Police ranks

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2204
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The College of Policing's Leadership Review said that the "existing number of [police officer] ranks, each of which creates a layer of supervision and bureaucracy, can inhibit the development of an aspirational culture in which every member of the organisation seeks to operate at the highest level they can attain". It also said that "the distance between the majority of the workforce and senior leaders created by the rank hierarchy can reduce the willingness of some to adhere to best practice or seek development opportunities". The Review suggested that the current set of police ranks, most of which were introduced under the Metropolitan Police Act 1829, should be reduced and a review should be conducted. Do you support reforms of the current set of police ranks, and how will the Metropolitan Police Service engage with any upcoming review?

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