Friday, 27 Jul 2012
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have found that police authorities are making effective progress in preparing for the transfer of policing governance to Police and Crime Commissioners.
After inspecting police authorities in the spring and early summer this year, HMIC found that police authorities have transition plans in place and are making progress. PCCs will have to hit the ground running, and the findings show that authorities are thinking ahead and anticipating what their PCC might need in order to ensure this happens. Authorities are determined to leave a strong foundation and positive legacy for the incoming PCC.
Nick Herbert Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice said:
‘This report makes it clear that the preparation for police and crime commissioners is being well-managed while maintaining business as usual.’
‘The arrival of police and crime commissioners will be the most significant democratic reform of policing in our lifetime.’
‘Communities will have a stronger voice in how their streets are policed and will be able to turn to their PCC to hold the police to account on their behalf.’
HMIC also found that police authorities have generally engaged well with a range of stakeholders who have an interest in the transition process. These include local authorities, the wider community safety and criminal justice sectors, health agencies and the voluntary sector.
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