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POLICE FEAR NEW BILL LEAD TO LOSS OF LOCAL INDEPENDENCE

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Britain's senior police officers said on Friday that the Home Secretary's plans to reform the police threatened the...
Britain's senior police officers said on Friday that the Home Secretary's plans to reform the police threatened the political independence of the service, the Times reports (p6 December 18).

The paper says the police officers criticised plans to streamline police authorities and to set national objectives a undermining their ability to answer local concerns and tasks.

Council leaders are reported as describing the Bill as the start of a the road to a national police force. An unidentified spokesman said that policing will become 'more remote from the local community. The balance of power will be firmly in the Government's grasp.'
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