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Police efficiency review to include technology focus

09/08/22

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Home Office has announced plans for an operational efficiency review of policing including a focus on further uses of technology.

It said this derives from the need to best value from an investment of £17 billion in policing over 2022-23.

“This review will improve our understanding of effectiveness and productivity in policing, identifying the barriers and the most efficient operating models,” the department said in its announcement.

“The review will also look at the scope for using new technology or streamlining processes and removing bureaucracy to drive efficiency and better outcomes.”

The review will be led by Sir Stephen House, supported by an advisory board including HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, the chief executive of the College of Policing and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.  Terms of reference will published in due course.

Interim findings are expected by spring of 2023 with a full report within 12 months from now.

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