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New articles in policing and crime - December 2018
This monthly research update contains a selection of recent research articles on policing and crime and a selection of themed articles on a current topic. This months theme is Doing More With Less? Access to articles will require your OpenAthens credentials.

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New Books
Evidence based policing: an introduction
MITCHELL & HUEY (2018) preview
Guide to safety at sports grounds, 6th ed
SGSA (2018) request
Religion and crime: theory, research and practice
KERLEY eds (2018) ebook
Ethics in law enforcement
MCCARTNEY & PARENT (2015) ebook
Policing and Crime Articles
Intoxicated eyewitnesses: prevalence and procedures according to England's officers
Alcohol plays a frequent role in offences. This articles looks at the evidence around the problem of intoxicated witnesses. Officers indicated they are very common and evidence was generally taken once witnesses sober up. This often affected whether a case would proceed. CROSSLAND et al Go To Article
Tapes, transcripts and trials
A look at the problem of evidential consistency regarding police-suspect interview evidence. It is argued that interview data is transformed between creation in the interview room and presentation in the courtroom, and that there is distortion built into the current system.  HAWORTH Go To Article
Reporting harassment and stalking to the police: a qualitative study of victims' experiences.
This study, commissioned by HMICFRS, explores how stalking victims described the response of the police and put this in the context of changing legislation.  The majority of participants reported poor responses from the police, including inaction and inappropriate action. TAYLOR-DUNN et al Go To Article
Rank matters: police leadership and the authority of rank
Looks at the authority of rank in the context of understanding leadership in the police.  Dominant discourse suggests leadership is a rank-neutral activity. This paper demonstrates that an appreciation of rank in the experience and practice of leadership is fundamental to leadership reform. DAVIS Go To Article
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Hot off the Press November/December
FEATURE : Doing more with less?
Police budget cuts have meant a loss of 44,000 police officers and staff since 2010 (BBC, 2018). Cuts have been blamed in part for the rise in violent crime; an extra £300m has now been found. This section presents research on the topic of financial restraint in policing.
Repercussions of the Coalition Governments austerity policy on community safety across Merseyside

A look at how austerity policies have affected community safety organisations, including the police, in Merseyside. Cuts have affected morale and the ability to provide services. Further cuts, projected of between 15-33%, are seen as potentially very damaging. OJO et al Go To Article

What is the privatization of policing?

Financial constraint has led to increased privatisation in policing; privatisation which is complex, ill-defined and polarising.  This article sets out the tools for defining the discussion on privatization and presents case studies including attempted crowdsourcing in Hampstead to fund extra officers. WHITE Go To Article
Lean and Six Sigma in policing: austerity, driver or distraction?

Austerity is frequently seen as a driver for introducing continuous improvement (CI) methodologies, such as Lean and Six Sigma, into policing. This article summarises all the drivers for CI change and notes that where austerity is the driver there tends to be a focus on short term gains. RODGERS Go To Article

Police Officers' promotion prospects and intention to leave the police.

Cuts have had an impact on promotion prospects for many Officers. This paper looks at whether this has an impact on Officer's intention to leave the service. Results indicated that it does have a negative impact, but that organisational support and a focus on morale and well-being at work were mitigating factors. BOAG-MUNROE Go To Article
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