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Since 2001 police funding has surged by a quarter in real terms but this investment has not transformed police performance. Taxpayers have spent at least £500m since 2006 in extra employment costs for over 7,000 police officers who have a uniform, but who are hidden away in back offices rather than policing. Cost of the Cops shows how the police can increase numbers of officers on front line duties at a time of when the police budget is shrinking.
Inside Job maps out what real work in prison should look like and what needs to change in the current prison system to make it a reality.
The publication is a record of remarks made by Bill Bratton during his visit to the UK in November 2010 including a major speech to Policy Exchange. In the speech he described his experiences in reforming police organisations and fighting crime in New York and Los Angeles and the lessons it offers to police leaders everywhere.
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Reforming the courts
Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice Max Chambers makes the case for the introduction of drugs courts in the UK. These courts would offer people the treatment they need, but demand more of them in return, with judges given a flexible range of available incentives and sanctions to deploy. Max shows how in the US, such courts have saved $3 in avoided criminal justice costs for every $1 spent, rising to $26 in wider societal savings.
Predictions of doom have not materialised and PCCs are proving they have the potential to be an effective catalyst for change
Charlotte McLeod, Crime & Justice Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, argues that the one year anniversary of the Police & Crime Commissioner elections has marked a turning point in perception of the role. Charlotte argues that focus is beginning to move away from election reproach and expenses scandals and towards the recognition that reforms are beginning to work.
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