Police may have to pay an annual fee to do their job under plans to create new professional body.
Theresa May is planning reform of the police
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, wants to set up a new organisation to represent the entire service and all ranks.
The move could also see the Association of Chief Police Officers being replaced with a new â€œchiefâ€™s councilâ€ which would sit within or alongside the new body.
But it could also means officers having to pay an annual membership fee to be part of the organisation.
The announcement follows this summer’s review of policing by Peter Neyroud, the former head of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA).
He suggested constables should pay a Â£50 annual fee while chief constables should pay Â£250 a year to be part of a national professional body for policing which would oversee standards.
Mrs May said: “The Government is transforming policing for the modern age with the most radical programme of change for more than 50 years.
“At its core is a new professional body that will develop skills and leadership, enabling the drive to reduce bureaucracy and with greater accountability to the public.
“Together with directly-elected police and crime commissioners and the new National Crime Agency, this is a strong and coherent agenda for reform which will free the police to fight crime at the national and local level, deliver better value for the taxpayer and give the public a stronger voice.”
Mrs May also announced that the break-up of the NPIA will see its specialist operations centre and the National Missing Persons Bureau move to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and then to the National Crime Agency (NCA) once it is set up in 2013.
Work on forensics, crime-mapping and pathology currently carried out by the NPIA will move to the Home Office, she added.
Shadow policing minister David Hanson said: “This Government is implementing reforms to policing which are already late and are still to be finalised. As a result of today’s announcement the policing landscape remains muddled with many questions still to be answered.
“The Government is ploughing ahead with huge cuts and chaotic reforms which is why Labour has commissioned the independent review of policing.”
Police may have to pay to do their job under reform plans