The Police Chiefs' Blog
Police Chiefs Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables Council July 2018
Police Chiefs' blog: CC Sara Thornton on Chief Constables' Council April 2018
Police Chiefs' blog: CC Dee Collins - Closing the gender pay gap
Police Chiefs' blog: CC Sara Thornton on Chief Officers' Day - March 2018
Police Chiefs' blog: CC Sara Thornton on Disclosure - February 2018
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Anthony Bangham - Road enforcement must be proportionate
Police Chiefs Blog: CC Nick Ephgrave - changing the culture on disclosure
Police Chiefs Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council January 2018
Guest Blog: Programme Director Jo Ashworth on Transforming Forensics
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Shaun Sawyer on Modern Slavery
Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Police funding: do we have the resources we need?
Cmdr Matt Twist: Use of force data is a great step forward for for transparency
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council July 2017
Blog: CC Sara Thornton - We need to talk about wellbeing in policing
CC Dave Thompson blog: Policing funding - what do we need to tackle the threats
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council April 2017
ACC Mark Roberts blog: We all have the same aim - a safe and enjoyable World Cup
NPCC Questions and Answers on Conducted Energy Devices (aka Taser)
CC Simon Cole Blog: Uniform that's uniform! February 2017
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council January 2017
CC Stephen Kavanagh Blog: Our world has gone digital January 2017
DCC Louisa Rolfe Blog: Coercive control can affect anyone. December 2016
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council October 2016
DAC Helen Ball Blog: Reflections on 'Look Outs'. October 2016
Sara Thornton Blog: It's time for a sharing economy in policing. October 2016
CC Simon Bailey: We have to intervene earlier to stop child abuse. August 2016
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council July 2016
Mark Rowley blog: Communities defeat terrorism - 3639 times a day, 1 August 2016
CC Sara Thornton blog - Unity & respect needed, not hate crime. June 2016
Cmdr Simon Bray Blog: Legal highs? Not as legal as you thought – 26 May 2016
CC Jane Sawyers Blog: International Day Against Homophobia - 17 May 2016
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council April 2016
CC Simon Cole Blog: Prevent - 21 April 2016
Police Chiefs Blogs: International Women's Day - 8 March 2016
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council January 2016
Sara Thornton Blog: Christmas greeting - Dec 2015
Sara Thornton Blog: Police budgets, reform & specialist capabilities - Dec 2015
Steve Kavanagh Blog: Policing the digital age - December 02 2015
Adrian Leppard: Fraud and Cyber-crime: What's being done? October 15 2015
Sexting, young people and the police: Working towards a common-sense solution
Sara Thornton Blog: Investigating burglary will always be a priority - Aug 2015
Police Chiefs' Blog: Sara Thornton, Chief Constables Council July 2015
A future for local policing - Blog by CC Simon Cole, NPCC Lead on Local Policing
Commander Chris Greany NPoCC Blog, 8 July 2015
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh: We have to think digital, 11 June 2015
CC Jane Sawyers: International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), 15 May 2015
Martin Hewitt: Building on the success of the Not Guilty campaign, 11 May 2015
Commander Chris Greany NPoCC Blog, 3 March 2015
Shaun Sawyer: Smashing the bonds of modern slavery remains a policing priority
Pat Geenty: Take care of yourself and your property this Christmas, 12 Dec 2014
Commander Chris Greany: My first eight weeks
Simon Cole: Police seek more reports of disability hate crime
Commander Chris Greany - New Head of NPoCC, 23 September 2014
Police And Communities Working Together To End FGM, 3rd July 2014
Gareth Pritchard - Changes to dangerous dogs legislation - 16 May 2014
Francis Habgood - Building trust in crime recording, 14 April 2014
Autism Society - Autism awareness can improve police practice, 2 April 2014
ACPO President on our FOI Disclosure Log publication, 21 February 2014
The Future of ACPO - A blog by our President, Sir Hugh Orde, 17 Jan 2014
Simon Bray - Understanding the impact of new psychoactive substances,17 Jan 2014
Guest Blog, Paul Burstow MP - Policing and mental health,12 December 2013
Martin Hewitt - Rape discussion provokes strong feelings, 2 December 2013
Suzette Davenport - Drink and drug drivers, 2 December 2013
Mick Creedon - Fighting serious organised crime, 18 November 2013
Andy Marsh - Firearms licence-holders are no cash cows, 1 November 2013
Simon Chesterman – Police use of Taser and training, 12 July 2013
Julian Blazeby - Police use of automatic number plate recognition, 18 June 2013
Pat Geenty - Improving the police response to missing people, 24 May 2013
Adrian Lee - Police commitment to tackling alcohol harm, 15 May 2013
Andy Trotter - Secret Justice, 30 April 2013
Garry Shewan - Stalking. Know the law, use the law, 18 April, 2013
International Women's Day - Women in Policing, 8 March 2013
A word from ACPO president, Sir Hugh Orde - 22 February 2013
A word from ACPO president, Sir Hugh Orde - 25 January 2013
Martin Hewitt - Adult Sex Offences, 17 December 2012
David Whatton - Violence against women and girls, 4 December 2012
A word from ACPO President, Sir Hugh Orde - 15 November 2012
Simon Cole- Policing and Dementia, 8 November 2012
Dave Thompson - Police work to tackle gun crime on our streets, 30 October 2012
Sara Thornton - Authorised Professional Practice, 22 October 2012
Alex Marshall - Drones, 9 October 2012
A word from ACPO President, Sir Hugh Orde - 25 September 2012
Andy Marsh - changes to firearms licensing, 18 September 2012
Simon Cole - disability hate crime, 10 September 2012
A word from ACPO President, Sir Hugh Orde - 14 August 2012
Ian Learmonth - The riots one year on, 7 Aug 2012
A word from ACPO President, Sir Hugh Orde - 20 July 2012
Alex Marshall - PCCs, 10 July 2012
A word from ACPO President, Sir Hugh Orde - 26 June 2012
Nigel Brook - Budget cuts, 22 June 2012
A word from ACPO President, Sir Hugh Orde - 10 May 2012
Simon Cole - Local policing and partnerships, 4 May 2012
Nigel Brook - Police Finance and Resources, 12 April 2012
Peter Fahy - Winsor Part Two, 30 March 2012
Gareth Pritchard - Policing dangerous dogs, 27 March 2012
David Whatton - Investigating rape, 8 March 2012
Dave Thompson - Renewed focus upon gangs is welcomed by the police, 8 Feb 2012
Simon Byrne outlines the benefits of ANPR technology, 7 February 2012
Simon Cole - Responding to mental ill-health and disability, 17 January 2012
Ian Dyson - The new police 101 non emergency number, 11 January 2012
Andy Adams - Custody Matters, 28 November 2011
Rob Beckley - 'Big Society' and volunteering, 17 November 2011
Simon Byrne - Policing prostitution and sexual exploitation, 2 November 2011
Tim Hollis: Policing Drugs in Austerity - Adjusting to the challenge,12 October 2011
Olivia Pinkney: Policing the exploitation of labour, 26 September 2011
Tim Hollis: Reflections on Disorder, 12 September 2011
Sir Hugh Orde: Tension between politicians and police is healthy
Sara Thornton: Providing the best leaders, 29 July 2011
Phil Gormley: Recovery of vehicles - the truth, 28 June 2011
John Feavyour: Police complaints and improving public service, 23 June 2011
Sir Norman Bettison: Prevent Review, 7 June 2011
Janet Williams: Policing cyberspace, 9 May 2011
Mark Rowley: Surrey Police, bureaucracy and the frontline, 15 April 2011
Chris Sims: Frontline Policing, 11 April 2011
Graeme Gerrard: CCTV surveillance, 3 March 2011
Garry Shewan: Stalking and harassment, 10 February 2011
Sir Hugh Orde: A new direction, 26 January 2011
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Police Chiefs Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council January 2018

As you would expect, failings of disclosure were at the top of agenda for this Chief Constables Council. Our criminal justice lead CC Nick Ephgrave and the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders presented an improvement plan across leadership, training, processes and technology. It was clear this a moment for us to lead meaningful changes to deal with a complex and deep-rooted issue; there was commitment from all to make that happen. You find the joint action plan here.

Alison Saunders also led a discussion with Louisa Rolfe, our lead on domestic abuse, on why referrals for domestic abuse have dipped in recent years. Reporting is up and police recorded 10 per cent more offences in 2016/17 than the previous year but referrals to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have fallen by 6 per cent in the same period. Analysis so far suggests there’s no consistent reason for falls. Forces will be looking at their local picture as they update their domestic abuse action plans by April 2018. Some forces had found joint panels with the CPS scrutinising cases against referral criteria successful in boosting referrals.

We spent some time discussing local policing. Chiefs reviewed a new set of neighbourhood policing guidelines developed by College of Policing and the NPCC lead for neighbourhood policing DCC Gavin Stephens working with colleagues and experts across the service. They don’t cover structures or resources as these are matters for chief constables and police and crime commissioners, but they do provide an evidence base, supported with practical examples, to help modernise neighbourhood policing and get the best from local investment. The guidelines are out for consultation before being published in April.

We next heard about work to give a greater voice to our response officers and recognise the value of what they do. ACC Dave Hardcastle has set up a practitioners group for response policing – these are first responders to calls for help from the public dealing with domestic abuse, missing people, people in crisis, violence and even terror attacks. There are 31,000 response officers in England and Wales making up 14 per cent of policing. The new group will ensure response officers have a say in the policies that affect their roles, work with the College of Policing to define and accredit their skills and experience, and ensure they have the right support to help them cope with complex, draining roles.

Director General of Immigration Enforcement, Hugh Ind talked to us about the overlap with his work and ours. An important part of immigration enforcement is tackling the links to organised crime, terrorism and individual offenders within the illegal population – and he told us that they had deported over 6,300 foreign national offenders and disrupted 370 organised crime groups last year.

As well as operational issues, we focused on some of our key relationships and the technology and infrastructure that supports our business. Chiefs viewed demonstrations of technology transformation programmes – like the developing platform for the public to report crime or ask questions consistently wherever they are in the country or enhancements to Child Abuse Images Database.

The new Permanent Secretary at the Home Office Sir Philip Rutnam and the new Chief Executive of the College of Policing Mike Cunningham, both hugely important partners for us, joined us to talk to about shared issues and priorities, and chiefs were pleased to welcome both.

We also invited members of the Crime Reporters Association to join us for a session at Council for the first time. The public benefits from open and transparent professional relationships between our officers and staff at all levels and the media. It is important that chief officers set the tone and ensure that their officers and staff understand the College of Policing’s Media Relations Authorised Professional Practice which supports them in that engagement.

CC Gareth Morgan, our chief officer lead for communications and media issues, assesses the relationship between police and media is routinely positive with regular, professional engagement and I agree. But the 24 hour news cycle, resource constraints and the growth of social and digital media and citizen journalism present challenges as well as opportunities for both the police and the media. It’s important that we maintain a dialogue to work through issues as we did in this session.