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The government has today made clear its commitment to introducing directly-elected police and crime commissioners.
This follows a vote in the House of Lords yesterday on an amendment to the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, which would see police and crime commissioners appointed by a panel, rather than elected by the public.
The commitment to introduce directly-elected individuals to hold the police to account on behalf of the communities they serve is in the coalition government agreement, and is a key part of making the police more accountable to the public.
Debate will be considered
A Home Office spokesman said: ‘The election of police and crime commissioners is a clear coalition agreement policy.
‘So while we will consider the debate in the Lords, we will look to redress this in the Commons.’