Annual conference

Policing and the public: Engaging communities in changing times

Tuesday 26th November 2019, London

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The Police Foundation’s 2019 annual conference will explore the role of community engagement and its importance to the challenges and opportunities the police face, both now and in the future.

‘Policing by consent’ means the public must be willing to cooperate with the police to keep communities safe. Without public confidence, the police will struggle to gather intelligence, ease tensions and solve problems. And as society changes so must the police. Crime and vulnerability are changing, communities are becoming more diverse and technology is transforming all aspects of our lives. The police must find new ways to maintain the confidence and cooperation of the public.

The conference will discuss the following themes with speakers and participants from the across the police service, universities, local authorities and the private and voluntary sectors:

  • How can the police maintain the support of the public when they have to increasingly ration resources?
  • How can neighbourhood policing teams engage with the communities they serve?
  • How can Police and Crime Commissioners involve the public more directly in decision-making?
  • How can the police reach out to diverse communities?
  • How can the police meet the expectations of increasingly tech-savvy citizens?

Attendees will be the first to hear about our in-depth research findings on understanding the public’s priorities for policing. The research looked at what the public want and their understanding of what the police do in 2019.

Who should attend?

The conference will bring together police officers from all ranks, Police and Crime Commissioners, academics and police partners in the private and third sectors.

In the spirit of austerity, the Foundation is offering a 10% discount to all police officers. To take advantage of this offer enter code PFCONF10 when booking online.

We are also offering the following discounts (available on request)

  • 20% discount to selected Police Foundation partners.
  • 50% discount to students.

The Police Foundation’s annual conference is recognised as one of the leading events in the policing calendar and attracts a wide range of experts in the criminal justice field.

The annual conference is generously supported by BT and Cisco and brings the police and their partners together to share best practice on some of the big policing issues of the day.

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