WARWICKSHIRE’S police and crime commissioner Ron Ball has challenged a former senior police officer’s view that the posts of PCC should be abolished.
Mr Ball was speaking a year after being elected to the position and was commenting on recommendations made in a wide-ranging report by Lord Stevens, former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
“The two areas where I would take issue with Stevens are over resourcing and the role of police and crime commissioners,” said Mr Ball.
“Stevens has taken as a given that the current level of resourcing for policing is not up for debate. That is not my view.
“He also makes bold statements about the PCC model being fatally flawed and I look forward to reviewing the evidence that he considered.
“It is a matter of regret that Stevens appears to have formed his views without consulting any police and crime commissioners.”
However, Mr Ball said there was much in the Stevens Report with which he agreed. “The focus on strong neighbourhood policing mirrors what I
said in my manifesto, and I am doing everything I can to increase police visibility,” said Mr Ball.
He added: “I have funded a major pro-active programme in Warwickshire – Operation X – which is making a significant contribution to disrupting the activities of some of our most problematic offenders.
“Some other suggestions in the report have already been implemented in Warwickshire.
“The Winsor recommendation to reduce starting salaries for police officers to £19,000 a year was never acceptable to me, which is why we have not implemented it.
“Focusing on presentation and emphasising partnership working are also to be applauded.”
Last week Mr Ball and other police and crime commissioners gave evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee to mark the first year of the PCC system being in operation.
At the hearing Mr Ball repeated his view on “Plebgate” that the three police officers whose meeting with former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell is now the subject of a second investigation should be treated fairly during the new inquiry.
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