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LGA Opposes Elected Policing Representatives

Magazine article Public Finance

LGA Opposes Elected Policing Representatives

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The Home Office is facing increasing opposition to the introduction of elected crime and policing representatives, as councillors step up their campaign against the proposals.

Following Sir Ian Blairs resignation from his post as the Metropolitan Police Commissioner on October 2, the chair of the Local Government Association, Margaret Eaton, said that the creation of CPRs would make it difficult for people to understand who was responsible for policing.

'The departure of Sir Ian Blair has demonstrated the need for a national debate as to who is ultimately responsible for policing the country's streets,' she said.

The government s police reform green paper, From the neighbourhood to the national, proposes that CPRs sit on police authorities alongside councillors. The LGA said this would increase buck-passing and blame-shifting and undermine co-ordination between police forces, councils and local people.

'In the light of the Metropolitan Commissioner's departure, the current proposals in the policing green paper need to be studied more than ever with a finetooth comb,' Eaton said.

A spokeswoman for the Police Federation said recent events at the Metropolitan Police had 'further demonstrated the politicisation of policing'. …

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