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Productivity in Policing

Volume 741: debated on Monday 20 November 2023

I am pleased to announce the publication of the independent Policing Productivity Review.

In August 2022, the Home Office commissioned the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) to conduct an independent review of productivity in policing. The report was commissioned to provide clear, practical, and deliverable recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness across the functions of policing. I am happy to advise the House that the review team have now provided their report to the Home Office.

While we are still considering the recommendations made in the report, I am supportive of any efforts to identify opportunities to increase productivity within policing, reducing unnecessary burdens on police officers’ time and freeing up their time to do the frontline work of protecting the public and catching criminals.

The report has identified many opportunities for making improvements, both long and short-term, and the Home Office will now consider these recommendations in more detail, engaging with policing and other key stakeholders, as we prepare to give a full response in the New Year.

I am looking forward to working with policing to make the changes necessary to unlock the full potential of the opportunity provided by the review.

A copy of the Policing Productivity Review will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses and is available at