ACPO comment on Home Affairs Committee report on policing large scale disorder
ACPO responds to the Home Affairs Committee report on policing large scale disorder following the criminality and violence seen in August 2011
An ACPO spokesman said:
"This report recognises that the scale of the disorder seen in August was unprecedented and that its characteristics varied across the country. It is right to commend the numerous examples of officers on the ground who showed incredible bravery and resilience, as well as the way in which police forces supported one another through mutual aid, and made use of new channels such as social media to inform and communicate with the public.
"The committee also identifies some issues which we believe are critical to get right within current policing reforms. This includes the capacity and ability to move sufficient numbers of police officers around the country when required to protect the public from national threats. We will continue to look at all the various reports into the disorder to examine how the police service can best respond in future to the kind of exceptional criminality seen in August."
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The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is an independent, professionally led strategic body. In the public interest and, in equal and active partnership with Government and partner agencies, ACPO leads and co-ordinates the direction and development of the police service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In times of national need ACPO, on behalf of all chief officers, co-ordinates the strategic policing response.
ACPO’s 311 members consist of 223 chief police officers from the home forces of assistant chief constable rank (commanders in the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police) and above, plus 60 senior police staff members from the 44 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Non home forces such as British Transport Police have 25 chief police officer members and there are three members from the Service Police.