Review says Essex Police should merge with other forces

Essex County Standard: Nick Alston Nick Alston

POLICE and crime commissioners should be abolished, and provincial forces such as Essex Police merged to form ten newregional forces, the Independent Police Commission is suggesting.

The commission’s review, led by ex-Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens, also recommends a fresh focus on neighbourhood policing among its 37 key points.

Others include a move to make officers belong to a professional organisation with its own register, similar to those for doctors and nurses.

Rogue officers could then be struck off if found guilty of misconduct.

Yesterday’s report will be considered by the Government during the next year and Labour has already said it could become the basis for its new policy on policing ahead of the next election. In the report, Lord Stevens says: “The police and crime commissioner model is systemically flawed as a method of democratic governance and should be discontinued.”

Instead, he recommends police forces should be held to account by local councils. Lord Stevens is also calling for a “guaranteed minimum level of neighbourhood policing” and for police forces to be merged.

However, he stops short of backing the idea of a single, national force.

Essex Police today declined to comment on the report.

In the past it has ruled out the idea of merging with another force, though it already has close links with Kent Police, including a joint serious crime directorate and shared admin and office set-ups.

Lord Stevens’s report states: “The present structure of 43 separate police forces for England and Wales is no longer cost-effective or equipped to meet the challenges of organised and cross-border crime.”

Lord Stevens says forces should consider amalgamating voluntarily, with the aim of forming just ten regional forces.

The report concedes there is no more money available to fund minimum policing levels or mergers, but suggests buying items such as uniforms nationally could save enough to fund more bobbies on the beat.

It warned there is a danger of “beating a retreat from the beat” under the current set-up.

Essex Police has been told by the Government it must reduce its annual budget by £78million before 2016 and has already let 400 police officers go as part of an overall staffing reduction of more than 1,000. More cuts expected in the coming months.

Lord Stevens also called for improvements in the field of forensic testing, something on which Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh is already working.

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6:00pm Wed 27 Nov 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Makes sense, time to cut out all the dead wood from these forces...
Makes sense, time to cut out all the dead wood from these forces... Nowthatsworthknowing

6:08pm Wed 27 Nov 13

Kim Gandy says...

All this faffing about. Just let's have more proper police out and about, less emphasis on penalising motorists and more time spent chasing up arsonists, muggers, idiots who let their horses roam on the carriageway and little scrotes on the street in general.

Years ago, the bobby on the beat was respected, now they are made a mockery of. Get rid of the politically correct management numpties and let the police do the job they are meant to do, free of bureaucracy and politics.
All this faffing about. Just let's have more proper police out and about, less emphasis on penalising motorists and more time spent chasing up arsonists, muggers, idiots who let their horses roam on the carriageway and little scrotes on the street in general. Years ago, the bobby on the beat was respected, now they are made a mockery of. Get rid of the politically correct management numpties and let the police do the job they are meant to do, free of bureaucracy and politics. Kim Gandy

7:38pm Wed 27 Nov 13

Paddytric says...

Police force?
I thought it was now a police service.
That said, until those at the top take responsibility for any failings, then nothing will change.
Police force? I thought it was now a police service. That said, until those at the top take responsibility for any failings, then nothing will change. Paddytric

8:45pm Wed 27 Nov 13

stopmoaning1 says...

Merging with other forces will be a disaster. Bigger isn't better.

Essex Police already provide a poorer service to the public because many departments have been merged or centralised. You can't even phone your local station now, every call is routed to the Headquarters in Chelmsford.

And what about the East of England Ambulance Service. Is there anybody in the counties that serves who thinks merging has made any improvements?
Merging with other forces will be a disaster. Bigger isn't better. Essex Police already provide a poorer service to the public because many departments have been merged or centralised. You can't even phone your local station now, every call is routed to the Headquarters in Chelmsford. And what about the East of England Ambulance Service. Is there anybody in the counties that serves who thinks merging has made any improvements? stopmoaning1

8:46pm Wed 27 Nov 13

stopmoaning1 says...

Oh, and yes, Police and Crime Commissioners should be abolished
Oh, and yes, Police and Crime Commissioners should be abolished stopmoaning1

9:57pm Wed 27 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

our emergancy services are gradualy becoming more sponsered and with that they will become more privitised.
eventually we will see the uk versions of some continental security services like italy`s,
where there is I believe, a frantic array of 3 types of law enforcement.
3 types of operating,
3 types of police cars,
3 types of uniforms,
most of which end up looking like overkill fancy dress outfits with padded shoulders and pointy caps..

LEAVE the essex police force alone, except, funding, funding, funding, fumding.
not merger -merger - merger till no one knows no one who knows nothing about no one.
the computor said nooooo
is all you wil get soon....
our emergancy services are gradualy becoming more sponsered and with that they will become more privitised. eventually we will see the uk versions of some continental security services like italy`s, where there is I believe, a frantic array of 3 types of law enforcement. 3 types of operating, 3 types of police cars, 3 types of uniforms, most of which end up looking like overkill fancy dress outfits with padded shoulders and pointy caps.. LEAVE the essex police force alone, except, funding, funding, funding, fumding. not merger -merger - merger till no one knows no one who knows nothing about no one. the computor said nooooo is all you wil get soon.... tomtheDJ

10:00pm Wed 27 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
All this faffing about. Just let's have more proper police out and about, less emphasis on penalising motorists and more time spent chasing up arsonists, muggers, idiots who let their horses roam on the carriageway and little scrotes on the street in general. Years ago, the bobby on the beat was respected, now they are made a mockery of. Get rid of the politically correct management numpties and let the police do the job they are meant to do, free of bureaucracy and politics.
agree with you kim..
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: All this faffing about. Just let's have more proper police out and about, less emphasis on penalising motorists and more time spent chasing up arsonists, muggers, idiots who let their horses roam on the carriageway and little scrotes on the street in general. Years ago, the bobby on the beat was respected, now they are made a mockery of. Get rid of the politically correct management numpties and let the police do the job they are meant to do, free of bureaucracy and politics.[/p][/quote]agree with you kim.. tomtheDJ

11:06pm Wed 27 Nov 13

supermadmax says...

"Rogue officers could then be struck off if found guilty of misconduct. "

Struck off they should be prosecuted, publicly and heavily and they families should be barred from joining the force in the same way convicted criminals families are. I'm glad with the recent work Essex police has done in hunting down these, keep it up!
"Rogue officers could then be struck off if found guilty of misconduct. " Struck off they should be prosecuted, publicly and heavily and they families should be barred from joining the force in the same way convicted criminals families are. I'm glad with the recent work Essex police has done in hunting down these, keep it up! supermadmax

11:14pm Wed 27 Nov 13

Nebs says...

Lord Stevens says: “The police and crime commissioner model is systemically flawed as a method of democratic governance and should be discontinued.”

Doesn't say much for the government that introduced them.
Lord Stevens says: “The police and crime commissioner model is systemically flawed as a method of democratic governance and should be discontinued.” Doesn't say much for the government that introduced them. Nebs

1:04pm Thu 28 Nov 13

howwhy says...

Maybe lord stevens hasn't read this
https://www.gov.uk/g
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-new-era-in-policing
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Maybe lord stevens hasn't read this https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/speeches/a -new-era-in-policing -nick-herberts-speec h-to-the-institute-f or-government howwhy

2:21pm Thu 28 Nov 13

Scoot says...

Kim, whats the difference between a car travelling at 50 in a built up area and a bloke walking down the street with a loaded gun ? NONE , they both have the ability to kill. Thats what people don't realise when they get behind the wheel and p+*t about , and thats why the police penalise those that BREAK THE LAW. So apart from having a policeman on every street corner how do you propose to stop the muggers and little scrotes ? I bet you wouldn't like your council tax going up 10 fold to fund such an operation. As for horses on carriageways, these sort of things happen once every so often not on a daily basis and I am sure the owner of the horse is more in a flap about getting her property back and fixing the fence/gate it escaped from thany of the motorists who are delayed. The next time I am delayed because a pedestrian or cyclist has been knocked down shall I blame them and not the motorist ?? I wouldn't blame management for PC I would blame society as a whole which has made the Police have to watch their step and be PC otherwise you can bet the loony left would have a field day and you-tube would be filled with videos of the police.
Kim, whats the difference between a car travelling at 50 in a built up area and a bloke walking down the street with a loaded gun ? NONE , they both have the ability to kill. Thats what people don't realise when they get behind the wheel and p+*t about , and thats why the police penalise those that BREAK THE LAW. So apart from having a policeman on every street corner how do you propose to stop the muggers and little scrotes ? I bet you wouldn't like your council tax going up 10 fold to fund such an operation. As for horses on carriageways, these sort of things happen once every so often not on a daily basis and I am sure the owner of the horse is more in a flap about getting her property back and fixing the fence/gate it escaped from thany of the motorists who are delayed. The next time I am delayed because a pedestrian or cyclist has been knocked down shall I blame them and not the motorist ?? I wouldn't blame management for PC I would blame society as a whole which has made the Police have to watch their step and be PC otherwise you can bet the loony left would have a field day and you-tube would be filled with videos of the police. Scoot

3:50pm Thu 28 Nov 13

howwhy says...

Scoot YouTube is already full of police videos showing how the police behave. The PCC hopefully will benefit the police and the public. Here's hoping.
Scoot YouTube is already full of police videos showing how the police behave. The PCC hopefully will benefit the police and the public. Here's hoping. howwhy

12:22pm Fri 29 Nov 13

cavillas says...

Merging seems a good idea in one sense but expect all your local police to be dispersed to the larger towns and cities leaving most remoter areas deprived of adequate forces.
Merging seems a good idea in one sense but expect all your local police to be dispersed to the larger towns and cities leaving most remoter areas deprived of adequate forces. cavillas

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