the National Policing Plan, a key element in the government's police
reform programme, starts work today.
minister John Denham. The forum will have a broad range of
representation, drawing together representatives from the voluntary
sector, victims' support groups, and ethnic minority leaders as well
as professional policing groups, and it will be the first time that
victims will have been given a voice in the formation of policing
objectives and priorities.
The National Policing Forum will also provide a platform for
discussions about the implementation of the government's police
reform programme. It would also consider the key elements of the
proposed National Policing Plan, which is one of the proposals in the
Police Reform Bill.
The National Policing Plan will set out the government's priorities
for policing, their delivery and indicators by which performance will
Mr Denham said:
'At the moment there is no single place where the government's
policing priorities, plans for new development, and ability to
measure how forces are performing come together. The National
Policing Forum will allow us to draw these aspects together and use
them to set out a strategic vision of where the Government wants the
police service to be going.
'The very broad range of experience that the members of the Forum
bring to the group will allow them to identify the real issues that
concern the general public and enable us to put them into a National
Policing Plan that really tackles the things that the public want to
see dealt with by our police service.
'The National Policing Plan is not about centralisation or imposing
policing priorities from above. Instead it is about consulting and
listening to what concerns people - and allowing them a voice in
setting objectives for the police service.
'The Forum and the Policing Plans it produces will be key elements in
giving us a police service that is even more focused on the people it
serves. It will have a crucial role to play in achieving the aims of
our reform programme - cutting crime, cutting the fear of crime, and
raising the standards of all police forces to those of the best.'
Helen Reeve, chief executive of Victim Support, said:
'We are very pleased to be involved with the National Policing Forum.
Victim Support helps more than one million people every year, so by
providing input on policing objectives and priorities, we hope that
victims of crime will feel that they are being listened to, and that
their views can make a difference.'
David Phillips, ACPO president and chief constable of Kent
'The essence of British policing is that we seek as far as possible
consensus, embracing the views of those who receive the service and
those who are responsible for it. It is within this excellent
tradition that we look forward to this new body as an opportunity for
a lively debate around a common purpose in a just and safe society.'
1. 'Policing a New Century: A Blueprint for Reform' (published in
December 2001) gave a commitment to set up the National Policing
Forum to provide a formal structure to consider the key elements
which should go into the National Policing Plan.
2. The White Paper also gave a commitment that the Forum will
produce a draft National Policing Plan by the end of 2002 to inform
the planning cycle for the police service for 2003-2004. During
debate on the Police Reform Bill in Lords Committee this
publication date was brought forward to the end of November.
3. Although provided for in the Bill, the Plan is not dependent on
the Bill receiving Royal Assent before November. Under the
proposals in the Bill, it will be laid before parliament annually.
4. The National Policing Forum will be chaired by John Denham and
has representation from the Home Office, HMIC, ACPO, APA, the
Metropolitan Police, Superintendent's Association, Police
Federation, National Black Police Association, Unison, Victim
Support, Local Government Association, the NHS Confederation, the
Association of Directors of Social Services, and the Association of
Chief Education Officers, voluntary sector and minority ethnic
5. The National Policing Forum will meet at least three times a
year. It is a non-statutory advisory body.