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Reform and transformation

Police leaders are committed to reforming and transforming policing to meet the threats and expectations of the future and improve policing for the public.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) have set out a vision for the future of policing over the next ten years, which will shape decisions about how police forces use their resources to keep people safe.


Globalisation and digitisation presents new challenges that have increased the complexity of the police task. Recorded acquisitive crime has fallen but there have been significant increases in cases of child safeguarding and domestic abuse. Serious and organised crime generates new threats, like human trafficking. Terrorism has become more fragmented and harder to combat. As people do more and more online, the threat from cybercrime grows.

Policing has to develop new tactics and capabilities to meet these threats and keep people safe. It also has to ensure it provides effective, value for money service that the public can trust.


The NPCC and APCC, working with the College of Policing, staff associations and the National Crime Agency, has drafted a vision for policing in 2025 that sets out why and how the police service needs to transform. The vision lays out five priorities for reform:

  • local policing;
  • specialist capabilities like armed policing and organised crime investigation;
  • digital policing;
  • building a workforce with the right skills for the future;
  • improving collaboration in business support services.

The NPCC Delivery plan for 2016/17 sets out the priorities for NPCC coordination committees and how they will support reform and transformation in line with the developing policing vision.

NPCC Delivery Plan 2016

A Police Reform and Transformation Board has been set up to oversee and support the change ensuring it is coherent and provides the best service to the public.

More information about the Board

The Home Office have made funding available, through the Police Transformation Fund, for police reform and transformation with police bodies submitting applications for consideration.

More information about the Police Transformation Fund

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