- 1 Jan 2024
London’s 2023 murders examined: key figures in the UK capital’s homicides
This report presents a detailed analysis of the estimated 103 homicides that occurred in Greater London in 2023, marked by a concerning trend in violent crimes. Stabbings emerged as the predominant method of killing, accounting for over 60% of cases.
- 27 Oct 2023
High firearm ownership among U.S. law enforcement officers linked to increased risk of suicidal thoughts, Rutgers study reveals
Rutgers University researchers have identified concerning links between high firearm ownership and storage practices among U.S. law enforcement officers and increased risk of suicidal thoughts,
- 26 Sep 2023
Opinion: having the army on standby as police firearm officers only risks exacerbating systemic issues
Met Police firearms officers have handed in their weapons over concern that one of their own has been charged with the murder of 24-year-old Chris Kaba
- 20 Feb 2023
Inquest analysis finds black people in the UK are seven times more likely to die following police restraint than white people
Inquest reveals black people are seven times more likely to die following restraint by police, with the report alleging racism is ignored as a factor in British policing. The report highlights that the British system of investigating deaths after contact with the police fails black families, and no officer has ever been found to have acted in a discriminatory way following a black person's death after contact with the police.
- 16 Feb 2023
Should you routinely arm police forces?
The article challenges the assumption that routinely arming police officers increases community or police safety, citing insufficient evidence to support the notion and finding a higher risk to civilians and officers from the excessive use of force in jurisdictions where police officers are routinely armed.
- 1 Jan 2023
London’s 2022 murders examined: key figures in the UK capital’s homicides
In 2022, Greater London witnessed a decline in homicides, with 109 cases, the lowest since 2014. Despite this overall decrease, this report unveils concerning trends: Black individuals were disproportionately represented as both victims and offenders of homicide, accounting for 44.04% of victims and 48.35% of accused.
- 14 Sep 2022
The Chris Kaba shooting and the reality of armed policing in modern Britain
The Metropolitan Police has refused to reveal the ethnicity of the armed police officers who were present in the controversial killing of Chris Kaba. This article explains why this matters.
- 22 Aug 2022
Rwanda’s refusal to let AOAV report on its treatment of refugees should be a warning call to the UK
Twelve refugees were killed by Rwandan police in 2018 and the country is attempting to shield itself from scrutiny – this should concern us all, writes Iain Overton
- 1 Jan 2022
London’s 2021 murders examined: key figures in the UK capital’s homicides
In 2021, Greater London experienced a record high in teenage homicides, predominantly due to knife and gun crimes, with about 30 male teenagers aged 14 to 19 becoming victims. This surge in violence, despite COVID-19 lockdowns, suggests that restrictions did not significantly dampen street violence.
- 3 Sep 2021
UK government cannot say if it has trained Indonesian police forces implicated in human rights abuse
A Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Defence found that the Government does not hold information about who it trains in Indonesia
- 19 Aug 2021
Myanmar Police Force were trained by British officers, UK Government admits
Under the European Union scheme Mypol, two UK police officers visited politically turbulent Myanmar in 2017 to provide equipment and training to modernise the police force, as revealed by a Freedom of Information request to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office; the scheme was later suspended in February 2021 by the EU following Myanmar's military coup and violent response to protests.
- 11 Feb 2021
Police Lethal Force and Accountability: a review
A new report that assesses four western European countries to see how often someone is killed by Police Forces, and the availability and reliability of the information on such killings, is reviewed by AOAV