ACPO) in relation to control of any operational police units is to be brought to an end. This follows (a) concern about the role of ACPO in the control of certain unit set up to combat "extremism" - see Climate Change Protest No. 3 and also, to be fair, (b) some concern within ACPO itself about the accountability of the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU). Mr Herbert has particular responsibility within the Home Office for Policing and Criminal Justice. This indication of a move to ensure that there is political and legal accountability for these activities is to be welcomed. It appears that changes will be made to ensure that either a "lead Police Force" or the yet-to-be-created National Crime Agency will assume responsibility for these activities. (See also Policing in the 21st Century).
It also appears that the Association of Police Authorities (APA) has decided that it no longer has the funds to provide money to ACPO - see The Guardian 18th January 2011. The Home Secretary has written to them to request a reconsideration of this decision but, of course, you either have the cash or you don't !! The government has proposed the abolition of the Police Authorities and intends to have elected Police Commissioners instead - see Police and Social Responsibility Bill. The APA opposes those proposals and refers to the Police Commissioners as "US-style solo sheriffs" - see their Press release.