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Panel will oversee work of elected representative

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 13, 2012

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A POLICE and Crime Panel will be established in each force area to oversee the work of the police commissioners and hold him or her to account.

The panel will be made up of ten councillors and independent, co-opted members — similar to the existing police authorities that the commissioner is replacing.

The panels will not scrutinise the performance of the police force — that is the role of the commissioner — but will scrutinise the actions and decisions of the commissioner, and the panel will have the power of veto in some areas.

Councils in the area covered by the force will nominate members to sit on the panel.

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James Gravelle, from the Centre for Police Sciences at University of Glamorgan, said: "The Police and Crime Panels will look very much the police authorities that are being replaced — they will be the checks and balances in the system."

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 14 2012, 5:35PM

    Someone needs to keep an eye on whoever is elected, after all we don't anything about who is standing. And lets be hones with less than 10% expected to vote anyone could get in. Even UKIP are expected to win in some area's, and we know the turn out has been pathetic when that happens

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  • apharold  |  November 14 2012, 4:07PM

    This is typical tory policy --get rid of quangos and replace them with other quangos BUT with different names but doing the same job! ! I dont know who is standing not that i care he will still be politically biased, i haven't seen any literature pushed through my door so how am i supposed to know what he/she intends.

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  • siarad2  |  November 14 2012, 12:18PM

    The Ministry of Truth & Doublespeak becomes reality - George Orwell foresaw this in 1949 Jobs for the boys no,no,no, it's NOT a quango honestly I promise... You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. Abraham Lincoln, (attributed) 16th president of US (1809 - 1865)

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  • Dooyah  |  November 14 2012, 11:56AM

    This is something that Stewart Pearson (Thick of It) would dream up and present to the Cabinet with a curly arrowed diagram on a whiteboard. No wonder Armando Iannucci has thrown in the towel - The current lot are beyond parody.

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  November 14 2012, 10:29AM

    Let me get this straight, currently we have a Police Authority which is deemed to be to out of date and we need a Batman & Robin type Police Commissioner to make sure the police do their jobs right. But now the Police Commissioner is to have, what is in effect, a Police Authority to make sure the Police Commissioner does his job right while the Police Commissioner makes sure the Police Inspectors do their jobs right who then have the responsibility to make sure the local police do their job right. Still with me? So, in reality the politicians have created a job for any out of work politician to apply for, the election costs usually paid for by their political party. The cost to the taxpayer will be anything between £65,000 and £100,000 per annum. But, we are told, these Police Commissioners will be independent of any political party while they are Police Commissioners, except they won't be independent because they will now be scrutinised by, no doubt, politically appointed overseers. You couldn't right a comedy script like this one, could you! I need a lie down!

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  • oneman  |  November 14 2012, 7:43AM

    What a Joke the guards watching the Guards comes to mind. The checks and balances in the system was to be the commissioner. Can I guess that these person's get paid for checking the checker?

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