MPs quiz PCC and ex-chief

Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston is being asked to explain why he forced the area's Chief Constable Carmel Napier to retire. He told the Gwent Police and Crime Panel that the force 'is in a better place' without her.

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Criticism of Police Commissioner system

The row over Carmel Napier's forced exit raised questions about the role and powers of Police and Crime Commissioners.

The creation of the posts was controversial - and just 14 percent of people turned out to vote in Gwent last November.

The government must consider whether the legislation governing the PCCs' power to call for chiefs to retire or resign adequately protects the independence of operational policing in England and Wales.


Two people thought they were running the police force. It is the system that is wrong - it's going to happen elsewhere too.

– Paul Flynn, Newport West MP

The role of the PCC is not to interfere in operational policing matters that is clearly not the role but the legislation allows you to say either you do what I want you to do or I will get you out.

Now that is clearly against the spirit of the legislation and I think it puts a big question mark over whether or not we should have PCCs in the first place.

– Wayne David, Caerphilly MP

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