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Crime chiefs 'need more power'

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) need more powers if they are to operate properly, a leading think tank has claimed. PCCs should be able to carry out police inspections and hire and fire prison governors, say Policy Exchange.

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PCCs should have more powers, say think tank

PCCs should have the power to hire and fire prison governors and inspect police, says Policy Exchange. Credit: PA

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) should have the power to hire and fire prison governors and probation chiefs, according to a leading think tank.

More powers should be given to PCCs as limits on their current remit mean 41 of them are "operating with one arm tied behind their back", say Policy Exchange.

If proposals from the think tank's report, Power Down, were implemented PCCs would have the power to appoint local justice figures as well as order prison and police force inspections.

Policy Exchange, which claims it was the organisation which first proposed the idea of PCCs, argues expanding the role will make the justice system cheaper, more effective and more dynamic.

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