The Guardian Public Leaders Network, 19 June 2015

Senior Research Director Charlotte Pickles, wrote an article for the The Guardian Public Leaders Network in which she argued that “increasingly crime happens in private spaces and online. The police service must adapt and hire more specialist staff, such as cyber forensic analysts.”

“Critics of the cuts to police budgets talk of the death of neighbourhood policing, of reducing visibility leading to a fall in the public’s confidence in the police. This ignores the fact that confidence in the police has continued to rise at the same time that visibility has fallen. More fundamentally, it ignores the fact that universal neighbourhood policing is not just unaffordable, but ineffective. Even if demand wasn’t shifting, there is little evidence that untargeted neighbourhood policing has any impact on crime. In the context of changing demand it is an inexcusably costly waste of resources.”

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