ACPO comment on the appointment of the head of the National Crime Agency
Under the leadership of Chief Constable Keith Bristow the NCA offers law enforcement agencies and the police an opportunity to raise their game against some of the most dangerous and harmful criminals in the UK
ACPO president Sir Hugh Orde said:
"We congratulate Chief Constable Keith Bristow on his appointment as head of the new National Crime Agency. Under his leadership, the NCA offers law enforcement agencies and the police an opportunity to raise their game against some of the most dangerous and harmful criminals in the UK. A better coordinated response between the international reach and capability of this new agency and the ‘eyes and ears’ of local neighbourhood policing teams can help keep our streets and communities safer.
"Keith Bristow came through a very strong field of police leaders for this job, and has a background as national lead on crime for ACPO, chair of the G8 law enforcement group and Director of the National Criminal Intelligence Service. This appointment gives the new agency the strong leadership it needs to build towards becoming effective and fully operational by the end of 2013."
For more information contact
The ACPO Press Office can be contacted via 020 7084 8946/47/48 (office hours) or via 07803 903686 (out of office hours).
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.