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The UK's future police force - what do the police think?

One day Future of Policing conference organised by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Friday 10 October, 9.30am - 5pm
Bankside House, 24 Sumner Street, London SE1 9JA

Contacts: Professor Tim Newburn, LSE, 020 7955 6220, mobile 07970 798657
Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, 020 7955 7582

The UK's future police force - what do the police think?

After various party conference suggestions about tackling crime, the UK's police will be considering their own future and priorities at a one-day conference hosted by LSE this Friday (10 October).

Met Police deputy commissioner Sir Ian Blair said: 'The police service is not a profession being coerced into change, the call for reform and many of the most innovative ideas for the future are coming from within the policing profession itself. The next few years will bring opportunities for pivotal change within British policing. At this conference three senior officers including myself will be outlining moves to more accountable local policing, arguments for re-structuring policing and how we can put in place and measure the sort of community reassurance policing we are asked to deliver.

'We will also discuss how we can introduce a wider understanding of who does policing and move from the current fixation with officer numbers and the concept of the traditional omni-competent officer. Officers are often over-trained for routine patrols but not necessarily fully trained for the enormous range of specialist skills often demanded by some investigations, or the sometimes complex task of community interaction and support. The modern police service will have to embrace a broad range of staff and skills, from Community Support Officers answerable to and visible within local communities, to highly skilled officers working in dedicated areas to confront the increasing threats in areas such as international organised crime and internet paedophilia.'

Other speakers at the event at Bankside House (behind Tate Modern) include:

  • Peter Neyroud, chief constable, Thames Valley
  • Denis O'Connor, chief constable, Surrey
  • John Wadham, deputy chairman, Independent Police Complaints Commission
  • Commander Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police
  • Paul Pugh, acting head of the Police Standards Unit, Home Office.

Professor Tim Newburn, professor of criminology and social policy at LSE, is chairing the conference. He said: 'The big question is will the best traditions of British policing be preserved, or are they under threat from yet another round of quick fixes from politicians in search of headlines in the run up to an election?'

Members of the public, please note that all places at the conference are now filled. 

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Media wishing to attend the conference, please email: Judith Higgin, j.a.higgin@lse.ac.uk| or tel: 020 7955 7582.

Speakers will be available for interview at the conference. For more programme details, see http://www.lse.ac.uk/Depts/mannheim/Events/1%20events.htm|

New publication A Handbook of Policing edited by Tim Newburn will be launched at this conference.

8 October 2003

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