Police forces across the UK have been the subject of a growing list of scandals over the past decades. Critics of the police point to events such as Hillsborough and the killing of Mark Duggan amongst others as an example of institutional racism and incompetence.
However, supporters of the force argue that the police is improving and state it and the officers who work hard for it to protect the citizens of the UK everyday. Some argue that the problems within the police simply reflect divisions and prejudices within society and are not particular to the force itself.
The Manchester Debating Union asks: should we have faith in the police?
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Dr Michael M Shiner
Senior research fellow in the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at LSE
Director of the independent police watchdog The Monitoring Group
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Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester Police
President of the Police Superintendents Association for England and Wales