Lynne Owens, Director, National Crime Agency
Opinion: Lynne Owens, Director of the National Crime Agency (NCA), outlines the challenges around policing national threats such as serious and organised crime and why she would like the FBI to be known as the 'American NCA'.
Chris Horne, Business Architect, Sopra Steria
Opinion: Chris Horne, Business Architect for Sopra Steria argues the case for 'subjective, outcome-focused social measures' to even the scorecard of measuring victim satisfaction.
Andrew Staniforth, Policing Insight
INTERVIEW: The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 12th February. Anti-terror law expert Professor Emeritus Clive Walker QC (Hon), the Specialist Senior Advisor to the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, explains to Policing Insight the provisions of the new laws and the amendments made to existing powers.
Al McGregor, Head of Inner Armour
Opinion: Whilst programmes treating post-traumatic stress are available to police officers, the Quarantine Method tackles issues before they impact an officers’ mental health. Al McGregor of Inner Armour, which developed the method, argues passionately that it’s time for a rethink - all officers must be trained in positive psychology.
Melani Morgan, SafeLives Lead on Domestic Abuse Matters
Opinion: SafeLives' Melani Morgan has thirty years policing experience. She is also a survivor of domestic abuse who always vowed to use her experience to improve the police response to domestic abuse. Working with the College of Policing, Melani developed Domestic Abuse Matters which is currently being delivered to 14,000 Police Scotland frontline responders.
Ben Twomey, policing and crime policy commentator
Opinion: The role of Police and Crime Commissioner may still be in its relative infancy, but PCCs are already driving change, in particular, the current drugs policy which former drug policy lead for West Midlands OPCC and now Head of Policy for the National Youth Advocacy Service Ben Twomey argues is well overdue for reform.
Opinion: Is official endorsement of the participation of on-duty uniformed officers in Pride events across the country blurring a very important line? Blogger, substantive Detective Constable and LLB undergraduate the Secular Detective explains why he thinks that the principles of police officer impartiality are being eroded.
Tom Wheelhouse, CEO, Mightify
OPINION: While the private sector increasingly sifts job candidates on the basis of personal attributes and transferable skills, policing is moving to a degree-based system. Former officer and now CEO of Mightify Tom Wheelhouse argues that this will reduce diversity and focus on a younger demographic while the private sector widens the net.
Ian Thompson, CEO, BAPCO
Opinion: Mobile data, interoperability, drones, evolving communications: just four of the key technology challenges facing policing right now. Ian Thompson, the CEO of the British Association of Public Communications Officers (BAPCO), looks at why it is so difficult to procure and implement solutions that deliver the benefits required.
Ch Supt Paul Griffiths, President of the PSA
Opinion: We will never get police funding right unless we answer the bigger questions, says President of the Police Superintendents’ Association Paul Griffiths.
Paul Kennedy, Strategic Advisor, Police and Technology
Opinion: An increasing number of policing functions could easily be automated, but forces are too focused on police numbers. Former Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Paul Kennedy argues that budgets spent on recruiting more police officers should be redirected into embracing these new and emerging technologies.
Simon Hall, CEO, Coeus Software
Opinion: Remember a decade ago when Blackberry devices were all the rage and the iphone was only into its second generation? Simon Hall, CEO, Coeus Software, takes a look at how police technology has moved on since 2009 and where we might be in ten years time.
Dr Matthew Callender, Senior Researcher, University of Northampton
OPINION: British policing has included volunteers for nearly 200 years - but what can it learn from others, and vice versa? A new research partnership between the UK and Japan will explore the possibilities: Matthew Callender, Laura Knight, Iain Britton, Kimihiro Hino and Mamoru Amemiya explain.
Tina Orr Munro - Editor, Policing Insight
INTERVIEW: The terror attack in New Zealand has exposed fault lines in the prevention of extreme right-wing related terrorism. Ahead of the forthcoming review of the UK’s Prevent strategy, researcher Neda Richards talks to Policing Insight about the findings of her unique research analysing preventative counter-terrorism policing and the impact of community engagement on public cooperation.
OPINION: Data is the oxygen of police efficiency and effectiveness and how it is used is enormously important, but too many forces are playing catch up in adopting data-driven technology, says HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services Sir Tom Winsor.
Insp. Roger Pegram, Greater Manchester Police
OPINION: How can police forces integrate EBP into their daily working practices? Insp. Roger Pegram, GMP EBP Tactical Lead and Vice Chair of the Society of Evidence-Based Policing (SEBP), discusses the aims, ambition and approach to delivering change at the frontline.
Tony Porter, Independent Surveillance Camera Commissioner
Opinion: Automatic facial recognition (AFR) systems can provide new ways to protect the public, but public support and reassurance rests on a transparent and robust regulatory framework governing its use, says Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter.
Colin Paine, Thames Valley Police
OPINION: Policing is under pressure, meaning that officers push themselves to the limit. But is this wise? Serving officer Colin Paine argues that police cannot afford to see taking breaks as a luxury, but instead need to see them as a central part of serving the public.
John Gili-Ross, Chairman, National Association of Police, Fire and Crime Panels
OPINION: John Gili-Ross is Chairman of the National Association of Police Fire and Crime Panels. He explores the evolution of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and the increasingly important role Police, Fire and Crime Panels play in holding PCCs to account.
Ian Wiggett - Policing Insight
Opinion: There has been a 40 per cent decline in intelligence analysts since 2010. Former GMP Assistant Chief Constable and now CoPaCC Director Ian Wiggett attended the National Intelligence Conference in Cardiff where he found local intelligence provision is coming under increasing pressure.