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1. Announcement of the review
At the 2018 Police Federation annual conference held on 23 May, the Home Secretary announced that he would conduct a review of front-line policing. Sponsored by the Minister of State for Police and the Fire Service, the front-line review will provide police officers and staff throughout England and Wales with the opportunity to share their ideas for change and improvement in policing.
2. What the review will cover
The review, which will engage officers and staff of chief superintending rank and below (or equivalent), will ask the front line for feedback on access, availability and their experience of support and development services, with a view to identifying opportunities to improve existing provisions. Whilst the review will not address pay, resourcing or demand, as work led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and its partners is already ongoing to explore these issues, it will look to ensure front-line, operational experience continues to inform operational decision-making and government policy development.
3. How the review will work
The Home Office started front-line engagement in summer 2018, using several digital channels to collect feedback and ideas from the front-line. This included a series of tweet-chats, hosted via the @WeCops Twitter Network and a POLKA discussion forum, hosted by the College of Policing, complimented by a range of in-force engagement options. This data is now undergoing analysis in collaboration with the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK’s recognised national statistical institute, who will ensure all captured data is processed in a fair and objective way.
The next step in the review is to test headline themes and trends identified during the initial phase of engagement with police across the country, to ensure resulting policy recommendations respond to the needs identified. From November 2018, the Home Office will be holding a series of 28 face-to-face workshops in regional locations across the country, facilitated and moderated by ONS practitioners.
Details of where and when each workshop will be taking place will be shared with police forces in each region, to support with promoting opportunities to engage locally. Officers and staff are encouraged to put themselves forward to take part in this discussion and contribute to ongoing policing transformation.
4. Publishing the review findings
Review findings will be summarised in a report, which will be published in spring 2019. The report will detail a series of next steps and policy recommendations, both for government and its policing partners. Updates on the review as it progresses will be made available on this page.
5. More information
In the meantime, if you’d like to engage with the review, email FLR@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk for more information.