Andy Lea, head of policing at KPMG, comments on today’s announcements in the Queen’s Speech on the Policing and Crime Bill:
“The Policing and Crime Bill formed a welcome part of today’s Queen’s Speech, particularly the move to closer collaboration between the emergency services. While our emergency services already strive to work in a joined up way, continued and increased collaboration is key to ensure an ever improving public service in a time of new challenges and threats. Combined with devolution, this presents an opportunity to fundamentally improve both the response to emergencies and preventative activities.
“Another welcome announcement is the ability for police chiefs to use volunteers and backroom staff to free up front line officers and so make best use of the workforce. A key challenge for the police will always be capacity and ability to put officers on the front line, so this move should see improvements there. Of course, detail will need to be worked through to ensure a seamless service, but the theory is certainly good and we would hope this is a precursor to the development of cross-agency workers.”
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