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Association of Chief Police Officers


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A private company limited by guarantee and funded by a combination of a Home Office grant, contributions from each of the 44 police authorities, membership subscriptions, and by the proceeds of its annual exhibition. Its members are police officers who hold the rank of Commander, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, and Commissioner in London, and Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable, or Assistant Chief Constable, in provincial forces of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, national police agencies and certain other forces in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, and certain senior non‐police staff. There are presently 280 members of ACPO.

ACPO was set up to undertake works in developing policing policies centrally, on behalf of the Service as a whole, rather than in 44 forces separately. ACPO aims to: assist chief officers to provide excellence in the leadership of the Service; ensure a professional and ethical service is delivered to all communities; and provide professional advice to Government, police authorities, and other appropriate organizations and individuals.ACPO works towards these aims by trying to ensure that: appropriate policy standards are set and maintained; police staff are trained to these standards; police staff are properly equipped; the service case for adequate resources and staff rewards is formulated and promoted; good policing practice is identified, evaluated, disseminated, and built upon; regular dialogue takes place between the Association and its tripartite partners, representatives of communities, and relevant professional organizations; the Service's views are communicated to relevant audiences in order to inform and influence; operational policing activity is properly coordinated when events involve several police forces and require a common approach.ACPO liaises with Government and the Cabinet Office in the face of civil emergencies and terrorist activities.

assist chief officers to provide excellence in the leadership of the Service;

ensure a professional and ethical service is delivered to all communities; and

provide professional advice to Government, police authorities, and other appropriate organizations and individuals.

appropriate policy standards are set and maintained;

police staff are trained to these standards;

police staff are properly equipped;

the service case for adequate resources and staff rewards is formulated and promoted;

good policing practice is identified, evaluated, disseminated, and built upon;

regular dialogue takes place between the Association and its tripartite partners, representatives of communities, and relevant professional organizations;

the Service's views are communicated to relevant audiences in order to inform and influence;

operational policing activity is properly coordinated when events involve several police forces and require a common approach.

Subjects: Law.


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