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. While recorded acquisitive crime has fallen in recent years, recent figures have shown a rise alongside 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 was launched at the APCC/NPCC Partnership Summit in November 2016 and is available here.
The vision lays out five priorities for reform:
- local policing;
- specialist capabilities;
- digital policing;
- building a workforce with the right skills for the future;
- improving collaboration in business support services (enabling business delivery).
Police Reform and Transformation Board
Bringing police leaders together, the Police Reform and Transformation Board (PRTB) is supporting 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 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 portfolio groups, the Home Office and the National Crime Agency. The PRTB’s terms of reference are available here.
The board is PCC-chaired with the following members:
- Police and Crime Commissioners
- Chief Constables
- Metropolitan Police representative, Commissioner, MPS
- Other policing bodies representatives – Member of the City of London’s Police Committee and Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime representative
- NPCC Chair
- College of Policing, Chief Executive
- National Crime Agency, Director-General
- Home Office, Director General Crime, Policing & Fire Group
- Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service, Chief Inspector (observer)