Following Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper’s announcement that Labour will scrap Police and Crime Commissioners should they win the next election, Tony Lloyd – PCC for Greater Manchester and chair of the Labour group of PCCs said:
“Labour Police and Crime Commissioners have achieved a great deal since being elected to office two years ago, from better scrutinising the work of police to bringing partner agencies together to work better towards our shared goal of building safer communities. But it is clear there are fundamental flaws in the current system, from accountability gaps and a lack of coherent scrutiny mechanisms.
“We cannot return to the era of police authorities. These invisible bodies were, frankly, ineffective. One of the successes of Labour PCCs means that for the first time the public has a single, democratically-accountable figure for making our police accountable.
“As Labour looks to the future we must ensure that that democratic accountability is not lost from what replaces commissioners. Along with my fellow Labour commissioners, we will be working closely with Yvette Cooper and her team in the coming months to bring forward proposals which ensure that local people are in the driving seat when it comes to their local police service and building community safety.”