PCC Paddy Tipping, speaking as Chair of the Police Reform and Transformation Board, told the Joint Policing Summit that:
“Policing in England and Wales faces a challenging future. That’s why we’re bidding for extra resources.
“However, it’s important that we look at ourselves. We talk about Peelian principles, but let’s be clear, they were written over a Century ago and things have changed.
“Our forces will need to rebalance policing neighbourhoods to enable policing of the new communities on-line and in the new media. We’ve got to stop being Dixon of Dock Green and become Space Age. More crime is committed online and that’s where we need to put our resources. In the future we’ll be policing the internet, not the street. This requires a big shift and we need to move away from the way we are currently organising and managing the police.
“Put simply, we can’t allow 43 chief constables and 43 PCCs to continue to act as Barons in their own kingdoms. We’ve got to share and co-operate more.
“We need to come to a decision about what needs to be policed locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. That means making some hard decisions and choices.
“Next year I anticipate that the Police Reform and Transformation Fund will have approaching £200m available. To make this meaningful we have got to spend this moving to new computer systems, technology and back office facilities that we can all share.
“I think it’s likely that we will only commission a handful of new national projects rather than the almost 100 that are running this year.
I know that this approach will disturb and upset many of my colleagues but let’s be clear: if we want to gain extra funding we’ve got to convince the Government that we are fighting fit for the future, not hankering back to the past.”
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Posted on Thursday 2nd November 2017