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...

Richard Garside
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'...

Joanna Gilmore and Waqas Tufail
7 May 2013

Police expenditure, 1999-2009

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...
Helen Mills, Arianna Silvestri and Roger Grimshaw
13 May 2010

Banged to rights

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.

Download Louise's full research...

17 May 2013