It's an ill Wind: Self Selection Policing Opportunities in the Pandemic

Jason Roach, Kenneth Pease

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper


Policing is under increasing pressure because of low rates of detection and the subsequent official processing of offenders. Bringing serious and prolific offenders to justice through detection and official processing is important to
the integrity of the criminal justice system but is difficult, particularly at a time of manpower cuts and other pressures. Self-selection policing (SSP) can be a useful approach to detection as it highlights the extent to which serious offenders also commit less serious, and more easily detected, offences. The COVID19 pandemic offers increased opportunities, presented by the social distancing rules and other related restrictions, for exploiting this policing approach.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity College London
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameUCL JDI Special Series on Covid-19
ISSN (Print)2635-1625


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