The police mission in the twenty-first century: rebalancing the role of the first public service

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Greenhalgh, Stephen; Gibbs, Blair
Date of publication
1 April 2014
Criminal Justice Services
Social welfare
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This report calls for a public debate on the police’s role, arguing that it is time to look again at costs imposed on the police and what can be done to encourage collaboration to support the police in preventing crime and meeting public demands. Its key recommendations are:

  • Greater clarity of the police mission which draws some boundaries and gives officers a clearer sense of their role and where they really add value.
  • A rebalancing of the time and effort of the police back towards crime prevention in line with public expectations, and aided by technology.
  • An active pursuit by the police of collaboration, to aid them in managing demand better and reducing it in the long-term.

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