Policing and Devolution What the Scots decision means to policing England and Wales.

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Following the recent vote in Scotland to maintain the United Kingdom, the question of more powers being devolved to local communities has gained momentum.

Much debate has been about the finances of the Union and a reassessment of the Barnett formula that currently underpins the funding of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. However questions have been asked in the nations great cities and regions as to how they may direct their own futures. How might these debates affect policing across the UK?

Policing too is at a crossroads; currently we have a single police force for Northern Ireland (the PSNI) a recently formed unified force for Scotland but in England and Wales there are 43 ‘Home Office’ forces. However there has been debate about regionalising these forces for the past 35 years. Efforts under the previous government to amalgamate police forces failed to gain critical mass although national policing…

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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