We need to check your thinking

Think tank: Civitas

Author(s): Dr Richard Norrie; Hardeep Singh

September 25, 2022

This report from UK think tank Civitas looks at how identity politics is warping police priorities from within.

Richard Norrie and Hardeep Singh examine the role of identity politics and how it is warping police priorities from within. The authors take a critical look at the police’s fundamental commitment to impartiality and their role in contentious matters of a political nature. This book looks at the dramatic increase in ‘non-crime hate incidents’ (NCHIs) over a five-year period through a series of Freedom of Information requests. The authors find that NCHIs have been applied ‘in a manner inconsistent with freedom of speech.’ Norrie and Singh discuss the role of the College of Policing, criticising this body for ‘a progressive reorientation of the police.’ This work examines how the College of Policing has deepened the influence of identitarianism and looks at the recent ‘Race Action Plan’ as an example of how the organisation is encouraging identity politics, based on the radical political ideology known as ‘critical race theory.’