Ch Supt Paul Griffiths, President of the PSA
Opinion: Paul Griffiths, President of the Police Superintendents' Association, says the police service's recruitment drive in England and Wales is a 'generational opportunity' to improve diversity, but only if we do things differently.
Evan Morris MBE, Vice Chair, Nat Assoc of Police, Fire and Crime Panels
OPINION: The Emergency Services Network (ESN), the replacement for the UK police radio communications system, has been beset by delays and rising costs. Evan Morris MBE, vice chair of the National Association of Police, Fire and Crime Panels (NAPFCP) and chair of Cheshire Police and Crime Panel, calls on crime panels to challenge their Police and Crime Commissioners over the impact this has had on budgets.
Sgt Caroline Hay, @wecops
OPINION: The current pandemic has forced many industries to address questions of flexible working as a matter of some urgency. But for many in policing, flexible working is hampered by complex business needs as well as structural and cultural issues. Here, Sgt Caroline Hay and Dr Emma Williams present a @wecops Twitter debate on the issues.
Montell Neufville - Chair, Bedfordshire Police Community Scrutiny Panel
Opinion: 'Section 60' stop and search powers continue to cause controversy, but Montell Neufville, a police ethics adviser, trainer and chair of a police community scrutiny panel, says that if officers of all ranks adhered to the Police Code of Ethics, many of the issues surrounding stop and search could be avoided.
Damian Allain – Head of Casework, Inside Justice
Opinion: Damian Allain, a former senior detective and now Head of Casework at charity Inside Justice, believes a lack of knowledge and understanding around the safe retention of evidence in criminal cases is risking potential miscarriages of justice.
Former Ch Supt Owen West
OPINION: The 'de-fund the police' movement has been gaining traction in the United States, and similar debates are happening this side of the Atlantic. But far from being a threat to law enforcement, Owen West believes de-funding policing in favour of resourcing other support agencies is a real opportunity for constructive change.
Cath Pickles – CEO, Restitute
Insight: Once the legal process relating to cases of sexual abuse or violence is completed, it's often the families of victims who are left to pick up the pieces, acting as carers for their loved ones, in some cases for many years. Restitute founder Cath Pickles shares the experiences of her own family following her daughter's disclosure of sexual abuse, and highlights the need for more effective early interventions and better support for all families supporting victims.
Andrew Staniforth, Policing Insight
Opinion: With the use of artificial intelligence (AI) on the increase, Policing Insight contributor Andrew Staniforth discusses the progress of the ROXANNE project in discovering criminal networks and identifying their members by capitalising on certain aspect of AI technologies.
CI Simon Nelson, President, Disabled Police Association
Opinion: In his first blog as President of the Disabled Police Association, Simon Nelson highlights the impact of Covid-19 on disabled officers and staff, and calls for national policing strategies to truly value difference, diversity and disability.
Keith Potter, Policing Insight
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, Part 2: Launched in 2013, the QLiTE system is the cornerstone of Queensland Police's mobile technology services programme. Queensland Police Service Commissioner Katarina Carroll talks to Policing Insight about the benefits the system has already delivered and the possibilities for the future.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: In Australia, both the Covid-19 infection rate and the number of fatalities have been relatively low compared with other countries. In an exclusive interview with Policing Insight, the Commissioner of Queensland Police Service Katarina Carroll explains how their '3 Cs' strategy - compassion, communication and compliance - was pivotal to the success of the policing operation.
Thalia Anthony, Professor of Law - University of Technology, Sydney
Opinion: Professor of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia Thalia Anthony says Australia is appalled by racist police violence in the United States, but does not confront discrimination within its own criminal justice system against First Nations people.
Ben Austen - Director, Tisski
Opinion: The lockdown has led forces to re-evaluate how they use technology to support their operations with some innovative results. Director at technology consultancy Tisski Ben Austen explores how having an integrated technology platform at the heart of policing will enable forces to continue to innovate.
Ian Wylie, Vice President, Police Superintendents' Association
OPINION: The policing of the Black Lives Matters protests may not have triggered a review of policing in the UK, but, says Vice President of the Police Superintendents' Association Chief Superintendent Ian Wylie, policing must still seize the opportunity to change.
Policing Insight team
INTERVIEW: Kenya has a long history of policing with excessive force, often resulting in unnecessary deaths. Recently, at least six people died from police violence during the first 10 days of a dusk-to-dawn curfew. Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, asked Douglas Kivoi, an expert on police reform and policy, to shed light on the situation.
Emma Thomas, Associate Professor - Flinders University
Analysis: In the wake of the death of George Floyd in the U.S, tensions over racial discrimination have spread across the world, including Australia. Emma Thomas, Associate Professor at Flinders University, examines the policing of protests and why some turn violent.
Simon Hall, CEO, Coeus Software
Opinion: Technology has played a huge role in policing the lockdown, especially in enabling officers and staff to successfully work remotely. Simon Hall, CEO of Coeus Software, explores what this means now Covid-19 restrictions are being slowly eased.
Rick Muir - Director, Police Foundation
Opinion: The death of George Floyd in the United States has sparked mass protests across the world including the UK. Although the UK has a different policing model, UK policing has its own problems including the disproportionate use of Stop and Search powers. Here Rick Muir, Director of the Police Foundation, offers a way forward.
CC David Thompson QPM, West Midlands Police
OPINION: In the light of George Floyd's death at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis USA, UK West Midlands Police Chief Constable, Dave Thompson QPM, compares UK and US policing, and explains why he is "convinced we have not moved far enough" on policing diverse societies.
Interview: The COVID-19 crisis has impacted upon police forces across the world. Vice Dean of the Police College of the Republic of Croatia Assistant Professor Ruža Karlović tells Policing Insight how the active engagement in community policing research and innovation with European police partners has supported the organisation and delivery of COVID-19 emergency measures to local communities.