The wording of this promise is pretty broad, and if you read page 44 of the manifesto you’ll see it’s the opening sentence of a section titled “Strengthening the police and security services”. What then follows is a list of nine specific actions the government intends to adopt in order to achieve it. So, similar to the Deliver security from terrorism and crime policy, we’re considering this an “umbrella promise” – meaning it is made up of other more targeted promises.
It’s worth noting there is a degree of subjectivity to the word “help” that we have to take into account. For example, even if all the related policies were achieved, could it be possible that the police forces and prosecutorial services don’t feel “helped” in their work of fighting crime, protecting the public and providing security for businesses?
What’s more, it’s also possible that this ambition does get achieved yet without the government delivering any of the nine related policies – i.e. the government achieves it by doing something else.
We’re going to need to gather opinions from several organisations closer to this subject than we are in order to give you the full, balanced picture. This is complex and open to various interpretations.
Until then, given that some of the related policies are ‘in progress’ or ‘done’, we can say this is overall ‘in progress’. The really interesting analysis will come when we get opinion from other organisations as to their perceived effectiveness of these measures. Follow this policy to be the first to hear.
- Create a national infrastructure police force
- Incorporate the Serious Fraud Office into the National Crime Agency
- We will extend direct entry into the police, including at chief officer level
- Invest in our security services
- Maintain and develop counter-terrorism strategy
- Bolster the response to cyber threats
- Widen the role of police and crime commissioners
- Ensure that crime commissioners sit on local health and wellbeing boards
- Devolve more criminal justice responsibility and budgets to local commissioners