The PCC has an opportunity to respond to national consultations regarding policing and crime matters. Details of these consultations and the Commissioner’s responses can be found below.
On 23 July 2015, the Home Secretary announced an independent review into deaths and serious incidents in police custody.
The review is examining the procedures and processes surrounding deaths and serious incidents in police custody, including:
- the lead up to such incidents;
- the immediate aftermath; and
- the conclusion of official investigations.
This consultation seeks views on the proposed measure to make an amendment to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR), via secondary legislation, which would make it a requirement for direct marketing callers to provide a valid Calling Line Identification (CLI).
The requirement would apply to all individuals and organisations (profit and not for profit organisations) making calls for the purposes of direct marketing as defined by s11(3) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) Direct Marketing Guidance.
The Home Office consultation sought views on the introduction of new measures to offer better protection to victims of ‘stranger stalking’. In particular, the Home Office sought views on whether the introduction of a stalking protection order will address this issue and provide the required protection to victims.
The Home Office consultation sought opinions on proposed changes to the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) governance and structure.
Following Sheila Drew Smith’s review the government is consulting publicly on its proposals for changing the way the IPCC is organised.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have been leading a review of the Expectations for police custody over the last year.
The Home Office launched a consultation on “Reforming the powers of police staff and volunteers”
The Government is consulting on a series of measures to transform the delivery of local fire and police services, and drive greater collaboration between the police, fire and rescue and NHS ambulance services.
The Ministry of Justice consulted on the provision of the court and tribunal estate across the seven regions in England and Wales covering London, the Midlands, the North East, the North West, the South East, the South West and Wales. These proposals will provide the organisation with a reduced and sustainable estate from which to deliver business, increase efficiency, and improve our services.
The current contract for providing 101 is due to run out next April and the Home Office has pulled together a steering group to review the service before it is re-tendered to make it more ‘future proof’.
This programme raises some significant points for PCCs to consider in relation to the future of the 101 service before work begins on developing the tender for new 101 contract in October.
The Home Office launched a consultation seeking views on the principles underpinning the current arrangements for allocating central government funding to the 43 police forces in England and Wales.
The Home Office sought views on the principles underpinning the proposed funding model, including what transitional arrangements would be needed if the new formula was implemented for the 2016/17 financial year, subject to securing broad support.