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. 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:

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)

Board Minutes


26 April 2018

1 March 2018

29 January 2018


6 December 2017 

14 September 2017

12 June 2017

25 May 2017

26 April 2017

1 March 2017


14 December 2016

11 November 2016

23 September 2016

15 July 2016



PRTB Chair Welcomes PTF funding 2018/19 – APCC – August 2018

Home Office awards over £100m to police transformation – Home Office – August 2018

Police forces save £273m on equipment cost – Home Office – May 2018 

Transforming Forensics Programme Directors’ Blog Post – On Transforming Forensics – January 2018


Home Secretary’s Announcement on Police Funding 2018 – Home Office – December 2017 

‘Vision 2025 – One Year On’ – APCC & NPCC – November 2017

NPCC Chair, Speech to APCC & NPCC Joint Summit 2017 – NPCC – November 2017

Home Secretary, Speech to APCC & NPCC Joint Summit 2017 – Home Office – November 2017

APCC Response to HMICFRS Modern Slavery Report – APCC – October 2017

Chair, Business Enablers Sub-Board, Response to RUSI Report: Big Data and Policing – APCC – September 2017

Chair PRTB – ‘On Funding and Transformational Change’ – Police Professional – September 2017 

Chair PRTB – Welcomes Funding for Police Reform – APCC – September 2017

Home Office Funds Video Enabled Justice Programme – Home Office – September 2017

APCC Response – First Tranche of Funding Awarded under 17/18 Police Transformation Fund – APCC – August 2017

£20m boost to tackle online grooming – Home Office – August 2017

Home Secretary Awards £7.5m for police welfare service – Home Office – July 2017

Police Transformation Funding – 2016 to 2017 – April 2017

Home Office Funding to support police and fire collaboration – Home Office – April 2017



Transformation Funding vital to helping police modernise – NPCC – December 2016 

Police Put Transformation Plans Into Action – NPCC – November 2016

Policing Vision 2025 – APCC & NPCC – November 2016 

Home Secretary, Speech to APCC & NPCC Joint Summit 2016 – Home Office – November 2016

Chair APCC, Speech to APCC & NPCC Joint Summit 2016 – APCC – November 2016

Chair, Police Reform and Transformation Board, Response to Specialist Capabilities Phase One Report – APCC – October 2016



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