Understanding the lessons of policing the Covid-19 pandemic

Understanding the lessons of policing the Covid-19 pandemic

The Police Foundation and Crest are undertaking new research into how UK policing and the Covid-19 pandemic. The project seeks to identify how policing has coped with the Covid-19 pandemic by examining the strengths and weaknesses of the current policing model in England and Wales, with a particular focus on: structures; use of technology; strategic planning; and public consent.

The research will be conducted in four phases, using a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies: analysis of crime and incident data, including; demand forecasting; structured interviews; focus groups; and polls.

Throughout the project, the teams will work closely with an appointed expert advisory group: Martin Hewitt; Sue Mountstevens; Olivia Pinkney; Mike Cunningham; Owen Weatherill; Rt Hon Charles Clarke and Professor Ben Bradford.

The final report, to be published by the end of 2020, will make recommendations for improvements ahead of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice. The findings will then inform the Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales.

Find out more about the project 

If you would like to share your experience or insights with us, please contact Rick Muir, Director, The Police Foundation.

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