Police forces across England and Wales must reform if they are to survive austerity cuts, claims the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Bernard Hogan-Howe, in The Guardian today.
Mr Hogan-Howe calls for police mergers, a greater sharing of back-office functions, and more joint working with other agencies. 'Public safety isn't just a challenge for policing', he writes. A range of partners - emergency services, local authorities, business, the third sector - have a role to play.
In a submission to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee last year, we argued that there was considerable scope for a reduction in criminal justice spending, if this reduction was complemented by a comparable reduction in the size and scope of the criminal justice agencies affected.
In March 2015 we are holding a conference to assess the major changes to criminal justice across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland since the 2010 General Election and examine the challenges facing an incoming government following the May 2015 General Election.