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Policing at the TopThe Roles, Values and Attitudes of Chief Police Officers$
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Bryn Caless

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300168

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300168.001.0001

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Oversight and chief officers' relationships with police authorities, directly elected police crime commissioners, HMIC and the Home Office

Oversight and chief officers' relationships with police authorities, directly elected police crime commissioners, HMIC and the Home Office

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(p.119) Four Oversight and chief officers' relationships with police authorities, directly elected police crime commissioners, HMIC and the Home Office
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Policing at the Top
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Bryn Caless

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300168.003.0005

The history of recent policing — certainly in the last ten years — has been dominated by the increased intervention in the actions and direction of chief officers by politicians; pre-eminently the Home Secretary, but also by the inspection of police-performance regimes by HMIC and the often controversial proposals made by HMI Inspectors. This chapter considers the views of chief officers on their relationships with both the HO and with HMIC (the latter has a role in both the appointment and career management of chief officers). How uneasy many chief officers are about political interference with traditional police autonomy is a pertinent factor in this debate.

Keywords:   oversight, police authority, police crime commissioner, HM Inspectorate, Home Office, political interference

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