03 July 2020

Response to HMICFRS State of Policing Report

‚ÄčDeputy Chief Constable Bernie O'Reilly, from the College of Policing, says:

"Today's report is further testament to the outstanding work done by police officers across England and Wales when responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Forces have worked with the public to respond quickly and effectively and this has contributed to keeping everyone safer during this unprecedented time.

"While challenging, the pandemic has led to even greater co-operation between forces and police leaders, and we hope to see the ongoing benefits of this in the future. The response of policing to the pandemic has potential to improve services in the future and we are pleased to be working with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and the National Police Chiefs' Council to identify these opportunities and take them forward.

"It is also encouraging to see that the ongoing recruitment of 20,000 police officers is underway across all forces. While recruitment is underway, it is more important than ever to make sure that policing has strong and effective leaders, and we will continue working with forces in helping them better maximise the potential of all their people. The report identifies the opportunities that the recruitment of up to 50,000 new officers over the next few years presents for addressing diversity in policing. The College is acutely aware that policing needs to strive to be more reflective of the people it serves and that greater understanding of challenges faced by communities can be best achieved when policing is more representative.

"The challenges set out in the report further demonstrate the need for greater collaboration and coherence across policing, as well as the demand for strong and skilful leaders. The College of Policing will continue working with forces and other policing partners to make sure that the challenges are addressed, crime is prevented and the public is protected."

The full HMICFRS' State of Policing: The Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales 2019 report is now available.

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