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Report saying PCCs should be axed is a ‘mishmash,’ says Hardwick

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick (right) with prospective new Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick (right) with prospective new Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.

Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has branded a report calling for his role to be axed as a “mishmash” of ideas.

Alan Hardwick was responding to a report published by a body set up to review policing in England and Wales which described the “experiment” of PCCs as “riddled with failings.”

The report from the Independent Police Commission (IPC), led by ex-Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens, also said that restrictions should be placed on the use of firms such as G4S to carry out policing functions and called for police forces to be regionalised.

Mr Hardwick said: “I welcome any positive contribution to the future of policing and the report makes some very good points about neighbourhood policing, the importance of it and building relationships with communities.

“But I don’t think PCCs are a flawed model and they do increase public accountability between the Chief Constable and the people of Lincolnshire. “The IPC report is very good in parts but it’s also a bit of a mishmash in other areas.”

The report said: “Whilst the introduction of PCCs has given effect to an important democratic principle, the model has fatal systematic flaws and the experiment has been riddled with failings.

“The model should be discontinued in its present form at the end of the term of office of the 41 serving PCCs in England and Wales in 2016.”

South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter said: “For me, the issue isn’t how the public can hold the police to account but the fact that they can.

“I supported the introduction of PCCs because they would give the public more power than they had before and if the report, commissioned by the Labour Party in 2011, is proposing to give people more power by another route then that would be good.

“But if they propose to give people less power then that will be bad, it’s that simple.”

 

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