Few would argue with the notion that ‘prevention is better than cure’. Politicians of all parties agree on the importance of preventing social problems escalating into crises. One would struggle to find a police force, health service or local authority strategic document that does not call for more effort to be focused on preventative work.
There is a scarcity of research on why police officers voluntarily resign from the service. The numbers of police officers who felt that policing was not a ‘job-for-life’ and voluntarily resigned from the police service have risen – from 1,158 in the year ending March 2012 to 2,363 in the year ending March 2020.
Defining the challenge that English and Welsh policing should be designed and prepared to meet requires more than just a threat assessment.