Magazine article Public Finance

Elected Police Heads 'Will Cost £101M'

Magazine article Public Finance

Elected Police Heads 'Will Cost £101M'

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Plans to replace police authorities with directly elected police and crime commissioners came under renewed fire this week after it was claimed that the move would cost £10lm.

An independent analysis conducted for the Association of Police Authorities found that changing the police's governance structure would cost the equivalent of employing 600 full-time police officers over the first five years. The current structure would cost £352m between 2011/12 and 2015/16 while the new arrangements are estimated to exceed £453m. The main additional costs stem from more frequent elections and operational transitions.

APA chair Rob Garnham told Public Finance he was 'not convinced that there is a public appetite' for the changes, which risked becoming a 'distraction' when police forces were trying to find ways of saving money. …

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