National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms
Commission research on prevalence of problem gambling among offenders (HL)
This is still ongoing but will focus on looking at police practice and awareness and is due to be published in June 2022.
Conducted in-house by Howard League staff, this research seeks to gain a national picture of police awareness and strategy regarding problem gambling The research is based on responses to FOI requests by all police forces in England and Wales, supplemented by case studies of the experience and practices of a number of force and Liaison and Diversion (L&D) representatives The aims of the research are to establish a broad picture of the prevalence of gambling related crime, extrapolating the links with problem gambling where possible; to highlight the role of police custody as criminal justice gatekeepers; to share good practice; and finally, to explore the nature of gambling related crime beyond high level fraud and develop a more nuanced understanding. Analysis is currently taking place The findings will form the basis of communication with newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners, with the aim of putting problem gambling on their priority list The research is supported by Commissioners Matt Burton and Neil Platt.
Final findings are being analysed and final report due in May 2021.
Research Commission three - prevalence of problem gambling amongst those who commit crimes is planned to be advertised in January.