Tag Archives: Police & Crime Commissioner

Environmentally friendly traffic cones


The decisions taken by police forces regarding their purchase of products such as weapons like tasers and guns and pepper spray are all subject to the Home Office agreeing to such items being used. However when it comes to less … Continue reading

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Access to justice


On Wednesday an important Parliamentary debate took place in Westminster Hall allowing a few MPs to discuss how Justice is being denied to local people as a result of cost cutting and a failure to work in a creative manner. Sadly this debate … Continue reading

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Blue Light Commissioner


According to todays Times the Government is about to extend the role of Police and Crime Commissioners to oversee Fire & Rescue Services. Apart from any Union opposition which the article focuses on, this is a mistake for several reasons. The most fundamental … Continue reading

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Have we got the resources we need?


According to todays news, Police overtime in the last year exceeded £310M, and over the last 3 years amounted to some £1Bn. The Metropolitan Police accounts for around 1/3 of the total. These figures suggest that Policing costs are out of control and unless … Continue reading

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The failure of the SYPCC election


Today the electors of South Yorkshire will discover who their new Police and Crime Commissioner will be. They will discover which man will replace the disgraced Shaun Wright, the Labour PCC who refused for months to take any responsibility for a … Continue reading

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We need credible electoral systems


There is no such thing as a perfect electoral system. Our various elected representatives are currently elected under three different mechanisms. The dominant first past the post arrangement in use in local government and British Parliamentary elections, is at variance from the … Continue reading

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PCCs and Probation


It is clear that whilst a debate rages regarding the suitability of G4S and SERCO to bid for probation contracts as part of the ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ reform, that a number of other issues or comments are being lost to the … Continue reading

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What Katy did on her holidays


In November 2012 electors outside of London voted for Police and Crime Commissioners to provide governance for the 41 English and Welsh Police forces. This was a new role and replaced the work of the Police Authorities, enacted the last time we had … Continue reading

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Even rubber teeth can be made to bite


According to this news report the Police and Crime Panel for Hertfordshire has lost two of its members with one of the two, Elected Watford Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill explaining that police and crime panels equate to a “crocodile with rubber teeth”. … Continue reading

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