This afternoon I had the privilege to speak in a panel discussion at the National
Policing Conference in Manchester, held jointly by ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) and the APA (Association of Police Authorities). The subject was the future of policing - a
particularly important one given the potential 25 per cent cut in budgets the service is expecting.
To the credit of the Police, they're already pioneering examples of the kind of changes that can save a lot of money while seeing services improve. Surrey, for example, has greatly increased the
proportion of civilian staff in its force, acknowledging that they can do many jobs better and cheaper than uniformed officers. Kent and Essex have an advanced collaboration programme, sharing
everything from helicopters to HR, that has saved millions of pounds.