POLICING in England and Wales is going through a period of profound change. The tough public spending settlement for policing is having an immediate impact upon police forces.
It may well act as a catalyst for changes which have long-been considered. Just as easily, it could lead to short-term decision-making which will have long-term and potentially detrimental consequences for forces and their communities.
The increasing focus on private sector involvement as one response to reduced budgets raises serious questions over accountability and transparency. Such issues cannot be viewed in isolation and inevitably lead to the important question of what the creation of Police and Crime Commissioners means for the traditional concept of police accountability.
That is why the Police Federation of England and Wales has published a collection of essays from a wide range of stakeholders and commentators on what the landscape of policing could and should look like in the years to come. Read More…