Policy paper

Policing in the 21st century: response to seventh report of the Home Affairs Committee

The government response to the seventh report from the Home Affairs Committee (session 2007 to 2008, HC 364)

This was published under the 2005 to 2010 Labour government


Policing in the 21st century: government response to seventh report of the Home Affairs Committee

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The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee published the report of its inquiry into policing in the 21st Century on 10 November 2008.

The inquiry focused in particular on:

  • accountability, performance indicators and monitoring procedures for the police, and the increase in efficiency by reducing bureaucracy and improving the use of technology;
  • improvements to Police Authorities and performance measures;
  • the increase in police efficiency and productivity;
  • policing priorities, including combating minor crime and anti-social behaviour, alcohol-related crime, knife and gun crime, and tackling fraud;
  • collaboration between forces, the role of protective services, and the impact of Airwave and its role in the policing of the Olympics in 2012; and
  • the role of Police Community Support Officers, the recruitment of police officers, and the importance of diversity within the service

This command paper sets out the government’s response to the recommendations in the committee’s report and highlights the major programme of reform underway that is already addressing most of the committee’s points.

Published 26 February 2009