** In light of the ongoing pandemic, this year's conference is moving online, and will now take place on 17-18 June 2021, as a virtual conference. Registrants will be updated on the revised programme, shortly. **
The 2021 Cumberland Lodge Police Conference examines criminal justice approaches to addressing historical wrongs in society. It explores the role of the police in promoting successful and enduring reconciliation and the pursuit of wider social justice.
Police officers at all levels will meet online with historians, legal professionals, charity representatives, academics, senior civil servants and future leaders, to exchange views and share ideas, drawing on experiences from the UK and beyond.
Our annual Police Conference has been influencing policing and criminal justice matters since the early 1980s. Every summer it brings together a cross-sector delegation to stimulate fresh thinking on pressing issues regarding the relationship between the police and society. The Police Conference is now in its 39th year, and it normally takes place as a three-day residential conference at Cumberland Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.
How should we respond to past harms?
This virtual conference addresses the following questions:
- How should we respond to moral shifts, which turn actions of the past, once considered legitimate or ordinary, into crimes or acts of discrimination and oppression?
- How do we deal with new social and ethical standards to judge the past?
- What are we trying to achieve with investigations – and how can other, non-police actors become involved in the process of creating accountability without focusing on blame?
- Beyond police investigations, how can prominent public inquiries or independent panels contribute to addressing past wrongs?
- What can public institutions learn from victim experience? And, what should be the role of victims and their testimony in attempts to investigate historical wrongs?
- How should the relationship between the state and the media be designed in order to achieve both high levels of independent scrutiny and accessible communication?
This year, our participatory sessions will explore:
- Putting the past right
- The experience of Northern Ireland
- Justice, accountability and blame
- Public enquiries and successful scrutiny
- The victim's perspective
- The challenges of investigation
- The state and the media
There will be opportunities for group discussion and breakout-room sessions throughout, and time allocated for informal networking with fellow participants.
The conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule, in order to enable frank and productive conversations.
Sir George Hamilton QPM - Former Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
Cumberland Lodge Report
We will be presenting the key themes of discussion and cross-sector recommendations from this conference in a Cumberland Lodge Report on ‘Towards Justice: Law Enforcement & Reconciliation’.
The report will be reviewed and refined at an expert consultation in September, before being launched in central London and published online and in print.
We have commissioned Professor Martina Feilzer (Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Bangor University) to support these discussions as a freelance Research Associate, and to write our pre-conference briefing and final report.
We warmly welcome all registrations of interest in attending, but attendance is by invitation only, to ensure a broad and balanced representation. If you would like to join this two-day virtual conference, please follow the 'Make Enquiry' button on this webpage to let us know how and why you would like to contribute.