The 14 page document, titled Policing in the UK: A Brief Guide aims to provide an accurate and consistent starting point for public, partners and PCC candidates looking to inform themselves about the complexity of today's policing.

ACPO lead, Chief Constable Alex Marshall said:

"This document aims to provide some basic information about how the police service operates in the United Kingdom. It deals with local and national issues and aims to provide readers with an understanding of the founding principles of our police service, alongside the issues, structures and challenges faced by forces at a time of major change and opportunity for policing."

Published ahead of the elections for Police and Crime Commissioners this November 15th, the document provides a factual reference point on policing; adding a national perspective to local documents already published by some police forces around the country.

The document also takes a look at other bodies or partners that are involved in the UK policing world including Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the National Crime Agency.

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http://www.acpo.police.uk/documents/reports/2012/201210PolicingintheUKFinal.pdf

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