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Concern ignored on police election plan

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Ministers look set to push ahead with legislation to introduce directly elected police representatives, overriding council concerns.

According to a report due to be discussed by the Local Government Association executive board, civil servants have prepared draft legislation to install the crime and policing representatives (CPRs) and are fine-tuning details of their election.

“They have not , been asked to prepare any alternative ways of strengthening police accountability,” the report stated,describing the news as “extremely disappointing”.

July’s policing green paper proposed introducing CPRs to replace councillors on police authorities and to chair local crime and disorder reduction partnerships (CDRPs).

LGA officers recommend a policy of “reasoned opposition” in the hope the association can dissuade ministers from making the representatives chairs of each CDRP.

Richard Kemp , chair of the LGA Liberal Democrat group , said the parliamentary consensus in the policy’s favour meant the government was unlikely to change its mind.

“That is not to say we are giving up,” he added. “We will bring all our guns to bear on this. We just don’t have many guns.”

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