Essex crime commissioner rubbishes report proposing merged forces

Southend Standard: Nick Alston Nick Alston

A NEW report into the future of policing has been criticised in Essex.

The Independent Police Commission produced a 37-point plan, under the leadership of Lord Stevens. which included plans to abolish police and crime commissioners, hold police misconduct hearings in public, increase neighbourhood policing and merge police forces.

Essex commissioner Nick Alston said: “They have been working on it for two years and it is already out of date.

“There is no evidence for the statements about police and crime commissioners, the report does not take into account what we have been doing, and some of the things in the report are already happening in Essex. I don’t know what this is based on. It does not seem to be based on facts.”

If the plans are adopted, Essex Police could be merged with other forces.

Mr Alston added: “We already have effective collaboration with Kent and police forces in the eastern region. These are unfocused thoughts. The report is rather poor and not very well considered.”

Mark Smith, chairman of the Essex Police Federation, agreed. He said: “If you want more police, you have to pay for them. Anybody can say we need more and I would agree, but without funding it won’t happen.”

Mr Smith claims the call for more neighbourhood police is pointless because the funds would not be made available, making it a popularity statement rather than a realistic aim.

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5:38pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Discouraged says...

He would rubbish it wouldn't he?
He would rubbish it wouldn't he? Discouraged

5:40pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

If they amalgamate it will mean less freeloading and bunfights.
If they amalgamate it will mean less freeloading and bunfights. Howard Cháse

5:41pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Jack222 says...

I think a total large English police force makes sense. Perhaps two, one for inside the M25. Think of all the duplication which could be removed (pay units for each force could be made into just one...)
I think a total large English police force makes sense. Perhaps two, one for inside the M25. Think of all the duplication which could be removed (pay units for each force could be made into just one...) Jack222

6:30pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Nick Alston = Chocolate fireguard
Nick Alston = Chocolate fireguard Kim Gandy

11:13pm Tue 3 Dec 13

emcee says...

He is, indeed, trying to protect his own interests. Shame he does not have as much enthusiasm to try and protect the interests and safety of the law abiding Essex public.
He is, indeed, trying to protect his own interests. Shame he does not have as much enthusiasm to try and protect the interests and safety of the law abiding Essex public. emcee

11:54pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Nebs says...

If they'd reported the correct number of crimes over the years they wouldn't have lost so much funding. I await the article reporting the action taken against those who managed this fraud against the public.
If they'd reported the correct number of crimes over the years they wouldn't have lost so much funding. I await the article reporting the action taken against those who managed this fraud against the public. Nebs

5:44pm Wed 4 Dec 13

stopmoaning1 says...

It's not about a dislike of an individual, quite simply bigger isn't always better.

Just look at the debacle of the East of England Ambulance Service after a number of County services merged.

Have a look at my anti Nick Alston stance on previous posts - I'm not a fan. BUT, in this case he's right to reject this proposal.
It's not about a dislike of an individual, quite simply bigger isn't always better. Just look at the debacle of the East of England Ambulance Service after a number of County services merged. Have a look at my anti Nick Alston stance on previous posts - I'm not a fan. BUT, in this case he's right to reject this proposal. stopmoaning1

9:37am Thu 5 Dec 13

stopmoaning1 says...

I'm guessing the thumbs down means you think the East of England Ambulance Service is a an effective and successful set up then
I'm guessing the thumbs down means you think the East of England Ambulance Service is a an effective and successful set up then stopmoaning1

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