Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has announced his intentions to become one of Britain’s first elected police and crime commissioners. Prescott who will face the polls in November if selected to stand following being nominated, said he would spend the next few months consulting the public before drafting the manifesto he would use to campaign for the up to £100,000 a year job.
The new PCC model was introduced by the government in order to have directly elected police and crime commissioners to make a single individual answerable to the public on policing and crime issues. They will have the power to hire and fire chief constables and set their forces budget and “strategic direction”.
Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary said in an opinion piece last year that
By giving (police commissioners) unprecedented political power over policing, the government is ripping up important checks and balances, and threatening political impartiality in the police
So, how you can bring this into your politics units:
Here’s a great clip from the US crime drama ‘The Wire’ – the problem with elected police commissioners/mayors
Disclaimer: clip contains one instance of bad language.