Politician says presidency extension should give enough time to wind body down.
An MP has called on Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) President Sir Hugh Orde (pictured) to use an extension to his presidency to “perform the last rites” on the professional body and wind it down.
ACPO members have voted to give Sir Hugh a two-year extension to his presidency, which began in 2009.
On hearing the news, Conservative MP Mark Reckless, who sits on the Home Affairs Select Committee that regularly calls ACPO officers to testify before it, said Sir Hugh should use the extension to shut down the organisation.
He told PoliceOracle.com that ACPO should close because its place in the new policing landscape was not clear, adding the College of Policing could take up much of the body’s work.
When asked whether he felt two years would be enough to close ACPO, he said: “That remains to be seen but it is not clear what its purpose is in the current manifestation.”
He added on Twitter: “It has no basis for setting policing policy, running businesses or operations and should be shut down ASAP.”
ACPO had not commented as this story went live. The professional body is a limited company. Previously, Sir Hugh has emphasised that keeping ACPO operation in tandem with the College of Policing is necessary and possible.
MP tells Sir Hugh: Close ACPO (£..)
Will many be bothered at the demise of ACPO? Other than many of the ACPO members themselves, I doubt it very much. With few exceptions it has sat on it’s hands whilst it watched the demise of the British police service.
It has been too self interested at the expense of those on the ground, sorry ACPO, you had your chance, it’s time the ACPO gravy train hit the buffers.