ACPO president Sir Hugh Orde said:
“ACPO strongly supports the need for a review of pay terms and conditions. I am pleased to see that the terms of reference for this review recognise the unique status of police as office holders who must be available to respond to need at any time and have no ability to strike.
“Chief officers are absolutely committed to doing all they can to ensure that front line policing services are protected. We believe that the development of a modern pay and reward framework is essential and timely.
“What is required is a scheme that treats officers fairly and recognises their hard work, while providing chief officers with the critical flexibility to respond to the current financial challenges. Such an overhaul can help keep the public safe and reduce the impact on the numbers of officers and staff they are able to employ.”
Notes for Editors
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• The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is an independent, professionally led strategic body. In the public interest and, in equal and active partnership with Government and the Association of Police Authorities, ACPO leads and co-ordinates the direction and development of the police service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In times of national need ACPO, on behalf of all chief officers, coordinates the strategic policing response.
• ACPO’s 338 members consist of 251 Chief Police Officers from the Home forces of Assistant Chief Constable rank (Commanders in the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police) and above, plus 70 Senior Police Staff members from the 44 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Non Home forces such as British Transport Police have 14 Chief Police Officer members and there are 3 members from the Service Police.