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Police Should Answer to Local People, Says LGA

Magazine article Public Finance

Police Should Answer to Local People, Says LGA

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Reforms to make the police more accountable to their communities have been proposed by the Local Government Association.

In a new report, Answering to you, published on June 9, the LGA says giving local people more say over how their force is run would inspire greater confidence in the police.

The report sets out 12 main proposals for making police more answerable locally. Among them is the merger of police authorities and local authorities so that police are held to account through councils.

If residents believe that the police are 'anchored' in their local area and answerable to local people and councillors, they will be more willing to pass on information and support officers in their work, the LGA says.

This could consequently help cut crime and the fear of crime.

The report proposes the introduction of community safety charters between a local authority and its residents, against which the performance of the police could be measured. …

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