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Effectiveness of Government response to violent crime scrutinised

15 March 2019

As part of its inquiry into serious violence, the Home Affairs Committee takes evidence from academic experts and practitioners, and the former Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Denis O'Connor on the effectiveness of the Government's activities to counter the recent increase in violent crime.


Tuesday 19 March in Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Dr Carlene Firmin, Principal Research Fellow, University of Bedfordshire
  • Dr Simon Harding, Professor in Criminology, University of West London
  • Junior Smart, Business Development Manager, St Giles Trust

At 11.00am

  • Sir Denis O'Connor CBE QPM, former Chief Inspector of Constabulary

The session is likely to cover:

  • Factors that might be driving the increase in violent crime, including school exclusions and county lines
  • The effectiveness of the Government's response, and whether new structures or roles are needed at a national level to deal with the problem
  • The police's response to serious violence, including the impact of funding cuts and the effectiveness of tactics such as stop and search
  • Early intervention and the 'public health approach' 

Further information

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