Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tom Brake publishes report on the future of policing

Today Tom Brake, co-chair of the Lib Dem backbench committee on home affairs, justice and equalities, published a report on the future of policing.

Trusted, Professional and Effective: British policing at its best proposes a number of changes to police forces in England around three key areas, which will change the culture of police for the better:
  • more trusted – listening to local people and making policing much more responsive to communities’ priorities;
  • more professional – setting up the new police professional body with a key responsibility to recommend detailed national minimum recruitment standards for the police;
  • more effective – making evidence based policing the defining feature of 21st century policing by establishing the world’s first Institute for Policing Excellence.
The proposed reforms including measures to:
  • make Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) more accountable to the public between elections;
  • create safeguards against the expansion of the role of PCCs;
  • create an Institute for Policing Excellence;
  • create a Police First development scheme based on the success of Teach First;
  • encourage Police and Crime Panels to veto plans to cut police numbers unless all measures to cut bureaucracy have been exhausted
Tom Brake says:
“We have fantastic police officers who are dedicated, able and trying to do their best by the community they serve. Yet as an organisation, the police suffers from a lack of confidence and trust. 
“Many of the criticisms relate to a perceived lack of fairness in the way people have been treated. Labour’s legislative assault on our civil liberties has been disastrous for the reputation of the police who enforced it. 
“It is essential that we clear up Labour’s legacy and end people’s feeling that they are both over-policed and under-protected. This paper demonstrates how the Liberal Democrats would do the right thing to restore public confidence.”
In the introduction Brake thanks Sally Hamwee, his researcher James Kempton, the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust for financial support and "all those who have submitted evidence and met me to discuss the issues facing policing today".

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