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PCCs are a failed experiment, it is time to put them to bed not expand their remit

January 26, 2016 11:58 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

The Government is pressing ahead with measures to allow Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to take responsibility for their local fire and rescue services.

In response, Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat Peer and former senior MET police officer, said:

"PCCs are a failed experiment, it is time to put them to bed not expand their remit.

"The Liberal Democrats have always opposed the concept of PCCs and these new proposals only makes it even more objectionable. The public clearly agree, when less than 1 in 6 turn up to vote you have to question the legitimacy of the role.

"There is no way this new remit can be managed effectively, whilst emergency services can and must work well together the police and fire services are simply too different to be centrally managed.

"This is a dangerous move and completely unnecessarily puts the public at risk."