Key Points
  • We will discuss the impact the pandemic has had on policing public order, police concerns around rising unemployment and the easing of restrictions, and the police strategy after COVID-19
  • We will focus on the latest proposed changes to police powers, including stop and search and the use of force, and the how the police are implementing them by HMIC lead inspector Matt Parr and NPCC Public Order Lead, CC BJ Harrington
  • You will hear from ACC Chris Noble, NPCC Protest Lead, on the lessons learnt from mass protests last year and how the national strategy for policing public order is changing
  • We will address the pressure the police are facing the front line, the impact this could have on their communities, and how the relationship between the police and public can be improved to better address the root causes of public disorder
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Overview
Expert Speakers:

  • Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Crime and Policing, UK Parliament
  • Matt Parr CB, HM Inspector of Constabulary, HMICFRS
  • Chief Constable BJ Harrington, Essex Police, NPCC Public Order Lead
  • Martin Surl, Gloucestershire Police, Police and Crime Commissioner
  • ACC Chris Noble, Humberside Police, NPCC Protest Lead
  • Sal Naseem, Regional Director for London, IOPC
  • Gemma Charge, Head of Analysis, NPoCC
  • Jeffrey DeMarco, Director, Crime and Justice NatCen
  • Niven Rennie, Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit
  • Madeleine Stone, Legal and Policy Officer, Big Brother Watch

    Public disorder is as a key concern on the UK’s National Risk Register. Last year saw large scale protests; the country is facing the toughest restrictions on freedoms in recent history; and immense economic and social impacts of COVID-19 on society continue. It is, undoubtedly, a critical moment to examine Police strategies for managing civil unrest.

    With the health of officers at risk, frequent, sometimes unclear, changes to the rules, and growing hostility towards the Police and lockdown, the Home Office has commissioned the HMIC to conduct a review. As this looks at increasing Police powers, some are concerned that this will only further divide the Police from communities.

    Join Westminster Insight’s expert-led Policing Public Order Digital Conference, where we will discuss how the national approach to dealing with public disorder is changing, how the Police are coping with unprecedented new demands, and how the rise in Police powers could impact civil liberties.


Agenda
Start

08:45 - 09:00
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

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Martin Surl Deputy Chair, APCC and PCC for Gloucestershire

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09:00 - 10:00
Keynote Address: Discussing the Challenges to Policing Public Order and the Government's Response

 
  • An overview of policing public order in the context of the last 12 months
  • Understanding the key challenges the police face, the need to increase police powers, and the impact this will have on the right to publicly demonstrate
  • Addressing how the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will be implemented and monitored
9:50 - 10:00 Questions and Discussion

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BJ Harrington Public Order Lead, NPCC

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Kit Malthouse MP Minister of State for Crime and Policing, UK Parliament

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Matt Parr, CB Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

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10:00 - 10:45
Covid-19 Panel: Civil Obedience and Disobedience During and After a Pandemic

 
  • Discussing the challenges the police have faced in enforcing the Coronavirus act 
  • Considering the impact of the emergency police powers act on civil liberties 
  • Applying the lessons learned from the pandemic on managing public order and improving the police's relationship with their communities 
10:35 - 10:45 - Questions and Discussion

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Jeffrey DeMarco Research Director, Crime and Justice, NatCen

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Madeleine Stone Legal and Policy Officer, Big Brother Watch

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10:45 - 11:00
Break

 

11:00 - 12:30
Tackling the Root Causes of Public Disorder in the Context of Covid-19

 
  • Discussing the relationship between Covid-19, poverty and rising levels of violence
  • Understanding and responding to the growing public hostility to the police in the face of ongoing restrictions
  • Addressing the best ways to prevent public disorder as we prepare for life after Covid-19

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Niven Rennie Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

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11:30 - 11:00
Addressing the New Legislation Around Stop and Search Powers

 
  • Examining the efficacy of stop and search in the context of new legislation
  • Addressing the disproportional use of stop and search and proactively engaging with targeted communities
  • Tackling the root causes of civil disorder and improving public trust in the police
11:20 - 11:30 Questions and Discussion
 

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Sal Naseem Regional Director for London, IOPC

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12:00 - 12:30
Afternoon Keynote Session: Understanding the National Strategy for Policing Protests

 
  • Discussing the police response to the large scale protests last year and the roadmap forward
  • Reviewing the police’s approach to managing protests in the context of current events
  • Preparing for the future of protests and the police’s response
12:20 - 12:30 Questions and Discussion

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Chris Noble Protest Lead, NPCC

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12:30 - 13:00
Reviewing the Challenges to and Legitimacy of Gathering and Using Intelligence during Protests

 
  • Understanding the role of police intelligence gathering during lawful and unlawful protests
  • Discussing the impact of intelligence gathering on the public’s right to privacy
  • Examining the challenges to police intelligence gathering during times of civil emergency 
12:50 - 13:00 Questions and Discussion

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Gemma Charge Head of Analysis, NPoCC

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13:00 - 13:15
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Martin Surl Deputy Chair, APCC and PCC for Gloucestershire

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End

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Gemma Charge Head of Analysis, NPoCC

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Jeffrey DeMarco Research Director, Crime and Justice, NatCen

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BJ Harrington Public Order Lead, NPCC

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Kit Malthouse MP Minister of State for Crime and Policing, UK Parliament

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Sal Naseem Regional Director for London, IOPC

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Chris Noble Protest Lead, NPCC

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Matt Parr, CB Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

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Niven Rennie Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

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Madeleine Stone Legal and Policy Officer, Big Brother Watch

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Martin Surl Deputy Chair, APCC and PCC for Gloucestershire

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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