Improving policing and reducing crime

The Police Foundation is the only independent think tank focused entirely on developing knowledge and understanding of policing and crime reduction, while challenging the police service and the government to improve policing for the benefit of the public. The Police Foundation acts as a bridge between the public, the police and the government, while being owned by none of them.


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News: Police and Crime Commissioners - essential reading...

Category: News


Police and Crime Commissioner elections take place on 5th May 2016.

What are PCCs and are they a good idea? Who is standing and how diverse are candidates?

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News: Embracing Police and Crime Commissioners...

Category: News


On 5th May voters will go to the polls to choose their next Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs). As two long standing but friendly critics of PCCs, the Police Foundation's Director, Rick Muir and Ian Loader, Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford argue that four years on it is time to embrace the idea of PCCs.

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Latest from our blog: A window of opportunity for sensible debate? The fall in crime as a national concern...

Posted by: Gavin Hales


Gavin Hales argues that falling public concern about crime, the focus for political debate and points scoring, presents an unusually good opportunity for sensible debate about policing, crime and the criminal justice system.

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Policing and protecting vulnerable people: our sixth annual conference 

We held our sixth annual conference on 5 November 2015 at the BT Auditorium in the city of London on the theme of policing and protecting vulnerable people. 

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Police effectiveness

We are running a major, four year project on police effectiveness in a changing world.

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Policing domestic abuse

Our latest Briefing looks at the legislation and the key issues surrounding the policing of domestic abuse.