About the Police Foundation

The Police Foundation is an independent think tank working to improve policing for the benefit of the public.

The Police Foundation's work is wide-ranging; we pose challenging questions and promote debate through events such as our annual lecture and conference, which attract high profile speakers, and more focused discussion forums such as our Oxford Policing Policy Forum. Through our inquiries and research, such as our Police Effectiveness in a Changing World project, we also aim to improve practice in policing and crime reduction and we disseminate our findings and insight through a range of publications.

Policing has never changed as fast and as much as it is today. As the government pushes through a major police reform programme, the police find themselves striving to deal with both local issues and the new threats posed by terrorism and transnational organised crime while working within tighter budgets imposed by the recession.

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.