Blogs

Railway policing devolution

Atkinson and Murray The end of the line? The British Transport Police in Scotland Policing Insight, 11 June 2018.

Revealed: ongoing costs of flawed BTP merger Sceptical Scot, 18 March 2018.

BTP merger standoff threatens constitutional crisis for the SPA Herald, 21 March 2018.

Atkinson and Murray Leaving Home: The impact of the British Transport Police-Police Scotland merger on officers and staff Policing Insight, 13 March 2018.

The case for an independent review of the BTP merger Sceptical Scot, 26 February 2018.

Passing the baton on the BTP merger Sceptical Scot, 18 November 2017.

Putting the BTP merger on hold (2): Crown Servants and contracts Sceptical Scot, 24 September 2017.

Putting the BTP merger on hold Sceptical Scot, 10 September 2017.

Brexit on wheels – taking control of BTP functions Sceptical Scot, 11 August 2017.

Integrating British Transport Police on a ‘shoogly peg’ Sceptical Scot, August 2016.

Police Scotland reform and governance

Who guards the guards at Police Scotland? Sceptical Scot, November 2017.

Taking the politics out of policing appointments Sceptical Scot, June 2017.

Police Scotland changes course Sceptical Scot, April 2017.

Police Scotland and failing parliamentary oversight Sceptical Scot, September 2016.

Policing by Numbers Scottish Justice Matters, November 2015.

Stop and search in Scotland

A good news story November, 2016.

The new authoritarians: SNP and stop and search Rattle, January 2016.

No need for new alcohol search powers Sceptical Scot, January 2016.

Recent events regarding ‘stop and search’ in Scotland should deliver some sharp lessons in political accountability Democratic Audit, November 2015.

Evidence-based policing…the importance of good quality data Scottish Institute for Policing Research, September 2015.

Policing, postcodes and poverty Scottish Justice Matters, June 2015.

Calling time on stop and search: The case against alcohol powers Scottish Justice Matters, March 2015.

Stop and search in Scotland: legality and accountability Scottish Justice Matters, February 2015.

Where stop and search with a firearm became routine Conversation, November 2014.

Awkward questions – why policing needs independent academic research Responding Differently, November 2014.

Stop and search in Scotland: the SPA scrutiny review and Police Scotland’s response Scottish Justice Matters, October 2014.

Call for police stop and search legislation Scottish Justice Matters, June 2014.

The loose rules at the heart of Scotland’s stop and search problem need tightened  Conversation, June 2014.