UK: The Undercover Policing Inquiry: institutional failings and the urgent need for reform


"Public concern with policing has continued to gather momentum in recent years: instead of questioning whether British police services are fit for purpose, it may now be more pertinent to ask what is to be done about it. Despite repeated warnings by the Home Secretary about ineffective and inadequate police performance amidst a raft of reforms intended to professionalise and create a new cadre of leaders, public criticism has risen to a crescendo.

The signs are that the Pitchford Inquiry will contribute significantly to the growing clamour for reform of a police service that has become toxic.

The Home Secretary appears determined not to deviate from her by now well-trodden path as she broadened her call for a more caring and sensitive service in her address to the Police Federation last week. On their own, Ministerial addresses are unlikely to result in meaningful change and the time is ripe for a broad coalition to demand root and branch reform of the police and a criminal justice system designed for Victorian times."


See: The Undercover Policing Inquiry: institutional failings and the urgent need for reform (Manchester Policy Blogs, link)

 

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