UK police leaders are meeting today to discuss how the police service can respond to the government’s ambitious reform programme at the same time as coping with budget reductions. The Home Office has set out wide ranging changes to police accountability structures, including the introduction of elected Police and Crime Commissioners as well as proposals to create a National Crime Agency.
The joint KPMG-Reform conference will be addressed by the Home Secretary. At the centre of the debate will be three case studies showing how individual police forces and law enforcement agencies have achieved step changes in performance at the same time as finding efficiencies.
- Dave Thompson, Deputy Chief Constable of West Midlands Police will talk about how Project Paragon is driving up performance whilst reducing cost
- Paul Evans, Executive Director of the Serious Organised Crime Agency will describe how, by taking a totally new approach to fighting organised crime, it has substantially increased the proportion of its targets it actively monitors, thereby hugely improving its ability to take disrupt and dismantle organised crime
- Peter Fahy, QPM, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, will speak about how the force realised significant efficiencies per year which have been reinvested into force priorities, at the same time, changed the underlying culture of the force.
Speaking ahead of the conference, Rosemary Scully, KPMG’s global lead partner for justice and security, comments:
“The case studies presented today show law enforcement at its best – bold, radical and innovative. They demonstrate it is possible to do more and better for less when the right type and level of support is provided during the early stages of the transformation.
“The challenge we are facing is how every force and every agency can achieve similar transformation.”
“Instead of asking how to do the same things quicker, cheaper, better, police leaders need to find the answers to a more fundamental and difficult question: How can we do new, better, quicker, cheaper things to serve the needs of the community best?”
Notes to editors:
KPMG’s work in policing is best known for Operation QUEST; a Home Office performance improvement programme which has been running since 2006. Over the last 5 years, QUEST has worked with 17 police forces, and has delivers over £100m of benefits each year.
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