Let’s deal with the title question straight away.
Actually, I don’t think it is time for a Royal Commission on policing in this country. I don’t think it’s time for anything that has the potential to be drawn out, bureaucratic and enormously expensive.
But I do think there is an urgent need for a proper, grown up, joined up, honest, objective and constructive conversation about policing in this country.
Take a glance at the current headlines:
Crime is up
The latest ONS crime figures point to an increase in overall crime of more than 175,000 offences. Of particular concern has to be the 18% increase in violent crime and the 14% increase in sexual offences.
And behind each number, there is a person – amongst them some of the most vulnerable people in society.
A couple of weeks ago, we were talking about knife crime. Last week we are talking about acid attacks. Both weeks we’ve been talking about mopeds. This week it may well be something else.
And we ask and expect the police to deal with it all.
Risk is up
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