The impact of Britain's recent economic crisis on policing: a case study on Watford

Carson, Laura Emily (2015) The impact of Britain's recent economic crisis on policing: a case study on Watford. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Following the recent recession, the UK government introduced the Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2010. This set out to reduce police funding by 20% by 2015. The subsequent decisions made, such as reducing the size of the workforce and closing some police stations, were argued to have no impact on the quality of policing, instead 'value for money' policing would be delivered. Local authorities have also been subject to budget cuts, with some introducing money saving initiatives which are likely to impact policing as well, for example, turning street lights off in the early hours of the morning. To investigate whether or nor policing has been impacted by the consequences of the recession, this dissertation took the form of a case study on the area of Watford. By carrying out a literature review on relevant research and conducting semi-structured interviews with councillors of Watford, it was concluded that policing in the area had undoubtedly been negatively affected. The main finding was that the popular neighbourhood policing model had been undermined by the government's priority to meet financial targets. As this is a case study, it should be noted that the findings cannot be generalised to all communities across England and Wales.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 12:40
    Last Modified: 04 Dec 2015 12:40

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