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Police commissioners: Where are we now?

Roy Bailey  |  20 January 2014

The controversial issues surrounding the introduction of police and crime commissioners (PCCs) have already been well documented. There is little public understanding of the role, a lack of an effective mandate, questions about police operational independence, populist agendas, maverick decisions, inadequate scrutiny, rising costs, unmanageable ‘constituencies’, gender imbalance, plummeting police morale and the Tories’ antagonistic …

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Police and crime commissioners: A Labour view

Roy Bailey  |  28 June 2013

In an earlier article for Progress, I suggested that in order to restore public confidence in the democratic governance of the police, the Labour party needed to develop its own policy on police and crime commissioners in good time for the 201 per cent general election. Seven months into the new arrangements and following yet …

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PCCs – what next for Labour?

Roy Bailey  |  6 December 2012

Following the much-criticised police and crime commissioner elections on 15 November, controversy and recrimination abound. Post-election analysis reveals considerable public disquiet about both the concept of PCCs and the conduct of the elections. The Labour party, which opposed the legislation, must learn the important lessons from this fiasco and prepare its own policy in time …

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Politicising the police

Roy Bailey  |  11 October 2012

The government’s radical reform agenda for policing has sparked widespread controversy. This is especially apparent with the introduction of elected police and crime commissioners on 15 November. A recent poll suggested that only 18 per cent of all voters support the idea, with nine out of ten people not having any idea as to the …

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