Much talk at the moment about the future of policing.
Amongst the headlines and proposals:
- New recruitment processes
- New entry routes (three of them – and much animated talk about degrees)
- New approaches to assessment and professional development
- New role profiles
- New Licences to Practice
- New ideas about pay and reward – including the introduction of Accredited Practitioners
- New submissions to the Pay Review Body
And then there are the ever-new challenges of technology, of cross border criminality, of international terrorism – and of the complete unknown. All the while, police officers of the immediate future will be expected to deal with the long term costs to society of short term cuts to frontline services.
But there is a danger that all this talk of ‘policing future’ sidelines the very pressing concerns of ‘policing present’.
It’s been said before, but it bears repeating:
- Crime is rising – particularly crime of the most serious kinds
- Demand is rising – not least as a consequence of the gaping holes that have...
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