PCC press briefing 2013/43

2nd December 2013

Call to abolish police and crime commissioners, prospects of collaboration between forces, and the merits of a Welsh police force merger.


In this issue:

Call to abolish police and crime commissioners

Police and crime commissioners reacted this week to proposals in a Labour-commissioned report for them to be abolished. Among those speaking in defence of their jobs were the PCCs for [Lancashire], [Dyfed Powys], [Leciestershire] and [Hertfordshire]. Other PCCs used the first anniversary of the first elections to give profile interviews in the local press:

  • One year into his role as Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger feels he is already more recognisable than any member of the Police Authority he replaced. [Gazette]
  • The PCC for the Thames Valley has spoken of cuts, criticism and priorities after one year in the job. [Newbury Today]

Wales could follow Scotland and merge its four police forces, the Labour-commissioned report by a former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Stevens has suggested. [BBC News]

Inter-force collaboration

A merger of “blue light” services is being explored by the Police and Crime Commissioner in Avon and Somerset. [BBC News]

Surrey PCC has said council officers wearing fluorescent jackets and cameras will soon join the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour. [Surrey Comet]

Cheshire Constabulary are looking into collaborating with both Fire and Ambulance services in the county in order to save money. [Police Professional]


Other news this week

A string of allegations including rape and sexual assaults have been made against Essex police staff, it has emerged. [BBC News]

  • A change in the culture and ethics in the police needs to come from the top, says the force’s PCC. [The Enquirer]

West Yorkshire Police has spent more than £3 million in the last four years on keeping the peace at English Defence League demonstrations, new figures have revealed. [Yorkshire Evening Post]

Projects dedicated to fighting crime and making communities safer have been awarded thousands of pounds from Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. [Daily Echo]

Plans for policing in the next five years in Humberside will be outlined by the police and crime commissioner. [The Press]

A watchdog is investigating South Yorkshire Police‘s handling of complaints about a rock star who has admitted child sex offences. [BBC News]



New police officers will be recruited next y ear, according to the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire. [The Press]