A national debate for policing in austerity

HMIC’s report, Policing in Austerity: Meeting the challenge, published in July 2014, called for an open and constructive debate across policing, so that the fundamental aspects of how policing is organised and resourced in the future could be examined.

This debate will take place on 5 March 2015. The National Debate Advisory Group has brought together a group of experts from across the police service, including the College of Policing, police and crime commissioners, chief constables, bodies representative of police officers and police staff, national and local government, experts in the financing of policing and academics and organisations in fields relevant to crime prevention and the criminal justice system. This group will work together to produce a range of options for the future of policing in austerity.

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The questions

  1. What should be the role and mission of the service in the future? What does this mean for policing priorities?
  2. In the future, which policing functions should be provided at a local and/or regional and/or national basis?  How prescriptive should this be?
  3. Are there successful models which bring together local public services to prevent and reduce crime and/or keep victims safe which could be adopted more widely?
  4. How should the funding available for policing be distributed to match demand, maintain viable forces and encourage efficiency? How should local freedoms and flexibilities to raise additional funds be provided?
  5. At what point might a force be deemed unviable? What are the warning signs that this is likely to happen?

What’s next?

Following the debate on 5 March 2015, all the responses to the questions above are being collated and considered. The National Debate Advisory Group will publish a report on options for the future of policing in Summer 2015. The report will include a summary of the responses we received.

Please note: In July 2017 HMIC took on responsibility for fire & rescue service inspections and was renamed HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). Inspections carried out before July 2017 may continue to refer to HMIC.