The Police Foundation UK

The UK’s policing think tank

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The Police Foundation is the only independent think tank focused exclusively on improving policing and developing knowledge and understanding of policing and crime reduction. Our mission is to generate evidence and develop ideas which deliver better policing and a safer society. We do this by producing trusted, impartial research and by working with the police and their partners to create change.

Our impact

The Police Foundation was founded in 1979, by the late Lord Harris of Greenwich, to provide an independent source of research and analysis to inform policing policy and practice. With social and technological changes transforming patterns of crime, this mission is more important today than ever.

The Police Foundation has had a major impact on policing in the UK:

  • Our work on the roles of responsibilities of the police helped pave the way for the introduction of PCSOs.
  • Our Independent Inquiry into the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 helped to open the debate about reform of our drug laws.
  • Our Roadcraft publication is recognised as the gold standard manual for police driver training in the UK.

If you would like to know more about our work, or have a project you would like to discuss please contact us in the first instance on [email protected]. We are always keen to hear from organisations working in the criminal justice and policing arena.

How We Are Funded

The Police Foundation is an independent registered charity, and our work would not be possible without the support offered to us by a wide range of funders, including charitable trusts, foundations, businesses and individual donors. Most of our funding comes in the form of charitable grants or donations, although we also carry out consultancy work for organisations such as police forces.

The Police Foundation believes that there is a public interest in the funding of think tanks, and we are committed to transparency in this area. Every year our annual accounts are published on the Charity Commission website, outlining how our funds are raised and spent.

We are extremely grateful for the generosity of all our supporters. Those for the year ended 30 June 2020 are shown below.

Unrestricted donations and funding

The Tompkins Foundation £25,000
The Basil Samuel Charitable Trust £5,000
HMRC – CJRS grant for furloughed staff £10,587
Other small grants and donations £12,395
Investments £9,203

Restricted grants

The Dawes Trust £148,000
Deloitte £40,000
The Home Office £30,000
Trust for London £28,000
NPCC commission/Dorset Police £29,400
University of Leeds £4,000
B&CE £9,600
KPMG £4,850

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.


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