Shortly after 3.30pm today, the Committee stage of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill will start in the Chamber of the House of Lords. As of last night, 310 amendments have been tabled to the Bill.
I have submitted a series of amendments which aim:
- to require each Policing and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime (MOPC) to appoint no less than 4 and no more than 7 members of a non-executive board to support the PCC or the MOPC in its work and to provide a governance structure in respect of such matters as finance and audit, appointments, and equalities. Such appointments would be subject to the approval of the PCP or London Assembly Panel. This amendment has also now been signed by former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington.
- to require each PCC and the MOPC to meet with representatives of each local authority in their area to discuss the policing needs of that area at least twice a year.
- to widen the scope of the MOPC to cover the City of London Police.
- to require that the occupant of the MOPC be the Deputy Mayor of London for Policing and Crime and that that person be directly elected on the same day as the Mayor of London – elected by a process similar to that for a PCC.
- requiring HM Inspectorate of Constabulary to report on a regular basis or as required on the extent to which each Chief Constable is meeting his obligations under the strategic policing requirement.