The Home Secretary has asked the National Police Chiefs’ Council to lead a review of productivity in policing. It will review effectiveness and productivity in policing, identifying the barriers and the most efficient operating models. The review will also look at the scope for using new technology or streamlining processes to drive efficiency and better outcomes.
The review will be led by Sir Stephen House, supported by an advisory board including Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), the chief executive of the College of Policing, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), and other representatives from policing as well as external experts. Terms of reference will be published in due course, following agreement by the advisory board and Home Office. It is expected to report within 12 months and with interim findings by Spring 2023.
Sir Steve will step down as Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service on 12 September when the incoming Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley begins his tenure.
National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair, Martin Hewitt said, “We want to provide the best possible policing to the public. This review, commissioned by the Home Office and overseen by the NPCC, will make recommendations on how to improve effectiveness and productivity in policing, identifying the barriers and the most efficient operating models.
“In the coming weeks, we will work with Sir Steve to draw together an advisory board of policing partners and external experts to shape the terms of reference and put a review team in place.”
In other changes at the Met, Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave will undertake a secondment to the National Police Chiefs’ Council where he will lead the criminal justice portfolio. Acting Deputy Commissioner Helen Ball has announced she will retire from policing after 35 years on 31 October.