An unquestioning defence of police budgets makes it harder to address the many real social challenges that currently receive an inadequate criminal justice response, argues Richard Garside
UK Justice Policy Review
The Chief Constable of Surrey Police, Lynne Owens, yesterday told the House of Commons Home Affairs Commitee that the police were 'not a civil debt recovery agency'.
She made the remarks in exchanges over whether the police should routinely pursue motorists who drive off without paying for petrol.
Michael Gove is a refreshing change from his predecessor as Justice Secretary, Richard Garside writes. But he should leave out the God-talk.
Police officers are concerned their work won’t get picked up by other struggling public services, argues Richard Garside. But that’s for politicians to deal with.
Politics and controversy have dogged the outgoing Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen House, former Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill MSP writes. His successor should come from within Police Scotland.
Slashing police budgets provides us with the opportunity to rebalance public policy, writes our Director Richard Garside in an article appearing in The Guardian today.
The generous police spending settlements of the last Labour government fuelled police mission creep into almost all areas of public service, crowding out other responses to a range of social problems, Richard argues.
The ongoing decline in police numbers presents us with an opportunity to rebalance public policy, our director Richard Garside writes in a letter published in today's Guardian.
A decade of generous police budgets up to the 2010 General Election, Richard argues, was 'disastrous for a balanced approach to public policy':
Despite recent controversy over Police Scotland, its creation was long overdue, argues former Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill MSP.
In April the Centre's Director Richard Garside took our recent publication, The coalition years, out on the road to Edinburgh, presenting at an Open University Scotland seminar.
The deployment of Public Defender Service lawyers to beat a solicitors boycott shows how austerity can make for some surprising political choices