New police chief plan dismissed as ‘wish list’ rather than credible proposals by legal expert
PUBLISHED: 17:34 09 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:09 10 April 2013
A SENIOR solicitor has dismissed Herts’ crime czar’s policing plan as a “wish list for changes to central Government” – a week after it went live.
The chairman of the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee, Richard Atkinson, does not believe many of police commissioner David Lloyd’s proposals can lawfully be enacted.
Specifically, the Tory’s plan to charge offenders for breath tests, pay ‘bed and board’ for time spent in the cells, and ‘sue’ criminals for the cost of replacing an injured officer.
Mr Atkinson told the WHT: “It looks like a wish list for changes for central Government rather than matters that a police and crime commissioner can bring in themselves.
“No doubt he will lobby for these changes, but I don’t think he can bring them in himself.”
He added: “Most of the more radical proposals would require legislative changes.”
Commissioner Lloyd’s plan – dubbed Everybody’s Business – spells out his vision for policing. It also reveals he wants to use Herts Police’s logo on “hardware”, and endorse products with the force’s logo.
The WHT sent to a detailed email to the Home Office to see if the cash raising plans can be enacted.
Instead of answering the points, a press officer responded: “The Government has always intended that Police and Crime Commissioners should be able to think and act innovatively to address local crime problems.
“They will need to work closely with other local and national organisations so that policies they propose can be delivered, and this case is no different.”
As well as the more radical proposals, commissioner Lloyd wants to reduce crime levels, the demand for illegal drugs, and the number of sex crimes by 2015.
He told the WHT: “I disagree with [Richard Atkinson], this is very much what the people of Hertfordshire want, that is what I have seen.
“I think this is one of the problems with people with limited understanding on what an important role the PCC role is, because it represents what people want from policing.”
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