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LOCAL PEOPLE SHOULD CHOOSE LOCAL POLICE AUTHORITY MEMBERS

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The Association of Police Authorities today welcomed a proposal that the appointment of independent members of poli...
The Association of Police Authorities today welcomed a proposal that the appointment of independent members of police authorities should be decided locally. The proposal is made in an independent report published by the Home Office on the appointment of independent police authority members. The report also recognises police authorities' success in improving the ethnic and gender balance of authority membership.

APA chair Ruth Henig said:

'The APA has long campaigned for local people to decide who should sit on their police authorities. The recognition in the report that the core of such decisions should be made locally is welcome, although we are not convinced that the Home Secretary needs to retain a veto as suggested in the report.

'The report rightly recognises the considerable strides police authorities have made to increase the diversity of their membership - some 9% of members are now drawn from minority ethnic backgrounds and nearly a third are women. But we recognise that there is scope to do more, particularly in terms of encouraging younger people and those from a wider range of backgrounds to apply.

'Police authorities are committed to continuous improvement and will be actively taking forward those aspects of the report which aim to bring greater rigour and transparency to the appointment of independent members.

'We look forward to working with the Home Office and other partners to considering other aspects of the report as part of the wider police reform agenda.'

Note

Dr Henig was commenting on an the report of the Independent Review of the Selection and Appointment Process for independent members of police authorities which is published today by the Home Office.

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