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.

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