As part of moves to make policing more representative of its communities, police chiefs have recommended that all senior police leaders be formally assessed on their efforts to improve diversity within their operational command.
Police chiefs gathered for a busy Chief Constables’ Council in Cardiff this week to discuss some of the most pressing issues for policing. As ever, it gave an opportunity for chiefs to get into the detail of issues affecting the police service across the country and share their experiences on the ground.
On Monday, 8 October a roundtable event, hosted by the College of Policing, was held to bring together chiefs and police and crime commissioners to look at issues regarding chief officer recruitment and tenure.
Budget cuts and a hands-off government approach to aspects of policing have meant hard choices for chief constables with consequences for the public and our people. The public’s experience is policing that is less visible, less responsive and less proactive.
All forces in England and Wales are taking part in a week long operation to tackle knife crime. Operation Sceptre commences on Tuesday 18 September and will see officers increasing their use of stop and search powers, conducting weapon sweeps and targeting habitual knife carriers as well as engaging with children and young people to educate them about the risks of carrying a knife and signpost relevant support services.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the College of Policing has released a joint statement on the issue of chief officer recruitment and tenure. A round table has been set up to discuss these issues in detail.