Cumbria police and crime commissioner defies warning with 20 targets for force
Last updated at 16:15, Friday, 20 September 2013
THE police and crime commissioner for Cumbria has admitted he set 20 targets for the force.
Richard Rhodes was talking following news that police forces in England and Wales have been set 178 performance targets by police and crime commissioners – despite a Home Office vow to cut red tape.
Figures revealed yesterday showed police forces in England and Wales have been set 178 performance targets by police and crime commissioners.
Only Nottinghamshire (21) and Leicestershire (26) had set more targets than Mr Rhodes in Cumbria.
Last week Home Secretary Theresa May told senior police officers they “have only one target, to reduce crime”.
But analysis conducted by the BBC shows 18 of the 41 PCCs have set targets or performance measures.
The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners said the targets bore “no resemblance” to past government goals.
In a reform championed by Mrs May, PCCs were elected in all police force areas outside London last November to replace police authorities.
They are responsible for setting a strategy for each force and holding chief constables to account.
Addressing last week’s police superintendents’ conference, the home secretary said she had got rid of action plans and would not micro-manage what individual forces got up to, but warned that she had noticed targets “making a comeback”.
Mrs May has consistently spoken out against police targets and performance measures.
Reacting to the reports yesterday, Mr Rhodes said: “It is essential in order to maintain the low levels of crime in the county that performance indicators are set.
“The overall target is of course to reduce crime but there are a number of supporting performance indicators that are put in place.
“I am frequently asked by the leaders of district councils about crime in their area and these performance indicators are vital to that process.
“These performance indicators are rightly so unique to Cumbria and aimed at making Cumbria an even safer place to live, work and visit.”
First published at 15:56, Friday, 20 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Nice to see that Young Mister Grace has his finger still firmly on the pulse....mainly his own to see if his still alive I suppose.