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

part |91 pages


chapter |17 pages


Privatizing and changes in the policing web1

chapter |12 pages

Why Do the Police Matter?

Beyond the myth of crime-fighting

chapter |12 pages

What are the Police For?

Re-thinking policing post-austerity

chapter |15 pages

Reinventing the Office of Constable

Progressive policing in an age of austerity

chapter |21 pages

Police Futures and Legitimacy

Redefining ‘good policing'

part |69 pages


chapter |14 pages

Race And Policing

chapter |15 pages

Women Police

Potential and possibilities for police reform

chapter |13 pages

A Diversity Stone Left Unturned?

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

chapter |7 pages

Introduction to Parts III and IV

The practice of policing

part |66 pages


chapter |14 pages

Playing Nicely with others

Lessons from successes in partnership working

chapter |20 pages

Beyond Rhetoric

Establishing police—academic partnerships that work

part |104 pages


chapter |13 pages

From Sir Robert Peel to PLTs

Adapting to liaison-based public order policing in England and Wales

chapter |17 pages

Landscaping the Policing of Organised Crime

Some designs and reflections

chapter |18 pages

Holding the Line

The sustainability of police involvement in crime prevention

chapter |16 pages

Hate Crime

chapter |8 pages

Introduction to Parts V and VI

Supporting policing

part |73 pages


chapter |14 pages

The Pursuit of Professionalism

Lessons from Australasia

chapter |15 pages

Police Training and Education

Past, present and future

chapter |16 pages

Leading by Example

The untapped resource of front-line police supervisors

part |92 pages


chapter |12 pages

Engaging the Citizen

chapter |17 pages

Making Police Accountable

Governance and legitimacy

chapter |13 pages

Ethics and Policing

chapter |17 pages

Great Expectations and Complex Realities

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

chapter |14 pages

A Different and Divergent Trajectory?

Reforming the structure, governance and narrative of policing in Scotland1