UK Policing

It's Currently Easier To Own A Gun Than Become A Bus Driver In The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK

It is easier to own a firearm than to become a bus driver in the UK, a shocking new report has revealed - as well as warning inadequate licensing laws...

Is That Grandma Pulling In Or Police Responding To An Emergency Call?

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK

Criminals are escaping arrest because police are being sent to emergency jobs in low-performance cars, with no siren, while being ordered to obey the ...

We All Want The Same Thing: A Safer London

Ivan Massow | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

On Saturday at 1pm you will find me not in Golders Green, but outside Downing Street standing shoulder to shoulder with people from every ethnic and religious background. We will eclipse the anti-Semitic march led by Joshua Bonehill-Paine.

Changing the Policing Landscape

Vera Baird QC | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Vera Baird QC

Policing is at the heart of all communities, it creates safety and promotes confidence. However, the landscape on which policing in England and Wales is carried out has changed dramatically in recent years.

Police Launch Special Unit To Confront ISIS Online

PA | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK

The fight against the Islamic State (IS) is going online, with a new police unit being set up to block their social media propaganda across Europe. ...

How Genocide Can Happen on Our Ordinary Streets

Tim Curtis | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Tim Curtis

"Bosnia is a beautiful place which is in sharp contrast to the evidence of the conflict which is still very much there. Sarajevo is peppered with bull...

So, Muslims Shopping at Marks and Spencer Are at Risk of Radicalisation?

Imran Awan | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Imran Awan

According to one of the most senior Muslim police officers, we should be observing children as young as five and looking to monitor and detect the earliest signs of anti-western sentiment. What does this mean in practice?

Walter Scott Policeman Fired After Fatal Shooting Video

AP | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK

A white South Carolina police officer who claimed he killed an unarmed black man in self-defence has been fired, the city's mayor announced Wednesday,...

Child Sexual Exploitation: Time to Take Action

Adam Simmonds | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Adam Simmonds

As the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, I am utilising my position as leader in the local area to take action against child sexual exploitation.

Christopher Salmon PCC for Powys Constabulary

Clive Norman | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Clive Norman

When I joined all those years back I was sure that the UK Police should be unarmed. Now I can hear the cogs whirring. Ah, but now having been shot and had colleagues and friends lose their lives, you have now changed your mind! Actually no.

South Warwickshire Police Are REALLY Into This World Cup Thing

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Comedy

It is, as you may have noticed, football Christmas right now. And this hasn't escaped the notice of police in the South Warwickshire area. @SWar...

'Meet the Commissioner' Was Both Farce and Tragedy

Nicholas Rogers | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nicholas Rogers

The introduction of Police & Crime Commissioners was a genuinely radical move. Unaccountable bureaucracies were replaced with a single, elected, accountable person. PCCs should make policing more democratic and transparent. They should be driving a revolution in the relationship between the police and the people. They should be doing great things.

A Food Chain of Victimhood: The Metropolitan Police, the Boy With Down's Syndrome and a Feckless Austerity

Karl Davis | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Karl Davis

Austerity, and online petitions have much in common. Both are dominant online topics, and both have a polarising effect on opinion as to whether they can ever truly yield successful outcomes. Petitions seem to be becoming the reposte of choice for those affected by the worst effects of austerity, and today I read about a case that exemplifies this brilliantly.

Youth and the Police: Forever Broken?

Tala Sweiss | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tala Sweiss

Why is it that black youth still feel they are discriminated against in the 21st century? And why is it that young people in general tend to have some form of pessimism towards the police?

Making Community Policing More Wicked

Tim Curtis | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Curtis

There is a long way to go to ensure that PCSOs are supported within their Police force in LISPing, and for partner agencies to recognise that these projects are very important to the Police, and become willing to help the Police achieve their objectives- through making an exception over hedgecutting in the district trying to protect themselves from burglaries.

Stop And Search 'Down 90%' But Communities Still Feel Victimised

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK

Stop and search in Lodnon has declined dramatically in recent years, but disaffected communities still believe the police ride roughshod over their ri...

Police Fight to Contain Anarchy in Cambridge

Will Black | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

These may be the last words I ever write as terror has descended upon the cobbled streets of Cambridge and anarchy is breaking out in the quaint pubs and college bars. Apparently the nation should be worried about dastardly goings-on that would make Lewis and Morse's brutal Oxford seem peaceful.

Local Policing 'Must Be Bedrock' Of Service

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Britain's police are "sadly deteriorated", a former Met commissioner has said. Neighbourhood policing should once again be the bedrock of the servi...

One Year On, Are Police and Crime Commissioners Delivering on Human Rights?

Emma Hutton | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Emma Hutton

The small number of PCCs who responded to our questions stressed how important human rights are to their work, and that they see them as part of everyday policing. Encouragingly, they linked the protection of human rights to equality and justice - values that we all share.

Appeal To Trace 'Depressed' GP

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Police have released CCTV images of a missing GP who disappeared from her home following a battle with post-natal depression. Mother-of-two Elizabe...

Blinded by Ideology

Alex Feis-Bryce | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Alex Feis-Bryce

I attended the launch of Gabriella's film 'Honest Lies' at Amnesty International Headquarters in London earlier this week and was concerned at the dehumanising attitudes towards sex workers being expressed by some of the panellists...

Drunk Tanks: An Easy Answer to a Complex Problem

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

Britain has a serious alcohol problem. Visit any town or city street on a Friday night and you'll witness the serious harm caused by people drinking too much. How we tackle this country's negative relationship with drink is an issue which is rarely off the political agenda.

Police Stop and Search Powers Target Black and Ethnic Minority Communities

Imran Awan | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Imran Awan

The news this week that the police use of stop and search powers were ineffective in reducing crime comes as no surprise. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which independently assesses police forces, found that stop and search powers were procedurally incorrect.

The Police Can't Cope With Mental Health Alone

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

Mental health is core business for the police but it is not their responsibility alone. The NHS should be providing an appropriate place of safety for people suffering a mental health crisis and any response should be a joint one, involving all key partners including the ambulance service and social services.

Independent Commission's Public Consultation on Mental Health and Policing

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

The police have many roles in our society but we cannot deny that one of their central duties is to protect the most vulnerable individuals and this includes those with mental health issues.