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  1. Oversight of second emergency service will transfer to the politicians if approved by Home Office Nine police and crime commissioners have been given a share of £1 million to help with their proposals to take over local fire services. The money comes from the Home Office, which will also have the final say on whether the hoped-for takeovers can go ahead. PCCs for Sussex, West Mercia, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire and North Yorkshire have been granted a slice of the cash. Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Brandon Lewis said: “PCCs taking on responsibility for fire and rescue services will lead to the same level of public accountability for both services. “I am pleased to support those PCCs who are developing proposals to take on governance of local fire and rescue services.” The Home Office says the money “will ensure that the work and knowledge gained is properly disseminated amongst the policing community”. But not all of the PCCs who are being granted the cash are fully committed to taking on fire service governance. Gloucestershire’s Martin Surl has previously told that he has a “genuinely open mind” and wants to commission research on the issue. Others such as Essex’s Roger Hirst and Hertfordshire’s David Lloyd have said they want to take over from fire authorities, and have already set out their plans to do so. View on Police Oracle
  2. 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
  3. 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: 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?
  4. 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
  5. Fire chiefs could run English police forces under plans
  6. 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 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.
  7. 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.”
  8. 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.   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.
  10. 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?