Vernon Coaker MP, Labour's Shadow Policing Minister, said in response to reports today that Liberal Democrat peers will call for a delay in the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners and for the positions to be piloted:
"We have opposed, and will continue to oppose, Police and Crime Commissioners.
"The Tory-led Government's policy gives a great deal of power to one politician, responsible for whole regions and millions of people, with no real checks and balances on their actions.
"With Commissioners having the power to hire and fire Chief Constables, the Association of Chief Police Officers has questioned whether the impartiality of the police will be maintained under the Government's policy. Meanwhile, a recent public poll showed that only 15 per cent of people would trust the policy over the current framework.
"The Tory-led Government have failed to provide a shred of evidence from the police or other expert organisations that say Commissioners are needed. Yet they are committed to spending £100 million - the equivalent of 600 full-time police officers - on them at a time when they are cutting over 12,500 police officers across England and Wales.
"No one seems to want Police and Crime Commissioners, and the experts are genuinely concerned about them."