Thursday, 5 April 2007

Vote: Should we have elected police commissioners?

The Conservatives are publishing a consultation paper which would mean elected commissioners would control budgets, targets and policing plans. Chief constables would maintain "operational control".

Conservative leader David Cameron said: "We are not talking about merging police forces but making them more accountable to local people. I think people are fed up of a government which produces policies just for newspaper headlines. I'm absolutely determined we are going to take this steadily throughout and get it right."

The consultation paper suggests that a national serious crime force should be established if the 43 police forces in England and Wales cannot co-operate more on serious crime. It goes on to say that police cannot carry out their duties properly due to a combination of: "excessive bureaucracy and central intervention, an inflexible workforce, inefficient processes and political correctness". Further suggestions are performance-related pay and a cut in the £243 million bill for the 8,000 officers on full pay for restricted duties.

Nick Herbert the Tory police reform spokesman said: "People don't feel they're getting value for money, people want to see officers on the streets and at the moment they're spending more time doing paperwork than on the streets and that's unacceptable."

Q. Should we have elected police commissioners?

To view the results Click: HERE

(The results are archived by the British Library)

1 comment:

james higham said...

Sorry to appear stupid but how does 'elected Commissioners' translate into policemen on the beat?