Oxford University academics have found no evidence to support the idea that people in Britain are under a state of civil war when it comes in the wake of the government’s controversial police reforms.
The research, published in the British Journal of Criminology, argues that the idea of a “coup” is not supported by the data on how police are deployed or the type of incidents they are involved in.
Professor Daniel Coyle, one of the authors of the study, told news.com.au that the “crisis” was not something people were seeing on the street.
“I think that the perception of a civil war is very widespread.
It’s just not the case,” he said.
The researchers, who included academics from the School of Psychology, found that the use of force by police officers was not an issue in the UK, with incidents recorded falling by less than 1 per cent.
They found that incidents involving police were less likely to involve firearms, with just 1 per half of incidents involving a weapon recorded as not having one, and incidents involving knives and other weapons falling by 3 per cent, compared with 7 per cent for firearms.
A further 6 per cent of incidents involved incidents involving drugs and 18 per cent involved offences involving sexual offences.
Professor Coyle said the research was an attempt to better understand what the public perceives as a “real” crisis and how it could be managed.
“It’s important to understand the context in which people are experiencing it and the impact that it’s having on people,” he explained.
“In the US, we often think of it as a crisis when a president is impeached, and people get really angry and upset.
But it’s not a crisis for most people in the US.”
What we found is that this is really happening at a broader level, and that’s something that is often under-appreciated.
“This is not something that’s going to be going away overnight.”
Professor Coyne said it was important to recognise the role of the media in the perception that people were in a state for “a brief moment”.
“It is a real phenomenon,” he noted.
He said the idea “is not necessarily true”.
“The media are reporting it and they’re doing it with great skill,” he told news and opinion.
“[The idea that] people are going to go to the barricades and start shooting each other is not going to happen in Australia.”
He also said the fact that there was no “surge” in violence on the streets, as there was in other parts of the world, was not a reflection of the impact of the police reforms in Britain.
But he acknowledged the issue had “a lot of merit”.
“You see it in the United States where it has gone on for a while now and it’s been fairly calm and quiet, and we see a little bit of that [surge] in other countries as well,” he conceded.
“I don’t think the public perception is wrong.
It does have an impact on people’s perceptions of the crisis.”
Professor Coley also argued that there had been an attempt at “bait and switch” tactics by police to manipulate the public.
“There’s a whole lot of talk of a fake crisis, where the media are just doing this, and saying ‘the police are doing this’, ‘the prime minister is doing this’,” he said, “and then the public will go to their police stations and do the opposite”.
Mr Morrison responded by saying that it was a “totally misleading” and “unacceptable” statement, but that he would not apologise for it. “
There’s always been this element of the public being misled.”
Mr Morrison responded by saying that it was a “totally misleading” and “unacceptable” statement, but that he would not apologise for it.
Meanwhile, the Government has released its final “snap” national police statistics, which showed a 0.7 per cent increase in the number of reported incidents between January and May.
Topics:police,community-and-society,government-and toffee-2811,crime,police-sieges,britain,australiaFirst posted March 27, 2019 09:56:21Contact Sarah MurnaghanMore stories from Victoria