The Police Chiefs' Blog
Sir Hugh Orde: A new direction, 26 January 2011
Garry Shewan: Stalking and harassment, 10 February 2011
Graeme Gerrard: CCTV surveillance, 3 March 2011
Chris Sims: Frontline Policing, 11 April 2011
Mark Rowley: Surrey Police, bureaucracy and the frontline, 15 April 2011
Janet Williams: Policing cyberspace, 9 May 2011
Sir Norman Bettison: Prevent Review, 7 June 2011
John Feavyour Police: complaints and improving public service, 23 June 2011
Phil Gormley: Recovery of vehicles - the truth, 28 June 2011
Sara Thornton: Providing the best leaders, 29 July 2011
Sir Hugh Orde: Tension between politicians and police is healthy
Tim Hollis: Reflections on Disorder, 12 September 2011
Olivia Pinkney: Policing the exploitation of labour, 26 September 2011
Tim Hollis: Policing Drugs in Austerity - Adjusting to the challenge,12 October
Simon Byrne - Policing prostitution and sexual exploitation, 2 November 2011
Rob Beckley - 'Big Society' and volunteering, 17 November 2011
Andy Adams - Custody Matters, 28 November 2011
Ian Dyson - The new police 101 non emergency number, 11 January 2012
Simon Cole - Responding to mental ill-health and disability, 17 January 2012
Simon Byrne outlines the benefits of ANPR technology, 7 February 2012
Dave Thompson - Renewed focus upon gangs is welcomed by the police, 8 Feb 2012
David Whatton - Investigating rape, 8 March 2012
Gareth Pritchard - Policing dangerous dogs, 27 March 2012
Peter Fahy - Winsor Part Two, 30 March 2012
Nigel Brook - Police Finance and Resources, 12 April 2012
Simon Cole - Local policing and partnerships, 4 May 2012
A word from Sir Hugh Orde - 10 May 2012
Nigel Brook - Budget cuts, 22 June 2012
A word from ACPO President, Sir Hugh Orde - 26 June 2012
Alex Marshall - PCCs, 10 July 2012
A word from ACPO President, Sir Hugh Orde - 20 July 2012
Ian Learmonth - The riots one year on, 7 Aug 2012
A word from ACPO President, Sir Hugh Orde - 14 August 2012
Simon Cole - disability hate crime, 10 September 2012
Andy Marsh - changes to firearms licensing, 18 September 2012
A word from ACPO President, Sir Hugh Orde - 25 September 2012
Alex Marshall - Drones, 9 October 2012
Sara Thornton - Authorised Professional Practice, 22 October 2012
Dave Thompson - Police work to tackle gun crime on our streets, 30 October 2012
Simon Cole- Policing and Dementia, 8 November 2012
A word from ACPO President, Sir Hugh Orde - 15 November 2012
David Whatton - Violence against women and girls, 4 December 2012
Martin Hewitt - Adult Sex Offences, 17 December 2012
A word from ACPO president, Sir Hugh Orde - 25 January 2013
A word from ACPO president, Sir Hugh Orde - 22 February 2013
International Women's Day - Women in Policing, 8 March 2013
Garry Shewan - Stalking. Know the law, use the law, 18 April, 2013
Andy Trotter - Secret Justice, 30 April 2013
Adrian Lee - Police commitment to tackling alcohol harm, 15 May 2013
Pat Geenty - Improving the police response to missing people, 24 May 2013
Julian Blazeby - Police use of automatic number plate recognition, 18 June 2013
Simon Chesterman – Police use of Taser and training, 12 July 2013
Andy Marsh - Firearms licence-holders are no cash cows, 1 November 2013
Mick Creedon - Fighting serious organised crime, 18 November 2013
Suzette Davenport - Drink and drug drivers, 2 December 2013
Martin Hewitt - Rape discussion provokes strong feelings, 2 December 2013
Simon Bray - Understanding the impact of new psychoactive substances,17 Jan 2014
The Future of ACPO - A blog by our President, Sir Hugh Orde, 17 Jan 2014
ACPO President on our FOI Disclosure Log publication, 21 February 2014
Autism awareness can improve police practice
Francis Habgood - Building trust in crime recording, 14 April 2014
Gareth Pritchard - Changes to dangerous dogs legislation - 16 May 2014
Police And Communities Working Together To End FGM
Commander Chris Greany- New Head of NPoCC, 23 September 2014
Simon Cole: Police seek more reports of disability hate crime
Commander Chris Greany: My first eight weeks
Pat Geenty: Take care of yourself and your property this Christmas
Shaun Sawyer: Smashing the bonds of modern slavery remains a policing priority
Commander Chris Greany NPoCC Blog
Martin Hewitt: Building on the success of the Not Guilty campaign, 11 May 2015
CC Jane Sawyers: International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), 15 May 2015
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh: We have to think digital, 11 June 2015
Commander Chris Greany NPoCC Blog, 8 July 2015
A future for local policing - Blog by Chief Constable Simon Cole QPM, NPCC Lead
Police Chiefs' Blog: Sara Thornton, Chief Constables Council July 2015
Sara Thornton Blog: Investigating burglary will always be a priority - Aug 2015
Sexting, young people and the police: Working towards a common-sense solution
Adrian Leppard: Fraud and Cyber-crime: What's being done? October 15 2015
Steve Kavanagh Blog: Policing the digital age - December 02 2015
Sara Thornton Blog: Police budgets, reform & specialist capabilities - Dec 2015
Sara Thornton Blog: Christmas greeting - Dec 2015
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council January 2016
Police Chiefs Blogs: International Women's Day - 8 March 2016
CC Simon Cole Blog: Prevent - 21 April 2016
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council April 2016
CC Jane Sawyers Blog: International Day Against Homophobia - 17 May 2016
Cmdr Simon Bray Blog: Legal highs? Not as legal as you thought – 26 May 2016
CC Sara Thornton blog - Unity & respect needed, not hate crime. June 2016
Mark Rowley blog: Communities defeat terrorism - 3639 times a day, 1 August 2016
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council July 2016
CC Simon Bailey: We have to intervene earlier to stop child abuse. August 2016
Sara Thornton Blog: It's time for a sharing economy in policing. October 2016
DAC Helen Ball Blog: Reflections on 'Look Outs'. October 2016
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council October 2016
DCC Louisa Rolfe Blog: Coercive control can affect anyone. December 2016
CC Stephen Kavanagh Blog: Our world has gone digital January 2017
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council January 2017
CC Simon Cole Blog: Uniform that's uniform! February 2017
NPCC Questions and Answers on Conducted Energy Devices (aka Taser)
ACC Mark Roberts blog: We all have the same aim - a safe and enjoyable World Cup
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council April 2017
CC Dave Thompson blog: Policing funding - what do we need to tackle the threats
Blog: CC Sara Thornton - We need to talk about wellbeing in policing
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council July 2017
Cmdr Matt Twist: Use of force data is a great step forward for for transparency
Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Police funding: do we have the resources we need?
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Shaun Sawyer on Modern Slavery
Guest Blog: Programme Director Jo Ashworth on Transforming Forensics
Police Chiefs Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council January 2018
Police Chiefs Blog: CC Nick Ephgrave - changing the culture on disclosure
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Anthony Bangham - Road enforcement must be proportionate
Police Chiefs' blog: CC Sara Thornton on Disclosure - February 2018
Police Chiefs' blog: CC Sara Thornton on Chief Officers' Day - March 2018
Police Chiefs' blog: CC Dee Collins - Closing the gender pay gap
Police Chiefs' blog: CC Sara Thornton on Chief Constables' Council April 2018
Police Chiefs Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables Council July 2018
Guest Blog: Afzal Khan MP
Blog: CC Andy Rhodes - Protect the protectors
Police Chiefs' Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables' Council October 2018
Policing is at the tipping point - and we've got to move on from here
Unnecessary criminalisation of looked-after children
Police Chiefs Blog: CC Sara Thornton - Chief Constables Council January 2019
CC Sara Thornton Blog: The future of policing is in good hands
Simon Cole reflects on his time spent as local policing committee chair
Police Chiefs' Blog: New NPCC Chair Martin Hewitt
Police Chiefs' Blog: Martin Hewitt - Chief Constables Council April 2019
DCC Julie Cooke explores why she is the NPCC lead for LGBT+
Police Chiefs' Blog: Martin Hewitt - Chief Constables Council July 2019
Guest Blog: Jane Dodds on Give a Day to Policing
DCC Julie Cooke asks important questions about contemporary LGBT issues
Chief Constable Gavin Stephens explains the role of social media officers
Police Chiefs' Blog: Martin Hewitt - Chief Constables Council October 2019
Prevent: how we safeguard the vulnerable and how we manage our data
DAC Lucy D'Orsi discusses criminal use of drones
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Police Chiefs' Blog: Martin Hewitt - Chief Constables Council January 2020
Data Protection Day
How we can stop female genital mutilations
DCC Julie Cooke discusses the importance of Pride
What have we learnt about dealing with mental health during the pandemic?
Police Chiefs' Blog: Martin Hewitt - Chief Constables Council January 2021
One year on from the start of the first lockdown

Chiefs gathered together in London in October for our quarterly council meeting. Our focus was police reform and we considered some really important issues to the future of policing.


We started by looking at the very fullreporton specialist capabilities, which we’ve been working on for ten months. It set out the rationale for more sharing, cooperation and integration in our specialist services like armed policing, surveillance, major investigation and roads policing.

It made three recommendations. The most important was that we adopt an approach of networked policing to specialist capbailities, sharing much more between all forces. In our current model, forces can sometimes be quite siloed dealing with threats to public safety individually, even though their neighbours are dealing with the same issues. If we tackle those threats as a network, with leaders responsible for improving those capabilities supported by good data and the best research and development, our response will be more effective with the costs shared fairly, providing best value for money for the taxpayer. The second recommendation was to agree that we would use the report’s findings to make specific changes to improve individual capabilities. All 43 forces will receive a report at the end of October recommending where they might be able to share and cluster capabilities to make them more effective and efficient. Chiefs and PCCs will then decide where they would like to do more jointly, so that might be in surveillance teams, automatic number plate recognition systems or some of the capabilities that support major crime investigations. The final recommendation was for chiefs and PCCs to support the work continuing; we want to look at cybercrime, intelligence and proactive invetsigations next. There was plenty of discussion and debate but support for all three recommedations. PCCs will make their decisions at their general meeting.

We also spent some time looking at improving digital policing, particularly the join up between police and the Crown Prosecution Service and the Courts Service so we can share digital evidence quickly and securely. Chiefs agreed that we wanted to collectively store digital evidence in a cloud-based solution rather than each force storing it individually and we will discuss this position with the Home Office and PCCs.

Alex Marshall gave an overview of all the work that the College of Policing are doing to support and develop our officers and staff, particularly around the Police Education Qualifications Framework, which aims to recognise and raise educational standards in policing. Chiefs noted all the progress and were particularly interested in the apprentice levy, how we can recruit higher level apprentices and build good links with colleges and universities.

There was an acknowledgement that, while most local policing should remain local, we do need to be much more organised about considering what areas could benefit from national coordination working with PCCs.

An important development over the last six months is a review of the technlogy landscape in policing - we were given an overview of the totality of the work and links and dependencies with other programmes.

We invited the Police Minister for the first time. Chiefs were impressed that Brandon Lewis MP spent over 40 minutes answering their questions on police reform, foreign national offenders, bail and Brexit with openess and honesty.

We asked Julia Mulligan , Police and Crime Commisisoner for North Yorkshire and Chair of the Police Reform and Transformation Board, to come and talk to us. She talked about the work of reform board, how we ensure we get governance right and how we develop the strategy to make the changes we've agreed happen.

We are committed to playing our part in eradicating the trafficking ad exploitation of people for profit and the Prime Minister has made it clear that modern slavery is a priority for her Government. Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer who leads on modern slavery for the NPCC talked to colleagues about what more we need to do , working with the National Crime Agency, to improve our response.. We will discuss this again in January to ensure that progress is being made on this critcial issue.