Perspectives on policing

In this series of papers, authors offer their own perspectives on emerging debates, policy and practice in contemporary policing. Perspectives on policing will be of interest to senior police officers, academics and anyone interested in deeper analysis of some of the big questions facing policing today.

This paper examines whether police data on incidents of ‘sexting’ (‘youth produced sexual imagery’) can provide a reliable picture about the extent and nature of this phenomenon, including how the police service is responding. It also makes some suggestions about how the law might be...
This paper by Dr Sarah Charman presents findings from research conducted by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth on new recruits’ evolving attitudes to the role of police officer in the early years of their careers and the key influences...
In this paper Gavin Hales uses detailed demographic data to look behind the headlines to examine ethnic disproportionality in child arrests in London. This analysis is intended to to inform debates about the use of arrest powers in London, but is also aimed at anyone...
The development of a Crime Severity Score for England and Wales by the Office for National Statistics represents an important step towards a more sophisticated, two dimensional understanding of police recorded crime data. In the first paper in the Perspectives in policing series Andy Higgins examines...