ACPO response to Home Secretary announcement about police professional body
The Home Secretary has announced that a new police professional body to support all police officers and civilian policing professionals will be set up next year.
ACPO President, Sir Hugh Orde said:
“Modern policing is increasingly difficult, demanding, and delivered by a workforce of police officers and staff with huge commitment and professionalism. To recognize that expertise through a new professional body is a significant opportunity which ACPO welcomes and which could help fight crime and improve our service to the public.
“A key issue will be establishing the right relationship between chief police officers and the new professional body. National coordination of operational policing is entirely delivered by the voluntary association of chief officers through ACPO. Reform is required but must preserve those critical national functions which keep the public safer from national threats, like terrorism, organised crime, public order, and so on, while putting our structure on a more secure and sustainable footing.
"These proposals will affect all members of the service and ACPO will continue to work closely with the Home Office and staff associations including the Police Federation, Superintendents’ Association and Unison as they develop.”
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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.