The police can’t fight crime alone. They need the support of the public. They also need the right structures, powers and skills. We are helping to put these in place.


The Home Office is helping to change the way the police work by:


Launched in 2010, our consultation Policing in the 21st century sought opinions on the future of policing set out our proposals to reform policing to help the police fight crime more effectively and making the police more accountable to the communities they serve.

The resulting strategy set out a new programme of reform to re-establish the link between the police and the public, deal with organised crime and protect our borders.

The main elements of the strategy included:

  • the election of police and crime commissioners to hold police forces to account and strengthen the bond between the police and the public
  • creating of a National Crime Agency to lead the fight against organised crime and strengthen our border security
  • phasing out the National Policing Improvement Agency

Also under consideration is how the police are funded.

Bills and legislation

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 is an important part of our programme to reduce central bureaucracy for the police, increase democratic accountability and give the power back to local communities.

The act makes the police service more accountable to local people by replacing police authorities with directly elected police and crime commissioners.

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 includes new provisions about police retention of fingerprints and DNA data.