A proposal in the Policing Green Paper suggests creating directly elected crime and policing representatives, who will form the majority on police authorities and chair the local borough Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP). This will significantly reduce local authority representation on police authorities and will create parallel democratically elected posts with competing electoral mandates, and the risk that successful partnership work between the police and local authorities are undermined. This is especially so if the representative chairs the local CDRP.
Local authorities are concerned that this proposal will reduce the importance of councils in tackling crime and undermine local partnerships. The Crime and Policing representatives will have different mandates from their local authorities, making agreeing objectives and taking action more difficult, disconnecting crime and disorder partnership activities from the decision making process, and making joint working such as delivery of LAA targets more problematic.
Does the Mayor agree with these concerns, and if so what action will he be taking?