Friday, 13 May 2011

Councils 'should be at the heart' of police accountability...NOT

Cllr Richard Kemp, LGA vice-chair, said: “Local authorities already have democratically elected councillors overseeing community safety, each of whom know their area best, and who are scrutinised and held to account by that council. Reintegration would require minimal legislative changes, drive out duplicate spending and deliver efficiency savings.

“Each council would be expected to appoint two policing champions responsible for all policing activity in that area. Executives would be formed with neighbouring councils. This solution not only identifies to residents who is accountable, but it would ensure good connections between local and force-wide issues.”

He added: “At a time when budgets are stretched, putting councils back at the heart of holding the police to account still remains the most cost-effective solution. The LGA has consistently argued that directly elected police commissioners are not the best way of improving police accountability.”

My comment: But who will hold councils and councillors to account when there are no effective watchdogs. In addition, it allows councillors to put pressure on the police to do their bidding. Look at these examples of how our elected representatives already misuse the Police 1 2 3 4   

Read the full story from the source the LGA (the taxpayer funded Local Authority spin factory)

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