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Policing in the 21st century: The Police Debate

The police service is facing its biggest challenge for a generation with the current policing reform consultation heralding fundamental changes in the policing landscape. The consultation paper identifies the need to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the service, whilst managing the careful balance between the demand from citizens for visible policing, tackling low level crime, and the continuing need of Forces to focus on serious and organised crime, and counter- terrorism.

PA Consulting Group and Police Professional magazine brought together an expert panel to explore ways in which the government can take forward these reforms. The debate focuses on the paper's proposals around accountability and structure with discussions around the impact of directly elected Police and Crime commissioners and how will these reflect the needs of diverse local communities, as well discussing the potential role of the new National Crime Agency and how this will impact existing national policing priorities.

Watch the highlights of the debate.

The debate was facilitated by the editor of Police Professional, Paul Lander, and members of the expert panel were:

  • Rt, Hon Nick Herbert MP – Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice
  • Cllr Mark Burns-Williamson – Deputy Chair, Association of Police Authorities and Chair, West Yorkshire Police Authority
  • Mark Rowley – Chief Constable, Surrey Police and ACPO Futures lead
  • Nick Gargan – Deputy Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Executive, National Policing Improvement Agency
  • Irene Curtis – Chief Superintendent, Lancashire Police and Vice President Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales

'Policing in the 21st century: reconnecting police and the people' is a consultation document released by the Home Office on 26th July 2010. The consultation closes on 20th September 2010. Further details may be found here (external link).

'The Police Debate' was brought to you by Police Professional and PA. To view the full broadcast visit (external link).

To join the debate, visit 'The Police Debate' discussion group on LinkedIn (external link).

To speak to one of our consultants about our views on the consultation paper or learn more about our experience in policing, please contact us now.

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