Co-ordination of operational policing begins at the all-new National Police Chiefs’ Council

Chief constable Sara Thornton

Chief constable Sara Thornton

The new body designed specifically to co-ordinate operational policing and collaboration among forces at the national level has been formally established today. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) will bring together operationally independent and locally accountable chief constables and their chief officer teams in joining up the operational response to the most serious and strategic of threats.

The NPCC will now work closely with the College of Policing – which is responsible for developing professional standards – on developing national approaches towards issues such as finance, technology and Human Resources.

Chief constable Sara Thornton will chair the NPCC supported by two vice-chairs in addition to their day jobs as chief officers within forces. Chief constable Peter Vaughan has already been appointed and a second vice-chair will be announced shortly following a ballot of chief officers.

“I’m delighted to lead the NPCC as we meet the challenges facing the police service,” explained Sara Thornton. “Some of the biggest threats we face in the UK, such as terrorism and organised crime, are both national and international so there has never been a greater need for forces to work together.”

Thornton continued: “Demand is changing. We are balancing an increasing number of major investigations into crimes that may have taken place many years ago with tackling the issues of today and tomorrow. We’re also dealing with an unprecedented increase in levels of complex crimes such as sexual abuse and cyber crime, which take longer to investigate and require more resources. All of this is set against a background of significant budget cuts meaning that we have to prioritise carefully and change the way in which we police.”

In conclusion, Thornton stated: “I look forward to working with my chief constable colleagues to ensure we have the best co-ordinated response in place to protect members of the public.”

In the coming months, the NPCC will develop an annual delivery plan so as to determine where it will focus efforts for the first year.

Background to the new organisation

Chief constables and Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have signed a legal agreement under Section 22A of the Police Act 1996 declaring that they will collaborate with each other in the running and funding of the NPCC.

The NPCC is hosted by the Metropolitan Police Service but is independent of it.

The NPCC has the following functions:

*The co-ordination of national operations including defining, monitoring and testing force contributions to the Strategic Policing Requirement working with the National Crime Agency where appropriate

*The command of counter-terrorism operations and delivery of counter-terrorist policing through the national network as set out in the Counter-Terrorism Collaboration Agreement

*The co-ordination of the national police response to national emergencies and the co-ordination of the mobilisation of resources across force borders and on the international stage

*The national operational implementation of standards and policy as set by the College of Policing and the UK Government

*To work with the College of Policing on developing joint national approaches to criminal justice, value for money, service transformation, information management, performance management and technology

*Where appropriate, to work with the College of Policing in order to develop joint national approaches to staff and Human Resource issues (including misconduct and discipline) in line with the chief officers’ responsibilities as employers

*For further information about the NPCC’s work, structure and membership, as well as its history and background, visit the dedicated website: http://www.npcc.police.uk/

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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