My Observations Former Met Commissioner To Launch A Review Of Policing Policy. To do it justice I decided to include the article below:
Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Stevens is launching a review of policing policy at the request of the Labour party. Labour announced the review at its 2011 party conference, saying it was time for a “serious vision”.
But the government has criticised Labour for “sub-contracting decisions on police reform”. Lord Stevens told BBC Radio 4’s Today the panel of advisers he had chosen for the review showed its independence. “It has to be independent and I think the people who have agreed to do this commission with me show that it will be,” he said. Lord Stevens’ unpaid panel includes other former top police officers from the UK and abroad and academic experts.
Labour has said Lord Stevens and his team will not be under any political pressure. Lord Stevens told Today that he expected to report back within 14 to 15 months. “We’re going to look at the role of the police and what is expected of the police, we’re going to look at how it is going to be delivered, what they deliver in terms of the workforce. We’re going to look at criminal justice system – see how that relationship is – we’re going to look at how the police are held to account.
“We’re going to look at national, local, international priorities and structures and above all we’ve got to accept the fact that there’s not going to be any more money and there’s going to be a reduction in money.” “Start Quote Now is not the time to outsource a lot of policy work to a sort of grand commission”
Blair Gibbs Policy Exchange Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has attacked the coalition government’s refusal to hold a major commission or review of policing, although Labour resisted calls for a royal commission when it was in power. It is almost 50 years since the last royal commission on the police, which introduced the system still broadly in force. But policing minister Nick Herbert said Labour’s decision to establish an inquiry was “an abdication of any kind of political leadership”.
He said it was wrong for Labour to be “sub-contracting decisions on police reform, reform which they espoused in government and are now opportunistically opposing, to a committee”.
Blair Gibbs of the right-leaning think tank Policy Exchange told Today that he did not think the review would achieve much. He said there was no “existential crisis” in British policing. Mr Gibbs said the police service was facing big changes under the government’s programme.
“Now is not the time to out-source a lot of policy work to a sort of grand commission, when in two years time the landscape of British policing will have changed dramatically.” The coalition plans to introduce directly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners to provide oversight over chief constables – but is also making significant budget cuts. At the official launch of the commission later, Lord Stevens is expected to say that the modern challenges faced by the police, combined with the current cuts, means that the entire system needs to be rethought. Modern challenges include organised activities such as people trafficking and cyber-crime, as well as complex issues requiring specialist officers, such as improving police performance on domestic violence.
The review’s terms of reference include the role of the police in the 21st century; the relationship between the police, other arms of criminal justice, and the state; and how chiefs can balance local priorities, such as community crime prevention, with national concerns such as organised crime. Panel member Rick Muir – a specialist on policing – told BBC Radio 4 the review would be looking at the “big trends” facing the police service and what the service’s future role should be.
“We want to look at how we can deliver a workforce best equipped to cut crime and increase the public’s confidence in our ability to cut crime. “We want to look at the relationship between the police and the wider criminal justice system. And also we want to look at how the police are held to an account and how the police service is governed.”
Lord Stevens was the head of the Metropolitan Police between 2000 and 2005 and now sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords. After leaving the force, he advised both the Conservatives on border security reforms and the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown on international security.
• Whilst it’s all good for calling for this review let us not forget the Stephen Lawrence inquiry had made similar request some time ago and it seemed the government and the police federation at the did not adhere to the request from the parents of Stephen Lawrence.
• The question remains why has it taken so long for the Police to reform does it has to take another death in police custody before any form of radical action takes place in the wider communities.
• How many rivers do it takes to cross before another person or riots come around before police reforms can take place. Sadly the hard truth is whilst there is some harden criminals will have taken the opportunity to kill, loot and rape we as a society will not see it in our life time. When I write in regards to society lets not get it confused with the Tories idea of the #BigSociety as it equals to very deep cuts in our cherish public services and use people from the poorest background so businesses exploit them by either paying pittance of a salary.
• Whilst it has been at the request of the #Labour to invite Lord Stevens to carry out the research we should lose sight that it will take between 14-15 months to be completed. In my option then it has to be recommended to either the NEC of the Labour and Cross Party Select Committee for approval, which would mean that the police reform would not see the daylight until Labour Government comes to power. •