HASC: Inquiry into Policing for the Future
The Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) launched an inquiry into policing for the future: changing demands and new challenges. Advances in technology have led to the emergence of new forms of crime, and have enabled other crimes to move online, changing their nature and impact on victims and communities. Technological change has also generated new opportunities for the police, at a time of increasing focus on efficiency and innovation. Against this backdrop, there remains a complex relationship between public expectations of the police and the operational realities of modern-day policing. Police forces collectively have seen funding reductions of about 19% since 2010/11, accompanied by a significant reduction in the size of the police workforce. Many crimes are under-reported to the police and require proactive engagement with certain communities, and a large proportion of police time is devoted to non-criminal activity, such as mental health crisis work. This inquiry explores the challenges of modern policing, and examines whether police forces in England and Wales are sufficiently equipped and resourced to keep the public safe and to respond effectively to evolving demands and changing patterns of crime.
The PCC's response to the consultation can be viewed here.