HOME SECRETARY Priti Patel has asked the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) to lead a review of productivity in policing. The NPCC will now oversee the review, which is to be led by Sir Stephen House. The process is going to examine the effectiveness of – and productivity within – policing, duly identifying the barriers and the most efficient operating models.
Further, the review procedure will determine the scope for using new technology and streamlining procedures in order to drive efficiency and better outcomes.
Sir Stephen House is going to be supported by an Advisory Board including Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, the CEO of the College of Policing and representation from the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. Additional representatives from policing and external experts are also involved.
Terms of reference will be published in due course following agreement by the Advisory Board and the Home Office. The Board is expected to report within 12 months and deliver interim findings in the early months of 2023.
NPCC chair Martin Hewitt stated: “We want to provide the best possible policing for the public. This review, which has been commissioned by the Home Office and is to be overseen by ourselves, will make recommendations on how to improve effectiveness and productivity in policing, identifying the barriers and the most efficient operating models.”
Hewitt added: “In the coming weeks, we will work with Sir Stephen to draw together an Advisory Board of policing partners and external experts that will shape the terms of reference and put a review team in place.”
Resources to support the review will be considered by Sir Stephen and the Advisory Board and agreed upon by the NPCC and Home Office.
Neither Sir Stephen House or Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave will be part of the NPCC’s leadership team.