Successful crime fighting schemes could be jeopardised by legislation aimed at weakening the link between council m...
Successful crime fighting schemes could be jeopardised by legislation aimed at weakening the link between council members and the police, according to police chiefs, the Guardian reports (p5).
Chairman of the Police Federation Dick Coyles said the Police Bill, due for its second reading in the Commons tomorrow, threatened to undermine a string of community based initiatives, and could spell the end of the political independence of the police service.
In a separate piece Wigan police chief Gordon Burton is reported as saying regular meetings with council members, MPs and community groups in his area has made Wigan MBC a key player in policing work.
A range of committees has established links with various council departments, which Mr Burton fears could be replaced by a new remoteness as a result of planned legislation, the Guardian reports.