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Police and Crime Commissioner launches fresh criticism of own job

The Labour PCC launched the attack on his own website to mark the 12 month anniversary of his election to the £100,000 a year post

Police Commissioner Bob Jones
Police Commissioner Bob Jones

Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has criticised his own job – scoring the new nationwide roles just four out of 10 in a school-style report.

The Labour PCC launched the attack on his own website to mark the 12 month anniversary of his election to the £100,000 a year post.

He gave the posts an overall four out of 10, saying that £100 million had been spent so far on making police accountability ‘less effective’.

And he gave a score of just two out of 10 on public confidence and three out of 10 on reducing crime.

He said: “I stood on a platform of believing that while police accountability to the community was crucial, the Police and Crime Commissioner model was extremely risky.

“My strategy has been to mitigate the worst effects of the model and I believe I have made some progress. There is clearly a limit on how much can be achieved and as someone who has been involved locally and nationally for almost 30 years, I believe I can offer an objective assessment as to how the model compares.’’

On the issue of low public confidence he said: “With record low turnout at the election, record levels of hostile publicity, record numbers of investigations into PCCs and clashes between Chief Constables, there is not much evidence that PCCs have led to more confidence in policing.”

But in response Police Minister Damian Green said Mr Jones’ claims had “no basis in fact”.

Mr Green said: “The real picture shows that crime has fallen by more than 10 per cent under this government and for the first time, people have a proper say in local policing.

“Across the country, police and crime commissioners are driving reform and holding their forces to account. And it’s the public who’ll decide how well they’ve performed - at the ballot box.”

PCCs were brought in last year to set budgets, decide on strategies and hold chief constables to account.

 
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