Falling police numbers: The longer view

The claim by the Chair of the Police Federation, Steve White, that policing in England and Wales was 'on its knees' and could not face further cuts are overstated, I argued in...

19 May 2015

The dishonest politician's guide to the police

The publication on 18 November 2014 of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary’s final report of an inspection of crime data integrity in police forces in England and report –...

20 November 2014

Police 'criminalising' anti-fracking protestors

Sussex police were yesterday accused of using mass arrests and draconian bail conditions as a means of criminalising lawful anti-fracking protests.

A series of trials involving protestors, including the Green MP Caroline Lucas, resulted in only 29 convictions. Lydia Dagostino, a solicitor...

16 May 2014

Police custody unsuitable for mental health patients

A ‘crisis care concordat’ signed by 22 national organisations, including the Department of Health, the Home Office and the charity Mind, says police custody should not be used because mental health services are not available, and police cars and other vehicles should not be used as ambulances to...

18 February 2014

Taser troubles

More than 14,700 police are now armed with tasers. Figures due out tomorrow will show that in 2009 there were 3,500 taser deployments, rising to more than 7,000 a year in 2010 and 2011. The police have now been instructed to refrain from using the weapons at point blank range after a surge in...

9 September 2013