Launched in April 2013 by the former Policing Minister Damian Green MP and overseen by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC), formerly the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the National Police Coordination Centre (NPoCC) replaced the Police National Information Coordination Centre with a wider remit to ensure policing is better prepared to deal with wide scale disorder or mobilisation of police assets.
The centre maintains an oversight of national capacity and capability of specialist policing roles and assesses these in relation to the Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR) and National Policing Requirement (NPR).
NPoCC helps effectively coordinate these resources to support forces during large scale events and operations and in times of civil emergency.
NPoCC also works with partners, organisations and intelligence agencies to ensure that as threats change there if sufficient policing capacity to deal with them.
Capability is tested through an extensive testing and exercising programme, undertaken with partner agencies including the Home Office, Cabinet Office’s Civil Contingencies Secretariat, the Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme.
NPoCC also has a key role to play in providing assurance to government that the British Police Service has the ability to deal with the SPR threats. This is done through formal reporting and representation at COBR.
UK Disaster Victim Identification (UK DVI) also falls within the NPoCC structure. This is the UK police response to disasters relating to mass fatalities in the UK and abroad.