Proposals have been published by the Home Office for a National Policing Improvement Agency to support the delivery of more effective policing and to foster a culture of self-improvement in the police service. The new body has been created because there are currently too many agencies and too many staff involved in policing improvement. Roles and responsibilities need to be more clearly defined and more accountability is needed. There is also significant duplication in corporate services and this gives scope for efficiencies. About 2600 staff are currently engaged in supporting the delivery of policing at the centre across all the existing organisations and the proposals will reduce this number by half.The new organization will bring together improvement work currently carried out by the Home Office, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and the Association of Chief Police Officers. The bodies currently responsible for training and development and for information technology will be abolished.
The Agency will provide a radically different model of police service participation in the process of continuous improvement. For the first time functions of the Home Office and other national bodies concerned with how the police services discharge operational activities will be brought together.