APA chairman Bob Jones said: 'We are keen to engage in dialogue with the home secretary about how we move forward and urge him to take account of the vast expertise and knowledge that exists within the APA and ACPO.
'We all have a common interest in ensuring that neighbourhood policing is the cornerstone of our service. The consent, co-operation and involvement of our communities in their policing services is fundamental. So how we implement this and other important programmes like workforce modernisation in the years ahead will be crucial. We need to get these reforms right if they are to stand the test of time and improve policing for local people.
'We urge the home secretary to work in collaboration with the APA and ACPO to ensure that together we find the right solutions across the country to secure improvements in both protective services and in delivery of local policing for the benefit of our communities. Any changes agreed on should be undertaken over a measured and realistic timescale as agreed by the police authorities and forces involved'.
Mr Jones was speaking at the ACPO-APA policing conference which takes place in Docklands from Tuesday to Thursday this week.