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Reducing bureaucracy report released

2 December 2009

The reducing bureaucracy in policing advocate Jan Berry has released her first year report.

The document Reducing bureaucracy in policing presents the findings of Jan Berry’s examination of how the police service can build on the progress of the last year and remove even more unnecessary red-tape, freeing up police time and strengthening front line discretion to serve the public better.

Key recommendations accepted by the government include:

  • roll-out of a successful pilot scheme which gives officers discretion to deal with crimes in the most effective way
  • making sure officers understand how they can deal with offenders through different options within the criminal justice system, for example through restorative justice or the courts
  • making sure officers understand acceptable ways of dealing with each crime and the consequences for public confidence and satisfaction
  • making sure decisions are made at the right level and that each officer’s role is clearly defined within that process. 

The government has accepted 13 of the report’s recommendations, and will work closely with the police to implement these and consider a further 22. 

Strategic policing priorities

The Home Secretary’s strategic policing priorities for 2010/11 were also published today. They are:

  • continuing to increase public confidence that police and councils are dealing with local crime and antisocial behaviour priorities
  • tackling youth crime and drug and alcohol-related offending
  • joint working between police forces, law enforcement agencies and the community to tackle serious organised crime, terrorism and violent extremism
  • ensuring value for money.

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