But despite the investment, the police still "fail to deliver security against both serious national crimes, such as guns, drugs and people trafficking, and local crimes such as anti-social behaviour", said Reforms scathing report.
Elizabeth Truss, deputy director of Reform, said: "The threat of crime is changing and growing. But the police response has been hampered by the obsolete structure of 43 regional forces. England and Wales need a national lead force on serious crime such as gun crime, drugs and people trafficking. Reform suggests that the current police structure should be ripped up and replaced with up to 95 local police forces while the Metropolitan Police takes national responsibility for major crime.
Reform said the "makeshift structure" of policing was "opaque and unaccountable" and sweeping changes in accountability and transparency were needed to tackle all levels of offending. It labelled the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) a "self-perpetuating oligarchy" of senior police officers who would soon gain even more power under the Policing and Crime Bill.
"The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) is the wrong answer to the right question. The Metropolitan Police is the de facto national force and needs to be formally responsible. Data shows small police forces catch more criminals than larger ones. The current 43 forces should be split into a total of around 95 so police forces can properly reflect their local communities."
The recommendations are the opposite of abandoned Government plans to improve accountability and efficiency by reducing the number of forces to 26 larger regional constabularies.
Meanwhile, police are gearing up for a massive spending spree on a summer of repression against the people of this country as civil society looks towards holding the government and banking system to account for the havoc they have caused to our economy and ecology.