Dr Iain Britton, head of the IPSCJ’s Centre for Citizens in Policing, has today had his feature: Citizens in Policing – A new paradigm of direct citizen involvement published in The Howard League for Penal Reform‘s Early Career Academics Network Bulletin.
The Howard League is a national charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison. Named after John Howard, the founder of the penal reform movement, The Howard League campaigns on a wide range of issues including short term prison sentences, real work in prison, children in prison and community sentences. The organisation is entirely independent of government and is funded by voluntary donations and membership subscriptions.
The article – written alongside Ed Barnard of the College of Policing and available to view here – explores the history of citizen participation in policing and the changes needed to release the true capabilities of volunteers.
“New models for how policing is delivered need to embrace a reconceptualising of how citizens are directly engaged and participate in policing,” write Dr Briton and Mr Barnard.
“This may include resetting and reinvigorating relationships between an active citizenry and the police, optimising the contribution of direct citizen participation from volunteers including special constables, and exploring the optimum operational design and workforce to maximise citizen engagement and achieve desired outcomes.
“There is an important role for direct citizen involvement across the wider agenda of police reform. While there is general recognition of this across policing, and some movement in the direction of greater levels of citizen involvement, a step change is still needed to truly realise the potential benefits of increased citizen involvement in policing.”