Our policing system is broken centralised, target-based policies should go, argues new study.

A greater degree of local accountability is needed to cut crime

A new IEA study*, released today, shows that despite increased levels of spending and the recruitment of extra officers, Britain’s policing system is failing to protect the public from crime. Violent crime has reached record levels and overall crime rates remain ten times higher than in 1950.

Extra police resources have been squandered on Home Office bureaucracy, which has encouraged forces to focus on arresting ‘easy-targets’ for trivial offences to meet centrally-determined goals. Patrol officers typically spend less than 25% of their shift actually on the beat.

The study’s distinguished authors include the Rt. Hon. David Davis MP, Shadow Home Secretary,