Reshaping policing for the public

25 June 2015

Police reform continues to be a matter of serious debate and today’s discussion paper by the national advisory group on policing in austerity makes clear the police service and law enforcement agencies in England and Wales are committed to change so that policing best meets the needs of the public within a climate of continuing budget pressures.   

Made up of police and crime commissioners; senior officers and staff; the College of Policing ; staff association and trade union representatives and supported by HMIC, the group met to debate how to protect local policing while enhancing capability and resilience in new and emerging areas of policing, as well as increasing joint-working locally with other organisations involved in public protection.

The paper concludes by recommending the creation of a national reform group or board to take this significant piece of work forward.  You can read the full report here.  

Steve White, chair, Police Federation of England and Wales, said:

“We welcome the report by the Advisory Group, which draws attention to some of the key areas in policing that require immediate reform.

“We have long advocated the need for change and reform in order to meet the increasing demands and challenges of policing in this country.

“Crime is changing and the police forces in England and Wales must change too if they are to fulfil their duty to protect the public.

“However, it’s important that change of any kind is based on credible evidence, and led by the people who know and care about policing, something which a recent report by the National Audit Office (NAO) found is lacking.

“The government must work with the police and police organisations to introduce fairer budgets and a structured police service that can work better with public sector organisations, so that it remains a police service that is fit for purpose.”