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 and 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 Federation speech - the Foundation responds...

Category: News


Police Federation Chairman Steve White’s assertion that the bobby on the beat is becoming an ‘endangered species’ due to government spending cuts is damning, however the Police Foundation’s recent review of the effectiveness of neighbourhood policing concludes that while there will be fewer officers, local policing will survive.

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News: New report on neighbourhood policing...

Category: News


Police forces across the country are faced with difficult spending choices due to budget cuts, including reviewing the role of neighbourhood policing. Our timely summary of the literature on neighbourhood policing covers its history, effectiveness and good practice and looks at how it might need to adapt in a rapidly changing world.

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Director's Blog: Cuts have consequences

Category: Blog


The Police Federation's 2015 conference, entitled 'Cuts have consequences' has predicted that further policing cuts will have dire consequences for the service. Our director argues that the Federation has failed to provide robust evidence for these warnings.

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Policing and protecting vulnerable people: our sixth annual conference 

We will hold our sixth annual conference on 5 November 2015 at the BT Auditorium in the city of London. It will provide an opportunity for the police and their partners to listen to some of the leading experts in the field. 

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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.