APCC Brexit joint lead Matthew Scott PCC said:
“Policing needs to consider every eventuality in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit and that is why it is important that the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) have approved operational and contingency plans along with the National Crime Agency (NCA).
“Both UK and EU justice agencies, and member states, want to carry on working together after Brexit. The right deal for everyone needs to be agreed as soon as possible. In August the APCC Brexit cross-party working group sent a letter to the Home Secretary stressing that security should be prioritised in the ongoing negotiations.
“PCCs have an important role, not only in reflecting the concerns of our communities but in ensuring that there is strategic and financial oversight of the process. Therefore, we will continue to work with the Government, NCA and the NPCC to ensure that our priorities are reflected.
“Locally, PCCs will also be engaging with their Chief Constables to ensure forces have whatever resources they need. However, as the NPCC state, there is no intelligence to suggest increased disorder or crime as a result of a no-deal Brexit.”