The police service in England and Wales is facing major challenges in its financing, political oversight and reorganisation of its structures. Current economic conditions have created a wholly new environment whereby cost saving is permitting hitherto unthinkable changes in the style and means of delivery of policing services. In the context of these proposed changes Lord Stevens, formerly Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service was asked to chair an Independent Commission looking into the future of policing. The Commission has a wide ranging remit and the papers in this book offer up-to-date analysis of contemporary problems from the novel perspective of developing a reform agenda to assist the Commission.

Bringing together contributions from both key academic thinkers and police professionals, this book discusses new policing paradigms, lays out a case for an evidence-based practice approach and draws attention to developing areas such as terrorism, public order and hate crime.

Policing is too important to be left to politicians, as the health of a democracy may be judged by the relationship between the police and the public. The aim of this book is to question and present analyses of problems offer new ideas and propose realistically achievable solutions without being so timid as to preserve the status quo. It will be of interest to both academics and students in the fields of criminology and policing studies, as well as professionals in the policing service, NGOs and local authority organisations.

chapter |7 pages

Introduction to Parts I and II

Challenges of contemporary policing
ByJennifer M. Brown

part |91 pages


chapter |12 pages

Peel's Principles, Police Principles

ByClive Emsley

chapter |17 pages


Privatizing and changes in the policing web1
ByPeter K. Manning

chapter |12 pages

Why Do the Police Matter?

Beyond the myth of crime-fighting
ByIan Loader

chapter |12 pages

What are the Police For?

Re-thinking policing post-austerity
ByAndrew Millie

chapter |15 pages

Reinventing the Office of Constable

Progressive policing in an age of austerity
ByMartin Innes

chapter |21 pages

Police Futures and Legitimacy

Redefining ‘good policing'
ByBen Bradford, Jonathan Jackson, Mike Hough

part |69 pages


chapter |17 pages

Police Culture and the New Policing Context

ByMatthew Bacon

chapter |14 pages

Race And Policing

ByMichael Rowe

chapter |15 pages

Women Police

Potential and possibilities for police reform
ByPenny Dick, Marisa Silvestri, Louise Westmarland

chapter |13 pages

A Diversity Stone Left Unturned?

Exploring the occupational complexities surrounding lesbian, gay and bisexual police officers
ByMatthew Jones

chapter |7 pages

Introduction to Parts III and IV

The practice of policing
ByJennifer M. Brown

part |66 pages


chapter |14 pages

Playing Nicely with others

Lessons from successes in partnership working
ByMegan O'Neill

chapter |20 pages

Beyond Rhetoric

Establishing police—academic partnerships that work
ByRobin S. Engel, Samantha Henderson

part |104 pages


chapter |13 pages

From Sir Robert Peel to PLTs

Adapting to liaison-based public order policing in England and Wales
ByClifford Stott, Hugo Gorringe

chapter |17 pages

Landscaping the Policing of Organised Crime

Some designs and reflections
ByPeter Sproat

chapter |18 pages

The Role of the Police in Counter Terrorism

ByJohn G. D. Grieve

chapter |12 pages

Intelligence-Led Policing and the National Intelligence Model

ByKaren Bullock

chapter |18 pages

Holding the Line

The sustainability of police involvement in crime prevention
ByAlex Hirschfield, Paul Ekblom, Rachel Armitage, Jason Roach

chapter |16 pages

Hate Crime

ByPaul Johnson

chapter |8 pages

Introduction to Parts V and VI

Supporting policing
ByJennifer M. Brown

part |73 pages


chapter |12 pages

The Promise and the Perils of Police Professionalism

ByDavid Alan Sklansky

chapter |14 pages

The Pursuit of Professionalism

Lessons from Australasia
ByJenny Fleming

chapter |14 pages

The Police as Professional Problem Solvers

ByNick Tilley, Gloria Laycock

chapter |15 pages

Police Training and Education

Past, present and future
ByRobin Bryant, Tom Cockcroft, Steve Tong, Dominic Wood

chapter |16 pages

Leading by Example

The untapped resource of front-line police supervisors
ByRobin S. Engel, Samuel Peterson

part |92 pages


chapter |12 pages

Engaging the Citizen

ByAdrian Barton, Nick Johns

chapter |17 pages

Making Police Accountable

Governance and legitimacy
ByKevin Stenson, Dan Silverstone

chapter |17 pages

The Rise and Rise of Independent Police Complaints Bodies

ByAnja Johansen

chapter |13 pages

Ethics and Policing

ByLouise Westmarland

chapter |17 pages

Great Expectations and Complex Realities

The impact and implications of the police reform process in Northern Ireland
ByAogán Mulcahy

chapter |14 pages

A Different and Divergent Trajectory?

Reforming the structure, governance and narrative of policing in Scotland1
ByNicholas R. Fyfe