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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Reforming the police: your views sought

  • Published: Monday, 26 July 2010

The Home Office has launched a consultation paper outlining new ways to change the face of policing over the next five years. Read on to find out what ideas are being put forward, and how you can have your say.

Policing in the 21st Century: Reconnecting Police and the People

The consultation proposes ways to make police in England and Wales more available and responsive, more accountable, more effective, and better value for money. It asks what you think about:

  • electing police and crime commissioners who will make sure your local police focus on what is important to you
  • creating a new national crime agency to lead the fight against organised crime and strengthen border security
  • ensuring police forces work more closely with each other and share resources where they can
  • cutting bureaucracy and removing restrictive health and safety procedures to free up officers’ time
  • getting people more involved in in cutting crime through beat meetings, neighbourhood watch schemes and voluntary groups

Home Secretary Theresa May said: "Officers have for too long been handcuffed by forms, red tape, central dictats resulting in a service that is, frankly, not adapted to the modern age. I am today setting out a radical vision for a new police service for the 21st Century. I want a police service rooted in the community and answerable to the people it serves through new elected commissioners."

Respond to the consultation online

The easiest way to respond to the consultation is to do so online. First, follow the link above for an overview of the consultation. Then, follow the link below to make your views heard by responding to specific questions.

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