Friday, 1 July 2011

Cornwall to be under-represented on new Police Boards

Cornwall is set to be hugely under-represented on new Police Boards unless the Government amends the legislation to reform the way police forces are held to account.

The Government plans to bring in new elected Police Commissioners - one for each police force including our own Devon and Cornwall force. These people will be held to account by a Police Board comprising one councillor from each authority covered by the force area. Because no differentiation is made between districts, counties and unitary councils, that means that Cornwall will have a single representative, as will The Isles of Scilly, Torbay and Plymouth councils, Devon County Council and each of the small district councils in Devon.

I raised this issue with local government minister Andrew Stunell during this week's local government conference and he promised to look into it. Lance Kennedy - Cornwall Council's Cabinet Support Member for Community Safety - has now written to the Home Secretary on the issue. His letter is below:

Theresa May 01.07.11

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