Home Affairs and Justice

Improving home affairs and criminal justice policies is a major public policy challenge. Police forces need continued reform and more effective collaboration, prisons face high incarceration and reoffending rates, and the borders are increasingly under pressure and must prepare for the outcomes of Brexit.

Reform undertakes work on how the right workforce, performance measures, devolved structures and technology can support services through these challenges.

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Reform media statement: More cops alone not the answer to trends highlighted in new crime statistics, says think tank

Commenting on the 8% increase in knife crime offences, Director of the Reform think tank Charlotte Pickles, said:

“The continuing rise in knife crime is tragic, but not surprising. Until politicians take seriously the need to invest in prevention alongside enforcement, more young people will continue to die on our cities’ streets.

Any increases in police numbers must be targeted and coupled with serious investment to tackle the lethal mix of poverty, school exclusion, poor mental health and drugs. It’s astonishing that both Tory leadership candidates think that pledging thousands more bobbies is enough.” 

Data also published today shows that fewer than one in 10 crimes result in a charge.

The think tank is calling for a portion of the resources being promised to the police by Tory leadership candidates to be spent on back-office support, analysts and bolstering digital forensics capabilities to improve outcomes. It argues that more officers should only be deployed to specific high crime areas.

Covered by BBC News, The Independent, The Mirror and The Express, among other publications. Charlotte was also quoted in the Financial Times' coverage of the statistics.