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Was that (almost) a general election?

Jon Harvey / May 9, 2016 at 2:56 PM 587 views

All of the police and crime commissioner elections have been counted, including the mega one for the capital city. The only exceptions being Northern Ireland and Greater Manchester (for different but special reasons).In other words, while everyone has been poring…

Clearly a contemporary campaign

Jon Harvey / April 7, 2016 at 6:53 PM 312 views

Anthony Stansfeld is evidently pulling out all the stops in his campaign to be re-elected as PCC for Thames Valley. He has relaunched his campaign website which is filled with stock national news items from Conservative Party HQ.The other local…

Remembering peace

Jon Harvey / June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 743 views

I acknowledge the value and importance that many people place upon evidencing their remembrance of the killed and maimed combatants and non-combatants from past wars and violent conflicts. People do this by wearing poppies (both red and white), attending parades and…

10 questions for UKIP

Jon Harvey / June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 915 views

Twitter is awash with outrage about Mike Read's 'just for fun' UKIP calypso sung in a faux Jamaican accent. Personally, I am now looking for his covers of Al Jolson's Mammy & Peter Sellers' Goodness Gracious Me... But as I have said before, we…

A dramatic drop in violent crime?

Jon Harvey / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,586 views

I attended the annual Grant Thornton Police Conference, hosted by Paul Grady, yesterday with Bernard Rix. The event for Police & Crime Panels that Bernard and I ran last autumn got a good plug as did the thematic investigation into…

PCCs: A year is a long time in politics

Jon Harvey / June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 799 views

As we approach the anniversary of the first (and last?) election of Police & Crime Commissioners, many people have felt moved to do some kind of one year on review. For example (at least two regional versions - maybe more)…

Tilting at lamposts

Jon Harvey / June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 898 views

Yesterday I received a response to my inquiries concerning the pilot data being used by the MoJ to support the extension of Payment by Results. I have reprinted the letter I received in the blog post below. This blog contains some commentary…

Election turnout is dropping like a stone!

Jon Harvey / June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 1,479 views

Today is the day after the day after the local elections. I just googled ‘turnout news’ and a whole bunch of stories came up. Here are just three: Conservatives celebrate victory in Northamptonshire election following low turnout  Low turnout in…

The transparent Queen's shilling

Jon Harvey / June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 1,285 views

I have written about this matter before but after a couple of blocked FoI requests recently, I thought I would raise the subject again. I think the Freedom of Information Act should be made to apply to all organisations / alliances / partnerships that…

From Popper to Poundland

Jon Harvey / June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,276 views

A few days ago, I blogged about the Society for Evidence Based Policing. In response, another blogger (TonyOX3) wrote to me highlighting this report that came out a while back (June 2012): Test, Learn, Adapt: Developing Public Policy with Randomised Controlled Trials (by Laura Haynes,…

Direct entry: solution or risk?

Jon Harvey / June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 873 views

Plans to allow police forces in England and Wales to recruit senior officers from outside the service are to be detailed by the government later... (BBC) There probably is no hotter topic for debate in the police profession than this…

Progressive police & crime planning and budgeting

Jon Harvey / June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 1,087 views

I had a swell day in Leeds yesterday with the The Democratic Governance of Policing: The Role and Implications of Elected Police and Crime Commissioners conference. This was organised by the University of Leeds (Building Sustainable Societies research group) and the British Society of Criminology. You see the agenda…

The ordinary people test

Jon Harvey / June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 838 views

These are exceptionally busy days for the new Police & Crime Commissioners. No matter how experienced they were in their previous roles, I am imagine they are all on a very steep learning curve. Moreover, there will be a legion…

Future of PCCs: Scenarios for Change

Jon Harvey / June 3, 2015 at 12:31 PM 428 views

Policing Insight have just published my article on what next for Police & Crime Commissioners beginning:Jon Harvey discusses several possible models for development of Police and Crime Commissioners and makes suggestions for improving voter engagement in the run up to…

From agility to arthritis in a few short years

Jon Harvey / January 15, 2015 at 11:16 AM 383 views

In my neck of the woods, the local two tier councils are sharpening sticks in preparation of a battle royale over unitary government. I won't bore you with the details but I will say I don't know what will work…

It’s a Government scam!?

Jon Harvey / January 12, 2015 at 11:33 AM 516 views

The Government is keen for you to believe that crime is going down and therefore reductions in police funding will not matter to your safety and health. According to the ONS, as measured by the Crime Survey of England &…

Politicising the police

Jon Harvey / January 9, 2015 at 9:36 AM 529 views

One of the objections to the Police & Crime Commissioner model of policing governance, often used by those working inside the service, is that it would and has 'politicised' the police. Whilst regular readers of this blog will know, I…