Key Points
  • You will hear from the Minister of State for Crime and Policing, Kit Malthouse MP, HM'S Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr, and the NPCCs lead for public order Chief Constable BJ Harrington on how the national strategy for managing public order is changing
  • We will discuss the impact the pandemic has had on policing public order, concerns around rising unemployment, and the challenges to new legislation
  • You will hear from ACC Chris Noble, NPCC Protest Lead, on the lessons learnt from mass protests last year and how the policing of protests is evolving
  • 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
  • Alison Henandez, Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon and Cornwall Police
  • ACC Chris Noble, Humberside Police, NPCC Protest Lead
  • 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

    The UK’s National Risk Register lists public disorder as a key area of concern. Last year the country faced some of the toughest restrictions on freedoms in recent history, and the ongoing economic and social impacts of COVID-19 are immense. As we prepare for post-pandemic life it is crucial to examine police strategies for managing widespread civil unrest.

    At Westminster Insight’s expert-led Policing Public Order Digital Conference, you will hear directly from the Minister of State for Crime and Policing, HMICFRS, police organisations and charities on how the national approach to dealing with public disorder is changing.

    We will be discussing exactly how the The Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill will impact the balance of power between the protestor and police, what lessons have learned from lockdown and recent high level protests and how the proposed increase to police powers could further divide the police from their communities.


Agenda
Start

08:50 - 09:00
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

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Alison Hernandez Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon and Cornwall Police

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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 
10:30 - 10:45 - Questions and Discussion

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Madeleine Stone Legal and Policy Officer, Big Brother Watch

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Jeffrey DeMarco Research Director, Crime and Justice, NatCen

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10:45 - 11:00
Break

 

11:00 - 11:30
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 - 12:00
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 
11:50 - 12:00 Questions and Discussion

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Gemma Charge Head of Analysis, NPoCC

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12:00 - 12:30
Afternoon Keynote Session: Understanding the National Approach in Policing Protests

 
  • Looking back: discussing the police response to the large scale protests last year and the lessons learnt 
  • Where we are now: Understanding the current approach to managing protests in the context of recent events
  • What next: 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 - 12:45
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Alison Hernandez Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon and Cornwall Police

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End

Speakers

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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Alison Hernandez Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon and Cornwall Police

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

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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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Venue details

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