Bernard Rix - Publisher, Policing Insight
OPINION: Policing Insight's publisher, Bernard Rix, considers what George Floyd's tragic and senseless death means for policing globally, and concludes that it's time for police chiefs worldwide to lead by example.
Dr Steve Watts - Director, CoPaCC
INSIGHT: AUSTRALIA: For the past two months, Policing Insight's Steve Watts has assisted the New South Wales Government in managing the security of those who have been quarantined during the lockdown on their return to Australia. Here, he gives a unique insight into how effectively NSW Police have quarantined thousands of people to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Publisher, Bernard Rix, sets out how Policing Insight will continue to report on the national, regional and international policing responses to the pandemic, and renews his invitation to those others with policing insight on Coronavirus to get in touch, wherever they may be in the world.
Amanda Coleman, Crisis Communication Consultant
Opinion: Phrases such as 'isolated incident' and 'reassure the public' regularly appear in police statements to the public and press, regardless of the force, but Communications Crisis Communication Consultant Amanda Coleman argues their overuse has rendered them meaningless and it's time to take a different approach.
Katherine Van Gurp, CEO, Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency
INNOVATION: Chief Executive Officer of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) Katherine Van Gurp explains how the Agency's recently published first five-year Strategy focuses on preparing Australia and New Zealand Police for the challenges of the future.
James Vaughan, Chief Constable, Dorset Police
INNOVATION: The world of forensics suffers from fragmentation, skills shortages, an unstable marketplace and lack of investment and accreditation. But NPCC Forensics Lead and Dorset Chief Constable James Vaughan says police forces can make a bright future for forensics – with help from the new Forensics Capability Network (FCN).
Montell Neufville - Chair, Bedfordshire Police Community Scrutiny Panel
Opinion: Chair of Bedfordshire Community Scrutiny Panel Montell Neufville shares his concerns that lockdown measures have prevented panels from scrutinising the police use of Covid-19 powers which could undermine transparency and damage community relations.
Book Review: Former Met Commander John Sutherland's latest book - Crossing the Line - is billed as a love letter to police officers and those vulnerable people they protect and serve. CoPaCC Director Bernard Rix says the book is a riveting read that should be read by everyone in the policing family.
Tom Wheelhouse, CEO, Mightify
Opinion: The lockdown and social distancing means trainers and course providers have had to find different ways to deliver their courses. Despite the challenges of moving a CPD-accredited settlement course for leavers to a virtual setting, Mightify's Tom Wheelhouse found many participants preferred this new style of delivery.
OPINION: The global pandemic has illustrated that policing does not operate in a vacuum when it comes to delivering public services. Policing Insight's Publisher Bernard Rix looks at how one supplier worked with UK police forces, the Police ICT Company and the National Police Technology Council to ensure previously office-based work could be rapidly undertaken by police officers and staff in their own homes.
Sheldon Thomas, Founder, Gangsline
Opinion: Since the Covid-19 lockdown began, knife crime has fallen significantly across the UK, but former gang member and founder of Gangsline Sheldon Thomas warns that the respite will be short-lived as this and other gang-related crime can only be tackled through societal change.
Tom Nolan; Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology - Emmanuel College
Opinion: Tom Nolan, Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology at Emmanuel College, Boston University, explores how the pandemic is affecting crime statistics in the United States and the impact it is having on the police response.
Professor Ian Loader - University of Oxford
Opinion: With some daily headlines in Britain focused on the use of police powers in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Professor Ian Loader from the University of Oxford considers the role of the police and how effective the current police response has been.
Ben Twomey, policing and crime policy commentator
Opinion: The elections for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in England and Wales, were due take place today (7 May) and were cancelled due to the pandemic, but has anyone noticed? Prospective Labour candidate for Warwickshire Ben Twomey argues that in 2021, following the fallout from the pandemic, it will even more important the public cast their vote.
Martin Gallagher, Police Scotland
OPINION: The culture of policing has undoubtedly evolved over the last decades, but what does the latest stage mean? Serving officer Martin Gallagher argues that the 'fourth age' of policing could see mobile working undermine the capacity of senior officers to lead on the frontline.
Gary Roberts, Chief Constable, Isle of Man
INSIGHT: A rapid flattening of the now familiar Covid-19 infection curve has enabled the Isle of Man to ease some of the current restrictions, ahead of the United Kingdom. Isle of Man Chief Constable Gary Roberts shares the challenges this has presented and some of the early lessons learnt.
Mark Brown, policing commentator
Opinion: As retired police officers are asked to consider returning to their force to help police the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, policing commentator Mark Brown discusses how the UK could develop a resilient and effective policing model able to cope in times of crisis.
Sarah Gibbons, Policing Insight
Interview: Last month, amid concerns, the Government announced 4,000 low-risk prisoners would be released to tackle the spread of Covid-19. Policing Insight contributor Sarah Gibbons asks West Midlands Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Waheed Saleem, who is leading a multi-agency, regional response, how will the scheme will work.
John Sutherland, former Met Police Commander
OPINION: Former Chief Superintendent and author of the bestselling Blue: A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces John Sutherland considers the role police officers are playing in the face of the current pandemic and how all too often stories of their bravery and courage are overshadowed by tales of heavy-handed policing tactics.
Tina Orr Munro - Editor, Policing Insight
INTERVIEW: Policing is facing its greatest challenge since the Second World War as officers enforce the lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Bedfordshire Chief Constable Garry Forsyth tells Policing Insight how the Coronavirus has touched every aspect of police business, including challenging accepted working practices.