This blog is mainly about the governance and future of policing and crime services. (Police & Crime Commissioners feature quite a lot.) But there are also posts about the wider justice system. And because I am town councillor and political activist, local & national issues are covered a little, as well.

Friday, September 27, 2013

PCCs and panels: Making the relationship critical, friendly and effective (article)

If you want to read more about this conference that CoPaCC have cooked up for 16 October, then go to Police Professional in hard copy or online here.

Here is a taster...
It is ten months since police and crime commissioners (PCCs) took office and the first anniversary of PCCs’ election is fast approaching. Police and crime panels (PCPs) will also mark their first birthday as the scrutiny body to be the check and balance for PCCs. However, it seems that few PCP members will feel there is much to celebrate. While the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 gave PCCs strategic control of police forces, panels were granted very few powers to accompany their responsibility to scrutinise their PCC. Notably, on surrendering her Hertfordshire panel membership in apparent frustration earlier this year, elected Watford Mayor Dorothy Thornhill suggested the body was no more than “a crocodile with rubber teeth”....
The event is pretty well full, but there might be a couple of spare slots of you are interested. You can apply here. Watch this space for the report of the event.

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