Police readiness

Chapter summary

Our survey of police readiness for key crime challenges is revealing. It shows that leaders feel less well prepared to reduce the harms of online and private sphere crimes than traditional street crime and terrorism.

We highlight a case study of a police force that is embracing the opportunity to be a data driven organisation and provide suggestions for coordination across national, regional and local response.

Readiness for crime challenges

Police leaders are most concerned about their capacity to deal with technology-enabled crime, however there are still a number of crimes such as domestic violence that still require high focus from police.

Readiness for management challenges

Policing has made significant progress in developing its management and leadership capabilities in recent years. This is being enabled by the clear plans that most policing organisations have in place to develop their capabilities and effectiveness.

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Police readiness

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