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Banksy, Flying Copper (2004)

The Police of the United Kingdom kill far less people that the US Police.


A 2011 report by Transparency International concluded that although corruption is not endemic, police corruption in UK is a much greater problem than recognised and that there was an inadequate response to its growing threat.[1]

Policy Priorities

in 2015, Sara Thornton, the head of the new National Police Chiefs' Council stated that while burglary was an important crime for police, police man not visit burglaries in future. Pointing to financial cuts, she added "think of the threat to our children from sexual offences, from sexual abuse, from online abuse, that's what we've got to prioritise."[2]


Mass Surveillance

UK police have collected more than 19 million mugshot photos of suspects (i.e. presumed innocent people), a practice which was deemed unlawful in 2012.[3] Lord Justice Richards said: “It should be clear in the circumstances that a ‘reasonable further period’ for revising the policy is to be measured in months, not years.” However, in 2017 their retention was retroactively legalised, by a UK Home Office review which gave people the responsibility to request the police delete them - a request that the UK police may deny if they claim the images are needed "for a policing purpose".[4]


In 2017, the first UK police force announced plans for a "24-hour police drone unit".[5]


Events carried out

Operation Nicole2009 - Present
Project Rich Picture

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
The Violent Vocabulary of Policingwebpage13 December 2010Dibyesh Anand
Three Shattered Mythsopen letter26 January 2005Babar Ahmad