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8  The National Police Chiefs' Council

82. In April this year, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is to be scrapped, and a new co-ordinating body representing senior officers called the National Police Chiefs' Council will be created. Its functions will be:

·  Co-ordination of national operations including defining, monitoring and testing force contributions to the Strategic Policing Requirement.

·  Command of counter terrorism operations and delivery of counter terrorist policing through the national network as set out in the S22A agreement.

·  Co-ordination of the national police response to national emergencies and the mobilisation of resources across force borders and internationally.

·  National operational implementation of standards and policy as set by the College of Policing and Government.

·  Working with the College, development of joint national approaches on criminal justice, value for money, service transformation, information management, performance management and technology.

·  Working with the College (where appropriate), development of joint national approaches to staff and human resource issues (including misconduct and discipline) in line with Chief Constables' responsibilities as employers.

It is intended that the new National Police Chiefs' Council will "help police cut crime and keep the public safe, by joining up the operational response to the most serious and strategic threats". It will be hosted by—but be independent of—the Metropolitan Police.[103] On 1 December, ACPO announced that Chief Constable Sara Thornton of Thames Valley Police had been appointed as Chair of the Council.

83. As one of the final jigsaw pieces that make up the New Landscape of Policing, we asked our witnesses what they thought the NPCC would offer. Sir Hugh highlighted that the NPCC would differ from ACPO in that it would not be a private company limited by guarantee, but would be hosted within the Met. Otherwise, he said it would be delivering exactly the same operational requirement to maintain national co-operation and the delivery of critical national services, co-ordinating policing across the 44 forces at times of crisis and in pre-planned, large operations.[104] The Police Federation thought the Council seemed "pretty much like ACPO under a new name". The Federation were looking forward to continuing on their constructive relationship with ACPO under the National Police Chiefs' Council.[105]

84. In addition, both Sir Hugh and the Police Federation highlighted that a number of ACPO's functions have already moved to the College. Sir Hugh Orde thought that the current professional relationship between the College and ACPO would be reproduced. He said that the strength of the landscape was that no coverage had been lost by reorganising ACPO into the NPCC. Anything relating to policy will be delivered through the Professional Committee of the College of Policing; anything that is operational will go to Council.[106]

85. We welcome the creation of the National Police Chiefs' Council, and in particular the clear distinction between their function, which is to co-ordinate operational policing, and that of the College, which is responsible for policy-making and best practice. This should help to aspects of confusion in recent years when both the College of Policing and ACPO have issued guidance on the same topic.

103   http://news.acpo.police.uk/releases/update-on-acpo-future Back

104   Qq 35-37 Back

105   Qq 17-18 Back

106   Qq 117-123 Back

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