Police and Crime Commissioners

Home Office written question – answered on 8th December 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Harris of Richmond Baroness Harris of Richmond Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the costs of Police and Crime Commissioners and to make a comparative assessment of the costs of the former Police Authorities, in order to ascertain whether Police and Crime Commissioners provide value for money to the taxpayer.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have brought direct democratic accountability to policing. Their role and function is dramatically different to the invisible and ineffective Police Authorities they replaced. The Government has not made an estimate of the net effect on public expenditure, nor are the roles directly comparable.

Since coming into post, PCCs have brought real local accountability to how chief constables and their forces perform; they are working hard to ensure that their local communities have a stronger voice in policing. As recognised by the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) in their March 2016 report, PCCs are here to stay and the introduction of PCCs has worked well to date. HASC have also recognised that PCCs have had some beneficial effects on public accountability and clarity of leadership in policing.

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