Police and Crime Commissioners

Policing the Police

James Hargrave | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
James Hargrave

As it was only the first time round in 2012 we weren't able to tell whether Chiefs had a right to be worried, perhaps this time, over the next six months, we'll be able to establish if there's a pattern.

Good News Politics - But Beware the No Votes

Simon Sapper | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

New London mayor Sadiq Khan (Photocredit: Getty Images) Now that the dust is beginning to settle over last week's elections, we can reflect on many ...

Police and Crime Commissioners: The Forgotten Elections

Kenneth Bunker | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Kenneth Bunker

While it seems overwhelming likely that Conservative and Labour and independents will dominate the upcoming elections, it is positive news that other parties have decided to increase their number of candidates fielded. This is important for diversity of views in the institution. The prospects of a higher turnout is also good news, given that higher participation levels are associated with a stronger perception of legitimacy. It would be a great triumph for the newly established elections.

Let Us Spare a Thought for Those Grappling With Domestic Violence This International Women's Day

Katy Bourne | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Katy Bourne

It was four years ago while speaking at a public meeting on society's responsibility to tackle domestic abuse that I was approached by Irene (not her real name), a lady in her late seventies. She told me that her 40-year marriage had been abusive but her husband, whom she had loved, had now been dead 10 years. I still remember how she gripped both of my hands in hers as she whispered, "I'm now having the time of my life"...

Policing Cuts 'Not on Election Agenda', Furious Officers Hit Back

Chris Hobbs | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

Hundreds of angry police officers together with former now retired colleagues, PCSOs and police staff have signed an open letter bitterly condemning both the damaging cutbacks to policing and the fact that these cutbacks have failed to become a major election issue.

Child Sexual Exploitation: Time to Take Action

Adam Simmonds | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Adam Simmonds

As the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, I am utilising my position as leader in the local area to take action against child sexual exploitation.

Trial By Media in Rotherham

Paul Blanchard | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

The press has a role to play in scandals of this type. We need them to highlight this kind of horror and help us try to understand how such sickening events can continue for so very long unhindered. But we need them to do it responsibly. Deciding that one person is to blame for a situation which has been going on for decades - and is probably going on in other areas of the country too - does them no credit.

Commissioner Sorry For 'Car Crash' Doc, But STILL Won't Resign £85,000 Post

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK

Beleaguered police and crime commissioner Ann Barnes has apologised for refusing to give up her £85,000 post after a mortifying fly-on-the-wall docum...

'Meet the Commissioner' Was Both Farce and Tragedy

Nicholas Rogers | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nicholas Rogers

The introduction of Police & Crime Commissioners was a genuinely radical move. Unaccountable bureaucracies were replaced with a single, elected, accountable person. PCCs should make policing more democratic and transparent. They should be driving a revolution in the relationship between the police and the people. They should be doing great things.

Police Watchdog To Probe Two Crime Commissioners

The Huffington Post/ PA | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK

The police watchdog will probe two recently elected Police and Crime Commissioners, after they allegedly lied about where they live, it has been repor...

Public Trust Is Precious - And Only Earned Over Time

Javed Khan | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Politics
Javed Khan

Handing over the keys to some of our most precious public services isn't something that should be done lightly, particularly when public trust is at stake. As a head of a country wide charity that deals with more than a million people each year, I'm acutely aware of the fragility of trust when delivering public services.

Police Commissioners Accused Of Handing Jobs 'To Cronies'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK

Britain's new police commissioners are under fire for handing top jobs to the "cronies" that helped them get elected. Rows have broken out across t...

'An Exercise In How Not To Run An Election'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK

Almost 90% of people cannot name their local police commissioner after a "bungled" election, according to a new report. The Electoral Reform Societ...

When Is An Independent Candidate Not Independent?

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 23.11.2012 | UK Politics

The government has rejected calls to require candidates to disclose if they are a member of a political party when standing for election as an indepen...

'Reapply For My Job? No Thanks'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.11.2012 | UK

A long-serving chief constable has dramatically quit on the day the newly elected Police Commissioner was sworn - after being told he must apply for h...

Young People Pay the Biggest Price for PCC Election Shambles

Antony Timlin | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Politics
Antony Timlin

Young people have a huge amount at stake when it comes to policing and criminal justice issues and until we effectively bring them into the debate many of the issues we currently see will remain.

Apathy In The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK Politics

John Prescott’s campaign have spoken of the “irony” of the Conservative candidate beating the Labour heavyweight with a voting system opposed by...

If Only We Had 2,232 Alices

David Prescott | Posted 17.01.2013 | UK Politics
David Prescott

In spite of winning three of the four local authorities - Hull, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire - that make up the Humberside Police area and winning the popular vote via Fast Past the Post, John Prescott lost on second preferences, thanks to the supplementary vote system. Oh the irony of the Tories beating a Labour heavyweight with a form of PR that they actively campaigned against in the AV Referendum.

Turnout - How Low Can You Go?

Katie Ghose | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

It is now clear that the PCC elections are on track for the lowest turnout in British history. Yesterday many polling stations stood empty. And when we say, 'stood empty' that is - in few cases - the literal truth.

'No Politics In Policing': Voters Spoil PCC Ballots (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK Politics

Polling stations across the country have seen embarrassingly low turnouts in the elections for police and crime commissioners, while some people who m...

Appetite for Police Commissioners Poll Should Sound Death Knell for Tory Attack on Unions

Mark Serwotka | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

While these low turnouts will be debated and analysed, one thing is clear: they should sound the death knell for the ludicrously shrill cries from some quarters of the Tory party and their supporters for greater restrictions on trade union ballots.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Not-So-Super-Thursday

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Friday 16th November... 1) NOT-SO-SUPER-THURSDAY Voters across the country went to the polls yesterday to e...

A Landslide For Apathy

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK Politics

Labour have described the the police and crime commissioner elections as having descended in to a shambles, with turnout was expected to be as low as ...

Hands Up: Who Knows What PCC's Are All About?

Timothy Barnes | Posted 13.01.2013 | UK Politics
Timothy Barnes

Anyone seeking elected office needs to rely on the media to help spread word of their activities and policies. This is particularly true for independent candidates, who lack access to an active supporter base that are well used to running campaigns, distributing leaflets and contacting voters. That has not happened here and while it is understandable that some object to the very idea of electing PCC's that does not change the situation: there will be an election for them on Thursday and voters should have been better served in learning about the candidates and their policies.

Elected Police and Crime Commissioners? Don't Be Fooled, This Isn't About Devolving Power to Local Communities

Thomas Midlane | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Midlane

The idea that this is a genuine exercise in localism just simply isn't credible, because the coalition is only interested in devolving power to two sectors: the private and the voluntary. If you want to know what Cameron and Osborne really think of local government, go and count the number of empty offices at council buildings across the land.