This book is a comprehensive account of crime prevention policy in England and Wales. It examines crime prevention policy under the Conservative Government and examines the direction that the newly elected Labour administration is taking. Particular attention is paid to the years 1995 to 1997. The book goes beyond the Home Office and examines the roles of the Police, Probation, Crime Concern, NACRO, the Local Government Association and the role of the national Community Safety Network in national crime prevention policy making. It examines how some agencies influence policy and how others have struggled to have a voice. The methods used to conduct the research include interviewing key persons involved in national crime prevention policy making; distributing questionnaires to police and probation officers of all ranks in Boroughville; and analyzing documents from various organizations such as the Police Probationer Training manual and minutes to the Association of Chief Police Officers sub-committee on crime prevention from their inaugural meeting in September 1986 until May 1995.
’…will be repeatedly consulted by crime prevention and community safety practitioners and by applied criminologists. It provides a uniquely detailed account of the national organizations involved in crime prevention. It will come to be the definitive record of the bizarrely shifting organizational face of crime prevention in the 1980s and 1990s, masking the consistent personal influence of a small number of influential policy-makers.’ Ken Pease, University of Huddersfield, UK ’The most positive aspect of this book is the very detailed consideration of the Home Office and some of the other most influential bodies…provides a very sophisticated breakdown of key departments, committees and even individuals in crime prevention…some interesting insights.’ LCCJ Newsletter ’…a detailed and informative study which describes how policies aimed at crime prevention are actually made in England and Wales…interesting insights into the fashioning of English criminal justice policy…useful material.’ The Law and Politics Book Review
1. Introduction. 2. The Home Office as a Whole. 3. The Home Office Departments. 4. The Police Service. 5. The Probation Service. 6. Crime Concern & NACRO. 7. National Representation for Local Authorities. 8. Conclusion.
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