The UK’s policing think tank

We are the Police Foundation, the UK’s policing think tank. We are the only independent body in the UK  that researches, understands and works to improve policing for the benefit of the public. Policing has never changed as fast and as much as it is today. All this makes the existence of an independent body that uses high quality evidence to deliver an impartial perspective on contemporary policing issues more important than ever.

Police workforce diversity

The planned 20,000 uplift in police officer numbers over the next three years offers policing in England and Wales an opportunity to dramatically improve the diversity of its workforce.

Read our latest Perspectives on Policing paper on police workforce gender and ethnicity trends and the prospects for the future.

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Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales

Revisiting the police mission

The second paper from our Strategic Review of Policing examines the question ‘what are the police for?’ Rather than rehearsing old arguments, it seeks to move the debate on into new territory by thinking afresh about what we expect the police to do and how they should be doing it.

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