‘Champions’ wanted as police chiefs

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‘Champions’ wanted as police chiefs

Post by sc24 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:53 am

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Published on Tuesday 22 November 2011 06:00

THE Government wants “big figures” to come forward to stand for the “big jobs” of becoming Yorkshire’s first elected police and crime commissioners.

Policing Minister Nick Herbert issued a “clarion call” for top class candidates to come forward as he held open the possibility that the Tories could stand aside to back independent candidates in some areas.

The Liberal Democrats have already decided not to stand candidates and speaking a year before voters go to the polls to elect the first commissioners, Mr Herbert said it would be down to individual Conservative associations – rather than national party leaders – to choose their candidates and it would be a “choice for them” whether to support an independent candidate instead.

“I want dynamic leaders, community champions, pioneers and entrepreneurs to consider standing for this office,” he said. “We need people of real calibre who have built or led organisations and who are committed to public service to step forward.”

Ministers hope the commissioners – who will replace existing police authorities with responsibility for overseeing police and have powers to hire and fire chief constables – will make forces more accountable.

A recent report for the Home Office – currently being considered by Ministers – suggested commissioners should be paid according to their force size, with West Yorkshire’s earning £100,000 while North Yorkshire’s who would get £65,000.

But the policy has been bitterly opposed by Labour and many Liberal Democrats who fear it will overly politicise the police.

Yesterday a report by the Institute for Government warned that political parties need to act urgently to ensure high-calibre candidates stand for election. It said the success of the new roles will “depend heavily” on the right applicants standing for election but said the three major parties had taken “few concrete steps” to select contenders.

The study also warned that only 27 per cent of adults knew about the new crime bosses. If few people are aware of the elections, a low turn-out could allow extremist parties in through the back door.

But in a speech to mark a year to the elections, Mr Herbert urged independent candidates to come forward as well as pointing to the high turnout in this weekend’s Spanish general election to tackle criticism of the Government for deciding to hold the vote in November as he declared war on the “anti-democratic pessimists”.

“We do want independents to stand. The Government wishes to encourage that. The political parties need to look at how they might seek to encourage that as well in certain areas,” he said.

“It will be for local decision making as to whether local Conservatives will choose to support an independent.”

The Lib Dems say they will not be standing candidates, because they “don’t want to make these elections politicised”, but Labour is expected to field candidates in most seats.

Retired Chief Superintendent Keith Hunter has already revealed his intention to stand to become Humberside commissioner, possibly on a Labour ticket although he will face competition from current Lord Mayor Colin Inglis, a former chairman of the Police Authority.

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett, an ex Sheffield City Council leader, has also refused to rule out the possibility he could run for Labour to become South Yorkshire commissioner.

Mr Herbert said he also wants to improve the Government’s new Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act so that victim support services will now be funded at a local level, with the priorities managed by the commissioners.
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Re: ‘Champions’ wanted as police chiefs

Post by PI & GI » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:51 am

who said the police arent back by political motives, locally elected comissioners, where will the polical messing about end. The fire brigade or ambo service dont have this type of sugar.
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Re: ‘Champions’ wanted as police chiefs

Post by Big Brother » Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:16 pm

All a load of boll**ks. They have appointed Police chief's in the USA, all it means is they serve the interests of the man who put them in power.
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