This is the text of the speech our Director Richard Garside gave at the University of Kent on current developments in criminal justice and the legacy of the coalition
In advance of today's spending review, David Walker writing in The Guardian is critical of the Treasury for its focus on the short- term. He says that even Conservatives who support cuts to government spending have been critical of the 'ramshackle way the review has been carried out'.
The Centre's Director, Richard Garside, has appeared on Sunday Politics South West in a feature about cuts to Devon and Cornwall police.
'Against the background of what have been very generous budget increases to the police all through to 2010 and the decade leading up to the 2010 General Election, the cuts are actually not that significant and I think are perfectly achievable.'
The Chief Constable of Surrey Police, Lynne Owens, yesterday told the House of Commons Home Affairs Commitee that the police were 'not a civil debt recovery agency'.
She made the remarks in exchanges over whether the police should routinely pursue motorists who drive off without paying for petrol.
Police officers could become less visible on the streets because police forces aren't managing their budgets properly in the face of funding cuts, warns a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, covered in The Telegraph.
The report says:
Policing in five years' time is likely to look different to now: smaller, less costly and perhaps less visible.
Roger Grimshaw questions why the police are calling for more stop and search activity to reduce knife crime.
The Met police attracted criticism after sending a letter to 24 young people in Brent - all believed to be black - demanding they attend a community meeting or be treated like law-breakers, The Guardian reports. The 'gang call-in' letter was sent on 19 August following a stabbing in the area.
Police officers are concerned their work won’t get picked up by other struggling public services, argues Richard Garside. But that’s for politicians to deal with.
Politics and controversy have dogged the outgoing Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen House, former Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill MSP writes. His successor should come from within Police Scotland.
The prospect of further big cuts to police budgets and officer numbers is beginning to force a discussion about what the role of the police should be and what services they should provide. This is something we've been talking about with people for some time.