Stop and Search Your PCC
On November 15 2012 citizens across the country will be given the opportunity to vote for their Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). This represents a radical break with previous traditions of policing.
These changes represent a significant cause for concern. The police have often struggled to establish their democratic tendencies, however as the American example demonstrates elections are not necessarily a solution to this. Elected commissioners will have unprecedented licence to determine priorities for local policing. On the one hand this means that the public have the opportunity to really ask difficult questions of those who would police them. On the other there is the risk that shallow populism and dog-whistle rhetoric drown out serious debate.
We are campaigning to make sure that those at the sharp end of policing have their say.
Stop and Search Your PCC - A view from the Candidates - Mike Rumble
StopWatch will be hosting blogs from the campaign trail in the coming weeks. We will be focusing on our three key areas of the West Midlands, Suffolk and Leicester. We welcome blogs from candidates from these areas, however if you are a candidate from elsewhere in the country we would love to hear from you as well. In this blog, independent candidate - Mike Rumble lays out his plans if elected. Read more »
U R Boss project - Keep It Clean clean campaign
The Howard League's U R Boss project has launched a campaign to stop PCC candidates demonising young people. Read more »
Suffolk’s PCC candidates pledge to retain stop and account recording
All of Suffolk’s Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have pledged, if elected, to ensure that Suffolk Constabulary continues to record stop-and-accounts and to push for more intelligence-led stop and search Read more »
Stop and Search Your PCC - Final list of PCC Candidates published
The Home Office has published the final list of running candidates for each of the 41 contested police force areas. Read more »
Police and Crime commissioner - News Round Up
This is the second in a series of round ups of PCC campaign news that we will be producing during the run up to the election on 15th November 2012. Read more »
Stop and Search Your PCC - ISCRE’s Stephanie Palmer meets the PCC candidates for Suffolk
StopWatch's partners ISCRE have been running the Stop and Search your PCC campaign in Suffolk. Stephanie Palmer blogs on her meeting with the candidates on their blog. Read more »
West Midland’s PCC candidates pledge to review stop and search
All of West Midland’s Police & Crime Commissioners (PCC) have pledged to review stop-and-search and most pledge to bring back stop-and-account recording. Read more »
Stop and Search Your PCC - Engage PCC Manifesto
StopWatch partners Engage have produced their PCC manifesto you can read their top demands here. Read more »
Stop and Search Your PCC - Leicester PCC Guidance
Leicester Police force have produced this information pack for Police and Crime Commissioners. Read more »
Stop and Search Your PCC - A view from the voters
West Midlands' Community Foundation discuss their priorities from a potential Police and Crime Commissioner. Read more »