Police Reform

Reform and transformation

The APCC and the NPCC are working with police leaders to reform and transform policing by 2025.


Globalisation and digitisation presents new challenges that have increased the complexity of the police task. Recorded acquisitive crime has fallen but there have been significant increases in cases of child safeguarding and domestic abuse. Serious and organised crime generates new threats, like human trafficking. Terrorism has become more fragmented and harder to combat. As people do more and more online, the threat from cybercrime grows.

Policing has to develop new tactics and capabilities to meet these threats and keep people safe. It also has to ensure it provides effective, value for money service that the public can trust.


The APCC, with the NPCC, Staff Associations and the College of Policing, has published a vision for policing in 2025 that sets out why and how the police service needs to transform. The vision is available here.


The vision lays out five priorities for reform:

  • local policing;
  • specialist capabilities like armed policing and organised crime investigation;
  • digital policing;
  • building a workforce with the right skills for the future;
  • improving collaboration in business support services.

Police Reform and Transformation Board

Bringing police leaders together, the Police Reform and Transformation Board will support the service in making changes aiming to transform policing by 2025. The changes are needed to tackle new threats and improve the service for the public.

The board met for the first time on February 23 2016 and is an unincorporated, voluntary association of its members who will work collaboratively to reform policing for the benefit of the public. Its purpose is to oversee and support the change to ensure it is coherent and provides the best service to the public, working with the NPCC coordination committees, APCC standing groups, Home Office forces and the National Crime Agency.

The board is PCC chaired with the following members:

  • Nottinghamshire PCC Paddy Tipping (Chair), North Yorkshire PCC Julia Mulligan, Northumbria PCC Vera Baird, Gloucestershire PCC Martin Surl, Hertfordshire PCC David Lloyd
  • Three chief constables: Chief Constable Leicestershire Simon Cole, Chief Constable Essex Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Constable West Midlands David Thompson
  • Metropolitan Police representative: Deputy Commission Craig Mackey
  • Other policing bodies representatives – Member of the City of London’s Police Committee Simon Duckworth and Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime representative Rebeca Lawrence
  • NPCC Chair Sara Thornton
  • Chief Executive College of Policing: Alex Marshall
  • Director General National Crime Agency: Lynne Owens
  • Director General Crime & Policing Group (Home Office): Paul Lincoln
  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (observer) – Sir Tom Winsor

Board Minutes

25 May 2017

26 April 2017

1 March 2017

14 December 2016

11 November 2016

23 September 2016

15 July 2016


  • Jacky Courtney – Director of Police Reform Development
  • Jane Carey – Police Reform Support Officer
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