Peter Binning writes for The Times on Government review into serious and organised crime
Partner Peter Binning has written for The Times regarding the Government’s recently announced review into serious and organised crime.
Ministers asked a former Metropolitan Police commissioner last week to review ways of launching yet another “new drive to crack down on all forms of serious and organised crime”. This is a disappointing but predictable government response after a decade of drastic cuts to law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
A review that will not report until spring next year when the lead organisation fighting organised crime, the National Crime Agency, is facing a £26 million cut is wholly inadequate. Another 20,000 police officers – as promised by the government – is a welcome gesture, but that will only replace those lost in cuts since 2010 and will take several years to achieve.
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