Whose views count? Losing sight of sex in the Police Scotland ‘Your Police’ survey

Whose views count? Losing sight of sex in the Police Scotland ‘Your Police’ survey In a recent press article, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey police Lisa Townsend stated that police forces should collect data on both sex and…

New crowdfunder: Keeping sight of women’s rights in policy and law

Over the past two and a half years, we have researched and written about women’s sex-based rights and gender self-identification across different areas of public policy in the UK. We engage regularly with key decision makers and, within a short period of time, have established a strong record of impact based on careful research and analysis.

Letter to the Office for Statistics Regulation: update (18 August 2020)

Many thanks for taking the time to speak to us last week, and updating us on the criminal justice statistics review. Thanks too for talking us through OSR’s proposed statement regarding the collection of data on sex and gender identity. We have had time to reflect on our discussion and write now with some further comments on both topics...

Letter to the Office for Statistics Regulation (22 June 2020)

This letter may also be downloaded here 22 June 2020 DearWe would like to raise our formal concerns about the reliability of some of the statistics published in 'Criminal Proceedings in Scotland'. [1] This is a National Statistics for Scotland publication, which we understand means that it should meet identified user needs, are produced, managed…

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Views from Scottish policing (September 2020)

This briefing looks at some of the issues raised in the submissions from Police Scotland, Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS) and the Scottish Police Federation, namely those organisations who will be tasked with upholding the new law. Broadly supportive in some places and fiercely critical in others, the submissions capture the complexities that underlie the hate crime agenda, issues around public trust and police legitimacy, as well as more practical workload considerations and the costs of training 17,000 officers in what is emerging as a charged and contested area of law. 

The thin blue line: What inadequate protection for freedom of expression means in practice

This blog summarises why the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill needs to provide clearer protection for freedom of expression than is currently proposed by the Scottish Government. Some commentators have suggested that the Bill will criminalise making basic statements about the nature of sex and gender identity, in ordinary language. The risks here…

MBM statement on recording in the Scottish Criminal Justice System

Recorded crime statistics allows stakeholders, policy-makers and researchers to analyse and monitor offending trends, develop our understanding of offending behaviours, and to target resources and services. To ensure these statistics are valid, reliable and consistent, the data criteria of what is being measured needs to be clearly defined. However, for the purposes of collecting data…

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