As the new Head of The National Police Coordination Centre (NPoCC) I’d like to introduce myself to you and tell you more about my plans and priorities. This is the first in a regular series of blog posts I am planning.
NPoCC is a new unit opened last year by the then Policing minister Damian Green MP and overseen by ACPO President Sir Hugh Orde.
The NPoCC team coordinates police officers and staff from across UK policing to support forces during large scale events and operations and in times of national crisis. They ensure the right people are in the right place at the right time.
Recent work includes supporting the police response to the large scale flooding earlier this year, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the NATO summit in Gwent & South Wales, all the time working to support the requirements of Chief Constables.
The NPoCC team is also mapping the specialist police skills available across the country so that Chief Constables are aware of what skills and expertise are available regionally and nationally. This work will allow the police service to make best and most efficient use of its specialist resources while policing budgets reduce.
I’m looking forward to building on the great work done by my predecessor ACC Stuart Williams and the team and I am keen to develop NPoCC as the “go to” place for Chief Constables when they need additional support.