Today the ONS have published their quarterly crime statistics. The Crime Survey of England and Wales indicates that crime is falling overall but police data shows an increase crimes such as violent crime, which is up by 21%.
On the anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder, we should reflect on the legacy of what that tragedy taught us about the relationship between police and black and ethnic minority communities and look critically at the present to help us move to a better future.
A long term strategy to tackle the roots of violent crime, learning lessons from the success of Scotland's public health approach, is desperately needed - and I hope that's what we'll see next week from the Home Office's serious violence strategy. But when we have children dying on the streets of our capital, the police's first priority needs to be on what can be done now to stop this waste of life.
National Lead for Criminal Justice, Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave says that there is a need for more effective, consistent training on disclosure, but sets out the need to ensure sensitive unused material is not automatically shared.
On Tuesday 27 March, the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for digital forensics, DCC Nick Baker was interviewed on Victoria Derbyshire. He spoke about how the police approach the issue of mobile phone data extraction, and stressed the importance of balancing proportionality and necessity.
I’ve spent the last three decades in policing - as a uniformed officer, as a roads policing specialist, Cleveland’s first female armed response officer, and now as a chief constable. In that time I’ve seen a huge cultural shift in attitudes towards women in policing, from a culture where women were a tiny minority and were issued with a force handbag on joining, given a stockings allowance and told we were only allowed to wear trousers on nights, to one where women make up an integral and ever growing part of the service.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) latest assessment of police effectiveness concludes “most police forces are maintaining a good standard of service to the public, despite dramatic increases in demand and ongoing financial pressures, but cracks are beginning to show.”