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Sir Hugh Orde OBE QPM – President the Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Sir Hugh OrdeI am delighted to give my unequivocal support to the Police Service Parliamentary Scheme. I can’t think of any time since it was launched in 1997 when it has been more important for Peers, Members of Parliament and Members of the European Parliament to gain insight into front line policing and the accompanying operational decision making.

Policing is currently undergoing significant change, however one constant that remains unaltered is the need to deliver to the public a service that strives to reduce and prevent crime. The Scheme provides an opportunity for Members to connect with real street policing and gain first hand experience and understanding of the issues and interdependencies within modern policing, from tackling anti-social behaviour and implementing crime reduction initiatives to focussed criminal investigations. Officers and staff are committed to delivering a 24 hour service to victims and communities – the opportunity to observe the challenges and demands that go hand in hand with this will, I believe, enrich the understanding of the Members undertaking the programme. I wish those who do so, every success.

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