A police force that is fit for a changing future
Demand for service in policing is high as well as being diverse and it is necessary for the police service to do more to prevent and intervene early to deal with the root cause of problems before they become more complex and costly to address. On mental health the Commissioner has given a significant focus to this approach and had success, but more has to be done to make this a way of working as opposed to a project-based approach.
These challenges cannot be addressed by policing alone. Staffordshire Police has to also work effectively with its partners in Staffordshire, at a regional level and at a national level if it is to modernise. It will not prove possible to address the complex issues that it has to deal with without being a good partner itself, being easy to do business with and welcoming of the skills and expertise that others bring. For example, addressing the needs of a vulnerable child, or adult may require the support of a local authority, or the NHS and addressing serious and organised crime may require the support of a regional unit, or the National Crime Agency (NCA).
The Commissioner is committed to making sure that Staffordshire Police is enabled to adapt itself to those future challenges and to provide the right resources at the right time to turn the commitment into a reality.
The Vision, which the Commissioner contributed to and supports, identifies: –
The bedrock of policing being at a local level, increasingly focused on proactive and preventative activity;
The need to develop more effective and efficient specialist capabilities so that new and more complex threats can be addressed;
Policing as a profession, with a workforce that is representative, with the right skills, powers and experience;
The opportunities around digital technology, both in using it as a tool to provide better intelligence and join up systems between different partners and making it easier for the public to contact the police;
Opportunities for business support functions to be delivered more efficiently and consistently and in partnership;
The need to strengthen accountability arrangements, particularly at cross- force and national levels.