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NPCC to oversee a review of productivity in policing

08 Aug 2022

The NPCC will oversee the review, led by Sir Stephen House

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.

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.”

Notes to editors:

  • The NPCC was asked by the Home Secretary to lead a review into the operational productivity of policing.
  • Oversight and challenge will be provided by the NPCC Chair, Home Office, HMICFRS, College of Policing, APCC and external expertise as well as representatives from police forces
  • Sir Steve’s team will be selected with approval from the advisory board and Home Office officials.
  • The Metropolitan Police will continue to pay Steve’s salary
  • Resources to support the review will be considered by Steve and the advisory board and agreed by the NPCC and Home Office.
  • The Home Secretary and NPCC Chair jointly agreed that Sir Steve brings relevant experience and background and will be well placed to lead this review.
  • Sir Steve House has agreed to share his expertise and lead the review. Neither Sir Steve or Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave will be part of the NPCC’s leadership team.