ACPO President Sir Hugh Orde said:

"This is a wide ranging report offering views on many of the critical questions facing the police in a transforming society. It shows the increasing complexity of a service which must deliver neighbourhood policing, maintain public order, develop effective counter-terrorism structures, look after victims and adapt to new forms of crime, all with fewer resources.

"In meeting these challenges we note the Commission's view on the importance of operational coordination between chief officers, supplied by ACPO. The enduring requirement for these leadership functions is distinct from but complementary to the new and vital role of the College of Policing in supporting standards, procedures and training. With Police and Crime Commissioners ACPO is working towards a clear framework for operational coordination for the future."

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