Changes to policing collaboration, complaints and discipline, and pre-charge bail are among new provisions coming into force on 3.4.2017 under the Policing and Crime Act 2017.
Association President Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas said:
“The Policing and Crime Act 2017 is a key piece of legislation for the Government in respect of Policing and Criminal Justice reform.
“It has been through an extensive programme of consultation, followed by scrutiny in both Houses of Parliament.
“Throughout the consultation period, my Association worked closely with the Home Office on those aspects of the legislation that will have a direct impact on our members, the senior operational leaders in policing across England and Wales.
“We are particularly interested in how the changes being made to the areas of police conduct, discipline and inspection will improve service delivery and accountability to the public.
“This Association has long-argued that policing needs to move from a culture of seeking to apportion blame when things go wrong, to one where there is a genuine focus on encouraging personal and organisational learning in those cases that involve neither gross negligence or criminal behaviour.
“Such a sea-change in approach would improve policing for the public good, as well as for officers and staff.
“From the outset, we have supported changes to pre-charge bail to improve its management. However, we remain concerned that the legislative changes being introduced may prove unnecessarily bureaucratic.
“Through our members, we will monitor how implementation progresses as we are keen to ensure the policy intent behind the changes is not undermined.”
More information on the provisions is available in this Home Office circular.