What role can policing play in securing economic and social well-being?

Date of event: May 8, 2009

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Event Briefing

Organised by ESRC/The Police Foundation, the Scottish Institute for Policing Research and Universities Police Science Institute, Cardiff University.

The provision of reassurance and security are now regarded as prerequisites for attracting people and capital into urban locations . High visibility, zero tolerance policing (ZTP) strategies and the use of closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance for example, are typically part of wider attempts to revive the fortunes of city centres given concerns that these spaces are insecure both economically and socially, for business and consumers alike. There is also a strong connection made in housing policy between community safety and urban renewal. The growing number of gated communities and the disciplinary role of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) exemplify the ways in which safety and security are seen as a vital part of sustainable community life. Against this background, the purpose of this seminar was to investigate the evidence for the effectiveness of policing interventions in securing economic and social well-being in city centre and residential environments.

‘What is policing for? Examining the impact and implications of contemporary policing intervention A report of the series of Public Policy Seminars organised by the ESRC in collaboration with SIPR, The Police Foundation, and the Universities’ Police Science Institute

Programme and Presentations

  • Introduction
    Chair: Dr Timothy Brain, Chief Constable, Gloucestershire Police
    Podcast [4.32 Mb]
  • David Strang, Chief Constable, Lothian and Borders Police?
    PowerPoint [1.45 Mb]
    Podcast [35.0 Mb]
  • Professor Adam Crawford, University of Leeds
    PowerPoint [1.75 Mb]
    Podcast [38.6 Mb]
  • Dr Gesa Helms, University of Glasgow?
    PowerPoint [476 Kb]
    Summary (pdf) [115 Kb]
    Podcast [38.6 Mb]
  • Discussion
    Podcast [26.4 Mb]

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Chief Constable Tim Brain Tim Brain

Chief Constable David Strang David Strang

Professor Adam Crawford Adam Crawford

Dr Gesa Helms Gesa Helms

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