Headlines: January 9th, 2002

The Government is seeking views from the police on how proposals to reform the Police Service can be delivered quickly and effectively.It is taking a reform roadshow to sites in Cardiff, London, Liverpool, Bristol, Guildford and Leicester initially, with possible further venues to follow.

Home Office Minister John Denham will be at the roadshows, talking to officers from constable to chief inspector level about how the Government can better support police officers in their task of catching criminals, targeting persistent offenders, preventing crime and reassuring the public.

He will also want to pump them for ideas about how best to implement the modernisation plans and reform to police conditions set out by the Government in “Policing a New Century” in December.

Consultation with public service workers at the sharp end is becoming a theme of the second term. In September Estelle Morris and two of her ministers aired their plans for reform of the teaching profession with teachers at special conferences organised around the country.