How to run a country: crime and policing

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Pickles, Charlotte; Crowhurst, Elizabeth
Date of publication
19 June 2015
Criminal Justice Services
Social welfare
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Policing reform in the 2015-20 Parliament should be undertaken based on three key objectives:

  • reducing high harm crime;
  • creating a smaller, smarter and more flexible police service capable of meeting changing demand; and
  • integrating policing with other key public services.

Achieving these objectives will require a much better understanding of police demand, both in terms of crime and non-crime incidences and the day to day allocation of police time. It will mean prioritising increases in productivity and capability. It also means shifting the debate from ‘how many forces should we have?’ to ‘how can we best meet changing demand?’. Delivering these reforms will not only enable further savings, but will lead to better outcomes for citizens.

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