Have your say on policing

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PEOPLE are being urged to have their say on the future of policing.

Durham Police Authority has welcomed an invitation by the Government's Public Bill Committee for people to submit their views on the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill.

One of the proposals of the bill is that police authorities would be scrapped from 2012 and replaced by Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) who would hold the police to account on behalf of the public.

Police authority chairman Peter Thompson said: "Durham Police

Authority, the Association of Police Authorities and others have expressed concern at introducing PCCs.

"These concerns are around the significant costs of holding elections for PCCs, the politicisation of policing, and the timings of elections.

"I strongly encourage local people to have their say using the email address scrutiny@parliament.uk before January 18."

The views expressed will be considered by the Public Bill Committee, which is a cross-party group of 20 MPs.

For further details of police authority concerns about the proposals, go to www.apa.police.uk