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Minister under Fire on Police Reform

Magazine article Public Finance

Minister under Fire on Police Reform

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Police minister Tony McNulty has defended plans to introduce directly elected crime and policing representatives, despite scepticism from councillors.

Speaking at a Local Government Information Unit police accountability conference on September 9, McNulty rejected suggestions that people would be confused by the extra tier of elected representatives, or that councils should be the main democratic link with policing.

'I'm very, very clear that directly elected representatives will provide stronger democracy he said. 'We could simply give it to the county council - that's not local enough and it doesn't draw in the CDRPs [crime and disorder reduction partnerships], where policing is being discussed.'

The Home Office published the police reform green paper, From the neighbourhood to the national, in July. It is expected to form the basis of legislation in December or early next year.

The proposals included the creation of elected crime and policing representatives (CPRs) to chair local CDRPs. Elected mayors would automatically become the representatives. The representatives will then sit on police authorities. The paper also asked for views on introducing the model in London. …

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