The business plan, which replaces one published last November, reflects achievements to date and lays out plans for the future.
It also sets out the department’s key objectives, which are to:
- empower the public to hold the police to account for their role in cutting crime
- free up the police to fight crime more effectively and efficiently
- create a more integrated criminal justice system
- secure our borders and reduce immigration
- protect people’s freedoms and civil liberties
- protect our citizens from terrorism
- build a fairer and more equal society
Meanwhile, priorities for next year are set out, including:
- preparing for introduction of police and crime commissioners
- subject to Parliamentary approval, securing passage of the Protection of Freedoms Bill which will scale back the criminal records regime
- delivering Home Office actions in the cross-government violence against women and girls action plan
- completing work to allow religious premises to apply to host civil partnership registrations
- bringing in new terrorism prevention and investigation measures to replace the control order regime
There are new objectives in the plan too. For police, there will be reduced national guidance, plans to ensure officers spend less time completing case files and the police appraisal process will also be simplified.
Meanwhile, changes are planned to strengthen the UK border.
‘Smart zones’ will speed up the processing of pre-checked low-risk passengers through border control points at certain ports and airports.
There will also be a new immigration and asylum biometric system.
Watch Home Office minister talking about achievements this year by pressing play on the video below.