Policing Green Paper

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-10-15
Session date: 
October 15, 2008
Reference: 
2008/2315
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

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?

Answer

Answer for Policing Green Paper

Answer for Policing Green Paper

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In London the MPA is responsible for police accountability. MPA members are elected to the London Assembly or appointed by the MPA following advertisement. No changes to these arrangements are proposed in the policing green paper. Locally elected representation on CDRP's is essential, providing strong links to the local authority and wider borough partnership activity. At the moment this accountability takes place through both local councillors and MPA members. Across London there will be varying experiences as to how effective CDRP's are at holding each other, as local partners, to account. There is also an inherent tension within the MPS on local accountability versus line management accountability. I agree that there is benefit in elected representatives playing a high profile role on CDRPs. The green paper suggests that in London CDRP's should be chaired by elected representatives, which would help support this.