David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Policing, responding to the Home Affairs Select Committee report on Police and Crime Commissioners, said:
“Despite spending £100 million on a November electoral fiasco at the same time as cutting 15,000 police officers, the Government has given Police and Crime Commissioners significant control over chief constables and local policing without sufficient checks and balances in place.
“The job of the Police is to keep people and communities safe and to reduce and prevent crime, so people will be rightly concerned that there just aren’t enough checks and balances on the PCCs running their local forces.
“While the Police and Crime Panels are important, the Government has ensured they are not strong enough to do the job of holding PCCs to account nor to prevent abuses of power.
“The Government should not only heed the Committee’s call for a national register of interests for PCCs but also address clear weaknesses in the system. It’s vital that Theresa May now listens to this cross party call, ends her complacency and puts proper scrutiny arrangements in place.”<div>