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Event Details

Title: Transition to Elected Police and Crime Commissioners: Accountability, Accessibility and Transparency
Date: Wednesday 18th April 2012
Time: 10.00am – 4:30pm
Venue: Broadway House, Westminster
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Key Speakers

Miranda Carruthers-Watt, Chief Executive, Lancashire Police Authority; Vice Chair, APACE


In order to ‘ensure policing for the people’, the Government introduced the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, which gained Royal Assent in September 2011. The new Act will lead to significant changes in the governance and accountability of the police service. The replacement of police authorities with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) aims to radically shift power and control away from Government back to people and communities. With the anticipation that the public will have a voice in setting police priorities as well as the power to hold the police to account for keeping our streets safe and secure, the first elections are due to take place in November 2012.

With the exception of London, police authorities will be abolished in 41 regions and a single Commissioner will be directly elected for each area in England and Wales. The expected costs of elections, transition cost and salaries of 41 new officials could be over £125 million as stated in the Police and Crime Commissioners Impact Assessment (March 2011), which the Government anticipates will be equivalent to the current governance arrangements. The transition poses a challenge as only a minority of the population are aware that elections for the Commissioners will take place in November. Furthermore, the Association of Electoral Administrators have suggested that the rules governing the election, candidates and expenses are yet to be approved and published with 6 months being the standard preparation time.

A key feature of the new framework includes the introduction of new Police and Crime Panels to provide important scrutiny of Police and Crime Commissioners’ functions and a system of checks and balances to scrutinise PCCs. In January 2012, Metropolitan Police Authority was replaced by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, but its role in holding London’s police to account will pass to a Police and Crime Panel drawn from London Assembly Members.

As we embark on a crucial year for the policing and justice sector with the elections less than 9 months away, the process to ‘forge a direct link between the police and the public’ has been set in motion. This special symposium offers practitioners and key stakeholders a timely opportunity to explore the future role of elected Police and Crime Commissioners and the challenges that lie ahead in the transition process.

Delegates will:

  • Examine the Government’s policy to transform policing in the UK and the role of police authorities in supporting this transition process
  • Understand the extent to which democratic accountability can be strengthened and how elected PCCs and Chief Constables will be scrutinised
  • Gain an insight into setting up a Police and Crime Panel and discuss how to improve multi-agency working in order to maintain transparency
  • Raise awareness of the impending changes to the policing structure and ensure the public have a voice in setting police priorities


09:30 Registration and Morning Refreshments
10:15 Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
10:30 Panel Session One:
Policing and Crime – Managing the Transition from Bureaucratic Control to Democratic Accountability
  • Understanding the Government’s Perspective and Expectations of the Transition – What Will the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act Mean in Practice?
  • The Role of Police and Crime Commissioners and How They Will Work With Chief Constables and Police Forces Across the Country
  • Ensuring Scrutiny and Transparency – How Will PCCs Be Held to Account and How Will the Independence and Accountability of Chief Constables Be Achieved?
  • Explore How Police and Crime Panels Will Be Formed and Function and Their Relationship With Both Police Authorities and Subsequently Police and Crime Commissioners
11:15 Morning Coffee Break
11:30 Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One
12:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 Panel Session Two:
Policy into Practice – The Local Picture and the Future Direction of Multi-Agency Working
  • Understanding the Future Structure, Governance and Functions of the National Crime Agency and Exploring the Impact and Challenges Presented by the Decommissioning of the National Policing Improvement Agency
  • Accountability of Police and Crime Commissioners – The New Arrangements for Complaints and the Role of the Independent Police Complaints Commission
  • Preparation and Implementation – Raising Public Awareness of Elections and Ensuring Local Policy Delivers National Priorities
  • Outlining the Key Transition Issues, Sharing Best Practice on Planning and Resourcing of Transition and the Likely Impact on Partnerships and Local Authorities
14:15 Afternoon Coffee Break
14:30 Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two
15:30 Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments
15:40 Networking Reception
16:30 Close

Who Should Attend?

  • Police Service and Police Authorities
  • Central Government and Agencies
  • Local Authority Officers and Councillors
  • Regulatory Bodies and Electoral Commission
  • Community Cohesion Officers
  • Community Engagement Officers
  • Community Relations Advisers
  • Probation Officers
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships
  • Criminal Justice Practitioners
  • Judges and Magistrates
  • Hate Crime Units
  • Neighbourhood Renewal Teams
  • Local Criminal Justice Boards
  • Neighbourhood Policing Teams
  • Anti-Social Behaviour Coordinators
  • Youth Offending Teams
  • Social Inclusion Officers
  • Policy Officers
  • Equal Opportunities Officers
  • Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Practitioners
  • Legal Advisers
  • Faith Organisations
  • Charities, Social Enterprises and Cooperatives
  • Third Sector Practitioners
  • Trade Union Representatives
  • Academics, Analysts and Researchers

How to Book

Phone: 0845 606 1535
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