Understanding the lessons of policing the Covid-19 pandemic

Understanding the lessons of policing the Covid-19 pandemic

The Police Foundation and Crest Advisory have completed a major research project on UK policing and the Covid-19 pandemic. The project looked to at 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 was conducted 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 worked 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 makes 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 

All project authors:

Rick Muir, Director, The Police Foundation; Harvey Redgrave, Chief Executive, Crest 

Mike Skidmore, Senior Researcher, The Police Foundation; Jon Clements, Director of Development, Crest 

Elisabeth Aitkenhead, Researcher, The Police Foundation; Jessica Lumley, Senior Analyst, Crest