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  1. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/may/05/merseyside-police-commissioner-says-force-is-institutionally-racist A police and crime commissioner (PCC) has become the first to call her area’s force “institutionally racist”, a statement quickly followed by a categorical rebuttal from the chief constable.
  2. ITV News link Looks like Mr Seed has more than one offence under his belt. We are having a re-election at a £1.5 million bill and months of wasted work all because on individual and party thought it was OK to let a convicted (drink driving) person run.
  3. New arrangements could make process of national decision-making stronger, according to analyst. Rick Muir from the Police Foundation The two main police governing bodies should be merged to fix a “muddled and confusing” decision making process at centre of policing in England and Wales, a policing expert has said. A stark report warning policing is at risk of becoming "irrelevant" as neighbourhood presences are stripped back and vast numbers of crimes go unsolved, was released by the Home Affairs Select Committee this week. It lambasted a lack of leadership in the service, largely pinning the blame on the Home Office. It also called for the establishment of a new National Policing Council, a policy-making body chaired by the Home Secretary — and a National Policing Assembly, comprising all police and crime commissioners (PCCs) and chief constables. These would come into being after a thorough Home Office review of policing reallocates responsibilities and capabilities at a local, regional and national level. Rick Muir, director of the Police Foundation think tank, told Police Oracle that the change is crucial, because of the lack of a “strong strategic centre” and the local focus taken by PCCs and chief constables. Larger policing areas such as forensics, cyber-crime, modern slavery and procurement should be overseen at a national level, he said. He added: “We have 43 PCCs and chiefs constables – so you need all 86 to agree on a point before anything happens. “The Home Office dictates what happens and the money to make it happen, but there is a need for a central decision-making hub to decide on regional matters.” Mr Muir said this could be done by combining the National Police Chiefs' Council with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and changing their voting systems to a majority-based system from their current unanimous ones. “At the moment there is confusion over who makes the decisions and it is muddled. There needs to be clarity”, he said. When Theresa May was Home Secretary, her stance to this approach was quite the opposite whereby she believed policing decisions would be better if made locally and that ACPO was “too powerful”. “[But] the world has moved on since 2010 and the government needs to think again”, he added. Speaking on other issues raised in the report, he said police do not have the capability to tackle cybercrime at the moment given a lack of funding and a fall in detectives as well as the City of London, who leads the portfolio, not having the power to hold forces to account. On funding, he said: “The only way to find more money for the police service will be to increase taxes other wise public services would have seen a decade of financial depletion. “There is only so much chief constables can do. “I am pessimistic of the short-term budget, we will not see a big increase. But in the longer term I am more optimistic the public will make a stand. The next government will have to invest more on policing because we have a rise in crime. “It is quite easy to cut police when crime was falling, now it is rising.” The Home Office has said it is working with forces to see what priorities they need. In response to the report's release NPCC chairman Sara Thornton said: "We want to see more involvement and leadership from ministers and officials in the development of strategy and transformation in partnership with chief constables and police and crime commissioners." She added that the Home Office can't decide what should be delivered at national or local levels on its own, but that the department should set a "broad framework". View On Police Oracle
  4. HEAD We want our pre-1969 force back, say campaigners Calls to remove borough from county force as austerity takes toll on policing budget. Councillor Martin Terry Politicians are preparing a case to send to the Home Office to ask for their borough to be withdrawn from its force area. A group of independent councillors in Southend-on-Sea has called for the area to have its own force carved out of Essex – reverting to pre-1969 arrangements. Spokesman Martin Terry, who unsuccessfully stood for the Essex police and crime commissioner role in 2016, said his area doesn’t get the resources it requires. “We’re saying to the PCC that unless we see a dramatic increase in the level of policing in Southend, we will apply to the Home Office,” he said. “Southend has by far the highest crime rate but doesn’t get its fair share. When the PCC put the precept up this year he got 150 officers back from the 800 we lost but distributed them right across the piece - based on crime stats we should have got them all.” He added: “If we re-establish a single borough police force we will be able to establish much more local control of the precept and deliver the policing we need.” Mr Terry, who rubbished Theresa May’s contention that there is no link between officer numbers and crime, said the group would not favour having a local PCC. He added that the large police station in Southend-on-Sea could be a force HQ, while specialist resources could be shared across the county. The non-party political group is the unitary authority’s opposition, having previously led it in coalition from 2014-16. Several major local businesses have spoken to the Southend Echo newspaper in support of the idea. But their chances appear remote, as a spokesman for the Home Office said any application for a change of force boundary needs the support of the area’s PCC. He added: “An application for a police force boundary change would need to be locally led and supported by the police and crime commissioner. “Such an application would need to be accompanied by a robust business case demonstrating how the change would be in the interests of economy, efficiency and effectiveness.” Deputy police, fire and crime commissioner for Essex, Jane Gardner, said: “Working with the police we identified the rise in crime at an early stage and have been lobbying the government on behalf of policing nationally and specifically for the people of Essex.” She said 15 of the new officers will be specifically for Southend and PFCC Roger Hirst has been in recent contact with Southend Council about policing and crime. View On Police Oracle
  5. The current criminal justice system 'isn't working', according to the APCC chairman. Police and crime commissioners should be given joint oversight of probation and offender rehabilitation services with the Ministry of Justice, the head of the commissioners' association has said. David Lloyd, chairman and criminal justice lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), said on Tuesday the current system “stifles innovation” and does not work in its current form. “Although we call the criminal justice system a system - it isn’t. It’s made up of a series of often competing organisations that together manage to forget the needs of the victim and the offender," he said at a Justice Committee meeting. “I really believe this is a moment when we can make a step change in reducing reoffending if we all work together. “The biggest culture change is the lessons that fire can bring to police and that is rather than investing in more fire trucks look at how you reduce fire in the first place. I think it’s exactly the same in criminal justice.” He added: “Frankly there is no one who holds the ring around criminal justice. “What works poorly is for the democratic accountability is to be held centrally at the MoJ. “The positive thing is if you bring PCCs to have responsibly for it there is a very direct democratic oversight.” Mr Lloyd said he would be in favour of adopting the “Manchester model” (a combined local authority in which the mayor has taken on PCC responsibilities). “There isn’t a great amount of parliament time. By allowing the local leaders to get on and do it we can move on and that is the solution for you. “What we need is some leeway -to take on the Manchester model for example. “I think the role of PCC broadly a local leadership," he told the committee. He also claimed UNISON, one of the largest unions in the police and justice system, are in favour of probation and prisons coming under the jurisdiction of PCCs- much to his own surprise. When asked whether he thought disengaged PCCs would pose a risk to such a system he responded: “I believe in the wisdom of the electorate at the end of the day. The electorate shows great wisdom.” In a separate statement on the APCC’s website, Mr Lloyd said: “It is my view that PCCs have a key role in working with partners to ensure an efficient and effective criminal justice system. “That means real oversight and accountability of local criminal justice services, including offender management services, in the first instance, this should include joint oversight of Community Rehabilitation Companies and the National Probation Service with the Ministry of Justice." The APCC also wantS to see funding handed over to PCCs without a ring fence. View on Police Oracle
  6. Report says urgent guidance is needed. The police misconduct system needs to be more consistent. A report, led by police and crime commissioners, says the system is operating reasonably effectively and Legally Qualified Chairs (LQCs) are settling into their role. But urgent guidance is needed from the APCC and the NPCC to encourage more consistency in the application of the misconduct process in relation to the role of the chairman, it says. It also calls for the Home Office to consider developing regulations, and detailed guidance, setting out the underlying features of the LQC role in relation to the new complaints and conduct regime, which will soon be implemented. The report also recommends PCCs, chiefs, the Home Office and Information Commissioners Office work together to provide consistency and clarity about LQCs’ data protection responsibilities. LQCs are also expected to work with the APCC to ensure more transparency is introduced at misconduct hearings. Julia Mulligan, APCC national lead for Transparency & Integrity, said: “Whilst the misconduct hearing process has run very well under LQCs, 15 months after their implementation, it is clear that a collective effort is required if we are continue to improve the misconduct hearing process, for everyone involved. “It is vital LQCs work with the APCC and others to instil and embed as much transparency into misconduct hearings as possible and proportionate, with a clear rationale for their approach with the media and public at the outset of each hearing.” Dame Vera Baird QC, APCC deputy lead for Transparency & Integrity, said: “It is hoped that this review leads to the changes that all those involved in the system agree are necessary, from short-term guidance on the selection process of LQCs to more detail set out in regulations about the roles and responsibilities of all parties, including clarity on issues such as data protection. “We hope the APCC and LQCs can continue to work together to ensure the police misconduct process is overseen and implemented thoroughly and fairly.” View On Police Oracle
  7. The government said the "time is right". Police and crime panels are to be given new powers to investigate commissioners, government documents have revealed this week. Currently police and crime panels (PCPs), led by local authorities, are responsible for non-serious complaints made against police and crime commissioners but have limited powers to do so. PCPs will be able to appoint an independent investigator to examine the evidence when they feel it is needed, the government stated in consultation papers for PCC complaints reform. If “informal resolution” is not possible, PCPs will be able to make recommendations “on the expected behaviour of a PCC” and have the authority to “require them to respond.” The changes are being made because the government expects the number of complaints made against PCCs to rise as it increases commissioner responsibilities. “Since coming into post, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have brought real local accountability to policing in England and Wales,” the document stated. “Collectively, they have presided over falls to a record low in crimes traditionally measured by the Crime Survey of England and Wales, and have delivered value for money for taxpayers by finding efficiencies and ensuring sense in how police budgets are spent.” As the government is expanding the role to “drive better working” with the criminal justice system and take on responsibilities for the fire and rescue service and parts of the police complaints system it believes “the time is right…to deliver a more transparent complaints procedure.” Although the majority of complaints should be resolved without investigation, PCPs will be given the option to appoint an independent investigator from an approved list of people, such as a chief executive or local authority monitoring officer from another area, where necessary. PCPs will not be allowed to appoint individuals who report directly to the PCC under investigation. “The Government recognises it is important to separate the investigatory aspects of complaint handling from the PCP, to ensure that any political differences between the Panel and the PCC are not used as a basis for complaint investigation.” The document added: “It is evident that there should be a clear marker for what should and should not be classed as a complaint, to ensure complaints about conduct rather than policy decisions are taken forward. To do this, the Government will work with the Local Government Association - with advice from the College of Policing - to produce supplementary, non-statutory guidance for PCPs. “This guidance will use the Nolan Principles to set out clearly the standards of conduct expected from PCCs, and will robustly tie the procedures of informal resolution to matters of conduct rather than policy.” Sector-led guidance developed to help forces dealing with vexatious complaints against police will also be made available to PCPs to avoid “disproportionate amounts of time spent in managing vexatious complaints.” But any extra funding costs incurred as a result of investigations into PCCs will have be agreed locally or absorbed by the PCP budget. View On Police Oracle
  8. 'Foolhardy' comments face backlash from union. Norfolk PCC Lorne Green sharing his Police and Crime Plan with Theresa May. A PCC has issued an apology for saying he would not hire PCSOs even if he had the budget to do so. Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green made the comment while answering a question on budget cuts. Mr Green had joined his Chief Constable Simon Bailey at a police accountability forum meeting – the first since the force announced its controversial Norfolk 2020 plan. Last month it revealed 150 PCSOs will be replaced with 81 new police officers and 16 non-officer roles, as part of the 2020 reformation, which will save £2million a year. Conservative PCC Mr Green, in response to a question about whether police leaders would consider keeping PCSOs if they agreed to take pay cuts, told the meeting: “If I had all the money in the world I would not hire more PCSOs. “We need more officers who can investigate, who can be moved around the county, who can be called on at short notice to duty when duty demands. “And PCSOs, as valuable as they’ve been, they don’t offer the flexibility and skills necessary to deal with 21st century crime in this county.” However, the following day he issued an apology for his "poor choice of words" amid upset from the union representing PSCOs, which labelled his comments "insulting and foolhardy". Mr Green, said: “I am sorry for my choice of words with regards to the proposal in relation to PCSOs - I did not choose them well. “I apologise for any unintended hurt I may have caused. I have, throughout, been mindful of the pain and uncertainty caused by the proposal to put the PCSO role at risk. “It has been important to me from the outset that the Force addresses and deals with the inevitable impact on these valued members of the Norfolk Constabulary community with great sensitivity. “As such, I made a point at the public meeting of calling on the Chief Constable to outline the measures being taken to assist those at risk. “I was heartened to hear that more than 40 PCSOs have expressed an interest in becoming Police Constables and that there may be further opportunities within the proposed future policing model. I will continue to closely monitor the progress of these efforts.” Chris Jenkinson, regional secretary of UNISON Eastern said the PCC had no option but to apologise for his "insulting" comment. He said: “[The comments were] Disappointing because PCSOs have been working diligently for years on neighbourhood policing and have a very successful partnership with the communities they work in and the warranted officers they work alongside. “Surprising because the Norfolk and Suffolk police forces are collaborating very closely and the Suffolk force has recently reconfirmed its intention to keep its PCSO workforce. “Foolhardy since research by Cambridge University Institute of Criminology shows that PCSOs are extremely good value for money within neighbourhood policing.” View on Police Oracle
  9. Addicts would be given the drug to inject under supervision. Drug addicts could be given heroin paid for by the police under plans put forward by one police and crime commissioner. Durham PCC Ron Hogg, who along with Chief Constable Mike Barton has spoken out in support of decriminalisation, said he has now asked the region’s public health departments to examine ways to introduce Heroin Assisted Treatment. Although plans for a “fix room” are being developed in Glasgow, this would be the first of its kind in England following similar schemes in a number of European countries. “The aim would be to enable people who have become addicted to heroin to follow a programme that would stabilise their addiction in a controlled environment, and reduce their dependency on heroin until they stop taking it,” said Mr Hogg. “The aim of the initiative is to save the lives of addicts, shut down drug dealers and reduce acquisitive crime. Instead of stealing in order to fund their habit, and money flowing the organised crime gangs, addicts will be helped to recover.” The scheme would focus on the most prolific at-risk offenders who would be provided with pharmaceutical heroin, with Mr Hogg adding that it would save money in the long run through reduced costs to courts, prisons, the police and wider society. The number of reported drug misuse deaths involving opioids including heroin rose by 58 per cent in England over the last four years, with the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs recommending last December that the government should consider the provision of medically supervised drug consumption clinics in locations with a high concentration of injecting drug use. View on Police Oracle
  10. PLANS to put a special constable in every parish in Essex have been branded a “publicity stunt” by the county’s police union boss. Echo full story: http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/14641306.Bobbies_on_the_beat_plan_labelled_a____stunt___/?utm_content=buffer39c3e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#comments-anchor Arghh, this makes me so angry. Doesn't this PCC know that the idea of Parish Special Constables doesn't work as Northants have already scrapped their trial of it?
  11. The council is in a much better position to control fire and rescue than the cash-strapped and less popular police and crime commissioner All 123 of Cornwall’s councillors disagree with handing responsibility of the region’s fire and rescue service to the police and crime commissioner (PCC), a plan announced by David Cameron last week. In 2013, we passed a unanimous motion to retain governance of the service within Cornwall council, a decision I will repeat at every opportunity. Full full story please follow the link. In Cornwall, we refuse to give up our fire service to the police commissioner http://gu.com/p/4ccxm?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard
  12. Fire chiefs could run English police forces under plans http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34224491
  13. Police who carry out ‘unreasonable’ stop and searches could be made to give face-to-face apologies to the suspects they apprehend. To see the full story click here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3201567/Police-officers-carry-unreasonable-stop-search-checks-apologise-face-face-suspects-complain-treatment.html I wonder what he means by free up police to catch criminals? Oblivious once they have committed a crime as opposed to stop searching a criminal before the commission of an offence.
  14. The standards watchdog has called on the home secretary to launch an urgent review of the powers available to hold police and crime commissioners (PCCs) to account after a wide-ranging report uncovered “significant standards risks” in the hierarchy of local policing. An eight-month study by the Committee on Standards in Public Life said there was insufficient scrutiny of PCCs’ decisions and insufficient redress where a PCC falls below the expected standards of behaviour. “Under current arrangements, the accountability of PCCs rests almost entirely upon democratic processes. It is for voters to assess their standards, but only at four-year intervals,” wrote the committee’s chair, Lord Pew, in a letter to the prime minister. “In between elections, more effective day to-day scrutiny and transparency of PCCs’ decision-making is needed, including through the operation of police and crime panels, and stronger safeguards are needed in the appointments of chief constables and the roles of statutory officers.” The watchdog recommended that the home secretary, Theresa May, order an urgent review of whether there are sufficient powers to take action against PCCs whose conduct falls below the standards expected of those in public office. The report recommends that the pay, gifts, hospitality and outside business interests of PCCs and chief constables are made public in an easily accessible format. The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 abolished police authorities and replaced them with directly elected PCCs for each police force outside London, a move intended to improve the accountability and transparency of the police. The first PCC elections were held in November 2012 with an average voter turnout of 15.1%. The report said the police remained among the most trusted public office holders and acknowledged that it had found evidence of “greater innovation, increased visibility and a greater focus on community engagement and victim support” under the new system of PCCs. A Home Office spokesperson said: “We welcome this report, which recognises the new impetus that police and crime commissioners have brought to policing, bringing greater innovation, increased visibility and a greater focus on community engagement and victim support.” The spokesperson added that the department would consider the committee’s findings and respond to them in due course. “High ethical standards and strong leadership lie at the heart of good policing, and this report shows the importance of reforms brought forward by the home secretary to improve police integrity.” http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/29/police-crime-commissioners-scrutiny-watchdog
  15. The Bedfordshire police and crime commissioner could lose a planned referendum on a council tax increase to fund more officers, a poll has shown. Olly Martins wants to ask the public if they would pay 15.85% more to raise an extra £4.5m per year for the force, in a referendum costing £350,000. But a YouGov poll commissioned by Mr Martins suggests 70% of residents will reject the idea. The PCC said other research showed "strong support" for the rise. Mr Martins said the force had a plan up to 2019 but after this, there will still be a "£6m hole in the budget", he said. PCC Olly Martins said "there is a risk of not doing anything" Increasing the police precept in the council tax requires a referendum, which would be held alongside May's general election, and it is believed it would be the first of its kind in England. 'Modest' increase The increase would equate to 32p extra a week for a band A property and 48p for band D, some of which would be invested in 100 extra police officers. Mr Martins had said he would not proceed with the vote unless he was "reasonably confident of getting an affirmative result". As well as the YouGov poll, he said he had spoken to about 1,300 people outside supermarkets, and conducted other polls at the town and parish council conference in the county and outside mosques, plus more than 1,700 had completed a poll on his website. He said about 85% were in favour once they knew it was a "relatively modest cash increase" and would be used to recruit extra officers. "Three out of the four [surveys] suggest strong support," he said. "There is a very strong feeling against this amongst some people, but my work with people at supermarkets tells me there is a silent majority who will support paying more for policing. "There is a risk here, but there is also a risk of not doing anything." Mr Martins has got permission from the police and crime panel to hold the vote and is due to announce next week that it will go ahead. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-31409978 There was a very lively debate on the local radio about this and a couple of things were mentioned that are not in this article. One was that if the result is a 'no' vote then the referendum will cost £600,000. Also that the plan is to recruit 100 officers, but only 25 of them will end up on the beat.
  16. http://www.courier.co.uk/Investigation-dropped-Kent-Police-Crime/story-26077091-detail/story.html
  17. This week we have heard the announcements that if Labour get in then PCCs will be scrapped. However, if the Tories get in then PCCs will have their roles strengthened and will be given responsibility for complaints against police. So, putting politic aside, which option do people support? If PCCs were to be scrapped, what options are there for replacing them?
  18. Gibbo1715

    Lancs PCC awareness videos

    Folks Have a look at the attached, looks like lancashire are getting pretty creative around making more people aware of the PCC election with viral videos, I wonder if others will follow http://www.policecrimecommissioner.co.uk/Lancashire
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