Recommended reading for those wishing to engage in the police reform debate & also effect change

30 Jun

We are now just over 4 months away from the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

The challenges faced by British policing midway through 2012 and beyond  are so big it is beyond what politicians, senior managers, the Police Federation, the Superintendents Association, Chief Police Officers Staff Association, police staff trade unions or Police & Crime Commissioners can do on their own.

The performance management compliance framework which drives British policing is not fit for purpose because it is focused on output.

We need to understand cause and effect relationships.

There needs to be tangible action not just rhetoric which recognises that police officers and staff are not barriers to change – they are agents of change.

Over they years policing has had many titles including team policing.

It is well-known that people in teams understand best how things work and why things go wrong because they see it and experience it everyday. So engage with practitioners, listen to practitioners and together we may be able to effect change for the benefit of all.

It appears that at present we are nationally a long way off being able to do the above. So lets all play our part in the process – engaging with each other, listening to each other and working together to develop shared solutions that don’t just deliver short term cuts but actually deliver continuous improvement in the best police service in the world.

To do that here is our recommended reading list (all of equal relevance) for Police and Crime Commissioners and all those wishing to work together (it is based on an assumption that people have read Edmund Davies, Sheehy, Winsor, Neyroud & Hutton):

  • In The Office of Constable – Sir Robert Mark
  • Force & Persuasion (the story of the Police Federation) – Tony Judge
  • Globalising British Policing (the history of policing)- Georgina Sinclair
  • The Great British Bobby (british policing from 1829 to present) – Clive Emsley
  • The Turnaround – Bill Bratton (needs to be read in conjunction with Giullani Leadership)
  • Leading the Lean Enterprise Transformation – George Koenigsaecker
  • The 7 habits of highly effective people – Stephen Covey
  • The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein
  • Collective Learning for transformational change (a guide to collaborative action) – Valerie Brown & Judith Lambert
  • Cultures and Crimes – Norman Dennis & George Erdos
  • The rebirth of private policing – Les Johnston
  • Private policing – Mark Button

This reading will enable us to have meaningful dialogue as we deal with the threats to and opportunities for British policing in the light of 20% budget cuts, changes to pay, pensions, conditions of service and the spectre of mass police privatisation.


Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “Recommended reading for those wishing to engage in the police reform debate & also effect change

  1. improvingpolice

    July 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    How about adding my book and blog to your reading list? “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” ( My blog is at

    • nypfjbb

      July 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Haven’t read your book , have read the others – if get chance to read it will happily add it

  2. ianchisnall

    July 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I think that some of the books are much more general in nature (and would apply to life in any organisation) such as the 7 habits, whereas there are some books that help set the context for the PCC role. The one I am reading is the Great British Bobby by Clive Emsley which I can heartily recommend.

    • nypfjbb

      July 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Agreed entirely but people need to understand change and how it should / could be done


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