COMMONS

Policing Protocol

16 December 2011

Oral Evidence Session

Committee question Minister on Policing Protocol

Tuesday 20 December 2011 at 12.30 pm
Thatcher Room

Purpose of session:

Section 79 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 requires the Home Secretary to issue a policing protocol.  The protocol sets out the relationship that will apply between Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables, once police authorities have been abolished.  The Home Secretary fulfilled this requirement by issuing the Policing Protocol Order, which contains a schedule setting out the protocol.  The order was made on 15 November 2011 and laid before the House on 21 November 2011.  This session provides an opportunity for the Committee to question the Minister about the protocol, including how it deals with important issues such as operational independence.

Witnesses:

12.30 pm 
• Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP, Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice

Committee Chair Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:

"The policing protocol will be a key element of the new landscape of policing.  It will determine how Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables work together in the years to come.  It is vital to get this document right.  This is our opportunity to question the Minister about the protocol and ensure that it is fit for purpose."

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