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
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has pledged up to £15 million of extra funding for health-based alternatives to prevent the police detention of people who are mentally ill, The Guardian reports.
The pledge was made at the Police Federation's annual conference on Wednesday, and also included a proposed ban on detaining children with mental health problems in police cells.
The Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England and Wales, Tom Winsor, was yesterday reappointed for a further five year term, apparently without the post being advertised. The Home Secretary Theresa May said that 'Mr Winsor has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Inspectorate is able to successfully shine a light on policing outcomes and value for money'.
Senior police officers have failed in their duty to uphold the rule of law in their reaction to the release of Harry Roberts, argues Richard Garside.
Today's announcement by the Home Secretary Theresa May that the Police Federation will no longer receive public funds has attracted much attention.
In her speech to the Federation Mrs May also listed a series of scandals that have made it 'a time of great difficulty for policing':
Professor Ed Cape of the University of the West of England and trustee of the Centre discusses the recent parliamentary vote in favour of opting out of 130 EU crime and justice measures.