Have we taken our eye off the ball on drugs?

Have we taken our eye off the ball on drugs?

Have we taken our eye off the ball on drugs? On the face of it, there is nothing within this week’s crime statistics that would suggest we should be worrying more about drugs-related offences. While the surge in serious violence (a subject we have written about...
Devolution is the new black

Devolution is the new black

Devolution is the new black Forget the hard-bitten stereotypes of Orange is the New Black, Bad Girls or Prisoner Cell Block H, the vast majority of the 4,000 women in prisons in England and Wales are non-violent and not a threat to public safety. Yet, women are...
Hard choices and strategic dilemmas

Hard choices and strategic dilemmas

Hard choices and strategic dilemmas One of the oddities of the ‘David Cameron’ years in Number Ten was how little the politics of crime featured, compared to his predecessors. Following the election in 2010, crime fell in salience, at one point even falling out of the...
Time to bring the data in for questioning

Time to bring the data in for questioning

Time to bring the data in for questioning I began writing this blog in response to the recent suggestion that London had become more dangerous than New York based on their respective homicide rates. Since then, four more people have been shot or stabbed in the capital...
Book review: The End of Policing

Book review: The End of Policing

Book review: The End of Policing   “The problem isn’t police training, police diversity or police methods.. the problem is the dramatic and unprecedented expansion and intensity of policing in the last forty years, a fundamental shift in the role of police in...