas succeed in reducing demand on criminal justice services (by 5% for adults and 10% for young offenders), they receive additional funds generated by the savings to invest in further reducing re-offending initiatives.

Politician and activist @dorsetrachel loves the serendipity of Twitter

00000Rachel Rogers was a deputy governor in the prison service and the Labour PCC candidate for Dorset. She is a qualified teacher who now works in the field of children’s rights, as well as being a Weymouth and Portland Borough Councillor. She is also an active blogger.   Tweets by @DorsetRachel   Getting started  It’s all the fault of @dbremz, my young and SM-savvy sidekick, who told me “You need a website and you need …

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Payment by results and the probation service: my rehabilitation revolution

00000The deadline for responding to the Ministry of Justice consultation on the future of the Probation Service is tomorrow, 22nd February 2013. I finally got around to submitting my own response: My rehabilitation revolution I didn’t respond to the MoJ’s list of questions but set about answering what to me was the key challenge: How do we cut re-offending rates? I have focused on the two key drivers that the MoJ wants to use – …

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Police Crime Commissioners and the new digital democracy

00000Where Obama leads… Political analysts and pollsters agreed that a key component in President Obama’s successful re-election campaign was the effective use of social media. I just read an interesting interview with Laura Olin, (@lauraolin) his social media strategist which helpfully shared her three top tips from the campaign: Hire people who are not just good at their jobs, but who also share the sensibility you’re trying to convey with your organization. Tone is everything …

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Curating online content is a great way to develop your digital footprint

00000What is content curation? Did you ever think there might be too much information on the internet? When’s the last time you did a Google search that didn’t return tens of thousands of results? To profit from this overload of information we need two main skills: Crap detection – working out what is reliable and what is (accidentally or on purpose) not Content curation Curating online content is quite similar to curating an exhibition in …

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Up your Twitter game with thinglink

00000Livening up your Tweets If you’re tweeting for work, it can be easy to get stuck in a groove and end up just tweeting links or re-tweeting the same people so that not just your followers, but you, yourself can get a bit bored. Of course the best way to engage with your twitter followers is to get into discussion and debate with them. But there are other ways of livening up your tweets. I’ve …

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Is Reform think tank really doing it justice?

00000Should PCCs rule the world? I posted earlier this week about whether Police and Crime Commissioners are a good idea. I came to the conclusion that there were plenty of arguments for and against but that there is an emerging consensus that we really won’t know until they take office on this November 19th. However, the Reform think tank, is so confident that PCCs will be a success that it published a new report last …

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The curious case of the crime commissioner candidate

00000Mervyn Barrett is an independent candidate to be Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (the election is on 15 November 2012). Highly regarded for his background in crime prevention, commentators wondered where he was getting the money to run such a high-profile and expensive campaign. On Saturday (20th October), his entire campaign team resigned ahead of a story in Sunday’s Telegraph saying that his campaign “was being secretly backed by American neo-conservative lobbyists and companies pushing …

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Jon Collins of the Police Foundation says the jury is still out on payment by results

00000Jon Collins is Deputy Director of the Police Foundation and has written extensively on payment by results when he was at the Criminal Justice Alliance. In the latest in this PbR video interview series, he speculates on a range of issues including whether Police and Crime Commissioners will pursue a PbR approach when they take up office this November. You can follow Jon on Twitter at @jonbcollins What do you think of Jon’s views? Will …

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