The police service must change further to meet the needs of the public within a climate of continuing budget pressures and changing crime, according to a group of experts from across the policing spectrum.
Association President Irene Curtis and Vice President Gavin Thomas have been part of the National Debate Advisory Group, which has considered the issues surrounding policing in austerity.
The Group has produced a short discussion document titled ‘Reshaping Policing for the Public’ which details options to be considered in the national debate about the future of policing. It draws on two national events and public consultation through polling and focus groups and is intended to encourage the next stage of the debate with further views sought from the police service, interested parties and the public.
President Irene Curtis said:
“Last year HMIC’s report ‘Policing in austerity’ said it was time for an open and constructive debate about how policing is organised and resourced. It is clear the service needs think differently if it is to perform its role effectively in the new climate of reduced budgets, and the most fundamental aspect is ensuring that the needs of the public, in particularly, the most vulnerable, are put first.
“This paper, Reshaping Policing for the Public, is intended to stimulate this debate. We need broad agreement on the most pressing and immediate reforms by the Autumn in order to inform the thinking around the next Comprehensive Spending Review. The timetable, and the challenge behind it, is ambitious but policing, and the public, cannot afford to wait.”
The National Debate Advisory Group is made up of experts from across policing, including six chief constables, a police and crime commissioner, the College of Policing, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and also from bodies representing all ranks of police officers and staff.
During the course of the last year, the Group has developed a series of principles, reflecting the police’s mission to prevent crime and protect the public, which it says must underpin any future change.
The principles emphasise a preventative approach to policing and focus on protecting the public, enhancing capability and close co-operative working with other public services locally.
The paper suggests a possible new framework for policing should include:
Members are invited to give views and feedback on Reshaping policing for the public to Gavin Thomas.