Priti Patel’s growing involvement in policing will hurt the Government

i Newspaper

In a column for the i Newspaper, Will Tanner argues against political interference in operational policing, arguing that it can undermine consent and creates enormous political risk. He writes:

“Policing and politics make uncomfortable bedfellows. When politicians interfere with the operational business of local policing, the responsiveness of law enforcement typically declines and lawmakers tend to get their fingers burnt.

The police cannot do their job if public consent is undermined by perceived political interest, and politicians cannot hold the police to account if they are too close to decision-making about priorities, resourcing and recruitment. This is a lesson the current Government should urgently heed.”

You can read the full piece here.

Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on email
REPORT
Green Shoots

How to drive innovation to meet net zero

REPORT
Network Effects

New Onward dataset reveals for the first time how many jobs are reachable by car and public transport in every small local area in Britain - exposing a shocking transport gap between places.

REPORT
Fair Funding

Analysing the current formula used to decide local authority funding and how we should fix the outdated system.

REPORT
New Onward polling on the Union

Polling for Onward by Stack Data Strategy suggests public support for an early independence referendum in Scotland has fallen considerably since the Scottish election in May.

REPORT
Turnaround

How to regenerate Britain's less prosperous communities by helping them take back control.

REPORT
The Rural Economy and Levelling Up

Summary report of an Onward roundtable in partnership with the NFU.

The Times Red Box

Will Tanner writes for Times Red Box ahead of the Chancellor's budget