Hertfordshire Police Authority chair ‘frustrated’ by commissioner election delays
PUBLISHED: 13:48 13 September 2011
THE chairman of Hertfordshire Police Authority has called for an end to the uncertainty over elections for police commissioners.
Cllr David Lloyd said he was “frustrated” by the delays to the Police and Social Responsibility Bill, which would see elections held for police commissioners.
The bill has already been discussed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords three times, but is yet to be passed.
Elections have now been postponed until November 2012 – much to the annoyance of the Conservative county councillor.
“There is a danger that any further parliamentary delay will eat up time that is required to prepare for the changes,” he said.
“The police service needs effective leadership, now more than ever.
“The Government has decided that this is best delivered through the introduction of police commissioners and both Houses of Parliament have agreed this in principle, it is time to allow us to work on the details of the implementation.”
The Association of Police Authorities (APA) has issued a letter to MPs urging them to vote against the bill.
But Cllr Lloyd said: “The APA should end their campaign of opposition and accept that some leading APA figures have taken their fight too far, possibly because they are motivated by self–preservation.
“Those who seek to delay the bill further will risk harming effective policing in this country.”
His comments were in stark contrast to Hertfordshire Lib Dem spokesman on policing Cllr Ron Tindall, who praised colleagues in Westminster for getting the elections delayed.
“I am glad that the Lib Dems in the Lords and in Government managed to make the Conservatives see the massive flaw in re-organising policing three months before the biggest policing event in the nation’s history to date – the 2012 Olympics,” he said.
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