Roads Policing Now a Strategic Policing Requirement
The Home Office have included roads policing in its Strategic Policing Requirement document, published on the 20th February. The Strategic Policing Requirement is a high-level document that sets out the priorities in policing that all police forces must address. The most recent publication of the document has finally recognised the importance of roads policing in preventing harm to all road users. This is a much needed step in tackling road danger, and will hopefully help to standardise the treatment of road crime as a serious and harmful offence across the country.
This change comes after the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) called for the inclusion of roads policing in its June 2020 report, which was later reinforced by the official inspector of police, HMICFRS, in its Roads Policing – Not Optional report
RoadPeace welcomes this news, and calls on all police forces to begin work as soon as possible on adhering to this new government policy, implementing effective roads policing methods to keep the public safe. Every day an average of 5 people are killed on our roads, with many more injured, so the police can acting on this change promptly could save many lives.
Updated on: 2 March 2023