Police, Government and Accountability by Ian Oliver (auth.)

By Ian Oliver (auth.)

Police, govt and responsibility is an exam of the connection among police and important and native executive within the uk. The e-book offers with the constitutional place of police and lines advancements within the debate on responsibility from the Royal fee file of 1962 to the current day. the second one version additionally re-examines the police and executive dating after the passing of the debatable Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994 and the neighborhood govt reforms. specific consciousness is given to the version of responsibility in Northern eire and the function performed by way of the military in reduction to the civil power.

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By Ian Oliver (auth.)

Police, govt and responsibility is an exam of the connection among police and important and native executive within the uk. The e-book offers with the constitutional place of police and lines advancements within the debate on responsibility from the Royal fee file of 1962 to the current day. the second one version additionally re-examines the police and executive dating after the passing of the debatable Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994 and the neighborhood govt reforms. specific consciousness is given to the version of responsibility in Northern eire and the function performed by way of the military in reduction to the civil power.

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To publish annual performance results in a standard form in order to allow comparison against other forces. The focus of the authority's attention was said to be on the standards of service which its force provides and in order to achieve this the chief constable and the authority would need to work closely together to ensure that the chief constable and the force provided a service which met local and national needs. Direction and control of the force was to remain with the chief Pressures for Change 45 constable and the authority was to have no control over operational matters but the chief constable would be expected to take account of the authority's views on operational policing.

Chief officers could be forgiven for believing that far from the proposals giving them greater freedom to manage effectively, the reality would be a greater freedom to manage fewer resources with a greater potential for criticism and blame. ACPO had pointed out that without a properly calculated funding formula then policing would change significantly in a way that would not be publicly acceptable. Reducing the police budget appeared to be more important than increasing effectiveness, efficiency and quality of service.

Not surprisingly, the early response to the Review by the Home Office was to imply that this was special pleading by an over-indulged and inefficient service which wanted to solve its problems by 'throwing money at the problem' when greater efficiencies within the organisation could provide much of what was needed. The received wisdom in government circles was that 'good housekeeping' would enable the service to be both more efficient and more cost effective. This theory may have been sound but the reality was somewhat different, and to a certain extent the government acknowledged this in its later legislation.

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