Police authorities aim to co-ordinate best practice

22 Nov 01
The Association of Police Authorities (APA) has launched a four-pronged self-assessment and continuous improvement programme under the auspices of Best Value.

23 November 2001

The Police Authority Improvement Programme, launched at the APA's conference in Harrogate on November 21, aims to improve the co-ordination of police authority work across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The first stage, benchmarking performance, has already been completed and will provide police authorities with a database on processes, activities and the costs of policing practices from April 2002.

Robin Wilkinson, the APA's policy officer, said: 'For the first time, authorities can now benchmark their own performance against other authorities. We will update this information annually and consider how to enable benchmarking against comparable authorities.'

Wilkinson added that three further stages of the programme will follow: sharing good practice; training and support; and self-assessment and improvement.


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