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"Partners in Crime – Democratic Accountability and the Future of Local Policing"(PDF)

Authors: Ian Barnes, Max Chambers and Natalie Evans (Editor)

Publication date: 12 November 2009

This report contains several recommendations to create a more dynamic and accountable local police force. The authors acknowledge that while there have been a recent emphasis on neighbourhood policy from the Labour Government, the Home Office still continues to micromanage the police force. The report calls for directly elected police commissioners and allowing Chief Constables to be operationally independent from the Home Secretary to allow them to make more decisions at a local level. The report also calls for ineffective Police Authorities to be replaced with local Police Commissions.

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