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Council tax rise to 'save' police

Council tax rise to 'save' police | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
A 2% rise in the policing element of council is proposed by the Devon and Cornwall force in a bid to save about 200 officers.
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An encouraging number of PCCs are trying to limit budget cuts by small rises in council tax precept = this one = £3 per household

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Police Crime Commissioners and the new digital democracy

Police Crime Commissioners and the new digital democracy | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
Police Crime Commissioners & the new digital democracy - exciting new report from Catherine Howe on how PCCs can communicate directly with their electorate.
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Some PCCs have already signaled their intention to continue to use social media in their new role, with many setting up new official twitter accounts.

They will be greatly helped in developing their social media strategy by a new guide specially commissioned by the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners who had the good sense to engage Catherine Howe (@curiousc), the Chief Executive of Public-i (@public_i) – don’t misstheir blog either.

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Police and Crime Commissioners – the current limits of online accountability

Police and Crime Commissioners – the current limits of online accountability | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
The Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) is an independent advisory non-departmental public body that advises the Prime Minister on ethical standards across the whole of public life in the UK. It monitors and reports on issues relating to the standards of conduct of all public office holders.
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"Our research found evidence of innovation and responsiveness in how commissioners have engaged with the public and set policing priorities.  At the same time, our analysis of PCC websites identifies weaknesses in relation to transparency, and therefore the potential for accountability and scrutiny of PCCs’ work."

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Labour Party Conference: 'PCCs best placed to tackle cycle of offending'

Labour Party Conference: 'PCCs best placed to tackle cycle of offending' | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it

Keith Vaz departs from the party line to support PCCs

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Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester East, said PCCs are best placed to oversee local efforts to prevent youth crime and tackle entrenched offending behaviour that often spans generations of families. 

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Scrap police and crime commissioners, say former Labour home secretaries

Scrap police and crime commissioners, say former Labour home secretaries | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
Alan Johnson and Charles Clarke call for posts to be scrapped, policing drained of politics and forces reorganised
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Could Labour go into the election with a manifesto pledge to scrap PCCs?

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Police on the tweet

Police on the tweet | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove has announced an award from the Government to help improve the visibility of police officers and PCSOs.
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Devon & Cornwall Police face further £30m cut

Devon & Cornwall Police face further £30m cut | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
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"This next round of cuts will inevitably raise more questions about how front-line policing can be protected."

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Local commissioning of victims’ services - MoJ guidance for PCCs

Local commissioning of victims’ services - MoJ guidance for PCCs | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
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Most victims' services will be commissioned locally from 1 October 2014

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Policy Exchange respond to Stevens Report call to disband PCCs

Policy Exchange respond to Stevens Report call to disband PCCs | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
The low turn-out in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections lead to a great deal of scepticism about the newly created role but it has now been a year since the first cohort took office. To mar...
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Surrey PCC calls for more police forces to be merged to save money

Surrey PCC calls for more police forces to be merged to save money | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it

SURREY'S Police and Crime Commissioner, Kevin Hurley, has called for more forces to be merged to battle job cuts and reductions in services.

Mr Hurley made the call following the publication of the Home Affairs Committee report on Architecture of Policing, saying it was an "unforgivable misuse of public money" to have 43 different police forces, each with their own HQ, chief officer teams and crime commissioners.


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Sexual Abuse Victims Fund | Norfolk PCC

Sexual Abuse Victims Fund | Norfolk PCC | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner is to distribute nearly £5 million of national funding to support victims of sexual abuse. Stephen Bett will oversee two new funds established by the Home Office to support victims of child and sexual abuse across England and Wales. Both funds are open for bids. All non-statutory organisations that meet the assessment criteria for either fund are eligible to apply for grants. The bidding process closes on 2 March 2015. Find out more about sexual abuse vict
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Police Commissioner stands up for @mentalhealthcop

Police Commissioner stands up for @mentalhealthcop | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
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"West Midlands Police said: "Recent monitoring has led to the suspension of an account operated by a response inspector whose focus was on mental health policing."

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Police Commissioner Lloyd lauds victory in campaign for local prison rehabilitation

Police Commissioner Lloyd lauds victory in campaign for local prison rehabilitation | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
Press Release:
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"Commissioner Lloyd has spearheaded a campaign over the past year that the county’s only prison, HMP The Mount in Bovingdon, should be used to hold prisoners from Hertfordshire, rather than a gaol hundreds of miles away, under the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme."

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Brum Police Commissioner considers banning super-strength alcohol

Brum Police Commissioner considers banning  super-strength alcohol | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
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"It's ridiculous now that you can actually get bottles of strong cider cheaper than some bottles of water."

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Police could carry adverts on cars

Police could carry adverts on cars | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
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Nottinghamshire's chief Chris Eyre told the Nottingham Post private firms could pay for sponsorship or adverts to help counter budget cuts. His remarks were made as the police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping announced £12.7m was needed to balance the county's budget. However, Mr Tipping said he was "sceptical" about vehicle advertising.

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Too few checks on powers of police commissioners says National Audit Office

Too few checks on powers of police commissioners says National Audit Office | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
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"The NAO said that more needs to be done to hold PCCs - which collectively control more than £12 billion of police force funding - to account between elections."

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PCC open to 'blue light' mergers

PCC open to 'blue light' mergers | Police & Crime Commissioners | Scoop.it
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Yet another area talking about merging emerging services to make savings under the leadership of the PCC

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