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Oversight and chief officers' relationships with police authorities, directly elected police crime commissioners, HMIC and the Home Office

Bryn Caless

in Policing at the Top

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9781447300168
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305507 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447300168.003.0005
Oversight and chief officers' relationships with police authorities, directly elected police crime commissioners, HMIC and the Home Office

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The history of recent policing — certainly in the last ten years — has been dominated by the increased intervention in the actions and direction of chief officers by politicians; pre-eminently the Home Secretary, but also by the inspection of police-performance regimes by HMIC and the often controversial proposals made by HMI Inspectors. This chapter considers the views of chief officers on their relationships with both the HO and with HMIC (the latter has a role in both the appointment and career management of chief officers). How uneasy many chief officers are about political interference with traditional police autonomy is a pertinent factor in this debate.

Keywords: oversight; police authority; police crime commissioner; HM Inspectorate; Home Office; political interference

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