The prospect of further big cuts to police budgets and officer numbers is beginning to force a discussion about what the role of the police should be and what services they should provide. This is something we've been talking about with people for some time.
On 22 October the Centre held an event which aimed to stimulate debate about alternatives to policing in Britain. Professor Tim Hope of the University of Salford, and Dr Waqas Tufail of the University of Liverpool, led the discussion by introducing papers outlining which functions the police carry out poorly.
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.