NPCC Chair, Chief Constable Gavin Stephens responds to His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) report on the State of Policing 2022.
National Police Chiefs' Council Chair, Chief constable Gavin Stephens, said:
“The latest State of Policing report once again highlights the range of challenges in meeting the needs of communities across the UK, and the dedication of officers, staff and volunteers to serve the public across the nations.
“However, it also notes policing must continue to do more to earn back the trust and confidence of the public, which we know has been eroded over recent years. To do so we remain focused on preventing crime and disorder, listening to communities concerns so that we can focus on the issues that matter most to them, and providing consistently high quality services in responding to emergencies, investigating crime and keeping people safe.
“We are also very determined to ensure the highest standards of professional behaviour, acting in the public interest to maintain the vital support of communities so we can police by consent. I am committed to ensuring that the NPCC works alongside our partners, to secure the right level of investment in policing and bring about meaningful change.
“The report also rightly recognises the pressure on the criminal justice system and mental health services and the serious impact this has for society in accessing the justice and care. Alongside our partners, we will look closely at HMICFRS’s report, and consult more widely on the views and recommendations that have been set out in relation to policing.”