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The Next Generation

Since 2012 we have highlighted promising practice and effective solutions for those with multiple complex needs and worked directly with PCCs and their staff to help implement those solutions.

Working closely with the Transition to Adulthood Alliance we have campaigned to raise understanding and awareness of the problems faced by The Revolving Doors group and young adults in contact with the criminal justice system.

The role of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), not least the ‘and crime’ element, offers the opportunity to improve outcomes for people stuck in the cycle of crisis and crime. PCCs can’t do this on their own however – and need to work with partners from across a range of sectors to make a positive difference.

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A new opportunity for creativity

The PCC's responsibility for wider crime reduction in their area (the ‘and crime’ part of their title) provides an opportunity to work creatively at a local level, encouraging and strengthening partnerships, linking with health and other community-based services and tackling the underlying causes of crime and reoffending.

The role of the PCC is to represent the voice of the people and to hold the police to account

They are important local decision makers with a broader remit than the Police Authorities that they replaced. They are responsible for:

  • Setting local policing priorities through a police and crime plan
  • Holding the Chief Constable to account
  • Working in partnership to prevent and reduce crime and improve community safety
  • Setting the local policing and community safety budget
  • Engaging with their local community

2019 - The Next Generation Project

Next Generation follows on our research publication that shows that childhoods that lead to a revolving door of crisis and crime have a typical pattern: exceptional levels of abuse, neglect, household disruption, exposure to community violence, and poverty so bad that even three meals a day are not guaranteed. 

We will support PCCs in developing practical answers to the combination of Adverse Childhood Experiences, poverty and disadvantage for young adults. Young adults in the 18-25 age group make up less than 10% of the general population but account for more than a third of the probation service’s caseload and a third of those sentenced to prison every year. They are also the group more likely to grow out of crime if given the right chances. 

Our aim is to create opportunities for young adults where they are appropriate diverted from the criminal justice system and prevent the next generation of young adults from entering the revolving door of crisis and crime. 

2016 - The Second Generation Project

2016 saw a second round of elections across England and Wales, with around half of the PCCs elected in 2012 standing down or being replaced.

This cohort – the Second Generation – provides the focus for further work until 2018.


2012 - The First Generation Project

That year saw the election of PCCs in England and Wales – this was First Generation. It represented a major change in the way that policing is run, abolishing the old Police Authorities and replacing them with organisations headed by directly elected PCCs.

In the Revolving Doors Agency’s First Generation project we worked closely with PCCs up and down the country.

We helped them to develop a better understanding of people with multiple and complex needs and introduce better service responses to those individuals.