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What is preventing fair and effective policing?

For policing to be effective, it must have the trust, confidence and support of the public. However, Black, Asian and minority ethnic people report lower levels of trust and confidence in the policeThe data shows that police use their powers disproportionately on Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, which damages trust and can prevent victims and witnesses from reporting crimes and voluntarily engaging with the police, as noted by the College of Policing.

In recent years, there has been much discussion about the role and future of policing. There is growing recognition that community organisations may be better placed to take over some of the responsibilities of the police.  

We study the role and future of policing. We carry out research into how police are using their powers and advocate for policing which is evidence-led, fair and proportionate. 

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Our recent work:

Community scrutiny of policing

Our Stop and Scrutinise report found that Community Scrutiny Panels — independent groups made up of members of the public that meet regularly to scrutinise their local police forces — face a range of barriers which limit their effectiveness. 

This report led the College of Policing to release new guidance encouraging community scrutiny, and the Mayor of London called for increased use of community scrutiny in an action plan on improving trust and confidence in the Metropolitan Police.

Read the report

The future of policing

The CJA recently brought together policing experts to discuss the role and future of policing. The experts discussed the need for trauma-informed policing, racial discrimination in police tactics and technologies, and how other public services and community organisations might be better placed to perform some duties currently carried out by the police. Read our blog on the role and future of policing.


The Macpherson Report: Twenty-One Years On

Over twenty years since the Macpherson Report, systemic racism persists in policing. In this response to an inquiry from the Home Affairs Select Committee, we set out our concerns about stop and search, use of force, the lack of independent scrutiny of policing and a lack of Black, Asian and minority ethnic representation in the police force. 

Read the response

No Respect: Young Black, Asian and minority ethnic men’s experiences of stop and search 

We spoke to young Black, Asian and minority ethnic men about their experiences of stop and search for our No Respect report. Young people told us that unfair and ineffective use of stop and search has a corrosive and lasting impact on their trust in the police, their willingness to cooperate with the police and, consequently, the police’s ability to carry out investigations and reduce crime. 

Read the report