This briefing explores the police response to serious questions about the rationale, legitimacy and conduct of their undercover operations in political groups and protest movements, and the progress of the public inquiry into this matter.
The police are building a near 'impenetrable wall of silence' around some of their most secret and harmful practices, according to a new report out today (Tuesday 24 October). The report shows that over six years on from revelations about police infiltration of political activist groups, and more than two years since the establishment of a public inquiry to investigate their activity, little more has come to light about undercover policing practices.
The public inquiry into undercover policing needs to listen to the voices of those who were spied on by the police, argues Raphael Schlembach
As David Lammy's recent report makes clear, the problem of racial bias in the criminal justice system starts with the police
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies today welcomed news that police officer numbers in England and Wales were at their lowest level since 1985.
The news came in the latest police workforce report, released today by the Home Office, covering the twelve month period to 31 March 2017.
Our senior policy associate, Rebecca Roberts, has a piece in today's Independent, which questions the value of increasing police officer numbers.
In the aftermath of the UK general election and following a series of horrific terrorist attacks, there have been growing calls for better resourcing of the police. With the consensus about austerity starting to crumble Rebecca argues that we should use it as an opportunity to re-think how we organise and fund public services.
This UK Justice Policy Review Focus scrutinises some key manifesto pledges in the area on the police, prisons and drugs policy
Will McMahon calls for investment in social work and mental health services rather than the police
Reacting to new research suggesting that police body-worn cameras reduce complaints against the police, our Director Richard Garside said,
'I welcome this research, which adds to the growing evidence in support of the use of police body-worn cameras.