Labour: We will replace Police Commissioners

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has said a Labour government would abolish Police and Crime Commissioners and give local communities a "policing contract" to enforce priorities like keeping police on the beat.

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Liberty: PCCs were a 'very dangerous development'

The director of civil rights lobby group Liberty said she was "delighted" that Labour pledged to scrap Police and Crime Commissioners, saying they were always a "very dangerous development".

This was always a very dangerous development from a rule of law point of view, because you directly elect a charismatic individual politician to boss the chief constable around, to hire and fire the chief constable and to meddle in operational policing.

We have seen power being used to influence chief constables, their contracts not being renewed for a long time, we've seen scandals and corruption and I think partly that's why this experiment has now failed.

It wasn't just a failed experiment, it was wrong in principle - democracy cannot exist without the rule of law, and that means independent judges and chief constables.

– Shami Chakrabarti, the director of civil rights lobby group Liberty, speaking on the Sky News' Murnaghan programme

Labour: We will replace Police Commissioners

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has said a Labour government would abolish Police and Crime Commissioners and give local communities a "policing contract" to enforce priorities like keeping police on the beat.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The model is just fundamentally flawed. It's costing too much. They spent £80 million on the original elections. It will cost £50 million to hold the next elections. It cost £3.7 million to hold the by-election in the West Midlands.

There should be a policing contract with the local community, involving councillors but also giving the public direct access in public meetings

The council and the chief constable should be jointly appointing the local police commander.

– Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper

Speaking at the start of Labour's annual conference in Manchester, Ms Cooper said that the coalition Government's introduction of directly-elected PCCs in 2012 "hasn't worked" and that scrapping the next round of PCC elections in 2016 would save £50 million which could be ploughed back into frontline policing. .

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