The Results of Interviews with the Police and Crime Commissioners
The introduction of elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in England and Wales was the biggest change to policing in a generation. The policy behind the introduction of PCCs seems analogous to the increasingly devolved model of government as exemplified by the debate over the localism and introduction of mayors. The localism debate appears to be central government strategy. Lord Wassermann (22 November 2012), the government’s policing and criminal justice adviser, states that the main ideology appears to be based on the localism debate. Some Chief Constables (CCs) felt that ‘there had been no noise “against PCCs from the public or the Police”’. Sir Tom Winsor (HMIC lecture 2013) commented that there is ‘a new genus of local democratic accountability in the form of police and crime commissioners, to take the place of police authorities, themselves created by the Police Act 1964 to replace earlier forms of local accountability of the police’.