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Police & Crime Commissioners8

13 Sep

We have made it clear where we stand on PCCs.

As we get every closer to the elections & with the prospect of a 3rd candidate entering the campaign in North Yorkshire there reman some unasnwered questions which the public should have answers to from all candidates:

  1. How will candidates reduce the cost of the ‘back office’ support currently provided to the Police Authority?
  2. How will candidates ensure they engage with all sections of the public – not just the handful who can attend meetings during office hours on a weekday?
  3. How will they move the police service back to its Peelian principles instead of one which is micro-managed around what gets measured gets done?
  4. How will candidates engage with rank and file officers / staff and their representative bodies?
  5. Will PCC candidates agree to take part in live hustings hosted by either local BBC or local commercial tv / radio so that electorat can get feel for exactly who they are and what they stand for?
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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

5 responses to “Police & Crime Commissioners8

  1. ianchisnall

    September 13, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I think these questions are a great set of challenges, I have recently received a set of 12 questions from someone claiming to be an active member of the Sussex Fed. They were also a challenge. Are you wanting responses from candidates across the country or merely N Yorks?

     
    • nypfjbb

      September 13, 2012 at 7:39 am

      More than happy for candidates across UK to comment – it may assist the candidates in North Yorks as we all need to increase public awareness and equally be able to establish how we will measure success / failure of PCC candidates in more than just straight who won

       
      • ianchisnall

        September 14, 2012 at 5:59 am

        1.How will candidates reduce the cost of the ‘back office’ support currently provided to the Police Authority?
        a. It is clear that the new office of the PCC will be responsible for a great deal more than the existing PA so any reduction in overall cost would need to be seen in that context. The work of the PCC must avoid creating any duplication of existing networks and organisations if it can utilise these. I have several plans to ensure that the wider role is achieved without adding to the office costs and some of the existing back office work will need to become front office as the expectations of the electors is met (as a candidate it is clear that issues which have not previously been addressed by the PA are emerging). The work programme for the PA office will be very different to the PCC and so it is vital that the office is appropriately staffed to achieve this. However it is vital that the PCC office is seen to be in the same position as the Police Force itself in terms of living within a tight fiscal envelope.

        2.How will candidates ensure they engage with all sections of the public – not just the handful who can attend meetings during office hours on a weekday?
        a. As an Independent candidate I have been set the challenge of engaging with the people you mention, primarily by working through the existing social networks in society. The challenge of engaging with individuals are truly socially isolated is of course a challenge and will require a constant focus as the day job kicks in. However I am emphasising to the groups I meet that I will need them to let me return on a regular basis if I am to fulfil that part of the job, and of course there are ways of meeting people in places they go such as shopping centres and 999 days etc.

        3.How will they move the police service back to its Peelian principles instead of one which is micro-managed around what gets measured gets done?
        a. A starting point has to be to begin to promote the Peelian principles amongst the public and with Government agencies which determine what is measured. The need to continue to measure things cannot be ducked, after all your questions are about outcomes and inevitably the next stage is to ask for output measures so we all want measurements! The challenge is to ensure that we only measure things which focus us on reducing crime and keeping communities safe. If there are some specific areas where it is clear that the measurement is counter productive, then with an electoral mandate exceeding that of the PM, Home Secretary and Policing Minister combined the PCC is in a good position to argue for changes to be made.

        4.How will candidates engage with rank and file officers / staff and their representative bodies?
        a. To date my attempts to meet with the members of the representative bodies (rather than the staff themselves who have all been very helpful) have not been successful. I spend time in meetings and at briefings with staff and officers alike due to my voluntary work. However I hope that once elected the opportunity to meet with the members of the Fed and Unison more widely will be much easier. I will clearly want to do this in a way that is supported by the Chief Constable and the officers/staff themselves. I have already expressed a willingness to meet with both the Fed and Unison on a regular basis.

        5.Will PCC candidates agree to take part in live hustings hosted by either local BBC or local commercial tv / radio so that electorat can get feel for exactly who they are and what they stand for?
        a. I cannot see any other way of getting elected – the answer is of course yes. Indeed I would attend any setting where I was invited to explain my ideas and views.

         
  2. ianchisnall

    September 13, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Sorry, forgot to click on the box alerting me to any responses – thats not a good sign is it!

     

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