The Independent Police Commission proposals to replace Police and Crime Commissioners with greater local authority oversight deserves support, Richard Garside argues.
MPs were yesterday given the low down on what nodding, cuffing, skewing and stitching is in the manipulation of police crime stats. They were told how crime figures have been routinely re categorised, downgraded or even ignored in order to meet performance targets.
These manipulations have gone as far as police discouraging victims of rape from formally reporting incidents.
Richard Garside highlights a Strategy Unit report claiming that the crime fall is mostly down to economic, not criminal justice, factors
A report from the Inspectorate of Constabulary has found that 27 percent of police stop and searches it reviewed did not did not have a lawful justification. Meanwhile, policing minister Damien Green has told the police to be 'more open, polite, thoughtful, modern and representative'. He also said they should be more like Team GB.
Joanna Gilmore and Waqas Tufail of the Northern Police Monitoring Project explain how individuals, groups and communities can collectively challenge corrupt policing practices and monitor instances of police violence and harassment.
Spending on the police in England and Wales grew by nearly 50 per cent between 1999 and 2009, according to a report published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Police expenditure 1999-2009, the first independent study of police authority spending over the last decade, found that police expenditure grew in real terms from £9.83 billion in 1998/1999 to £14.55 billion in 2008/2009. It also found that much of the burden of this rise fell on local council taxpayers, rather than the Home Office.
We hosted an interesting roundtable on May 17 in our seminar space in partnership with our colleagues at the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR).
Dr Louise Westmarland of ICCCR presented her findings on research she conducted on police integrity. Among Louise's findings was that the police don't appear to think that hitting a suspect when he's down is anything to get too worked up about.