16 Facts About ACPO


ACPO coordinated national police operations, major investigations, cross-border policing, and joint law enforcement.

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ACPO designated Senior Investigative Officers for major investigations and appointed officers to head ACPO units specialising in various areas of policing and crime reduction.

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ACPO was funded by Home Office grants, profits from commercial activities and contributions from the 44 police authorities in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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ACPO continued to provide a forum for chief officers across 44 local police forces and 13 national areas across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and provided local forces with agreed national policies and guidelines.

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ACPO failed to convince its sponsors to contribute to its survival and in May 2011 the BBC reported that ACPO would run out of money in February 2012 without extra funding.

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ACPO was half-funded by the Home Office and half by 44 police authorities.

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In 1997, ACPO was incorporated as a private company limited by guarantee.

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ACPO was composed of the chief police officers of the 44 police forces in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, the deputy chief constable and assistant chief constable of 42 of those forces and the deputy commissioner, assistant commissioner, deputy assistant commissioner and commanders of the remaining two - the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police.

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ACPO was responsible for several ancillary bodies, which it either funded or which received Home Office funding but which reported to ACPO:.

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ACPO was responsible for coordinating the national mobilisation of police resources at times of national need through the Police National Information and Co-ordination Centre, which it set up in 2003.

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Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit was set up in 2010 by ACPO to remove unlawful terrorist material content from the Internet with a focus on UK based material.

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ACPO had been criticised as being unaccountable to Parliament or the public by virtue of its limited company status.

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In October 2009, Sir Hugh Orde stated that ACPO would be "more than happy" to be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

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On 30 March 2010, the Ministry of Justice announced that ACPO would be included under the FOI Act from October 2011.

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ACPO has supervised the creation of one of the world's largest per-capita DNA databases, containing the DNA profiles of more than one million unconvicted people.

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Up until it ceased to exist in 2015, ACPO did not reissue revised guidelines to replace its unlawful DNA exceptional procedure.

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