I would give up... the police service

I would give up the police service, particularly the uniformed branch, and its officers.

There is no evidence that they are effective in any of the tasks and functions they set themselves...

5 March 2014

Police and Crime Commissioner abolition call

An incoming Labour government should abolish Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and replace them with boards that can better represent local interests, according to former Home Secretaries Alan Johnson and Charles Clarke.


14 February 2014

The end of an undemocratic experiment?

From the start, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were a flawed solution to an acknowledged problem: the lack of democratic oversight and accountability of the police.

When the Prime...

27 November 2013

Are police too concerned with performance targets?

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...

20 November 2013

Holding the police to account

Police corruption has traditionally been conceptualised as an abuse of power and authority by individual officers. Such definitions have tended to result in a restrictive understanding of 'rogue'...

7 May 2013