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From: 20 Apr 2018 - 4:00pm
To: 22 Apr 2018 - 12:00pm
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Freedom vs Security

Rising incidences of terrorism, high-profile sexual abuse cases and spikes in hate crime have all contributed to a heightened public anxiety about security and public protection policing.

There are, however, contradictory public concerns about intrusive and disproportionate security measures. The absence of common societal values about security and liberty is a major challenge for policing, particularly against a backdrop reduced budgets and difficult resource allocation decisions.

The 37th Annual Cumberland Lodge Police Conference will explore the interplay between public security and individual freedoms. It will examine the call for greater police intervention and protection against the countervailing concerns about profiling bias, long-term retention of data, and intrusive intelligence gathering.

Over the course of three days it will address key pinch-points in public protection policing:

  • Safeguarding, vetting and disclosure
  • The collection and use of intelligence and data
  • Managing risk in relation to the harm people might pose in the future as much as on the harm they have already caused
  • The proportionality of counter-extremism measures.
  • Policing digital freedom

The programme will include sessions such as ‘The Politics of Public Protection’, ‘Fear, Risk and Regulation’, and ‘Public Protection by the Public? Vigilantes, Populism and Justice’. 

Cumberland Lodge will bring together a multi-agency delegation of senior police officers, civil servants, think tanks, lawyers and academics. 

Confirmed Speakers:

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, Norfolk Constabulary

DAC Neil Basu QPM, Metropolitan Police Servic

Detective Chief Inspector Paula Bickerdike, West Yorkshire Police

Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas

Roger Graef OBE, Visiting Professor, Mannheim Centre for Criminology, LSE

Louise Haigh MP, Shadow Minister for Policing

Max Hill QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

Arne Hintz, Senior Lecturer, Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University

Ian Loader, Professor of Criminology, University of Oxford

Mike Nash, Visiting Professor, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth

Dr Erin Saltman, Policy Manager EMEA, Facebook

Further speakers to be confirmed


To register for this event, click the large green 'Register' button to the right or bottom of this page.

Serving Police Officer/Staff: £495    

Public Sector Workers: £495

Academic / Researcher: £245

Charity Representatives: £245

Rates include single occupancy accommodation for the nights of Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April 2018 and all food for the duration of the conference


Cumberland Lodge brings together individuals from different walks of life and encourages healthy debate on key issues. It was heartening to listen and engage with colleagues. The environment provides you those valuable moments of self-reflection. You walk away feeling challenged to do more. - Participant at 36th annual Police conference Eliminating Slavery: Enhancing the Police Response, 2017

This conference brought together highly committed experts with vast professional knowledge and practice experience for a lively and mutually supportive exchange of views and ideas. I found this energising and substantially strengthened my resources and support networks. - Participant at 36th annual Police conference Eliminating Slavery: Enhancing the Police Response, 2017

‘I came away from the conference buzzing with energy from everything I was exposed to, a truly exceptional experience with some incredibly great minds, very thought provoking.’ - Participant at the 35th annual police conference A Divided Society? Challenges for Policing, 2016

‘In a busy action dominated world it is so hard for leaders to find some time and space for reflection and challenge. The conference brought together a range of provocative voices and the atmosphere in which they could be pondered and reflected upon.’ - Participant at the 35th annual police conference A Divided Society? Challenges for Policing, 2016

Student Bursaries

Student bursaries, which offer attendance, meals and shared accommodation free of charge, are available for this event from the charitable resources of Cumberland Lodge. Please download an application form from the Downloads box on this page, and return it to Education Officer, Dr Rachel Smillie, at  Please note that we are not able to cover travel expenses.


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