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Stronger scrutiny required over Police and Crime Commissioners say MPs

Chief Constable, Neil Rhodes. Credit: ITV News Central

Stronger scrutiny is required of elected police commissioners to prevent 'maverick decision making', a damning report by MPs has warned.

The report follows a string of heavily-criticised decisions made by commissioners, including Lincolnshire PCC Alan Hardwick, who suspended Chief Constable Neil Rhodes over "potential conduct matters", which were later rejected by the police watchdog, the IPCC.

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Select Committee Chairman to question Crime Commissioner

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, says he has called Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner to question him over events which have happened over the last few months.

Alan Hardwick suspended Neil Rhodes, temporary Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, over "potential conduct matters".

Mr Rhodes returned to work after winning a High Court ruling against his suspension.

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Crime Commissioner to go before Select Committee

Neil Rhodes (left) and Alan Hardwick

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has been summoned to appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee today.

He will be questioned over events which have taken place since he took up the office last year. He could be questioned over his suspension of temporary Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.

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150 new police officers to be taken on in Nottingham

Nottingham's Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping has confirmed that 150 additional police officers and 100 Police Community Support Officers will be employed within the next two years.

In a major investment in frontline policing, the Commissioner plans for 150 police officers to be recruited in 2013-14 and a further 120 police officers in each of the subsequent years.

He has also budgeted for 35 PCSOs to be recruited in 2013-14 and 2014-15, with 30 more in 2015-16.

"This increase is reflective of the Government's cut in funding and the unfair funding formula. We need to protect funding for policing, not just this year, but in the future, in order to fulfill our pledges and objectives.

We need to make sure that crime continues to fall in Nottinghamshire - and you can't do that by cutting resources."

– Paddy Tipping, Nottingham's Police and Crime Commissioner

East Midlands PCCs call for police budget cut re-think

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire PCCs are calling for a police budget cut re-think Credit: ITV Central

Two of the East Midland's newly elected police and crime commissioners say they are willing to take on the government over cuts to police budgets.

Derbyshire's Alan Charles and Nottinghamshire's Paddy Tipping will be meeting the Home Secretary today along with the other commissioners.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Mike Quigley standing down

The Conservative Party's Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire, Mike Quigley, has announced he will be standing down ahead of the PCC elections on November 15.

His announcement follows confirmation that a minor offence committed more than four decades ago bars him from standing.

“It was an honour to be selected as the Conservative Party’s Nottinghamshire candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections. It is with regret that I must stand down following confirmation that an offence committed more than 44 years ago for, which I was fined, bars me from the post.”

– Mike Quigley

Councillor Tony Roberts has been confirmed as the Party's new candidate.