5 November 2019
Peter Binning writes for The Times
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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