This conference has been convened to investigate what is to do be done about PCCs. Is this system of police governance a dead duck that needs to be quickly buried by an incoming progressive government? Or would new legislation have the power to transform the ugly duckling into an elegant swan?
November 2012 heralded the most significant change to police service leadership in a generation: PCCs were elected to set Police & Crime Plans and hold Chief Constables to account for achieving them. These positions will be up for re-election in May 2016.
The question is now: what next? There will be precious little parliamentary breathing space following the May 2015 general election. The report of the Independent Police Commission, chaired by Sir John Stevens, will be published very soon. It is likely it will have some significant points to make about PCCs.
We look forward to welcoming over 100 police & justice professionals, political activists, public service observers, academics and people who just want a better governance model than what we currently have. This will be an intensely interactive event designed to provoke the maximum debate and ideas for the future. If you want to be part of the progressive debate about how police and justice services need to be shaped and governed in the future, this is an event you cannot afford to miss.
Quaker Meeting House, 2 Church Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2SB
10 – 4
£15 (£10 RCJA members & unwaged) Price includes light buffet lunch and coffee
09.45 Arrival, refreshments, greeting and networking
10.15 Welcome from the sponsors of the day: Dr Françoise Richardson (Chair, RCJA)
10.25 Overview of the day: Roy Bailey (RCJA) & Jon Harvey (Facilitator, activist & blogger)
10.35 Bob Jones: PCC for West Midlands
- How to bend, twist & improve the existing model: future practice and practical limitations
- Rubber toothed crocodiles and what scrutiny is really required
- Optimising the role of the third sector in any future governance model
- Building a new form of public accountability & robust governance for the future
12.00 Open Space: Delegates will have the opportunity to shape the agenda for the remainder of the day through suggesting questions to address, topics to discuss and ideas to develop.
- Introducing Open Space
- Setting the agenda
- Workshops & discussions (session 1)
13.45 Open Space (part two): a chance to explore more questions & issues
- Workshops & discussions (session 2)
- Workshops & discussions (session 3)
- What needs to happen next?
Book your place now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (who will send you details of where to send a cheque etc.)
Please note, as with other conferences (like Bluelight Camp), the organisers are happy for people to be present in cognito (such as twitter handle) as it were.