Lessons from the riots: policing and community engagement October 2012. Introduction. Background. What happened? There were 13,000 to 15,000 “active rioters” 5 people died The costs were £0.5 billion to total; plus impacts on tourism 4,000 suspected rioters were arrested
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Lessons from the riots: policing and community engagementOctober 2012
Recommendations are supported up by research commissioned from IPSOS MORI in six equally deprived areas, four which suffered riots. Of the 1200 people surveyed:
Police and the Public
Contact with the police
One in three people are concerned about the possibility of corruption in police forces, and one in five are worried that police might be dishonest.
While not suggesting this is in any way accurate, this perception must be damaging to the police’s relationship with the communities they serve.
Contact with the police
Black and minority ethnic happiness following contact with the police is significantly worse than it is for white people – 64 per cent, compared to 77 per cent.
In our Neighbourhood Survey, one in four who had recent contact with the police were unhappy at the way they were treated. In some areas it was as high as one in three.
The Metropolitan Police were cited in particular as having issues around positive or ‘quality’ contact.
A key aspect of accountability is public confidence in a robust complaints procedure. In England and Wales, complaints against the police are handled either locally by police forces or, in the most serious cases, by the IPCC.
In an IPCC survey of confidence in the police complaints system, 43 per cent of black people felt a complaint against the police would not be dealt with impartially (compared to 31 per cent of people generally).
In our Neighbourhood Survey, over 50 per cent of respondents felt it unlikely that something would be done as a result of a making a complaint against the police.
Accountability plays a large part in forming community relationships.
One year on...