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Policing for a better Britain

Policeman3Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) should be abolished and replaced by a new system, an independent review of policing in England and Wales has recommended.

‘Policing for a Better Britain’, the final report of the Independent Police Commission (IPC) launched today (Monday 25 November), presents a bold and radical vision of how to deliver fair and effective policing in these economically difficult times.

The Independent Police Commission, which was initiated by Labour’s Yvette Cooper in 2011, is chaired by Lord John Stevens, former Head of the Metropolitan Police, with Professor Jennifer Brown,
co-director of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as Deputy Chair.

The report aims to provide a roadmap for the professional evolution of the policy force and sets out 37 recommendations covering eight key themes: A social justice model of neighbourhood policing; Creating effective partnerships; Achieving better democratic governance; A new deal for police officers and staff; Building a police profession; Raising standards and remedying misconduct; A structure fit for purpose; and Making savings and efficiencies.

LSE Professor Jennifer Brown, deputy chair of the Independent Police Commission, said: “Today we face new crime threats from the internet and computer based fraud, globalisation, the speed of communication, the sophistication of terrorism as well as changing social classes and movement of people all providing the backdrop for updating how we as citizens are policed, how we as citizens are involved in designing policing priorities and in what ways we might be involved in the democratic oversight of the police.

Today’s report argues that the police and crime commissioners experiment has failed and advocates an alternative approach which in part will depend on how the police are to be structurally re-organised. The 43 forces which emerged as a consequence of Sir Henry Willink’s deliberations in the 1960s are in need of rationalisation and which may take the form of mergers, regionalisation or possibly a new national police service.”

The companion volume of academic papers “The Future of Policing” edited by LSE Professor Jennifer Brown also launches today.    

For the report’s full recommendations, click here 


Monday 25 November 2013