Colin Paine, Thames Valley Police
OPINION: Policing is a can-do service, but what happens when illness or disability mean that you can't? Colin Paine is a Detective Chief Superintendent in Thames Valley Police. Here he reflects on his diagnosis of ME/CFS.
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.
Benjamyn Damazer, Principal Consultant, Sopra Steria
Opinion: Whatever the demands of the police service, there is a need for support for the business to run efficiently and economically for the benefit of its citizens. Benjamyn Damazer, formerly vice-chair of a police authority and now working with Sopra Steria, examines the role for a shared service centre of excellence and asks can the police really continue to do it all themselves?
Syreeta Lund, Policing Insight
INSIGHT: Around 1 in every 200 children go missing each year, according to the Missing People charity. Many of those children are in care or on the edge of care. Syreeta Lund reports on No Wrong Door, an initiative in North Yorkshire that combines resources and skills to provide better outcomes for vulnerable young people.
Prof. Susan McVie, University of Edinburgh
ANALYSIS: In the mid-2000s, Glasgow was known as the murder capital of Europe. Now London Mayor Sadiq Khan is trying some of Scotland's solutions - but will they travel? Prof. Susan McVie, Ellie Bates, and Rebecca Pillinger of the University of Edinburgh examine long-term changes in violence and ask whether there really is evidence of Scottish exceptionalism.
Tina Orr Munro - Editor, Policing Insight
Interview: Those working in this area are familiar with the concept of the 'revolving door' of crime. Burcu Borysik, Policy Manager for Revolving Doors Agency which has just launched a new project, says Police and Crime Commissioners are key to helping break the cycle.
Andrew Staniforth, Policing Insight
Analysis: Traditional responses to trafficking focus on disrupting criminal networks and protecting the victims, but a European project is taking a different approach including ways to reduce demand for the services of those who are trafficked. Policing Insight contributor Andrew Staniforth explores the drivers of this $12bn a year crime.
Policing Insight team
OPINION: Last week, police leaders and ICT suppliers gathered for the two-day Police ICT Summit 2019 in Hinckley, Leicestershire which attracted over 300 delegates. Based on the presentations, one of those delegates has sent us their 'end-of-conference' progress report on the state of Police ICT.
Senior Lecturer, Public Service and Policing, Anglia Ruskin University
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Dr Anna Sergi, University of Essex
ANALYSIS: Media reports suggest a surge in 'Albanian mafia' involvement in drug trafficking and organised crime. However, Anna Sergi of the University of Essex warns that this misrepresents the role of Albanian offenders and networks, and damages our understanding of the complexities of organised crime, and the global Albanian diaspora.
INSIGHT: How do you continue to effectively police a large rural force area when you’ve lost nearly 500 police officers in the last eight years? Devon and Cornwall Police believe they may have the answer with their new community responders - on-call firefighters who are also warranted police officers.
INTERVIEW: The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has launched a major new TV campaign for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to be heard at the Truth Project. Head of Truth Project and Strategy Helen Ryan and Chris Tuck, a member of the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel and a survivor of child sexual abuse, explain the importance of the Project.
NEWS: Issues with the Athena system, used by nine UK police forces to share intelligence and build case files, were highlighted on the BBC this week but CoPaCC's Police ICT User Survey shows the problems are not confined to Athena. Scroll down to listen to the Police Federation's Simon Kempton and Policing Insight's publisher and CoPaCC Chief Executive Bernard Rix being interviewed about the challenges facing police ICT.
Professor Juliet Lodge, Senior Research Analyst, Saher (UK) Ltd
OPINION: With an increasing emphasis on evidence based policing and greater engagement by police in research activities, Professor Juliet Lodge writes that ethics in police research are just as important as in their operational role.
NEWS: LIVE BLOG: This year's annual Police ICT Summit 2019 runs this Wednesday and Thursday in Leicestershire. We are blogging live from the conference.
INTERVIEW: As the Police ICT Summit gets underway this week, Police ICT Company CEO Ian Bell talks to Policing Insight about the challenges he's faced in his first year in the role and what the future holds for Police ICT.
Interview: The cost of scamming in online market places is estimated to be almost £1.7 billion with victims losing £65, on average, although that figure rises to over £90 for older victims. Policing Insight speaks to the UK Head of Marketing and Customer Services for Gumtree – Britain’s market leading online classified ads platform – about the effort that online marketplaces can make to protect their users and how the police can help.
Dr Maggie Hall, Western Sydney University
OPINION: Calls for public access to information about child sex offenders living in local areas are common. However, Maggie Hall of Western Sydney University warns that sex offender registries can also lead to community hysteria, loss of sleep, and vigilante attacks on innocent people.