The Croydon Independent Local Review Panel, set up to look at what happened in Croydon in the run-up to 8th August, on the night itself and in the aftermath, why it happened and what can be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again, published its report yesterday. You can read the full report here.
The panel say that they decided to limit the length of their report to around 50 pages to encourage as many people as possible to read it in full. I can see why they took that decision but it does mean that the report focuses on what could have been done to stop the riots from a policing/security perspective - a better police response, better communication between agencies, better information gathering, a better relationship with young people, shop shutters etc - at the expense of what could be done to ensure that people don’t behave in this way when they think they are going to get away with it eg better parenting, better school discipline, tougher punishment but also action to deal with people’s underlying problems while they are in prison, having a less materialistic culture and spreading opportunity more equally.
Nevertheless it is a good piece of work with some important recommendations, particularly on rebuilding the relationship between young people, young adults and the police (in particular by making changes to stop and search), and I am grateful to the panel members, and the council officers who supported them, for the time they have put into it.