police

The police and mental health (Briefing 36)

Paper examining the performance of the police in England in dealing with people with mental health problems who come into contact with them and concluding that police officers need more and better training in mental health issues.

A force for change : policing 2020

Report laying out the challenges facing the police service in England over the next two decades. It also offers a divergent set of choices for policy makers and the police about how to respond to these challenges and suggests a common framework in which these responses can be weighed and compared.

Going ballistic : dealing with guns, gangs and knives

Report of a study which investigated the nature and extent of gun, gang and knife crime in England and Wales. It concludes that the nature of the threat from guns, gangs and knives is changing and recommends the UK Government change its approach to this issue in order to reduce the levels of gang violence.

Fitting the bill : local policing for the 21st century

Paper looking at whether, and to what extent, increased local autonomy for the police could improve policing in England and arguing for a greater emphasis on partnership policing and neighbourhood policing.

Tough love : a critique of the Domestic Violence, Crime & Victims Bill 2003

Pamphlet looking at the magnitude of domestic violence problems in England and Wales and what risks and benefits the proposals contained in the Domestic Violence, Crime & Victims Bill will present. It considers the dangers of introducing an inflexible system to deal with the wide range of domestic violence offences and offers a different, more flexible approach.

Safer school partnerships

The document provides guidance on mainstreaming to enable local multi-agency partnerships to benefit from this way of working.

It provides them with a route map, allowing them to determine the appropriate level of response in given circumstances to meet the needs of local partners and neighbourhoods.

Safer lives: changed lives - a shared approach to tackling violence against women in Scotland

Scottish Government document providing a shared understanding and approach to guide the work of all partners involved in combating violence against women in Scotland. The document includes a definition of violence against women, a set of guiding principles and a focus for the work in this area.

Hitting the bottle : minimising the harms from alcohol misuse (Policy Exchange research notes)

Paper outlining the social and economic costs of alcohol misuse in England and recommending a series of measures to tackle the problem such as altering the alcohol duty regime, making the policing of public drunkenness more robust and using public education campaigns to encourage 'dry days'.

National standards for Scotland's youth justice services

This report by the Improving the Effectiveness of the Youth Justice System Working Group describes the characteristics of effective local management of youth justice services and outlines a set of standards to improve delivery.

The group was asked to develop a strategic framework of national objectives and standards for Scotland’s Youth Justice services, to help achieve the national target of reducing the number of persistent offenders by 10% by 2006.

The collaborative state : how working together can transform public services (Demos collection 23)

Collection of case studies and papers which advocate collaboration as a new approach to running local public services. It attempts to provide answers to the questions, why work together?, where can the beginnings of new approaches be found? and what form would government take if it was redesigned for collaboration?