2012-2015 will see substantial change for the UK's domestic security and policing structures. Against this backdrop this conference will provide an opportunity to debate and question this pivotal time in UK Policing.
The Home Secretary outlined her ideas for police reform in Policing in 21st Century: reconnecting police and the people, which she stated was the 'most radical reform of policing for 50 years'.
Most notable amongst these reforms is the replacement of police authorities with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs); a transition which it is intended will radically shift the current balance of power and control away from central government back to local communities. With the first elections taking place this November, this conference will act as a key debating platform to critically assess the changes taking place.
The establishment of a National Crime Agency (NCA) will also take place, to lead the fight against serious organised crime and strengthen security at UK's borders. It is due to become fully operational in 2013 and will absorb the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, elements of the UK Borders Agency, and in addition the National Police Improvement Authority will be abolished and pass some responsibility into this new organisation.
According to the Coalition's Spending Review in 2011, central Government funding to police in England and Wales will be cut by 20 per cent over the next five years, which the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has estimated will lead to some 28,000 police jobs being slashed over the next four years - 12,000 front-line officers and 16,000 civilian staff. This is amidst proposals to privatise elements of Police functions to the private sector. Feelings are clearly running high, as exemplified by the protest marches by Police during May.
Taking place in the wake of the Olympics, this timely conference will provide an opportunity to debate and question this pivotal time in UK Policing. Drawing upon the key decision makers, practitioners, academics and private sector actors, this debate at the heart of Whitehall will influence the shape and inform the directions that Policing will follow in the years to come.
Confirmed participants include:
- Chief Constable Sara Thornton, Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, and Vice-President, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
- Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police
- Peter Davies, Director Designate for Child Exploitation and Online Protection, National Crime Agency, Home Office
- Stephen Rimmer, Director General, Crime and Policing, Home Office
- Chief Constable Andy Trotter OBE QPM, Head, British Transport Police
- Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, Specialist Crime and Operations, Metropolitan Police
- Peter Neyroud CBE QPM, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge and former CEO of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA)
- Professor Martin Innes, Director, Universities' Police Science Institute, Deputy Director (Research), Cardiff University School of Social Sciences
- Lord Harris of Haringey, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Policing
- Derek Barnett, President, Police Superintendent's Association of England and Wales
- Jon Collins, Deputy Director, The Police Foundation
- Chief Constable Alex Marshall, ACPO Lead for Policing Futures and PCC Transitions
- Detective Superintendent Charlie McMurdie, Head of the Police e-Crime Unit, Metropolitan Police Service
- Vic Towell, HM Assistant Inspector of Constabulary, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary
- Miranda Carruthers-Watt, Chief Executive, Lancaster Policy Authority and Vice-Chair, Association of Police Authority Chief Executives (APACE)
- Christopher Salmon, Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Dyfed-Powys
- Paul McKeever, Chairman, Police Federation of England and Wales
- Nick Gargan, Chief Executive, National Policing Improvement Agency
- Professor Jennifer Brown, Director of Mannheim Centre for Criminology, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
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