Tina Orr Munro - Editor, Policing Insight
INTERVIEW: Former head of the National Crime Agency's Drugs Threat and Intelligence Tony Saggers tells Policing Insight there has never been a 'war on drugs' and the time has come to adopt a different approach to tackling the problem.
Keith Potter, Policing Insight
Analysis: Police Scotland’s efforts to address concerns and potential weaknesses in policing football across the country have been given strong backing by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS). Policing Insight's Keith Potter examines the details.
Shane Mallory, Consultant and Lecturer
Opinion: Policing is in need of a drastic cultural shift away from its current process and control driven state. Former Australian police officer and now public speaker Shane Mallory discusses the fear and suspicion that currently plagues police culture and how to address it.
Andrew Staniforth, Policing Insight
Analysis: The Police Innovation Fund was introduced in 2013 and replaced by the Police Transformation Fund in 2016, but how successful has it been in bringing the latest innovation and technology to police forces? Policing Insight contributor Andrew Staniforth argues the time is now right for a full evaluation.
INTERVIEW: Warwickshire OPCC are to fund 11 road safety organisations as part of a major strategy to reduce casualties following a 160 per cent increase in road this year. Warwickshire PCC Philip Seccombe explains how the strategy will work and Annette Lloyd who runs The Honest Truth tells Policing Insight why her organisation was chosen.
Dr John Coyne, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Opinion: Between 2015 and 2017, the cost of organised crime to Australia increased exponentially to $36 billion. Based on the figures, Dr John Coyne from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute argues the current 'Whac-a-Mole' policing approach to tackling the problem isn't working.
World class policing awards: Each week, Policing Insight publishes details of the finalists in this year's World Class Policing Awards sponsored by Accenture. This week, the brilliant nominees include an operation to foil an attempt to kill the UK Prime Minister, a project to better support children exposed to domestic abuse and a highly complex investigation that resulted in the conviction of a major organised crime group.
Dr Roy Bailey, University of Portsmouth
analysis: Independent police and crime panel members are generally younger, more diverse, better skilled and more representative of their communities. In his fourth paper, based on his research into police and crime panels, Dr Roy Bailey evaluates the effectiveness of independent panel members.
Carina O'Reilly - Academic Editor, Policing Insight
IN THE NEWS: This summary curates the key policing-related research that's been published online in the last week, with links to the original journal articles, and selected abstracts - plus a short guide outlining how serving police officers and staff can get access, free, to many of the articles listed through the National Police Library. You do not need to be a member of the College to access its library.
Prof. Max Abbott, Auckland University of Technology
ANALYSIS : A new law passed in New Zealand promises to decriminalise drug use in favour of a public health approach. Prof. Max Abbott, Auckland University of Technology, argues that the move is a positive step towards addressing the real impact of drugs - so long as it doesn’t get lost in translation.
Interview: Release's Y-Stop project is by young people for young people, supporting and guiding them on communicating effectively with the police during a Stop and Search. Youth Lead and Associate Researcher Amal Ali talks to Policing Insight about the project and why it's important young people have a voice.
Dan Slee, co-founder of comms2point0
ANALYSIS : With extreme weather and Brexit dominating the headlines, it might seem sensible for emergency planners to advise people on what to do in a crisis. But when Police Scotland did just that with their #grabbag tweet, it got all the wrong kind of attention. Dan Slee, co-founder of comms2point0, examines the fallout.
NEWS: To coincide with World Mental Health Day (10 Oct), the Police Superintendents' Association has published details of their latest resilience survey which reveals a worrying long-hours culture, rising workloads and high levels of stress and anxiety.
Rick Muir - Director, Police Foundation
NEWS: Last month, the Police Foundation launched the Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales. As phase one of the review goes live, the Foundation has announced the first Call for Evidence. Director Rick Muir invites those involved in policing to come forward with their ideas and evidence to help shape the police service of the future.
WORLD CLASS POLICING AWARDS: Each week, Policing Insight is publishing details of the finalists in this year's World Class Policing Awards sponsored by Accenture. This week, our outstanding nominations include a mobile technology project that has freed up over half a million officer hours a year and an intelligence officer whose work targeting online child abuse has led to 270 arrests.
Dr Emmeline Taylor, City, University of London
ANALYSIS : Cuts to police budgets can mean hard choices. But what might this mean to the victims of incidents like retail crime? Dr Emmeline Taylor, of City, University of London, explores the fallout from retail crime - but argues that we need to move beyond the police response.
Opinion: The high-profile case of a 15 year-old convicted of trying to build a bomb has highlighted the importance of early intervention to combat extremism, via the Government's Prevent strategy. Policing Insight contributor Andrew Staniforth outlines the tension between free speech and trust in the classroom and the importance of preventing the ever-increasing radicalisation of young people.
Simon Hall, CEO, Coeus Software
Opinion: Health and wellbeing are high on the agenda with many forces looking for ways to offer better support for their employees. Simon Hall, CEO of PoliceBox, says a significant stressor is poor technology. Here he examines its impact on officers' and staff health and wellbeing.
Lucy McDonald, SafeLives’ Programme Lead for Scotland
Innovation: Domestic homicides in the UK have reached a five-year high. Lucy McDonald, SafeLives’ Programme Lead for Scotland, highlights the organisation's groundbreaking work with Police Scotland to train its officers to recognise the early warning signs of domestic abuse and safeguard victims earlier.