Police and Crime Commissioners

Child Sexual Exploitation: Time to Take Action

Adam Simmonds | Posted 06.03.2015 | 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.

WATCH: Boris Brands Hecklers 'Lefty Tossers'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 01.11.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson found himself confronted by hecklers while appearing in Bristol to support the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections on Wedne...

Not an Easy Fight, but the Right Fight

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Police prosecutions of men who sexually exploit children are rising, but sadly we are now working with more boys and girls who are abused in this way than ever - up 8.4% on last year. There is still a worrying lack of awareness of this issue across the board.

Labour PCC Candidate Steps Down Over £5 Fine

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 14.09.2012 | UK Politics

A Lincolnshire councillor has stepped down from running as a candidate for the county's Police and Crime Commissioner over a £5 fine he incurred for ...

Wronged Ex-Police Officer To Stand For Commissioner Post

PA | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK

An ex-police officer who was awarded more than £800,000 in compensation from his force after he was wrongfully sent to prison will stand for election...

Policing Minister Accused Of Talking 'Boring Waffle'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK Politics

The policing minister has been accused of talking "boring waffle" by BBC Today programme presenter Evan Davis, after Nick Herbert tried to deflect acc...