This weakening of local accountability makes it all the more important for Conservatives to offer voters a clear alternative.
Posts Tagged: Police and Crime Commissioners
Matthew Scott: What we Police Commissioners hope for in the Budget. And what we should continue to give in return.
Calling for more money and doing nothing different, as others in the public sector often do, is not an option. We as PCCs will continue our reforming approach.
We should also be aware of any risks to privacy or individual freedom, but in Kent the technology is working well.
At a time of budget cuts, mounting pressure, and waning deference to authority, officers deserve better than headlines like these.
Matthew Scott: The police are plugging a gap in mental healthcare provision – but we can’t do so forever
There will always be an element of policing that involves helping those in distress or crisis. But our officers are no substitute for proper NHS services.
They take place three months from tomorrow – as will Birmingham’s mayoral election and that Surrey council tax referendum.
We have an excellent police force but there are serious resource constraints.
We must ensure that those in need of help get the right support from the appropriate service.
Collaboration between police and fire services will include the sharing of stations.
I have met with colleagues from neighbouring forces to discuss collaborative working.
Modern technology and training are needed for effective policing.
I’ve dealt with everything from cyclists in pedestrian areas to a multi-million pound contract to improve IT systems.
So far the response from PCCs has been feeble. They should demand restraint and transparency.
All prison and probation services should be fully devolved to Police and Crime Commissioners.
A higher turnout saw independent candidates under pressure.