Magazine article Public Finance

Police 'Must Be Held to Account'

Magazine article Public Finance

Police 'Must Be Held to Account'

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Police forces need to be made more accountable to improve performance and boost public trust, a think-tank has said.

Despite record increases in police spending, performance on key indicators has stalled and public satisfaction levels have dipped, according to a report from the Institute for Public Policy Research.

A new beat- options for more accountable policing criticises police authorities as remote, weak and unaccountable, while elected local government has no say in setting local policing priorities.

Ministers have already indicated that they might introduce directly elected representatives on to police authority boards. Full details will be set out in a green paper on police reform to be published later this month.

But the IPPRs June 17 report urges the government to go further. It identifies several options to increase police accountability, including directly elected police commissioners; increasing councils' influence over policing; and introducing directly elected mayors with powers to hold the police to account. …

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