This report presents the findings from a major research project by the Police Foundation and Crest Advisory on UK policing and the Covid-19 pandemic. The project examined the strengths and weaknesses of the current policing model in England and Wales, with a particular focus on policing structures, use of technology, strategic planning and public consent.
Dr Rick Muir is Director of the Police Foundation, the UK’s independent policing think tank. He has led the Foundation since 2015 and oversaw its work on the Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales. He was previously Associate Director at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), leading the Institute’s research on public services, including policing and criminal justice. He has a D Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Northumbria University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He was previously a local councillor in both Oxford and Hackney.
Michael Skidmore joined the Police Foundation in May 2014 as a researcher on a project studying the impact of organised crime on local communities. He previously worked as a researcher in government for six years, most recently in Home Office Science where he developed a portfolio of work looking at the profiles of organised crime offenders. Michael also worked at HM Inspectorate of Prisons where he led the research for a number of national projects looking at the provision of alcohol treatment services and the treatment of remand prisoners in custody. He has also been a support worker for ex-offenders in a community and probation setting and has an MSc in forensic psychology. Michael did his DPhil in criminology and policing studies at the University of Portsmouth.