Other independent inquiries
In addition to its most recent inquiry into Youth Crime, the Police Foundation has hosted three other independent inquiries which led to important changes in legislation, policy and practice, including the introduction of Police Community Support Officers and the reclassification of cannabis in 2004.
As part of the Rethinking Crime and Punishment project, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation set up an independent inquiry to examine alternatives to imprisonment.
This inquiry considered the changes that had taken place in society since the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act was passed, in order to assess whether the law should be revised to make it more effective and responsive.
This inquiry initiated debate into the roles and responsibilities of the police to raise public awareness and understanding and to give greater coherance to the service's strategic and tactical decisions.