Posted on 16th September 2011
The agreement between the House of Lords and the Commons on the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, has cemented the introduction of directly elected Police Crime Commissioners, a move welcomed by Derbyshire Police Authority.
Philip Hickson, Chairman of the Police Authority, said: “We now have certainty and timescales within which we can plan for the future. After all the speculation of the last twelve months or so, this has to be positive for all those affected.
“From a practical point of view, I’m relieved to see that the first elections have been put back until November 2012. This will give us more time to put the appropriate mechanisms in place to ensure transition to the new governance structure is as smooth and straightforward as possible.
“As part of this process, we will work with both local and national partners to build a solid framework for the new governance body to ensure that the transition to the new regime is seamless.
“The public should be reassured to know that until the first elections in November next year it will be business as usual for the Police Authority. We will ensure that the new Commissioner has very sound foundations on which to build for the future.
“We have always made it clear that whatever our previously voiced concerns about these plans that when the Bill was sanctioned we would work tirelessly to ensure the success of the handover to the new regime.
“The decisions this Authority has taken regarding resources and priorities will help the incoming Commissioner to meet the financial challenges while keeping Derbyshire as one of the safest places to live and work, which is something of which we can all be proud.”
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